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Photos of the Day: Lightfair 2015

May 15, 2015 2:46 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2015, which took the event back to its home at the Javits Center in NYC, was all about the smart systems and integrated lighting solutions.

Latest self-driving Google car heading to public streets

May 15, 2015 10:02 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

Engineering Newswire: Army M249 Squad Automatic Weapon sheds the pounds

May 15, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

U.S. Army engineers redesigned and lightened the M249 machine gun, taking it down from 17.5 to 9.2 pounds. The M249, formerly known as the Squad Automatic Weapon has even taken a different name – the Cased Telescoped Light Machine Gun, or CT LMG.

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2015 IMPACT Awards Market Disruptor Winner

May 15, 2015 9:16 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This award is designed to highlight any product from any category as one that forever changed the electronic engineering industry or a particular vertical within the industry. No matter what the specific product is, the focus should be on industry impact.

ECN proudly presents the 2015 IMPACT Award Winners

May 15, 2015 8:40 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

On May 13th, 2015, ECN announced the winners of the 2015 IMPACT Awards in a lavish ceremony that took place in conjunction with EDS. ECN would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this year's event a smashing success....

Engineering Update #110: A VTOL plug-in hybrid-electric flying car

May 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

It’s fair to say that flying cars have excited the public’s imagination since at least the 1920s when Henry Ford produced a flimsy aircraft that garnered press but ultimately killed its pilot. And the excitement continued throughout the 20th century....

Molecular switch that promotes heart cell maturation discovered

May 12, 2015 6:12 pm | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | News | Comments

A molecular switch that seems to be essential for embryonic heart cells to grow into more mature, adult-like heart cells has been discovered. The discovery should help scientist better understand how ...

Self-driving cars getting in accidents on public roads

May 12, 2015 3:23 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads.

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Let’s talk about space

May 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Most of the time, my job is just like any other job. I have day-to-day responsibilities like debating topics with commenters, writing blogs about things that annoy the commenters, and then writing up blogs about the terrible things commenters sometimes say.

The quantum dots revolution

May 11, 2015 3:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Articles | Comments

Quantum dots are the most important technological development that no one has heard of. At least not when compared to the buzz about 4K, curved displays, the Internet of Things, or other Consumer Electronic Show (CES) titans.

Ensuring security in the connected home

May 11, 2015 8:34 am | by Ogi Brkic, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Elliptic Technologies | Articles | Comments

If you recently visited one of the many consumer trade shows, it was hard to miss the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices targeting home automation.

Designing power management ICs for modern uses

May 8, 2015 3:43 pm | by Peter Wilson, Sr. Staff Product Marketing Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

Power management ICs have evolved and are now standard in applications like standard 12 V rail supplies and embedded systems that require high efficiency and low power usage.

1W DC-DC converters offer a wider temperature range and increased isolation

May 8, 2015 3:30 pm | by XP Power | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced three SIP packaged 1 Watt DC-DC converters with both single and dual output models. Aimed at applications requiring a high performance DC-DC converter, the products feature industry standard pinouts and offer an increased efficiency, higher isolation, and a wider operating temperature range than previous products.

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Wireless charging transmit coil adheres to the A11 specification

May 8, 2015 3:20 pm | by AK Stamping Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A.K. Stamping Company, Inc. is pleased to announce their new A2311 Transmit Coil designed to work within the A11 specification of the WPC (Qi) standard. A true bifilar Tesla coil design enables these stamped coils to be significantly thinner (0.3mm for coil alone, 2mm for coil mounted to optional ferrite shield) than ...

Single-channel load switch features 4.5V to 12V input

May 8, 2015 3:20 pm | by Diodes, Inc. | Diodes, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Diodes Incorporated introduces a single-channel load switch designed to operate from 4.5V up to 12V with a near-zero quiescent supply current that makes it suitable for use in battery-powered netbooks, tablets and e-Readers. The AP22850 can handle power up/down sequencing with load currents up to 8A and adjustable ...

Wraparound chip resistors offer power ratings to 2 W

May 8, 2015 3:18 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has extended its RCWE series of thick film surface-mount wraparound chip resistors with new devices in the 0612 and 1020 case sizes. Featuring long side terminations, the Vishay Dale RCWE0612 and RCWE1020 provide four times the power dissipation of standard devices in equivalent ...

Ethernet switch designed for use in mass transit or industrial environments

May 8, 2015 3:18 pm | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for use in trains, mass transit or industrial environments, MEN Micro’s robust NH30 29-Gigabit Ethernet switch offers carrier grade Layer 2 and Layer 3 VLAN routing capabilities. The pre-configured CompactPCI Serial NH30, which comes in a half 19-inch format, is an additional member of the modular ...

High-power amplifier provides maximum flexibility for the end user

May 8, 2015 3:17 pm | by Empower Rf Systems | Empower Rf Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, and user interface / functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market. Next appearing at MTT-S IMS 2015 in Phoenix, AZ, the company ...

Testing system meets new immunity testing requirements

May 8, 2015 3:05 pm | by Teseq, Inc. | Teseq, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq now offers a testing system that meets the new requirements for immunity testing to low frequency disturbances in the frequency range of 15 Hz to 150 kHz. The NSG 4060 complies with current testing standards including EN 61326-3-1, IEC 61850-3, IEC 60255-22-7, IEC 60533/IEC 60945 ...

This is what the future of STEM looks like

May 8, 2015 2:19 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The STEM student of the week feature is one of my favorite things to do. It's pretty amazing to read about what some kids (and young adults) are working on.

Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?

May 8, 2015 1:42 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | News | Comments

Lack of quality demographic data is a major obstacle to infrastructure planning in the developing world. In a recent study, a team of researchers from the Santa Fe Institute in the U.S., the University of Manchester in the U.K., and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in ...

IC designed for the real-time measurement of AC power

May 8, 2015 1:25 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. added a new member to its power-monitoring IC portfolio, the MCP39F511. This highly integrated and accurate single-phase power-monitoring IC, designed for the real-time measurement of AC power, combines the most popular power calculations with unique advanced features, making it ideal for ...

Photos of the Day: Altered-gravity aircraft inaugurated

May 8, 2015 1:22 pm | by European Space Agency (ESA) | News | Comments

ESA, France’s space agency CNES and the German aerospace centre DLR inaugurated the Airbus A310 ZERO-G refitted for altered gravity by running 12 scientific experiments this week. Repeatedly putting the aircraft on an ...

LED flood light provides 13,000 lumens while drawing only 150 watts of power

May 8, 2015 1:20 pm | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics continues its commitment to providing high grade lighting equipment to specialty markets with the release of a 150 watt marine and outdoor rated LED flood light. The GAU-LED-160W-RT outdoor rated LED flood light from Larson Electronics provides operators with ...

Aluminum capacitors feature high capacitance to 47,000 µF

May 8, 2015 1:05 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of miniaturized snap-in power aluminum capacitors with high capacitance from 820 µF to 47,000 µF in compact cases down to 20 mm by 25 mm. Designed for audio, industrial, and general power supply applications, 256 PMG-SI capacitors offer a ...

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