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VCO features typical phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset

January 20, 2015 12:50 pm | by Crystek Crystal | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

The CVCO55CXT-5685-5780 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) from Crystek (Fort Myers, FL) operates from 5685 MHz to 5780 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and ...

Innovative smart home system lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 12:27 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company....

Navy to launch communication satellite Tuesday

January 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket....

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New privacy concerns over government's health care website

January 20, 2015 10:05 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. It works like this: When you apply for coverage on ...

The myth of America's manufacturing renaissance

January 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses ..

Data analytics lend wireless sensors power to change lives

January 20, 2015 8:54 am | by David Allan, President, Virtuix Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Walking the aisles at CES, you were hard-pressed to find a single product that doesn’t contain at least one sensor. The latest iPhones add a barometric sensor to at least a dozen others. By some predictions, a trillion-sensor world is not far off. Yet what benefits ...

How to bridge the Open Compute gap when you’re not Facebook

January 20, 2015 7:12 am | by Ward Williams, ProLabs | Blogs | Comments

Engineers in the data-center business are probably following the Open Compute Project (OCP) closely. The Facebook-led project began in 2011 to build a data center from the ground up, scaling infrastructure more efficiently and economically. In short, it provides engineers...

University of Kentucky team wins student design competition

January 16, 2015 3:14 pm | by Fluke Corporation | News | Comments

The team from the University of Kentucky has been chosen the winner of the Fluke Connect™ Student Contest, which tested the skills, innovation, and business application of student teams enrolled in two and four year colleges, universities, trade/tech schools, and apprenticeship programs.

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Don’t shake it like a Polaroid picture?

January 16, 2015 1:19 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The Polaroid camera was my favorite camera growing up, all because of the required shake needed to expose the picture after it was taken. My friends and I took multiple photos and traded them like baseball cards when we hung out. We even wrote silly ...

From troubled teen to future robotics expert

January 16, 2015 12:03 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Freya Wilhelm, a senior at Lower East Side Preparatory High School, and captain of the FRC team, 4263, the Cyber Dragons. Wilhelm: "FIRST changed my life. First and foremost, it allowed me to come clean. In my old school, I realized art just wasn't what I wanted to do as a career. I became depressed and turned to substance abuse and escapism..."

This is what it will cost you for a vacation in space

January 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's the dream of many people to go to space (not this claustrophobic editor but other people), but only a few meet the rigorous academic and physical standards to become an astronaut and fulfill those dreams. Most of us just become accountants, engineers, writers, or opera...

Engineering Newswire: Ford’s carbon-fiber supercar

January 16, 2015 9:19 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

This week, Ford has unveiled its all-new GT featuring the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever — a new twin-turbocharged V6 that produces more than 600 horsepower. The engine will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for ...

The home of the future

January 16, 2015 8:43 am | by Cees Links, CEO, GreenPeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

The evolution towards the smart home and the day when sensors truly integrate intelligence with your house and your smart phone is well on its way. This process has been in progress for many years and can be broken down into three phases: The Connected Home ...

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Notes from an IoT Forum

January 16, 2015 8:34 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

I recently attended an Internet of Things (IoT) forum in Cambridge, MA, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of presentation, the quantity of interaction, and the technical depth of discussion. For a meeting unaffiliated with a larger technical conference or trade show ...

Why quantum dots are the next big display technology

January 16, 2015 7:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech — essentially a semiconductor nanocrystal ...

The extreme environment of MILSPEC

January 16, 2015 7:21 am | by Major General Steve Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), and CEO of Marvin Test Solutions | Articles | Comments

While many industries benefit from more durable test equipment, the term “rugged test and measurement” reaches new heights when it comes to military specifications that include extreme temperature, vibration, humidity, and salt requirements....

AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015

January 15, 2015 5:24 pm | Events

With more than 8,000 attendees and 550+ exhibitors from more than 40 countries, AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems is recognized as the leading event for the unmanned systems marketplace. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) is the world’s largest ...

Vietnamese leader says banning social media sites impossible

January 15, 2015 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vietnam's prime minister said Thursday that it is impossible to ban social media such as Facebook so authorities in the communist nation instead should provide correct information to inform public opinion. "You are all on social media, checking Facebook for information....

Engineering Update #93: A hybrid motorcycle for US Special Forces

January 15, 2015 11:22 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

The smart UAVs solution

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Andrew Simpson, Content Developer, Gumstix, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Few things have captivated the technology world’s imagination over the last two years like unmanned aerial vehicles. From airborne home videos, to lifting tanks out of the sea in a swarm, both the fun and practical applications of UAVs seem virtually limitless....

Can this robot solve a Rubik's Cube faster than a person?

January 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It can be challenging to get kids involved in STEM because it's a pretty vast array of subjects and it can be highly technical, which makes it difficult to relate to. With that in mind, there has been a big push to create ways for students to learn the skills of engineering or ...

Photos of the Day: The 3D-printed Shelby Cobra is unveiled

January 15, 2015 8:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays ...

My new New Year’s resolutions (sort of)

January 15, 2015 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Happy New Year, engineers! January is usually a time of year where I reflect on the past and think about things that I should be doing in 2015. I say should mostly because I’ve never really used that gym membership (but I do come up with increasingly creative excuses) ...

The SSL/TLS handshake

January 14, 2015 12:15 pm | by Bernard Vachon, Engineering Director, Cardinal Peak | Articles | Comments

Last April, the Heartbleed bug caused us to update all our passwords. Then in September, the Shellshock bug forced Linux users to update their bash shell. More recently, the Poodle exploit put an end to SSL 3.0. Network security is constantly ...

Consumer electronics industry recognises need for a better smart TV experience

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Philips uWand | News | Comments

Philips uWand announced the findings of its latest Smart TV Report. The research shows a 15% increase in smart TV ownership by industry professionals since 2012. However, despite steady growth, engagement rates continue to be hampered by ...

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