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Single output switching power supplies from 25 W to 100 W have high operating temperature to 70°C

March 6, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Stadium Power’s (Norfolk, UK) JSF Series of single output enclosed switched mode power supplies offer a compact and low cost unit with a high operating temperature up to 70°C for industrial, instrumentation, telecoms and IT systems. The JSF Series is

Aluminum polymer capacitors rated at temperatures up to 125°C

March 6, 2014 2:42 pm | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) AVG Series aluminum polymer capacitors offer the very-low ESR benefits of polymer with greater maximum operating temperature and voltage rating.  Compared to most other polymer capacitors, the AVG Series is rated at higher temperatures (up to 125°C)....

650-W AC-DC supply complies with MIL-STD-810F and ANSI/ISA standard for demanding applications

March 6, 2014 2:17 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power’s (Sunnyvale, CA) HHP650 Series of fan-cooled rugged AC/DC power supplies is designed for heavy-use industrial applications. These single output 650-W units can accommodate the extended voltage input range from 85 V to 305 VAC, and can

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Amplifiers offer high sensitivity input, wide programmable thresholds

March 6, 2014 2:11 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel (San Jose, CA) launched the SY88073L and SY88083L, two new limiting post amplifiers. The devices are ideal for FTTH XGPON.2 ONU/ONT (Optical Network Unit / Optical Network Terminal) applications supporting the build out of next-generation PON networks.

Wire-to-board connectors designed for on-board automotive instrumentation

March 6, 2014 1:48 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has released a vertical configuration version of its DuraClik 2.00mm pitch wire-to-board connectors. The new vertical DuraClik connector is designed for on-board automotive instrumentation, including steering wheels, shift levers, wiper/blinker levers, headlights...

Power MOSFET delivers benchmark performance for telecom power supply applications

March 6, 2014 1:37 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the IRFH7185TRPbF 100V FastIRFET power MOSFET that delivers benchmark performance for DC-DC power supplies used in telecom applications. Features include a new 100V FastIRFET process, which offers a benchmark Rds(on)*Qg figure.

Step-up, micro DC/DC converter includes integrated coil

March 6, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TOREX SEMICONDUCTOR (Tokyo, Japan) has developed the XCL101 series, the first step-up type converter in the XCL series of micro DC/DCs with integrated coil. The XCL101 series is a step-up micro DC/DC converter with integrated coil in an ultra-small CL-2025 package....

Why is ZigBee green?

March 6, 2014 11:44 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak, ZigBee Alliance Member | Blogs | Comments

One of the biggest challenges that consumers and service providers will have in the future is maintaining a wide range of sensor and control devices located throughout the smart home. For ease of use and installation, it makes much more sense to have these powered by either batteries or by energy harvesting technologies.

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Engineering Update Episode 48: Jet-powered UAV can roam up to 1,800 miles

March 6, 2014 10:59 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Predator C Avenger is a jet-powered UAV with the firepower, range, and capabilities to set a new gold standard for unmanned vehicles. Whereas the Predator and Reaper were powered by a relatively primitive turboprop engine, with a top speed of 300 mph, the Avenger uses a Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine ...

Engineering Newswire: Multicopter flies like chopper, drives like car

March 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're using nanotubes to reduce flammability, test-driving BMW's i3 in Las Vegas, and creating real-life transformers with a multicopter. This episode features robots in disguise: Advanced Tactics has developed a vertical take-off and landing aircraft that also features off-road automobile capabilities, which leverages the simplicity and robustness of a multi-copter at a full-scale size.

Photos of the Day: Botball robotics competition

March 6, 2014 8:55 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Botball is a series of workshops and worldwide competitions that, according to their site, engage "middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition, and serves as a perfect way to meet today’s new common core standards."

What would you do without your smartphone?

