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5 things to look for when evaluating an engineering design firm

September 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Doug Ringer, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I’m a product management and development professional and I’ve worked with organizations such as General Electric, Ericsson, Honeywell, Meritor (formerly a division of Rockwell International), and others in the private sector. Most of my work ...

Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 18, 2014 10:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-...

Multifunctional relay can implement up to three safety functions in one device

September 18, 2014 10:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PSR-MXF multifunctional safety relay is the newest addition to the Phoenix Contact (...

System-in-package (SiP) suits precision-sensing in portable medical devices

September 18, 2014 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) introduced Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package (SiP)...

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Metal foil current sense resistors offer 1 percent tolerances

September 18, 2014 9:41 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) CSNL Series uses metal foil technology, which allows it to offer 1 percent tolerances and 50 ppm TCR in resistance values down to 0.5 milliohms. The series is appropriate for a variety of power control and …

Explosion-proof LED work light intended for low-voltage operation

September 17, 2014 5:30 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-PM-150LED-24V-100 explosion proof LED light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is Class 1 Division 1 & 2 and Class 2 Division 1 & 2 rated. This portable LED light is mounted within an A-frame portable stand constructed from ...

Multi-touch panel based on a film/film/glass structure

September 17, 2014 4:51 pm | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology (Orlando, FL) announces their new 10.4” PCAP display. Their new 10.4” PCAP line is based on a F/F/G structure (film/film/glass) — or the ability of using one film layer for the X axis and then another film for the Y axis....

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Should we retire the A-10 Warthog?

September 17, 2014 2:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is "no," we shouldn’t. But the ongoing efforts to scuttle the A-10 in favor of the F-35 expose a sick culture in Washington that’s divorced from fiscal and military realities. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will form, to quote Lt. General ...

Small, encapsulated 60-W AC/DC supply is available in pcb or chassis mount

September 17, 2014 11:22 am | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the ECE60 Series of single output encapsulated 60-W AC/DC power supplies. Suiting applications that require a slim profile, a high power density and low no-load power consumption, the ECE60 is available in ...

Wireless charging receiving coil delivers high efficiency for 10-W applications

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging receiving coil designed for 10-W applications. Offering a ...

Analog-to-digital converter family saves energy in industrial designs

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its data converter portfolio with a new family of small, pin-compatible analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that provide a best-in-class power-to-performance ratio. The ADC3k family includes ...

Programmable hall sensor supports direct connection into automotive/industrial designs

September 17, 2014 9:50 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV (Tessenderlo, Belgium) has followed up the success of its initial MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC, which offers end-of-line (EOL) programmability and support for 2-wire operation, with a further product introduction....

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Talent shortages? Blame salary, not just training

September 17, 2014 9:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, MNET | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers ...

A new sensor development could aid those suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:23 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a constant....

High-voltage modules provide an isolated 100 to 1500 VDC output

September 16, 2014 3:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pico Electronics (Pelham, NY) launched their new SAR series of modules available with a 5 VDC or 12 VDC input to provide an isolated 100 to 1500 VDC output at 3 Watts that is adjustable down to 0 VDC output. Features include....

PXI express remote controller supports high bandwidth up to 4 GB/s

September 16, 2014 3:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (St. Louis, MO) announced the release of its new PCIe-PXIe-8638 high performance PXI Express remote controller, enabling remote control of any PXI Express system directly via PC. Fully software- and driver-transparent ...

FM-certified intelligent power module designed for wireless transmitters

September 16, 2014 3:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Perpetuum (Austin, TX) released its FM-certified Intelligent Power Module for the Honeywell XYR 6000 series wireless transmitters at the recent Honeywell Users Group meeting in San Antonio, TX. The IPM is a plug-and-play form, function ...

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Home automation tackles daily to-do lists

September 16, 2014 12:27 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Americans have busy schedules, forcing them to constantly be on the run. According to ABC News, one study found 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population is “consistently late," particularly when it comes to work. Simple tasks are often overlooked when in a hurry.

Miniature tactile switch offers illumination and IP67 ratings

September 16, 2014 11:20 am | E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announced the TL6210 series tact switch, surface mount termination, miniature footprint, and sealed to IP67 ratings. It also offers illumination, with LED colors that include red, green, yellow, blue, white, and a ...

Customer support programs becoming increasingly important in SSL industry

September 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Kim Peiler, application engineering manager at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors | Blogs | Comments

It is understandable for LED system designers to need additional support as they work to determine which products are best. To help them navigate through these new complexities in system design, some optoelectronic makers have established ...

DC/DC regulators feature an input voltage range of up to 60 V

September 16, 2014 9:36 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced seven SIMPLE SWITCHER regulators that simplify wide VIN synchronous power supply design and help engineers create energy-efficient, electromagnetic interference (EMI) compliant products....

Component reliability in the automotive industry

September 16, 2014 8:08 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | Articles | Comments

Today’s cars are incorporating more and more electronics into vehicles, from engine control units to anti-collision controls to driver information to entertainment systems that enhance the overall driving experience with Bluetooth, GPS ...

Piezo actuators feature operating life of more than 1 billion switching cycles

September 15, 2014 4:27 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces the third generation of EPCOS piezo actuators with copper internal electrodes, which offer both improved performance and higher cost-effectiveness. These innovative actuators are characterized....

4-channel oscilloscope includes extended memory depth to 24Mpts

September 15, 2014 4:09 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced a new addition to their range of Rigol 4-channel DS1000Z oscilloscopes — the DS1054Z, priced at the cost of an introductory two-channel instrument, $399.00. This oscilloscope ...

This V2V technology could change driving forever

September 15, 2014 3:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The average American has a 25.4 minute commute to work. That doesn’t seem too bad until you consider that the average commuter spends 38 hours a year sitting in traffic. That’s a lot of bumper-to-bumper time. Recently, I had someone ask me what my hobbies were and I said, “Sitting in traffic and putting gas in my car.”

Processor features 72 tiles (cores) in the double-module, full size

September 15, 2014 1:14 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) has announced a new Tilera GX-72 Processor in the Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor. The processor features 72 tiles (cores) in the double module, full-size. The AMC740 Tilera processor offers 4 x 10 GbE ports....

System-in-package solution designed for precision-sensing in portable medical devices

September 15, 2014 12:15 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package (SiP) solution for precision sensing and monitoring in a variety of mobile medical electronics including glucose monitors, heart rate monitors ...

Explosion-proof LED light cart equipped with new high-output lamps

September 15, 2014 11:51 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announced the release of an updated version of their popular wheeled cart mounted explosion proof LED paint spray booth light. The EPLCD-48-2L-LED paint booth cart light is designed to provide a high-output....

What year did the "modern era" begin?

September 15, 2014 8:37 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What year do we give for the start of our modern society? Do we go back to the start of the Industrial Revolution or some later date? Before I answer that question, I first want to define the differences between past societies and our own....

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