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An eel-lectrifying future for autonomous underwater robots

November 26, 2014 10:06 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.

Global quantum communications -- no longer the stuff of fiction?

November 26, 2014 10:04 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without...

Protons fuel graphene prospects

November 26, 2014 10:01 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Published in the journal Nature, the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen...

BGA socket adapter constructed with high temperature FR-4 substrate

November 25, 2014 4:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) released a new BGA socket adapter for 724 pin BGA, 1mm pitch,...

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Polypropylene film capacitors designed for UPS systems

November 25, 2014 4:22 pm | Aerovox | Product Releases | Comments

Aerovox Corp. (New Bedford, MA) has released a line of UPS polypropylene film capacitors especially designed and tested to meet the needs of operation critical applications. The capacitors are used in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) in ...

Photos of the Day: China's J-31 stealth fighter

November 25, 2014 3:52 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Shenyang J-31 (aka, “Gyrfalcon” or “Snowy Owl”) is a mid-sized, twin-engine stealth fighter intended for medium and low-altitude missions like close-air support, aerial bombardment, and suppression of enemy air defenses. With a twin-rudder, twin-engine configuration ...

MOSFETs offer flexible solution for mobile applications

November 25, 2014 3:40 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of an extensive portfolio of devices featuring IR’s latest low-voltage MOSFET silicon for lithium-ion battery protection applications including the IRL6297SD dual N-channel ...

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HotSpot: Mercedes' self-driving cars

November 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars are changing the way designers think about the interiors of vehicles. the car of the future will be more than purely a means of transport – rather, it will become a variable and private area of retreat in increasingly dense urban traffic. By virtue of ...

Beer and the Eywa Economy (or how to profit from the IoT)

November 25, 2014 1:59 pm | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In my previous article, we saw how sensors combined with processing and networking form a structure very similar to a brain. We suggested that the power of that structure could be seen through movies like “Avatar” and “Terminator”. Eywa of “Avatar” ...

Rigid flex circuitry streamlines mission-critical power

November 25, 2014 1:22 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduced its Rigid Flex Circuits and Assemblies. Ultra-reliable Molex rigid flex circuits and assemblies minimize impedance discontinuities in high-speed military and aerospace data and telecommunications ...

Here's what the astronauts are having for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 10:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. The crew on the International Space Station (ISS) consists of Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore...

LED lamps use only 7.5 watts of power

November 25, 2014 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced that it has upgraded the performance of its award-winning MR16 GU10 base 120V LED lamp line with the world’s most efficient LED — the company’s third generation GaN on GaN LED. Featuring the company’s ...

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LED connector range features mated footprint of 8.80mm x 11.00mm

November 25, 2014 9:15 am | Gct Semiconductor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

GCT has expanded its range of White Lite LED lighting connectors. Engineered to be the perfect choice for LED strip light applications, the new BJ300 and 301 two position mating connector combinations offer reliable dual-contact design. LED ...

Replacing mailmen with drones

November 25, 2014 8:58 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

This is what it's like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle

November 25, 2014 8:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle? Perhaps, like me, if you're not familiar with the fighter than you have not had this particular dream, but for many folks this video is as close as you're going ...

Crimp receptacles provide commercial-off-the-shelf alternatives

November 24, 2014 3:51 pm | Mill-Max | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) announces the addition of new crimp receptacles to their selection of wire termination products. The new 07XX series are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) alternatives to the popular Mil-Spec M39029 female crimp ...

Engineering Update #87: Virtual reality beach vacations

November 24, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Last week, we talked about a system of targeted advertising very similar to the film Minority Report, based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick. And this time, we shine the spotlight on a famous hotel chain — rhymes with “chariot” — that’s introducing ...

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Ultra-compact power modules feature a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm

November 24, 2014 1:11 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces a new series of ultra-compact EPCOS µDC-DC converters featuring a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm and an insertion height of 1 mm. One 6-MHz power switch is embedded in the miniature PCB. The integrated ...

More “lady brains”: Barbie is a lousy engineer

November 24, 2014 12:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let’s be honest — Barbie has never been a shining beacon of progressive thought. Her figure looks more like Jessica Rabbit than Jane Doe, and her physics-defying measurements would kill an ordinary girl. That said, her latest fictional adventure ...

Power supply series extends to 800W 650V output

November 24, 2014 9:33 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of 800W high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of programmable DC power supplies. The series is now available with output voltages of 0-10, 0-20, 0-36, 0-60, 0-160 ...

Crew blasts off for International Space Station

November 24, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian capsule roared into ...

Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)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.

Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

November 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

PWM controller features integrated power stage driver

November 20, 2014 4:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) announces the release of the ZSPM2000, a configurable true digital PWM controller with integrated MOSFET driver for smart digital point-of-load (POL) solutions. ZMDI’s ZSPM2000 operates as a synchronous step-down ...

Engineering Newswire: Electric scooter unfolds in a second

November 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Kleefer, a France based company specializing in light electric vehicles for the urban mobility market has partnered with Solvay Engineering Plastics to unveil its unfolding scooter. The foldable scooter was specially designed for intermodal mobility in ...

3-D printer powered up on the International Space Station

November 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This week, NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

Unravelling the mystery of gamma-ray bursts

November 20, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists hope to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space 'microphones'. Researchers at Cardiff University are trying to work out the possible sounds scientists might expect to hear when the ultra-sensitive LIGO ...

Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

The race to find a strong and lightweight design

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Articles | Comments

Last month I wrote an overview about the classic advantages of bonding. This month I would like to discuss the increase in demand by companies for lightweight constructed products and what challenges this demand brings. In industries like ...

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