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Explosion-proof LED string lights produce 830 lumens of light

July 28, 2014 12:40 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) reveals their newly designed Class 1 Division 1 and Class 2 Division 1 explosion proof LED string lights, the EPL-SL-3-LED. These string lights are ideal for general close work and inspection activities in hazardous locations requiring explosion proof protection....

Integrated switching regulators enables high-efficiency offline power converters for consumer applications

July 28, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Arizona, AZ) has added three new current-mode, fixed-frequency switching...

Photos of the Day: The Striker II night vision helmet

July 28, 2014 11:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Striker II night vision helmet from BAE Systems aims to free up the pilot by integrating...

This helmet lets fighter pilots ditch their night vision goggles

July 28, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Military jobs are synonymous with stress, but one of the most stressful jobs even by military...

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Hazardous-area fluorescent light fixture features Class 1 Division 2 Groups A,B,C, and D approvals

July 25, 2014 3:02 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The HALS-48-4L-347V from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a hazardous-area fluorescent light fixture that is Class 1 Division 2 Groups A,B,C, and D approved, has a T4A temperature rating and is ideal for open air locations where flammable chemical vapors may be occasionally encountered....

Linear position sensor designed for extreme environments

July 25, 2014 2:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) is proud to release its LA-25-R series LVDT linear position sensors designed to handle the extreme industrial environments found in steam and hydro power plants; paper, steel, and aluminum mills....

Brushless DC motor includes power up to 120 W

July 25, 2014 2:43 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new brushless drive from maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) with a diameter of 19 mm has been specially designed for high speeds and features low heat development and extremely quiet and low-vibration running. This little powerhouse has applications in centers for miniaturized processing....

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The robot says you flunked: Algorithms vs. judgment

July 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the computer. Then the computer allegedly learns to imitate the grader....

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader car built on a Corvette chassis

July 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Mattel’s Hot Wheels is coming out with a new line of cars: Star Wars. And what better way to unveil the new line than with a full-sized, fully operational Vader car at this year’s Comic Con? The Vader car was built atop a C5 Corvette chassis, and it mimics its smaller counterpart perfectly....

This Army helicopter can fit in your pocket

July 25, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops. Information is king on the battlefield....

Thread paves the way for IEEE 802.15.4 and IPv6

July 24, 2014 3:28 pm | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Google/Nest, together with Samsung, ARM, Yale Security and others, announced a new standard “Thread”. Sort of. Thread is not really a new standard, but more of an education and certification program that combines a set of existing standards into a “single” package....

Design to a standard

July 24, 2014 11:57 am | by Jonathan Seckler, PoE Subcommittee Marketing Chair, Ethernet Alliance; Product Marketing Director, Dell | Blogs | Comments

More and more often these days, developers have to design their solutions with communications in mind. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expansion of the network concept — adding machine-to-machine communications to the network and broadening the possibilities for many consumer and enterprise applications....

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SEMI Announces New South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

July 24, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

SEMI announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America. The inaugural SEMI South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit will be held November 18-20, 2014, at the Hilton Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina-based Unitec Blue and the Brazil Development Bank BNDES are supporting the event.

Engineering Update 68: Marines begin testing robotic mule

July 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps recently began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system (or the LS3) at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and follow troops over rugged terrain, toting up to 400 pounds of equipment....

Motion controllers expand their program memory

July 24, 2014 10:40 am | Galil Motion Control | Product Releases | Comments

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) announced more program memory for the DMC-40x0 and DMC-41x3. This release doubles the program memory from 2000 x 80 characters to 4000 x 80 characters and increases the total array elements from …

EMerge Alliance expands DC power initiative to South Asia

July 24, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

The EMerge Alliance announced it will start teaming with local organizations and launched a new Industrializing membership category to bring the benefits of DC microgrids to industrializing countries in South Asia. A DC microgrid is a system of local power generation and distribution that can...

