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Where are all the women in STEM?

September 2, 2014 5:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all. There probably isn’t one reason behind the dearth of women, but hopefully all the sciences will see an influx of women soon. 

SEMI announces Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit keynotes and highlights

September 2, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

SEMI announced the keynotes for the ...

Camera flash LED driver delivers up to 1.2A

September 2, 2014 1:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC2873/MIC2874, an ultra-compact, camera flash LED...

Battery analyzers simplify the testing of mission critical battery backup systems

September 2, 2014 1:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new 500 Series Battery Analyzers from Fluke (Everett, WA) simplify the workflow of testing...

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ECN Time Warp: March 1997

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old ECN Magazine covers have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to March 1997. Around the time this issue went to the printer, we learned that ...

Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

Thin film chip resistors address precision resistor requirements of automotive applications

August 28, 2014 4:40 pm | Nic Components | Product Releases | Comments

The NTRA series of automotive-grade thin-film chip resistors from NIC Components addresses precision resistor requirements of automotive applications. The NTRA series products are AEC Q-200 qualified and supported from TS-16494 certified ...

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Dual low-side driver IC designed for SMPS applications

August 28, 2014 4:15 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the automotive-qualified AUIRB24427S high-current dual low-side driver IC for Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) applications used in Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (HEV), Electric Vehicles (EV) ...

System-on-a-chip supports vehicle-to-vehicle technology

August 28, 2014 4:02 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) announced the availability of its R-Car V2H, the company’s newest system-on-a-chip (SoC) implementing state-of-the-art image recognition technology to support high-resolution surround viewing in advanced driver assistance systems....

VCO operates at 1680 MHz

August 28, 2014 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55CC-1680-1680 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 1680 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V to 4.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -117 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has desirable linearity....

Ethernet I/O module features 4 analog outputs, 5 digital inputs, and 5 digital outputs

August 28, 2014 2:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA, Inc. (Lomita, CA) introduces ET-7024, a multifunctional Ethernet I/O module with 4 analog outputs, 5 digital inputs, and 5 digital outputs. Each analog output can be configurable to put out current or voltage. It supports a variety of selectable analog output types....

Preventing emergencies with home automation

August 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The engineers in the Forget Me Not Challenge are hard at work on their designs as we approach the one-month mark, and Embedit Electronics and Cypress Semiconductor recently provided them with the new RPiSoC development platform to help bring their imagined creations to life. One theme that has been consistent throughout the competition is the idea that home automation technology can prevent a household emergency.

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The downfall of interactive restaurant technology

August 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Every month, innovative technology is unleashed upon hordes of eager consumers, and most of these products are aimed at making our lives simpler. Smartphones provide us with Internet, games, apps, and music – all in addition to basic phone and messaging capabilities....

LED power supply offers optional dimming

August 28, 2014 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stadium Power has launched a range of LED drivers for indoor and outdoor use in LED-based lighting and signage applications. The new range includes the LDP Series, offering 24-, 36- and 48-V constant current outputs over …

Current sensor IC is designed with differential output and externally adjustable gain

August 28, 2014 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduced a new current sensor IC for industrial, commercial, and communications systems. Allegro’s ACS726 is said to be the first current sensor IC to include a ...

Inclinometers include Modbus RTU interface

August 28, 2014 10:41 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL (Hamilton, NJ) has added support for the Modbus RTU communications protocols to its TILTIX family of inclinometers (tilt sensors). The new Modbus RTU models, like other TILTIX inclinometers based on micro-electronic mechanical systems MEMS technology, are ...

RFID multiple switch monitor tag is battery free

August 28, 2014 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The X32 from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery free RFID switch monitor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the status of up to 32 switches to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag.

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Engineering Update #73: A "smart skin" for planes

August 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

BAE systems has come up with a solution for monitoring planes by introducing their new “smart skin” concept. The idea is that the plane would be covered with sensors of different sizes ranging from a grain of rice to less than 1 millimeter squared....

Entry level DSO offers several measurement functions with 100 MHz bandwidth and 1 GSa/s

August 28, 2014 9:09 am | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) introduced its 2190D bench digital storage oscilloscope (DSO). This compact dual-channel DSO offers several measurement functions with 100 MHz bandwidth and 1 GSa/s sampling rate.

40-nm MCUs target HEV/EV motor control applications

August 28, 2014 9:03 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) announced the new RH850/C1x Series of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), designed for motor control in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). Based on the…

Commoditizing the network part two: Integrating service capabilities in white box switches

August 28, 2014 9:01 am | by Sam Fuller, Freescale Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Software defined networking and many of the accompanying trends have revolutionized the network. In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how white box switches are driving the network to increased commoditization. The flexibility and programmability provided by white box switches ...

Chassis and modules are compliant to MicroTCA.1 spec for air-cooled rugged applications

August 28, 2014 8:58 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers chassis and modules that are compliant to the MicroTCA.1 specification for air-cooled rugged applications. The MicroTCA.1 specification uses ...

Lockheed Martin designs the superhuman workers of tomorrow

August 28, 2014 8:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today.A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin testing and evaluating two FORTIS industrial exoskeletons....

Crimp style, wire-to-board, subminiature connector targets LED applications

August 27, 2014 4:49 pm | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEN Series wire-to-board, crimp style, disconnectable connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, Il) offer subminiature size, design flexibility, and reliable contact construction for high density LED light applications.

When blinding someone with a laser is better than killing them

August 27, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes, it’s better to shine a bright light in someone’s face than riddle them with bullets (shocking, I know). And for troops in a warzone following very specific Escalation of Force (EOF) procedures, not killing someone is always the best possible outcome....

Home appliances market consolidation continues, confirming IHS market forecast

August 27, 2014 10:54 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

Key players in the global home appliances market are looking to increase their market share via acquisitions and other moves in order to take advantage of ongoing strong expansion in the trade, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

Multi-band PIM analyzers include s-parameter capability

August 27, 2014 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

AWT Global has launched a new product line of passive intermodulation (PIM) analyzers for manufacturing, R&D and QA: PEM42A Series. These new PIM analyzers can handle up to four frequency bands in the range of 385 MHz to 2600 MHz.

Wireless charging and NFC reference design is automotive ready

August 27, 2014 10:12 am | Melexis, Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Combining the automotive grade NFC (Near Field Communication) transceiver of Melexis with Freescale Semiconductor’s wireless charging technology enables a ready to use reference design solution that is positioned to free drivers from the dreaded low battery warning.

3D TSV Technology-based DDR4 modules support enterprise servers

August 27, 2014 9:47 am | Samsung | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics, Ltd. (Seoul, Korea) has started mass producing what are believed to be the industry’s first 64 gigabyte (GB), double data rate-4 (DDR4), registered dual Inline memory modules (RDIMMs) that use …

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