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Keeping engineers better informed: Setting ECN apart from the competition

April 2, 2015 10:59 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, Design Group, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process....

Chief of naval research talks naval STEM workforce at upcoming expo

April 2, 2015 10:05 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Students from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., will have an opportunity to engage in all things STEM -- short for science, technology, engineering and math -- at the Naval STEM Exposition, held at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on April 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This inappropriate card game will fund STEM scholarships for women (and why that's amazing)

April 2, 2015 7:53 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It seems like everyone is trying to figure out how to get kids in STEM and how to keep them there. There is a particular interest in increasing the number of women in STEM professions...

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Engineering Update #104: Amazon drones leaving America

April 1, 2015 4:09 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

With the ink still drying on the FAAs newest drone regulations, which include requiring the pilots to be licensed and the drones to always be in line sight of the pilot and a spotter, Amazon has taken off for the Great White North. And they’re taking their drones with them....

PZT materials ideal for consumer and high volume electronics

April 1, 2015 2:39 pm | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials (Morgan) announces the availability of PZT (lead zirconate titanate) components, and assemblies at its Bedford, Ohio facility. Also offered are advanced PZT dicing, cutting, and grinding capabilities. The materials are ideal for use in consumer and high volume electronics....

Marine Corps’ robotic war balls could aid amphibious landings

April 1, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Since 1775, the United States Marines Corps has been the foremost authority on amphibious warfare, and they’ve perfected the art of establishing beachheads on hostile shores. An amphibious drone from Guardbot Inc. could aid these complex military maneuvers....

20 V n-channel MOSFET features industry's lowest on-resistance

April 1, 2015 11:52 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. today introduced a new TrenchFET 20 V n-channel MOSFET designed to save space, decrease power consumption, and extend battery usage in wearable devices, smartphones, tablets, and solid-state drives. Offered in a chipscale MICRO FOOT package with an ultra-low 0.54 mm maximum height ...

This drone can do your taxes for you

April 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Tax preparation might seem like an odd task for a 5,000 lb soulless automaton, but then, the Taxbot is a joint venture of the IRS....

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How IoT will affect telecom

April 1, 2015 8:29 am | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Blogs | Comments

So many open questions swirl around the notion of an Internet of Things (IoT) that electronic designers and their colleagues may wonder where and how to find traction in this emerging field. In this blog, I’ll identify one fundamental, technical certainty amid myriad uncertainties, and suggest a few issues ripe for your involvement.

How IoT will affect telecom (Part II)

March 31, 2015 3:31 pm | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Blogs | Comments

One key to the scalability of the existing Internet is pushing intelligence out to the host at the fringes of the network. With IoT, in my view, Moore’s Law has struck again.

Your IoT device: How much data should it collect?

March 31, 2015 12:37 pm | by Noah Gamer, Trend Micro | Blogs | Comments

As smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices have proliferated, data collection has skyrocketed. In fact, sensor technology on smart devices collects 30 percent of the world’s data. Much of that data helps product manufacturers understand their customers, improve ...

Facebook's Internet drones won’t have us all singing Kumbaya

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Facebook recently trialed the solar-powered drones which aim to fulfill the social network giant’s ambitious goal of connecting the entire world to the internet. The Internet.org initiative is an impressive engineering feat, relying on solar-powered UAVs to “beam” the Internet down to billions of people.

Current probe boosts immunity to local dV/dt transients

March 31, 2015 7:44 am | by Power Electronic Measurements Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the demands of measuring transient currents in semiconductors using new technology, such as SiC and GaN, Power Electronic Measurements Ltd (PEM) has designed the CWT MiniHF Rogowski current probe. Combining a novel shielding technique, utilising a low sensitivity coil and patented low-noise signal-conditioning circuitry ...

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Digital Point-of-Load module series powers advanced ICs

March 31, 2015 7:41 am | by Cui Inc | Cui Inc | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc announced the release of its highest current digital POL family to date. Designed specifically to address the rapidly-rising power requirements of today’s most advanced integrated circuits, the NDM3Z-90 is a non-isolated module outputting 90 A in ultra low-profile vertical and horizontal packages....

This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 30, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought

March 30, 2015 2:40 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. Many drivers and much ...

Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg designs violin-playing machine

March 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Seth Goldstein has been building instruments and machines for over 50 years. And now, some are calling him the new Rube Goldberg. The MIT engineer spent most of his career working the National Institutes of Health where he served as the Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Section ...

A second life for ammeter shunt resistors

March 30, 2015 2:14 pm | by Phil Ebbert, VP of Engineering, Riedon Inc. | Articles | Comments

The growth in energy supply from renewable sources: solar, wind, and wave or tidal power, is also prompting an increased demand for more accurate high-current measurement solutions

Basics on Triac noise immunity and new low-cost solution to improve device dV/dt

March 30, 2015 10:26 am | by Muriel Nina and Laurent Gonthier, STMicroelectronics | Articles | Comments

Since the 1970’s, Triacs have been used to control AC loads in almost all appliances. Since then, designers have had to face to the particular behavior of a Triac that can be self-triggered in case the rate of voltage increase applied across its terminals is too high....

North Korean black-market consumer darling becomes legal

March 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

In a nation where you can go to jail for not crying hard enough at your leader’s death, this is a small victory. The ‘notel’ — a North Korean word combining 'notebook' and 'television' — is a relatively modest, Chinese-made portable media player ...

How a kid's robotics competition changed this engineer's future

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Brian Scharles Jr, Computer Engineer Intern at Traffic and Parking Control Co., and Computer Engineering student at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Photos of the Day: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 27, 2015 8:23 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market,” aka the world's first commercial flamethrower. The XM42 doesn’t require pressurized tanks or a backpack filled with fuel....

Want a free Raspberry Pi 2? We're giving one away

March 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

I'm a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. Newark Element14 was nice enough to send me one a while back and once I figured out what it was, I was absolutely fascinated by the idea that it's basically a grown-up(ish) version of a super sweet building toy.

Dark matter even darker than once thought

March 26, 2015 3:59 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | News | Comments

Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. The results, published in the journal Science on 27 March 2015 ...

American, Russian leaving Earth for year at space station

March 26, 2015 1:19 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will leave Earth this week and move into the International Space Station for an entire year, all in the name of science. Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko begin their marathon mission with a Soyuz rocket launch from ...

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