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Torque insert features an overall “single-fin” profile

April 1, 2015 3:33 pm | by Reell Precision Manufacturing Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new “TI-C5M” torque insert from Reell Precision Manufacturing introduces ideal position-control technology for a wide range of consumer electronics applications, including tablet and laptop stands and holders, device protective covers, and many other end-uses requiring precise and reliable torque performance over time. The compact TI-C5M insert (5mm-wide housing and total weight of 2.27g /...

PZT materials ideal for consumer and high volume electronics

April 1, 2015 2:39 pm | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials (Morgan) announces the availability of PZT (lead zirconate titanate) components, and assemblies at its Bedford, Ohio facility. Also offered are advanced PZT dicing, cutting, and grinding capabilities. The materials are ideal for use in consumer and high volume electronics....

Conductive foam gaskets have X, Y, & Z axis conductivity

April 1, 2015 1:15 pm | by Tech-Etch Inc. | Tech-Etch Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Available as standard gaskets, custom designs or sheet stock, durable 2700 Series Conductive Foam has X, Y, and Z axis conductivity for maximum EMI shielding attenuation. The material is ideal for computer, router and telecom I/O shielding. It is offered with or without pressure sensitive conductive adhesive covering ...

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Marine Corps’ robotic war balls could aid amphibious landings

April 1, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Since 1775, the United States Marines Corps has been the foremost authority on amphibious warfare, and they’ve perfected the art of establishing beachheads on hostile shores. An amphibious drone from Guardbot Inc. could aid these complex military maneuvers....

20 V n-channel MOSFET features industry's lowest on-resistance

April 1, 2015 11:52 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. today introduced a new TrenchFET 20 V n-channel MOSFET designed to save space, decrease power consumption, and extend battery usage in wearable devices, smartphones, tablets, and solid-state drives. Offered in a chipscale MICRO FOOT package with an ultra-low 0.54 mm maximum height ...

This drone can do your taxes for you

April 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Tax preparation might seem like an odd task for a 5,000 lb soulless automaton, but then, the Taxbot is a joint venture of the IRS....

Turn-key package accelerates time-to-value for on-premises big data IT deployments

April 1, 2015 9:46 am | by Avnet | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, today released the Avnet Enabled Hadoop solution, a turn-key package of hardware, integrated software, and one-call maintenance and support service designed to accelerate time-to-value for on-premises big data IT deployments....

40GHz edge connector enhances PCB performance

April 1, 2015 9:31 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the Rosenberger 02K243-40ME3, 2.92mm female, clamp-on, PCB edge launch connector. Perfect for prototyping or production design where frequencies up to 40GHz are required, this Rosenberger connector is compatible with SMA and 3.5mm connectors....

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How IoT will affect telecom

April 1, 2015 8:29 am | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Blogs | Comments

So many open questions swirl around the notion of an Internet of Things (IoT) that electronic designers and their colleagues may wonder where and how to find traction in this emerging field. In this blog, I’ll identify one fundamental, technical certainty amid myriad uncertainties, and suggest a few issues ripe for your involvement.

How IoT will affect telecom (Part II)

March 31, 2015 3:31 pm | by Robert S. Fish, PhD., Vice President, Standards Activities, IEEE Communications Society, Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors, President, Netovations, LLC | Blogs | Comments

One key to the scalability of the existing Internet is pushing intelligence out to the host at the fringes of the network. With IoT, in my view, Moore’s Law has struck again.

The first commercially available X5R/X6S 330μF multilayer ceramic capacitor

March 31, 2015 1:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TAIYO YUDEN (U.S.A.) INC.’s high-capacity (over 100μF) multilayer ceramic capacitor line continues to grow in capacity and number. With the introduction of the first commercially available X5R/X6S 330μF-capacitance EIA 1210 size AMK325ABJ337MM (3.2 x 2.5 x 2.5mm), TAIYO YUDEN has improved ...

Your IoT device: How much data should it collect?

March 31, 2015 12:37 pm | by Noah Gamer, Trend Micro | Blogs | Comments

As smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices have proliferated, data collection has skyrocketed. In fact, sensor technology on smart devices collects 30 percent of the world’s data. Much of that data helps product manufacturers understand their customers, improve ...

10 lies engineers tell themselves about patents

March 31, 2015 11:21 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In early January, I was in Las Vegas at CES with around 170,000 of my closest friends.  While there, the Q&A portion of a panel discussion of several industry CEOs shocked me and led me to write this column. An audience member asked the panel moderator how patent rights were dealt with....

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Vector signal generators ideal for applications in product design, testing, and manufacturing

March 31, 2015 9:16 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

The TSG4100A series of vector signal generators (VSG) from Tektronix is ideal for applications in product design, testing and manufacturing. The TSG4100 combines an RF signal generator and a vector signal generator (VSC) to meet increasing demands for more affordable test solutions in ...

Facebook's Internet drones won’t have us all singing Kumbaya

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Facebook recently trialed the solar-powered drones which aim to fulfill the social network giant’s ambitious goal of connecting the entire world to the internet. The Internet.org initiative is an impressive engineering feat, relying on solar-powered UAVs to “beam” the Internet down to billions of people.

Current probe boosts immunity to local dV/dt transients

March 31, 2015 7:44 am | by Power Electronic Measurements Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the demands of measuring transient currents in semiconductors using new technology, such as SiC and GaN, Power Electronic Measurements Ltd (PEM) has designed the CWT MiniHF Rogowski current probe. Combining a novel shielding technique, utilising a low sensitivity coil and patented low-noise signal-conditioning circuitry ...

Digital Point-of-Load module series powers advanced ICs

March 31, 2015 7:41 am | by Cui Inc | Cui Inc | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc announced the release of its highest current digital POL family to date. Designed specifically to address the rapidly-rising power requirements of today’s most advanced integrated circuits, the NDM3Z-90 is a non-isolated module outputting 90 A in ultra low-profile vertical and horizontal packages....

This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 30, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg designs violin-playing machine

March 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Seth Goldstein has been building instruments and machines for over 50 years. And now, some are calling him the new Rube Goldberg. The MIT engineer spent most of his career working the National Institutes of Health where he served as the Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Section ...

A second life for ammeter shunt resistors

March 30, 2015 2:14 pm | by Phil Ebbert, VP of Engineering, Riedon Inc. | Articles | Comments

The growth in energy supply from renewable sources: solar, wind, and wave or tidal power, is also prompting an increased demand for more accurate high-current measurement solutions

Adhesive-backed nylon PCB lock-fit supports

March 30, 2015 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new assortment of adhesive-backed Nylon stacking Spacers/Supports is among the latest circuit board hardware components available from Keystone Electronics Corp. Supports are engineered to lock-fit a chassis-to-board without the use of tools. These devices have an adhesive backing for securing ...

Basics on Triac noise immunity and new low-cost solution to improve device dV/dt

March 30, 2015 10:26 am | by Muriel Nina and Laurent Gonthier, STMicroelectronics | Articles | Comments

Since the 1970’s, Triacs have been used to control AC loads in almost all appliances. Since then, designers have had to face to the particular behavior of a Triac that can be self-triggered in case the rate of voltage increase applied across its terminals is too high....

Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space?

March 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

North Korean black-market consumer darling becomes legal

March 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

In a nation where you can go to jail for not crying hard enough at your leader’s death, this is a small victory. The ‘notel’ — a North Korean word combining 'notebook' and 'television' — is a relatively modest, Chinese-made portable media player ...

How a kid's robotics competition changed this engineer's future

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Brian Scharles Jr, Computer Engineer Intern at Traffic and Parking Control Co., and Computer Engineering student at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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