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Power management IC integrates display power and backlight LED driver functions

August 18, 2014 10:03 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The ISL98611 is the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip....

Scientists discover interstellar stardust

August 18, 2014 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

We may joke about looking for a needle in a haystack, but that's nothing compared to searching for stardust in a foil! A new paper published in Science reveals that such work has led to the discovery of seven dust particles that are not only out of this world, they're out of this solar system....

Energy: Magic or science?

August 18, 2014 9:08 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Energy: It is all around us; we use it every day. But let’s stick with electrical energy. We have many ways of generating this needed labor-saving device. You may question that, but think about it: Everything that we use every day is some type of labor-saving device, and it runs on some form of energy....

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Why home automation is changing the pet world

August 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by a desire for connectivity, creeping into our daily routines at an exponential rate. The more we see of it and use it, the more we want from it. The adage of “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk” couldn’t be more applicable to the usage of the Internet in our lives. This is where the impending IoT home revolution comes into play.

600V ultra-fast trench IGBTs optimized for welding applications

August 15, 2014 1:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the IR66xx series of high-performance 600V ultra-fast Trench-gate Field Stop insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). The new rugged, reliable family of devices features extremely low conduction....

Explosion-proof LED light fixture intended for applications requiring Group B approvals

August 15, 2014 1:27 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a Group B approved temporary manhole mount LED light fixture, the MMLP-1MLED-B-24OD-12P, that provides operators with a powerful and highly convenient alternative....

All-in-one power solution combines the requirements for several applications

August 15, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Altech Corp. (Flemington, NJ) offers an all-in-one power solution to ease customers’ minds and to keep power running without interruption. CBI All In One UPS Power Solution is a unique product that combines the requirements for several applications into just one device....

Termination is suited to demanding environments

August 15, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new AMCOL-1-T medium-power coaxial termination from Link Microtek (Hampshire, UK) is suitable for use in HF and VHF systems that are deployed in demanding environments where ...

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New Milky Way maps help solve stubborn interstellar material mystery

August 15, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of sky scholars, including a key researcher from Johns Hopkins, has produced new maps of the material located between the stars in the Milky Way. The results should move astronomers closer to cracking a stardust puzzle that has vexed them for nearly a century....

Engineering Newswire: Marine’s driverless jeep built on a growler

August 15, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, Autonomous Internally Transportable Vehicle or GUSS AITV for short, is built on an M1161 Growler, a smaller vehicle than its predecessor, who was named just GUSS. Using a Commercial Off-The-Shelf sensor suite ...

Monitoring meteor showers from space

August 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Those who enjoy the spectacle of the Perseids, Geminids or other annual meteor showers likely aren't thinking about where these shooting stars originated or whether they might pose a danger. Scientists, however, think about such things and will use the vantage point....

Virginia Tech unmanned aircraft test site 'fully operational,' FAA says

August 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership's Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site program is fully operational and ready to conduct research vital to integrate unmanned aircraft into the nation's airspace, Federal Aviation Administration officials announced Wednesday....

Engineering Update #71: A $52 million dollar car

August 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A $52 million dollar car — The Ferrari GTO 250 weighs in at 1980 pounds and has a 300 horsepower v8 engine. It gets its sleek shape from placing aluminum over a wood frame and hammering it, by hand, into shape.....

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Navy to deploy vehicle-based laser weapon

August 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy recently awarded an $11 million contract to Raytheon to develop a vehicle-based, short-range laser weapon capable of defeating low-flying threats like enemy drones. Raytheon’s directed-energy weapon will comply with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)....

Three radars are better than one: Field campaign demonstrates two new instruments

August 14, 2014 8:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group ...

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

August 14, 2014 8:18 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets....

High-res photo satellite launched from California

August 14, 2014 8:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space was launched Wednesday from a military base on California's Central Coast. The commercial satellite known as Worldview-3 was sent into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket....

45V input 100mA LDO offers active output discharge

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3061, a high-voltage, low-noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator with active output discharge. The device delivers up to 100mA of continuous output current with a 250mV dropout voltage at full load....

Wire-to-board connector system offers wides range of mechanical and electrical options

August 13, 2014 1:14 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) solves common design challenges faced by electronic engineers with its CLIK-Mateä1.50mm Wire-to-Board Connector System, which offers a variety of circuit sizes, mounting styles and wire gauges to meet next-generation power and signal needs....

Low-power sensor hub designed for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and the Internet of Things

August 13, 2014 12:06 pm | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest Labs announced it has designed a new sensor hub product to change how consumers use their smartphones and other portable electronics. Sensor hubs are a separate class of chips designed to offload sensor management from the main processor....

60% of 5-Year PV demand forecast could be impacted by trade disputes

August 13, 2014 11:19 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

As we have recently noted, 3GW of the U.S. PV pipeline is directly at risk from ongoing trade actions against China and Taiwan. At the recent NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Conference, a variety of industry players – ranging from upstream technology and module production companies....

Cloud-based IoT development tools remove the historical obstacles to device communication

August 13, 2014 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

RacoWireless (Las Vegas, NV), a global machine-to-machine (M2M) service provider, announced that it will launch Omega DevCloud, facilitating communication with IoT applications in a standardized, easy-to-use environment. The new product will remove the historical obstacles....

NASA's space station fix-it demo for satellites gets hardware for 2.0 update

August 13, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Who doesn't love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what's really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That's the case with NASA's fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM)....

Current-sensor ICs designed for use in low-power applications

August 12, 2014 4:06 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces two new current-sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low-power applications that require higher output swings at lower current....

TVS diode array offers 15 percent lower clamping voltage than alternative technologies

August 12, 2014 12:55 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the low-capacitance SP2574NUTG TVS Diode Array (SPA Diode), designed to protect high-speed, differential data lines from damage due to ESD (electrostatic discharge), CDE (cable discharge events), EFT (electrical fast transients) ...

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