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Powering remote wireless devices: Extreme environments demand extreme batteries

June 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a wireless device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When reliable, long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential....

Map of universe questioned; dwarf galaxies don't fit standard model

June 11, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies defy the accepted model of galaxy formation, and recent attempts to wedge them into the model are flawed, reports an international team of astrophysicists. David Merritt, professor of astrophysics at Rochester Institute of Technology ...

Countries agree on stealth technology deal

June 11, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to jointly develop stealth submarine technology, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes his country toward a more assertive global military role.The submarine technology was a top item at talks among the nations' foreign and defense ministers....

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Photos of the Day: SID Display Week 2014

June 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

SID Display Week is the industry’s annual celebration of all things optoelectronics, and this year the wagon train rolled in to sunny San Diego. (I was suffering. Seriously.) Here’s a handful of highlights from SID 2014, including a laptop utilizing QDEF quantum dot technology, Color IQ TVs, and E-Ink applications....

Laird launches new manufacturing facility in Vietnam to expand presence throughout Asia

June 11, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Laird has opened a new manufacturing plant near Hanoi – its first in Vietnam -- to better serve manufacturers of smart phones, portable electronics and other devices. Laird’s state-of-the-art facility in Bac Ninh is one of more than 50 Laird facilities in Asia, Europe and the United States. The plant began fully operating Wednesday following a festive ceremony.

China significantly ahead of the rest of the world in meeting key mobility priorities, finds Accenture study

June 11, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

China remains the world’s strongest market for the successful implementation of mobility technologies, with two thirds of Chinese businesses citing good progress in meeting their key mobility priorities, compared to just 44 percent globally, according to a study by Accenture. Consistent with this was the finding that nearly four out of five Chinese businesses...

High-density card edge connectors are offered in low profile, ultra-thin, and high temperature versions

June 11, 2014 11:43 am | Sullins Connector Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Sullins Connector Solutions, Inc. (San Marcos, CA) announced the expansion of their portfolio of high-density 0.050" (1.27 mm) contact center card edge connectors to include the FMBx Series. The new series features high-temperature and low profile ultra-thin devices accommodating…

Mini PC features triple 1080p HD video display & 4K ultra HD capabilities

June 11, 2014 10:06 am | Stealth Computer Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Stealth.com Inc. (Stealth Computer - San Jose, CA) a leader in rugged small form factor computing has released a new extreme performance PC model LPC-681. This powerful small computer measures 6.54"(W) x 6.18"(D) x 1.89"(H) inches, and the LPC-681 mini PC ...

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AC-DC switching power supply achieves 10 kW

June 11, 2014 9:49 am | Pioneer Magnetics | Product Releases | Comments

Pioneer Magnetics (Santa Monica, CA) announces a 10 kW AC-DC switching power supply in a 5” X 5” X 17.5” package. One of the most important aspects of this technical breakthrough of the PM38220B series is for the end user to be able to double its power by adding just 2 additional inches....

Gyroscope offers ±4000 dps full scale range

June 11, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

InvenSense (San Jose, CA) announced the world's widest full scale range (FSR) 3-axis MEMS gyroscope for high impact wearable applications. The ITG-3701 also offers the smallest size, lowest profile and lowest power, ideal for wearable applications in sports and concussion analysis....

Elon Musk looks to save the world, for a price

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The buzz that has been floating around Tesla over the last year is not flattering, including but not limited to sales model jealousy, fire recalls, and lemon-law lawsuits. Lately, famed CEO and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has been teasing that he wants to do something controversial....

Are small cells the answer to the Internet of Things spectrum crunch?

June 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom Corporation | Articles | Comments

Recently, the technology industry has been abuzz with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe an ecosystem of consumer electronics and appliances that have the ability to connect to the network and communicate with one another....

Lightfair 2014 rewind

June 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Osram Opto Semiconductors, Thomas Research Products, Wago Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2014 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 1-4. Every year, this show presents a variety of luminaires and fixtures for the industrial, home, buildings, and outdoor markets along with a healthy mix of component vendors showing off their discrete and modular products that enable the amazing new lighting products. In this age of Internet of Things (IoT), exhibitors continued their march toward...

