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Bulkhead adapter contains low PIM properties

June 24, 2014 3:05 pm | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

RF Industries (San Diego, CA) expands their line of 7/16 DIN connectors and adapters with a female to female bulkhead adapter, part number P2RFD-1654-4. The adapter is manufactured with a machined brass body, with tri-metal (white-bronze) plating for a durable finish with low PIM properties....

Too much of a useless thing

June 24, 2014 1:32 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I realize that my growing interest, and ongoing coverage, of the Internet of Things (IoT) is only exacerbating the massive attention on one of the greatest technological known unknowns, but the confusion and excitement surrounding the impending market shift provides a regular topic of conversation while on the road....

The F-35 was born of a "dumb piece of Air Force PR spin"

June 24, 2014 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The F-35 doesn’t have a lot of fans these days, and one of her biggest critics is actually the co-designer of the F-16, Pierre Sprey. Calling the Joint Strike Fighter the product of “an exceptionally dumb piece of Air Force PR spin”, Sprey issues a scathing indictment of the F-35 in a viral Internet video that is gaining a ton of traction in the aerospace community....

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You can borrow a drone at this library

June 23, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The newly renovated University of South Florida library will have lots to offer students returning for the fall semester. There will be brand new furniture, a modern Smart Lab, and aerial drones to check out along with the books. No, really. In touting the school library’s recent renovations ...

Obama pets a giant, laughing robotic giraffe

June 19, 2014 9:40 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While the Obama administration has been dealing with a lot of heavy topics lately, the White House also had time to push policy on innovation and creation. Part of the campaign was the White House Maker Faire, designed to celebrate “all things built-by-hand and designed-by-ingenuity.” It featured 30 projects from more than 100 students, engineers, creators and researchers from 25 different states.

Five fast fastener tips for manufacturers of electronic products

June 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Ed Sullivan for Holbrook Electronics, www.holbrookinc.com | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers of electronic products can often overcome production challenges presented by fastening problems by using the design expertise of fastener engineers and suppliers who can not only meet stringent specifications, but can incorporate design features which save on assembly time and costs while improving the quality and durability of finished assemblies.

This drone is made from chocolate

June 18, 2014 3:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Yes, someone actually built a chocolate quadcopter. And no, the DoD hasn’t investigated potential military applications (that I know of). A flying treat like this probably wouldn’t survive harsh environments (greater than 20°C) or soldiers’ stomachs, but it could redefine the “candygram”....

Shining more light

June 17, 2014 8:44 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | News | Comments

Most of us learned in school that we do not actually “see” objects around us, but instead the light reflected by the objects. While the reflective properties of the objects are important in determining their perceived color, equally important is the light source illuminating the objects....

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Can this car go 1000 mph?

June 16, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Bloodhound SSC is a supersonic car built with the express goal of exceeding (or reaching) 1000mph. This is completely nuts.The Bloodhound is technically a car because it has four wheels and is under the full-control of a driver. It’s 44 feet long, just over 9 foot tall, and when it’s fully fueled it weighs in at a whopping 17,165 lbs.

These E Ink shelf labels could save retail

June 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

E-commerce has many intrinsic advantages over brick-and-mortar, but the fundamental difference is similar to print vs. online journalism — the ability to make dynamic changes. One can, and one can't. Which makes electronic shelf labels — incorporating E Ink and similar technology — a paradigm shift for retail....

This is what it looks like when you play soccer in space

June 13, 2014 9:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In recognition of the World Cup, the astronauts on the International Space Station got their own game of soccer going. Obviously, the rules and logistics are a little bit different when neither the ball nor the players are subject to the whims of gravity. The video stars U.S. astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and fellow German astronaut Alexander Gerst.

DIN adapters offer a PIM rating of less than or equal to -160dBc

June 13, 2014 9:16 am | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

In addition to 8 variations of 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN to N type and 7/16 DIN adapters, RF Industries (San Diego, CA) developed a 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN male to female right angle and straight adapters. The 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN is essentially a compact version of the 7-16 DIN with similar electrical performance....

