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IoT, robotic manufacturing, & the end of the world

September 12, 2014 8:48 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence....

Why I'll be buying an Apple Watch

September 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technologically-advanced watches are a hard sell on a few levels. They’re generally poorly designed aesthetically and functionally, they’re way too expensive, they don’t look good on the wrist, and they don’t really do anything. I was all prepared to hate the Apple watch....

LED low bay light produces up to 3200 lumens

September 11, 2014 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialLight, the lighting division of GlacialTech Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan), introduces the newest model in its Arcturus Bay Light series. The GL-BL30 is a durable LED low bay light that uses 30W of electricity to produce up to 3200 lumens....

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Image sensor targeted at industrial imaging applications

September 11, 2014 4:41 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

On Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) is expanding its portfolio of high-performance CCD image sensors with its latest device targeted to industrial imaging applications. The new 8.6 megapixel, APS-H optical format KAI-08670 Image Sensor ...

Verification Monitoring Interface grades barcodes and monitors trends in real-time

September 11, 2014 3:08 pm | Microscan | Product Releases | Comments

Microscan (Renton, WA) announces the availability of the Verification Monitoring Interface (VMI), a new software solution specially engineered for monitoring the quality of barcodes as they are produced on parts, labels, and packaging....

Smart home radio chip uses RF instead of infrared

September 11, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies (Utrecht, The Netherlands) launched the new GP565 Smart Home radio chip for remote controls, that supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol.  Next generation remotes use RF instead....

High-energy lithium batteries target military applications

September 11, 2014 2:47 pm | Tadiran Electronic Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran (Lake Success, NY) has introduced its TLM Series of rugged, long-life, lithium metal oxide batteries developed specifically for military and aerospace applications. TLM military grade batteries meet …

High-speed connector uses advanced pin-in-hole intrusive reflow method

September 11, 2014 9:20 am | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed a sophisticated high-speed connector that employs an advanced pin-in-hole intrusive reflow method to improve PCB retention force and enable a one-time reflow process with other SMT ...

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Engineering Update #75: A laser for all weather conditions

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers unusable. Though the laser had previously been put through its paces....

It’s a small world – and getting smaller

September 11, 2014 9:00 am | by John Beigel, Standex-Meder Electronics | Articles | Comments

Doing more with less is the mantra of our era. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the drive towards miniaturization in the next generation of electronic components and systems. The push for smaller parts is coming both from the need....

Medical device miniaturization and thermal management

September 11, 2014 8:56 am | by Michael Bucci, Market Development Manager, Thermacore | Articles | Comments

Medical devices are trending toward miniaturization, driven by portability, performance and safety factors. As instruments get smaller, design engineers face new challenges in meeting their project’s performance, size, weight, operating temperature ...

Technological changes in the next five years

September 11, 2014 8:51 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

For the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Austin, TX at the peak of southern summer heat for the engineering geek fest that is National Instruments’ (NI) global conference on graphical system design, or NIWeek. More than 3,200 ...

Arbitrary waveform generator offers complex modulated signals up to 32 GBaud and beyond

September 10, 2014 5:06 pm | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) added a 65-GSa/s, 20-GHz modular instrument to its portfolio of arbitrary waveform generators. The new high-speed, wide-bandwidth M8195A arbitrary waveform generator allows engineers ...

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GaN-ready magnetics suit next-generation compact power conversion technologies

September 10, 2014 3:02 pm | Precision, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) announced the global launch of its GaN-ready magnetic capabilities. GaN-ready LLC transformers and PFC inductors are now available for a broad range of applications including …

Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Writing the script and video production

September 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

Thin is in: Coin cell holders aid miniaturization by reducing profile

September 10, 2014 11:55 am | by Thomas Blaha, President, Memory Protection Devices | Articles | Comments

Sleek is now chic, as consumers are clamoring for ergonomically-designed, space-saving devices.The drive for miniaturization extends to virtually all electronic devices, forcing design engineers to become increasingly creative in finding ways to pack....

Eye-catching thermal stability

September 10, 2014 10:20 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

The petroleum-mining sector has developed drilling technologies and methods that have greatly increased well depths over the years. The average well depth increased only 64 percent from 3,635 to 5,964 feet between 1949 and 2008, according to ...

OpenVPX backplanes include new central-switched and pass-through profiles

September 10, 2014 9:57 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has expanded its industry leading family of 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplanes with the introduction of three (3) new Hybricon central-switched ...

Tactile switch series designed for portable consumer electronic devices

September 10, 2014 9:46 am | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a series of surface mount ultra low profile top-actuated tactile switches with extended operating lifecycles up to 500,000. The switches measure just 3.7mm x 3.7mm with a board-mounted profile....

LED waterproof bulb configured to operate on 347-480 volts AC

September 10, 2014 9:18 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 25 watt PAR 38 LED bulb that produces 2,500 lumens of light and operates on 347-480 voltages. This bulb is designed to fit in standard light bulb sockets and provides....

Don't like clickbait? Don't click

September 10, 2014 9:09 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Doesn't it seem like a lot of online news sites have moved beyond reporting the news to openly inciting your outrage (and your page views)? News analyst Sally Kohn suggests that you don't engage with news that looks like it just wants to make you mad....

The biggest challenge for designers as handheld devices become smaller

September 9, 2014 4:41 pm | Articles | Comments

From a design standpoint, one of the biggest challenges is power consumption and battery life. In the ideal world, users do not want to bother with recharging their devices. This holds true for any handheld device – be it a tablet or a device....

Engineering Update Behind the Scenes: Playing with Ninja Turtles

September 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. This episode focuses....

Linear potentiometers satisfy applications like robotic control and X-Y table feedback

September 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding resistive technology to its portfolio of linear position products. The LP-22 series of linear potentiometers offer....

8 GHz bandwidth socket designed for DDR3 SDRAM

September 9, 2014 1:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new high-performance BGA socket for 0.8mm pitch, 96 pin BGA IC's. The SG-BGA-6410 socket is designed for multiple IC sizes - 8x14mm, 7.5x13mm, 9x13mm and 9x16mm ...

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