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Linear sensor measures the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) announces the ME Series Linear Position Sensors for embedded use in measuring the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in industrial, mobile, or subsea applications. The ME Series is designed ...

HotSpot Episode: A digital 6th sense

November 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

LTE Direct, Qualcomm’s device-to-device proximal discovery product, will be available commercially in 2016, according to the senior director for Qualcomm Research. The company refers to LTE Direct as a “digital 6th sense.” It essentially turns ...

Dual-wideband transceiver includes frequency range of 70 MHz to 6 GHz

November 17, 2014 1:13 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) has announced a dual-wideband transceiver in the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) format. The board has a frequency range of 70 MHz to 6 GHz. The FMC214 utilizes eight SSMC connectors for the input/output. It combines ...

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Engineers-in-training compete to be world champion drone builders

November 17, 2014 9:44 am | by American Society of Mechanical Engineers | News | Comments

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress...

Pure copper conductive ink offers cost-effective design flexibility

November 17, 2014 8:57 am | Dupont Microcircuit Materials | Product Releases | Comments

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (Research Triangle Park, NC) is introducing its first pure copper conductive ink for photonic curing, DuPont PE510 copper conductor. DuPont PE510 is a cost-effective alternative to silver conductor inks for a variety ...

Comet lander starts drilling; batteries a worry

November 17, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released Monday, the German aeronautics and space research center said. The scientists are getting ...

Chinese stealth fighter could displace the F-35 on world stage

November 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

By the time the US military rolls out the F-35 in full, it’ll face ample 5th-gen competition – and not just a potentially superior Russian Sukhoi T-50, but two Chinese stealth fighters. In an unprecedented show of transparency, China recently showed ...

Current-sense resistor includes a 2-watt power rating

November 14, 2014 2:10 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduces the new TLR2HW metal plate chip current sense resistor in a 2010 size, featuring a 2-watt power rating and ultra-low resistance. The metal alloy of the TLR2HW provides superior corrosion and ...

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Explosion-proof high bay LED light fixture features I-Beam mount

November 14, 2014 1:59 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics’ (Kemp, TX) EPL-IBM-2X150LED-RT explosion-proof high bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and a compact design ...

Kasey's Korner: NASA designs a new airplane wing

November 14, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

NASA is attempting to revolutionize air plane wing surfaces in an attempt to make airplanes quieter and more fuel efficient in the future. The Adaptive compliant Trailing Edge project, a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab...

STEM Student of the Week: Christina Muratore

November 14, 2014 11:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Christina Muratore, Business Process Improvement Analyst II for Horizon ...

Kasey's Korner: Affordable, inflatable incubator

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Dyson just handed out their James Dyson award and this year it’s going to a young inventor who created an inflatable incubator. Incubators, though widely available in modern hospitals, continue to be outrageously expensive, to the tune of up to $45,000...

Engineering Newswire: Atom airplanes stronger than graphene

November 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Drexel University researchers working with the Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold into this tiny little airplane, strong enough to support many ...

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Power supplies comply with latest level VI energy efficiency standard

November 13, 2014 2:22 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced what it believes to be one of the first 5 Watt plug top power supplies to comply with the new Energy Star level VI energy efficiency standard. A requirement for all such external power supplies in use from February 2016 ...

SmartWatch: Obama fancies self an Internet advocate with Title II remarks

November 13, 2014 1:23 pm | Videos | Comments

President Obama this week entered the ring with millions of Americans in an effort to protect the Internet. He jabbed, he bobbed, he weaved, and those that own and have built the networks upon which the Internet was built did the same. In this ...

Drones patrol half of Mexico border

November 13, 2014 12:07 pm | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to ...

AC/DC power supplies designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards

November 13, 2014 10:01 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct (Stoughton, MA), the MPG-120S series is a family of high performance 120W open-frame AC/DC power supplies specifically designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards. Fabricated on a ...

Engineering Update #85: Close-air support in only 6 minutes

November 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since the early days of aerial warfare, infantry has relied on close-air support to even the odds and save their proverbial bacon. But aerial backup often takes a while to arrive — 30-60 minutes on average — and that’s where Raytheon and DARPA ...

HotSpot: Top 10 best wireless & RF devices at Electronica 2014

November 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on HotSpot, we're in Munich, Germany attending electronica 2014 and checking out the latest and greatest components, systems, and applications that companies have to offer. Our Top 10 show features everything from the newest ...

Wind farms generate enough power for every home in Scotland

November 13, 2014 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In what is a win for alternative energy (there seem to be more and more these days) the recently released numbers show that during the month of October, wind power generated 126 percent of the energy needed to power every home in Scotland...

NASA statement on successful Rosetta Comet landing

November 12, 2014 5:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The following statement is from John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft: “We congratulate ...

Automotive-grade film capacitors designed for safety applications

November 12, 2014 3:21 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET (Simpsonville, SC) introduced automotive-grade film capacitors at the Electronica 2014 trade fair in Munich, Germany. The F862 Metallized Polypropylene Film Class X2 Series is specifically designed for safety applications subject to ...

Power divider provides in-phase power splitting

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

From Knowles Capacitors (Cazenovia, NY) comes a Wilkinson power divider, the PDW05758, from their Dielectric Laboratories (DLI) facility. It is designed to provide in-phase power splitting or combining over a broad bandwidth in low-power ...

A timeline of comet probe's 10-year journey

November 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency said it landed a spacecraft on a comet Wednesday for the first time ever. The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta ...

Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

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