Advances in medical technology in the past century alone have made possible what was previously considered unfeasible. Where once certain illnesses caused the deaths of millions worldwide, medical innovation has now eliminated many dreaded diseases.
Many of the automation systems that increasingly appear in our daily lives have a fundamental need to sense the presence and movement of human beings. Whether that system simply shuts off the lights to save energy at home or triggers an emergency response in a health care facility, accurate motion sensing is a crucial requirement.
Agriculture is arguably one of the most important industries in the world. After all, with an estimated population of over 7 billion people, there are a lot of mouths to feed. Unfortunately, agriculture is also one of the most unpredictable industries. Crops are subject to the whims of nature with droughts, fire, rain, sun, and hail.
Global challenges in energy generation and consumption motivates governments worldwide to set ambitious goals for increased energy efficiency, which results in a fast growing need for energy efficient buildings. Therefore, innovative, sustainable technologies that can be easily installed, especially in retrofit projects, are a necessity if the governments’ ambitious objectives are to be realized.
Larson Electronics has announced today the release of a new high-bay LED fixture designed to provide better performance than standard HID and incandescent high bay fixtures. The EPLC2-HB-150LED-RT Explosion Proof High Bay Light features high output in a compact size and is a rugged and light weight alternative to bulkier HID units.
Behlman Electronics has announced another breakthrough that will help VPX engineers achieve their design goals faster, easier, more efficiently and more economically. Behlman’s VPXtraä 1000CD and VPXtraä 1000CM “Expanded” Data Sheets provide a combined total of 27-pages of detailed text....
If you haven’t met the TSA – meaning you somehow haven’t flown anywhere in the last 12 years – know that they’re the crotch-grabbing, nude-scanning, senior-citizen harassing government agency in charge of airport security. And they really hate shoes. But the mighty TSA has apparently met its match in an 87-year-old, half-deaf World War II vet.
I think it’s time to distinguish between an “Internet of Things” and an “Internet of useful Things.” When I’m talking to customers who are looking for remote sensor solutions, there are many fields where the IoT could really solve emerging problems. A service
Direct Insight announced a flexible, production-quality ARM board, which is configurable by changing a tiny (68 mm x 26 mm) processor module - from ARM9 to quad core ARM Cortex-A9, thus offering a production solution for Linux, Windows CE and Android-based products. The TRITON-TXFB is fully
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the MSP430 USB LaunchPad Evaluation Kit and supporting ecosystem of software and support for its portfolio of USB microcontrollers. The MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad, based on the low power MSP430F5529 microcontroller (MCU), provides engineers and
Sealevel Systems announced the 121004-KT, a QuickStart kit that provides everything design engineers need to get COM Express projects off to a fast start. Powered by a 1.8-GHz Intel Atom N2800 CPU with heat sink and 4 GB RAM, the kit includes an integrated 2.5" 32-GB solid-state disk. Standard features include
Richardson RFPD today announces availability and full design support capabilities for a new 28V gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) RF power amplifier from Nitronex. The NPA1006 is a wideband GaN power amplifier optimized for 20 to 1000 MHz operation.
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.
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.
3D printing has been used for years in larger companies, like the one I work for now. It is incorporated into the mechanical design process as part of the overall development and is optionally tailored out if not necessary or particularly useful. When end customers, as well as designers, see a plastic mock-up of the widgit they desire...
Arc Suppression Technologies has introduced the worlds first true arc suppression device for relays, switches, and power contactors. The NOsparc MMXac is designed to simply “Connect & Forget” across the contacts, protecting relays and contactors from the destructive arc energy created in power switching.
Cree introduces two new XLamp LED Arrays to enable high-lumen applications ranging from wallpacks to canopy lighting with one CXA LED family. The new CXA3590 LED Array delivers up to 16,225 lumens at 85°C, 68 percent more lumens compared to Cree’s previous brightest array.
Saving time and money on testing embedded hardware - putting design and production tests in their placeOctober 24, 2013 2:23 pm | by Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design | Articles | Comments
Recent high-profile product recalls and failures have shown that even the most experienced and well-funded company can fall down when it comes to product testing. A product goes through two fundamental types of test. The first is of the design itself and the second is production testing of the product.
International Rectifier introduced the IRAM630-1562F Intelligent Power Module (IPM) featuring Power Factor Correction (PFC) and inverter stage. The new IPM shrinks and simplifies design of energy-efficient appliance and light industrial motor drive applications including air conditioners and washing machines.
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.
Welcome to Engineering Update. I'm Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor of ECN. In this week's episode: The McLaren p1 is a long-awaited supercar featuring a hybrid engine and, luckily for us, the company has just released the specs for this ridiculous machine.
I’m torn here. As a child’s toy, MELTDOWN – the “first board game that melts” – is extremely clever. I probably would’ve loved playing with the cute little polar bears and fake ice floes. But I can’t ignore the transparent attempt to indoctrinate children on the theory – yes, the theory – of global warming.
OriginLab announced the release of Origin and OriginPro version 9.1. The new version includes a set of features and enhancements that were developed based on customer feedback and industry demand. Origin and OriginPro are used by more than 500,000 registered customers worldwide....
Modbus gateway designed to convert Modbus ASCII or Modbus RTU serial signals into Modbus TCP EthernetOctober 23, 2013 5:02 pm | B & B Electronics | Product Releases | Comments
B&B Electronics has expanded its family of Vlinx Modbus Communications Gateways with the MESP211, a low-cost, compact gateway designed to convert Modbus ASCII or Modbus RTU serial signals into Modbus TCP Ethernet. The MESP211 connects Modbus devices to Ethernet networks....
Reconfigurable heterogeneous architectures deliver flexibility and performance for complex applicationsOctober 23, 2013 4:47 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments
Embedded systems designers, more than ever, are seeking flexibility in how they work with processing elements to help keep risks low, speed time to market and control cost. Traditional embedded systems often rely on general-purpose processors and microcontrollers or multicore processors.