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Inductance-to-digital converter is presented as industry’s first for position and motion sensing

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled what it asserts is the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. This contactless sensing technology can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive

SATA III RAID controller cards combine SSD storage performance with standard hard drive capacity

October 10, 2013 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

StarTech.com announced two new PCI Express RAID controller Cards -- the PEXSAT34RH and PEXSAT34SFF -- which balance the performance characteristics of solid state storage with the capacity associated with standard hard drives. These cards feature

Why Twitter is a male chauvinist’s dream company

October 9, 2013 4:57 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Twitter is in big trouble. The company, which recently began preparing to go public, came under fire for its all-male board and lack of female executives within the company. All of this was pointed out in a NYT’s piece by Clair Cain Miller where Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance...

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Software helps build machine-to-machine applications

October 8, 2013 12:39 pm | Wind River Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Wind River introduced the latest version of Wind River Intelligent Device Platform, a complete software development environment used for building machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and devices that communicate with the cloud. The platform provides ready-to-use components to secure, manage, and connect Internet of Things (IoT) gateways.

IC meets FIPS 140-2 Level 3 requirements

October 8, 2013 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

EnSilica has announced that it has successfully collaborated with Kili Technology Corporation of Canada on the development of the Kili 3.1 FIPS 140-2 Level 3 (Federal Information Processing Standard) compliant secure processor IC. The Kili 3.1 secure processor IC is designed to meet the stringent requirements of payment, authentication and identity applications....

Disney Research discovers rubbing, tapping paper-like material creates electrical current

October 7, 2013 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric current sufficient to light a string of LEDs, activate an e-paper display or even trigger action by a computer can be generated by tapping or rubbing simple, flexible generators made of paper, thin sheets of plastic and other everyday materials, researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, have demonstrated.  

COM Express Modules feature Intel Core i7/i5 4th-Gen CPUs and removable memory

October 4, 2013 1:35 pm | Acromag | Product Releases | Comments

Acromag’s XCOM-6400 COM Express Module provides a high-performance processor in a package that is small, light, and very power-efficient. The XCOM-6400 is a Type 6 Basic COM Express module that is available with a choice of Intel’s 4-generation Core i7 or i5 Haswell CPU and Intel’s 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset....

Embedded Video Engine features 3-in-1 functionality for graphical user interface development

October 4, 2013 12:35 pm | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking FDTI’s FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) integrated circuit, which addresses the need for easy-to-design, advanced forms of human-machine interaction. The FTDI FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) available at Mouser Electronics is a high quality graphics chip with 3-in-1 functionality....

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Software includes expanded electro-acoustic capability

October 4, 2013 12:29 pm | Audio Precision | Product Releases | Comments

Audio Precision announced a new software release that expands the features of the electro-acoustic test suite for APx audio analyzers. APx v3.4 adds Thiele/Small parameters, Complex Impedance and Loudspeaker Production Test to the APx platform.

Top 10 must-see stories for September

October 3, 2013 3:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

ARM board offers a unique production solution for Linux, Windows CE, and Android-based products

October 2, 2013 12:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Direct Insight announces a flexible, production-quality ARM board, which is configurable by changing a tiny (68mm x 26mm) processor module - from ARM9 to quad core ARM Cortex-A9, thus offering a unique production solution for Linux, Windows CE and Android-based products.

Module ideal as a DSP accelerator or front end processor

October 2, 2013 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

CommAgility announced the AMC-2C6678L, a high-performance processing board in the mid-size Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) format. With 16 DSP cores and shared memory, the new module is ideal as a DSP accelerator or front-end processor in AdvancedTCA systems, where it can provide the horsepower required for a range of high-performance applications....

Power modules allow switching frequencies up to 1.5MHz

September 30, 2013 12:30 pm | Alpha And Omega Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor (AOS) launched the AOZ5019, a third-generation high efficiency power module with an EZPair package. This new generation supersedes the previous generation in a smaller package and with a higher frequency. The AOZ5019 is offered in a 23-pin 3.5mm x 5mm QFN package....

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Thermistors ideal for applications requiring advanced system uptime

September 30, 2013 9:55 am | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices has added to its family of overcurrent protection devices with new surface-mountable poly-switch temperature coefficient thermistor (PPTC) devices that include the company’s first resettable PPTC thermistors. The new components are suitable for circuit protection in many applications such as automotive, mobile device battery packs, computer motherboards, and more.

Counting on neodymium

September 24, 2013 12:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Magnetic molecules are regarded as promising functional units for the future of information processing. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Jülich and Aachen were the first to produce particularly robust magnetic molecules that enable a direct electrical readout of magnetic information.

UCSB researchers make headway in quantum information transfer via nanomechanical coupling

September 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The new paper outlines the concept and presents a prototype device, which uses an optomechanical crystal implemented in a piezoelectric material in a way that is compatible with superconducting qubits, quantum analogs of classical bits. Operating the device at the single phonon limit, the scientists were able generate coherent interactions...

Review: New Surface tablets make typing easy

September 24, 2013 12:11 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Is Microsoft's Surface a tablet or a laptop? I'm not quite sure, but it is a lot easier to type on than an iPad. The software company unveiled updates to its Surface tablet computers Monday at an event in New York, where I had a short amount of time to try them out.

Domain walls as new information storage medium

September 23, 2013 11:12 am | by Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz | News | Comments

While searching for ever smaller devices that can be used as data storage systems and novel sensors, physicists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have directly observed magnetization dynamics processes in magnetic nanowires and thus paved the way for further research in the field of nanomagnetism.

Will vehicle-to-vehicle communication ever be a thing?

September 20, 2013 3:38 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technologies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. Our forth and final category is automotive technology.

Nineteen-inch instrument enclosures accommodate 3U equipment

September 20, 2013 9:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

INSTRUMET is the latest range of 19” instrument enclosures from METCASE. These lightweight cases conform to DIN 41494 and IEC 297-1 standards for 19” equipment. The enclosures are designed to accept standard 3U subracks and chassis, and are available in three sizes: 3U x 10.5” x 13.77”, 3U x 19” x 13.77” and

Power MOSFETs for DC-DC synchronous buck applications improve system efficiency

September 19, 2013 3:40 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of the 25V FastIRFET family of innovative power MOSFETs for DC-DC synchronous buck applications including advanced telecom and netcom equipment, servers, graphic cards, desktop, ultrabook and notebook computers.

This is what the world’s largest walking robot looks like

September 19, 2013 3:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Tradinno, the world’s largest, walking robot who also happens to be a fire-breathing, blood-spewing dragon of death and destruction. Okay, the death and destruction part is hear-say, but the rest is true. Tradinno is 51-feet long and almost 30-feet high with a 40-foot wingspan.

On the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing

September 18, 2013 10:24 am | by Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

Reliable quantum computing would make it possible to solve certain types of extremely complex technological problems millions of times faster than today’s most powerful supercomputers. Other types of problems that quantum computing could tackle would not even be feasible with today’s fastest machines. The key word is “reliable.” If the enormous potential of quantum computing is to be fully realized...

Graphene photodetector integrated into computer chip

September 16, 2013 1:27 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

The novel material graphene and its technological applications are studied at the Vienna University of Technology. Now scientists have succeeded in combining graphene light detectors with semiconductor chips. Today, most information is transmitted by light – for example in optical fibres.

iPad app teaches students key skill for success in math, science, engineering

September 16, 2013 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering. They have been testing the app during a high school summer program at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, as well as on undergraduate students at the school.

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