March 5, 2014 4:56 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a world without smartphones. Everybody you see is talking into thin air. Holograms of people are popping up everywhere. You bump into everything, not because you’re too busy texting but because you’re too busy looking at your glasses instead of through them. That world might soon become a reality.

Quarter-brick DC-DC converter intended for wireless backhaul, smart grid, and networking applications

March 5, 2014 3:40 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced the UWQ 240 Watt quarter-brick DC-DC converter from Murata Power Solutions designed for wireless backhaul, smart grid, and a broad range of networking and other telecommunications applications. With a fixed 12 VDC/20 A single output...

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LED light guides designed for general illumination

March 5, 2014 3:26 pm | Global Lighting Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) has introduced a new light guide that produces distinct customized emission patterns of light from the top and bottom surface. This enables lighting fixtures to emit light upward and downward using a single light guide with LEDs on one or two edges....

March 31st is deadline to apply for ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering scholarships

March 5, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

March 31st is the deadline for U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering to apply to the 2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions.

New shrinking gel steers tooth tissue formation

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A bit of pressure from a new shrinking, sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth. The bioinspired gel material could one day help repair or replace damaged organs, such as teeth and bone, and possibly other organs as well.

Europe rethinks renewable energy standards

March 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

For the past decade or more, as Al Gore and the majority of climate-change scientists have insisted that the world is speeding headlong toward an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions, European countries have adhered to stringent emission controls....

Novel quantum dot laser paves the way for lower-cost photonics

March 5, 2014 11:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With the explosive growth of bandwidth demand in telecommunications networks, experts are continually seeking new ways to transmit increasingly large amounts of data in the quickest and cheapest ways possible. Photonic devices—which convert light to electricity and vice versa—offer an energy-efficient alternative to traditional copper network links for information transmission.

Real-time spectrum analyzer captures and displays RF events as short as 1 µs

March 5, 2014 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Test Equipment Plus (LA Center, WA) announced the Signal Hound BB60A, a real-time spectrum analyzer and RF recorder designed to capture and display RF events as short as 1 µs. The BB60A is a small, lightweight, and affordable USB-based real-time RF spectrum analyzer....

Big-picture thinking from the DHS: A national license-plate tracking system

March 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whenever you pass a license plate scanner, your whereabouts and personal information are likely being collected by the law enforcement agency of the state or municipality you’re in. Now, Washington is tipping its hand that it wants that information, too.

Smart grid for electric vehicle fleet

March 5, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Being able to charge 30 electric cars at once requires ingenious energy management. Researchers are incorporating  renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany’s largest charging station. The network of charging stations for EVs is becoming more tightly meshed.

It's a march of the CubeSats as space station deployment continues

March 5, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a CubeSat! With so many small, relatively inexpensive satellites deploying lately from the International Space Station, it may seem like the area referred to as low-Earth orbit, between 100 and 1,240 miles above the planet, is full of these compact cubes. The miniature satellites, or CubeSats, conduct research and demonstration missions.

NASA's Hubble finds life is too fast, too furious for this runaway galaxy

March 5, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 looks like a dandelion caught in a breeze in this new Hubble Space Telescope image. The galaxy is zooming toward the upper right of this image, in between other galaxies in the Norma cluster located over 200 million light-years away. The road is harsh: intergalactic gas in the Norma cluster is sparse, but so hot at 180 million degrees Fahrenheit that it glows in X-rays.

Transparent, color solar cells fuse energy, beauty

March 5, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Colorful, see-through solar cells invented at the University of Michigan could one day be used to make stained-glass windows, decorations and even shades that turn the sun's energy into electricity. The cells, believed to be the first semi-transparent, colored photovoltaics, have the potential to vastly broaden the use of the energy source.

New jet-powered UAV is the future of asymmetrical warfare

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While politicians and privacy advocates squabble over regulations for domestic drones, General Atomics has been hard at work developing the next unmanned terror of the skies for America’s foreign adversaries. Meet the Predator C Avenger, the future of asymmetrical warfare.

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