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F-35 won’t provide sufficient close-air support until 2022

March 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Officials with the Joint Strike Fighter program recently announced that the F-35 won’t be able to utilize the military’s top close-air support bomb, the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), until 2022, five years after the SDB II enters service in 2017....

Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

Growing microgrid market enhanced by Li-ion batteries

March 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft | Articles | Comments

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are enabling utility providers to rely less on traditional sources, such as diesel, and more on solar and wind energy as part of a growing market. The increasing reliance on li-ion batteries allows islands, military bases, independent facilities ...

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Electric vehicles make the connection

March 12, 2015 11:56 am | by Mark Jennings, Engineering Director of Dawson Shanahan | Articles | Comments

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are booming, with UK registrations in 2014 up to nearly 1.3 million, an increase of 10 percent from last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Not to mention, Nissan sold its 100,000th LEAF, making it the best-selling EV in history.

The next big thing in data centers

March 12, 2015 11:47 am | by Brian Davies, Director of Global Sales & Marketing, Anderson Power Products | Articles | Comments

Data centers powered by 400 VDC distribution have been a topic of discussion and debate for many years. Much of the support comes from industry studies. In 2007, one of the earliest studies of 400 VDC distribution was presented at the International Telecommunications Energy Conference....

Flow cell concept car has 1,000 km range

March 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A concept car using the first low-voltage flow cell engine in the world was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3. The Quantino, one of two new models introduced by nanoFlowcell at the show, is powered by a two-sided flow cell....

This is what a MiG-29 takeoff looks like (from between the engines)

March 11, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are many videos of fighter jets on the internet (and quite a  number here on ECN) but this is the first one we've seen with this particular angle. This is a MiG-29 launching off of an aircraft carrier as recorded by a camera placed between the twin engines. 

Virtual reality helps soldiers cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled off ...

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Mil/Aero cable assembly challenges require “out of the box” options

March 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Steve Jones, Vice President, BTC Electronic Components | Articles | Comments

As avionics and military vehicle control systems continue to become more and more complex, many military and aerospace manufacturers and customers have faced the challenge of having to create increasingly sophisticated cable assemblies, wiring harnesses, and test cables ...

From the Top: The future of wearables

March 11, 2015 10:54 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In the final part of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California discuss the future of the wearables market and its place in the industry.  

From the Top: The best location for innovation

March 11, 2015 10:51 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In part two of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California  discuss the importance of the location and set up of the TE lab.

Top 5 common mistakes to avoid in power electronics design

March 11, 2015 7:45 am | by Tom Colella, Electrocube | Articles | Comments

With more than 50 years in the electronics industry, we thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes that occur during the design of power electronics systems. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences ...

Would you buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch.

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Manufacturing shouldn’t be a dirty word for today’s STEM talent

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Blogs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low-skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce....

Shared opportunities for natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle markets

March 10, 2015 8:03 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Fueling stations that offer both hydrogen and natural gas could benefit distributors of both fuel types, says a new Sandia National Laboratories report, “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles.” The ...

Choosing the right Schottky diode for a LED backlight boost converter

March 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Steven Shackell, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

LED backlight boost converters that are incorporated into modern wireless devices tend to consume large quantities of power. The Schottky diode selected is pivotal when it comes to ensuring the boost converter’s overall efficiency reaches its highest level....

Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

What’s the best defense against component counterfeiting?

March 9, 2015 12:01 pm | Articles | Comments

If we were to do a root cause analysis of the counterfeit component crisis in the electronics supply chain, I think we would find that while sourcing outside the authorized channel and the blatant disregard of criminals for intellectual property rights are significant contributors to the problem....

This is how you get a snack while flying in a fighter jet

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

This is one of those videos you could probably go ahead and file somewhere between, "This is the reason we can't have nice things" and "This is really cool."

Advanced materials are essential to unlocking new LED and OLED devices

March 6, 2015 4:33 pm | by Serpil Gonen Williams, VP of Product Development, Pixelligent Technologies | Articles | Comments

During the past few years, LED-based lighting products have achieved significant market acceptance while OLED-based lighting products are poised for tremendous market growth in the near future. To continue commercial growth of these applications, there is a significant need ...

This is how society feels about engineers

March 6, 2015 9:45 am | by TE Connectivity | Blogs | Comments

As a part of Engineering Week (we're a little late with this!) our friends over at TE Connectivity decided to do a little digging into the lives of engineers. In the second annual Engineering Sentiment Survey, the researchers looked at 1,010 adults and how they viewed engineers in the community.

Why I dream of being an astronaut

March 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Jillian Yuricich a student at The Ohio State University studying Aerospace Engineering and minoring in International Studies, Security and Intelligence.

What happens when you design using an obsolete component?

March 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

A team of engineers might spend weeks, months, or even years creating the perfect design solution for a difficult problem in their field.

Engineering Update #100: The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine

March 5, 2015 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

Current sensing using resistors

March 5, 2015 9:18 am | by Kory Schroeder, Director of Product Marketing and Engineering at Stackpole Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Current sensing resistors are a rapidly growing technology focused on regulation and monitoring of power from a supply to an end device. Current sensing resistors are used for a wide variety of handheld electronic devices, and while the concept of current sensing ...

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