Efficiently Power that Op Amp

July 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Glazer, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

In many applications, such as temperature sensing, two supply voltages are needed to power an op amp in the system—one positive and one negative. This dual supply is needed by the amplifier in order to properly measure signals very close to or even below ground. If the negative supply input of the op amp was just grounded and a single, positive supply voltage used, these signals would not be processed properly.

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Resistive touch panel monitor features RS-232 or USB interface

July 23, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA, Inc. (Lomita, CA) introduces TP-5120, a 12.1" Resistive Touch Panel Monitor, with RS-232 or USB interface. The TP-5120 is equipped with a 12.1" LCD screen that supports an 800 x 600 resolution, operating temperatures from -20 to +70°C (or -68 ~ +158 F) and storage temperature from -30 ~ +80°C (or -86 ~ 176F)....

Synchronous boost controller reduces thermal stress with up to 98% efficiency

July 23, 2014 1:37 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3769, a synchronous step-up DC/DC controller that replaces the boost diode with a high efficiency N-channel MOSFET, increasing efficiency and maximizing output current capability. This controller produces 24V at up to 5A output....

Gate-drive optocoupler includes integrated flyback controller for DC-DC converters

July 23, 2014 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) unveiled the ACPL-302J, a new smart gate-drive optocoupler device that improves isolated power supply and simplifies gate drive design. The ACPL-302J features an integrated flyback controller for DC-DC converters and a full set of fail-safe IGBT diagnostics....

5100 W DC power supplies designed for high voltage and solar array applications

July 23, 2014 1:10 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) introduced three new models of high power programmable DC power supplies, models PVS10005, PVS60085, and PVS60085MR. The new PVS Series delivers output power up to 5.1 kW with excellent regulation, low noise, and fast transient response times....

Pre-driver IC supports advanced safety capabilities for automotive applications

July 23, 2014 12:05 pm | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the TB9052FNG motor pre-driver IC. The new device was developed for safety-critical automotive applications such as electric power steering (EPS) and other systems compliant with Automotive Safety Integrity Level D (ASIL D)....

Automotive HVAC actuators feature very low noise

July 23, 2014 11:27 am | Johnson Electric | Product Releases | Comments

Johnson Electric (Hong Kong) announced an actuator platform for automotive HVAC air flow control. The Saia-Burgess HVAC platform is said to offer the industry’s widest speed and torque range in DC and Stepper motor options.

Thin film chip resistor arrays feature gold terminations

July 23, 2014 11:09 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a new series of precision thin film chip resistor arrays featuring gold terminations for conductive gluing. Offering two integrated resistors on one substrate, the ACAS 0606 ATAU resistor array combines…

Intelligent Sensing Platform accelerates development of smart, power-efficient IoT applications

July 23, 2014 10:50 am | B & B Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics (Ottawa, IL) introduced its Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform. Wzzard is a complete wireless sensor connectivity platform for the rapid deployment of scalable, intelligent, reliable Internet of Things (IoT) networking in remote and demanding environments....

Low-loss, flexible cables rival semi-rigid

July 23, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a new range of flexible cable assemblies which outperform semi-rigid cable performance. Combining advanced coaxial cable and proprietary VP90 expanded PTFE (ePTFE) extrusion technologies, HSI is able to…

UV-stable handheld enclosures suit outdoor electronics

July 23, 2014 10:19 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

OKW (Bridgeville, PA) has launched DATEC-COMPACT, a brand new range of UV-stable IP65 (NEMA 4) handheld enclosures for outdoor electronics. These modern and ergonomic cases are the first from OKW to feature integrated contacts as an option – providing…

RF field detector is battery free

July 23, 2014 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PHOTON from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a UHF RF field detector passive tag equipped with an LED. Whenever this tag is close to an RF field source, it will harvest the energy from the RF field and drive an LED. The stronger the RF field in a

This is what a fireball in space looks like

July 23, 2014 9:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This mission on the International Space Station has been full of social media adventures, including the very first Space Vine! (Full disclosue: I coined the term Space Vine! and you probably won't see it anywhere else.)  Reid Wiseman is an American astronaut and naval aviator currently serving on Expedition 41 in the ISS....

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