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The first commercially available X5R/X6S 330μF multilayer ceramic capacitor

March 31, 2015 1:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TAIYO YUDEN (U.S.A.) INC.’s high-capacity (over 100μF) multilayer ceramic capacitor line continues to grow in capacity and number. With the introduction of the first commercially available X5R/X6S 330μF-capacitance EIA 1210 size AMK325ABJ337MM (3.2 x 2.5 x 2.5mm), TAIYO YUDEN has improved ...

Your IoT device: How much data should it collect?

March 31, 2015 12:37 pm | by Noah Gamer, Trend Micro | Blogs | Comments

As smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices have proliferated, data collection has skyrocketed. In fact, sensor technology on smart devices collects 30 percent of the world’s data. Much of that data helps product manufacturers understand their customers, improve ...

10 lies engineers tell themselves about patents

March 31, 2015 11:21 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In early January, I was in Las Vegas at CES with around 170,000 of my closest friends.  While there, the Q&A portion of a panel discussion of several industry CEOs shocked me and led me to write this column. An audience member asked the panel moderator how patent rights were dealt with....

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Vector signal generators ideal for applications in product design, testing, and manufacturing

March 31, 2015 9:16 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

The TSG4100A series of vector signal generators (VSG) from Tektronix is ideal for applications in product design, testing and manufacturing. The TSG4100 combines an RF signal generator and a vector signal generator (VSC) to meet increasing demands for more affordable test solutions in ...

Facebook's Internet drones won’t have us all singing Kumbaya

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Facebook recently trialed the solar-powered drones which aim to fulfill the social network giant’s ambitious goal of connecting the entire world to the internet. The Internet.org initiative is an impressive engineering feat, relying on solar-powered UAVs to “beam” the Internet down to billions of people.

Current probe boosts immunity to local dV/dt transients

March 31, 2015 7:44 am | by Power Electronic Measurements Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the demands of measuring transient currents in semiconductors using new technology, such as SiC and GaN, Power Electronic Measurements Ltd (PEM) has designed the CWT MiniHF Rogowski current probe. Combining a novel shielding technique, utilising a low sensitivity coil and patented low-noise signal-conditioning circuitry ...

Digital Point-of-Load module series powers advanced ICs

March 31, 2015 7:41 am | by Cui Inc | Cui Inc | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc announced the release of its highest current digital POL family to date. Designed specifically to address the rapidly-rising power requirements of today’s most advanced integrated circuits, the NDM3Z-90 is a non-isolated module outputting 90 A in ultra low-profile vertical and horizontal packages....

This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 30, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

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Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg designs violin-playing machine

March 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Seth Goldstein has been building instruments and machines for over 50 years. And now, some are calling him the new Rube Goldberg. The MIT engineer spent most of his career working the National Institutes of Health where he served as the Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Section ...

A second life for ammeter shunt resistors

March 30, 2015 2:14 pm | by Phil Ebbert, VP of Engineering, Riedon Inc. | Articles | Comments

The growth in energy supply from renewable sources: solar, wind, and wave or tidal power, is also prompting an increased demand for more accurate high-current measurement solutions

Adhesive-backed nylon PCB lock-fit supports

March 30, 2015 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new assortment of adhesive-backed Nylon stacking Spacers/Supports is among the latest circuit board hardware components available from Keystone Electronics Corp. Supports are engineered to lock-fit a chassis-to-board without the use of tools. These devices have an adhesive backing for securing ...

Basics on Triac noise immunity and new low-cost solution to improve device dV/dt

March 30, 2015 10:26 am | by Muriel Nina and Laurent Gonthier, STMicroelectronics | Articles | Comments

Since the 1970’s, Triacs have been used to control AC loads in almost all appliances. Since then, designers have had to face to the particular behavior of a Triac that can be self-triggered in case the rate of voltage increase applied across its terminals is too high....

