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Wide input DC/DC regulators target smart grid and industrial applications

August 20, 2014 10:08 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics America (Santa Clara, CA) announced 16-V input capable synchronous buck regulators that deliver up to   continuous current to loads at voltages as low as 0.8 V. The new power supply ICs are appropriate for ...

Guiding Stars

August 20, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Can nutrition rating systems be used in supermarkets to encourage healthier spending habits? A new study by Cornell University researchers sought to answer that very question by tracking the purchasing records in a supermarket chain that uses the Guiding Stars System to rate the nutritional value of foods for sale....

Growing up poor affects adults' sense of control, impulsiveness when faced with economic uncertainty

August 20, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Growing up poor can influence people's sense of control and in turn may lead them to more impulsive decision-making and quickly give up on challenging tasks in uncertain situations, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association....

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Mid-power LEDs to account for 48 percent of the market In 2014

August 18, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jamie Fox, IHS Inc. | News | Comments

The growing lighting end market in 2014 is now projected to account for 35 percent of all packaged light-emitting diode (LED) dollars, according to IHS. For the first time, this is more than all backlighting combined. In 2013, lighting and backlighting accounted for...

Why home automation is changing the pet world

August 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by a desire for connectivity, creeping into our daily routines at an exponential rate. The more we see of it and use it, the more we want from it. The adage of “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk” couldn’t be more applicable to the usage of the Internet in our lives. This is where the impending IoT home revolution comes into play.

Engineering Update #71: A $52 million dollar car

August 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A $52 million dollar car — The Ferrari GTO 250 weighs in at 1980 pounds and has a 300 horsepower v8 engine. It gets its sleek shape from placing aluminum over a wood frame and hammering it, by hand, into shape.....

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

August 14, 2014 8:18 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets....

Wire-to-board connector system offers wides range of mechanical and electrical options

August 13, 2014 1:14 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) solves common design challenges faced by electronic engineers with its CLIK-Mateä1.50mm Wire-to-Board Connector System, which offers a variety of circuit sizes, mounting styles and wire gauges to meet next-generation power and signal needs....

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Low-power sensor hub designed for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and the Internet of Things

August 13, 2014 12:06 pm | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest Labs announced it has designed a new sensor hub product to change how consumers use their smartphones and other portable electronics. Sensor hubs are a separate class of chips designed to offload sensor management from the main processor....

Hotspot: DARPA's brain-inspired chip

August 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed a complex computer chip whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. The chip is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors....

Outdoor enthusiasts use gadgets to stay plugged in

August 11, 2014 9:07 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can. As a result, companies are catering to hikers, bikers, skiers, and paddle boarders....

Why Russia’s anti-blogger law should terrify you

August 11, 2014 7:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, Russia isn’t exactly copasetic with the whole “democracy” thing. Case in point: Vladimir Putin recently turned bloggers into vassals of the state. The law destroys online anonymity and makes bloggers responsible for third-party users on their sites....

Engineering Newswire: Robo-shipbuilder suit gives workers superhuman strength

August 8, 2014 1:25 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is participating in a pilot program, outfitting employees with robot exoskeletons to help them do their jobs, with superhuman strength. The Robo-Shipbuilder prototype suit is made of carbon....

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How stadiums ensure Internet access with high-density Wi-Fi networks

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Dennis Burrell, Product Innovation Technologist, Ventev Wireless Infrastructure | Articles | Comments

For most people, visiting a major league stadium to watch a favorite team is a noteworthy event. In fact, with the enormous growth of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, it’s one of the most frequently shared experiences online....

Don’t let ‘selfies’ define your self-worth

August 8, 2014 9:49 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Don’t get me wrong:  I like taking an occasional selfie every once in a while. Everyone likes to use their front camera when there isn’t a nearby mirror, just to check themselves out a little bit from time to time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a selfie, but people are getting a little carried away with these DIY pictures....

Peer-reviewed paper says all ivory markets must close

August 8, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The message is simple: to save elephants, all ivory markets must close and all ivory stockpiles must be destroyed, according to a new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The paper says that corruption, organized crime, and a lack of enforcement make any legal trade of ivory a major factor contributing to the demise of Africa's elephants....

Stock prices of companies that use the same underwriter tend to move together

August 8, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The stock prices of companies that use the same lead underwriter during their equity offerings tend to move together, according to a new study by financial economics experts at Rice University and the University of Alabama. "We tested the hypothesis that investment banking networks affect stock prices and trading behavior," said James Weston, a professor of finance at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business....

Origami could lead to exotic materials, tiny transformers

August 8, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Embracing the pleats, creases and tucks of the Japanese art of decorative paper folding, Cornell University researchers are uncovering how origami principles could lead to exotic materials, soft robots and even tiny transformers. Publishing online in the journal Science Aug. 8, an interdisciplinary team led by Cornell's Itai Cohen, associate professor of physics, and graduate student Jesse Silverberg have discovered how to use....

What does 'diversity' mean to you? The answer may depend on your race

August 8, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Diversity in the workplace has been a contentious issue for many employers. In May 2014, Google disclosed that 70% of its employees are male, and in terms of racial diversity, the company is 61% White, 30% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 2% Black. Does that breakdown sound diverse to you? If not, what would an ideal diverse team look like?....

Designing better materials for the 21st Century

August 8, 2014 8:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Defense Department recently named Jian Luo, professor of nanoengineering and materials science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego as one of 10 new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF). The award provides up to $3 million over five years to develop a new materials design tool called interfacial phase diagrams....

Is technology making our youth dumber?

August 8, 2014 8:09 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I have little 2-3 year-old cousins that have the ability to use and comfortably navigate their way around a smart phone or a tablet. It is incredible to see how technology that takes older adults a longtime to figure out comes so natural to them. Just witnessing how much things have changed since I was younger is mind-blowing....

Defying expectations, global LCD TV market rises in first half

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Liquid-crystal-display television (LCD TV) panels enjoyed unexpected growth in the first half of this year, tied to enthusiastic TV viewing because of the World Cup and other factors that benefited the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

History of fire and drought shapes the ecology of California, past and future

August 7, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fire season has arrived in California with vengeance in this third year of extended drought for the state. A series of large fires east of Redding and Fresno, in Yosemite, and on the Oregon border prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency on Sunday, August 3rd....

August 2014: Motion Control

August 6, 2014 2:56 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this day and age, anywhere you have a large crowd of people, you will have a large crowd of people using their phones. Technologically, this is a challenge when it comes to designing wireless networks capable of handling the load. In the August issue, we explore the problems and solutions for today's wireless companies and also discuss how motion control is changing the engineering landscape.

Photos of the Day: The world’s first 3D-printed saxophone

August 6, 2014 12:53 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A saxophone is an incredibly complex compilation of materials and design. This prototype includes 41 components, plus the springs for all the keys, which were added by hand along with any screws. This prototype includes 41 components, plus the springs for all the keys....

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