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LED series offers up to 23,650 lumens

June 19, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting announced that Hubbell Industrial Lighting’s modernly styled LUNABAY LED High Bay is now available in high output versions. While still providing excellent efficacy of up to 95 lumens per watt, the LUNABAY can now deliver up to 23,650 lumens....

Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

Design graduate’s final year project could prove a lifesaver

June 19, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

SUTTON design graduate Samuel Harris’s final year project — a life-saving quick-release device — was selected for the prestigious Made in Brunel Exhibition on London’s South Bank last week. (June 12 – 15). The former Cheam High School pupil, 23, devised the system after successive news stories about rescue divers becoming trapped by their own lifelines and drowning....

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Obama pets a giant, laughing robotic giraffe

June 19, 2014 9:40 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While the Obama administration has been dealing with a lot of heavy topics lately, the White House also had time to push policy on innovation and creation. Part of the campaign was the White House Maker Faire, designed to celebrate “all things built-by-hand and designed-by-ingenuity.” It featured 30 projects from more than 100 students, engineers, creators and researchers from 25 different states.

Semi-shielded power inductor series targets DC/DC converter power management applications

June 19, 2014 9:09 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. (Riverside, CA) announced a new series of semi-shielded power inductors.  The semi-shielded SRN model series combines the features of non-shielded and shielded inductors, making them suitable for use in DC/DC converters.

Making smartphones smarter with see-through sensors

June 19, 2014 8:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Your smartphone's display glass could soon be more than just a pretty face, thanks to new technology developed by researchers from Montreal and the New York-based company Corning Incorporated. The team has created the first laser-written light-guiding systems that are efficient enough to be developed for commercial use....

AEC-Q101-Qualified proximity and ambient light sensor is fully integrated

June 18, 2014 8:17 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an operating temperature range to +105°C was announced by the Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

Energy storage systems perform under extreme environmental conditions

June 18, 2014 7:46 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announced the New SCS family of air or liquid cooled energy storage solutions for mission critical or remote location requirements that need to perform under extreme environmental conditions in…

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Small, shielded power inductor handles up to 3.75 A

June 18, 2014 7:17 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) XPL2010 Series of ultra-small, magnetically shielded power inductors combine desirable current handling, low DC resistance and inductance values up to 220 µH in a 1.9-mm X 2.0-mm package.

NASA turns down the volume on rocket noise through SLS scale-model acoustic testing

June 18, 2014 4:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA engineers recently went on an auricle ride as a scale model of the Space Launch System (SLS), including solid rocket motors, was fired - giving an "earful" of information about how low- and high-frequency sound waves will affect the rocket on the launch pad....

This drone is made from chocolate

June 18, 2014 3:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Yes, someone actually built a chocolate quadcopter. And no, the DoD hasn’t investigated potential military applications (that I know of). A flying treat like this probably wouldn’t survive harsh environments (greater than 20°C) or soldiers’ stomachs, but it could redefine the “candygram”....

Photos of the Day: Building a chocolate drone

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An intrepid DIYer built a quadcopter made of at least 40% chocolate. The best part is: This chocodrone actually flies! The unnamed artiste filmed the creation process – and the ensuing flight – using a GoPro Hero 3. She coats the wings in a thick layer of cocoa and uses molded chocolate for the lower frame....

8-channel, 12-bit oscilloscope features up to 1 GHz of bandwidth

June 18, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy announced the HDO8000 oscilloscope product line with 8 analog input channels, 12-bits of vertical resolution utilizing Teledyne LeCroy’s HD4096 technology, and up to 1 GHz of bandwidth. The HDO8000 oscilloscopes have maximum performance....

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Magneto-resistive position sensors in DFN package help simplify PCB assembly

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) has expanded its magneto-resistive (MR) product offering with a line of accurate, low power position sensors housed in a compact DFN package. The KMXP Series can be easily soldered to a PCB via automated standard assembly methods.

Security device protects PLC controllers

June 17, 2014 6:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MB Connect Line (Ilsfeld, Germany) presents the mbSECBOX as a new security solution for PLC controllers. This device detects malware similar to STUXNET and other possible threats on the S7 Controllers. After a threat is found, the mbSECBOX will…

TFT LCD line-up ideal for Personal Audio Visual applications

June 17, 2014 4:50 pm | Sharp Microelectronicsn | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (Camas, WA) announced two additions to its small TFT LCD module line-up. The two CGS (Continuous Grain-Silicon) LCDs include a 1.6-inch Class (1.56-inch diagonal) Transflective Color LCD for wearable technology and a 2.95-inch (diagonal) SVGA+ LCD....

Hunt for extraterrestrial life gets massive methane boost

June 17, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by UCL (University College London) researchers. The new model focuses on methane, the simplest organic molecule, widely acknowledged to be a sign of potential life....

Quad Core x86 smart camera is said to be industry’s first

June 17, 2014 2:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its x86 smart camera, NEON-1040, featuring the quad core Intel Atom processor E3845 1.9 GHz, 2048 x 2048 pixels at 60 fps 1” monochrome CMOS global shutter image sensor and PWM lighting control support.

Optimizing CAN node bit timing to accommodate digital isolator propagation delays

June 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by Dr. Conal Watterson, Sr. Applications Engineer, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Controller Area Network (CAN), standardized under ISO 11898, is widely used in industrial and automotive applications. CAN protocols such as DeviceNet or CANOpen rely on the built-in error checking and differential signaling. Galvanic isolation can further enhance robustness....

Small, 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators extend battery life in tight spaces

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s smallest and highest performance 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators. Designed to extend battery life in Li-Ion battery-powered designs ranging from…

Configurable, flexible data converter can replace 20 discrete chips

June 17, 2014 10:48 am | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products’ San Jose, CA) MAX11300 allows engineers to mix and match 20 ADCs, 20 DACs or 20 High voltage digital I/O pins in any order. This configurable 20-channel, -10-V to +10-V high-voltage mixed-signal data converter is suited for…

LED COBs deliver up to 118 Lm/W, tight beam control

June 17, 2014 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgelux (Livermore, CA) introduced V10 and V15 LED array products, further expanding its V Series line of LED Chip on Board light sources. The V10 and V15 products are suited for commercial and residential lighting markets requiring high quality and tight beam control. The company asserts

Break-over type torque wrenches for use on RF interconnect components

June 17, 2014 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave (Allen, TX) announces the release of a new portfolio of beak-over type torque wrenches used to precisely fasten connections between components and systems. Fairview Microwave has added a broad range of these break-over type torque wrenches....

I-Bar chokes designed for automotive networks

June 17, 2014 9:17 am | Pulse Electronics, Broadcom Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduced the HOT ROD product family of I-Bar chokes for automotive networks, a new concept to provide EMC/EMI protection for automotive electronics. The new line of I-Bar HOT ROD chokes are optimized to meet Broadcom Corporation's BroadR-Reach Automotive Ethernet technology....

Shining more light

June 17, 2014 8:44 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | News | Comments

Most of us learned in school that we do not actually “see” objects around us, but instead the light reflected by the objects. While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects....

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