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Photos of the Day — BAT: The Buoyant Airborne Turbine

April 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) integrates a shell, turbine, tethers, and a ground station to combine aerospace and wind turbine technology and solve many of the problems associated with wind energy. Floating at a height of 1,000 feet...

Samsung dupes Obama: Why “selfie advertising” needs to stop

April 4, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

What do President Obama, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Lawrence have in common? They’ve all become unwitting props in a viral Samsung advertising campaign that relies on spontaneity, selfies, and tricking people — including the most powerful man in the world — into becoming brand ambassadors....

April 2014: Digital ICs

April 4, 2014 12:17 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the April issue, ECN is proud to announce the 2014 ECN IMPACT Award Finalists chosen to recognize the top products, tools, and services from 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The finalists were picked by our panel of esteemed judges selected for their expertise in one or more product category. We’ll announce the winners on May 6 at the EDS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Understanding ultraviolet LED applications and precautions

April 4, 2014 9:47 am | by Vincent C. Forte, Chief Technology Officer of Marktech Optoelectronics | Blogs | Comments

Ultraviolet light occurs between the visible and x‐ray spectrums. The Ultraviolet wavelength range is specified as 10 nm to 400 nm; however, many optoelectronic companies also consider wavelengths as high as 430nm to be in the UV range. Ultraviolet light gets its name due to the “violet” color it produces....

Putting the 'long term’ in long-term evolution

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Francis Sideco, Senior Director Consumer, Mobile, and IT Electronics at IHS | Blogs | Comments

Unlike its predecessors, many of which by this same point in their adoption cycle were already being prepared to transition to the next generation of cellular air interface technology; LTE appears to be living up to its long-term promise.  LTE, while gaining momentum...

Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus

April 3, 2014 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent pictures back to Earth depicting an icy Saturnian moon spewing water vapor and ice from fractures, known as "tiger stripes," in its frozen surface. It was big news that tiny Enceladus—a mere 500 kilometers in diameter—was such an active place...

This floating turbine solves all the wind energy problems

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am one of those people who thinks wind turbines are pretty cool-looking. When there was talk of putting them on the Jersey Shore off the beach at Atlantic City, I thought that was a pretty good idea. Alas, the idea was never pursued because they were considered an eyesore.

Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible. This breakthrough by chemical engineers at Oregon State University could soon reduce the cost of solar energy....

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An ultrathin collagen matrix biomaterial tool for 3D microtissue engineering

April 3, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A novel ultrathin collagen matrix assembly allows for the unprecedented maintenance of liver cell morphology and function in a microscale "organ-on-a-chip" device that is one example of 3D microtissue engineering. A team of researchers from the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital...

An ethics framework should be used to decide health standards for extended, exploratory spaceflights

April 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA should use an ethics framework when deciding whether, and under what conditions, spaceflights that venture outside low Earth orbit or extend beyond 30 days are acceptable if they do not meet current health standards, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine....

Instrumentation and analysis tools offer safety-critical expertise and full verification for multicore platforms

April 3, 2014 12:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA (Wirral, UK) announced its ability to provide verification of multicore systems to safety-critical standards. The need for greater processing power with reduced power consumption is driving the developers of safety-critical applications toward

Korea Display Conference

April 3, 2014 11:29 am | Events

The Korea Display Conference is the biggest conference of its kind in the Korean display industry. The conference will be held on April 23rd-24th at El-Tower, Grace Hall in Yangjae, Seoul. With a line-up of 17 executive speakers from leading display companies...

Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

April 3, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications....

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Watch the world burn with this laser beam eyewear

April 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so you can’t actually purchase these glasses, but they just look really cool. Patrick Priebe, who created the glasses, makes it very clear that they are not for sale and you won’t get blue prints. Priebe, who has a history of creating weapons from movies (i.e. Ironman’s Laser Gauntlet), is a German laser weapons hobbyist....

Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature

April 3, 2014 10:09 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices Wednesday as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones. The assistant, Cortana, is named after an artificial-intelligence character in the company's "Halo" video games....

Photos of the Day: Computers teach each other Pac-Man

April 3, 2014 9:35 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method for computers to teach other computers in a teach-student sort of relationship. The robots – called agents – were able to teach each other video games Pac-Man and Starcraft....

35-nA RTC integrates solid state battery

April 3, 2014 1:45 am | Cymbet Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation (Elk River, MN) announced the commercial release of the EnerChip RTC product family that combines an ultra-low power real time clock with a rechargeable solid state battery and power management IC in a single 5-mm x 5-mm plastic package....

From Martian rocks, a planet's watery story emerges

April 2, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

After 18 months on Mars, the rover Curiosity has taken more than 120,000 measurements of surface rocks and soil, painting a more detailed image of how much water was once on the Red Planet. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) describes the technique....

Strain can alter materials' properties

April 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the ongoing search for new materials for fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics, separation membranes, and electronic devices, one newer approach involves applying and managing stresses within known materials to give them dramatically different properties....

DC/DC converter available in ultra-compact SIP-8 package

April 2, 2014 2:06 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the ITX series of 6 Watt DC/DC converters encapsulated in an industry standard SIP 8-pin package measuring just 0.86 x 0.44 x 0.36 inches (21.85 x 11.1 x 9.2 mm). Delivering a power density of up to 46 Watts per cubic inch...

Low-noise amplifiers survive up to 2W of input power without performance degradation

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (LaFox, IL) announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN on SiC) low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) from TriQuint. The TGA2611 and TGA2612 are broadband LNAs fabricated on TriQuint's production....

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module is presented as world’s smallest, most integrated

April 2, 2014 1:38 pm | eConais, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Econais Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the EC19W01, positioned as the world’s smallest, smartest and most integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module. The EC19W01 offers low power drain and features

Ethernet switches include integrated PROFINET I/O stack

April 2, 2014 1:18 pm | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s (Elgin, IL) two newest, fully managed Ethernet switches — the Ha-VIS mCon 3000 Next Generation — have been optimized for fast deployment in the harshest industrial environments to support today’s increasingly sophisticated network structures....

Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

Galactic serial killer

April 2, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Several clues in the structure of NGC 1316 reveal that its past was turbulent. For instance, it has some unusual dust lanes [1] embedded within a much larger envelope of stars, and a population of unusually small globular star clusters. These suggest that it may have already swallowed a dust-rich spiral galaxy....

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