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Design competition teams recognized for advancing voting technology

November 10, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society congratulates the two winners of the HFES 2014 Voting Design Competition: corporate winter Intuitive Company and academic winner Georgia Tech Student Chapter. The winners, along with the six other ...

Wearable device punishes you for slouching

November 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

VCO features a typical phase noise of -123 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset

November 10, 2014 2:10 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55FL-0183-0219 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 183 MHz to 219 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -123 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has ...

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Pushbutton switches feature independent LED illumination

November 10, 2014 2:01 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has announced that it will add painted and laser-etched custom graphics or symbols to the backlit caps on the illuminated versions of its AP Series industrial pushbutton switches. Available illuminated by either blue ...

Photos of the Day: Using 3D-printing to land a spacecraft on a comet

November 10, 2014 12:46 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Rosetta spacecraft was launched in 2004, with the intent to give the most in depth understanding of a comet that humanity has to date. Last August, the spacecraft became the first to successfully rendezvous with a comet with the intent to orbit....

Kasey's Korner: A new treatment for bone fractures

November 10, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials have come up with a solution that uses anchors made from biodegradable materials via a powder injection molding process. The advantages to using this process means that the researchers can adjust the density and porosity of the anchors, which is imperative to their structural integrity.

NASA: Comet bombarded Mars sky with meteor shower

November 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live. New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet ...

The biggest challenge for electric vehicles

November 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Manfred Brandl, ams AG Product manager, Battery management ICs | Articles | Comments

The battery: As long as energy storage capacity (drive range) is limited and costs are high, EV’s will remain a niche market for urban use by a small group of people, also because of the slowly-adapting charging infrastructure. Another challenge ...

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Ethernet module maximizes process efficiency, boosts reliability

November 10, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

On the PLUG-IN Electronic stand at Electronica, Brainboxes (Liverpool, England) launched the ED-504 3-in-1 industrial Ethernet networking solution, which combines four digital input or output (I/O) channels, a software-selectable RS232/422/485 ...

Circuit protection diode targets industrial equipment CAN bus lines

November 10, 2014 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) debuts a new electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuit protection diode for industrial applications such as assembly line automation, access control systems, machinery, and more. The new overvoltage protection component ...

Watch a drone take off from another drone

November 10, 2014 8:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we like to think you can never have enough drones. So, in the spirit of our drone obsession, I would like to present you with a drone taking off from another drone. It's very meta. I like to think if Isaac Newton was still around, he would ...

The only 3D printer you'll ever need to buy

November 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD | Blogs | Comments

With myriad 3D printers seeking funding on Kickstarter, it is hard to discern what makes each one unique. Calling itself the first “one size fits all” model, the MakerMex stands out with modular add-ons that allows the printer to adapt to future technologies.

Next stop, planet electronica!

November 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

I’ve never traveled outside of the United States, and I’m excited that my first time will be for Electronica 2014 in Munich. The mere thought of the show’s overall size is very intimidating, but I must say, I am really interested to see all of the technological innovations....

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The insatiable demand for analog spectrum technology

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

Simplifying the measurements of mobile devices’ current pulses

November 7, 2014 5:07 pm | by David Wyban, Keithley Instruments | Articles | Comments

As both businesses and individuals become increasingly dependent on (or some might say, addicted to) mobile communication products, the portion of integrated circuits and electronic sub-assemblies being designed for use in these applications is growing rapidly. Being mobile means these devices typically operate on battery power, so they have a limited supply of power available to them.

Wayward comet buzzes Mars

November 7, 2014 4:21 pm | News | Comments

Two NASA and one European spacecraft, including NASA's MAVEN mission led by the University of Colorado Boulder, have gathered new information about the basic properties of a wayward comet that buzzed by Mars Oct. 19, directly detecting its effects on the Martian atmosphere.

November 2014: Robotics

November 7, 2014 3:45 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Robotics are slowly creeping into every facet of life, from creepy humanoids who are just a little "off" to exoskeletons that allow paralyzed people to walk to helping the military shoulder the weight of supplies. Face it, robots are everywhere (including in this issue of ECN.)

Home Depot: Hackers also stole 53M email addresses

November 7, 2014 10:48 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Hackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to customers' card data, Home Depot said Thursday. The nation's largest home improvement chain had disclosed the massive, months-long breach of 56 million debit and credit cards in September.

Using light to transfer computer data

November 7, 2014 10:45 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

New research published today in the journal Nature Communications, has demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will allow computers to transfer information using light. This development could significantly increase computer processing speeds and power in the future.

"Supercapacitors" combine with regular batteries to boost the power of electric cars

November 6, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A car powered by its own body panels could soon be driving on our roads after a breakthrough in nanotechnology research by a QUT team. Researchers have developed lightweight "supercapacitors" that can be combined with regular batteries....

Engineering Update #84: A solar and wind-powered car

November 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

G-code is just a concept car created from a vehicle study, but it’s still got some great ideas. The design is pretty futuristic, with a display on the grill that changes depending on if the car is parked or driving in sports, eco or drive mode. It also has ...

Engineering Newswire: Engineers drop bombs for safety

November 6, 2014 2:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Life Extension Program is an initiative by the National Nuclear Security Administration to inspect and update the nation’s inventory of warheads. Earlier this summer Sandia Labs had two successful tests that provided data for the program....

Triple-output power supply features twelve ranges

November 6, 2014 2:25 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the availability of Aim-TTi's MX100T, a 315 watt precision laboratory power supply offering three full-performance outputs each with multiple ranges. Unlike other triple-output power supplies ...

Buck regulator offers a thermally enhanced 3mm x 3mm DFN package

November 6, 2014 2:05 pm | Alpha And Omega Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the release of the fifth-generation EZBuck with the AOZ3103, a high-efficiency, simple-to-use synchronous buck regulator, with an operating input voltage range from 4.5V to 18V....

MOSFETs feature ultra-low Rds(on) for industrial applications

November 6, 2014 1:26 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 75V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives ...

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