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Turning packing peanuts into energy efficient batteries

April 17, 2015 3:50 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a way to transform those scrunchy little pieces of styrofoam into an energy efficient battery. Turns out that the very qualities that make them a stout companion for your fragile parcels – their lightweight, porous nature ...

How the Blue Angels are changing the future of aviation

April 17, 2015 2:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are generally regarded as some of the most talented and esteemed pilots in the...

5 traits of exceptional engineering managers

April 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Case studies on exceptional leaders are abundant – but specific and narrow in scope. Rather than...

Classroom Game Server helps integrate game-based learning applications

April 17, 2015 1:49 pm | by Avnet | Product Releases | Comments

RGS, a business unit of Avnet, Inc. introduced the RGS Classroom Game Server (CGS), a new high-...

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40W AC/DC power supplies offer universal AC input

April 17, 2015 1:03 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The MPM-40SE series is a family of compact, 40W AC/DC power supplies. These high performance, encapsulated modules include a universal AC input, full safety approvals, robust filtering and high reliability. Six standard models operate from a universal input of 85 to 264 VAC; providing tightly regulated ...

Avoiding surprises in product development

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Gary Burton, Jr., Director of Business Development, Burton Industries | Blogs | Comments

Everyone hates non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges and it may seem like a pleasant surprise when a contractor with design engineering capabilities offers a discount that eliminates some or all of these charges. If the work stays at the contractor, there may be no downside....

140W ISM band transistor provides clean power

April 17, 2015 12:27 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for an LDMOS power transistor internally matched for broadband operation from 2400 to 2500MHz. NXP’s BLF2425M7LS140 provides 140W average CW power with 18.5dB of gain. The BLF2425M7LS140 draws 1.3A from a 28V supply with efficiencies up to 52%....

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Engineering Newswire: NASA prepares to crash into Mercury

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface ...

Engineering Update #106: An electric vehicle designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

Controllers offer unparalleled J1939/NMEA2000 connectivity

April 16, 2015 11:46 am | by Divelbiss Corporation | Divelbiss Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Divelbiss Corporation announces significant upgrades to their P-Series PLC on a Chip based controllers integrating enhanced J1939 / NMEA2000 connectivity options and SD Card data logging. By supporting user configurable messaging, users will now have the freedom to fully implement these communication buses....

High-performance socket allows for a 0.65mm pitch

April 16, 2015 11:45 am | by Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics' new high performance socket - SFS-BGA500C-52 allows 0.65mm pitch, 14x17mm body, 20X25 array 500 ball BGA package to be placed in socket and operated without compromising performance in high-speed applications. The Giga-snaP BGA socket adapter pair consists of SFS-BGA500C-52, patented female BGA sockets with ...

Explorer board ideal for use in motor control applications

April 16, 2015 11:40 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

The GIZMO Explorer Board is a companion board for the GIZMO 2 platform from GIZMOSPHERE. The board offers features and peripherals that are ideal for use in motor control, human machine interface and control system application designs so users can get their projects started quickly....

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Rectifier provides power conversion density capabilities for data-hungry applications

April 16, 2015 11:16 am | by Ge Energy | Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s CP3500 rectifier is the latest addition to its recently launched rectifier product line and provides industry-leading power conversion density capabilities for data-hungry applications. It is the industry’s first compact, 3.5-kilowatt (kW) AC to 48-volt DC rectifier in a 1U module, providing a higher power-to-space ratio than ...

DoD official: The F-35 won’t outperform the A-10

April 16, 2015 10:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The F-35’s critics have denounced the Joint Strike Fighter for years, but this is one of the first concessions from a high-level government official that this flying Swiss Army Knife won’t live up to its lofty billing. The F-35’s battlefield capabilities won’t surpass the A-10....

Using the cloud to manage large data sets

April 16, 2015 9:48 am | by Dan O’Neil, LORD MicroStrain, Senior Mechanical Engineer and Justin Bessette, LORD MicroStrain, Engineering Manager | Articles | Comments

Having the ability to gather large quantities of data does not necessarily translate into also having the ability to use that data in a meaningful way. While technological advances have made it less expensive to collect data, a need remains for a way to store and ...

Training Tomahawk missiles to hit moving targets

April 15, 2015 12:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

While the Navy ponders whether to replace the Tomahawk missile or just update it, Raytheon is preparing a multi-mode seeker test that could allow the Tomahawk Block IV to hit moving targets. The captive flight test would utilize a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone....

