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Engineering Update #75: A laser for all weather conditions

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers unusable. Though the laser had previously been put through its paces....

It’s a small world – and getting smaller

September 11, 2014 9:00 am | by John Beigel, Standex-Meder Electronics | Articles | Comments

Doing more with less is the mantra of our era. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the drive towards miniaturization in the next generation of electronic components and systems. The push for smaller parts is coming both from the need....

Medical device miniaturization and thermal management

September 11, 2014 8:56 am | by Michael Bucci, Market Development Manager, Thermacore | Articles | Comments

Medical devices are trending toward miniaturization, driven by portability, performance and safety factors. As instruments get smaller, design engineers face new challenges in meeting their project’s performance, size, weight, operating temperature ...

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Technological changes in the next five years

September 11, 2014 8:51 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

For the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Austin, TX at the peak of southern summer heat for the engineering geek fest that is National Instruments’ (NI) global conference on graphical system design, or NIWeek. More than 3,200 ...

Arbitrary waveform generator offers complex modulated signals up to 32 GBaud and beyond

September 10, 2014 5:06 pm | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) added a 65-GSa/s, 20-GHz modular instrument to its portfolio of arbitrary waveform generators. The new high-speed, wide-bandwidth M8195A arbitrary waveform generator allows engineers ...

GaN-ready magnetics suit next-generation compact power conversion technologies

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | Precision, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) announced the global launch of its GaN-ready magnetic capabilities. GaN-ready LLC transformers and PFC inductors are now available for a broad range of applications including …

Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Writing the script and video production

September 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

Thin is in: Coin cell holders aid miniaturization by reducing profile

September 10, 2014 11:55 am | by Thomas Blaha, President, Memory Protection Devices | Articles | Comments

Sleek is now chic, as consumers are clamoring for ergonomically-designed, space-saving devices.The drive for miniaturization extends to virtually all electronic devices, forcing design engineers to become increasingly creative in finding ways to pack....

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Eye-catching thermal stability

September 10, 2014 10:20 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

The petroleum-mining sector has developed drilling technologies and methods that have greatly increased well depths over the years. The average well depth increased only 64 percent from 3,635 to 5,964 feet between 1949 and 2008, according to ...

OpenVPX backplanes include new central-switched and pass-through profiles

September 10, 2014 9:57 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has expanded its industry leading family of 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplanes with the introduction of three (3) new Hybricon central-switched ...

Tactile switch series designed for portable consumer electronic devices

September 10, 2014 9:46 am | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a series of surface mount ultra low profile top-actuated tactile switches with extended operating lifecycles up to 500,000. The switches measure just 3.7mm x 3.7mm with a board-mounted profile....

LED waterproof bulb configured to operate on 347-480 volts AC

September 10, 2014 9:18 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 25 watt PAR 38 LED bulb that produces 2,500 lumens of light and operates on 347-480 voltages. This bulb is designed to fit in standard light bulb sockets and provides....

Don't like clickbait? Don't click

September 10, 2014 9:09 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests that you don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad....

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The biggest challenge for designers as handheld devices become smaller

September 9, 2014 4:41 pm | Articles | Comments

From a design standpoint, one of the biggest challenges is power consumption and battery life. In the ideal world, users do not want to bother with recharging their devices. This holds true for any handheld device – be it a tablet or a device....

Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Playing with Ninja Turtles

September 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

Linear potentiometers satisfy applications like robotic control and X-Y table feedback

September 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding resistive technology to its portfolio of linear position products. The LP-22 series of linear potentiometers offer....

8 GHz bandwidth socket designed for DDR3 SDRAM

September 9, 2014 1:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new high-performance BGA socket for 0.8mm pitch, 96 pin BGA IC's. The SG-BGA-6410 socket is designed for multiple IC sizes - 8x14mm, 7.5x13mm, 9x13mm and 9x16mm ...

Integrated DrMOS power stages promise high current, efficiency, and power density

September 9, 2014 12:22 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new family of VRPower integrated DrMOS power stage solutions in the low-profile, thermally enhanced PowerPAK MLP 5 mm x 5 mm 31-pin package. Delivering currents in excess of…

Top technological discoveries of humankind

September 9, 2014 10:26 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Ever wonder what discovery or inventions created or started the foundations for today’s society? How far do we have to go back in our history to find the first person to use ideas that we take for granted today? How many things are just refinements....

10 things to remember about fiber optics

September 9, 2014 9:53 am | by Susan Stanley, Training Manager, B&B Electronics (http://www.bb-elec.com) | B & B Electronics | Articles | Comments

When planning for a successful fiber-optic network and cabling installation, several principles remain constant but often are overlooked. As a training manager, I see how easy it is to overlook some of these principles. Here are my 10 things....

Open-frame power supply family exhibits up to 150 watts

September 9, 2014 9:25 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI (Tualatin, OR) announced that it has expanded its VOF series of compact, open frame ac-dc power supplies to include 100, 120, and 150 W versions. The single-output supplies are higher-power additions to their recently released series....

The trend to liquid thermal interface materials

September 9, 2014 8:10 am | by Mark Amberg, Market Manager – Automotive, The Bergquist Company | Articles | Comments

Effective thermal management remains key to ensuring consistent long-term performance and reliability in electronic devices. With an increasing variety of electronic applications demanding smaller packaging, higher power, and lower cost, the need for innovative high-performance thermal solutions ...

TVS diode array provides clamping voltages over 50 percent lower

September 8, 2014 4:23 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the low-capacitance SP3014 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes) to provide protection for electronic equipment that may experience destructive electrostatic discharges (ESD). The SP3014 Series ...

Top-of-rack switch platform intended for network function virtualization and security

September 8, 2014 4:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZNYX Networks (Fremont, CA) announced the B1 top-of-rack switch platform for security and NFV (network function virtualization) with an integrated Intel Xeon server-class compute environment. As the latest virtualization platform ...

Google Glass could detect, diagnose emotion

September 8, 2014 3:40 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Well, there you go. Google Glass is more than just an ostentatious gadget for filming things, augmented reality, and generally freaking everyone out within a 50-yard radius. Actually, medical applications like BioGlass could finally move this $1,500 widget....

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