Climate change, population growth and increasingly scarce resources are putting agriculture under pressure. Farmers must harvest as much as possible from the smallest possible land surface. Until now, the industry confronted this challenge with innovations in individual sectors: Intelligent systems regulate engines in order to save on gas, for instance. With the aid of satellites and sensor technology, farming equipment can automatically perform the field work; in doing so, they efficiently distribute seed, fertilizer and pesticides on the arable land.
WASHINGTON, DC – With only one week left before sequestration is to take effect, America's research community sustained its call for an end to the across-the-board cuts to discretionary spending that will severely restrict the nation's ability to invest in the basic scientific research that drives innovation and produces economic growth.
Robert C. Richardson, a Cornell University professor who shared a Nobel Prize for a key discovery in experimental physics, has died. He was 75. Richardson died Tuesday in Ithaca from complications of a heart attack, Cornell said Wednesday.
Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced the PSA Series II RF Spectrum Analyzers. Available in 1.3GHz and 2.7GHz versions, these new instruments are smaller, lighter and have longer battery life than other more expensive handheld RF products. PSA Series II Analyzers incorporate a 4.3" (11cm) backlit TFT color touch-screen display, with
STMicroelectronics has added a high-performance standalone 3-axis magnetometer to its MEMS sensor portfolio. The new sensor delivers high performance in a very small package. Because of its small size and high performance, the sensor is ideal for mobile phones...
FLIR Systems introduces its new FLIR A5sc, A15sc, and A35sc longwave infrared thermal imaging camera kits. Designed specifically for thermal bench top testing applications and easy deployment in tight machine vision locations, AX5sc cameras are available in a variety of pixel resolutions from 80×64 and 160×128 up to 320×256....
Nuvoton Technology Corporation announces the launch of NUC123 series, a new 32-bit Cortex-M0 microcontroller with USB 2.0 Full Speed devices and a 10-bit ADC. The NUC123 series provides the high 72MHz operating speed, large 20KB SRAM and 8 USB endpoints which make it powerful in USB communication and data processing.
On February 21, 2013, women engineers, along with their male counterparts, will engage and mentor as many as one million girls around the country during National Engineers Week Foundation’s 12th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced the industry’s smallest monolithic point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters for harsh environments, including radiation tolerant, geological, heavy industrial, and oil and gas applications. The 6.3-V, 6-A TPS50601 and the 6.3-V, 3-A TPS50301 are synchronous step- down converters optimized for small form factor designs.
Pentek, Inc. announced rackmount additions to its Talon RF/IF signal recording and playback systems. The Model RTS 2707 rackmount system, and Model RTR 2747 rugged rackmount system, offer recording and playback of RF/IF signals up to 700 MHz with signal bandwidths up to 200 MHz.
The Lion Precision LRD8200 Ultrasonic Clear Label Sensor has a new “Gap Quickset” feature for easier setup. The feature enables the user to place a gap in the sensor and with one click set the sensor’s “Gap” setting. Previously, operators had to use the Up and Down arrows until a display indicated the proper setting.
Orion Fans has expanded its product offering to include IP55-rated versions of its OA Series AC fans, making them ideal for rugged, harsh environment applications. These fans feature diecast aluminum frames and a dual ball bearing system to deliver a reliable and quiet cooling solution.
General Electric is saying goodbye to 30 Rock - the building and the TV business born there. It's another step in GE's efforts to focus on less glamorous - but theoretically more profitable - ventures such as manufacturing medical imaging equipment, airplane engines and electrical generators.
Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Contelec Vert-X 21 LP Series of low power sensors. These non-contact angle sensors consume only 300 µA of current at a power supply level of 3.3 V. Other key specifications for Vert-X 21 LP include 0 to 360° measurement range, 12-bit resolution, repeatability to 0.1°,
Insulated-gate bipolar transistors optimized for uninterruptible power supplies, solar, induction heating, industrial motor, and welding applicationsFebruary 11, 2013 3:00 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments
International Rectifier (IR) announced the expansion of its family of 600V insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of the IRGP4640D, IRGP4650D and IRGP4660D. The new rugged, reliable devices are optimized for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar, induction heating, industrial motor and welding applications.
ADLINK Technology, Inc. launched the 15.6” Smart Touch Computer BFS-15W02. With a low-power Intel Atom D2550 processor, the BFS-15W02 allows fanless operation up to 50°C while guaranteeing longevity support. Unlike conventional panel PCs, this ultra-slim Smart Touch Computer does not only look appealing, but also provides IP54 protection and outstanding reliability.
At the Photonics West, the leading international fair for photonics taking place in San Francisco (USA) this week, Nanoscribe GmbH, a spin-off of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), presents the world's fastest 3D printer of micro- and nanostructures. With this printer, smallest three-dimensional objects, often smaller than the diameter of a human hair, can be manufactured with minimum time consumption and maximum resolution. The printer is based on a novel laser lithography method.
BEI Sensors introduces the Programmable Hall Device (PHD), an easy way to take control of customizing the output of BEI Hall effect sensors. This compact programming unit interfaces between a PC and BEI Hall effect sensors, and provides users with the ability to field program output functions that meet specific requirements.
Aerotech’s new Ensemble LAB control platform makes it easier than ever to automate laboratory and light industrial manufacturing applications. The full-color touch-screen display enables quick access to all the core functionality while providing deep contrast and exceptional readability....
Forget solar power. The future of energy is beer power. I’m not talking about beer goggles that make you feel like you can invent the perfect form of alternative energy ... but actually using beer to power a brewery. The Alaskan Brewing Co, is located in Juneau, Alaska...
Components Corporation has expanded product offerings to include a series of single-molded test points, eliminating the standard cut edge. The color-coded plastic stand-offs of the new TP-104, TP-105, TP-106 enhance visibility for easy polarization and identification on a crowded circuit board.
Around 42,000 firms in the European Union, including airports, banks and hospitals, would have to inform regulators whenever their computers are hacked, under a proposed EU law to be published on Thursday.The law could set a global precedent for safeguarding critical infrastructure against digital attacks that have hit companies...
Anderson Power Products (APP) is pleased to announce that the environmentally sealed Solar SPEC Pak® connector is now certified ETL-EU to the European standard BS EN 50521 for connectors used in photovoltaic systems. The Solar SPEC Pak was the first multipole connector to achieve UL approval under...
Alliance Sensors Group is pleased to announce the new LA-25 series LVDTs for use in steel, aluminum, and paper mills as well as in fluid power systems and hydro plants.An LA-25 is not your grandfather’s LVDT. It is very robust and designed to survive heavy duty applications in harsh environments.
TDK Corporation announces the new TDK-Lambda HWS-L/BAT series of industrial grade 600W and 1000W power supplies. These supplies are designed to charge secondary batteries (e.g., Lithium Ion, Lead Acid, etc.) that are employed in emergency power backup systems. They can also be used in applications