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GE Offer for Alstom Not Good Enough

May 6, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French President Francois Hollande says that an offer by General Electric Co. for troubled French engineering company Alstom is not good enough and wants the U.S. company to come up with a better deal. The $17 billion bid for Alstom's...  

Apple awarded $119M, but who's winning the fight?

May 6, 2014 10:20 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was the latest chapter in the worldwide legal fight between the top two smartphone companies. Friday's damage award was far less than the $2.2... 

Game Developers Say Success Hinges on more than just Programming Skills

May 6, 2014 9:49 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Aspiring game developers may want to bone up on their interpersonal skills. A forthcoming study from North Carolina State University and Microsoft Research finds that game developers need a suite of non-programming skills – including...   

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Electronics that Stretch at the Molecular Level

May 6, 2014 9:12 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Today's flexible electronics are already enabling a new generation of wearable sensors and other mobile electronic devices. But these flexible electronics, in which very thin semiconductor materials are applied to a thin, flexible substrate...

Watch five monster machines battle it out for Jenga champion

May 2, 2014 6:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I love Cats. I just find them to be awesome in their majestic beauty. I am, of course, talking about Caterpillar machines. (I’ve been strictly a “dog” girl from day one.) My obsession with these beauties requires a little background. My dad is a builder, so it was just part of growing up to have big toys everywhere....

Will “wearables” be the next big thing?

May 1, 2014 8:22 am | by Bradd Johnson, Torex USA | Blogs | Comments

To reduce the size of their end product, engineers require smaller and more integrated components. Height becomes an issue, and many engineers request components no greater than 1mm in height. Thus component manufacturers must be sensitive to X, Y, and Z dimensions when they combine several functions into a single component....

Photos of the Day: Unearthing the E.T. Atari game from a New Mexico landfill

April 30, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

If any single game was responsible for the great video game crash of 1983 – and the eventual collapse of Atari as the premier gaming company – it was E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Often considered the worst video game ever made, E.T. was created in a rush, and the finished product bore little resemblance to the beloved movie....

Capacitive touch switch offers multiple options and features

April 30, 2014 12:35 pm | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announced the addition of the ARL capacitive touch switch to its product line. This switch provides an embedded capacitive touch slider functionality with multiple options and appearances. Options include…

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Dual-output sensor targeted at the automotive, industrial, white goods, and commercial markets

April 30, 2014 10:55 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces the release of a unique dual-output sensor solution, the ATS605, that provides a single IC to rotational position sensing applications with a ferrous gear target. Providing a single IC allows for uncomplicated mechanical design and installation....

Photos of the Day: The Cyborgbeast 3D-printed hand

April 24, 2014 1:17 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

3D Universe created a 3D-printed hand it calls the Cyborgbeast. The company targeted Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year old who was born without most of his left hand. Delgado had previously relied on a myoelectric version that costs $42,000. But the 3D-printed e-NABLE Hand only costs about $50....

RF digital step attenuator enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs

April 23, 2014 2:29 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) introduces its next-generation, UltraCMOS PE4312 DSA. Successor to the popular PE4302, the new PE4312 enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs that require highly accurate and efficient amplitude control....

RF signal generator series offers standard AM/FM/Phase modulation

April 23, 2014 10:29 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company (Fairport, NY) has introduced a high-performance RF signal source family, the DSG3000 3GHz/6GHz series, offering standard AM/FM/Phase modulation, as well as options for I/Q modulation and I/Q baseband output. The DSG3000 Series generates waveforms with high signal purity....

Hillcrest Labs selected by Lenovo to bring motion, gesture and cursor control to smart TVs

April 22, 2014 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Hillcrest Labs (Rockville, MD) announced that Lenovo’s new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace in-air pointing and motion control software. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TVs through simple in-air movements of a remote control. Lenovo’s Freespace-enabled Lenovo Smart TVs include the new S9 Smart TV that was unveiled last week, for sale across China.

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Confessions of a gadget hoarder

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I must admit that when the gadget-hoarding topic crossed my desk, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it touches two ever-popular topics: life-simplifying gadgetry and mess-justifying hoarding. The revelation forced me to take a moment to reflect, since topics — particularly via email — no longer physically cross a desk....

Non-magnetic, non-inductive axial lead wirewound resistors suit audio, medical apps

April 21, 2014 11:11 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a series of non-magnetic, non-inductive axial lead wirewound resistors with high power ratings to 12 W and high-temperature operation to +350°C, which is appropriate for high-end audio and medical imaging equipment.

Engineering Newswire: HeliCat looks like copter, drives like boat

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The HeliCat 22 is great for stable & safe, fun, fast, economical and practical water travel. It features two independent motor/fuel/electrical systems for redundancy, and can travel up to 20 to 30 miles per hour in whitecap waves at 5 miles per gallon, which is impossible with other boats....

microSD memory cards are said to be world’s fastest

April 18, 2014 9:10 am | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (Irvine, CA) has introduced what it says is the world’s fastest microSD memory cards. The new cards comply with the UHS-II2 interface standard, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20.

LED luminaire is first to use Bluetooth technology

April 17, 2014 1:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) has launched the first outdoor LED luminaire controlled by using Bluetooth technology—Kim Lighting’s LightVault 8. The solid brass fixture, which features leading-edge LED optics, uses high-speed Bluetooth technology to enable field aiming....

Photos of the Day: A remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon

April 17, 2014 12:59 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Hammacher Schlemmer has introduced possibly the coolest RC “toy” of all time: A remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon. I put “toy” in quotations because of the obvious safety risk and the exorbitant price: This bad boy will set you back 60 grand. But it’d be money well-spent....

Engineering Update 54: NASA to send flying saucers to Mars

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but to deal with the latter, NASA is currently testing its own prototype for a hypersonic flying saucer....

Single connector solution suits thin-screen LED televisions and monitors

April 11, 2014 12:20 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Walldorf, Germany) introduced its IllumiMate 1.00- and 1.25-mm pitch wire-to-board connector system, offering today’s flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers more mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and

Photos of the Day: Creating music with gloves

April 11, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Grammy-winning electronic artist Imogen Heap recently launched a Kickstarter project for the Mi.Mu gloves, capable of creating music with various hand gestures. The Mi.Mu gloves include an IMU motion tracker along with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer....

Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

Photos of the Day: A device that charges your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An Israeli startup called StoreDot has created a prototype for a device capable of fully charging a smartphone in 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated the tech at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference, and the finished product will hit the market sometime in 2016....

Varactor diodes suit automotive, consumer, defense, and infrastructure markets

April 10, 2014 1:22 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks (Woburn, MA) introduced a series of surface-mount, silicon, hyperabrupt junction tuning varactor diodes. The SMV2026 Series provides high capacitance ratio and low-series resistance, and it is suitable for use in

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