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Wire-to-board connectors ideal for extreme moisture or submersion applications

July 22, 2014 10:02 am | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new JWPS Series wire-to-board, wire-to-wire connectors, recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offers engineers design flexibility with its small form factor solution for a waterproof IP67 rated product that is ideal for extreme moisture or submersion applications....

Gate drive transformers feature a high HIPOT of 2700VDC

July 22, 2014 9:51 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new gate drive transformers for high efficiency DC/DC converters. The PG1427 series has a high HIPOT of 2700VDC and functional insulation between the gate and the drive windings. These surface mount devices offer excellent coplanarity for easy solderability....

Why this remote-controlled birth control will be the next big thing

July 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not....

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Could robots reduce human rights violations?

July 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Could automation actually help reduce reputed human rights violations? If Foxconn — one of the most infamous manufacturers of consumer electronics — succeeds in deploying its “Foxbots”, one of the biggest controversies in the tech world could disappear overnight....

Improving driver safety: How to prevent streetlight glare in the new world of LED lighting

July 21, 2014 3:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has transformed the lighting industry....

TVS diode arrays offer 60 percent lower clamping voltages than alternative technologies

July 21, 2014 2:40 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SPHV (unidirectional) and SPHV-C (bidirectional) Series 200W Discrete TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) that are designed to protect sensitive equipment from damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) and other overvoltage transients far better than earlier technologies....

Fully integrated 802.11a/n/ac FEM offers 13dB

July 21, 2014 2:17 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a fully integrated 802.11a/n/ac FEM, with bypass LNA + T/R SPDT switch from TriQuint. The TQL1600 incorporates an LNA with high-gain/low gain mode. When gain is required, the FEM offers 13dB....

New technique uses 'simulated' human heart to screen drugs

July 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials. The breakthrough is the work of Dr Helen Maddock – an expert in cardiovascular physiology....

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LED light draws only 320 watts at 12.53 amps

July 21, 2014 12:22 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The LED10WSA-320 LED light released by Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) produces 29,446 lumens of light output while drawing only 320 watts at 12.53 amps from a 12 volt electrical system. These LED lights are ideal replacements for fragile and hit running 400 watt metal halide lamps....

F-35's no-show at Farnborough disappoints

July 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying. The plane couldn't cross the Atlantic to be gazed at by industry experts at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England....

RF chip inductors offer ceramic or ferrite cores

July 21, 2014 10:25 am | Sumida America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sumida Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has launched a new series of 0603-size wire-wound chip inductors, targeting the RF and communications markets. Because they are available with ceramic or ferrite core construction, an exceptionally wide range of inductance values are offered within the series....

DC-DC converter provides a full 108W of 12V power

July 21, 2014 10:15 am | Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. (Atkinson, NH) introduces the CPE9B36 “Cool Power Technologies” 12V, 9A wide input range 8th brick DC-DC converter. This open frame module provides a full 108W of 12V power @ 55C & 200lfm of airflow – ideal for bus converter or distributed power architecture applications....

Digital power monitor capable of industry’s widest common mode input voltage range

July 21, 2014 10:05 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Intersil, CA) announced the ISL2802x family of digital power monitors capable of supporting a wide common mode input voltage range of 0V to 60V. The ISL2802x family is comprised of three devices offering a range of capability....

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UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021....

Hotspot: Unmanned submarine sets sail for testing

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company ...

Any way the wind blows....

July 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

When I hear or read the phrase wind power, I immediately imagine tall-towered machines with tri-blade impellers tracing out huge arcing sweeps against partly cloudy skies. Your imagery may vary. Globally, wind generation capacity climbed to 318 GW in 2013 and has increased, year-over-year, an average of 37 MW since 2008....

MediaTek addresses 2K smartphones with the latest in its 64-bit processor lineup

July 18, 2014 1:18 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

MediaTek announced its first 64-bit Octa-core processor, the MT6795, supports 2K (2560 x 1600) displays. Previously, MediaTek announced two other 64-bit products, MT6732 and MT6752, which support HD and full HD, respectively. The new processor is targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment....

DC – 50 GHz LNA offers wideband performance

July 18, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD206, a DC-50 GHz distributed low noise amplifier in die form, to its product line. Applications for the CMD206 include…

Industrial grade filters for AC/DC power supplies are offered in 10-A and 20-A versions

July 18, 2014 12:42 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) has introduced 10-A and 20-A industrial filters for its TER Series of low profile, AC/DC power supplies. The TER-10ASF and TER-20ASF are designed to attenuate high frequency noise on AC lines thereby reducing the level of conducted emissions.

How to Prevent Streetlight Glare in the New World of LED Lighting

July 18, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has ...

GM Has Replaced 491K Ignition Switches

July 18, 2014 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled. The company has repaired just over 491,000 cars that are covered by the recall announced in February ...

New Material Puts a Twist in Light

July 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics ...

Ultrafast X-Ray Laser Sheds New Light on Fundamental Utrafast Dynamics

July 18, 2014 11:36 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Ultrafast X-ray laser research led by Kansas State University has provided scientists with a snapshot of a fundamental molecular phenomenon. The finding sheds new light on microscopic electron motion in molecules ...    

Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 18, 2014 11:33 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 18, 2014 11:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the ...

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