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Vertical wire-to-board contacts serve harsh industrial applications

December 23, 2013 2:53 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has further expanded its innovative series of single poke home wire-to-board (WTB) contacts with a new family of vertical top and bottom entry contacts. Featuring high spring force, dual beam, phosphor bronze contacts, AVX’s new vertical 9296 Series provides maximum mechanical stability....

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Solid-state power amplifiers designed for a wide range of X-Band frequency applications

December 23, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CTT announces a new family of compact, GaN-based solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) operating in the 7.0 to 11.0 GHz frequency range for a wide variety of commercial, industrial and military microwave applications. CTT’s latest compact SSPA designs offer as much as 100 Watts of Output Power in a compact package.

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Connector system requires no separate pieces to assemble

December 23, 2013 2:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AerosUSA now offers the latest in Polyamide connector technology with the “FLEXAquick” connector system. Where old style technologies may require up to four separate connector pieces that require hand assembly to achieve IP68 or IP69K, the “FLEXAquick” connector design is a one piece, fully-integrated, tool-free connector....

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Multilayer ceramic capacitors and varistors provide UAV power systems with performance & design advantages

December 23, 2013 1:09 pm | by Pat Hollenbeck, Field Applications Engineer, Advanced Operations, AVX | Avx Corporation | Articles | Comments

The power systems designed into today’s advanced military and aerospace applications are incorporating increasingly sophisticated components and design topologies to achieve improved efficiency, weight reduction, and performance enhancements. Two essential criteria for realizing the cutting edge, energy efficient power systems...

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From General to CEO: One man’s journey from the battlefield to the boardroom

December 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

I’m proud to work in an industry with such a disproportionately high number of military veterans. Many of our colleagues previously served the nation with honor and distinction, trading ACUs for business suits and M4s for fountain pens. Case in point: Steve Sargeant, CEO of Marvin Test Solutions, formerly a Major General with the United States Air Force.

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How will/has 3D printing changed the world of design engineering?

December 23, 2013 11:55 am | Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

3-D printing is spurring a new industrial revolution that is enabling design engineers to achieve new innovations in design and significant time and cost savings. The technology allows design engineers to build parts that cannot be made via traditional manufacturing, which in turn encourages heightened creativity and innovation.

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Photoelectric sensors operate in tight spaces

December 23, 2013 11:47 am | Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced R2 Series Ultra-Small Sensors - a complete family of ultra-miniature photoelectric sensors available in four sensing modes to suit varied application needs. These sensors feature a 24 mm x 7.5 mm x 11.2 mm housing, industry standard

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Need something? Print it: 3D printing in engineering

December 23, 2013 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

It sometimes seems as if it’s impossible to even go one day without reading or hearing about a story involving 3D printing. It’s the byproduct of a technology that has current applications in most industries and potential applications in almost all of them. Some of the more controversial application areas, like 3D printed firearms, receive a lot of coverage....

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Innovative vehicle-to-vehicle communications

December 23, 2013 10:34 am | by Tullio Cettolin, Strategic Marketing Director, Micron Automotive Division | Micron | Articles | Comments

Last September, several major car and automotive systems manufacturers, including Daimler, Nissan, and Tesla, announced plans to commercially introduce autonomous self-driving cars by 2020. These manufacturers join a list of companies, like Toyota and Audi, who have already announced similar development projects.

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DO-35 thermistor features wide Ohmic resistance range

December 23, 2013 10:24 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties is offering the DO-35 Series thermistor temperature sensor that provides accurate measurements across a wide resistance range of 5K Ohms to 200K Ohms at +25°C. The glass-packaged thermistor enables

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These vintage tech ads are insulting, awkward, and completely real

December 23, 2013 10:06 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Oh, old tech ads. You’re so embarrassing — so silly and mildly sexist. Yet, you’re proof that we still have a lot to learn when it comes to how we relate to technology. Take this goofy picture of a Biblical Adam holding an Apple computer over his privates. Our early attempts at making technology look “sexy” were laughable....

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Photos of the Day: NY school all-in on trend of all-digital textbooks

December 23, 2013 9:43 am | by JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press | News | Comments

At Archbishop Stepinac High School, the backpacks got a whole lot lighter this year because nearly every book - from freshman biology to senior calculus - is now digital, accessible on students' laptops and tablets. "The last couple of years, this would have been like 30 pounds," says sophomore Brandon Cabaleiro....

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Army fields 101st Airborne new tactical network with integrated training approach

December 23, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

With the Army's newest set of tactical network systems now in the hands of Soldiers who could be among the last to deploy to Afghanistan, the service is ensuring users master the power behind their communications gear. To do this, the Army established a new System of Systems, or SoS, training concept drawing on lessons learned from previous units....

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The analogue of a tsunami for telecommunication

December 22, 2013 10:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Development of electronics and communication requires a hardware base capable for increasingly larger precision, ergonomics and throughput. For communication and GPS-navigation satellites, it is of great importance to reduce the payload mass as well as to ensure the signal stability.

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Weak US card security made Target a juicy target

December 22, 2013 10:29 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target's stores will get worse before they get better.That's in part because U.S. credit and debit cards rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back of the card...

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