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Designing an Automotive Instrument Cluster for Increased Sound Pressure Level

March 28, 2011 12:53 pm | by Jon Levin, Star Micronics America, Inc. & Krunal Patel, Jaguar Land Rover | Articles | Comments

Nearly all vehicles have a chime or speaker on the dashboard instrument cluster for various alert functions. Increasingly, instrument cluster manufacturers are turning to speakers that produce multiple chime, alert and turn signal indicator sounds with higher Sound Pressure Level (SPL).

10th Anniversary of electronica & Productronica China Sets a New Milestone

March 28, 2011 12:41 pm | News | Comments

electronica & Productronica China 2011 closed this year’s show successfully with the best figures in its 10-year history. A total of 480 Chinese and international exhibitors presented their products on 23,000sqm exhibition space.

Putting Physics to Work in Next-Generation Automotive and Aerospace Engineering

March 28, 2011 10:19 am | by Sandeep Sovani, Ph.D., ANSYS, Inc., www.ansys.com | Articles | Comments

The engineering field is founded on fundamental laws of physics which can be explained by governing equations such as Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism and Navier–Stokes equations of fluid motion. However, a profound irony plagues engineering.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - A Talk with Knovel CEO Chris Forbes on Computers and Engineering

March 28, 2011 9:41 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Chris Forbes, CEO of Knovel and continue our discussion on computers, the web, and engineering.

Wireless Technologies Build Momentum for Telehealth Systems

March 25, 2011 6:55 am | by Iboun Taimiya Sylla, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS, www.cms.gov), in 2006 the cost for healthcare in the United States rose to $2.1 trillion, which represents 16 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Understanding the Benefits of Strain Gauge Technology in OEM Medical Devices and Equipment

March 25, 2011 6:42 am | by Robert Chevalier, Director of Sensor Sales, Americas - HBM & Molly Chamberlin, President & Founder, Embassy Global PR & Marketing Communications | Articles | Comments

In today’s highly competitive medical device marketplace, OEMs and their associated design and engineering personnel are opting...

Robust and fanless multi-purpose Box PCs CB 511 and CB 753

March 24, 2011 5:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Kontron has announced two new robust and fanless Embedded Box PCs which feature a range of industrial interfaces, the ultra-compact Embedded Box PC CB 511 and the Embedded Box PC CB 753. The Kontron Embedded Box PC CB511, which has …

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking with Matt Williams of Tyco about Reflowable SMT Protection Devices

March 24, 2011 11:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Matt Williams of TE Circuit Protection about their latest circuit protection devices based upon Hybrid PPTC (MHP) and Reflowable Thermal Protection (RTP) technology.

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Vehicle Power System Satisfies MIL-STD-1275

March 24, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MIL-VicH Series is a series of ruggedized military compliant DC to DC and DC to AC systems built for deployment and operations equipment. This series is available to all military, homeland security and government contractors.

Maxim-Teridian Power Metering Smart-Grid ICs at APEC

March 24, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demonstration of Maxim/Teridian's new family of power-management ICs that perform metering functions for smart-grid applications at their booth during APEC.

Elma Offers Over 500 Knob Configurations for Rotary Switches & Encoders

March 24, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic offers over 500 configurations of knobs in various styles. The knob types include push-on, set-screw, collet, wing, bell-shaped, aluminum, locking, and specialty knobs.

Maingear Charges up Desktops with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590

March 24, 2011 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers, updates their desktop configuration options with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 graphics card that delivers high-end performance with style.

Power supplies offer typical efficiency of up to 90%

March 23, 2011 6:42 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has upped the output power of its ZPSA series of compact open-frame AC/DC power supplies with the introduction of a 100 Watt model. The new single-output ZPSA100 accepts a wide input voltage range, has a very low profile (1.3”)...

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs to be deposed

March 22, 2011 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, who is currently out on medical leave, will be deposed to testify in an antitrust suit related to its iPod music players and iTunes store.In a Monday filing in the U.S. district court for the Northern District of California in San Jose, Magistrate Judge Howard R....

America’s power(ful) industry

March 22, 2011 7:06 am | Articles | Comments

I recently attended the 2011 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and was struck by how strong and vibrant the American power electronics industry is. The exhibit hall was full of engineers discussing new technology as well as new business, and the well-attended seminars addressed issues and topics important to the industry.

United States government and 21 other amicus briefs back i4i in U.S. Supreme Court Case against Microsoft

March 22, 2011 5:42 am | News | Comments

i4i is pleased to acknowledge the strong support it has received in its long-running patent-infringement lawsuit against Microsoft, a lawsuit in which the jury found that Microsoft had willfully infringed i4i's patents. In Washington DC, 22 amicus briefs supporting i4i...

EVC Series connectors enable Level I and II charging from 15A-120V to 75A

March 22, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions has donated its SAE J1772 EVC Series Electric Vehicle Charging System Connector Assemblies to Mississippi State University for its entry to the EcoCAR Challenge Competition (www.ecocarchallenge.org).

Awesome Augmented-Reality Demo

March 22, 2011 4:55 am | Videos | Comments

This video is an excellent example of what can be done in a public space with Augmented Reality and only hints at future applications.

Transphorm Advanced GaN Power Electronics Demonstration at APEC 2011

March 21, 2011 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

In this video we see a booth demonstration of Transphorm's new GaN Power Electronics at APEC 2010.

'Pruned' microchips are faster, smaller, and more energy-efficient

March 21, 2011 7:06 am | by BY JADE BOYD, Rice News staff | News | Comments

An international team of computing experts from the United States, Switzerland and Singapore has created a breakthrough technique for doubling the efficiency of computer chips simply by trimming away the portions that are rarely used.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking with Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink

March 21, 2011 5:45 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to  Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink about their technology and how it stands in the marketplace. We discuss related bistable technologies as well as E Ink's endeavors in the LCD space.

Think Outside the Chip…MEMS-Based Systems Solutions

March 21, 2011 5:25 am | by Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates, rgrace@rgrace.com | Articles | Comments

MEMS is an acronym for Microelectromechanical Systems however most “MEMS” implementations to date have not been systems at all but rather devices. This article addresses the creation of solutions that are enabled by MEMS...

The ECN Roundtable - Mil-Aero Trends

March 21, 2011 5:01 am | Articles | Comments

This month's Roundtable question was "What technology will most impact the military and aerospace market in the near future?" Our answers this month come from Matt Behr of MathWorks and Joe Moxley of Custom Electronics.

EMC's anti-hacking division hacked

March 17, 2011 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EMC Corp. says its RSA security division has been hacked. The intruders compromised a widely used technology for preventing computer break-ins.The breach is an embarrassment for one of premier security vendors and potentially threatens highly sensitive computer systems.EMC's statement is a rare...

High-Performance RF Connectors come in Jack, Plug or bulkhead styles

March 17, 2011 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has released its line of High-Performance passivated stainless steel RF Connectorsin a vareity of styles - SMA, TNC, N-Type, 2.4mm, 2.9mm (K) – in jack, plug or bulkhead styles.

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