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HotSpot: Sensors Expo and IPSO Challenge 2014 Winners

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

First, we’re giving GameReality honorable mention. It’s not a recognized winner, but HotSpot typically has four hot spots so we couldn’t leave it at the three winners. That’d just be bonkers. Sweden-based GameReality developed an IP-enabled first person shooter game....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s ISSpresso machine weighs 44 lbs.

July 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Certified for safety and approved by NASA, ISSpresso initially will fly with 20 coffee capsules. Extra packets will follow for the six-member crew, if the trial run goes well. The 44-pound machine — a compact 14 inches by 17 inches — will be housed ...

When is a TV not a TV?

July 1, 2014 8:35 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

When the U. S. Supreme Court says so, that's when. Last Wednesday, June 25, the Court issued a split decision (6-3) against Aereo, a provider of over-the-Internet broadcast TV service which used a unique technology to get around the requirement to pay retransmission fees to program originators, as cable TV companies do....

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EMI/RFI filter sample kits suited for microwave applications

June 30, 2014 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation (Elkhart, IN), through its subsidiary CTS Tusonix, announces the release of two new sample kits of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) filters specifically suited for microwave applications. CTS compiled two “C” type kits, 4300-900 and 4306-900....

Constant-current LED drivers meet demands of low-wattage intelligent lighting systems

June 30, 2014 2:10 pm | Sunpower UK | Product Releases | Comments

The LCM-25(DA) 25 W constant current LED power supply from Sunpower (Aldermaston, UK) allows designers to implement low-wattage intelligent LED lighting control systems and project style lighting designs. The LCM 25(DA) is the latest addition to the LCM series....

Wireless power coils comply with the Qi standard

June 30, 2014 1:26 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Würth Elektronik (Watertown, SD) expands its Wireless Power Coil program with three transmitter coils and one receiver coil. The new round transmitter coils 760 308 100 110 (A10) and 760 308 100 111 (A11) comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)....

Power packaging developments are advancing energy efficiency

June 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mahadevan Iyer2 | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Power packaging is an essential part of our design process here at TI.  Our innovative packaging technology brings in advancements in cost, high performance, and low and medium power applications, enabling differentiated products for TI and our customers.  For example, TI recently introduced two flyback power solutions, the UCC28910 and the UCC28630, that achieve the highest energy efficiency and lowest standby power consumption for...

Capacitive sensing MCUs target HMI applications

June 30, 2014 11:01 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced energy-efficient capacitive sensing microcontrollers (MCUs) for human-machine interfaces (HMI). The new C8051F97x MCU family combines the company’s ultra-low-power technology with fast, accurate capacitive sensing to provide…

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Film capacitors offer snap-in terminals for easy PCB mounting

June 30, 2014 10:52 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has launched the FRC Series medium power DC-link film capacitors, which feature a wide range of capacitance and voltage values in addition to self-healing properties. These capacitors…

Plug Load Logger provides accurate equipment energy use data

June 30, 2014 10:40 am | Onset Computer Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Onset (Bourne, MA) has announced the HOBO Plug Load Logger, an easy-to-deploy data logger that measures and records the power and energy consumption of 120-V plug loads from office equipment, vending machines, and other devices. The HOBO Plug Load Logger provides…

Stepper motors present maximum power, minimal size

June 30, 2014 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the new FDM0620 Series, MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) presents a high performance FAULHABER stepper motor with minimal size.  All components (including connections) are in a housing that measures 9.7 mm in length and 6 mm in diameter.

