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Air Force accused of cooking the books to smear the A-10

February 10, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The A-10 has become the face of the F-35 hullabaloo, and the tumult is about to get uglier. Mere weeks after Gen. James Post warned officers that praising the A-10 to politicians amounted to “treason,” a watchdog group accused the Air Force of fudging casualty data to make ...

Why security is the key to IoT

February 10, 2015 11:11 am | by By Martin Nuss, Vice President, Technology and Strategy and Chief Technical Officer, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Cybersecurity and identity theft continue to occupy national media attention these days, particularly with the recent attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment and the United States military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) social media accounts. However, such threats are no longer ...

MEMS technology enables innovative functions for portable HD projection

February 10, 2015 9:41 am | by Anshul Jain, Broad Market and Worldwide Applications Manager, Texas Instruments DLP Products | Articles | Comments

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) display technology, renowned for its excellent image quality, is used in more than 80 percent of the world’s digital cinemas. Recent innovations in size, efficiency and brightness now enable this same proven technology to be incorporated into ...

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Smart meters and the data-directed grid

February 10, 2015 8:57 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Smart meters are physically located on the periphery of smart grids but, from a data perspective, they are at the heart of data-driven electric-energy distribution systems. Indeed, at a time when computational resources are small, cheap, readily available, and easily deployed, smartness isn’t really ...

Chinese company limits drone flights over Washington after crash

February 10, 2015 8:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Apparently, FAA regulations weren’t enough. Shenzhen-based Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI), which designed the drone that crashed on White House grounds, has designed a software update that will prohibit its “Phantom” drone from flying anywhere near ...

Student winners of Space Tools Challenge announced

February 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A multipurpose maintenance tool designed by a high school student will be 3D printed on the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Space Tools Challenge. Winner Robert Hillan of Enterprise, Ala. designed the Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool (MPMT)....

3 trends in passives for 2015

February 9, 2015 1:08 pm | by Larisa Miles, Newark element14 | Articles | Comments

Like any evolving technology, in recent years the electronic components industry has seen a shift toward passive components that are smaller, more reliable and more powerful. Distributors and manufacturers alike are investing heavily in the development of these features, and we ...

Comparing touch switch technologies

February 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Steve Sheard, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The specifying of touch switches as an alternative to conventional electro-mechanical devices, such as pushbuttons, toggles or membrane switches, is now becoming increasingly commonplace in a broad spectrum of modern system designs within domestic, office, medical, and industrial ...

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The drone delivery system is officially here (sort of)

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The drone delivery service that everyone has been dreaming of (or dreading) is finally here. Well, sort of. Though Amazon was the American front runner in the drone delivary world, it's Alibaba via their online marketplace Taobao that has taken the steps to becoming the world's first drone delivery service.

Navy's electromagnetic railgun launches projectiles up to Mach 7

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled its electromagnetic railgun for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO last week. And with the ability to launch a hyper-velocity projectile (HVP) up to Mach 7 in less than a second, it’s a doozy....

5 smart careers for future engineers

February 6, 2015 12:35 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech ...

Photos of the Day: Railguns, robots, and shark drones at the Naval Future Force Expo

February 6, 2015 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

ECN’s Digital Editor, Jason Lomberg, paid a visit to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC yesterday, and this is what caught his eye. In particular, the Navy unveiled their electromagnetic railgun to the public for the first time, along with showcasing ...

Engineering Newswire: The Navy’s firefighting robot

February 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today, New York startup Robotbase concluded its successful Kickstarter campaign, more than tripling its original goal to bring the Personal Robot into your home. The robot isn't just another pretty fake face as it combines facial, object, and emotion recognition....

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A bright future for outdoor displays

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Rick Ho, North America Regional Marketing Manager, Dow Corning | Articles | Comments

Outdoor LED displays represent a global market that is on track to more than double by 2020, from $5 billion in 2015 to $12 billion, according to Transparency Market Research. The prevailing technology is based on through-hole technology (THT) LED modules, but demand ...

Information security: A growing need for international commerce

February 6, 2015 9:09 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

As businesses large and small become more dependent on electronic data, a major focus has shifted towards information security.  Businesses are investing more than ever to protect themselves from dozens of security threats, from malware infections to financial fraud....

MIT bioengineer wins $1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize

February 6, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

MIT bioengineer Dr. Robert Langer has been awarded the $1 million Queen Elizabeth Engineering Prize for his pioneering work on drug-release systems. Although he was announced as the winner on Feb. 3, Langer will not receive the award from the Queen until later this year....

This is what it's like to intern at NASA

February 6, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Lauren Prox, a senior at Denbigh High School - Aviation AcademyShe hasn't quite decided what the rest of her life will look like, but she's narrowed it down to Aerospace, Optical, or Electrical Engineering. We think she has some good options.

Engineering Update #96: China's drone delivery service

February 4, 2015 4:26 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While we struggle with domestic drone regulations, China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is moving forward with a similar service as Amazon’s vaunted drone delivery system. Ya know, the difference being that Alibaba isn’t mired in seemingly endless red tape and regulatory hurdles....

Manufacturing drives American economy, but needs more support

February 4, 2015 11:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, Design Group, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that ...

Germany is greenlighting driverless vehicles (and it's great)

February 4, 2015 9:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Autobahn, arguably one of the the most famous roads in the world, is about to welcome a new technology to its 8,216 miles and it's very exciting. For the first time, this highway will be home to not just crazy drivers going whatever speed they want, but it will also welcome ...

Driverless cars are not high-speed trains

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars not driven by human beings would be much safer than those operated by machines...

Environmental improvements to passenger aircraft drives component innovation

February 4, 2015 8:41 am | by Julian Thomas, Engineering Director, TT Electronics Power & Hybrid | Articles | Comments

Civil aircraft that are quieter and more economical will deliver benefits for operators, travellers, communities on the ground, and the environment. Technology advancements hold the key to progress, according to initiatives such as Europe’s Clean Sky joint undertaking. Improvements being ...

Photos of the Day: Urban solar electric car with 3D-printed body

February 3, 2015 2:45 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category....

Doubling DSP efficiency with high-performance SRAM

February 3, 2015 1:32 pm | by Suhail Zain, Director of New Product Development and Strategic Marketing for Aerospace & Defense, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Articles | Comments

With their well-defined architecture and deterministic processing, DSPs accelerate the performance of a wide range of military and defense applications, including radar, software defined radio (SDRs), aircraft imaging, and target detection systems. By removing ...

The wonderful world of Internet of Things

February 3, 2015 10:52 am | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Blogs | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are becoming smarter and smarter. Enormous tasks ...

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