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New "contactless connectivity" brings limitless opportunities

November 13, 2013 3:52 pm | by Benjamin Mang and Dirk-Jan Riezebos, TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

Emerging technologies such as wireless power are not only enabling wireless charging of phones and electronic volts but can also be applied to create a new category of "contactless connectivity.” Immune to vibration, pollutants and harsh environments and unconfined by movement restrictions...


Is solar power a viable energy option?

November 13, 2013 2:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

It's about to be a new year at ECN and we're looking forward to the future with a Brainstorm about alternative energy! It's a hot topic in engineering and around the world as researchers, designers, and politicians try to figure out what the energy of the future will be. This month, we're focusing in on SOLAR POWER with a question for our readers


Polycarbonate vs. fiberglass and stainless steel

November 13, 2013 2:02 pm | by Jim McWilliams, president of Integra Enclosures | Articles | Comments

When choosing an enclosure to protect sensitive electrical and electronic components, remember this: Not all enclosure materials are equal to the task. Some materials surpass the performance of others in keeping out moisture, dust and other foreign matter, resisting corrosion and the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays....


Isolated monolithic flyback regulator delivers up to 15 Watts

November 13, 2013 1:49 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8302, a monolithic flyback regulator that significantly simplifies the design of isolated DC/DC converters. By sampling the isolated output voltage directly from the primary-side flyback waveform, the part requires no opto-isolator or third winding for regulation.


This is a real-life Batmobile

November 13, 2013 12:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Batmobile is arguably one of the most recognizable fictional transportation devices. Its sleek design has been imagined and reimagined by every Batman movie and a few comics, but it always maintains that certain je ne sais quoi that makes it powerful, sexy, and impressive all in one.Every so often, a superfan will try to recreate the Batmobile...


New generation of micro sensors for monitoring ocean acidification

November 13, 2013 12:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The first step in developing a cost-effective micro sensor for long-term monitoring of ocean acidification has been achieved by a team of scientists and engineers. The new technology, that will measure pH levels in seawater, was developed by engineers from the National Oceanography Centre...

Using airport screening technology to visualize waves in fusion plasma

November 13, 2013 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Millimeter-wave imaging technology is widely used in airborne radar, automotive sensors and full-body scanners for passenger screening at airports. A new, quasi-optical radar technique images millimeter-wave radiation reflected from fusion plasmas in 2D, time-resolved images.

Putting a new spin on tokamak disruptions

November 13, 2013 12:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the quest for fusion energy on earth, researchers use magnetic fields to insulate hot plasma from the walls of the chamber to maintain the reaction and prevent damage to interior surfaces. In the tokamak, a leading contender to achieve a sustained fusion burn, electrical currents flowing in the plasma...


Riding an electron wave into the future of microchip fabrication

November 13, 2013 12:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Advanced plasma-based etching is a key enabler of Moore's Law that observes that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles nearly every two years. It is the plasma's ability to reproduce fine patterns on silicon that makes this scaling possible and has made plasma sources ubiquitous in microchip manufacturing.

Structure of bacterial nanowire protein hints at secrets of conduction

November 13, 2013 12:03 pm | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Tiny electrical wires protrude from some bacteria and contribute to rock and dirt formation. Researchers studying the protein that makes up one such wire have determined the protein's structure. The finding is important to such diverse fields as producing energy, recycling Earth's carbon and miniaturizing computers.


Bring a 50,000-degree plasma into your living room

November 13, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

With the rise of online open course platforms such as Khan Academy, MIT OpenCourseWare and iTunes U, it has never been easier to teach yourself everything from American history to semiconductor manufacturing. These courses enable students to advance at their own pace while accessing the limitless resources...


A nano-sized sponge made of electrons

November 13, 2013 11:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new chapter has been opened in our understanding of the chemical activity of nanoparticles says a team of international scientists. Using the X-ray beams of the European Synchrotron ESRF they showed that the electrons absorbed and released by cerium dioxide nanoparticles during chemical reactions behave in a completely different way than previously thought...


Altering surface textures in 'counterintuitive manner' may lead to cooling efficiency gains

November 13, 2013 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers across the globe are racing to find ways to improve the cooling of hot surfaces -- for technologies ranging from small handheld electronics all the way to industrial-sized applications such as nuclear power plants. By zeroing in on the physics at play underlying surface phenomena, a team of researchers made a significant breakthrough.


Motorola unveils budget smartphone, aimed at world

November 13, 2013 11:22 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Motorola says it wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology, at less than a third the price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.


Ethernet controller suits small- to mid-sized applications

November 13, 2013 11:22 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Appropriate for small- to mid-sized applications, WAGO's 750-852 Eco Ethernet Controller features a built-in two port Ethernet switch, simplifying network wiring in a line topology. The programmable controller promises enhanced performance for high-speed applications.



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