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Optical positioning sensor features built-in interpolation

August 21, 2014 10:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroE Systems (Woodbridge, Ontario) released its Optical Positioning Sensor (OPS) Series, which is positioned as delivering high performance and advanced positioning system features. With linear resolutions of ...

Seeing a molecule breathe

August 21, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For the first time, chemists have succeeded in measuring vibrational motion of a single molecule with a femtosecond time resolution. The study reveals how vibration of a single molecule differs from the behaviour of larger molecular groups....

Water and sunlight the formula for sustainable fuel

August 21, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An Australian National University (ANU) team has successfully replicated one of the crucial steps in photosynthesis, opening the way for biological systems powered by sunlight which could manufacture hydrogen as a fuel. "Water is abundant and so is sunlight. It is an exciting prospect to use them to create hydrogen, and do it cheaply and safely," said Dr Kastoori Hingorani....

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Salt, pink diamonds and DNA: 5 surprising facts about crystals (video)

August 21, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Many people think of crystals as little more than sparkly things behind glass cases in museums. But crystals are everywhere, from the dinner table to the human body. Because 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography, Reactions is celebrating with a video highlighting five surprising facts about crystals. The video is available at: http://youtu.be/urq8SuPMZ_w....

Research: Tax benefits for housing not as outsized as previously thought

August 21, 2014 8:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in urban economics indicates that tax benefits for housing, including the ever-popular mortgage interest deduction and the property tax deduction, are not as distortionary as previous research and some prominent critics suggest....

Abusive leadership infects entire team

August 20, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Supervisors who are abusive to individual employees can actually throw the entire work team into conflict, hurting productivity, finds new research led by a Michigan State University business scholar. The study, conducted in China and the United States, suggests the toxic effect of nonphysical abuse by a supervisor is much broader than believed....

Mums trust mums on the net: Australian study

August 20, 2014 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Facebook groups for mothers are overtaking the traditional mums-and-bubs and playgroup environments as a source of trusted advice, and offers a largely untapped marketing tool for businesses wanting to sell their products, an Australian study has found....

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 ...

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New framework would facilitate use of new Android security modules

August 20, 2014 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computer security researchers from North Carolina State University and Technische Universität Darmstadt/CASED in Germany have developed a modification to the core Android operating system that allows developers and users to plug in new security enhancements....

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....

Relay includes contact rating of 10A@250VAC

August 19, 2014 9:44 am | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) J107E1 series is the industry standard 10amp featuring 12 and 24 volt coil. The rugged J107E1 is low in cost and offers solutions in a variety of applications. Small in size and robust, this high performance relay is cUL listed....

1U rackmount I/O server delivers solid-state reliability

August 19, 2014 9:19 am | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) announces the Relio R4 industrial computer designed for applications requiring flexible I/O configurations in a compact 1U rackmount design. Based on COM Express architecture, the system offers high reliability, scalable processing ...

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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...

3U CompactPCI processor blade presents high reliability for railway services

August 18, 2014 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announced availability of its new 3U CompactPCI processor blade, the cPCI-3620, which runs on a low power, quad-core Intel Atom System-on-Chip (SoC) carrying up to 4GB DDR3L-1333 ECC soldered memory and providing…

Termination is suited to demanding environments

August 15, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new AMCOL-1-T medium-power coaxial termination from Link Microtek (Hampshire, UK) is suitable for use in HF and VHF systems that are deployed in demanding environments where ...

Engineering Newswire: Marine’s driverless jeep built on a growler

August 15, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, Autonomous Internally Transportable Vehicle or GUSS AITV for short, is built on an M1161 Growler, a smaller vehicle than its predecessor, who was named just GUSS. Using a Commercial Off-The-Shelf sensor suite ...

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....

Current-sensor ICs designed for use in low-power applications

August 12, 2014 4:06 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces two new current-sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low-power applications that require higher output swings at lower current....

Digital-to-analog converter includes 10ppm/°C reference

August 12, 2014 12:44 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2645, a quad-channel 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit PWM-to-voltage output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with 10ppm/°C reference. These parts convert PWM input signals to 12-bit accurate, stable, buffered voltage outputs in less than 8µs....

Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

DIN rail DC-DC converter line range up to 600 W

August 12, 2014 9:32 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI, Inc. (Tualatin, OR) announced the expansion of their DIN rail dc-dc product line with the addition of over 90 new high wattage models ranging from 50~600 W. The VHK and VFK DIN families are high efficiency isolated dc-dc converters packaged in a rugged aluminum case....

Remote-controlled spotlight mounted atop a 6’ light pole

August 11, 2014 4:31 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The FPM-72-GLS fixed pole-mounted, remote-control work light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to provide convenient and secure lighting for operators working from within the utility vehicle or when away from the vehicle. This pole mounted light has a 65 watt remote control light head....

Switch rated for 120V AC and 350 VDC power

August 11, 2014 2:09 pm | Hsi Sensing | Product Releases | Comments

HSI Sensing (Chickasha, OK) has released the HSA-12115 reed switch, its most powerful bi-stable latcher to date. Engineered specifically for the demands of float sensing, liquid level sensing, and liquid measurement applications in the oil and gas industry ...

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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