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LED strip light measures 12” long and ¾” wide

June 13, 2014 1:11 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDST-12 LED strip light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed as an extremely efficient and versatile lighting solution for boat walkways, cabin areas, stairs, vehicles, and intrinsically safe areas where ignition protection is required. This high intensity LED strip light is fully potted....

Quantum computation: Fragile yet error-free

June 13, 2014 11:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Even computers are error-prone. The slightest disturbances may alter saved information and falsify the results of calculations. To overcome these problems, computers use specific routines to continuously detect and correct errors. This also holds true for a future quantum computer....

New computer program aims to teach itself everything about anything

June 13, 2014 11:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In today's digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless. But when you have something specific in mind that you don't know, like the name of that niche kitchen tool you saw at a friend's house, it can be surprisingly hard to sift through the volume of information online....

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Imaging tools help radiologists diagnose lung cancer, save lives

June 13, 2014 11:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Medical-imaging software under development at Rochester Institute of Technology could someday give radiologists a tool for measuring the growth of nodules in patients at risk of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention....

3 reasons you’d kill yourself with a lightsaber

June 13, 2014 11:02 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

When I was eight years old, there was only one thing I wanted more than for someone to invent the lightsaber. I wanted one to fall off the back of a truck and land in my front yard.Fortunately, neither occurred; lightsabers are dangerous, poorly designed, and unstable. Here are three of the many reasons they should be preemptively outlawed....

In-car networking technology

June 13, 2014 10:28 am | by Bert Bergner, Principal Engineer, Advanced Development Infotainment Automotive; TE Connectivity, Bensheim Jens Wuelfing, Development Engineer, Product Development Infotainment Automotive, TE Connectivity, Bensheim Andreas Engel, Senior Manager | Articles | Comments

There are a broad variety of data busses available for use in today’s automotive communication infrastructure: from the cost efficient dedicated control message systems, such as LIN, CAN and FlexRay, up to optimized media streaming networks like MOST....

This is what it looks like when you play soccer in space

June 13, 2014 9:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In recognition of the World Cup, the astronauts on the International Space Station got their own game of soccer going. Obviously, the rules and logistics are a little bit different when neither the ball nor the players are subject to the whims of gravity. The video stars U.S. astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and fellow German astronaut Alexander Gerst.

Engineering Newswire: DARPA’s air-to-ground warfare

June 13, 2014 9:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

DARPA’s new Persistent Close Air Support program is providing warfighters with advanced digital tools for situational awareness and targeting in place of legacy communications systems and traditional paper maps. The system safely coordinates troop positions, while simultaneously providing close air support for ground forces....

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DIN adapters offer a PIM rating of less than or equal to -160dBc

June 13, 2014 9:16 am | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

In addition to 8 variations of 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN to N type and 7/16 DIN adapters, RF Industries (San Diego, CA) developed a 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN male to female right angle and straight adapters. The 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN is essentially a compact version of the 7-16 DIN with similar electrical performance....

DC/DC converters provide 2,000 VDC of input-output isolation

June 13, 2014 9:04 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

A new addition to the economical F-Series line of DC/DC converters from Beta Dyne (Bridgewater, MA), the DIP package style products are available in output power levels of  3W, 5W, 6W, and 10W. All provide 2,000 VDC of input-output isolation and come in industry-standard packages and pinouts....

Slot machines get personal

June 13, 2014 7:09 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Playing a slot machine is more than just pulling the arm or pressing a button. Today’s slot machine manufacturers are incorporating more immersive, interactive features such as vivid, 4K displays with high-end graphics and animation, games based on tie-ins with popular entertainment brands from movies to game shows ...

The role of smart TVs in gaming

June 12, 2014 4:52 pm | by Chad Lucien, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs, www.hillcrestlabs.com | Articles | Comments

TVs have long been at the center of the video game industry. From first person point-and-shoots to family-friendly tennis matches and high-speed racing games, game consoles connected to TVs have dominated the gaming scene for decades. This has changed now that smartphones and tablets have become gaming platforms....

