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This wearable will track your fluid loss during exercise

May 20, 2015 1:22 pm | by University of Strathclyde | News | Comments

A wearable device being developed by the University of Strathclyde will provide real-time data analysis of fluid loss during exercise to enhance the performance of fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes.

New technology could fundamentally change future wireless communications

May 20, 2015 1:17 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Radio systems, such as mobile phones and wireless internet connections, have become an integral part of modern life.

Air force’s new unmanned strategy has F-35 pilots flying drones

May 20, 2015 1:14 pm | by Kris Osborn, Defense Tech | News | Comments

An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilot will one day control a small fleet of nearby drones from the cockpit while in flight — according to a new Air Force report on autonomous systems, Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley said.

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Thermal management and the biology of cool

May 20, 2015 1:11 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

While ever-smaller semiconductor-process nodes move from cutting edge to leading edge to mainstream, in percentage terms, smaller devices aren’t driving faster processor clocks or memory busses nearly so much as they are increasing functional density.

Army tests new acoustic threat detection system

May 20, 2015 1:07 pm | by Brendan McGarry, Defense Tech | News | Comments

The U.S. Army is experimenting with acoustic threat detection systems to help soldiers in combat zones pinpoint the location of incoming fire, from automatic weapons to rocket-propelled grenade.

How to combat counterfeit semiconductors

May 20, 2015 12:31 pm | by Peter Marston, Rochester Electronics | Articles | Comments

As semiconductors have reached into more and more applications, the threats posed by counterfeit components have become increasingly serious.

Curbing the spread of conflict minerals

May 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

A recent ECN article described conflict minerals as natural resources found within war zones and plundered by militias to perpetuate the fighting. How would you define conflict minerals and their collective impact on design engineering?

IoT for the smarter home

May 20, 2015 11:53 am | by Pushek Madaan, Senior Application Engineer, Cypress and Gagan Luthra, Product Marketing Engineer, Cypress | Articles | Comments

The advent of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has revolutionized the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), helping take it from concept to commercial reality. The biggest reason for the proliferation of BLE has been its presence in smartphones, tablets and laptops.

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Digi-Key focuses on expanding customer base

May 20, 2015 9:17 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Articles | Comments

According to Dave Doherty at Digi-Key, the evolution includes customer base expansion. “Millennials don’t want to work for corporate America. They want to work for smaller companies, and many of them really rely on ...

Power transistors break silicon’s previously unmatched cost-speed barriers

May 20, 2015 8:59 am | by Efficient Power Conversion | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announces the 60 V EPC2035 and 100 V EPC2036 eGaN power transistors designed to compete in price, while outperforming silicon. Price, the last barrier to widespread adoption of GaN transistors as silicon MOSFET replacements, has fallen. These products ...

Video-measuring microscope includes an integrated CCD color camera

May 20, 2015 7:01 am | by Mahr Federal Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mahr Federal will feature the MarVision MM 320, a new video measuring microscope with image processing capability, the flagship product for a new line of Mahr optical measuring instruments, at MD&M EAST, June 9-11, 2015, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, Booth #2315.

Harting University supports STEM, enables informed buying decisions

May 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Articles | Comments

At EDS 2015, Harting stepped fully into the world of STEM (and continuing education) with the launch of Harting University. Over the last several years, Harting has been the veritable toast of the industry, winning accolades ...

Euro-drone project gets lift-off to challenge US

May 19, 2015 2:28 pm | by Agence France-Presse, Defence Talk | News | Comments

Brussels: A European project to build a military drone by 2025 took wing on Monday as Germany, France and Italy signed a deal to start technical work and end their reliance on US- and Israeli-made models.

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Cicadas inspiration for US military’s new mini-drones

May 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Agence France-Presse, Defence Talk | News | Comments

US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings.  

Nature inspires first artificial molecular pump

May 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Using nature for inspiration, a team of Northwestern University scientists is the first to develop an entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. This tiny machine is no small feat. The pump one day might be used to power other molecular machines, such as artificial muscles.

element 14 announces build your own dreamboard finalists

May 19, 2015 2:04 pm | by element14 | News | Comments

element14 has unveiled the 16 finalists in its global DreamBoard initiative to find the ultimate development kit

AT&T evolves beyond phones

May 19, 2015 1:55 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

AT&T's transition has been years in the making as wireless supplanted landline phones. But the move beyond phones - wireless or otherwise - is accelerating with the impending DirecTV purchase and a growth in car models with connectivity built in.

The future was on display at EDS 2015

May 19, 2015 1:44 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Articles | Comments

The EDS 2015 Summit kicked off in the Mirage’s Grand Ballroom with a reception that was highlighted by a keynote speech from featured speaker Grant Imahara, the famed electrical engineer who spun his expertise into an unlikely career in the entertainment industry (Mythbusters, Galaxy Quest ...

Liquid metal antennas to play huge role in IoT

May 19, 2015 1:38 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers have held tremendous interest in liquid metal electronics for many years, but a significant and unfortunate drawback slowing the advance of such devices is that they tend to require external pumps that can't be easily integrated into electronic systems

What makes cancer cells spread? New device offers clues

May 19, 2015 1:26 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Why do some cancer cells break away from a tumor and travel to distant parts of the body? A team of oncologists and engineers from the University of Michigan teamed up to help understand this crucial question.  

Real-time map helps track drones

May 19, 2015 12:20 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

As drones continue to take over American airspace, it’s increasingly difficult for pilots to identify where the UAVs are flying (or even allowed to fly). Current air traffic control platforms, like AirMap, which allows users access to ...

PLCs designed for serial modbus applications

May 18, 2015 4:31 pm | by Wago Corporation | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO’s Modbus-based PLCs offer complete controller functionality and serial Modbus connectivity in one compact module. 750-815/300 and 750-816/300 Series Modbus PLCs use the latest version of WAGO-I/O-PRO software for programming control applications. Benefits include ...

MOS capacitor delivers high power in two miniature case sizes

May 18, 2015 4:28 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new thin film bar MOS capacitor designed for use in high-power hybrid assemblies and SiC and GaN applications. The Vishay Dale Resistors Electro-Films BRCP offers high power handling and operating voltage up to 100 V in two compact case sizes measuring 120 mil by 35 mil....

Harsh environment design necessities for miniature cables and connectors

May 18, 2015 1:47 pm | by Robert Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics Connector Corp. | Articles | Comments

Cable and connectors must often be selected or designed for the specific environment or application they are to be used. Silicon chip capabilities continue to expand where electronic systems are used. Sensors, detectors, and complete circuits are placed farther out ...

Developing high-speed interconnects for data-rich applications

May 18, 2015 8:41 am | by Joe Dambach, new product development manager, Molex Incorporated | Articles | Comments

Like NASCAR drivers, today’s electronic device designers have a need for speed. Resource-intensive applications demand higher data transmission speeds, and connector suppliers are creating systems that deliver those data rates.

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