We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.
I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program
The Hubble Space Telescope has peered back to a chaotic time 13. 2 billion years ago when never-before-seen galaxies were tiny, bright blue and full of stars bursting to life all over the place. Thanks to some complex physics tricks, NASA's aging telescope is just starting to see the universe at its infancy in living color and detail.
Molex Incorporated released the Impact 100-Ohm backplane connector, which combines speed and density in a modular package designed for high speed applications. The scalable Impact connector technology provides
Littelfuse, Inc. offers users the ability to customize the upscreening and sorting process flows for High-Reliability Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes. These components protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by lightning surge and other transient voltage events and have been specially screened and sorted for use in DC line protection in aviation electronics (avionics) and other applications that demand high reliability.
Today's emerging military technologies—including unmanned aerial vehicles, directed-energy weapons, lethal autonomous robots, and cyber weapons like Stuxnet—raise the prospect of upheavals in military practices so fundamental that they challenge long-established laws of war. Weapons that make their own decisions about targeting and killing humans...
Primarily used for potting and encapsulation applications, Master Bond Super Gel 9AO is a soft, urethane modified gel-like epoxy that offers thermal conductivity and electrical insulation properties. This two part system is also employed for
Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a unique stellar system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense neutron star, all packed within a space smaller than Earth's orbit around the Sun. The closeness of the stars, combined with their nature, has allowed the scientists to make the best measurements yet of the complex gravitational interactions in such a system.
The Super Awesome Micro Project is a car just like any other, only its made entirely of Legos. Stave Sammartino and Raul Oaida used 500,000 Lego pieces to construct the vehicle which features a car engine made from lego pieces that runs on air.
Millions of people step aboard airplanes each day, complaining about the lack of legroom and overhead space but almost taking for granted that they can travel thousands of miles in just a few hours. Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the first commercial flight....
The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites....
Here’s the top 10 most popular, compelling, controversial, and highly-trafficked stories from 2013. These were the posts that led the most discussions, excited the most readers (for better or worse), and caught your collective eyeballs. So check out some old favorites, or catch up on a post you may have missed — and find out what all the fuss was about!
Two Russian astronauts have completed a spacewalk that included an unsuccessful attempt to install cameras on the exterior of the International Space Station. Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky placed the high-resolution cameras early in the venture that began Friday.
Rotary Electric Encoders from Netzer are said to provide exceptionally accurate, high resolution, absolute position with miniature to wide diameter hollow shaft and are available with analog or digital outputs. The holistic structure of the encoder provides
The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday, hoping to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy. The satellite was lifted into space from French Guiana at 6:12 a.m. (0912 GMT; 4:12 a.m. EST) aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket, the agency said.
Many of our aerial warfare and surveillance operations are now conducted in regions where we might not necessarily have air support operations near-by or they are in countries where we do not want the world to know we are conducting operations. The loss of a pilot is never something an air-wing wants to hear about....
CTT announces a new family of compact, GaN-based solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) operating in the 7.0 to 11.0 GHz frequency range for a wide variety of commercial, industrial and military microwave applications. CTT’s latest compact SSPA designs offer as much as 100 Watts of Output Power in a compact package.
Multilayer ceramic capacitors and varistors provide UAV power systems with performance & design advantagesDecember 23, 2013 1:09 pm | by Pat Hollenbeck, Field Applications Engineer, Advanced Operations, AVX | Avx Corporation | Articles | Comments
The power systems designed into today’s advanced military and aerospace applications are incorporating increasingly sophisticated components and design topologies to achieve improved efficiency, weight reduction, and performance enhancements. Two essential criteria for realizing the cutting edge, energy efficient power systems...
I’m proud to work in an industry with such a disproportionately high number of military veterans. Many of our colleagues previously served the nation with honor and distinction, trading ACUs for business suits and M4s for fountain pens. Case in point: Steve Sargeant, CEO of Marvin Test Solutions, formerly a Major General with the United States Air Force.
Diamond Systems unveiled Epsilon-12G2. The rugged, managed Layer 2+ Ethernet switch module offers twelve 10/100/1000 Mbps copper twisted pair ports and two small form factor pluggable (SFP) sockets in a compact COM Express form factor.
The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station...
In this week's episode of the Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics: The Royal Navy's newest nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine — powered by a Rolls-Royce PWR3 nuclear reactor, the Successors are promised to be one of the stealthiest submarines in the world.
C&K Components has developed a series of MIL-S-83731 qualified toggle switches designed for military, aerospace and other high-reliability applications.The MIL-S-83731 qualified toggle switches are rated for logic level up to 5A resistive loads and 2A inductive loads for use in various applications.
Idaho farmer Robert Blair isn't waiting around for federal aviation officials to work out rules for drones. He and a friend built their own, outfitting it with cameras and using it to monitor his 1,500 acres (600 hectares). Under 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) and 5 feet (1.5 meters) long nose to tail, the aircraft is the size of a turkey.
China said Monday it was on track to launch a fifth lunar probe with the aim of bringing back lunar soil and rock samples following the successful moon landing of a space probe. The new mission planned for 2017 would mark the third and final phase of China's robotic lunar exploration program and pave the way for possibly landing an astronaut on the moon after 2020.