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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...

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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 ...

Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

June 9, 2014 9:06 am | by By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was the kind of pristine woodland that was mostly wiped out by settlers in their rush to clear land and build communities...

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Vodafone report sparks global surveillance debate

June 9, 2014 9:04 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP | News | Comments

Telecommunications company Vodafone's report on government surveillance of its customers in 29 countries reveals more than first meets the eye — and is raising questions from Dublin to Delhi about how much spying on email and telephone chats happens in secret.

Control IC is optimized for single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies

June 7, 2014 3:38 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced its integrated IRS29831 LEDrivIR control IC optimized for single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies used in LED drivers including LED bulb replacement, LED tube lighting and down lights.

600-V DC load module tests LED drivers

June 7, 2014 3:04 pm | Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc. (Foothill Ranch, CA) announced the release of its 63115A LED Simulating DC Electronic Load. This new 10-A/600-V/300-W module is an addition to the company’s line of LED simulating 63110A/13A electronic loads....

Flexible cable assemblies handle up to 65 GHz

June 7, 2014 2:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

D-COAX, Inc. (Newberg, OR) has introduced high performance flexible coaxial cable assemblies through 65 GHz in standard or custom configurations. The standard assemblies are asserted to provide exceptional return loss and low insertion loss. The offering features....

Has solar activity influenced Earth's global warming?

June 6, 2014 12:24 pm | by Science China Press | News | Comments

A recent study demonstrates the existence of significant resonance cycles and high correlations between solar activity and the Earth's averaged surface temperature during centuries. This provides a new clue to reveal the phenomenon of global warming in recent years.

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New isotopic evidence supporting moon formation via Earth collision with planet-sized body

June 6, 2014 12:22 pm | by European Association of Geochemistry | News | Comments

A new series of measurements of oxygen isotopes provides increasing evidence that the Moon formed from the collision of the Earth with another large, planet-sized astronomical body, around 4.5 billion years ago. This work will be published in Science on 6th June, and will be presented to the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in California on 11th June.

Are black holes turbulent?

June 6, 2014 12:21 pm | by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics | News | Comments

Fasten your seatbelts – gravity is about to get bumpy. Of course, if you’re flying in the vicinity of a black hole, a bit of extra bumpiness is the least of your worries. But it’s still surprising. The accepted wisdom among gravitational researchers has been that spacetime cannot become turbulent. New research from Perimeter, though, shows that the accepted wisdom might be wrong.

What's next in the GM recall case

June 6, 2014 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. But the 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close. Here's what's still to come in the ongoing recall case:

Engine maker: CSeries could fly again soon

June 6, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Bombardier's CSeries planes could resume flight testing in a few weeks after the plane's engine manufacturer believes it has found the cause of an incident a week ago that grounded the four test aircraft. "We believe it is not going to have a significant impact on the testing schedule and we're working now with Bombardier on a plan to resume testing here in the next few weeks, we hope"....

German spy agency comes clean

June 6, 2014 12:14 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's foreign intelligence agency officially lifted the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets Friday, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities around the country are in fact spy stations — as anyone with Internet access could already figure out.

A mobile DNA test for HIV

June 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

 Rice University bioengineers are developing a simple, highly accurate test to detect signs of HIV and its progress in patients in resource-poor settings. The current gold standard to diagnose HIV in infants and to monitor viral load depends on lab equipment and technical expertise generally available only in clinics, said Rice bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum.

Maximize shelf life with a one-time, push-button switch

June 6, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Hartshorne, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Many modern portable devices must be shipped with a battery installed so that a customer can power it up initially without any battery installation or charging. Any excessive current “leakage” from the components connected to the battery may result in a dead device in the hands of a customer.

Photos of the Day: GE's WWII high-altitude flying suit

June 6, 2014 11:49 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE developed a life-size dummy called the Copper Man to spare human volunteers of discomfort when testing the suit’s extremes. The dummy was 5 feet and 10 and a half inches tall, and covered with copper skin one-sixteenth inch thick. Its head, hands, torso and feet were connected by an electrical mesh that could take readings from 15 different body areas.

Step attenuator suits high-end audio applications

June 6, 2014 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduced the A47 audio attenuator, a switch designed specifically to provide high-end volume control, desirable sonic performance and precise switch feel. These low-profile attenuators provide 47 positions with selectable end-stops from one to six channels....

Touch-safe connector houses up to five contact positions

June 6, 2014 11:13 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products (Sterling, MA) announced the addition of a five-position offering to the Mini SPEC Pak connector family.  This environmentally sealed and touch safe connector houses up to five contact positions in a

High temperature mid-mount modular jacks expand design options

June 6, 2014 10:56 am | Kycon | Product Releases | Comments

Kycon announced it offers a High Temperature Mid-Mount Modular Jack. The GMJXHT-MM-S-88 is shielded and available with eight positions, eight pins and optional tape and reel packaging. This mid-mount jack provides flexibility to board mount designs in applications requiring

LNAs offer desirable noise figure for 4G wireless Infrastructure applications

June 6, 2014 10:27 am | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Woburn, MA) unveiled a suite of new, ultra-low noise amplifiers (LNAs) for cellular infrastructure, wireless connectivity and broadcast communication applications. The new LNAs are asserted to provide

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