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Temp sensors offer 1.8V SMBus and I2C Interface for the latest smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets

August 13, 2013 6:53 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a six-member family of temperature sensor ICs called the EMC118X. The family is presented as the world’s first family of temp sensors with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications, which is required for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet

Carrier card allows users to connect multiple I/O boards

August 13, 2013 10:33 am | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Robinson, creator of PiFace Digital, have launched the PiRack, an exclusive carrier card allowing users to connect multiple I/O boards, including Embedded Pi and PiFace Digital, to the Raspberry Pi. PiRack’s ability to connect up to four expansion boards makes it ideal for the classroom and offers users increased flexibility in their development projects.

Tibetan government-in-exile's site hit by hackers

August 13, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Security researchers say the website of Tibet's government-in-exile has been rigged to infect the computers of Chinese-speaking visitors, the latest in a series of cyberattacks against Tibetan activists. Kaspersky Lab said Tuesday that attackers modified the Chinese-language website of the Central Tibetan Administration to infect visitors with rogue software.

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Power modules are compliant with Intel’s DrMOS specifications

August 12, 2013 1:20 pm | Alpha And Omega Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor introduced AOZ5066, the first of a new generation of high efficiency power modules which are fully compliant with Intel’s DrMOS specifications. The AOZ5066 is housed in a 40-pin 6mm x 6mm QFN package that integrates a dual gate driver and two optimized MOSFETs....

Gardening tools go mobile

August 12, 2013 12:23 pm | by DEAN FOSDICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Smart phones that respond to signals from plants? Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts? Many commercial growers are using laptops, tablets or smart phones to keep costs down and production up. Home gardeners too, if they can afford it.

This is what happens in one SECOND on the internet

August 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet? Luckily, Designly.com shares your love of information

Use digital signal processing engineering to prevent a flash crash, says NJIT prof

August 9, 2013 11:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NJIT Professor Ali Akansu, PhD, wants to prevent another flash crash on Wall Street. An electrical and computing engineer who is an expert in the relatively new field of adapting signal processing to strengthen the security of finance markets, he fights to be heard. Among his weapons are frequent talks to colleagues at IEEE events.

Review: Google Glass could be peek at tech future

August 9, 2013 10:43 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains digital wizardry.

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Conduction-cooled ecosystem designed for rugged applications

August 8, 2013 3:34 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech has released a complete ecosystem of boards and chassis in the MicroTCA architecture that is conduction-cooled. Designed for rugged applications, the products include Air Transport Racks (ATR), MicroTCA Carrier Hubs (MCH), Power Modules, and Advanced Mezzanine Cards.

Developer kit facilitates fast development of batteryless wireless solutions

August 6, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EnOcean announced the availability of its new developer kit, EDK 350U, for the North American market. The kit covers the entire product range in 902 MHz, from energy harvesting and wireless modules to ready-made product solutions. The new kit is part of a modular concept with

Power block devices designed for DC-DC synchronous buck applications

August 5, 2013 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of the IRFH4251D and IRFH4253D, the first of a family of innovative power block devices for DC-DC synchronous buck applications including advanced telecom and netcom equipment, servers, graphic cards, desktop, Ultrabook and notebook computers.

10 must-read posts from July

August 5, 2013 11:41 am | 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.

Largest neuronal network simulation achieved using K computer

August 5, 2013 11:17 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

By exploiting the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K computer, researchers carried out the largest general neuronal network simulation to date. The simulation was made possible by the development of advanced novel data structures for the simulation software NEST.

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Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Blogs | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

Motion cards combine four axis motion card with high performance on-card amplifiers

July 31, 2013 10:07 am | Performance Motion Devices | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Motion Devices, Inc. announces a new family of Prodigy motion cards that combines a full featured four axis motion card with high performance on-card amplifiers. The Prodigy®/CME Machine Controller Card utilizes PMD's ATLAS® Digital Amplifiers to eliminate the need for external amplifiers, allowing new levels of convenience, integration, and cost savings for applications in life sciences equipment, scientific automation, robotics, and general purpose automation.

Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

Embedded memory family is presented as industry’s fastest

July 27, 2013 12:12 pm | Samsung | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is mass producing the world’s fastest embedded memory – asserted to be the industry’s first eMMC 5.0 devices – in 16 gigabyte (GB), 32 GB and 64 GB densities for next-generation smartphones and tablets. Featuring an interface speed ofSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is mass producing the world’s fastest embedded memory – asserted to be the industry’s first eMMC 5.0 devices – in 16 gigabyte (GB), 32 GB and 64 GB densities for next-generation smartphones and tablets. Featuring an interface speed of

Rocker switches include a splash proof rubber boot option for waterproofing

July 24, 2013 4:16 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has expanded its product offering of miniature rocker switches to include IP65-rated waterproof switches.  The miniature IP65-rated rocker switches have a splash proof rubber boot option for waterproofing.  Available in multiple versions and styles...

The must-have security device

July 23, 2013 3:54 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am, by nature, a very anxious person. Alright, I am a worrier—particularly when it comes to leaving the house. Did I leave the garage door open? The stove on? The hair straighter plugged in? Did I lock all the doors? Windows? And that’s just when I leave for work.

MSOs tout enhanced mixed signal performance, probing capability to 33 GHz

July 23, 2013 12:14 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc introduced the new MSO/DPO70000DX Series of performance oscilloscopes that feature models with 23-GHz, 25-GHz, and 33-GHz bandwidth and enhanced tools for debugging digital and analog circuits. The new MSO70000DX instruments provide

Compact, stripline design microwave directional coupler covers 0.5 GHz to 8.0 GHz frequency

July 23, 2013 10:36 am | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR introduced a new directional coupler offering low insertion loss, high directivity and tight coupling. The new directional coupler is suitable for emerging wireless ultra-broadband designs and many test and measurement applications. These couplers can also

FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) allows users to utilize the popular FMCs within the AMC format of the MicroTCA architecture

July 23, 2013 9:20 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Vadatech has announced new Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) carrier for a FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) per VITA-57.    The design allows users to utilize the popular FMCs within the AMC format of the MicroTCA architecture.  Compliant to AMC.1, AMC.2, and AMC.4, the Vadatech AMC515 Carrier for FMC features a Virtex-7 chip in a 1925 package.

USB3 controller hubs offer high degree of flexibility and integration

July 22, 2013 2:33 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

 Microchip Technology Inc. announced its third-generation USB3 Controller Hubs (UCH3s)—the four-member USB553XB-5000 family, which is SuperSpeed Logo Certified by the USB Implementers Forum and is the world’s first to integrate OTP Flash configuration memory, according to the company. 

Air-core inductors feature square profile, exceptionally high Q

July 22, 2013 1:19 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s new 1111SQ Series high-performance, square air core inductors offer exceptionally high Q factors — up to 200 at 400 MHz — and inductance values from 27nH to 47nH. The 1111SQ Series is available in seven models with footprints from just 2.67mm x 2.67mm.

New kind of optical storage could last a million years

July 22, 2013 9:34 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

A new kind of optical storage is being developed. With this new technology a DVD sized optical memory could hold 360 Terabytes and the memory would be good for about a million years. Longevity and capacity are the key factors to consider in terms of data storage, but existing options are limited.

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