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Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...

The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...

Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Pennywell | News | Comments

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell (www.pennywell.ie)....

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"Bionic Bra" inches closer to reality

December 4, 2014 8:27 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A ‘Bionic Bra’ that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is one step closer to reality with the development of a new prototype. The bra, made using intelligent components, was discussed at the 9th Australasian Biomechanics ...

Push-Pull circular connectors designed for military and medical applications

December 3, 2014 5:06 pm | Odu-Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ODU-USA (Camarillo, CA) announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors on the US market. The Push-Pull locking system allows the connection to secure itself when mated, and thousands of mating cycles are possible. The design prevents ...

Million Women Mentors State Town Hall

December 3, 2014 4:21 pm | Events

In a Town Hall style format on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 2:00-3:00pm EST the Million Women Mentors, (MWM) team brings to you an esteemed panel of speakers.  You will hear from state leaders and representatives from Tennessee, Iowa, Texas, and Massachusetts along with MWM nonprofit partners American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Mouser empowers 'next great thing' with development tools center

December 3, 2014 4:02 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, announced today the launch of its new Engineering Development Tools Center on Mouser.com. This time-saving microsite allows ...

Compact 500 watt power supply fits 4” x 6” footprint

December 3, 2014 3:59 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the GSP500 series of highly efficient 500 Watt AC-DC power supplies. Occupying a compact 4 x 6 inch footprint, these single-output forced air cooled units can continuously deliver the full output power across ...

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Metal film resistors now available with a 100 ppm TCR option

December 3, 2014 3:25 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) RNV Series high voltage anti-moisture metal film resistors now offer a 100 ppm TCR option. This enables the RNV to be used for high-voltage requirements in harsh environments and applications with low TCR needs. The ...

TVS diode array provides superior ESD Protection

December 3, 2014 3:17 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP3022 Series Low Capacitance ESD Protection TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes). These robust 0.35pF, 20kV bidirectional (back-to-back) discrete TVS diodes can safely absorb repetitive ESD strikes over ...

LED skid-mount light mast includes manual crank cord reel

December 3, 2014 3:01 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 600 watt skid-mount five stage electric light mast with a manual crank cord reel. This tower features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation, a removable mast head, and a cube ...

Conformable cables offer low PIM performance

December 3, 2014 2:53 pm | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

RF Industries (San Diego, CA) conformable semi-rigid cable assemblies are manufactured with a tin-filled, braided outer conductor that exhibits similar electrical properties to solid semi-rigid, but can be hand-formed in the field with no degradation in ...

Why the Navy hasn’t discovered the Holy Grail of energy independence

December 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

A while back, the Navy announced plans to turn seawater into fuel, thereby eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels — and despotic regimes — and discovering the Holy Grail of energy independence. And no one’s talking about it. Well ... turns out ...

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Antennas designed for consumer devices and Internet of Things

December 3, 2014 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Berwyn, PA) introduced two standard antenna extensions — the 5 GHz antenna, which accommodates the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, and the 4G LTE antenna. These new embedded antennas address customers’ increasing needs for ...

Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

December 3, 2014 8:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

Thermal protector ideal for motor, lighting, and electronic applications

December 2, 2014 4:20 pm | Portage Electric Products | Product Releases | Comments

Portage Electric Products, Inc. (North Canton, OH) has introduced a round snap-action thermal protector ideal for many motor, lighting, and electronic applications up to 5 AMPS and 250 VAC. The PEPI Model ST01 is the first PEPI product available in ...

Power amplifier designed for communications and telemetry markets

December 2, 2014 4:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NuWaves Engineering (Middletown, OH) introduced today the next generation of its NuPower small, lightweight and high-efficiency power amplifier (PA) family of products with the NuPower 13G05A. The NuPower 13G05A provides saturated RF power ...

Smartgun system calls for police backup in dire situations

December 2, 2014 3:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Previous smartguns have focused on personalization options that restrict the weapon to authorized users or require a companion bracelet or other trinket to operate it. But Yardarm Technologies is taking a slightly different approach — a tracking module ...

Why Bluetooth Smart is perfect for M2M

December 2, 2014 12:37 pm | by Joakim Lindh is an Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, at Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Wireless connectivity outside of cellular has been around for almost 20 years and new process technologies are pushing solutions toward high-performance and power-optimized architectures. Bluetooth Smart is one of the technologies riding the Internet of Things (IoT) wave...

OEM battery charger meets demands for extended load times

December 2, 2014 9:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal Power (UK) announced the availability of their new 25 amp output 31FC2512-BHF High Current OEM Battery Charger developed for applications which require longer autonomy times from battery packs. High power battery charging applications will ...

Microcontrollers enable user interface designs for the Internet of Things

December 1, 2014 4:12 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is expanding the use of touch panel displays in healthcare, building automation, and home appliance applications with the new RX113 Group of microcontrollers (MCUs). Part of the RX100 Series ...

Hotspot: Making nuclear weapons uncrackable

December 1, 2014 12:18 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Mark Hart, a scientist and engineer in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Defense Technologies Division, has been awarded the 2015 Surety Transformation Initiative (STI) Award from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) ...

3A µModule regulator features package height less than 2mm

December 1, 2014 12:13 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTM4623 3A µModule (micromodule) step-down regulator in an ultrathin 1.8mm profile LGA package with only a 6.25mm x 6.25mm footprint. With solder paste, the package height is ...

Voltage-controlled oscillator operates from 900 MHz to 940 MHz

December 1, 2014 11:53 am | Crystal Group, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO33CL-0900-0940 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 900 MHz to 940 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.2V~2.0V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -104 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset....

Waveform generator line adds increased frequency range up to 80 MHz

December 1, 2014 9:45 am | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) announced the rejuvenated 4075B Series of arbitrary/function waveform generators with higher frequency ranges, increased arb memory, and a color LCD. The new 4075B Series offers six new models that directly replace the ...

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