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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) ...

Digital-to-analog converter includes 10ppm/°C reference

August 12, 2014 12:44 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2645, a quad-channel 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit PWM-to-voltage output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with 10ppm/°C reference. These parts convert PWM input signals to 12-bit accurate, stable, buffered voltage outputs in less than 8µs....

Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

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DIN rail DC-DC converter line range up to 600 W

August 12, 2014 9:32 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI, Inc. (Tualatin, OR) announced the expansion of their DIN rail dc-dc product line with the addition of over 90 new high wattage models ranging from 50~600 W. The VHK and VFK DIN families are high efficiency isolated dc-dc converters packaged in a rugged aluminum case....

Hotspot: DARPA's brain-inspired chip

August 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed a complex computer chip whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. The chip is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors....

The future of the automobile at electronica 2014: Connectivity, lighting and autonomous driving

August 11, 2014 4:39 pm | News | Comments

In the future, mobility will to a large extent be influenced by developments in automotive electronics. The latest buzzwords include energy efficiency, electromobility, connected car and autonomous driving. This year, some 1,500 exhibitors will demonstrate these....

Remote-controlled spotlight mounted atop a 6’ light pole

August 11, 2014 4:31 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The FPM-72-GLS fixed pole-mounted, remote-control work light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to provide convenient and secure lighting for operators working from within the utility vehicle or when away from the vehicle. This pole mounted light has a 65 watt remote control light head....

Astrophysicists detect destruction of 3 stars by black holes

August 11, 2014 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have reported registering three possible occasions of the total destruction of stars by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies....

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High-resolution lithography light source ideal for printed circuit boards

August 11, 2014 2:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) announced that it has developed a revolutionary new laser-based lithography light source ideal for printed circuit boards. The iLLUMINAfeatures a fiber coupled laser output with an output power up to 37W and wavelengths at 405nm....

Switch rated for 120V AC and 350 VDC power

August 11, 2014 2:09 pm | Hsi Sensing | Product Releases | Comments

HSI Sensing (Chickasha, OK) has released the HSA-12115 reed switch, its most powerful bi-stable latcher to date. Engineered specifically for the demands of float sensing, liquid level sensing, and liquid measurement applications in the oil and gas industry ...

Direct conversion I/Q modulator has better than 50dB sideband & carrier suppression

August 11, 2014 1:56 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

A new low power I/Q modulator from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) enables battery-powered transmitters operating in the 30MHz to 1.3GHz frequency bands, breaking new ground in power consumption, sideband suppression, carrier leakage and dynamic range performance....

Customized surface inspection

August 11, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Before a workpiece leaves the production plant, it is subjected to rigorous inspection: because even the most infinitesimal fracture or impact point could diminish the reliability or durability of a component. And when it comes to safety-critical applications – such as in the automotive or aerospace industries ...

All-you-can-eat at the end of the universe

August 11, 2014 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At the ends of the Universe there are black holes with masses equaling billions of our sun. These giant bodies – quasars – feed on interstellar gas, swallowing large quantities of it non-stop. Thus they reveal their existence: The light that is emitted by the gas as it is sucked in....

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Satisfying our power hunger

August 11, 2014 10:27 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Design engineers continue to push the low-power envelope, particularly in mobile devices. Low power was a common theme at Sensors Expo 2014, held for the final time at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from June 24th to the 26th....

Self-assembling robot walks in minutes

August 11, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been major advances in robotics in the past couple years as far as personification and an expansion of applications. Some robots are even being designed to carry gear in active warzones (and look creepy as hell doing it.) This tiny robot from Harvard microrobotics engineers Sam Felton and Robot Wood brings something else entirely to the table....

Test probe cable assemblies designed for the inspection of high-frequency circuits

August 11, 2014 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

GradConn (Boca Raton, FL) has launched a new range of low-cost co-axial test probe cable assemblies for the inspection of high frequency circuits. Suitable for testing Hirose MS-156 and Murata MM8030 sub miniature coaxial switch connectors ...

VCO includes control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V

August 11, 2014 9:21 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55FL-0200-0239 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 200 MHz to 239 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 excellent linearity....

Outdoor enthusiasts use gadgets to stay plugged in

August 11, 2014 9:07 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can. As a result, companies are catering to hikers, bikers, skiers, and paddle boarders....

Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it

August 11, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

In this Infographic, "Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it": Despite huge advances in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?

Why Russia’s anti-blogger law should terrify you

August 11, 2014 7:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, Russia isn’t exactly copasetic with the whole “democracy” thing. Case in point: Vladimir Putin recently turned bloggers into vassals of the state. The law destroys online anonymity and makes bloggers responsible for third-party users on their sites....

NASA selects U.S. Small Business Technology Transfer projects for further development

August 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has selected 23 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue the development of innovative technologies that will support future agency mission needs and may also prove viable as commercial products and services....

Engineering Newswire: Robo-shipbuilder suit gives workers superhuman strength

August 8, 2014 1:25 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is participating in a pilot program, outfitting employees with robot exoskeletons to help them do their jobs, with superhuman strength. The Robo-Shipbuilder prototype suit is made of carbon....

Software makes significant FPGA design productivity gains

August 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the release of its updated Libero System-on-Chip (SoC) version 11.4 comprehensive design software....

Israel's Iron Dome & the ethics of war

August 8, 2014 11:39 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

By many reports, the damage done by the rockets fired from Gaza into Israel would be much worse if it were not for Israel's air-defense system called Iron Dome. According to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), Iron Dome succeeds in intercepting about 80% of rockets that come within its zone of protection....

How stadiums ensure Internet access with high-density Wi-Fi networks

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Dennis Burrell, Product Innovation Technologist, Ventev Wireless Infrastructure | Articles | Comments

For most people, visiting a major league stadium to watch a favorite team is a noteworthy event. In fact, with the enormous growth of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, it’s one of the most frequently shared experiences online....

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