What board-level technologies will be game changers in the near future?

June 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Market Disrupters for our July issue. Our own ECN IMPACT Awards have inspired us to look deeper into the world of market disrupters. For our August issue, we're asking you, the experts, to tell us what the next big thing is when it comes to board-level technologies.

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Com exCu: Industrial wireless

June 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Like general-purpose computational resources in commercial enterprises, factory automation systems have evolved from highly centralized structures with fixed peripheral connections to flexible models with distributed intelligence and networked I/O nodes. In the factory environment, networking and distributed intelligence increased resource availability....

Down with pink: The rise of female STEM toys

June 12, 2014 3:09 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

You may have noticed my habit of blogging occasionally about how gendered toys have the ability to affect children. Whether the topic is limiting the skills sets girls develop while playing or failing to introduce STEM as a career option because those are “boy’s” toys, it’s always been an interesting discussion, to say the least.

Unmanned aerial vehicles are flying to the farm

June 12, 2014 2:45 pm | by Johnny Clark, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields. In Georgia, a group of state and federal officials — along with members of industry and academia ...

Pressurized connectors meet IP68 standard without using internal o-rings

June 12, 2014 2:18 pm | San-Tron, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc. (Ipswich, MA) announced the release of its new, pSeries pressurized connectors which provide low-loss, high-stability performance through 30 GHz at +/-65 psi. These pressurized connectors, which meet the IP68 standard, feature…

Coaxial multi switch provides VSWR up to 1.20:1

June 12, 2014 2:07 pm | Ducommun Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The MM Series Coaxial Multi Switch from Ducommun Inc. RF Products (Carson, CA) contains 4P3T electromechanical switches designed for cell sites with three antennas each receiving or transmitting over 120 degrees of one-third of the coverage area for cellular telephone carrier or wireless applications....

Photos of the Day: Inside the Space Station's Destiny Laboratory

June 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This view in the International Space Station, photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member, shows how it looks inside the space station while the crew is asleep. The dots near the hatch point to a Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station in case the crew was to encounter an emergency....

Engineering Update #62: The first commercial drone

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first commercial drone, AeroVironment'S RQ-20A Puma AE, a small hand-launched UAS with endurance of 3.5 hours and the capability to extend its range with solar or fuel cell options. It also includes electro-optical and infrared cameras....

Processors target industrial imaging, audio and automotive applications

June 12, 2014 11:15 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduced the ADSP-BF70x Blackfin processor family that provides 800 MMACS of processing power at less than 100 mW. The eight-member family includes up to 1 MB of internal SRAM, eliminating…

1200-V IGBTs promise long life, energy savings

June 12, 2014 10:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics’ (Geneva) latest 1200-V IGBTs use second-generation trench-gate field-stop high-speed technology to boost energy efficiency and ruggedness in applications such as solar inverters, welders, uninterruptible power supplies, and…

Decisions, decisions, decisions

June 12, 2014 8:28 am | by Rondekka Moore Vice President, Demand Creation, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

The distribution channel provides tools, services, and training to support our customers’ engineering communities. A question I am often asked is: just how does that help? With the exceptions of pure play engineering design services and reference designs, just how does our contingent of account managers ...

EV design raises the bar for electric system design tools

June 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Chris Aden, Product Marketing Manager, Silicon Engineering Group, Synopsys | Articles | Comments

Designing electrical systems for electric vehicle platforms is much more complicated than designing electrical systems for internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms. To meet the new challenges, system engineers require design tools capable of scaling with EV system complexity....

Take charge: Future-proofing for EV charging with larger on-board charging

June 11, 2014 4:13 pm | by Manoj Karwa, Senior Director of EVSE Programs, Leviton Mfg. Co. | Articles | Comments

With more than 175,000 plug-in vehicles in America today, advancements to ensure charging solutions meet current and future requirements are paramount. An emerging trend with the next generation of electrical vehicles is the utilization of larger on-board chargers....

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