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Solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current

October 24, 2013 4:27 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

The CPC1968 is a single-pole normally open (1-Form-A) solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current with a 5°C/W heat sink. The output is constructed with MOSFET switches and photovoltaic die, while the input utilizes a highly efficient GaAIAs infrared LED to provide the optically coupled control.

Iran’s newest “drone” held together with duct tape

October 24, 2013 4:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recently released video of Iran’s new “suicide remotely piloted vehicle” called the Ra’ad 85—aka Thunder 85—reveals it might be less impressive than originally announced. A few weeks ago, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force, announced the Ra’ad 85 would be a game-changer for Iran’s military.

Nano-sized communications subsystems upgrade airborne mission computers

October 24, 2013 1:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced, rugged, nano-sized Intelligent I/O and communications subsystem from North Atlantic Industries (NAI) delivers significant advantages for mission computers in airborne vehicles. The Nano Interface Unit (NIU1) adds distributed network, sensor data interfaces to airborne mission computer without expensive chassis or backplane redesign.

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A new idea for space tourism: Balloon over rocket

October 23, 2013 12:36 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The latest space tourism venture depends more on hot air than rocket science. World View Enterprises announced plans Tuesday to send people up in a capsule, lifted 19 miles by a high-altitude balloon. Jane Poynter, CEO of the Tucson, Ariz.-based company, said the price for the four-hour ride would be $75,000.

Power transistor designed for broadband avionics data link applications

October 23, 2013 12:06 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD introduces a new 50V gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN on SiC) RF power high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The 0912GN-650V is internally-matched and capable of providing over 17 dB gain....

MOSFETs offer excellent stability and low intermodulation distortion

October 23, 2013 8:50 am | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces availability and full design support capabilities for two new high-frequency vertical diffusion metal oxide semiconductor (VDMOS) MOSFETs from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The new high-power, high breakdown voltage (V(BR)DSS), common source configuration devices offer excellent stability and low intermodulation distortion (IMD).

Piezoelectric accelerometer features high-temperature operation to +482 degrees C

October 21, 2013 1:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the global market introduction of the Endevco model 2280, a hermetically sealed, triaxial, piezoelectric charge output accelerometer with high-temperature operation to +482 degrees C (+900  degrees F).

Low-voltage DC-DC converters designed for satellite power systems

October 21, 2013 10:01 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the LSO Series of feature-rich radiation-hardened (RAD-Hard) low-voltage, single- and dual-output DC-DC converter modules for satellite power systems requiring up to 15 years or more of mission life. The LSO Series delivers isolated output voltages from 1.5V to 15.0V with typical efficiency performance up to 81 percent....

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Wrangling flow to quiet cars and aircraft

October 18, 2013 12:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Plasmas are a soup of charged particles in an electric field, and are normally found in stars and lightning bolts. With the use of high voltage equipment, very small plasmas can be used to manipulate fluid flows. In recent years, the development of devices known as plasma actuators has advanced the promise of controlling flows in new ways...

Most distant gravitational lens helps weigh galaxies

October 17, 2013 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of astronomers has found the most distant gravitational lens yet — a galaxy that, as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, deflects and intensifies the light of an even more distant object. The discovery provides a rare opportunity to directly measure the mass of a distant galaxy.

Engineering Update #29: Brain-reading devices and interactive paper generators

October 17, 2013 11:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's headlines: DOD promotes development of brain-reading devices: The US Department of Defense is working to develop a cheap, wearable system that can detect a person's brain waves and display the data on smartphones and tablets.

New survey tools unveil 2 celestial explosions

October 16, 2013 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers including Carnegie's Mansi Kasliwal and John Mulchaey used a novel astronomical survey software system—the intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF)—to link a new stripped-envelope supernova, named iPTF13bvn, to the star from which it exploded.

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.

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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....

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....

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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