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Here is the military-issued rifle for every country in the world

October 16, 2013 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It's always pretty interesting to see what other military forces are working with, so Maps on the Web has graced us with this baby, which takes a look at the military rifles of all the countries. Each color signifies a particular "family" of guns with variations signified by shading of the same color.

Will the QF-16 be the next step in drone warfare?

October 14, 2013 11:03 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

What happens when a fighter jet is too old to be used in combat by the Air Force, but too expensive to totally dump? It becomes a drone, at least sometimes it does. The F-16 Fighting Falcon was acquired by Boeing after being retired by the Air Force. In turn the aerospace company turned the old school jet into a brand new drone to be used for military training.

Hold-up module offers board footprint savings

October 11, 2013 9:23 am | Gaia Converters | Product Releases | Comments

GAIA Converter has released a new front-end hold-up module targeting Avionic and Military applications. The HUGD-300 is designed for applications that need to meet power hold-up requirements in their designs, up to 300W. Such on-board applications need to remain operational between 50ms to 200 ms or more....

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Inductance-to-digital converter is presented as industry’s first for position and motion sensing

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled what it asserts is the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. This contactless sensing technology can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive

Photos of the Day: NASA diagnosing Jupiter-bound craft after flyby

October 10, 2013 8:56 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA engineers were troubleshooting why the Jupiter-bound spacecraft ran into some problems after successfully zipping past Earth to boost its speed toward the outer solar system. Despite the snag, the team said Wednesday Juno was on track to arrive at the giant gas planet in 2016.

Robot kit comes fully programmable in C language

October 10, 2013 8:12 am | Global Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Global Specialties today introduced the ASURO Robot. The ASURO is a small autonomous multi-sensored robot developed for educational purposes by the DLR, the German Aerospace Center (like NASA). Highly versatile, the ASURO is completely programmable in C.

Power supples available in 10 standard ranges from 23-800VDC

October 9, 2013 10:23 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. announces the C/B 6600 Series of 30kWatt DC-DC and AC-DC converter modules and battery charger. This highly-reliable, compact and rugged design provides a high density solution for high-power applications in industries such as utility, oil/gas, automation, heavy industrial, military, telecom/datacom...

Wireless power receiver simplifies contactless battery charging across a 1.2cm air gap

October 7, 2013 2:15 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4120, a first for the company in the wireless battery charging space. The LTC4120 combines a wireless power receiver with a constant-current/constant-voltage battery charger, functioning as the receive circuit component in a complete wireless power transfer system....

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Gain block covers the frequency range from 50 to 4,000MHz

October 4, 2013 11:12 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TQL9047, an 8-pin, 2x2mm DFN packaged gain block from TriQuint Semiconductor. The TQL9047 offers internally match I/O over the frequency range of 50 to 4000MHz. With OIP3 of 35.5dBm, this gain block is ideally suited for BTS transceivers and repeaters....

Top 10 must-see stories for September

October 3, 2013 3:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

US, Japan to deploy new radar, drones in next year

October 3, 2013 1:27 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR & MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and Japan moved Thursday to modernize and expand their defense alliance to counter new challenges, including a nuclear-armed North Korea and potential aggression from China over disputed territory. In the first update to the defense partnership in 16 years, the allies agreed to position a second early-warning radar in Japan within the next year to help protect against North Korea.

GaN transistors offer superior gain, thermal management, and efficiency

October 3, 2013 1:06 pm | Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor announced the release of new gallium nitride (GaN) transistors that offer superior gain, thermal management and efficiency for commercial and defense RF amplifier designs. TriQuint is announcing two new high-power GaN packaged transistors including the 200 Watt T1G4020036-FS/FL....

Sub-miniature connector includes frequency range up to 100 GHz

October 1, 2013 3:21 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces immediate availability for Carlisle Interconnect Technologies' WMP series of sub-miniature, blind-mate interconnect solutions. The WMP series is ideal for complex, high performance microwave modules and systems where the use of a light weight connector is a primary issue.

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Delta picks Microsoft for pilot tablets

October 1, 2013 12:47 pm | by JOSHUA FREED, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines plans to buy 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets for its pilots to replace the heavy bundles of books and maps they haul around now. Other airlines, including American and United, have been buying Apple's iPad for that purpose. Delta says the Surface tablets will save it $13 million per year in fuel and other costs.

Bias-T offers frequency band operation from 20 MHz to 20 GHz

September 30, 2013 12:16 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new ultra-wideband, SMA-connectorized Bias-T from Wavelex. The WBT000200A offers wide frequency band operation, from 20 MHz to 20 GHz, with a low insertion loss of 0.5 dB and 220 mA DC current handling.

Engineering Newswire 57: DARPA's experimental program sends drones to space

September 30, 2013 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're microwaving rubble, expanding access to space, designing elastic OLEDs, and flying tinker toys to space. This episode features: DARPA has come up with a new experimental space program -- XS-1 -- which aims to develop a fully reusable, unmanned vehicle that would provide aircraft-like access to space.

Photos of the Day: NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer into space

September 30, 2013 9:12 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by extruding layer upon layer of plastic from long strands coiled around large spools.

Directional couplers cover the ultra-broadband frequency range of 0.5 GHz to 26.5 GHz

September 27, 2013 2:19 pm | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR announces the continued expansion of its line of directional couplers with the addition of three new models offering high performance over the ultra-broadband frequency range of 0.5 to 26.5 GHz, each in a single, compact and lightweight package.

Connectors deliver superior performance in harsh, high-temp Mil/Aero environments

September 27, 2013 2:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) DUALOBE connectors are designed to help withstand extreme temperatures in harsh environments within the military and commercial aerospace industries. The DUALOBE connectors are lightweight, customizable and extremely reliable.

Modular connector series addresses the rugged environmental requirements of the defense and commercial aviation markets

September 27, 2013 1:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Smiths Connectors announced the rollout of its IDI Dovetail modular connector series. Dovetail, the latest entry in the company’s wide array of interconnect products, is a new and innovative interconnect solution that has been developed to address the rugged environmental requirements of the defense and commercial aviation markets....

This drone will make sure you’re never lost again

September 27, 2013 12:10 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

You know that moment when you’re walking around say, a college campus, and suddenly realize you’re horribly lost and all the buildings of ivy-covered bricks look exactly the same? Yeah, me neither, but apparently it happens a lot at MIT because they’ve developed a drone to make sure you’re always on the right path.

Photos of the Day: Water for future Mars astronauts?

September 27, 2013 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Within its first three months on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Rover saw a surprising diversity of soils and sediments along a half-kilometer route that tell a complex story about the gradual desiccation of the Red Planet. Perhaps most notable among findings from the ChemCam team is that all of the dust and fine soil contains small amounts of water.

Test set designed for legacy aircraft employing smart weapons

September 26, 2013 4:49 pm | Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Marvin Test Solutions (formerly known as Geotest-Marvin Test Systems) is bridging the critical test gap that exists in 4th generation aircraft with its MTS-3060 SmartCan, a universal O-level aircraft armament test set for legacy aircraft employing smart weapons.

Engineering Update #26: Apple's latest security failure

September 26, 2013 1:53 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Skyworks Solutions. In this week's headlines: The security concerns about the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner appear to be legitimate with the first report of hackers beating the system.

NASA declares end to Deep Impact comet mission

September 25, 2013 9:40 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A spacecraft that gave scientists their first peek into a comet's icy interior will explore no more, NASA said Friday. The space agency declared an end to the Deep Impact spacecraft after it unexpectedly fell silent. Engineers tried for a month to regain contact, but lost hope.

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