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GaAs VPIN limiter protects sensitive components against high power incident signals

June 10, 2014 1:39 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a wideband GaAs VPIN limiter capable of protecting sensitive components against high power incident signals. The TriQuint TGL2205-SM operates from 2 to 6 GHz with low insertion loss of less than 0.6 dB....

Fanless embedded PC features Intel Gen 7 HD graphic technology

June 10, 2014 1:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced its new Matrix MXC-2300 fanless expandable embedded computer equipped with the latest Intel Atom quad-core processor E3845. Built-in dual-port isolated CAN bus with SJA1000 controller delivers bus arbitration and error detection....

With decreasing prices and increasing efficiency, are LEDs finally poised to gain universal acceptance?

June 10, 2014 12:58 pm | Articles | Comments

Prices have been falling dramatically for LEDs. As recently as two years ago, a 60W consumer LED bulb cost between $40 and $50, but today buyers can find them for as little as $13. The dramatic decrease in prices is due to several factors — some related to technological advances in LED design....

Inductors target high-density power circuitry

June 10, 2014 11:49 am | Sumida America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Magnetically shielded Sumida (Schaumburg, IL) CDRH3D23 Series Power Inductors are suitable for high-density power circuitry.  With ferrite drum construction and a unique geometry, these devices yield higher inductance values than…

June 2014: Electric Cars

June 10, 2014 10:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Electric cars are finally becoming a serious contender in the automotive world. The mileage is increasing, the price is decreasing, and the batteries are no longer on fire. But it’s been a long road for the technology and with over 175,000 plug-in vehicles on the road today, the challenges won’t stop anytime soon.

Synchronous buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V

June 10, 2014 9:25 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL85003 and ISL85003A 3 Amp synchronous buck regulators with integrated high-side and low-side MOSFETs. The new ISL85003/3A buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V while delivering very efficient and continuous 3A current....

Haptic device simulates the feel of breasts

June 10, 2014 8:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Check those smirks. This doesn’t concern a certain less-than-reputable industry (banking $100 billion+ annually) or Japan’s general proclivity for weirdness. Actually, the ability to simulate the tactile sensation of soft breast tissue could have important medical applications....

This is what the terminator line looks like from the ISS

June 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

NASA has been very into social media lately, and I could not be more excited. It’s a great way to inspire younger generations and remind everyone why the space program—despite its not insignificant costs—is so important. NASA has been capitalizing on the “space is cool again” trend...

Engineering Newswire 93: Jet-powered flying car reaches 550 mph

June 9, 2014 10:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In other automotive news this week, Greg Brown and Dave Fawcett have announced plans for a jet-powered flying car, the GF7, and in a recent interview with Gizmag, the team explained that the vehicle will be able to reach heights of up to 38,000 feet, with a top speed of 550 mph....

Touch-safe cover suits 10.3-mm x 38-mm fuse

June 9, 2014 9:57 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) introduced the ESO 10.3x38 touch-safe fuse cover designed to safely and securely insert and extract 10.3-mm x 38-mm fuses. After inserting the ESO 10.3x38 with captive fuse into the fuse clips, the complete installation provides…

LED light tower features lifespan of 50,000 hours

June 9, 2014 9:41 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-4XWP60E-MCE released by Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a 240 watt portable LED light tower that produces 21,600 lumens of bright light with a lifespan of 50,000 hours. This portable work light draws two amps and operates on 120-277 volts AC....

Industrial air pressure regulator series designed for instrumentation and general purpose use

June 9, 2014 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Marsh Bellofram Corporation (Newell, WV) announced the global market launch of its Type T60 air pressure regulators. Marsh Bellofram Type T60 industrial air pressure regulators are preset, fixed units for instrumentation and general purpose use. Their regulated pressure vs. flow metric, forward-to-reverse flow offset ...

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