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Smart meters and the data-directed grid

February 10, 2015 8:57 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Smart meters are physically located on the periphery of smart grids but, from a data perspective, they are at the heart of data-driven electric-energy distribution systems. Indeed, at a time when computational resources are small, cheap, readily available, and easily deployed, smartness isn’t really ...

Chinese company limits drone flights over Washington after crash

February 10, 2015 8:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Apparently, FAA regulations weren’t enough. Shenzhen-based Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI), which designed the drone that crashed on White House grounds, has designed a software update that will prohibit its “Phantom” drone from flying anywhere near ...

Laptop bag lets your electronics "float" above the ground

February 9, 2015 4:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

One of the more intriguing items I saw at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show wasn’t some new technology or widget but something to hold those items — a backpack with a “floating pocket” to protect your sensitive electronics from harm. STM designed “The Drifter” ...

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Waterproof mobile device protection without compromising acoustic quality

February 9, 2015 3:56 pm | by W. L. Gore & Associates | News | Comments

Today’s consumers expect mobile devices to function reliably wherever they are — on the beach, on a ski lift riding to the top of a mountain, or hiking through the wilderness. Incipio Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Irvine, CA, is a global manufacturer of mobile device accessories that ...

Paris to ban the most polluting diesel vehicles by 2020

February 9, 2015 3:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has presented a plan to ban most diesel vehicles from the city by 2020 in order to lower air pollution. By July, diesel buses and trucks will be banned during the daytime from entering the city but not from the ring road around Paris, Hidalgo explained ...

DC/DC converter offers 360 watts of output power

February 9, 2015 3:11 pm | by Calex Mfg | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. of Concord California announces the introduction of the wide input range MTW series. The MTW offers 360 watts of output power in a standard ½ brick case. Available output voltages are 12, 15, 24 and 28VDC. The input range for all models is 9 to 36VDC with ...

FPGA chip features integrated AFDX protocol

February 9, 2015 2:52 pm | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has released the CS1, an FPGA chip with an integrated AFDX protocol that provides a flexible alternative for communication in airplanes. The customizable CS1 enables users to build AFDX-based communication systems independent of a form factor. The new FPGA can be installed directly ...

Student winners of Space Tools Challenge announced

February 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A multipurpose maintenance tool designed by a high school student will be 3D printed on the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Space Tools Challenge. Winner Robert Hillan of Enterprise, Ala. designed the Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool (MPMT)....

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium

February 9, 2015 2:04 pm | Events

Technology Training Corporation in association with the American Institute of Engineers is holding their 2015 symposium on “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium” on March 11-12, 2015 at the Wyndham Hotel in San Diego, CA. This conference brings together key officials and ...

Codec includes GPS receiver and incremental encoder

February 9, 2015 1:46 pm | by Sensoray Co., Inc. | Sensoray Co., Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray announces that its Model 2253P A/V Codec with GPS Receiver and Incremental Encoder Interfaces brings incredible performance in the compact design necessary for pipeline inspection, mining, robotics and more. In addition, all operating power is supplied by ...

Naval leaders: Uncertainty will drive innovation for the future force

February 9, 2015 1:12 pm | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

At the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington D.C., Department of Navy leaders on Feb. 5 called for investment in new ideas and scientific research to keep the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps technologically superior in increasingly uncertain times....

3 trends in passives for 2015

February 9, 2015 1:08 pm | by Larisa Miles, Newark element14 | Articles | Comments

Like any evolving technology, in recent years the electronic components industry has seen a shift toward passive components that are smaller, more reliable and more powerful. Distributors and manufacturers alike are investing heavily in the development of these features, and we ...

Quad SPST analog switches include a 0.35 mm pitch

February 9, 2015 11:21 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced three new 200 Ω precision monolithic quad single-pole single-throw (SPST) analog switches in the ultra-compact WCSP 4 bump by 4 bump array package. The smallest such devices in the industry, the Vishay Siliconix DG2501, DG2502, and DG2503 ...

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ARM acquisition aims to secure IoT communications

February 9, 2015 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Chip maker ARM has agreed to acquire Internet of Things (IoT) security player Offspark. Offspark specializes in IoT communications security. The company's PolarSSL technology is deployed in a variety of devices including sensor modules, communication modules and ...

Comparing touch switch technologies

February 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Steve Sheard, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The specifying of touch switches as an alternative to conventional electro-mechanical devices, such as pushbuttons, toggles or membrane switches, is now becoming increasingly commonplace in a broad spectrum of modern system designs within domestic, office, medical, and industrial ...

The drone delivery system is officially here (sort of)

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The drone delivery service that everyone has been dreaming of (or dreading) is finally here. Well, sort of. Though Amazon was the American front runner in the drone delivary world, it's Alibaba via their online marketplace Taobao that has taken the steps to becoming the world's first drone delivery service.

Cyber-attacks rising in Utah, likely due to NSA facility

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah state officials have seen what they describe as a sharp uptick in attempts to hack into state computers in the last two years, and they think it related to the NSA data center south of Salt Lake City. The increase began in early 2013 as international attention focused on ...

Consumer security an emerging issue in new computerized cars

February 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting. Basing his argument on information ...

Navy's electromagnetic railgun launches projectiles up to Mach 7

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled its electromagnetic railgun for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO last week. And with the ability to launch a hyper-velocity projectile (HVP) up to Mach 7 in less than a second, it’s a doozy....

Gage heads replace failing units on automotive production line

February 9, 2015 8:51 am | by Macro Sensors | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors LVDT gage heads are being used on an automated production line as part of a quality control system that ensures the precise dimensions of hydraulic valve adjusters manufactured for use in different car engines. Every automobile uses a number of different engine ...

Tribunal says UK spies' Internet surveillance was unlawful

February 6, 2015 4:06 pm | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.K. spies acted illegally when they scooped up data about Britons' electronic communications gathered by the U.S. National Security Agency, a court ruled Friday in a landmark judgment against Britain's security services. But the judges said now ...

Senators call for investigation into Verizon 'supercookies'

February 6, 2015 3:58 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers....

Facebook, LinkedIn join forces to help women in tech

February 6, 2015 3:39 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long ...

5 smart careers for future engineers

February 6, 2015 12:35 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech ...

RadioShack pulls the plug

February 6, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

RadioShack will sell most of its stores and move to a “store within a store” model partnership with Sprint after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Feb. 5. Business had been declining for several years, and Amazon had also allegedly ...

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