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August 2013: Power

November 22, 2013 10:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

ECN’s August 2013 edition focuses on the Power vertical. The cover story by Managing Editor Kasey Panetta details Solar Impulse’s solar-powered plane and its history making flight. In the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner urges his readers to “reclaim your name” from big data brokers.

May 2013: Military

November 22, 2013 9:21 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The May 2013 issue of ECN focuses on military electronics. In the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner discusses the “digital divide”, and Chris also delves into the military’s wireless networks as they relate to custom requirements. The included supplement focuses on smart BOMs, and the Design Talk deals with Test & Measurement.

Engineering Update #34: The world's fastest jet luge

November 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Welcome to Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics (http://www.mouser.com). I'm Kasey Panetta, managing editor of ECN. In this weeks episode: Daz Fellows has a custom jet luge, which features twin-turbines with a combined output of 537 pounds of thrust and a custom board made from carbon fiber, and next year, he will attempt to reach a speed of 300 mph.

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Electronic tilt sensor can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously

November 21, 2013 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DURAKOOL is proud to debut the new electronic tilt sensors to their line of sensing devices. The E-tilt sensor is multi-axis and can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously. On top of its multi directional feature this sensor is programmed to your customers' exact specifications.

NASA diagnosing problem on Mars rover Curiosity

November 21, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem. The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it might be some kind of short...  

Gigabit ethernet switch solutions speed the integration of modern networking technology into defense platforms

November 20, 2013 4:29 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has introduced two new cost-effective rugged Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch solutions, the SMS-652 Rugged Switchbox subsystem and VPX3-652 GbE Switch module, that speed and ease the integration of modern networking technology into defense platforms.

UNH scientists document, quantify deep-space radiation hazards

November 19, 2013 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of New Hampshire and colleagues have published comprehensive findings on space-based radiation as measured by a UNH-led detector aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The data provide critical information on the radiation hazards that will be faced by astronauts on extended missions to deep space such as those to Mars.

NASA launching robotic explorer to Mars

November 18, 2013 11:14 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's newest Martian explorer is on its launch pad in Florida, ready to soar. The Maven spacecraft was scheduled to blast off aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket Monday afternoon. NASA is sending Maven to Mars to study its upper atmosphere. Scientists want to know why Mars went from being warm and wet...

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Anti-counterfeit regulation (and the pressure on distributors) is intensifying

November 14, 2013 3:44 pm | by Anne Ting, Components Direct | Articles | Comments

The comment period for the proposed revisions to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation System (DFARS) ended on July 15, 2013. This important piece of legislation, which is expected to go into effect in the first quarter of 2014, is the culmination of several years of effort by lawmakers to deal with the problem of counterfeit electronic components.

Engineering Update #33: BearTek wireless gloves and Hirobo's unmanned helicopter

November 14, 2013 10:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Hirobo's HX-1 unmanned electric helicopter: Japan's HX-1 from Hirobo is a personal manned BIT electric micro helicopter.

Isolated monolithic flyback regulator delivers up to 15 Watts

November 13, 2013 1:49 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8302, a monolithic flyback regulator that significantly simplifies the design of isolated DC/DC converters. By sampling the isolated output voltage directly from the primary-side flyback waveform, the part requires no opto-isolator or third winding for regulation.

RFID magnetometer tag transmits a unique identifier without a battery

November 13, 2013 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Magneto from Farsens S.L., San Sebastián, Spain, is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated magnetic field measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag.

Photos of the Day: Submarine, its sailors maintain Cold War secrets

November 13, 2013 9:24 am | by MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows. The nuclear-powered NR-1, launched in Groton in 1969, was one of the most secretive vessels in the U.S. undersea force.

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Versatility of ultra-miniature detect switches on display

November 12, 2013 4:32 pm | by Kyle Peterson, Product Management, C&K Components | Articles | Comments

Ultra-miniature detect switches are playing a significant role in a number of applications today. The miniaturization of key components, including switches, has enabled the continued trend towards end-products getting smaller and smaller.

L/S Band Filter Diplexer reduces size, weight and power for unmanned vehicle communications

November 12, 2013 1:50 pm | MtronPTI | Product Releases | Comments

MtronPTI announced the LF9422 Series L/S Band Filter Diplexer reducing size, weight and power (SWaP) for unmanned vehicle communications. UAVs must operate with a minimum of weight and power yet maintain network-centric communication – command, data and often real-time video – with their ground operators.

Mission to Mars moon could be a sample-return twofer, study suggests

November 11, 2013 4:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The study helps to confirm the idea that the surface of Phobos contains tons of dust, soil, and rock blown off the Martian surface by large projectile impacts. Phobos' orbital path plows through occasional plumes of Martian debris, meaning the tiny moon has been gathering Martian castoffs for millions of years.

Engineering Newswire 64: New hypersonic jet strikes anywhere in less than an hour

November 11, 2013 1:15 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Son of Blackbird: Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has recently revealed its plans for a hypersonic aircraft that will go twice the speed of the SR-71. The SR-72 twin-engine aircraft is expected to travel at Mach 6, with the ability to strike targets. At this speed, no enemy would have time to react or hide.

Satellite hits Atlantic— but what about next one?

November 11, 2013 11:32 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite disintegrated in the atmosphere but about 25 percent of it...

Photos of the Day: Silicon Valley tank collection heading east

November 11, 2013 9:18 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The family of a Silicon Valley engineer who amassed one of the nation's most extensive historic military vehicle collections is giving the tanks, missile launchers and armored vehicles to a Massachusetts-based museum that will preserve and display some of them.

'Tiger stripes' underneath Antarctic glaciers slow the flow

November 8, 2013 9:46 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Narrow stripes of dirt and rock beneath massive Antarctic glaciers create friction zones that slow the flow of ice toward the sea, researchers at Princeton University and the British Antarctic Survey have found. Understanding how these high-friction regions form and subside could help researchers understand how the flow of these glaciers responds to a warming climate.

This rock-climbing robot will haunt your dreams

November 8, 2013 9:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Every so often, you see a robot on the internet that is so macabre-looking it belongs in a horror film. There is a quality about these robots that’s not quite robot, but not quite human. Generally, in the technology community, nine out of ten of these robots come out of the Department of Defense sponsored Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (a.k.a DARPA). (If you need proof, check out DARPA’s PETMAN)

A sight for sore eyes: New accuracy for 60mm mortars

November 6, 2013 3:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The handheld mortar has long been a staple for the U.S. Marine Corps, and yesterday the weapon got a major boost as combat instructors at Marine Corps Base Quantico successfully conducted a live-fire demonstration of a new mortar sight, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

We finally have drones with "frickin’ laser beams"

November 5, 2013 4:43 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Evil would be proud. Lasers have always been the next frontier (some would say pipe dream) of weapons development. But recent developments have brought Sci-Fi closer to reality. And now this — the Pentagon has awarded a total of $26 million to defense contractors to develop a laser countermeasures system for manned and unmanned aircraft.

Optical backplane interconnect system supports VITA 66.1 standard

November 5, 2013 3:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity announces the new VITA 66.1 Ruggedized Optical Backplane interconnect system that has been designed to meet the needs of high-bandwidth applications such as for high-definition video and images and more specifically for computing applications requiring optical infrastructure.

Photos of the Day: India launches first mission to Mars

November 5, 2013 8:49 am | by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel. Hundreds of people watched the rocket carrying the Mars orbiter take off from the east-coast island of Sriharikota and streak across the sky. Many more across the country watched live TV broadcasts.

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