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NREL unlocking secrets of new solar material

April 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen before—and it is generating optimism that a less expensive way of using sunlight to generate electricity may be in our planet's future....

Mysteries of a nearby planetary system's dynamics now are solved

April 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report...

AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

April 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as...

An easy interface for the Internet of Things

April 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Amid a wide range of new platforms to manage streams of data from the Internet of things, a...

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The new Wild West

April 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a myth, legend, buzzword, Microsoft misfire (Intelligent Systems, anyone?), market disruptor, as well as an elusive term that many are trying to corral into some microcosm of sustainable profitability in an emerging market. Any new product that features something remotely relatable to wireless connectivity...

Hillcrest Labs selected by Lenovo to bring motion, gesture and cursor control to smart TVs

April 22, 2014 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Hillcrest Labs (Rockville, MD) announced that Lenovo’s new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace in-air pointing and motion control software. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TVs through simple in-air movements of a remote control. Lenovo’s Freespace-enabled Lenovo Smart TVs include the new S9 Smart TV that was unveiled last week, for sale across China.

BTU brings its Thermal Processing Duo to NEPCON China

April 22, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

BTU International, Inc. (Billerica, MA) announced that it will exhibit its DYNAMO and PYRAMAX in booth B-1C20 at NEPCON China 2014, scheduled to take place April 23-25, 2014, at the Shanghai World EXPO Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China.

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Is this solar-powered airplane the future of green travel?

April 22, 2014 9:47 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Solar Impulse team is at it again! This is the team that flew the first solar-powered plane capable of flying around the clock coast-to-coast across the United States in 2013. They just unveiled that plane’s successor, the aptly named Solar Impulse 2, which has an even greater destiny for 2015: to circumnavigate the globe....

IEEE802.3bt: Can 4-pair and 2-pair coexist?

April 22, 2014 8:38 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

One of the biggest challenges that the IEEE802.3bt Task Force faces is how to define the behavior for new 4-pair devices when they are attached to legacy 2-pair devices. In fact, it is such a challenge that I wrote my very first blog post about it. In this post, I want to dive a little deeper....

High gain amplifiers target commercial and military radar

April 21, 2014 7:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA)  introduced new portfolio of L and S band high gain amplifiers covering 1.2 GHz to 1.4 GHz and 3.1 GHz to 3.5 GHz specifically used for commercial and military radar applications as well as observation satellites and communications systems.

Push button box offers NEMA rating and plastic option for corrosion resistance

April 21, 2014 7:19 pm | Bud Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries (Willoughby, OH) has introduced its PBB Push Button Box, giving customers a low price alternative within its existing line of NEMA plastic enclosures for automation. Plastic push button boxes offer high corrosion resistance in

10-A, 200-V power amp includes over current protection, over temperature shutdown

April 21, 2014 7:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Apex Microtechnology’s (Tucson, AZ) open frame power operational amplifier MP118FD – which mirrors the high current and high voltage performance features of the company’s MP108FD -- integrates several layers of onboard circuit protection safe guards. In addition to

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Coin-type lithium rechargeable battery intended for high-temperature operations

April 21, 2014 4:11 pm | Seiko Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Seiko Instruments Inc. (Torrance, CA) announced a new coin-type lithium rechargeable battery, “MS920T”, which offers a higher operating temperature than conventional rechargeable batteries. Features include unique sealing technology which meets outdoors and inside vehicle applications....

Wrap-around chip resistors tested per EEE-INST-002 and MIL-PRF-55342

April 21, 2014 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has introduced a new series of military-qualified, ultra-high-precision Z1-Foil wrap-around chip resistors.

Photos of the Day: NASA's flying saucer

April 21, 2014 1:33 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

NASA recently unveiled the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, a disc-shaped spacecraft which could potentially deliver supplies for future manned Mars missions. In theory, NASA’s flying saucer would, upon descent, deploy a 100-foot-wide parachute to decelerate from a Mach 3.5 descent down to about twice the speed of sound....