12 watt transistor designed for industrial heating

April 14, 2015 2:49 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for NXP’s BLF25M612G LDMOS power transistor offering 12W average CW output power. The BLF25M612G is designed as a driver amplifier for high power CW applications in the 2400 to 2500MHz ISM band. Operating from a 28V supply, efficiency of the ...

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TFT display module provides consistent images from all viewing angles

April 14, 2015 1:57 pm | by KOE (Kaohsiung Opto-Electronics) | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial LCD manufacturer, KOE have announced the introduction of a new high performance 3.5" TFT display. The Rugged+ TX09D200VM0BAA features a 3:4 aspect ratio, QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) resolution and IPS (in-plane switching) technology to provide highly consistent color and image ...

8.5 GHz auto calibration unit ideal for manufacturing and test facilities

April 14, 2015 1:48 pm | by Anritsu Company | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces the MN25208A SmartCal two-port 8.5 GHz auto calibration unit for its ShockLine family of vector network analyzers (VNAs). A plug-and-play calibration unit, SmartCal automatically powers on via a USB connection and loads calibration coefficients from on-board memory, for faster ...

IC scanner and micro near field probes up to 60 µm resolution

April 14, 2015 1:06 pm | by Langer EMV-Technik GmbH | Product Releases | Comments

The ICS 105 IC scanner can be used together with the ICR near-field microprobes to measure high-frequency near fields above integrated circuits (ICS 105 GND set) and small modules (ICS 105 UH set). The analysis of an IC's near fields provides a better understanding of what happens inside the IC at high frequencies. The measurements ...

Aluminium-ion battery can charge a smartphone in one minute

April 14, 2015 12:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat around waiting for your cell phone to charge? For me, it's a painful wait. If I'm really in a rush, I'll even turn my phone on airplane mode, because according to I-don't-know-who, it charges faster that way. If you've ever sat waiting for some juice ...

HotSpot Episode: High-tech armor monitors damage to combatant

April 14, 2015 9:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Sydney-based startup Unified Weapons Master (UWM) is developing a full-contact weapons-based fighting competition that uses extremely high-tech suits of armor to protect the combatants while providing real-time updates on how badly ...

China goes on the attack with the “Great Cannon”

April 14, 2015 9:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Not content with merely blocking their own citizens’ unfettered internet access, China has gone to the source, targeting the websites and servers which attempt to circumvent the infamous “Great Firewall of China.” Researchers have dubbed this new attack infrastructure the “Great Cannon”....

Giant spider robots could change space forever

April 13, 2015 12:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Giant spiders in space may sound like the beginning of an epic sci-fi horror book, but the real purpose of these nightmare-come-to-life is a little less sinister.

Web-based tool reduces time and uncertainty when identifying best TVS diode array

April 13, 2015 11:24 am | by Littelfuse, Inc. | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. has expanded the range of circuit protection devices included in the Littelfuse iDesign online simulation and product selection tool. First introduced in April 2014, this robust web-based tool now includes an ESD selection tool that helps circuit designers choose from the company’s growing line of TVS Diode Arrays (SPA silicon protection arrays). These devices are designed ...

TVS array series offers smartphone, ethernet, USB circuit protection

April 13, 2015 11:23 am | by ProTek Devices | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices introduced a new series of ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppressor arrays (TVS arrays) for overvoltage circuit protection in applications that include smartphones, Ethernet, USB and more. The series consists of five components with rated stand-off voltages between 5-24 volts. The components are also packaged in ...

Anti-vibration shock mounts improve equipment stability and life

April 13, 2015 11:08 am | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. has introduced Gell-Low, a series of novel bovine-based anti-vibration shock mounts, designed to reduce vibration and improve equipment stability and life. Also suitable for mounting under mobile cameras on drones, these flexible parts, created from recycled bovine by-products, are produced in a variety of sizes and three colors....

Connector series ideal for use in the mining industry

April 13, 2015 11:02 am | by Amphenol Industrial Products | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Products Group offers an explosion-proof, heavy duty hazardous rated connector series that provides outstanding performance in automated process control and instrumentation systems. The Amphe-Coal EX is a miniature version of Amphenol’s Amphe-Mine EX connector series....

20 TB storage system features modular, CompactPCI serial design

April 13, 2015 10:56 am | by MEN Micro Inc | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has expanded its modular, built-to-order systems with the MH70S designed for storage applications. The CompactPCI Serial platform, which offers a capacity of up to 20 TB, is a pre-configured system for storage intensive applications such as digital video recorders, content servers or NAS. Its robust ...

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