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IoT soup: Four ingredients for a successful smart product

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Adam Justice, Grid Connect | Articles | Comments

One of the most intriguing reality television shows today is Chopped on the Food Network. Chopped features four chefs who are challenged to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that demonstrates their creativity....

Micro-miniature push-on connectors rated to 40 GHz

October 6, 2014 9:28 am | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL) has expanded its line of SMP micro-miniature push-on connectors and adapters. Designated the 032 series, Coaxicom's SMPs are compatible with the Gilbert GPO and the Tyco OSMP. They are 50 Ω connectors rated....

Counterfeit electronic components in weapons systems cost lives

October 6, 2014 9:05 am | by Joe Bilotta, CEO and Co-Founder, Component Search International | Blogs | Comments

According to a survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), all segments of the commercial, industrial and defense supply chains have been impacted by counterfeit electronic components....

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GPS front-end modules intended for smartphones

October 6, 2014 9:00 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces two EPCOS front-end modules for satellite navigation systems that enable the coexistence of cellular, WLAN, Bluetooth and satellite navigation services on the same antenna. The new EPCOS R159 and D5107 ...

Automated fluid dispensing systems combine precise dispensing with fast and easy programming

October 6, 2014 8:48 am | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD (East Providence, RI) introduces its new series of automated fluid dispensing systems for streamlined integration into any manufacturing operation. The PRO Series integrates vision and laser height sensing with closed-loop encoding to provide....

Rack-level systems deliver server computing platforms for use in rugged environments

October 3, 2014 1:34 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) now offers rack-level integration services that enable deployment of commercial equipment in rugged and mobile environments. Providing configuration control and lifecycle management as well as intricate custom I/O....

QFN socket designed for 10x10 mm package size

October 3, 2014 1:23 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new QFN socket design using high-performance elastomer capable of 40 GHz, very low inductance, high endurance, and wide temperature applications. The SMP-QFN-8008 socket is designed....

Stainless steel three-lobe knobs suit hygienic requirements

October 3, 2014 12:15 pm | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco, Inc. (New Berlin, WI) announced it now offers GN 5345 and GN 5345.4 Stainless Steel Three-Lobe Knobs, in inch and metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant lobe knobs have a smooth and sealed surface. They are particularly suitable for use....

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The life of a fighter jet mechanic

October 3, 2014 11:34 am | by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | Videos | Comments

Tools clang and the clock ticks as time narrows, several pairs of grease-stained boots can be seen darting back and forth beneath a lifeless fighter jet as Airmen work relentlessly to repair their bird for flight. Though the pressure appears prevalent ...

Engineering Newswire: Lockheed Martin wreaks havoc in extreme off-road testing

October 3, 2014 11:26 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

After ten days of testing, Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8x8 Armored Modular Vehicle has successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s Butte Mountain Trail course. A mile long course, and one of the most intense off-road test tracks in the world ...

Infographic: 6 engineering inventions that connect people

October 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology | News | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world to connect....

Linear hall-effect sensor IC designed with low noise and high resolution

October 3, 2014 9:21 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new factory-programmable linear Hall-effect current sensor IC. Allegro’s A1366 has been designed to achieve high accuracy and resolution. The goal is achieved through new proprietary ...

Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Articles | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the gaps in their coverage areas so they can hold onto their subscribers. Strangely enough, that means finding a power-efficient, conduction-cooled power supply....

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It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Articles | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now carry a “smart” cell phone that contains more than one physical layer for wireless communications. There is one RF transceiver, such as the GSM standard ...

Schematic and board-level CAD libraries help engineers expedite their designs

October 2, 2014 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) has collaborated with Altium, Ltd. to develop new schematic and board-level CAD libraries for ZMDI’s products. The libraries help engineers expedite their designs and are available directly from the Altium CAD software....

UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

FPC/FFC connector features improved operability and robustness

October 2, 2014 2:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kyocera Connector Products Corporation (San Diego, CA) announced the availability of its 6809 Series 0.5mm-pitch FPC/FFC connector which features improved operability as well as robustness by focusing on the assembly line workers’ method of operation....

Chipscale MOSFET cuts power consumption for ultraportable applications

October 2, 2014 2:08 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new power MOSFET that will help decrease power consumption and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and high-end notebook computers was released today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA)....

USB-serial controller includes built-in charge-pump RS232 transceiver

October 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the Prolific PL2303RA, an all-in-one IC that provides a convenient, low-chip-count solution for connecting an RS232 full-duplex asynchronous serial device to any USB-capable host....

Low-profile DC-DC power modules designed for space-constrained applications

October 2, 2014 1:44 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC33163/MIC33164 (1A) and MIC33263/MIC33264(2A) a family of low-profile step down power modules capable of 100 percent duty cycle and operating with an input voltage range from 2.7V to 5.5V....

Dangerous drilling: The hot world of oil and gas

October 2, 2014 10:48 am | by T. Zednicek, M. Biler, J. Petrzilek, AVX Czech Republic | Articles | Comments

New oil and gas exploration and drilling equipment designs, especially those intended for use in deep and difficult geological conditions, continuously demand electronic components capable of reliable, longer lifetime operation in extremely harsh ...

The greatest advancement in software simulation in the next decade

October 2, 2014 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

The future of software simulation is driven by the increasing wish of engineers to simulate a specific device in its real world, working environment where different physical phenomena occur. The increasing simulation complexity, driven by the multiphysics nature....

A fully wireless motion-capture system

October 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for $4,000 – which turned a lot of heads....

Engineering Update #78: Clothing that thwarts government surveillance

October 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

If you’re really worried about the government or other agencies hacking your cellphone, feel free to go ahead and take off that tin foil hat because now you can buy clothing that ensures nobody has access to your phone or your credit cards....

GaN-on-Silicon LED Lamp achieves IES recognition

October 1, 2014 4:15 pm | Lattice | Product Releases | Comments

Lattice Power (Palo Alto, CA) announced that its new PAR38 LED lamp has been recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society Progress Committee as providing an important advancement in lighting. The company’s new proprietary GaN-on-Silicon LED ...

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