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Monitoring meteor showers from space

August 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Those who enjoy the spectacle of the Perseids, Geminids or other annual meteor showers likely aren't thinking about where these shooting stars originated or whether they might pose a danger. Scientists, however, think about such things and will use the vantage point....

Virginia Tech unmanned aircraft test site 'fully operational,' FAA says

August 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership's Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site program is fully operational and ready to conduct research vital to integrate unmanned aircraft into the nation's airspace, Federal Aviation Administration officials announced Wednesday....

Engineering Update #71: A $52 million dollar car

August 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A $52 million dollar car — The Ferrari GTO 250 weighs in at 1980 pounds and has a 300 horsepower v8 engine. It gets its sleek shape from placing aluminum over a wood frame and hammering it, by hand, into shape.....

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Navy to deploy vehicle-based laser weapon

August 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy recently awarded an $11 million contract to Raytheon to develop a vehicle-based, short-range laser weapon capable of defeating low-flying threats like enemy drones. Raytheon’s directed-energy weapon will comply with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)....

Three radars are better than one: Field campaign demonstrates two new instruments

August 14, 2014 8:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group ...

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

August 14, 2014 8:18 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets....

High-res photo satellite launched from California

August 14, 2014 8:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space was launched Wednesday from a military base on California's Central Coast. The commercial satellite known as Worldview-3 was sent into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket....

45V input 100mA LDO offers active output discharge

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3061, a high-voltage, low-noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator with active output discharge. The device delivers up to 100mA of continuous output current with a 250mV dropout voltage at full load....

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Wire-to-board connector system offers wides range of mechanical and electrical options

August 13, 2014 1:14 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) solves common design challenges faced by electronic engineers with its CLIK-Mateä1.50mm Wire-to-Board Connector System, which offers a variety of circuit sizes, mounting styles and wire gauges to meet next-generation power and signal needs....

Low-power sensor hub designed for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and the Internet of Things

August 13, 2014 12:06 pm | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest Labs announced it has designed a new sensor hub product to change how consumers use their smartphones and other portable electronics. Sensor hubs are a separate class of chips designed to offload sensor management from the main processor....

60% of 5-Year PV demand forecast could be impacted by trade disputes

August 13, 2014 11:19 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

As we have recently noted, 3GW of the U.S. PV pipeline is directly at risk from ongoing trade actions against China and Taiwan. At the recent NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Conference, a variety of industry players – ranging from upstream technology and module production companies....

Cloud-based IoT development tools remove the historical obstacles to device communication

August 13, 2014 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

RacoWireless (Las Vegas, NV), a global machine-to-machine (M2M) service provider, announced that it will launch Omega DevCloud, facilitating communication with IoT applications in a standardized, easy-to-use environment. The new product will remove the historical obstacles....

NASA's space station fix-it demo for satellites gets hardware for 2.0 update

August 13, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Who doesn't love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what's really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That's the case with NASA's fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM)....

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Current-sensor ICs designed for use in low-power applications

August 12, 2014 4:06 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces two new current-sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low-power applications that require higher output swings at lower current....

TVS diode array offers 15 percent lower clamping voltage than alternative technologies

August 12, 2014 12:55 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the low-capacitance SP2574NUTG TVS Diode Array (SPA Diode), designed to protect high-speed, differential data lines from damage due to ESD (electrostatic discharge), CDE (cable discharge events), EFT (electrical fast transients) ...

Digital-to-analog converter includes 10ppm/°C reference

August 12, 2014 12:44 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2645, a quad-channel 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit PWM-to-voltage output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with 10ppm/°C reference. These parts convert PWM input signals to 12-bit accurate, stable, buffered voltage outputs in less than 8µs....

Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

DIN rail DC-DC converter line range up to 600 W

August 12, 2014 9:32 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI, Inc. (Tualatin, OR) announced the expansion of their DIN rail dc-dc product line with the addition of over 90 new high wattage models ranging from 50~600 W. The VHK and VFK DIN families are high efficiency isolated dc-dc converters packaged in a rugged aluminum case....

Hotspot: DARPA's brain-inspired chip

August 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed a complex computer chip whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. The chip is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors....

The future of the automobile at electronica 2014: Connectivity, lighting and autonomous driving

August 11, 2014 4:39 pm | News | Comments

In the future, mobility will to a large extent be influenced by developments in automotive electronics. The latest buzzwords include energy efficiency, electromobility, connected car and autonomous driving. This year, some 1,500 exhibitors will demonstrate these....

Remote-controlled spotlight mounted atop a 6’ light pole

August 11, 2014 4:31 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The FPM-72-GLS fixed pole-mounted, remote-control work light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to provide convenient and secure lighting for operators working from within the utility vehicle or when away from the vehicle. This pole mounted light has a 65 watt remote control light head....

Astrophysicists detect destruction of 3 stars by black holes

August 11, 2014 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have reported registering three possible occasions of the total destruction of stars by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies....

High-resolution lithography light source ideal for printed circuit boards

August 11, 2014 2:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) announced that it has developed a revolutionary new laser-based lithography light source ideal for printed circuit boards. The iLLUMINAfeatures a fiber coupled laser output with an output power up to 37W and wavelengths at 405nm....

Switch rated for 120V AC and 350 VDC power

August 11, 2014 2:09 pm | Hsi Sensing | Product Releases | Comments

HSI Sensing (Chickasha, OK) has released the HSA-12115 reed switch, its most powerful bi-stable latcher to date. Engineered specifically for the demands of float sensing, liquid level sensing, and liquid measurement applications in the oil and gas industry ...

Direct conversion I/Q modulator has better than 50dB sideband & carrier suppression

August 11, 2014 1:56 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

A new low power I/Q modulator from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) enables battery-powered transmitters operating in the 30MHz to 1.3GHz frequency bands, breaking new ground in power consumption, sideband suppression, carrier leakage and dynamic range performance....

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