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Only a matter of time till computers know you better than you know yourself

February 25, 2014 11:01 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

We have “smart” phones, watches, homes, cars, and even toothbrushes, and they’re getting smarter by the second. What will artificial intelligence revolutionize next? Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, bets it’ll be the search engine.

Why the self-driving car will be the greatest technology of all time (seriously)

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am in desperate need of a self-driving car. We’re talking desperate. I would pay a considerable amount of money — in this circumstance not only does the self-driving car exist, it is widely available and I have hit the lottery — for a self-driving car.

FCC’s re-write of Net Neutrality rules will likely come up short

February 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s good news on the Net Neutrality front, and then there’s not-so-good news. First, the good news: On Wednesday, February 19, the Federal communications Commission announced it would not challenge the Federal Court’s ruling that vacated the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet rules and would instead rewrite its rules.

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Air to Air heat exchangers offer increased heat power transfer within the industry standard footprint

February 20, 2014 10:01 am | Marlow Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Climatherm range of Air to Air heat exchangers from Marlow is said to bring increased heat power transfer while remaining within the industry standard footprint. Using Thermo Electrics at its core, these compact and modern designs give

Single board computer utilizes 4GB of eMMC Flash

February 18, 2014 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

EMAC (Carbondale, IL) has created the iPAC-9X25. Made in the USA, this industrial-strength ARM embedded single board computer is based on Atmel AT91SAM9X25 Processor.  It has an industrial temperature range of -40C to +85C and utilizes 4GB of eMMC Flash, 16MB of Serial Data Flash (for boot), and 128 MB of DDR RAM.

Power connectors aim to fill a critical power gap with a small footprint

February 14, 2014 11:45 am | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex’ (Lisle, IL) Mega-Fit wire-to-board, mid-range power connector is presented as filling a significant power void in today’s interconnect marketplace by delivering 23 A in a small 5.7-mm footprint. The connectors are appropriate for

Coax connector targets high frequency applications where spacing is critical

February 14, 2014 10:48 am | Emerson Network Power Connectivity | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power (Bannockburn, IL) announced an addition to the Johnson line of coax connectors, SMPM for applications such as radar, satellite, high density packaging, and applications requiring higher frequencies up to 65 GHz. These subminiature connectors feature

Digital UV index sensors designed for wearables and smartphones

February 10, 2014 1:41 pm | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced the industry’s first single-chip digital ultraviolet (UV) index sensor ICs designed to track UV sun exposure, heart/pulse rate, and blood oximetry and provide proximity/gesture control for smartphone and wearable computing products.

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Linear power supplies now UL and CE certified

February 7, 2014 3:26 pm | Acopian | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by Acopian Power Supplies (Easton, PA) is the UL recognition and CE approval of their mini encapsulated series of linear regulated power supplies. The AC-DC power supply series is encapsulated in an ultra-compact, low profile housing to provide the ultimate in environmental protection in space-limited applications.

5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)

February 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. 

DC-DC converters achieve efficiencies in the range of 93 - 95%

February 6, 2014 11:08 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced two additions to the Okami OKL range of non-isolated point-of-load DC-DC converters manufactured by Murata Power Solutions. The OKL2-T/12 and the OKL2-T/20 converters feature Murata's inspectable Land Grid Array (iLGA) package....

EPROM/wafer erasing system erases programmed memory in 5.4 minutes

February 5, 2014 2:46 pm | Spectroline | Product Releases | Comments

The Spectroline (Westbury, New York) PC-2200A UV EPROM/Wafer Erasing System is a portable, rugged unit that provides high UV intensity and irradiance uniformity to ensure complete erasure of programmed memory from every EPROM chip or wafer in as little as 5.4 minutes.

Development kit includes 7” touchscreen and I/O expansion

February 5, 2014 1:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cadia Networks (Laguna Hills, CA) announces the latest addition to its ARM product offerings in the form of a development kit for the iMX6 family of ARM SBCs, the iMX6-DK. This kit provides a single-box solution for OEMs....

