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Varistors provide bi-directional transient voltage protection

January 30, 2015 11:34 am | by Avx Corporation | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended the voltage and energy ratings of its radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series with the addition of its new VR20 varistors, expanding both the number and type of applications for which the series is an ideal solution. Based on ...

DC/DC module simplifies power supply design

January 30, 2015 11:18 am | by Intersil | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation announced the ISL8203M, a dual 3A/single 6A step-down DC/DC power module that simplifies power supply design for FPGAs, ASICs, microprocessors, DSPs and other point of load conversions in communications, test and measurement ...

SXSW names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:29 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet of Things, wearables ...

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Why hard work is the best part of engineering

January 30, 2015 8:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Erin Conklin, a senior at Syracuse University (Editor: Go Orange!), studying aerospace engineering and psychology with a  minor in mathematics. When Erin was a child, she wanted to be a paleontologist. But as she grew older, her thoughts turned towards a very different career....

Automotive thin-film chip resistor offers performance to +155°C

January 30, 2015 8:32 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has extended its PATT precision automotive thin film chip resistor family with devices in the 0402 and 1206 case sizes. The devices are available with gold-plated terminals for conventional solder assembly....

5 resources for STEM teachers

January 29, 2015 4:54 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | News | Comments

With STEM careers taking off, STEM students need capable, confident teachers targeting all segments of the population. In a Town Hall conference call on Jan. 28, STEMconnector brought together representatives of advocacy organizations, educational seminars, and universities ...

Drone maker restricts D.C. flights

January 29, 2015 4:10 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | News | Comments

The maker of the drone that crash-landed on the White House lawn is reportedly publishing a firmware update that would restrict the quadcopters from flying within Washington, D.C.’s restricted airspace. The company, SZ DJI Technology Co. of Shenzhen, China ...

RF switch operates at zero hertz

January 29, 2015 3:30 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the industry’s first RF switch operating at zero Hertz with integrated RF, analog and digital functions. The Peregrine Semiconductor PE42020 SPDT targets T&M and ATE applications with frequency coverage from ...

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LEDs achieve lower system cost over mid-power LEDs

January 29, 2015 3:25 pm | by Cree Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

In the latest advancement, Cree announces the new XLamp MHD-E and MHD-G LEDs combine the high lumen density and reliability of a ceramic chip-on-board LED to more effectively achieve lower system cost over mid-power LEDs. Building off the ...

Elon Musk headlines Space Station research and development conference

January 29, 2015 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Independence Day is not the only important fourth this July. Hot on the heels of the holiday is the fourth annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference, which takes place in Boston July 7 to 9. Launching this year's event is a keynote speaker who lives ...

Nickelodeon to offer Internet-only subscription service

January 29, 2015 2:02 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SpongeBob fans rejoice: Nickelodeon is the latest cable channel to plan a stand-alone Internet offering. What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. It's possible the service ...

Engineering Update #95: A space telescope that beats the Hubble

January 29, 2015 9:54 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people the images captured by the Hubble telescope are some of the greatest in the world. But what if it was possible to take images that were 1000 times sharper than those taken by Hubble? The University of Colorado Boulder is working an an instrument package called ...

Photos of the Day: 'World's First Family Robot' raises $2M

January 29, 2015 9:03 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | News | Comments

Jibo, “The World’s First Family Robot,” raised more than $2 million on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, making it one of the most funded projects in the site’s history. Turning to crowdfunding with the hope to raise Jibo awareness, as well as the social robotics movement ...

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Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes

January 28, 2015 1:50 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

Today in engineering history, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, FL, killing the seven crew members aboard. Among those killed was a teacher from New Hampshire, Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to ...

Astronomers find solar system more than double ours in age

January 28, 2015 12:44 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A newly discovered solar system - with five small rocky planets - makes ours look like a baby. An international team of astronomers announced Tuesday that this extrasolar system is 11.2 billion years old. With the age of the universe pegged at ...

Misfit wants this wristband to synch with your smart home

January 28, 2015 12:11 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker. On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a partnership with Nest and ...

Top 5 tips for avoiding counterfeits

January 28, 2015 11:46 am | by Tom Grace, brand protection manager, Eaton’s Electrical Sector Americas | Blogs | Comments

Around the world, people are exposed to the threatening implications of counterfeit electrical products. From economic consequences to health and safety hazards, counterfeit electrical products have the potential to cause harm to manufacturers, contractors, customers, and more....

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel and petroleum processing

January 28, 2015 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in ...

Obama calls for more drone regulations

January 28, 2015 9:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The inebriated government employee who went on a late-night misadventure and crashed his friend’s quadcopter on the White House lawn has set off a chain reaction that finally reached the Chief Executive, as President Obama called for more drone regulations....

Power cords comply with safety agency regulations

January 28, 2015 8:45 am | by Qualtek Electronics Corp. | Qualtek Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtek offers a comprehensive selection of 2 and 3 Conductor North American Power Cords, International Power Cords and Hospital Grade Power Cords, fully stocked and available in various configurations. A large selection of North American ...

25 W DC/DC converters provide high power density

January 28, 2015 8:10 am | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MI2500RU series, a family of miniature 25W DC/DC converters, is available immediately from MicroPower Direct. These high-performance power converters are designed to provide the high power density, long field reliability, and high-performance features required ...

AC-DC power supplies include input voltage range of 277/347/480VAC

January 28, 2015 8:08 am | by ROAL Electronics | ROAL Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics announces the release of a new series of very compact, lightweight, high efficiency 400W AC-DC power supplies called DDP400HV. This new series of high input voltage power supplies operates at the worldwide input voltage ...

Embedded video and graphics XMC features 2 GB of GDDR5

January 28, 2015 8:07 am | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has released the rugged M596 embedded video and graphics XMC based on AMD’s Radeon E8860 GPU, featuring 2 GB of GDDR5. Capable of routing simultaneous digital and analog video streams in multiple output formats ...

Former Samsung engineer develops file sharing app

January 27, 2015 4:16 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A former Samsung semiconductor design engineer has developed a file-sharing mobile app that is gaining ground in the United States, and has been a boon for Samsung, too. Nicole Kim worked for Samsung for six years, then took her career to smaller ...

Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe

January 27, 2015 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. At 11.2 billion years old it is the oldest star with earth-sized planets ever found and proves that such planets have formed throughout ...

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