North Korean black-market consumer darling becomes legal

March 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

In a nation where you can go to jail for not crying hard enough at your leader’s death, this is a small victory. The ‘notel’ — a North Korean word combining 'notebook' and 'television' — is a relatively modest, Chinese-made portable media player ...

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How a kid's robotics competition changed this engineer's future

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Brian Scharles Jr, Computer Engineer Intern at Traffic and Parking Control Co., and Computer Engineering student at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Orion offers the industry's lowest-cost louvered fan guards

March 27, 2015 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Orion Fans has expanded its offering of fan accessories to include the industry's lowest cost louvered fan guards. Designed for harsh environments, the heavy-duty louvered fan guards are available for use with the 80, 92, 120, 172, 225, 254 and 280mm fans or individually depending on the application. Orion's expanded offering ...

Engineering Update #103: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 26, 2015 10:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Now here’s a weapon I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen more at the local multiplex than in someone’s backyard. Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market.”

Mini DIN adapter kit available in 6 and 7 pc variations

March 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Rf Industries | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

4.1-9.5 DIN connectors, commonly referred to as “Mini DINs”, are used in wireless infrastructure and DAS installations for their compact size and low PIM performance. Technicians encounter challenges to interface the Mini DINs with the more widely used N and 7-16 DIN connector interfaces....

Termination Pod includes a complete turnkey field kit

March 26, 2015 9:20 am | by Platinum Tools | Platinum Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Platinum Tools announces it will feature the new EZ-RJPRO Termination Pod, a complete turnkey field kit (P/N 90173), during 2015 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 15-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 5036. Now shipping, the EZ-RJPRO Termination Pod has an MSRP of $279.00....

Vector Network Analyzers offer sweeps at 100 microseconds per point

March 26, 2015 8:41 am | by Anritsu Company | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces the ShockLine MS46121A series of 1-port USB Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) that bring the price, performance, and ease-of-use advantages of Anritsu’s patented ShockLine VNA technology to an extremely compact package. Two models with frequency coverage ...

Industrial SBCs offer a wide range of memory storage options and I/O

March 26, 2015 8:41 am | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. is bringing its expertise in rugged, high performance embedded boards and systems to the industrial market. The new industrial line-up includes two 6U VME SBCs, one based on the Intel Haswell processor and one that is Freescale QorIQ-based. Aitech’s new rugged, industrial SBCs ...

LED lights serve harsh industrial environments

March 25, 2015 4:55 pm | Binder Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Binder is proud to announce the release of its new Industrial LED light bar. The IP69K rated lights are ideal for diverse automation and industrial machinery. The LED lights are designed to provide energy efficient illumination while defying harsh work environments and are able to withstand high-pressure washdowns....

Today in Engineering History: First NASA X-15 flight reaches Mach 2.0

March 25, 2015 4:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, NASA Flight Research Center test pilot, Joe Walker, flew the first NASA flight in a North American X-15 rocket aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft reached Mach 2.0 at 48,630 feet. The X-15 rocket-powered aircraft was 50 ft. long....

Compact, triaxial IEPE sensor offers reliable operation in high temperatures

March 25, 2015 12:40 pm | by Measurement Specialties | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties, now part of TE Connectivity, has released the Model 7132AHT, a high temperature, miniature accelerometer with exceptional linearity across dynamic ranges from ±50 g to ±2000 g. The unit’s stable temperature response ensures reliable operation over an extended temperature range of ...

Connectors provide a space-saving connection for LED lighting

March 25, 2015 12:35 pm | by JST Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEK Series connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois, provide a space saving and low profile connection for LED lighting and reliable contact construction for high density applications. Any misalignment between the horizontal connections between the ...

Latest F-35 software glitch mucks with the jet's sensors

March 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

A seemingly endless string of hardware and software errors have plagued the F-35, and ... here’s another one. A brand new software glitch is causing the JSF’s sensors to malfunction when detecting targets whilst in formation....

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