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Interface cards support the CAN and CAN FD standards

February 5, 2014 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the new CAN-IB 500 and the CAN-IB 600, HMS (Chicago, IL) offers two interface cards (passive/active) that support not only CAN but also the new CAN FD standard. Both cards are for the PCI Express standard.

The F-35 is "a failure waiting to happen"

February 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s an oldie but goodie. Last year, Four Corners — an Australian current affairs program — did an expose on the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and their conclusions were ... none-too complimentary. Like their American counterparts, Australia is pursuing a one-size-fits all solution....

CAT6 RJ45 four-pair protector promises 10x faster performance than CAT5

February 4, 2014 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITW Linx (Carol Stream, IL) launched its SurgeGate CAT6 RJ45 4-Pair surge protector. Thoroughly tested to meet or exceed CAT6 standards for signal integrity and featuring solid state technology for enhanced surge protection and exceptional respose time, the SurgeGate CAT6 RJ45 4-Pair offers

'Attention on the flight deck': What doctors can learn from pilots about communication

January 31, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As computers become common in medical examination rooms across the United States, a new study explores the role this technology plays in the doctor-patient relationship. The researchers looked to aviation, with its long history of success in complex communication between humans and machines, as an exemplar that may provide useful strategies to improve communication in the exam room.

Integration brings quantum computer a step closer

January 30, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international research group led by the University of Bristol has made an important advance towards a quantum computer by shrinking down key components and integrating them onto a silicon microchip.Scientists and engineers from an international collaboration led by Dr Mark Thompson from the University of Bristol...

Ultra-low loss materials serve applications over 100 Gbps

January 29, 2014 5:21 pm | Isola Group S.a.r.l. | Product Releases | Comments

Isola Group S.a.r.l. (Chandler, AZ) announced that it has begun alpha testing of Tachyon, its new ultra-low loss product that is engineered to reduce insertion loss on high-speed digital designs. It is specifically being targeted for high-layer count backplanes for the growing 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) market that has channel data rates in excess of 25 Gbps.

Watch Steve Jobs introduce the very first Mac

January 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I would like to personally wish a happy 30th birthday to the greatest computer of all time: the Mac. It was 30 years ago today (January 24th) that Steve Jobs revealed the first model. Though the design has changed a bit and the unit has slimmed down about 300 pounds, it’s important to remember the day the world changed.

Grounding springs provide frame grounding between the pc board and chassis of mobile devices

January 24, 2014 1:33 pm | Fujitsu Components | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Components America released a new series of grounding springs featuring a patented, robust structure and a wide working range for use in emerging mobile devices. Measuring just 1.4 mm wide x 3.7 mm long, the FCN-118X grounding spring series is designed to provide frame grounding between the pc board and chassis of smart phones....

Fanless mini PC ideal for space-challenged applications

January 21, 2014 10:49 am | Stealth Computer Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Stealth.com has released the new model LPC-630F, a high performance fanless small form computer. The highly reliable LPC-630F is loaded with features generally found in systems many times its diminutive size. Stealth's LPC-630F is a quiet yet powerful small form factor computer that operates without noisy cooling fans....

Digital phase shifter has a minimum phase range of 360 degrees

January 17, 2014 11:30 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW , Ltd. announces application and sales support for the Telemakus TEP4000-5 digital phase shifter. This laboratory quality phase shifter has a minimum phase range of 360 degrees with 12-bit, 0.25 degree resolution and operates over the bandwidth of 2 to 4GHz.

Engineering Update #41: Talking to your appliances

January 16, 2014 2:16 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode sponsored by Mouser: Communicating with your smart appliances: The LG HomeChat service allows homeowners to more or less talk to any smart appliances in their home from a cell phone. NASA’s newest primate robot...

380 VDC input bus converter modules enable high voltage DC distribution with 98 percent efficient conversion

January 15, 2014 12:09 pm | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corporation unveiled the first module utilizing its Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. This new ChiP bus converter module (BCM) supplies 1.2 kW at 48 V with 98 percent peak efficiency and 1880 W/in3 power density. The module is asserted to

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