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This is what a MiG-29 takeoff looks like (from between the engines)

March 11, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are many videos of fighter jets on the internet (and quite a  number here on ECN) but this is the first one we've seen with this particular angle. This is a MiG-29 launching off of an aircraft carrier as recorded by a camera placed between the twin engines. 

Virtual reality helps soldiers cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled off ...

Mil/Aero cable assembly challenges require “out of the box” options

March 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Steve Jones, Vice President, BTC Electronic Components | Articles | Comments

As avionics and military vehicle control systems continue to become more and more complex, many military and aerospace manufacturers and customers have faced the challenge of having to create increasingly sophisticated cable assemblies, wiring harnesses, and test cables ...

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From the Top: The future of wearables

March 11, 2015 10:54 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In the final part of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California discuss the future of the wearables market and its place in the industry.  

From the Top: The best location for innovation

March 11, 2015 10:51 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In part two of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California  discuss the importance of the location and set up of the TE lab.

Top 5 common mistakes to avoid in power electronics design

March 11, 2015 7:45 am | by Tom Colella, Electrocube | Articles | Comments

With more than 50 years in the electronics industry, we thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes that occur during the design of power electronics systems. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences ...

Test kit measures cable length and generates tone levels

March 10, 2015 4:01 pm | by Platinum Tools | Platinum Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Platinum Tools is proud to announce that it will debut the Net Prowler Pro Test Kit during 2015 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 15-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth #5036. The Net Prowler Pro Test Kit (P/NTNP850K1) is now shipping with an MSRP of $999.95. A tester-only kit ...

Signal tower is IP69K rated to withstand high-pressure

March 10, 2015 3:14 pm | by Longren & Parks | Product Releases | Comments

Patlite introduces LS7-9 Series Signal Light Towers which feature an elegant, smooth surface design that is IP69K rated to withstand high-pressure and high-temperature washdown operations. Additionally, with no exposed screws, shafts or other metals components, the LS7-9 is ideally suited for sanitary environment applications such ...

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Iso-Attenuator provides dual solution for circuit protection

March 10, 2015 3:02 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the Iso-Attenuator model RFSL2308-A30 from RF Circulator Isolator, Inc (RFCI). RFCI Iso-Attenuators combine protection for active components from distortion or potentially damaging reflected power with a convenient, attenuated port for monitoring RF power or providing ...

Would you buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch.

Wireless module enables Internet of Things communication

March 10, 2015 2:10 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the first in a series of modules for the LoRa technology low-data-rate wireless networking standard, which enables Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless communication with a range of more than 10 miles (suburban), a battery life ...

u-blox combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in compact, host-based client

March 10, 2015 1:53 pm | by u-blox | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox announces full production availability of the ELLA-W1 series of compact, automotive-grade, multiradio modules. The modules promise predictable, reliable results and easy implementation of in-car wireless connectivity. Applications include hands-free telephony, in-car hotspots ...

Magnetic field source generates EFT/burst fields

March 10, 2015 1:51 pm | by Langer EMV-Technik GmbH | Product Releases | Comments

The BS 06DB-s magnetic field source is used to generate magnetic EFT/burst fields. An EFT/burst generator (IEC 61000-4-4) supplies the field source with an EFT/burst current via an HV cable. The field source generates high magnetic fields (approx. 200 mT) in very small spaces (2.54 mm²). It is thus ideal ...

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Manufacturing shouldn’t be a dirty word for today’s STEM talent

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Blogs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low-skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce....

New 10-in-1 multi-function industrial timer/counter series

March 9, 2015 4:35 pm | by Marsh Bellofram Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Automatic Timing & Controls, a division of Marsh Bellofram Corporation, has announced the global market introduction of its new Model 385AR series. The Model 385AR series is an accurate, cost-effective, multi-function multi-range industrial timer/counter, offering the benefits of 10 unique operating modes within ...

Integrated UV light sensor incorporates a photo-pin-diode

March 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new integrated ultraviolet (UV) light sensor featuring Filtron UV technology for high UV sensitivity and linearity. Designed to convert solar UV light intensity to digital data in consumer, medical, and industrial applications ...

Choosing the right Schottky diode for a LED backlight boost converter

March 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Steven Shackell, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

LED backlight boost converters that are incorporated into modern wireless devices tend to consume large quantities of power. The Schottky diode selected is pivotal when it comes to ensuring the boost converter’s overall efficiency reaches its highest level....

Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

What’s the best defense against component counterfeiting?

March 9, 2015 12:01 pm | Articles | Comments

If we were to do a root cause analysis of the counterfeit component crisis in the electronics supply chain, I think we would find that while sourcing outside the authorized channel and the blatant disregard of criminals for intellectual property rights are significant contributors to the problem....

Wireless MCU platform helps customers go battery-less

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced the new SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless microcontroller (MCU) platform that helps customers go battery-less with energy harvesting or enjoy always-on, coin cell-powered operation for multiple years. With this industry-first technology ...

Electric buses: More advanced than you think

March 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" attracted many questions. They reveal a general perception ...

Advanced materials are essential to unlocking new LED and OLED devices

March 6, 2015 4:33 pm | by Serpil Gonen Williams, VP of Product Development, Pixelligent Technologies | Articles | Comments

During the past few years, LED-based lighting products have achieved significant market acceptance while OLED-based lighting products are poised for tremendous market growth in the near future. To continue commercial growth of these applications, there is a significant need ...

Pure sine wave inverters provide up to 3000VA of power

March 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by Schaefer Power Inc | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc., announces the PRP-3000 Series of highly efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 3000VA of power. The PRP-3000 Series has versions that meet industrial (EN60950) and rail (EN50155) standards. Standard input voltages of 24VDC, 36VDC, 48VDC, 72VDC ...

Prototyping kit includes the powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 core

March 6, 2015 2:22 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a new, low-cost prototyping kit that gives engineers unprecedented access to design with the powerful 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M3 core in Cypress’s PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip architecture. The $10 CY8CKIT-059 Prototyping Kit delivers PSoC 5LP’s ability ...

Clock generators can produce up to 12 programmable output frequencies

March 6, 2015 1:51 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a high-performance programmable clock generator family that simplifies the design of consumer and networking systems. The new CY27410 4-PLL (phase-locked loop) clock generator can generate up to 12 programmable output frequencies on a single chip ...

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