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First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3-D models of space weather

March 27, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created. New footage put together by an international team led by University of Cambridge researchers shows how entangled magnetic field lines looping...

New guidance system could improve minimally invasive surgery

March 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room. In a report published recently in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology...

Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

March 27, 2014 1:43 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7 1/2 billion miles from the sun. It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland.

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Chemicals not in your line of sight? RFID gives you a clear view

March 27, 2014 1:24 pm | by Angela Hoffman, Northern Apex Corporation | Blogs | Comments

There are known issues within laboratories that involve tracking, inventorying and accounting for compounds, chemicals and reagents. If this issue has ever presented itself in your laboratory, radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions will help you and your staff....

Engineering Update Episode 51: Hypersonic weapons needed to defeat advanced anti-aircraft systems

March 27, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Cold War officially ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but old habits die hard, and since the fall of the iron curtain, Russian-American relations have been a tad ... frosty. This led a senior Pentagon staffer called for hypersonic weapons....

2014 ECN Impact Awards Finalists

March 27, 2014 9:13 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

ECN is proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 ECN IMPACT Awards. The 78 finalists were chosen for each of the 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The winners will be announced on May 6, 2014 at the EDS show in Las Vegas.

Help NASA pick the next space suit

March 27, 2014 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last time America was allowed to vote on something online, we ended up with a cat as the new piece to Monopoly. (Thanks, America.) Absolutely no one was surprised because when you count on the internet to select things, you’re playing with fire....

Photos of the Day: A solar-powered toilet

March 27, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

The Sol-Char Toilet was a product of the Reinvent the Toilet initiative, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal was to "develop waterless, hygienic toilets that do not require a sewer connection or electricity and cost less than five cents per user per day"....

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Temperature-compensated crystal oscillators include accuracy to +/-.5ppm or better

March 26, 2014 4:52 pm | Precision Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Devices Inc. (Middleton, WI) has announced a major expansion of its TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) product line. These new products target applications where available circuit board space is at a premium or products that require excellent long term precision....

Flexible light pipes rated to IP67 and NEMA 6P

March 26, 2014 4:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) provides design flexibility in new installations and retrofit/replacement applications with its FLX44 Series light pipe. Part of the Flexfire light pipe family, the FLX44 Series offers a 0.313” (7.95mm) panel opening threaded lens and IP67 / NEMA 6P ratings for harsh environments....

Electronic Design Innovation Conference

March 26, 2014 3:27 pm | Events

EDI CON is an industry-driven conference/exhibition targeting RF, microwave, EMC/EMI, and high-speed digital design engineers and system integrators developing products for today's communication, computing, RFID, wireless, navigation, aerospace and related markets....

Power IC model library features over 550 high fidelity and correlated simulation models

March 26, 2014 3:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EMA Design Automation announced version 4.1 of the AEi Systems’ Power IC Model Library for the Cadence PSpice simulator with over 550 high fidelity and correlated simulation models for power electronic designs. The Power IC Model Library includes model netlists....

Sensor designed for transportation electronic power steering

March 26, 2014 2:44 pm | Tt Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

TT Electronics’ (Fullerton, CA) Sensing and Control division has expanded its series of sensors for electronic power steering (EPS) applications. The new Magnetorque Plus combines TT Electronics’ proven non-contacting torque sensor with a multi-turn position sensor in a single compact package....

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Surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts

March 26, 2014 2:30 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SM Series from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh NC) offers a robust wirewound product in a surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts in a single part. Some applications require power handling of at least 2 watts, but design engineers have concerns about parts cracking....

10 watt LED hazardous location light includes a day/night sensor and manual on/off switch

March 26, 2014 2:20 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has released a solar-powered, explosion-proof LED light fixture with an optional strobe or steady burn configuration. This explosion-proof LED light and solar panel combination includes a day/night sensor, manual on/off switch, and a motion sensor....

Cree first to break 300 lumens-per-watt barrier

March 26, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Cree, Inc. records another significant LED milestone with the demonstration of 303 lumens per watt from a white high power LED. Reaching the landmark achievement much faster than previously believed possible, this result surpasses Cree’s previous R&D industry best....

Crimp-style, wire-to-board, sub-miniature size connector serves LED applications

March 26, 2014 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEX Series wire-to-board, crimp style, disconnectable connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offer subminiature size and reliable contact construction for high-density applications. These 2.5 mm (.098”) pitch, bottom entry, SMT connectors are polarized....

In search of a few good apps

March 26, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While the Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines for the regulation of mobile health (mHealth) apps that act as medical devices or as accessories to medical devices, the vast majority of mHealth apps remain unregulated and unevaluated.

Robotic arm probes chemistry of 3-D objects by mass spectrometry

March 26, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When life on Earth first started, simple molecules bonded together into precursors of modern genetic material. One theory is that the catalytic minerals on a meteorite's surface jump-started life's first chemical reactions. But scientists need a way to directly analyze these rough, irregularly shaped surfaces....

Evaluation and development kit targeted at Industrial Internet of Things applications

March 25, 2014 4:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Echelon Corporation (San Jose, CA) introduced the FT 6000 Evaluation and Development Kit (EVK), targeted at developers who are creating, testing and deploying devices and control applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The FT 6000 EVK packages the essential elements....

Adapter ideal for charging lithium ion batteries

March 25, 2014 3:50 pm | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA (Fremont, CA) has modified one of its top-selling products, the 10W ultra-thin PSA10F Series adapter, to include a DC cord terminated by a Micro-B USB connector. Designated the PSA10F-050, the power adapter has an output of 5V and 2A....

Ultra-broadband capacitors designed to address DC blocking from 16KHz to 40GHz

March 25, 2014 3:32 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has introduced a new series of ultra-broadband capacitors designed to address DC blocking from 16KHz to 40GHz.Exhibiting ultra-broadband performance, extremely low insertion loss, and excellent return loss, the new GX0S Series capacitors are packaged in a compact 0301 case....

Dual IGBT gate driver features two high-current outputs

March 25, 2014 3:25 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (Beverly, MA) announced the availability of the IX2204 Dual IGBT Gate Driver. The IX2204 features two high-current outputs, each capable of sourcing 2A and sinking 4A. Manufactured on IXYS ICD's advanced BCDMOS Silicon on Insulator (SOI) process...

Engineering Live: The Internet of Things (On Demand)

March 25, 2014 3:03 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Check out the On-Demand version of The Internet of Things Engineering Live. IoT thought leaders from leading organizations, including Libelium, IBM,Texas Instruments, and Sierra Wireless, team up with ECN Editor-in-Chief David Mantey to discuss the present and future....

Feds reach out to kids over online predators

March 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal agents are reaching out to children to get them to use street smarts online in a nationwide push to prevent sexual exploitation cases. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will send agents to school auditoriums and community centers across the country....

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