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Could solar power work at night?

April 25, 2014 8:54 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Every source of energy has its shortcomings. Some people think wind turbines are eyesores, fossil fuels aren’t renewable, and solar energy requires sunlight to work well and properly. Recently, a team at MIT and Harvard found a way to solve the problem of darkness for the use of solar energy....

Photos of the Day: The T-50 Russian stealth fighter prototype

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Sukhoi T-50 is a prototype for the fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, the PAK-FA,...

Wide-frequency universal clocks offer ultra-low jitter

April 24, 2014 4:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) announced an addition to its range of telecommunications timing...

Wide-band, unmatched transistor enables efficiencies up to 77%

April 24, 2014 4:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the T2G6001528-SG from TriQuint. This wide...

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Two-watt DC-DC converter suits "high/low" side IGBT drive applications

April 24, 2014 4:12 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced the MGJ2 series of 2-Watt high-isolation dual-output DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These compact encapsulated devices are suitable for powering "high side" and "low side" gate drives in bridge circuits using insulated-gate bipolar transistors....

Fully integrated hardware/software platform designed for for THz materials characterization

April 24, 2014 2:23 pm | Lake Shore Cryotronics | Product Releases | Comments

Lake Shore’s (Westerville, OH) new 8500 Series THz system is a fully integrated hardware/software platform for characterization of electronic, magnetic and chemical materials. The system uses non-contact THz-frequency energy and an integrated low-temperature, high-field cryostat....

Handheld TDR locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables

April 24, 2014 2:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, PA) now offers a handheld time domain reflectometer (TDR) that locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables. The CFL535G can test the capabilities of connections and locate faults for up to 12 miles (20 km). This high resolution, compact TDR features dual channel capability and dual aspect display....

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Photos of the Day: The Cyborgbeast 3D-printed hand

April 24, 2014 1:17 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

3D Universe created a 3D-printed hand it calls the Cyborgbeast. The company targeted Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year old who was born without most of his left hand. Delgado had previously relied on a myoelectric version that costs $42,000. But the 3D-printed e-NABLE Hand only costs about $50....

Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

PXIe backplane integrates PCIe into the PXI architecture

April 23, 2014 6:04 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic (Fremont, CA) has designed a new 3U 17-slot backplane to meet the PXI Express Hardware Specification Revision 1.0 (with X1 PCIe connections). Designed for OEM embedded control and highly integrated test and measurement applications, the backplane…

RF digital step attenuator enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs

April 23, 2014 2:29 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) introduces its next-generation, UltraCMOS PE4312 DSA. Successor to the popular PE4302, the new PE4312 enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs that require highly accurate and efficient amplitude control....

Think tank: Russian stealth fighter is superior to the F-35

April 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Air Power Australia is no fan of the F-35. Let’s get that out of the way. For years, they’ve been panning the Joint Strike Fighter, praising the F-22, and warning about emerging threats from Russia and China — threats that could best the F-35 in single combat....

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Programmable hex voltage supervisor has 1 percent threshold accuracy and built-In EEPROM

April 23, 2014 11:59 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LTC2933 programmable voltage supervisor with built-in EEPROM for simultaneous, accurate monitoring of up to six voltage rails from 0.2 V to 13.9 V. Requiring no external resistors to set thresholds...

Front-end power supply achieves titanium efficiency

April 23, 2014 10:48 am | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Hong Kong, China), formerly Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing & Power business, announced the first Titanium efficiency bulk front-end power supply in its standard product range: the DS3000TE-3. This new 3000 W power supply uses proprietary Artesyn power switching technology....

RF signal generator series offers standard AM/FM/Phase modulation

April 23, 2014 10:29 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company (Fairport, NY) has introduced a high-performance RF signal source family, the DSG3000 3GHz/6GHz series, offering standard AM/FM/Phase modulation, as well as options for I/Q modulation and I/Q baseband output. The DSG3000 Series generates waveforms with high signal purity....

Liquid spacetime

April 23, 2014 10:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is the question tackled by theoretical physicists working on quantum gravity by creating models attempting to reconcile gravity and quantum mechanics. Some of these models predict that spacetime at the Planck scale (10-33cm) is no longer continuous....

American perceptions of power

April 23, 2014 9:35 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? A Harris Poll conducted in February of this year shows that the majority of Americans make small efforts to save energy — doing things like flipping the switch....

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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 authors of a scientific paper to be published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in its early online edition on 22 April 2014. The study, which presents the first viable model for the planetary system...

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 many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband....

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 simple version emerges that anyone can use.With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas...

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.

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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