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Photos of the Day: Chevrolet debuts FNR — a vision of the future

April 20, 2015 3:07 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The FNR imagines what a fully autonomous, electric vehicle might look like many years from now and is meant to appeal to young, Chinese consumers. The concept's design from the minds at GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center does a pretty neat magic trick, too....

OSU innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold

April 20, 2015 1:35 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. The technology could be integrated with existing WiFi systems to reduce bandwidth problems in ...

How the Blue Angels are changing the future of aviation

April 20, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are generally regarded as some of the most talented and esteemed pilots in the world.

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Researchers develop acoustically driven controls for smartphones

April 20, 2015 12:11 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

As people find ever more inventive uses for smartphones, touchscreens sometimes fall short as control surfaces. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed an inexpensive alternative - a toolbox of physical knobs, sliders and other mechanisms ...

Stanford, Harvard researchers to share $500K medical prize

April 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two scientists whose work on modern research technologies is expected to speed the pace of medical discoveries will share one of the richest prizes in medicine and science next month, officials at a New York hospital said Monday. The $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Biomedicine and Biomedical Research ...

NTC thermistor dies support gold wire bonding and conductive adhesive gluing

April 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new leadless NTC thermistor dies — contacted on the top and bottom — that provide designers with the same mounting options as IGBT semiconductors. Featuring gold metallization, the Vishay BC components NTCC300E4 supports gold wire bonding and ...

Indicators ideal for material handling applications

April 20, 2015 10:19 am | by Apem Components, Inc. | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc. announces its new Q series indicators, ideal for material handling applications, and the perfect choice for any panel mount configuration, including industrial control panels, automation and medical equipment, vehicles, and marine instrument panels. Offered in red, green, yellow, blue and white, the Q series ...

VCO achieves a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V

April 20, 2015 10:18 am | by Crystek Crystal | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-3000-3000 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 3000 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is +7.0 dBm typ. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CVCO55CC-3000-3000 ...

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Automotive RF switch includes a frequency range between 100 MHz and 6 GHz

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

The PE423422 is a single-pole double throw (SPDT) RF switch that accommodates a frequency range between 100 MHz and 6 GHz with a high linearity of 73.5 dBm IIP3. Designed for automotive applications, it delivers high isolation, low insertion loss and excellent ESD ratings. It has a high isolation of 44 dB @ 1 GHz, 29 dB @ 3 GHz ...

Connectors offer a broad range of reliability and assembly benefits

April 20, 2015 8:52 am | by TE Connectivity | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity introduces new wire-to-board headers as part of its Power Triple Lock connector product line; thereby expanding the family of connectors targeting appliances into a growing number of HVAC, automation and control, and automotive designs. The connectors’ combined attributes of higher-current ...

Turning packing peanuts into energy efficient batteries

April 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a way to transform those scrunchy little pieces of styrofoam into an energy efficient battery. Turns out that the very qualities that make them a stout companion for your fragile parcels – their lightweight, porous nature ...

Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

April 17, 2015 1:51 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering ...

Optical resonance-based biosensors designed for medical applications

April 17, 2015 1:04 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

A telecommunications engineer of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has designed in his Ph.D. thesis optical resonance-based biosensors for use in medical applications like, for example, the detecting of celiac disease. Besides achieving greater resolution ...

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40W AC/DC power supplies offer universal AC input

April 17, 2015 1:03 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MPM-40SE series is a family of compact, 40W AC/DC power supplies. These high performance, encapsulated modules include a universal AC input, full safety approvals, robust filtering and high reliability. Six standard models operate from a universal input of 85 to 264 VAC; providing tightly regulated ...

140W ISM band transistor provides clean power

April 17, 2015 12:27 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for an LDMOS power transistor internally matched for broadband operation from 2400 to 2500MHz. NXP’s BLF2425M7LS140 provides 140W average CW power with 18.5dB of gain. The BLF2425M7LS140 draws 1.3A from a 28V supply with efficiencies up to 52%....

F-35 program 'on right track'

April 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity | News | Comments

Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14....

Engineering Newswire: NASA prepares to crash into Mercury

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface ...

Why studying STEM can change your life

April 17, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Paul Jerome Barina, a student at Ohio University working on a Masters of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering.

WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

April 17, 2015 8:58 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online ...

Changing the world of DIY with single-board computers

April 17, 2015 8:54 am | by Travis Williams, Product Marketing Manager, AMD Embedded Solutions | Blogs | Comments

In recent years, single-board computers (SBCs) have taken the maker community by storm, and there’s no shortage of these pocket-sized devices on the market to choose from. Most of them are based on 32-bit ARM® architecture...

Death of giant galaxies spreads from the core

April 16, 2015 2:38 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | News | Comments

Astronomers have shown for the first time how star formation in "dead" galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that three billion years after the Big Bang, these galaxies still made ...

An electronic micropump to deliver treatments deep within the brain

April 16, 2015 2:20 pm | by INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) | News | Comments

Many potentially efficient drugs have been created to treat neurological disorders, but they cannot be used in practice. Typically, for a condition such as epilepsy, it is essential to act at exactly the right time and place in the brain. For this reason ...

Fighting the next generation of cyberattacks

April 16, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

The next generation of cyberattacks will be more sophisticated, more difficult to detect and more capable of wreaking untold damage on the nation's computer systems. So the U.S. Department of Defense has given a $3 million grant to ...

Engineering Update #106: An electric vehicle designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

Medical team leverages Wi-Fi, mobile health in combat operations settings

April 16, 2015 12:01 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Imagine arriving at a major medical center with a life-threatening medical condition. Imagine now, this facility has no paging or cell phone capability. How will the right doctor be alerted that you need treatment to save your life? The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center's Mobile Health Innovation Center ...

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