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NASA's SDO spots a summer solar flare

July 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground....

25-Watt 1”x 1” DC/DC converter offers a 2:1 input range

July 9, 2014 11:40 am | Contech, A Division Of Calex | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech (Concord, CA) announced the “QMS” Series of DC/DC converters. The QMS Series offers up to 25 Watts of fully regulated output power. The series offers a 2:1 input range with nominal input voltages of 12 V, 24 V, and 48 VDC.

Researchers led by Stanford engineer figure out how to make more efficient fuel cells

July 9, 2014 11:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solar power and other sources of renewable energy can help combat global warming but they have a drawback: they don't produce energy as predictably as plants powered by oil, coal or natural gas. Solar panels only produce electricity when the sun is shining, and wind turbines are only productive when the wind is brisk....

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Two-way 90-degree power splitter suits CATV, broadband and FTTx applications

July 9, 2014 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new two-way 90-degree power splitter suited for CATV, Broadband and FTTx applications. The MAPD-011018 is both 260ºC reflow compatible and surface mountable.

Lighting control sensors available with Passive Infrared, Ultrasonic (US), and Dual Technology

July 9, 2014 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) announced today that Hubbell Building Automation (HBA) has enhanced its popular wall switch vacancy and occupancy sensor family with the introduction of the LightHAWK2. From conference rooms, offices, and hallways to storage areas, restrooms, and hotel guest rooms ...

IR receivers promise simplified designs for data transmission

July 9, 2014 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) has released two new miniaturized infrared (IR) receivers designed specifically for low-speed data transmission. The TSDP34138/56 and TSDP34338/56 are optimized for low-complexity, low-cost signaling.

IEEE 802.3bt: Not all detection schemes are equal

July 9, 2014 10:21 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Can you safely apply power to equipment connected to a PoE-enabled switch when performing detection on all four pairs in parallel? In order to answer that question, let’s look at some of the consequences of detecting PDs on all four pairs (also referred to as both alternatives) in parallel.

Sensor IC includes integrated capacitor

July 9, 2014 10:08 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces a new Hall-effect based integrated circuit (IC) that provides a user-friendly solution for true zero-speed digital ring magnet and gear tooth sensing in two-wire applications. Allegro’s A1688 wheel speed sensor IC is targeted at the automotive market....

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Kasey's Korner: This material can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight

July 9, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

MIT engineers have created a new material that can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight. The material uses micro lattices with nanoscale features for a material that offers great strength with ultra low density. The researchers utilized a high-precision 3d printing process called projection micro stereolithography to create a material that is 400 times stronger than an object of similar density.

Attenuators suitable for broadcast, HDTV, and satcom applications

July 8, 2014 3:30 pm | by ECN Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA) has announced their expanded line of 75 Ohm F attenuators. This new line of F-type attenuators is suitable for broadcast, HDTV, and satcom applications in the L and S microwave bands up to 3 GHz....

Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of galaxy at 1 million kilometers per hour

July 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. The supermassive black holes in the cores of some galaxies drive massive outflows of molecular hydrogen gas....

The War on Error

July 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by Craig Jones, VP Global Supports Services, PRISYM ID | Blogs | Comments

Product recall is a key issue for the global medical devices industry. With expensively manufactured devices, as well as hard-earned brand reputations, routinely destroyed in the wake of a recall notice, the costs are high; productivity, profitability and speed to market are blown apart, while patient care also takes a hit....

Reflective optical encoders target low power miniaturized motion control systems

July 8, 2014 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) announced a new series of 3-channel reflective optical encoder devices, the AEDR-87xx. The devices are suitable for use in low power miniaturized motion control systems such as stepper motors, electrical actuators, piezoelectric drives and …

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3-position panel mount connector handles 22 A at 600 V

July 8, 2014 12:49 pm | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Product (Sterling, MA) announced the addition of the Panel Mount Connector to the 3 Position Mini PL family of SPEC Pak sealed connectors. This compact, panel mountable connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V AC/DC (UL). The Panel Mount Connector is secured to a panel via a jam nut....

Kasey's Korner: This material could change solar cell history

July 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While solar cells offer a great opportunity for alternative energy, they also contain cadmium chloride, which is a toxic substance. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary substance that greatly improves solar efficiency in the panel materials allowing for a conversion efficiency of over 15 percent.

How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

July 8, 2014 8:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn....

Photos of the Day: A dragon motorcycle

July 7, 2014 12:54 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Orange County Choppers (OCC) partnered with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon. It includes a 3D-printed head, tail, and spikes made out of PC-ABS. The body, arms, and legs were machined out of a high density foam....

RF subsystem operates over the E-band frequency spectrum from 71- 86 GHz

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | Ducommun Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DLT (Carson, CA) has announced the release of E-band Radio link RF subsystem. This subsystem operates over the E-band frequency spectrum from 71- 86 GHz. One of its applications can be found in the E-band multi-gigabit wireless communication system, which offers local area networks....

Three-phase DIN rail power supplies designed for tight spaces

July 7, 2014 12:20 pm | Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect (ASI) (Mechanicsburg, PA) has announced compact 80 mm wide three-phase DIN rail power supplies for tight spaces. The twelve models in the series meet the Machinery Directive EN60204-1 requirements and have a 92%+ maximum efficiency rating....

Nano drive delivers 4000 W in any industrial environment

July 7, 2014 12:18 pm | Elmo Motion Control Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elmo Motion Control (Petach Tikva, Israel) released its Gold Twitter miniature, high-power servo drive. At 18 g  less than1 oz.) in weight, and less than 13 cm3, the drive delivers up to 4000 W of qualitative power, ultra high current such as…

DC-DC converters feature remote on/off, remote sense, and output voltage adjustment

July 7, 2014 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business (Dallas, TX) has launched its new SHHN000A3CL isolated DC-DC converters, providing board designers with a bipolar dual-output module in a compact footprint. The latest addition to GE’s Hammerhead series of power modules ...

Forecasting the development of breakthrough technologies to enable novel space missions

July 7, 2014 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new report, Technological Breakthroughs for Scientific Progress (TECHBREAK), has been published today by the European Science Foundation. The European Science Foundation (ESF) was contacted at the end of 2009 to conduct a foresight activity for the European Space Agency (ESA)....

The Grim Reaper flies ... with help from a drone

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

You may have seen the viral video making its rounds — the mythical entity otherwise known as the Grim Reaper, the personification of Death, flies around, scaring the s*** out of unwitting bystanders. Is the Apocalypse nigh at hand? Is the Angel of Death here to claim human souls? Well, not quite....

COTS card performs data acquisition, signal processing and storage in XMC form factor

July 7, 2014 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP’s (Austin, TX) FM788 FPGA-based COTS card is designed to perform in a variety of applications, including beamforming, direction finding, RADAR, and satellite communications. This XMC module is based on Xilinx’s Virtex-7 and features …

Kasey's Korner: Forget steel, try ice and sawdust

July 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Pykrete, a material made of ice and sawdust, was first introduced by British inventor Geoffrey Pyke during World War II as a solution to the steel shortage.

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