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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Test & Measurement

May 1, 2015 4:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This category honors the best instruments and test software available to assist electronic design engineers. Examples of products in this category include, but are not limited to: analyzers, waveform generators, data acquisition, dataloggers, meters, multimeters ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Solid State Lighting

May 1, 2015 4:18 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The craze for efficient lighting sees no sign of stopping. Here, we honor solid state lighting fixtures, lamps and luminaires, discrete LEDs, OLEDs and drivers and solid state lighting modules/controllers....

AVX to attend & announce new products at EDS 2015

May 1, 2015 4:12 pm | News | Comments

AVX Corporation is attending the 2015 Electronic Distribution Show (EDS), which will take place May 12 – 15 at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. At the event, AVX will introduce four new products, meet with its various sales and distribution partners, and attend ...

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Pulsar with widest orbit ever detected

May 1, 2015 2:43 pm | by National Radio Astronomy Observatory | News | Comments

A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers using ...

Mars researchers suspend reality when working in Utah desert

May 1, 2015 2:37 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars Society chose the American Southwest for its training facility because the soil and lack of vegetation resemble the landscape of the red planet, but that's where the similarities end. Most of the simulations in Utah require participants to imagine the ...

SpaceX mile-high escape test will feature 'Buster' the dummy

May 1, 2015 2:34 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace writer | News | Comments

SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives. Buster, the dummy, is already strapped in for Wednesday's nearly mile-high ride from Cape Canaveral, Florida....

Engineering Newswire: Modular robotic vehicle moves like a crab

May 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

NASA’s modular robotic vehicle, or MRV, was developed to advance technologies for applications in future space and earth vehicles. Some of these technologies include redundant by-wire systems, liquid cooling, motor technology ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Software Design

May 1, 2015 2:07 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Without software, we’d still be sketching on napkins and hunched over our draft boards. This category serves to reward any new design engineering software or new feature added to existing software in 2014. Product categories include, but are not limited to ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Sensors

May 1, 2015 2:01 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Our increasingly automated world makes sensors a prime category for innovation. Examples of products for Award consideration in this category include, but are not limited to: sensors, MEMS, accelerometers, gyroscopes/position sensors ...

Bourns’ FLAT Gas Discharge Tube named as 2015 ECN Impact Award Finalist

May 1, 2015 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Bourns, Inc. announced that its FLAT Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) technology has been named a finalist for a 2015 ECN IMPACT Award in the “passive components and discrete” category. Compared to a Bournssurface mount 8 mm GDT ...

SMD dual antenna includes both inertial navigation and GPS-compassing capabilities

May 1, 2015 12:58 pm | VectorNav Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

VectorNav Technologies introduced a surface mount version of its market- leading VN-300 Dual Antenna GPS-aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS). The VN-300 surface mount device (SMD) is a miniature MEMS-based inertial navigation module that includes both inertial navigation and GPS- compassing capabilities....

2.4" TFT transmissive display includes operating temperature of -20 to 70ºC

May 1, 2015 11:56 am | by Microtips Technology | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology is excited to announce their small 2.4" TFT transmissive display, normal white, with a operating temperature of -20-70ºC and a storage temperature of -30 ~ 80 degrees Celsius. They also have a bountiful of small-size displays, 1.44 etc. They complete many customizations ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: RF Amplifiers

May 1, 2015 10:45 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Amplifiers are important in wireless communications for increasing the voltage, current, or power of a signal. They accept a varying input signal and produce an output signal that varies the same way, but with larger amplitude.

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Passive Components & Discrete Semiconductors

May 1, 2015 10:41 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Passive components don’t require external power to function, but they play a powerful role in today’s electronics by performing a variety of tasks. Resistors, capacitors, coils, inductors and filters are just some of the product types this category aims to honor.

Photos of the Day: Amazon CEO launches unmanned test flight

May 1, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the latest development in the commercial space race, the private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos launched their unmanned spaceship in its maiden test flight.

High-tech 'Smart Care' apartment aims to improve health care for seniors

May 1, 2015 9:58 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment next month that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to ...

Power supplies include a repeatable waveform from 600 Hz to 3000 Hz

May 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Amada Miyachi | Product Releases | Comments

Miyachi America Corporation announces its new IS-800CR and IS-1400CR mid-frequency inverter power supplies. These new power supplies are perfect for a wide range of aerospace, electronic automotive, battery, and appliance applications, including commutator fusing, copper wire to terminal, sheet metal, and bus bar....

Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space? (On Demand)

May 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

Engineering Update #108: An all-girls engineering class

April 30, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Women make up only 14 percent of engineers, and the lack of female engineers in the field has been a topic of much discussion and concern. Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey has been experiencing this problem firsthand....

IR emitters reduce component count and solution cost

April 30, 2015 2:16 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the release of new high-speed 940 nm infrared (IR) emitters in leaded and SMD packages. Built on Vishay's SurfLight surface emitter chip technology, the Vishay Semiconductors devices provide up to five times greater radiant intensity than ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Power Sources & Conditioning Devices

April 30, 2015 1:48 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Power is the backbone of the electronics industry, with limitless applications as well as devices used to supply and/or manipulate the power. Here is just a small sampling of some component types that are eligible: power supplies/SMPS, converters ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Microwave & RF

April 30, 2015 1:42 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Whether it’s smart phones/portable devices, electronic warfare, wireless networking or near-field communications (NFC), some of the most exciting advancements in the industry involve over-the-air communications. This category recognizes ...

Engineering of the Viking Age

April 30, 2015 1:31 pm | by The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) | Videos | Comments

At the Big Bang Fair 2015, IET talked to SV Educational Services to find out what great engineering advancements caused the Vikings to be such a violent and dominating force.

House bill could save the A-10 (for selfish reasons)

April 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The House officially introduced a version of the annual defense budget that would save the A-10 Thunderbolt II. And this little proxy war is a perfect illustration of the ugly politics behind the F-35 and, really, defense programs in general....

LED offers increased reliability for rear projection systems

April 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced the P2W 01 LED, a highly reliable addition to its Osram Ostar Projection series. This new LED contains four chips that can be controlled in two separate groups. This provides an integrated solution that, in the event of emergencies, offers trouble-free operation in safety-related ...

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