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Wireless coupled flange drive rotary torque transducer suits extreme high-vibration environments

June 2, 2014 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

SensorData Technologies (Shelby Township, MI) has introduced its Model BT4000 Series Wireless Coupled Flange Drive Rotary Torque Sensor. The BT4000 Series is said to be the only transducer of its kind that offers high-reliability true Bluetooth wireless rotary torque sensing in…

New fiber technology enables thin, colorful, aesthetic lighting

June 2, 2014 9:34 am | Corning | Product Releases | Comments

Corning Incorporated (Coring, NY) announced the introduction of its Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber, a glass optical fiber optimized for thin, colorful, aesthetic lighting. Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber enables decorative lighting to be designed or embedded into

Precision Guidance: Company developing autonomous Black Hawk helicopter

June 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

One of the biggest announcements from the recent Unmanned Systems expo in Orlando, Florida was the news that Sikorsky Aircraft is developing an autonomous version of the Black Hawk helicopter. The optionally piloted UH-60A Black Hawk leverages the company’s Matrix technology — a major research program for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft....

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LED driver family adds 12 products

June 2, 2014 9:19 am | Endicott Research Group | Product Releases | Comments

ERG Lighting (Brecksville, OH) made 12 new additions to its American-made ArchiLume Series of LED drivers which offers either constant voltage or constant current outputs up to 100 W with very low ripple.

Snipers aren’t enough to win the war

June 2, 2014 9:09 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

A sniper is a powerful weapon. One sniper team on a battlefield can eliminate one opponent challenge after another with great effect. However, a sniper team can’t do it all. To win the war one must engage every asset at every level. The same is true for process improvement specialists and your business’ war on poor performance....

Uninterruptible power supply usage in harsh environments

May 30, 2014 11:49 am | by Michael A. Stout, VP of Engineering, Falcon Electric, Inc., www.FalconUPS.com | Articles | Comments

Today’s microprocessor-based electronics can be found in just about everything in the home. Inside the dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, television, telephone and a myriad of other devices including home computers. Shortly after the introduction of home computers, the demand for low cost uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) significantly increased....

Tunable RF filters operate between 100 MHz and 3 GHz

May 30, 2014 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave’s (Allen, TX) tunable RF filters are commonly used in lab environments for testing many frequency bands including PCS, UHF, PMR, Tetra, LTE, and WiFi. The tunable band pass filters and band reject filters, also known as band-stop filters or band-rejection filters, are desirable in band…

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: JARO Thermal wins for Cooling and Thermal Management

May 30, 2014 10:15 am | Jaro Thermal | Product Releases | Comments

The Three-Phase (wired) “Motor-to-DC”, sensorless, brushless, low-vibrating, high-efficiency, UL/ CUL & CE certified fans from JARO Thermal (Boca Raton, FL) uses significantly less power than most standard, single-phase wired fans. Available with an optional water-protected IP 55 rating ...

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Newark element14 wins for Distributer Innovation

May 30, 2014 10:04 am | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Open source hardware allows people the opportunity to control the technology and share their knowledge through a free exchange. Newark element14’s (Chicago, IL) open source offering includes volumes of information on some of the most popular single board computers (SBCs)....

Waveguide duplexer with ceramic filter technology rivals air-cavity devices

May 30, 2014 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation (Elkhart, IN) through its subsidiary, CTS Electronic Components, Inc., announces its new ClearPlex Waveguide Duplexer, delivering performance comparable to air-cavity with 2x to 4x smaller size, according to the company, for cellular infrastructure, 6-10 GHz microwave, NLOS backhaul and military communications.

CubeSats keep space research motoring

May 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Space research isn’t just for the big space agencies anymore. In fact, anyone wishing to make observations from space should not only think small but also inside-the-box. Or more accurately, inside the cube. That’s because in recent years academia has been creating and deploying very small satellites called CubeSats....

