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DC/DC converter series provides 36 W of output power at 12 VDC

April 11, 2014 2:13 pm | Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. (Atkinson, NH) introduced the new Cool Power Technologies 36-W wide input range 32nd brick DC/DC converter series. These open frame modules provide 36 W of output power at 12 VDC – appropriate for

Industrial electronics chip market rebounds, invigorated by resurgent activity

April 11, 2014 1:19 pm | News | Comments

Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life last year, boding well for an even more energetic 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

Engineering Newswire: Disposable drones printed for cheap spying

April 11, 2014 1:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

At the University of Sheffield, engineers are 3D printing unmanned aircraft. The thought is that production costs could be low enough that this would lead to disposable UAVs to be sent on one-way flights for delivery, search, or reconnaissance purposes....

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Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers

April 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Chicago researchers and their colleagues at University College London have performed a proof-of-concept experiment that will aid the future development of programmable quantum computers. Many complex problems are difficult and slow to solve using conventional computers....

New research on gigabit wireless communications

April 11, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research on gigabit wireless communications has been presented by researchers from the University of Bristol at the world's leading wireless communications and networking conference, IEEE WCNC 2014, in Turkey earlier this week [Monday 6 to Wednesday 9 April]....

Thermoelectric generator on glass fabric for wearable electronic devices

April 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Wearable computers or devices have been hailed as the next generation of mobile electronic gadgets, from smart watches to smart glasses to smart pacemakers. For electronics to be worn by a user, they must be light, flexible, and equipped with a power source, which could be a portable, long-lasting battery....

Appearance of night-shining clouds has increased

April 11, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

First spotted in 1885, silvery blue clouds sometimes hover in the night sky near the poles, appearing to give off their own glowing light. Known as noctilucent clouds, this phenomenon began to be sighted at lower and lower latitudes -- between the 40th and 50th parallel....

Construction to begin on NASA spacecraft set to visit asteroid in 2018

April 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This determination was made Wednesday....

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Single connector solution suits thin-screen LED televisions and monitors

April 11, 2014 12:20 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Walldorf, Germany) introduced its IllumiMate 1.00- and 1.25-mm pitch wire-to-board connector system, offering today’s flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers more mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and

LED solar simulator provides more than one sun of total irradiance

April 11, 2014 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) introduced the Model 2910A-100-SOL high power, multi-wavelength LED illuminator for testing photovoltaic devices that meets Class AAA solar simulator requirements of IEC 60904-9 for spectral match, uniformity of irradiance, and

Varistors include nickel barrier terminations

April 11, 2014 11:15 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s (Raleigh, NC) ZV Series of SMD multilayer varistors is available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work

BLOODHOUND team predict the impact of the 1,000 mph supersonic car

April 11, 2014 11:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new paper from the Swansea University, College of Engineering team working on the BLOODHOUND SSC (Supersonic car) project has been published on the aerodynamic characteristics of travelling at 1,000mph. Simulations have looked at how the car will cope....

Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

April 11, 2014 11:02 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development....

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Military plans to use drones as flying Wi-Fi hotspots

April 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

For civilians, a dearth of Wi-Fi is a minor inconvenience. First-world problems. But for our troops in the field, a lack of connectivity can kill you. No connection means no close-air support and no reinforcements. Hence the military’s push to turn drones into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots....

Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

April 11, 2014 9:22 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version....

Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

April 11, 2014 9:10 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key....

Photos of the Day: Creating music with gloves

April 11, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Grammy-winning electronic artist Imogen Heap recently launched a Kickstarter project for the Mi.Mu gloves, capable of creating music with various hand gestures. The Mi.Mu gloves include an IMU motion tracker along with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer....

Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

Four-channel portable oscilloscope samples at 5 GS/s

April 10, 2014 3:25 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corp. introduced its 190-504 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeter Portable Oscilloscope, said to be the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a four-channel handheld, sealed, and rugged oscilloscope without compromising

Photos of the Day: A device that charges your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An Israeli startup called StoreDot has created a prototype for a device capable of fully charging a smartphone in 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated the tech at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference, and the finished product will hit the market sometime in 2016....

Varactor diodes suit automotive, consumer, defense, and infrastructure markets

April 10, 2014 1:22 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks (Woburn, MA) introduced a series of surface-mount, silicon, hyperabrupt junction tuning varactor diodes. The SMV2026 Series provides high capacitance ratio and low-series resistance, and it is suitable for use in

Thin film chip resistors offer power rating to 2 W in 2512 size

April 10, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced that it has extended the power rating of PTN Series precision surface-mount thin film chip resistors in the 2512 case size to 2 W. Built using a self-passivated, moisture-resistant tantalum nitride resistive film technology, the devices combine

Engineering Update #53: A guide to charging your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge your phone from a few hours to about 30 seconds by creating chemically synthesized bioorganic peptide molecules—called nano dots—that—as the name suggests—are really tiny....

This technology could save your car from disaster

April 10, 2014 8:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The automotive industry is making some pretty large improvements in terms of technology. In the past few years, there have been improvements in vehicle communications—including V2V and V2X systems—as well as in areas like vehicle safety and infotainment systems....

Inductive sensor designed as a drop-in replacement for potentiometers in hydraulic cylinders

April 9, 2014 4:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) is pleased to announce the ME Series Linear Position Sensors for embedded use in measuring the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in industrial, mobile, or subsea applications. The ME Series is designed to be drop-in form, fit, and function replacements....

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