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36-V monolithic 1-A push-pull DC/DC transformer driver includes programmable duty cycle control

September 22, 2014 11:35 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3999 monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver includes two 1-A current limited power switches. It is desirable for automotive, industrial, medical and military applications. The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio …

Penn research helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions

September 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect. While it is well known....

Sensing neuronal activity with light

September 19, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action—from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism. To get this complete picture....

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Type N thermocouple wire features desirable repeatability and resistance to oxidation

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Watlow announced it offers “N” Type thermocouple wire, which is said to provide superior repeatability and resistance to oxidation than “K” Type wire at high temperatures (1500°F and above) or in applications where sulfur is present. Watlow's Type N thermocouple wire ...

Trial begins for MRI-compatible robot designed to improve accuracy of prostate biopsies

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A novel robotic system that can operate inside the bore of an MRI scanner is currently being tested as part of a biomedical research partnership program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with the aim of determining if the robot....

Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas

September 19, 2014 10:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive....

Video games could dramatically streamline educational research

September 19, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Seeking educational curriculum researchers. Humans need not apply." A Washington State University professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom – and it....

Toward optical chips

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips' transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators....

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Engineering Newswire: The world's 'first' 3D-printed car

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While the Strati isn’t the world’s first printed car, that doesn’t make Local Motor’s achievement at IMTS 2014 any less spectacular. They printed a car that only has 49 total parts in 44 hours, and it was drivable by the end of the show....

Analog-to-digital converter family saves energy in industrial designs

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its data converter portfolio with a new family of small, pin-compatible analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that provide a best-in-class power-to-performance ratio. The ADC3k family includes ...

Programmable hall sensor supports direct connection into automotive/industrial designs

September 17, 2014 9:50 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV (Tessenderlo, Belgium) has followed up the success of its initial MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC, which offers end-of-line (EOL) programmability and support for 2-wire operation, with a further product introduction....

Martian meteorite yields more evidence of possibility of life on Mars

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration....

Miniature tactile switch offers illumination and IP67 ratings

September 16, 2014 11:20 am | E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announced the TL6210 series tact switch, surface mount termination, miniature footprint, and sealed to IP67 ratings. It also offers illumination, with LED colors that include red, green, yellow, blue, white, and a ...

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Data visualisation page illustrates the power consumption of smartphones

September 16, 2014 8:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The NODES research group at the University of Helsinki's Department of Computer Science has published a live graph comparing the fragmentation and power consumption of Android and iOS devices. The visualisation employs more than two....

Explosion-proof LED light cart equipped with new high-output lamps

September 15, 2014 11:51 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announced the release of an updated version of their popular wheeled cart mounted explosion proof LED paint spray booth light. The EPLCD-48-2L-LED paint booth cart light is designed to provide a high-output....

What year did the "modern era" begin?

September 15, 2014 8:37 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What year do we give for the start of our modern society? Do we go back to the start of the Industrial Revolution or some later date? Before I answer that question, I first want to define the differences between past societies and our own....

A breakthrough with innovative multifunction membranes

September 12, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A young startup at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has developed a first-of-its-kind multifunction water filtration membrane. With its expected cost savings and superior performance, the new invention has the potential to render current....

Sepsis kills over 6,000,000 children in developing world: App-device could help save them

September 12, 2014 9:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sepsis is common and often deadly, reports the Global Sepsis Alliance, the organization behind the upcoming World Sepsis Day on Saturday, September 13th: "Often misunderstood as "blood poisoning", sepsis is one of the leading causes of death....

Cutting the cord on soft robots

September 12, 2014 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When it comes to the development of soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Engineers at Harvard's School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed the world's....

SF funds new method for making materials that can make lighter, more efficient vehicles

September 12, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and founding director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc), has received a three-year, $424,000 award from the National Science Foundation....

Image sensor targeted at industrial imaging applications

September 11, 2014 4:41 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

On Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) is expanding its portfolio of high-performance CCD image sensors with its latest device targeted to industrial imaging applications. The new 8.6 megapixel, APS-H optical format KAI-08670 Image Sensor ...

GaN-ready magnetics suit next-generation compact power conversion technologies

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | Precision, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) announced the global launch of its GaN-ready magnetic capabilities. GaN-ready LLC transformers and PFC inductors are now available for a broad range of applications including …

National Renewable Energy Laboratory updates cetane data used for development of energy efficient fuels and engines

September 9, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels....

SDSC joins the Intel Parallel Computing Centers program

September 9, 2014 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is working with semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corporation to further optimize research software to improve the parallelism, efficiency, and scalability of widely....

Integrated DrMOS power stages promise high current, efficiency, and power density

September 9, 2014 12:22 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new family of VRPower integrated DrMOS power stage solutions in the low-profile, thermally enhanced PowerPAK MLP 5 mm x 5 mm 31-pin package. Delivering currents in excess of…

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