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System-on-chip designed for high-performance smartphones and tablets

November 17, 2014 12:44 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced the octa-core 64-bit 5-mode 4G LTE ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 system-on-chip (SoC) targeted for high-performance smartphones and tablets globally. Marvell’s new 5-mode 4G LTE mobile processor features ...

Photos of the Day: 3 umbrella designs that will never catch on

November 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Everyone who lives in a moderately wet climate has complained about the traditional umbrella design at least once in their lives. In fact, during a particularly nasty torrential downpour last summer, I remember cursing my umbrella’s metal rods for ...

Direct-drive linear motors feature no backlash and zero cogging

November 17, 2014 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DDLMs (Direct Drive Linear Motors) from MotiCont (Van Nuys, CA) eliminate backlash and provide an economical solution for users requiring high acceleration, high speed, and long life. They are available in three popular off-the-shelf ...

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Pure copper conductive ink offers cost-effective design flexibility

November 17, 2014 8:57 am | Dupont Microcircuit Materials | Product Releases | Comments

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (Research Triangle Park, NC) is introducing its first pure copper conductive ink for photonic curing, DuPont PE510 copper conductor. DuPont PE510 is a cost-effective alternative to silver conductor inks for a variety ...

Chinese stealth fighter could displace the F-35 on world stage

November 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

By the time the US military rolls out the F-35 in full, it’ll face ample 5th-gen competition – and not just a potentially superior Russian Sukhoi T-50, but two Chinese stealth fighters. In an unprecedented show of transparency, China recently showed ...

Current-sense resistor includes a 2-watt power rating

November 14, 2014 2:10 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduces the new TLR2HW metal plate chip current sense resistor in a 2010 size, featuring a 2-watt power rating and ultra-low resistance. The metal alloy of the TLR2HW provides superior corrosion and ...

Explosion-proof high bay LED light fixture features I-Beam mount

November 14, 2014 1:59 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics’ (Kemp, TX) EPL-IBM-2X150LED-RT explosion-proof high bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and a compact design ...

Kasey's Korner: Affordable, inflatable incubator

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Dyson just handed out their James Dyson award and this year it’s going to a young inventor who created an inflatable incubator. Incubators, though widely available in modern hospitals, continue to be outrageously expensive, to the tune of up to $45,000...

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Connector series includes pin socket version

November 14, 2014 10:19 am | Fischer Connectors | Product Releases | Comments

Fischer Connectors (St-Prex, Switzerland) has extended the Fischer MiniMax connector series with a pin socket version. With the product range extension, the Fischer MiniMax Series is now available both in 19 and 24 pin configuration, giving designers ...

High-temp connector series intended for environments up to 200°C

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s (Elgin, IL) new Han High Temp connectors are designed to circumvent the limitations of deploying connectors in hot manufacturing applications up to 200ºC like mold machines and casting equipment. Conventional connector solutions involve ...

Engineering Newswire: Atom airplanes stronger than graphene

November 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Drexel University researchers working with the Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold into this tiny little airplane, strong enough to support many ...

Power supplies comply with latest level VI energy efficiency standard

November 13, 2014 2:22 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced what it believes to be one of the first 5 Watt plug top power supplies to comply with the new Energy Star level VI energy efficiency standard. A requirement for all such external power supplies in use from February 2016 ...

Linear encoder housed in tiny SMD package

November 13, 2014 2:13 pm | POSIC SA | Product Releases | Comments

POSIC (Neuchatel, Switzerland) presents a programmable linear encoder that is housed in a tiny SMD package. The encoder employs an eddy-current sensing technique, which detects electrically conducting materials such as copper. The encoder’s scale ...

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SmartWatch: Obama fancies self an Internet advocate with Title II remarks

November 13, 2014 1:23 pm | Videos | Comments

President Obama this week entered the ring with millions of Americans in an effort to protect the Internet. He jabbed, he bobbed, he weaved, and those that own and have built the networks upon which the Internet was built did the same. In this ...

Engineering Update #85 Bloopers

November 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor Kasey Panetta and Digital Editor Jason Lomberg for ...

AC/DC power supplies designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards

November 13, 2014 10:01 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct (Stoughton, MA), the MPG-120S series is a family of high performance 120W open-frame AC/DC power supplies specifically designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards. Fabricated on a ...

Pressure transmitters achieve ATEX certification

November 13, 2014 9:52 am | American Sensor Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (Mt. Olive, NJ) has achieved ATEX certification of its Explosion Proof Pressure Transmitters for Class I Zone 0 Exd hazardous locations. The added approvals enhance the ability for equipment manufacturers ...

Engineering Update #85: Close-air support in only 6 minutes

November 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since the early days of aerial warfare, infantry has relied on close-air support to even the odds and save their proverbial bacon. But aerial backup often takes a while to arrive — 30-60 minutes on average — and that’s where Raytheon and DARPA ...

HotSpot: Top 10 best wireless & RF devices at Electronica 2014

November 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on HotSpot, we're in Munich, Germany attending electronica 2014 and checking out the latest and greatest components, systems, and applications that companies have to offer. Our Top 10 show features everything from the newest ...

Automotive-grade film capacitors designed for safety applications

November 12, 2014 3:21 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET (Simpsonville, SC) introduced automotive-grade film capacitors at the Electronica 2014 trade fair in Munich, Germany. The F862 Metallized Polypropylene Film Class X2 Series is specifically designed for safety applications subject to ...

Power divider provides in-phase power splitting

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

From Knowles Capacitors (Cazenovia, NY) comes a Wilkinson power divider, the PDW05758, from their Dielectric Laboratories (DLI) facility. It is designed to provide in-phase power splitting or combining over a broad bandwidth in low-power ...

Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

The first ARM Cortex-A processor-based mbed microprocessor board

November 12, 2014 10:27 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is simplifying embedded design for engineers and developers in the Maker space and working on emerging applications via the recently-launched ARM mbed IoT Device platform. Leveraging ...

6-slot chassis features high-performance density in 2U height

November 12, 2014 10:12 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a 2U chassis platform that complies to the MicroTCA.4 specification for High Energy Physics and other applications requiring rear IO. The rear IO capability is an attractive option in many Mil/Aero, Physics ...

Engineers dance in music video to raise STEM awareness

November 12, 2014 7:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Videos | Comments

A new YouTube video is gaining popularity as the push for STEM continues to gain traction. Commission by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), in association with Bechtel, the music video “Engineering Happiness” is set to Pharrell's “Happy”....

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