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Intelligent LED controller offers I2C control and low standby power

March 31, 2014 12:58 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced its new AC/DC LED driver Integrated Circuit (IC), the Marvell 88EM8189 featuring I2C compatible digital interface integration to connect with a networking microcontroller that runs a lighting control protocol, such as Zigbee, for smart wireless bulbs....

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

March 31, 2014 12:22 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants....

'Cosmic barometer' could reveal violent events in universe's past

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exploding stars, random impacts involving comets and meteorites, and even near misses between two bodies can create regions of great heat and high pressure. Researchers from Imperial College London have now developed a method for analysing the pressure experienced by tiny samples of organic material....

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More than 1,000 satellites are flying overhead

March 31, 2014 11:11 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms. A primer on what's in orbit, with help from Nicholas Johnson, who retired Thursday as NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris....

Power amplifiers feature gain flatness from 0.50 dB to 1.0 dB

March 31, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) introduces a new family of coaxial X band high-gain power amplifiers. These RF amplifiers are typically used as driver amplifiers or high-power output amplifiers in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications....

Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for high-energy rocket fuel

March 31, 2014 9:12 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications....

Stop the madness! Facebook’s purchase of Oculus won’t trigger Armageddon

March 31, 2014 8:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The alternate title for this piece could’ve been “The Internet entitlement mentality” (part II), because that’s what Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus has triggered in millions of disgruntled techies and industry analysts. On Tuesday, March 25, Facebook acquired Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion....

Photos of the Day: The half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation and communications assistance, and the first prototype from Thales is expected in the next five years. The autonomous airship operating at an altitude of about 20 km....

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Clemson researcher touts surgical safety checklist to save lives

March 31, 2014 6:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes and cut costs.

COTS Air-flow through (AFT) rugged chassis is presented as industry’s first

March 28, 2014 3:35 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the Hybricon AFT16, which is said to be the industry’s first COTS OpenVPX Air Flow Through (AFT) Chassis. Leveraging the company’s AFT subsystem technology, the AFT16 supports

Cancer researchers find key protein link

March 28, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new understanding of proteins at the nexus of a cell's decision to survive or die has implications for researchers who study cancer and age-related diseases, according to biophysicists at the Rice University-based Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP).

Researchers identify good bacteria that protects against HIV

March 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston by growing vaginal skin cells outside the body and studying the way they interact with "good and bad" bacteria, think they may be able to better identify the good bacteria that protect women from HIV infection....

Engineering Newswire: Half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus prototype

March 28, 2014 1:40 pm | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating nanoscale fingerprints, building a fully-functional desktop human, and building a fleet of half-drone, half-satellite StratoBuses. A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation....

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Photos of the Day: NASA's next spacesuit

March 28, 2014 9:19 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

NASA's Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design....

Battery-free RFID sensor tag offers an extended temperature range from -30°C to 300°C degrees

March 27, 2014 4:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Pyros-TGT2-DWB from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery-free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated temperature measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag....

Company introduces the industry's first automated SSL test system

March 27, 2014 3:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ASE Test (Greenville, NC) has developed the industry’s first automated test system that is specifically designed for quickly testing the electrical performance of LED drivers, LED arrays, and LED fixtures. Designated the ASE SSL 3.0 Test System, this flexible test system can be used for design....

IP67 box enclosure seals out water and dust in extreme conditions

March 27, 2014 3:34 pm | Bud Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries (Cleveland, OH) has introduced its PIP Series IP67 box, which provides waterproof protection of electronics for approximately 10% less than competing enclosures. The new enclosure is made from a material that offers improved rigidity and tighter tolerances....

First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3-D models of space weather

March 27, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created. New footage put together by an international team led by University of Cambridge researchers shows how entangled magnetic field lines looping...

New guidance system could improve minimally invasive surgery

March 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room. In a report published recently in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology...

Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

March 27, 2014 1:43 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7 1/2 billion miles from the sun. It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland.

Chemicals not in your line of sight? RFID gives you a clear view

March 27, 2014 1:24 pm | by Angela Hoffman, Northern Apex Corporation | Blogs | Comments

There are known issues within laboratories that involve tracking, inventorying and accounting for compounds, chemicals and reagents. If this issue has ever presented itself in your laboratory, radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions will help you and your staff....

Engineering Update Episode 51: Hypersonic weapons needed to defeat advanced anti-aircraft systems

March 27, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Cold War officially ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but old habits die hard, and since the fall of the iron curtain, Russian-American relations have been a tad ... frosty. This led a senior Pentagon staffer called for hypersonic weapons....

2014 ECN Impact Awards Finalists

March 27, 2014 9:13 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

ECN is proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 ECN IMPACT Awards. The 78 finalists were chosen for each of the 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The winners will be announced on May 6, 2014 at the EDS show in Las Vegas.

Help NASA pick the next space suit

March 27, 2014 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last time America was allowed to vote on something online, we ended up with a cat as the new piece to Monopoly. (Thanks, America.) Absolutely no one was surprised because when you count on the internet to select things, you’re playing with fire....

Photos of the Day: A solar-powered toilet

March 27, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

The Sol-Char Toilet was a product of the Reinvent the Toilet initiative, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal was to "develop waterless, hygienic toilets that do not require a sewer connection or electricity and cost less than five cents per user per day"....

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