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TVS diode arrays offer 60 percent lower clamping voltages than alternative technologies

July 21, 2014 2:40 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SPHV (unidirectional) and SPHV-C (bidirectional) Series 200W Discrete TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes) that are designed to protect sensitive equipment from damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) and other overvoltage transients far better than earlier technologies....

Fully integrated 802.11a/n/ac FEM offers 13dB

July 21, 2014 2:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a fully integrated 802.11a/n/ac...

New technique uses 'simulated' human heart to screen drugs

July 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating...

LED light draws only 320 watts at 12.53 amps

July 21, 2014 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LED10WSA-320 LED light released by Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) produces 29,446 lumens of...

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F-35's no-show at Farnborough disappoints

July 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying. The plane couldn't cross the Atlantic to be gazed at by industry experts at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England....

RF chip inductors offer ceramic or ferrite cores

July 21, 2014 10:25 am | Sumida America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sumida Electronics (Schaumburg, IL) has launched a new series of 0603-size wire-wound chip inductors, targeting the RF and communications markets. Because they are available with ceramic or ferrite core construction, an exceptionally wide range of inductance values are offered within the series....

DC-DC converter provides a full 108W of 12V power

July 21, 2014 10:15 am | Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. (Atkinson, NH) introduces the CPE9B36 “Cool Power Technologies” 12V, 9A wide input range 8th brick DC-DC converter. This open frame module provides a full 108W of 12V power @ 55C & 200lfm of airflow – ideal for bus converter or distributed power architecture applications....

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Digital power monitor capable of industry’s widest common mode input voltage range

July 21, 2014 10:05 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Intersil, CA) announced the ISL2802x family of digital power monitors capable of supporting a wide common mode input voltage range of 0V to 60V. The ISL2802x family is comprised of three devices offering a range of capability....

UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021....

Hotspot: Unmanned submarine sets sail for testing

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company ...

Any way the wind blows....

July 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

When I hear or read the phrase wind power, I immediately imagine tall-towered machines with tri-blade impellers tracing out huge arcing sweeps against partly cloudy skies. Your imagery may vary. Globally, wind generation capacity climbed to 318 GW in 2013 and has increased, year-over-year, an average of 37 MW since 2008....

MediaTek addresses 2K smartphones with the latest in its 64-bit processor lineup

July 18, 2014 1:18 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

MediaTek announced its first 64-bit Octa-core processor, the MT6795, supports 2K (2560 x 1600) displays. Previously, MediaTek announced two other 64-bit products, MT6732 and MT6752, which support HD and full HD, respectively. The new processor is targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment....

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DC – 50 GHz LNA offers wideband performance

July 18, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD206, a DC-50 GHz distributed low noise amplifier in die form, to its product line. Applications for the CMD206 include…

Industrial grade filters for AC/DC power supplies are offered in 10-A and 20-A versions

July 18, 2014 12:42 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) has introduced 10-A and 20-A industrial filters for its TER Series of low profile, AC/DC power supplies. The TER-10ASF and TER-20ASF are designed to attenuate high frequency noise on AC lines thereby reducing the level of conducted emissions.

How to Prevent Streetlight Glare in the New World of LED Lighting

July 18, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has ...

GM Has Replaced 491K Ignition Switches

July 18, 2014 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled. The company has repaired just over 491,000 cars that are covered by the recall announced in February ...

New Material Puts a Twist in Light

July 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics ...

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Ultrafast X-Ray Laser Sheds New Light on Fundamental Utrafast Dynamics

July 18, 2014 11:36 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Ultrafast X-ray laser research led by Kansas State University has provided scientists with a snapshot of a fundamental molecular phenomenon. The finding sheds new light on microscopic electron motion in molecules ...    

Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 18, 2014 11:33 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 18, 2014 11:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the ...

Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 11:16 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers ...   

This helmet lets fighter pilots ditch their night vision goggles

July 18, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Military jobs are synonymous with stress, but one of the most stressful jobs even by military standards is that of the jet fighter pilot. Not only are they required to process a lot of operational information very quickly, they must do it while wearing headgear that can strain the head and neck the faster the plane flies....

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...               

'Nanocamera' takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength

July 17, 2014 6:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas (pBNAs) can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light). A standard optical microscope acts as a "nanocamera" whereas the pBNAs are the analogous film.

Future electronics may depend on lasers, not quartz

July 17, 2014 6:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in the laboratory of Kerry Vahala, the Ted and Ginger Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology and Applied Physics at Caltech, have developed a method to stabilize microwave signals in the range of gigahertz, or billions of cycles per second—using a pair of laser beams as the reference, in lieu of a crystal.

Security MCU offers high RF integration

July 17, 2014 5:53 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the RF430F5978 microcontroller (MCU) and accompanying evaluation module (EVM). Building on Tithe company’s CC430 product family, the RF430F5978 MCU is a highly integrated RF solution with desirable read zone and battery performance for…

Ethernet and InfiniBand devices monopolizing your budget? Don't let them!

July 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Krishna Mallampati, PLX Technology, www.plxtech.com | Plx Technology, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Organizations are losing money simply because they are not looking critically at the interconnect technology choices they have. Why? Because they are too wed to Ethernet and InfiniBand to acknowledge that these two are no longer the most economical technologies in system connectivity.

First ab initio method for characterizing hot carriers

July 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed the first ab initio method – meaning a theoretical model free of adjustable or empirical parameters – for characterizing the properties of "hot carriers" in semiconductors. Hot carriers are electrical charge carriers - electrons and holes – with significantly higher energy than charge carriers at thermal equilibrium.

Plasmon-enhanced Polarization-selective filter

July 17, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As we all know, some optical devices can only work with a certain incident polarization direction. In this case, a polarizer is necessary to shift the polarization direction of linearly polarized light. A common polarizer is also called half-wave plate, which constructed out of a birefringent material (such as quartz or mica).

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