Disc magnet motor presents exceptional dynamic performance

April 21, 2014 12:26 pm | Portescap | Product Releases | Comments

Portescap (West Chester, PA) introduced its P760 Series disc magnet motor, which is asserted to outperform standard Brushless DC motors in various applications. The thin disc magnet motor has been optimized to deliver high torque and acceleration up to 5,000 rpm.

16-26 GHz double-balanced fundamental mixer offers high isolation

April 21, 2014 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced its CMD179 general purpose, double-balanced GaAs mixer that can be used for up- and down-converting applications between 16 GHz and 26 GHz. The mixer, which offers conversion loss of 7 dB, an LO to RF isolation of greater than

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Confessions of a gadget hoarder

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I must admit that when the gadget-hoarding topic crossed my desk, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it touches two ever-popular topics: life-simplifying gadgetry and mess-justifying hoarding. The revelation forced me to take a moment to reflect, since topics — particularly via email — no longer physically cross a desk....

Non-magnetic, non-inductive axial lead wirewound resistors suit audio, medical apps

April 21, 2014 11:11 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a series of non-magnetic, non-inductive axial lead wirewound resistors with high power ratings to 12 W and high-temperature operation to +350°C, which is appropriate for high-end audio and medical imaging equipment.

Are LEDs poised for success?

April 21, 2014 10:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about LEDs for our June Issue.  This technology has been a really hot topic over the past few years with arguments about efficiency, price, preference and even environmental factors of utilizing different types of bulbs taking center stage.

Hardware-based solutions counter medical device security concerns

April 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep security features that cannot be bypassed by traditional software methods....

Astronaut pee could help get us to Mars

April 21, 2014 8:16 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Urine, made up of more than 95% water, is one of the cleanest fluids in the human body. And on a protracted space mission lasting more than a year (one-way) — to Mars, for example — that fact becomes critically important....

Bright points in sun's atmosphere mark patterns deep in its interior

April 18, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Like a balloon bobbing along in the air while tied to a child's hand, a tracer has been found in the sun's atmosphere to help track the flow of material coursing underneath the sun's surface. New research that uses data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, to track bright points in the solar atmosphere...

First Earth-size planet is discovered in another star's habitable zone

April 18, 2014 12:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of astronomers that includes Penn State scientists has discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery was made with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope....

UT Dallas professor to develop framework to protect computers' cores

April 18, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas cybersecurity expert Dr. Zhiqiang Lin has received funding from the U.S. Air Force to develop a defense framework that burrows deep into a computer system to protect its core. The Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) provides up to $360,000....

Engineering Newswire: HeliCat looks like copter, drives like boat

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The HeliCat 22 is great for stable & safe, fun, fast, economical and practical water travel. It features two independent motor/fuel/electrical systems for redundancy, and can travel up to 20 to 30 miles per hour in whitecap waves at 5 miles per gallon, which is impossible with other boats....

Always connected: How the Internet of Things utilizes digital ICs

April 18, 2014 12:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

A tremendous convergence of technology is taking place at homes across the globe. The number of wireless sensing Internet of Things (IoT) devices is expected to reach 5 billion by 2019, according to ON World. For one, the Internet has moved beyond letting consumers access oceans of information from their living room....

Auto elocution: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication mitigates driving hazards

April 18, 2014 11:55 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

It’s not often that in-vehicle technologies take a sudden step. The automotive industry is, historically, quite conservative. However, in February, the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) announced its vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication initiative....

AC/DC Hall effect measurement system includes 7-inch magnet

April 18, 2014 10:52 am | Lake Shore Cryotronics | Product Releases | Comments

The new Model 8407 Hall effect measurement system from Lake Shore Cryotronics (Westerville, OH) features a 7-inch magnet for measuring mobilities at the low end of the DC field measurement range, from 1 to 106 cm2/V s. Like Lake Shore’s existing Model 8404 with 4-inch magnet, it can be ordered with AC field measurement capabilities....

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