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Solar-powered plane can "fly forever"

April 16, 2014 8:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg — who previously had circumnavigated the globe in a balloon — plan to make history again with the Solar Impulse 2, which will undertake the first solar-powered flight around the world....

Oscilloscopes add enhanced IBIS-AMI, S-parameters modeling support

April 15, 2014 2:26 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix (Beaverton, OR) extended the capabilities of the analysis system on its MSO/DPO70000 Series of Digital and Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes to include modeling of on-chip silicon behavior using IBIS-AMI models and S-parameters. This

Mini module powered by Intel Atom E3800 & Celeron N2930/J1900 processors

April 15, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

Advantech (Irvine, CA) announced the debut of SOM-7567 COM Express Mini Type 10 module, featuring Intel Atom E3800/Celeron N2930/J1900 with significant CPU and graphics performance improvements. Measuring only 84 x 55mm, SOM-7567 supports onboard memory up to 4GB....

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The GM ignition switch recall: Too little too late?

April 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

How much stuff do you carry on your keyring? Besides keys, I mean. Some minimalists like my wife carry car keys separately from other keys, with nothing attached except maybe a small plastic tag to make it easier to find in her purse....

Ultrasonic sensors provide pushbutton programming for software-free configuration

April 15, 2014 12:40 pm | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) introduced Series IO Ultrasonic Sensors. Pushbutton programming provides fast and easy on-site sensor parameterization without requiring any software. IO-Link compatibility unlocks a series of control functions that

Surge protectors indicate their end of life

April 15, 2014 11:43 am | Thomas Research Products | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products (Elgin, IL) has introduced a line of surge 0rotectors that show when they need to be replaced. The EOL3-277-20KA series Surge Protectors include an LED indicator that lights up when the unit reaches end-of-life, when the

Power supply presents high efficiency for networking, telecom

April 15, 2014 9:44 am | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Tempe, AZ) announced the first Titanium efficiency bulk front-end power supply in its standard product range: the DS3000TE-3. This new 3000 W power supply uses proprietary power switching technology and high density component packaging techniques to

Single-phase energy meter SoC enables ±0.1% accuracy over 5000:1 dynamic range

April 15, 2014 9:05 am | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using the ZON M3 (MAX71315) single-phase electricity meter SoC from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA), engineers now have a low-cost design system for e-meters and solid-state meters. The ZON M3 energy-meter solution integrates four 24-bit ADCs....

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High-voltage power module addresses 12V, 24V, 36V, and 48V input rail applications

April 14, 2014 4:16 pm | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL8216M 80 Volt, 4 Amp non-isolated DC/DC step-down power module. The ISL8216M power module provides a complete power supply in a package that can be used across multiple applications....

Watch a V-22 Osprey fold itself for storage

April 14, 2014 3:07 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 It’s pretty crazy to think that a huge aircraft with an 85’ foot wingspan is possible of folding itself up to reduce the amount of space it occupies on a massive ship. Yet, the V-22 Osprey does just that. This video is a little dated—it was taken in 2010 at Nellis Airforce Base in Las Vegas....

50-Ohm 20-dB gain block delivers 46 dBm OIP3 and 2.6 dB NF with bandwidth from 20 MHz to 2 GHz

April 14, 2014 12:36 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC6431-20, a 20-MHz to 2-GHz single-ended input and output fixed gain amplifier offering a 46.2 dBm OIP3 (Output Third Order Intercept) and 2.6 dB noise figure. Its OP1dB (Output 1dB Compression Point) is

Surge protective device protects from currents in excess of 10,000 amperes on an 8/20 µS waveform

April 14, 2014 11:55 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns (Riverside, CA) announced it has added a new surge protective device (SPD) for signal and data line applications to its industry-leading portfolio. Designated Bourns Model 1840, the new device is a heavy-duty, MSP Multi-Stage Protector....

How to avoid conducted EMI problems – Part I

April 14, 2014 10:14 am | by Brian King, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Most conducted EMI problems are due to common mode noise.  Furthermore, most common-mode noise issues are caused by parasitic capacitances in the power supply. For Part I of this discussion, let’s focus on what happens when the parasitic capacitance couples directly to the input wires to the power supply.

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Simplifying M2M data networking

April 14, 2014 7:54 am | by Bill Conley, B&B Electronics | Blogs | Comments

There is currently no universal standard for cellular network certification and provisioning in North America. Instead, the North American cellular carriers and standards bodies like CTIA/PTCRB force mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and M2M device manufacturers to navigate a labyrinth of different certification processes....

Enclosure delivers a certified static load rating of 5,400 lbs.

April 11, 2014 3:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AMCO Enclosures (Des Plaines, IL) has just released its new TITAN EP enclosure for electronic packaging. The TITAN EP frame features fully welded construction, which delivers a certified static load rating of 5,400 lbs. and a certified dynamic load rating of 3,300 lbs....

Explosion-proof LED infrared light fixture features adjustable scaffold bracket mount

April 11, 2014 2:28 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a 6 watt explosion proof LED infrared light fixture mounted on an adjustable scaffold bracket. The 6 watt infrared light contained in this explosion proof unit is available in 750nm, 850nm, or 940nm to be used with any night vision....

Mini-DIN connector meets the requirements of UL 910 for plenum applications

April 11, 2014 2:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN straight male connector TC-SPP250-4195M-LP from Times Microwave Systems (Wallingford, CT) is now available for the company's SPP-250-LLPL (SuperFlexible Plenum Pim) 50 Ohm low loss plenum rated coaxial cable assemblies for use in distributed antenna system (DAS) applications....

DC/DC converter series provides 36 W of output power at 12 VDC

April 11, 2014 2:13 pm | Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Semiconductor Circuits, Inc. (Atkinson, NH) introduced the new Cool Power Technologies 36-W wide input range 32nd brick DC/DC converter series. These open frame modules provide 36 W of output power at 12 VDC – appropriate for

Single connector solution suits thin-screen LED televisions and monitors

April 11, 2014 12:20 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Walldorf, Germany) introduced its IllumiMate 1.00- and 1.25-mm pitch wire-to-board connector system, offering today’s flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers more mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and

LED solar simulator provides more than one sun of total irradiance

April 11, 2014 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) introduced the Model 2910A-100-SOL high power, multi-wavelength LED illuminator for testing photovoltaic devices that meets Class AAA solar simulator requirements of IEC 60904-9 for spectral match, uniformity of irradiance, and

Varistors include nickel barrier terminations

April 11, 2014 11:15 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s (Raleigh, NC) ZV Series of SMD multilayer varistors is available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work

Military plans to use drones as flying Wi-Fi hotspots

April 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

For civilians, a dearth of Wi-Fi is a minor inconvenience. First-world problems. But for our troops in the field, a lack of connectivity can kill you. No connection means no close-air support and no reinforcements. Hence the military’s push to turn drones into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots....

Engineers can prevent the intellectual downfall of the nation

April 11, 2014 8:47 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to several outlets, a dearth of science and engineering students, coupled with the underqualified workforce unable to fill current need, is leading to the intellectual downfall of the nation.If you strike up a conversation with “that guy” in the office, he may even tell you a yarn about the once great superpower falling....

Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

Four-channel portable oscilloscope samples at 5 GS/s

April 10, 2014 3:25 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corp. introduced its 190-504 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeter Portable Oscilloscope, said to be the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a four-channel handheld, sealed, and rugged oscilloscope without compromising

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