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Engineering Update Episode 48: Jet-powered UAV can roam up to 1,800 miles

March 6, 2014 10:59 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Predator C Avenger is a jet-powered UAV with the firepower, range, and capabilities to set a new gold standard for unmanned vehicles. Whereas the Predator and Reaper were powered by a relatively primitive turboprop engine, with a top speed of 300 mph, the Avenger uses a Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine ...

Engineering Newswire: Multicopter flies like chopper, drives like car

March 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're using nanotubes to reduce flammability, test-driving BMW's i3 in Las Vegas, and creating real-life transformers with a multicopter. This episode features robots in disguise: Advanced Tactics has developed a vertical take-off and landing aircraft that also features off-road automobile capabilities, which leverages the simplicity and robustness of a multi-copter at a full-scale size.

What would you do without your smartphone?

March 5, 2014 4:56 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a world without smartphones. Everybody you see is talking into thin air. Holograms of people are popping up everywhere. You bump into everything, not because you’re too busy texting but because you’re too busy looking at your glasses instead of through them. That world might soon become a reality.

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Quarter-brick DC-DC converter intended for wireless backhaul, smart grid, and networking applications

March 5, 2014 3:40 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced the UWQ 240 Watt quarter-brick DC-DC converter from Murata Power Solutions designed for wireless backhaul, smart grid, and a broad range of networking and other telecommunications applications. With a fixed 12 VDC/20 A single output...

LED light guides designed for general illumination

March 5, 2014 3:26 pm | Global Lighting Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) has introduced a new light guide that produces distinct customized emission patterns of light from the top and bottom surface. This enables lighting fixtures to emit light upward and downward using a single light guide with LEDs on one or two edges....

Europe rethinks renewable energy standards

March 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

For the past decade or more, as Al Gore and the majority of climate-change scientists have insisted that the world is speeding headlong toward an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions, European countries have adhered to stringent emission controls....

Real-time spectrum analyzer captures and displays RF events as short as 1 µs

March 5, 2014 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Test Equipment Plus (LA Center, WA) announced the Signal Hound BB60A, a real-time spectrum analyzer and RF recorder designed to capture and display RF events as short as 1 µs. The BB60A is a small, lightweight, and affordable USB-based real-time RF spectrum analyzer....

Big-picture thinking from the DHS: A national license-plate tracking system

March 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whenever you pass a license plate scanner, your whereabouts and personal information are likely being collected by the law enforcement agency of the state or municipality you’re in. Now, Washington is tipping its hand that it wants that information, too.

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New jet-powered UAV is the future of asymmetrical warfare

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While politicians and privacy advocates squabble over regulations for domestic drones, General Atomics has been hard at work developing the next unmanned terror of the skies for America’s foreign adversaries. Meet the Predator C Avenger, the future of asymmetrical warfare.

Browser-based program facilitates CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM translation

March 4, 2014 2:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Elysium (Southfield, MI) has announced the release of CADfeature 11.3, their new browser-enhanced, feature-based program for repairing, migrating and reporting on product engineering data that is exchanged within manufacturing organizations and their supply chains.

ISO/IEC15693-compliant IC provides a universal identity card

March 4, 2014 1:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EM Microelectronic (Marin, Switzerland) announced the EM4237, the first high-secure ISO/IEC15693 compliant device offering unequalled RF performances and enabling efficient and secure solutions for anti-counterfeiting and brand protection.

Step-up DC/DC converter delivers a low-noise, low-ripple 15V bias supply

March 4, 2014 1:13 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3048, a step-up DC/DC converter with an integrated LDO output that delivers a low-noise, low-ripple 15V bias supply. The LT3048-15 delivers up to 40mA of continuous output current at 15V....

AEC-Q101-qualified MOSFETs enable lower on-resistance per die area

March 4, 2014 12:59 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) released the first AEC-Q101-qualified TrenchFET power MOSFETs to feature ThunderFET technology. To increase efficiency and save space in automotive applications, the Vishay Siliconix 100 V n-channel SQJ402EP, SQJ488EP...

