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It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Articles | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now carry a “smart” cell phone that contains more than one physical layer for wireless communications. There is one RF transceiver, such as the GSM standard ...

New software for Google Glass provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

October 3, 2014 8:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly....

Batteries included: A solar cell that stores its own power

October 3, 2014 8:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world's first solar battery. In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report....

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UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

Chipscale MOSFET cuts power consumption for ultraportable applications

October 2, 2014 2:08 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new power MOSFET that will help decrease power consumption and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and high-end notebook computers was released today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA)....

USB-serial controller includes built-in charge-pump RS232 transceiver

October 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the Prolific PL2303RA, an all-in-one IC that provides a convenient, low-chip-count solution for connecting an RS232 full-duplex asynchronous serial device to any USB-capable host....

Low-profile DC-DC power modules designed for space-constrained applications

October 2, 2014 1:44 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC33163/MIC33164 (1A) and MIC33263/MIC33264(2A) a family of low-profile step down power modules capable of 100 percent duty cycle and operating with an input voltage range from 2.7V to 5.5V....

SEMICON Japan features “World of IoT” – a new show-within-a-show

October 2, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

Today, SEMI opens registration for the SEMICON Japan 2014 exposition and programs through its website at www.semiconjapan.org. SEMICON Japan 2014, Japan’s largest exhibition for the microelectronics manufacturing supply chain, will take place at Tokyo Big Sight....

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Dangerous drilling: The hot world of oil and gas

October 2, 2014 10:48 am | by T. Zednicek, M. Biler, J. Petrzilek, AVX Czech Republic | Articles | Comments

New oil and gas exploration and drilling equipment designs, especially those intended for use in deep and difficult geological conditions, continuously demand electronic components capable of reliable, longer lifetime operation in extremely harsh ...

The greatest advancement in software simulation in the next decade

October 2, 2014 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

The future of software simulation is driven by the increasing wish of engineers to simulate a specific device in its real world, working environment where different physical phenomena occur. The increasing simulation complexity, driven by the multiphysics nature....

A fully wireless motion-capture system

October 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for $4,000 – which turned a lot of heads....

Engineering Update #78: Clothing that thwarts government surveillance

October 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

If you’re really worried about the government or other agencies hacking your cellphone, feel free to go ahead and take off that tin foil hat because now you can buy clothing that ensures nobody has access to your phone or your credit cards....

GaN-on-Silicon LED Lamp achieves IES recognition

October 1, 2014 4:15 pm | Lattice | Product Releases | Comments

Lattice Power (Palo Alto, CA) announced that its new PAR38 LED lamp has been recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society Progress Committee as providing an important advancement in lighting. The company’s new proprietary GaN-on-Silicon LED ...

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Power supply series includes constant voltage and constant current modes

October 1, 2014 4:03 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) announced its latest multi-range DC power supply, the model 9111, expanding its 9110 multi-range supply offering. With constant voltage (CV) and constant current (CC) modes, the 9111 automatically recalculates voltage....

Oscilloscope series provides bandwidth range up to 750 MHz

October 1, 2014 3:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) introduces the WaveSurfer 3074, extending the bandwidth range of the popular WaveSurfer 3000 series of oscilloscopes to 750 MHz. WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscopes feature the MAUI advanced user interface....

Get off your computer

October 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

If you’re anything like me, then the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen. As soon as I stumble out of bed, I instinctively boot up my computer. Emails require responses, the weather must be checked, and the news needs to be read....

The importance of unifying software and hardware in development

October 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Articles | Comments

The unity of software and hardware is so vital in today's technological developments but developers constantly struggle to form a symbiotic connection between the two. Development platforms strive to bridge this gap but it is a difficult challenge....

Fluorescent lamp fixture designed for low- to medium-bay construction sites

October 1, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Engineered Products Company (Minneapolis, MN) announced the availability of its new TIGRESS Temporary Light Fixture, the low-cost, energy-efficient lighting solution for low- to medium-bay construction sites and a recommended alternative....

S-Band high-power pallet and hybrid amplifiers optimized for commercial air traffic control

October 1, 2014 9:25 am | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new portfolio of surface mount S-Band GaN power products optimized for commercial air traffic control, weather radar, and military radar applications. The new products are available....

HotSpot: Don’t microwave your iPhone

October 1, 2014 8:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

A group of Internet pranksters known as 4-chan released an ad that suggested Apple's new operating system, iOS 8, was so advanced that you could "wave charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half"....

LED light modeling and simulation shortens time-to-market, enhances light delivery

September 30, 2014 4:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) offers advanced design services that include LED light modeling and human vision simulation that predicts light behavior and provides a complete analysis of all photometric and colorimetric characteristics of any product design....

Ultrafast remote switching of light emission

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The researchers etched a photonic crystal around several quantum dots in a semiconductor layer. Quantum dots are small structures that spontaneously emit light as a consequence of atomic processes. If a short laser pulse is fired at the photonic....

'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

September 30, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That's why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect....

Scientists make droplets move on their own

September 30, 2014 3:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Droplets are simple spheres of fluid, not normally considered capable of doing anything on their own. But now researchers have made droplets of alcohol move through water. In the future, such moving droplets may deliver medicines, etc....

A safer approach for diagnostic medical imaging

September 30, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Medical imaging is at the forefront of diagnostics today, with imaging techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography), scanning, and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) increasing steeply over the last two decades....

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