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NASA spacecraft in Earth’s orbit, preparing to study magnetic reconnection

March 13, 2015 2:01 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection....

Custom substrates increase design flexibility and density

March 12, 2015 5:45 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has added a new sidewall patterning capability to its custom thin film substrate offering. This capability allows Vishay to provide conductive patterning on up to four surfaces with compact line width and gap dimensions, increasing design flexibility and density for miniaturization ...

30 Watt power supply designed with industry’s smallest footprint

March 12, 2015 5:07 pm | by XP Power | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced the EML30 series of 30 Watt single output ultra compact AC-DC power supplies designed for use in medical applications. The EML30 series has the smallest footprint and the highest power density in the industry when compared to other similar 30 Watt power supplies with medical safety approvals....

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UPS system extends native 575-600V capabilities to power applications

March 12, 2015 5:03 pm | by Emerson Network Power | Emerson Network Power | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power introduced the Liebert NXL 400kVA, 575-600V on-line, maximum protection Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system. The new system extends native 575-600V capabilities to power applications that require a high degree of resiliency. This UL listed UPS is now available in the U.S. and Canada ...

Lighting solution is up to 80 percent more efficient than expiring HID technologies

March 12, 2015 2:41 pm | by Photonic Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Photonic Laboratories is introducing its Ballast Direct technology, a patent-pending lighting solution that makes it fast and efficient to replace expiring HID and fluorescent lighting with high-quality, high-efficiency LEDs. The revolutionary solution can be installed in just minutes and is up to 80 percent ...

Touchscreen controller family includes advanced features for smartphones

March 12, 2015 2:26 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp.introduced the TrueTouch CYTT21X/31X capacitive touchscreen controller family that enables smartphones, e-readers and low-cost tablets to offer multiple advanced features. The CYTT31X controller supports input from a passive stylus with a tip as fine as 2.5 mm....

Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

Growing microgrid market enhanced by Li-ion batteries

March 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft | Articles | Comments

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are enabling utility providers to rely less on traditional sources, such as diesel, and more on solar and wind energy as part of a growing market. The increasing reliance on li-ion batteries allows islands, military bases, independent facilities ...

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Electric vehicles make the connection

March 12, 2015 11:56 am | by Mark Jennings, Engineering Director of Dawson Shanahan | Articles | Comments

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are booming, with UK registrations in 2014 up to nearly 1.3 million, an increase of 10 percent from last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Not to mention, Nissan sold its 100,000th LEAF, making it the best-selling EV in history.

The next big thing in data centers

March 12, 2015 11:47 am | by Brian Davies, Director of Global Sales & Marketing, Anderson Power Products | Articles | Comments

Data centers powered by 400 VDC distribution have been a topic of discussion and debate for many years. Much of the support comes from industry studies. In 2007, one of the earliest studies of 400 VDC distribution was presented at the International Telecommunications Energy Conference....

Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip

March 12, 2015 11:26 am | by AJIT SOLANKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey said Wednesday that they want the people of India to support their campaign for clean energy, a day after the aircraft landed in the country. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg spoke to reporters ...

AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

March 12, 2015 10:58 am | by STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | News | Comments

The Associated Press is suing the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The legal action Wednesday follows repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ...

Flow cell concept car has 1,000 km range

March 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A concept car using the first low-voltage flow cell engine in the world was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3. The Quantino, one of two new models introduced by nanoFlowcell at the show, is powered by a two-sided flow cell....

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This is what a MiG-29 takeoff looks like (from between the engines)

March 11, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are many videos of fighter jets on the internet (and quite a  number here on ECN) but this is the first one we've seen with this particular angle. This is a MiG-29 launching off of an aircraft carrier as recorded by a camera placed between the twin engines. 

Virtual reality helps soldiers cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled off ...

Mil/Aero cable assembly challenges require “out of the box” options

March 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Steve Jones, Vice President, BTC Electronic Components | Articles | Comments

As avionics and military vehicle control systems continue to become more and more complex, many military and aerospace manufacturers and customers have faced the challenge of having to create increasingly sophisticated cable assemblies, wiring harnesses, and test cables ...

From the Top: The future of wearables

March 11, 2015 10:54 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In the final part of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California discuss the future of the wearables market and its place in the industry.  

From the Top: The best location for innovation

March 11, 2015 10:51 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In part two of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California  discuss the importance of the location and set up of the TE lab.

Smartphones and wearables top shopping lists in 2015

March 11, 2015 8:43 am | News | Comments

FatWallet.com announced results from its annual Electronics Shopping Survey and INFOGRAPHIC. The study revealed 75% of consumers will buy new electronics this year (up 4% from 2014) and 36% will spend $500 or more (up 19% from 2014) ...

Top 5 common mistakes to avoid in power electronics design

March 11, 2015 7:45 am | by Tom Colella, Electrocube | Articles | Comments

With more than 50 years in the electronics industry, we thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes that occur during the design of power electronics systems. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences ...

Iso-Attenuator provides dual solution for circuit protection

March 10, 2015 3:02 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the Iso-Attenuator model RFSL2308-A30 from RF Circulator Isolator, Inc (RFCI). RFCI Iso-Attenuators combine protection for active components from distortion or potentially damaging reflected power with a convenient, attenuated port for monitoring RF power or providing ...

Would you buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch.

Wireless module enables Internet of Things communication

March 10, 2015 2:10 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the first in a series of modules for the LoRa technology low-data-rate wireless networking standard, which enables Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless communication with a range of more than 10 miles (suburban), a battery life ...

u-blox combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in compact, host-based client

March 10, 2015 1:53 pm | by u-blox | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox announces full production availability of the ELLA-W1 series of compact, automotive-grade, multiradio modules. The modules promise predictable, reliable results and easy implementation of in-car wireless connectivity. Applications include hands-free telephony, in-car hotspots ...

Q&A: A look at solar plane attempting round-the-world trip

March 10, 2015 1:26 pm | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Described by its creators as "an airborne laboratory," the single-seat Solar Impulse 2 has 17,248 ultra-efficient solar cells that transfer solar energy to four electrical motors that power the plane's propellers. The cells also recharge four lithium polymer batteries....

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