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Plasmon-enhanced Polarization-selective filter

July 17, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As we all know, some optical devices can only work with a certain incident polarization direction. In this case, a polarizer is necessary to shift the polarization direction of linearly polarized light. A common polarizer is also called half-wave plate, which constructed out of a birefringent material (such as quartz or mica).

No-wait data centers

July 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, in August, MIT researchers will present a new network-management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6 percent — virtually doing away with queues.

An anti-glare, anti-reflective display for mobile devices?

July 16, 2014 6:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If you've ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But now scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they've developed a novel glass surface that reduces both glare and reflection

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ITAR-free OpenVPX rugged mission computer targets compute-intense applications

July 16, 2014 6:07 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new fully integrated, ITAR-free compact mission computer, the MPMC-9365 Multi-Platform Mission Computer (MPMC). The compact, SWaP-optimized MPMC-9365 supports up to...

NASA's Van Allen Probes show how to accelerate electrons

July 16, 2014 5:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts. Recent data from the Van Allen Probes -- two nearly identical spacecraft that launched in 2012 -- address this question.

Self-assembling nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

July 16, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumours, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier. The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells.

NOAA's GOES-R satellite Magnetometer ready for spacecraft integration

July 16, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. The Magnetometer will monitor magnetic field variations around the Earth and...

Eight-channel Type K thermocouple amplifier signal conditioner suits industrial applications

July 16, 2014 2:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Sensor Connection (Troy, MI) has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model TCA-MS-K-8-A4.  This eight-channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module converts the low output voltage signal from 8 Type K thermocouple probes to eight…

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How to drive LEDs with power factor correction in a single stage

July 16, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian King, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

A PFC-SEPIC converter can be controlled using a traditional PFC-boost controller. An important characteristic of the SEPIC is the lack of isolation.  This limits the use of this topology to applications that don’t require safety isolation.  Think about applications that are completely sealed with no user-accessible energized parts, like street lights and high-bay lighting.

High-speed, backplane connector system is presented as future-proof

July 16, 2014 9:46 am | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex (Lisle, IL) announced today its Impel backplane connector system is available for use with the company’s Backplane Pin Map Configurator. This connector solution provides equipment manufacturers with the ability to have systems operate at today’s data-rates and costs, while providing…

GigE vision: Coming soon to a military screen near you

July 15, 2014 4:46 pm | by John Phillips, Senior Manager, Product Management, Pleora Technologies | Articles | Comments

Vision systems are playing an increasingly important role on the battlefield. Prized for their ability to improve surveillance while keeping troops out of harm’s way, these systems are becoming the vital electronic “eyes” in a growing range of military operations....

Forty-Watt radiation-hardened 120-V Input DC/DC converters target satellite power systems

July 15, 2014 4:42 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier, IR (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the M3G120 Series of 40-W radiation-hardened (RAD-Hard) 120V input DC/DC converters for a wide range of digital and analog satellite power systems requiring up to 15 years or more of mission life.

Automotive convenience and safety systems rely on optical sensors

July 15, 2014 4:33 pm | by Jim Toal is Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics | Articles | Comments

Twenty years ago, I worked for a flexible circuit manufacturer supplying to automotive instrument panel manufacturers.  At that time, these manufacturers were wary of LED lighting. The tried and true twist-in bulb represented 99.9% of interior and exterior automotive lighting....

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Research alliance for the digital revolution

July 15, 2014 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Partners from industry and science are joining forces in a novel collaborative research alliance to address the future-oriented fields of automation and digitalization. Siemens is the first company to forge a research alliance with universities and research institutes that will utilize a new, fully integrated approach....

Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

July 15, 2014 4:12 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner....

NTC chip thermistors come in compact sizes with high temperature ratings to +150°C

July 15, 2014 4:10 pm | Ametherm | Product Releases | Comments

Ametherm (Carson City, NV) introduced four new series of NTC chip thermistors for high-accuracy temperature measurement. The STC0134-X, STC0138-X, STC0143, and STC0144-X Series devices are available in a variety of compact sizes, while providing…

Multilayer ceramic chip inductors suit telecom, networking, medical, and industrial applications

July 15, 2014 3:21 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) has extended its inductor product offerings with a new line of high frequency multilayer ceramic chip inductors. These RF ceramic inductors have low DC resistance, high Q values at higher frequencies, high self-resonant frequency, and high reliability.

Bluetooth 4.1 module helps engineers add low-energy connectivity

July 15, 2014 3:11 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, editor-in-chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Dave Richkas to discuss their latest products and technologies. One of the products announced from the show includes Microchip’s first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module....

Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood

July 15, 2014 2:48 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Articles | Comments

Imagine being surrounded by the imagery of your dreams on a panoramic display. Now imagine being able to manipulate these images by pointing directly at them, like a conductor leading an orchestra of pixels. It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction film — which is exactly what it is....

Converging trends for cloud and HPC – Taking the next step

July 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sanjay Bhal, focused end equipment manager, cloud and HPC, TI | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We are living in an exciting time of change. The era of cloud computing has come upon us over the last few years bringing profound changes in the way we conduct our day to day lives. We are seeing a lot of changes in the way traditional high performance computing (HPC) applications are developed and deployed....

World's smallest wirewound chip inductors offer Q values up to 64 at 1.7 GHz

July 15, 2014 12:12 pm | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

The 0201DS ceramic chip inductors from Coilcraft (Cary, IL) combine high Q values and exceptionally high SRF in the smallest package sizes available. Features include 0201 size — the World's smallest  wirewound chip inductor — and 52 inductance values from 0.5 to 14 nH....

Engineering Update #67: A ridiculously energy efficient house

July 15, 2014 12:08 pm | Videos | Comments

The Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility is a two-story, 2,700 square foot house located on the campus of The National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington D.C. Though the house looks like any other house, it was actually designed as a laboratory to study clean energy....

Wireless power transfer demonstration kit delivers 35 W and Operates at 6.78 MHz

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (El Segundo, CA) announced the immediate availability of a complete demonstration wireless power transfer kit. The system is capable of delivering up to 35 W into a DC load while operating at 6.78 MHz (the lowest ISM band).

From cloud automation to cloud orchestration: Migrating and managing applications painlessly

July 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Nati Shalom, CTO and Founder, GigaSpaces Technologies | Articles | Comments

With use of the cloud comes the ability to use as many resources as needed, essentially endless resources on demand, using a “pay-as-you-go” model.  In a world where everything is dynamic and IT environments are constantly changing, this is becoming an ever-growing necessity....

Encapsulated PCB mount AC/DC linear supply offers tight regulation

July 15, 2014 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announced the Model 3.15.5-115, a low noise linear power supply which provides outputs of +/-15 VDC at 100 mA and 5 VDC at 500 mA. The 3.15.5-115 is powered by 115 VAC.

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