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The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

December 18, 2014 8:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

NIR drills into the energy industry

December 18, 2014 8:39 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

Hydrocarbon exploration by definition is the search by geologists or geophysicists for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface, such as oil (petroleum) and natural gas. In such exploration, the oil and gas industry drills holes into the Earth’s surface to ...

The best apps for holiday shopping

December 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m all for keeping my apps to a minimum—and I delete apps regularly to keep my phone “clean,” what I like to think of as highly “efficient.” If I haven’t opened the app in over a month, boom—it’s deleted. So trust me when I tell you that these three apps are ...

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BLDC controller features reliable sensorless startup

December 17, 2014 2:02 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new three-phase, sensorless, brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller for use with external complementary P-channel and N-channel power MOSFETs. Reliable sensorless startup and run commutation can ...

Resistor saves space with 7 W rating and resistance to 1 mΩ

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor designed to save space in automotive, industrial, computer, and consumer applications. The Vishay Dale WSHM2818 combines a high 7 W power rating with ...

How much are medical companies outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 11:14 am | by Sean Fenske Editor MDT and Eileen Whitmore Art Director | Blogs | Comments

"I started with a qualifier question. Simply, I asked, “Does your company outsource any of the processes in the development and manufacture of medical devices?” I got back the response of “No” from 36 percent of the survey participants. This number was staggering to me...

Photos of the Day: "Rat rods" pieced together from vintage parts

December 17, 2014 10:33 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

The fast machines are pieced together from vintage parts and scrapyard finds. They are rumblier, rustier and turn more heads on the highway. Old vehicle parts that will be used in Rat Rod projects are stored outside Peter Duvaloois' shop....

Lighter planes are the future

December 17, 2014 8:49 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 percent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research. The study, by the Universities of ...

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Smart Grid Tags provide each utility asset with a unique ID number

December 16, 2014 3:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Smart Grid Tags from Premax (Medina, MN) create the physical link between a utility’s computer database and its asset in the field. Randomly numbered, Smart Grid Tags provide each utility asset with a unique ID number — a “license plate,” if you will ...

System Host Board features DDR3 1600 memory up to 16GB

December 16, 2014 2:08 pm | Adlink Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its latest workstation grade PICMG 1.3 System Host Board (SHB), the NuPRO-E72, supporting 4th generation Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3, 4th generation Intel Core i3, Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron ...

How many American homes can Boeing's new jet power?

December 16, 2014 1:47 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

There are many luxuries that separate first class fliers from their fellow travelers going coach in the back of the plane, but in-flight entertainment isn’t one of them. The personal multiple-choice video screen standard on most long-haul flights has ...

Medical-grade power supply boasts BF-rated outputs

December 16, 2014 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Partners’ (Hudson, MA) new PMAM200 Series is a unique medical power supply that provides 200W of power and features both BF rated outputs and Class I and II AC grounding schemes in a compact 3” x 5” footprint. The slim 1.48” height easily ...

Photos of the Day: Low-cost alternatives to the F-35

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

Canada (and a host of other allied nations) are wavering in their support in the F-35, and some, like our neighbors to the north, are actively considering alternatives, including the Eurofigher Typhoon (seen above), Dassault Rafale and Boeing Super Hornet. None of these ...

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Report: The F-35 and competitors are "equally capable"

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You may have heard that the F-35 is unpopular. To say the least. It’s also chronically over-budget, behind schedule, an astronomical long-term financial commitment, and some critics — including yours truly — question the wisdom of a “Swiss Army Knife” solution and ...

HotSpot: Stuffing bras with actuators and sensing tech

December 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed a bra with actuators and sensing technologies that automatically tightens in response to breast movement. According to Professor Julie Steele, Director of Breast Research Australia (BRA) ...

Building a connected home, one fiber at a time

December 16, 2014 9:15 am | by Nathan Tracy, Technologist and Manager of Standards for TE Connectivity, Datacomm | Articles | Comments

With the Internet of Things now upon us, it has the potential to dramatically change our lives at a dizzying pace. Gartner believes that the IoT market will grow from 0.9 billion units today to 26 billion units by 2020, an almost 30-fold increase resulting in ...

Here's how engineers feel about conflict materials

December 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Conflict materials are a big deal in the electronic components world. Not only has there been a major increase in the amount of legistlation surrounding the controversy, the social awareness aspect of conflict materials has raised the issue’s profile. The social responsibility ...

Pressure transducers designed for oil and gas equipment applications

December 15, 2014 5:57 pm | Gems Sensors & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Gems Sensors & Controls (Plainville, CT) has announced the global market launch of the 31EP/EA and 32EP/EA Series. The Gems 31EP/EA and 32EP/EA Series is a family of heavy duty explosion proof pressure transducers. They are expressly designed to ...

GaN driver provides low harmonic content of <40dBc

December 15, 2014 5:51 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for the TGA2627-SM. This 32dBm Psat GaN driver comes packaged as a 5x5mm, air-cavity ceramic QFN providing an SMT advantage over lower performance, DIE-based competitors. The push-pull ...

MicroTCA chassis offers high performance density

December 15, 2014 5:44 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a rugged 6-slot MicroTCA chassis in a 1U height. The chassis is designed to meet MIL-STD-901D and 810G for shock and vibration and MIL-STD-461F for EMI. The VT950 offers the highest performance density of ...

Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

December 15, 2014 4:35 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of ...

Slim OLED displays come in 2x16, 2x20, and 4x20 character formats

December 15, 2014 2:12 pm | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display International, Inc. (Elgin, IL) announces new slim character OLED displays. Newhaven Display International, Inc. announces today the first line of slim character OLEDs. These new OLEDs bring to Newhaven Display’s vast product line ...

Magnetometer 2D calibration for accurate angle computation

December 15, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jacques Trichet and Benoit Marchand, Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

In the last couple of years, magnetic sensors have emerged in consumer electronics end products such as smart phones, computer tablets, gaming accessories, audio/video devices and personal electronics. This proliferation was enabled by advances in ...

Communication for first responders

December 15, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

One of the well-acknowledged lessons from the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks was that federal, state, and local authorities had failed to prepare properly to support first responders with logistics, inter-agency coordination, and ...

Photos of the Day: U.S. launches classified defense satellite

December 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The mission is classified for national security reasons, so no details ...

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