Down with pink: The rise of female STEM toys

June 12, 2014 3:09 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

You may have noticed my habit of blogging occasionally about how gendered toys have the ability to affect children. Whether the topic is limiting the skills sets girls develop while playing or failing to introduce STEM as a career option because those are “boy’s” toys....

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Wire-to-board, crimp style connectors include a secure friction locking feature when mated

June 11, 2014 11:13 am | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new ADH Series wire-to-board, crimp style, disconnectable connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offer subminiature size, design flexibility, and reliable contact construction for high-density applications. These 1.3 mm (.051”) pitch, side (right angle) entry, SMT connectors are polarized....

Flexible clean room cables designed for semiconductor industry applications

June 11, 2014 10:42 am | Cicoil Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil (Valencia, CA) now offers standard “Off-the-Shelf” Clean Room Cables and Assemblies for Semiconductor Industry Applications. Rated for Class 1 Clean Room use, the Flexx-Sil rubber jacketed cables meet the Air Cleanliness Requirements of ISO 146441 and exceed the outgassing requirements of ASTM E595....

Compliance testing and debug tips for HDMI 2.0

June 11, 2014 9:29 am | by U N Vasudev, Tektronix | Tektronix | Articles | Comments

The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) was originally launched in 2002 to replace the aging and bulky SCART connection or RCA cabling. Since then, more than 2 billion HDMI-enabled device have shipped and HDMI technology has extended into an increasingly wide array of devices....

Elon Musk looks to save the world, for a price

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The buzz that has been floating around Tesla over the last year is not flattering, including but not limited to sales model jealousy, fire recalls, and lemon-law lawsuits. Lately, famed CEO and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has been teasing that he wants to do something controversial....

The state & future of the global electronics market

June 10, 2014 1:09 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

At EDS 2014, Dale Ford, vice president of IHS Technology, offered some eye-opening predictions, particularly for the consumer electronics market, in his presentation, “The Big Picture, Ideas, and Opportunities.” “We’re going through dramatic change, and that change is accelerating from being an intelligent device to being a networked device – and it’s generating a lot of data,” says Ford....

Haptic device simulates the feel of breasts

June 10, 2014 8:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Check those smirks. This doesn’t concern a certain less-than-reputable industry (banking $100 billion+ annually) or Japan’s general proclivity for weirdness. Actually, the ability to simulate the tactile sensation of soft breast tissue could have important medical applications....

This is what the terminator line looks like from the ISS

June 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

NASA has been very into social media lately, and I could not be more excited. It’s a great way to inspire younger generations and remind everyone why the space program—despite its not insignificant costs—is so important. NASA has been capitalizing on the “space is cool again” trend...

This technology can hack your car from 1500 miles away

June 4, 2014 5:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Automotive security is odd in that it’s basically nonexistent. We drive around every day in giant, metal contraptions completely controlled by a central computer (more or less) and that computer is essentially open to whoever is bored (or mad) enough to hack it.

Precision Guidance: Company developing autonomous Black Hawk helicopter

June 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

One of the biggest announcements from the recent Unmanned Systems expo in Orlando, Florida was the news that Sikorsky Aircraft is developing an autonomous version of the Black Hawk helicopter. The optionally piloted UH-60A Black Hawk leverages the company’s Matrix technology — a major research program for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft....

Snipers aren’t enough to win the war

June 2, 2014 9:09 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

A sniper is a powerful weapon. One sniper team on a battlefield can eliminate one opponent challenge after another with great effect. However, a sniper team can’t do it all. To win the war one must engage every asset at every level. The same is true for process improvement specialists and your business’ war on poor performance....

CubeSats keep space research motoring

May 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Space research isn’t just for the big space agencies anymore. In fact, anyone wishing to make observations from space should not only think small but also inside-the-box. Or more accurately, inside the cube. That’s because in recent years academia has been creating and deploying very small satellites called CubeSats....

Can this wind turbine reduce your energy bill by half?

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Two of the issues that come up frequently when discussing wind energy options are the noise and the actual output of the turbine. The noise issue is more of a problem for big turbines, that may look majestic from far away, when you live nearby they can make a bit of noise.

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