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Web tool simplifies power inductor selection

March 4, 2014 12:49 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft (Cary, IL) has launched an all-new Power Inductor Finder web tool that allows users to quickly find and compare inductors based on their exact operating conditions: current, ripple, frequency and ambient temperature. The tool combines elements of several other popular tools on the site.

TVS diodes deliver industry standard bidirectional port protection for AC/DC power line applications

March 4, 2014 12:42 pm | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns (Riverside, CA) announced the introduction of new high Power TVS diodes that feature high-current bidirectional port protection and meet industry standards including IEC 61000-4-5 8/20 µs current surge requirements. Designated Bourns Models PTVS10-058C-TH and PTVS10-076C-TH...

‘Battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits reduce measurement errors to below ± 2.8 percent

March 4, 2014 12:35 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a new family of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) ‘battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits that provide accurate measurements of the remaining power level of one-cell lithium-ion (Li+) batteries commonly used in a wide range of portable electronics....

Watch kids react to rotary phones

March 4, 2014 10:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Watching kids befuddled by legacy technology is like shooting fish in a barrel — easy, but oddly enjoyable. And the “Kids React” series on YouTube runs with that premise, and one of their latest subjects — rotary phones — will make even 30-something college grads feel old.

Power management ICs designed for RF agile radio applications and FPGAs

March 4, 2014 9:58 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduced an integrated family of efficient power management ICs (integrated circuits) targeting compact, high density power solutions for RF agile radio and FPGA/processor-based (field-programmable gate array) applications. Features include multiple buck regulators....

This is what happens when you put a go-pro on a pelican’s beak

March 4, 2014 7:53 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been some insane advances in the technology behind video cameras in the past few years. Video cameras have caught onto the miniaturization trend, but as the size shrinks, the capabilities grow. This means lighter cameras that are able to shoot and store videos with high-quality images.

OLED graphic displays feature outline dimensions of 59.0 x 186mm and 62.64 x 25.44 mm

March 3, 2014 4:20 pm | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology (Orlando, FL) announces their new 2.0” of 128*32 and 2.26” of 132*32 OLED TAB Graphic displays. These displays have a built-in SSD1305 IC which has the outline dimensions areas of 59.0 x 186mm and 62.64 x 25.44 mm. These OLEDs display modules make a great option for any application....

3-phase switched PDUs include 415V input support

March 3, 2014 4:03 pm | Tripp Lite | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has introduced eight 3-phase switched Power Distribution Units (PDUs) in both hardwire and plug-in options that provide up to 28.8kW capacity. These new PDUs support 415V 3-phase input to the rack, a highly efficient means of power distribution....

GreenPeak further strengthens its presence in China

March 3, 2014 2:41 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies announced a further strengthening of its commitment to the Chinese market, increasing its business presence and activities throughout this region. “We are delighted that our efforts in the Chinese market for Smart Home technology and ZigBee solutions have surpassed our expectations.” says Cees Links, Founder & CEO. “It is important that an experienced and trusted ZigBee technology expert like GreenPeak can

Boundary scan development system allows boundary scan testing where no netlist is available

March 3, 2014 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

XJTAG (Cambridge, UK) has unleashed version 3.2 of its boundary scan development system. This major new release extends the concept of boundary scan testing to allow engineers to test boards where they do not have access to a netlist. Features include a graphical debugger, for use when developing XJEase code.

LED driver IC rated at a current of 1A

March 3, 2014 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced the HV9805, an LED driver IC, where the LED light source is arranged as a high-voltage LED string in order to accommodate certain lamp form factors, while allowing for cost savings through less complicated cooling and optical arrangements.

8-bit microcontroller family designed for safety critical applications

March 3, 2014 9:41 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) announced from Embedded World an expansion of its 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, with the peripheral-rich, low pin count PIC16(L)F161X family. These new MCUs expand the offering of Microchip’s Core Independent Peripherals (CIP)....

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