Engineering Newswire: Super-maglev train to reach 1,800 mph

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Magnetic levitation, or Maglev, trains use magnets to levitate above their tracks, which eliminates any friction, allowing for faster, quieter travel. Current maglev trains can reach speeds of up to 250 mph, but Researchers in China have successfully completed testing of the first manned megathermal superconducting maglev loop, which would go much faster....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: MARS International wins for Contract Manufacture Innovation

May 29, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MARS International (Piscataway, NJ) is a full service global contract manufacturer with a proven track record of 50 years.  MARS International specializes in manufacturing, assembling, and delivering a wide variety of products for various industries quickly and cost-efficiently....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: API Technologies wins for Contract Manufacturer Innovation

May 29, 2014 1:45 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Contract manufacturing at API Technologies combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to deliver quality and service. In 2013, the company added ISO 13485:2003 medical certification, an internationally recognized standard that prescribes consistent processes....

Engineering Update Episode 60 Bloopers

May 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

Engineering Update 60: The most secure drone in the world

May 29, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

DARPA has been developing a program called High Assurance Cyber Military Systems, which uses software to thwart all manner of cyber-attacks on drones. The project originated at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington, and according to the program manager for DARPA, the software is allegedly mathematically invulnerable to large classes of attack....

Solar micro inverter design with ease using MCUs

May 29, 2014 12:58 pm | by Manish Bhardwaj, systems application engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Solar micro inverters are an emerging segment of the solar power industry. Rather than linking all solar panels in a solar installation through a central inverter, solar micro inverter systems instead place smaller, or “micro,” inverters in line with each individual solar panel....

Quad IF digital-to-analog data converter is presented as the industry’s fastest

May 29, 2014 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) introduced what it says is the industry’s fastest quad IF D/A converter. The AD9144 4-channel, 16-bit, 2.8-GSPS D/A converter supports high data rates and ultra-wide signal bandwidth enabling emerging wideband and multiband wireless applications.

Liquid cooled electronic load series enables advanced load testing

May 29, 2014 10:04 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) unveiled the Second Generation of the LW 5100 Series of liquid cooled electronic loads featuring user friendly touch screen panel and enhanced functionality. These built-to-project loads are housed in a compact case that provides...

Projected capacitive touch panel features a single FPC and Chip on Flex assembly

May 29, 2014 9:46 am | Ocular LCD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ocular LCD, Inc. (Dallas, TX) announced the addition of the Crystal Touch EDGE to their touch panel product offerings. The Crystal Touch EDGE is a single-layer, all-glass projected capacitive touch panel featuring a single FPC and Chip on Flex (COF) assembly. The EDGE is available with or without optically bonded cover glass....

Solution aims to transform audio jack into multi-purpose, self-powered data port

May 29, 2014 9:25 am | Nxp Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Eindhoven, Netherlands) announced a new Smartphone Quick-Jack Solution that is said to simplify connecting a variety of external devices to smartphones for self-powered data communications. Adapting the standard 3.5-mm audio jack found on smartphones…

Detroit is a 'hole'

May 29, 2014 9:07 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

So continues the era of the outspoken president. On a recent trip to Phoenix, AZ, I had the pleasure of listening to Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas (AEMA), give a presentation on the state of the company and more importantly, the state of the industry....

Selecting the right MCU can squeeze nanoamps out of your next IoT application

May 29, 2014 8:20 am | by Evan Schulz, Microcontroller Product Manager, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

Industry leaders predict that the number of connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) will surpass 15 billion nodes by 2015 and top 50 billion by 2020. Most of these connected devices will not be traditional PCs or even smartphones but smaller, less expensive, simpler ultra-low-power embedded systems....

Creating "smartphone-like” user interfaces in resource-limited embedded graphics applications

May 29, 2014 7:33 am | by Paolo Tamayo, Principal Applications Engineer, Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

I blame the smart phones! Everyone now expects to see “smartphone-like” user interfaces in everything that has a display. Coffee makers, security systems and thermostat panels are just a few of the examples where you will see integrated colored screens....

Real-time spectrum analyzer raises high-performance bar

May 28, 2014 4:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Signal Hound (Tampa, FL) today announced the Signal Hound BB60C, successor to the popular Signal Hound BB60A. The Signal Hound BB60C is a real-time spectrum analyzer and RF recorder. It has significantly enhanced performance compared to the BB60A....

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