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Creating "smartphone-like” user interfaces in resource-limited embedded graphics applications

May 29, 2014 7:33 am | by Paolo Tamayo, Principal Applications Engineer, Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

I blame the smart phones! Everyone now expects to see “smartphone-like” user interfaces in everything that has a display. Coffee makers, security systems and thermostat panels are just a few of the examples where you will see integrated colored screens....

New crew launches to Space Station to continue scientific research

May 28, 2014 6:14 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Germany are on their six-hour journey to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:57 p.m. EDT Wednesday (1:57 a.m. Thursday in Baikonur)....

Real-time spectrum analyzer raises high-performance bar

May 28, 2014 4:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Signal Hound (Tampa, FL) today announced the Signal Hound BB60C, successor to the popular Signal Hound BB60A. The Signal Hound BB60C is a real-time spectrum analyzer and RF recorder. It has significantly enhanced performance compared to the BB60A....

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May the force (shoes) be with you

May 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Maintaining astronaut bone and muscle health in microgravity is an ongoing concern for NASA, and now the agency is "forcing" the issue with a new investigation. On May 29, 2014, NASA will fly the ForceShoe, designed by XSENS, to the International Space Station....

Top five design opportunities for MCUs in the Internet of Things

May 28, 2014 2:48 pm | by Ritesh Tyagi, Vice President of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

There will be significant opportunities available to the embedded MCU market in 2014, specifically for 40nm MCUs targeting Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Thanks to their high performance, low-power consumption, abundant on-chip memory and peripheral resources ...

Photos of the Day: Google's self-driving car with no steering wheel

May 28, 2014 1:55 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Google has been working on a self-driving that won’t include a steering wheel and, eventually, any sort of pedals. While the car won’t initially be sold publicly, Google announced on Tuesday that it hopes to have 100 prototypes on public roads by next year....

Watch kids react to old computers

May 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

On the order of cheesy, manipulative internet memes, watching children befuddled by legacy technology ranks just above cat videos and duckfaces. And here’s another one. And let’s face it: Kids these days are spoiled. Kids are lucky to live in such an advanced technological age....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: LSI Corporation wins for Boards and Modules

May 28, 2014 12:57 pm | Lsi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Syncro CS from LSI Corporation (San Jose, CA) provides administrators with MegaRAID RAID 5, 6 data protection in the event of a drive failure. In the event of a server failure, Syncro CS delivers shared storage and failover, keeping applications up and running....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Keithley wins for Test and Measurement

May 28, 2014 12:43 pm | Keithley Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 2450 SourceMeter SMU Instrument from Keithley (Cleveland, OH) includes a touchscreen graphical user interface and offers 5-inch, full-color touchscreen and icon-based menu structure allow for intuitive user interaction and speed test configuration by eliminating cumbersome multi-layer menus....

2-kVAC isolated 1.5-W low noise micromodule converters are UL60950 Recognized

May 28, 2014 11:49 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LTM8057 and LTM8058, 1.5-W output µModule (micromodule) DC/DC converters with 2-kVAC galvanic isolation (production tested to 3 kVDC) in a 9-mm x 11.25-mm x 4-mm BGA (ball grid array) package. The devices operate from an input voltage...

Water in moon rocks provides clues and questions about lunar history

May 28, 2014 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A recent review of hundreds of chemical analyses of Moon rocks indicates that the amount of water in the Moon's interior varies regionally – revealing clues about how water originated and was redistributed in the Moon. These discoveries provide a new tool to unravel the processes involved in the formation of the Moon....

Multi-standard wireless charging SoC targets smartphones

May 28, 2014 10:42 am | Broadcom Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom Corporation (Irvine, CA) introduced a new multi-standard smartphone power management unit (PMU) that drives Rezence technology into the mainstream while providing compatibility with existing deployed standards.

Power supply family addresses test & measurement power challenges

May 28, 2014 10:26 am | SL Power Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

SL Power Electronics (Ventura, CA) announced its  425-W, single output TU425 Series AC/DC power supply. This offering addresses the unique needs of all types of test equipment such as oscilloscopes, analyzers, test boards, chromatography mass detectors as well as

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Google: We're building car with no steering wheel

May 28, 2014 10:06 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google will build a car without a steering wheel. It doesn't need one because it drives itself. The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. Though not driving very quickly - the top speed would be 25 mph....

Power modules are positioned as cost-effective solution for low power motor drive applications

May 28, 2014 9:55 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the µIPM-DIP family of highly integrated, compact Integrated Power Modules (IPM) for low power motor drive applications including fans, pumps, air purifiers and refrigerator compressor drives.

SMT PCB terminal block includes wire release

May 28, 2014 9:38 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation's (Germantown, WI) 2059 SMT PCB terminal blocks are appropriate for extremely small LED modules, offering a fast alternative to soldering leads. With a height of 2.7 mm, the 2059 positioned to

Cars of the future aren’t just cars

May 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO, Speaktoit | Blogs | Comments

The future has always been a playground for imagining possible innovations for the motor vehicles that are ubiquitous to our lives. Recently, much of that focus has been directed at self-driving cars. As always, improvements to cars aim to make them safer, smoother, and more hassle-free....

TBEA SunOasis Set to Overtake First Solar as World’s Largest Solar EPC Company in 2014

May 27, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

U.S.-based First Solar delivered on expectations in 2013 to become the leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company in the global photovoltaic (PV) industry, even though it is likely to be surpassed in 2014 by Chinese EPC TBEA SunOasis, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: LED Engin wins for Solid-State Lighting

May 27, 2014 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The first intelligent, compact, single-emitter light engine from LED Engin delivers directional light with halogen-style dimming, hugging the black body curve from 3000K down to1800K. Luminous flux is 1100 lumens, equivalent to a 60W halogen lamp....

Photos of the Day: An Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces

May 27, 2014 3:05 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Taking a cue from comic books, the U.S. military has been developing an exoskeleton that looks suspiciously like Iron Man. The armor is known as the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), and the team is supposedly turning to professional engineers, students, and even, what they described as local "garage tinkerers" for help....

Aircraft fuel consumption can be reduced by 15 percent

May 27, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two aircraft engine concepts, geared turbofan and open rotor, can enable a significant reduction to aircraft fuel consumption. With open rotor, the potential reduction is 15 per cent. These are the findings of Linda Larsson at Chalmers University of Technology, who has analysed and evaluated the two concepts....

This technology is the future of virtual reality

May 27, 2014 1:52 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It really only takes a few minutes of conversation with me to realize that I am a huge nerd. I’m the woman that goes out with friends and says things like, “did you read about that researcher that 3D-printed a human skull?” or “Did you see the tweet that Russian diplomat sent about the ISS?” My friends and family, good people that they are, are generally pretty happy to indulge me.

Fast MCUs target developers’ functional safety industrial, medical, automotive and transportation designs

May 27, 2014 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) introduced its latest 32-bit dual-core lockstep Hercules RM57Lx and TMS570LCx microcontrollers (MCUs) for developers’ functional safety applications. Unique to the Hercules MCU platform, these two new floating-point devices offer…

The IoT and PoE: A Perfect Match

May 27, 2014 10:25 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

For those of you who regularly read my blog posts to keep up with the goings on of IEEE802.bt task force, I am going to change things up a bit and talk about one potential application for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)—Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT).  Normally, a description of the IoT involve...

Students 'blast off' after space program saved

May 27, 2014 9:08 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent years, students at Northeast High School have virtually saved mankind from a meteor, discovered water on Mars and repaired the International Space Station. But their current mission to establish a habitat on the moon was nearly aborted because of education budget cuts....

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