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Tracking exploding lithium-ion batteries in real-time

April 28, 2015 2:02 pm | by University College London | News | Comments

What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging. Understanding how Li-ion batteries fail and potentially cause ...

Connectors designed for combined signal and power transmission

April 28, 2015 1:33 pm | by Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. | Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max is pleased to introduce new connector products designed for combined signal and power transmission. These connectors eliminate having to choose separate connectors for power and signal, simplify board layouts, provide versatility and deliver reliable and consistent performance. They are offering two new connector sets....

Letter to the Editor: Engineers must take the lead

April 28, 2015 1:23 pm | by PD&D Staff | News | Comments

My initial reaction, the emotional one, to the idea of an autonomous car was: Anyone who would buy or even ride in such a car has got to be out of his mind. Technology is not the issue. As Musk says - it’s a doable problem. The problem is the car makers....

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Antennas

April 28, 2015 1:07 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

With the demand for wider frequency coverage and complex designs with fast data retrieval continuing to increase, antennas need to be smaller while still maintaining their integrity. This category spotlights innovation among antenna types....

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Analog & Mixed Signal ICs

April 28, 2015 12:59 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The real world provides us with oceans of signals such as voice, sound, pressure, temperature, and electricity. The success of the electronic device often depends on how well we turn those signals into precise, reliable data. Examples of products for Award consideration in this category ...

19.5" LCD delivers 4K2K resolution

April 28, 2015 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America has introduced a new 19.5” diagonal 4K2K resolution LCD developed by NLT Technologies Ltd. with a proprietary pixel structure that delivers high transmissivity and high-density color display. The new LCD utilizes NLT’s proprietary new Super Fine TFT2 (SFT2) technology, which is ...

Forget the watch: Apple's iPhones are still the main event

April 28, 2015 9:45 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The iPhone is still the engine behind Apple's phenomenal success, even if attention lately has been focused on its new smartwatch. While skeptics question whether the company's future is tied too much to one product, the iPhone's popularity was the ...

Wireless Minute: NailO turns your fingernail into a tiny trackpad

April 28, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Dipierro, Janine Mooney | Videos | Comments

Whenever I'm cooking, it's always difficult to actually prepare the meal, hold seven hundred things in your hand, and then flip the page on the recipe book to see what the next step is. The NailO wants to help. A team at the MIT Media Lab is ...

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Linear position sensors designed for metrology and dimensional gauging

April 28, 2015 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

H G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group is pleased to announce it has released a line of spring-extend AC-LVDT based dimensional gauging probes (aka pencil probes) for QC metrology, X-Y tables, and automotive/medical/aerospace test stands. These dimensional gauging probes are regularly used with ...

What Does IoT + Big Data Mean to You?

April 27, 2015 4:38 pm | by David Belanger, Senior Research Fellow in the Business Intelligence and Analysis Program at Stevens Institute of Technology and co-leader of the IEEE Big Data Initiative | Blogs | Comments

As you think these through, I have a piece of advice. Think very broadly about the data that you have or might generate. There is a wealth of open source data available from the government and many other sources.

Power inductors ideal for electric vehicle applications

April 27, 2015 1:47 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s new AGP4233 Series shielded power inductors offer a unique combination of high current handling and high inductance, making them ideal for high-current power supply and filtering applications such as those used in electric vehicle start-stop systems. They are offered in twelve standard inductance values from ...

X-47B completes world’s first autonomous aerial refueling

April 27, 2015 11:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You might remember the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator as the first drone to execute a carrier landing. And now this semi-autonomous jet-powered craft has hit another milestone – the first Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) operation.

Photos of the Day: Giant Lego statue weighs a ton

April 27, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Enthusiasts dressed as comic book Super Heroes stand in front of the UK’s largest LEGO statue as it is unveiled at the London premiere of LEGO Super Heroes: Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron at Westfield Shopping Centre, London, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015....

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Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines

April 27, 2015 9:10 am | by DOE/Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets. The new alloy--a potential replacement for high-performance ...

Current-sense transformers detect switching current up to 40 Amps

April 27, 2015 8:57 am | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

The CST2010 Series of current sense transformers from Coilcraft detect switching current up to 40 Amps over a frequency range of 50 to 500 kHz while also isolating circuits electrically, resulting in up to 10X lower power dissipation than current sense resistors. This makes them ideal for ...

X-47B first to complete autonomous aerial refueling

April 23, 2015 4:25 pm | by Naval Air Systems Command | News | Comments

The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program.

The industry’s first 600V GaN transistor in a TO-247 package

April 23, 2015 4:17 pm | Transphorm, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm Inc. is offering engineering samples of its TPH3205WS transistor, the first 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride) transistor in a TO-247 package. Offering 63 mOhm R(on) and 34A ratings, the device utilizes the company’s Quiet Tab source-tab connection design, which reduces EMI at high dv/dt to enable low switching loss and high-speed ...

How this student went from watching the fish tank to diving with whale sharks

April 23, 2015 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Growing up, my family had a huge fish tank in our office that I would sit in front of for hours like it was a television set.

Autonomous driving: A problem solved?

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal because the "two-ton death machines" will be too dangerous.

Preventative human maintenance will tell you right & wrong

April 23, 2015 1:45 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I have yet to jump on the wearable bandwagon. I am without Fitbit and smart shoe, and I find the prospect of textiles as hardware unnerving. Some of this is due to a shopping aversion, but a large part of it is that, even as a self-confessed statistical junkie ...

Dual-channel TDR locates faults on all metallic cables

April 23, 2015 12:57 pm | by Megger | Product Releases | Comments

Megger now offers the TDR2010, a dual channel, high resolution time domain reflectometer (TDR) for locating faults on all metallic cables, including twisted pair wires and coax cables. This new TDR features a large (800 x 400 pixels), extra high-resolution (to 0.1 m), backlit, WVGA color LCD display with user definable tones.

Shielded power inductors provide inductance values up to 33 µH

April 23, 2015 12:39 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s XAL15xx Family of rugged, magnetically-shielded power inductors are offered in two versions – one providing saturation current ratings up to 111 Amps and the other offering inductance values as high as 33 µH – delivering the highest levels of performance in the smallest possible space....

SBCs provide heightened data security

April 23, 2015 12:38 pm | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has enhanced the C111 and C112, two of its Freescale T4-based single-slot 6U SBCs to include the new, low power, multi-core, multi-processor T4080 QorIQ with AltiVec technology. The T4080 processor significantly enhances computing performance and optimizes energy efficiency for ...

Hubble celebrates 25 years with this incredible photo

April 23, 2015 12:24 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

First of all, let's wish a happy 25th birthday to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, which will reach a quarter century of providing incredible information and pictures on Friday, April 24th.

Google officially launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program ...

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