Programmable DC power supply line adds two 360-W and two 720-W models

June 30, 2014 10:00 am | Keithley Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Keithley Instruments, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) announced the new Series 2260B Programmable DC Power Supplies, which include two 360-W and two 720-W models. The Series 2260B family, which complements the recently introduced Series 2200 family of single- and multi-channel power supplies, is designed for…

Socket suits 1-mm pitch, 1924 pin BGA ICs

June 30, 2014 9:31 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has introduced a new high performance BGA socket for 1-mm pitch, 1924 pin BGA ICs. The SG-BGA-6409 socket is designed for two different IC sizes – 45 mm x 45 mm and 47.5 mm x 47.5 mm package size and operates…

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Space-tested robot inspires medicine and manufacturing uses

June 30, 2014 9:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Humans doing difficult, repetitive tasks or those who need assistance with movement may soon get a helping hand - literally - thanks to robotic technology developed to serve astronauts in space. Robonaut, a human-like robot designed by NASA and General Motors (GM), has been on the International Space Station since February 2011....

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

June 30, 2014 8:49 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy - this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes....

Watch these drones fight to the death

June 30, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the world of drones, there exists an underground fight club where different UAVs go head to head trying to destroy each other. Alright, that’s a little dramatized, but the drones really do battle each other in a BattleBot-style arena. Marque Cornblatt, co-founder of the group Game of Drones, says it’s all about aerial combat and going drono a drono for victory....

LED power supplies offer output current ratings to 700mA

June 27, 2014 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power (Concord CA) announces the 20 Watt GLCT Series of constant current Triac/ELV dimmable LED Power Supplies. The Series consist of four models with output current ratings of 400, 500, 600 and 700mA. The current range with dimming is 10% to 100% of the full rated output....

Guide to designing a device incorporating MEMS-based pico projection

June 27, 2014 2:49 pm | by Carlos Lopez, Strategic Marketing Manager for Pico Products at Texas Instruments DLP | Articles | Comments

Over the last few years, millions of products incorporating pico projection have shipped, and developers are innovating new applications for this rapidly growing display category. Ideal applications for pico projection include near eye display, interactive digital signage, head mounted display, ultra short throw (UST) TV, standalone portable projectors and embedded projection in smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Machine vision smart camera includes embedded ethernet

June 27, 2014 2:35 pm | Microscan | Product Releases | Comments

Microscan (Renton, WA) announces the availability of the Vision MINI Xi industrial compact smart camera with embedded Ethernet. As part of Microscan’s award-winning AutoVISION machine vision product suite, this tiny powerhouse is packed with features for close-range industrial auto ID....

Diverse groups fly airship over NSA’s Utah Data Center to protest illegal internet spying

June 27, 2014 1:57 pm | News | Comments

The environmental campaigning group Greenpeace, digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) joined forces today to fly an airship over the NSA’s data center in Utah to protest the government’s mass surveillance program....

North Korea tests new precision-guided missiles

June 27, 2014 12:50 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong Un has guided the test launches of its newly developed precision guided missiles, in a possible reference to three short-range projectiles South Korean officials say the North fired toward its waters a day earlier....

Oscilloscopes reduce test time in research, development, and failure-analysis applications

June 27, 2014 12:13 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the availability of MSO functionality to their range of Rigol DS2000A and DS1000Z scopes. The mixed-signal extension provides digital signal debug capabilities to the user, allowing simultaneous viewing of analog and digital signals for comprehensive signal analysis....

Explosion-proof LED light fixture appropriate for recessed mounting

June 27, 2014 10:55 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The HAL-LI-48-2X150LED hazardous area LED light fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to provide operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaires. This explosion-proof fixture is a 2x4 Class 1 Division 2 hazardous location lay-in LED light panel....

Engineering Newswire: The most advanced autonomous vehicle ever designed

June 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week, in Washington D.C.,  Carnegie Mellon University researchers will demonstrate one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. A vehicle capable of navigating on urban roads and highways without human intervention....

Russians beat us to Holy Grail of drone pizza delivery

June 27, 2014 9:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We won the Cold War and Space Race for this? We’ve discussed drones, the attendant privacy issues, and their commercial potential exhaustively, but a recent event serves as a cruel mockery of the freedoms we cherish. While the Federal Aviation Administration, politicians, and privacy advocates continue to squabble over domestic drone regulations ...

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