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Wearable fitness software automatically senses and interprets activity

December 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Lab (San Francisco, CA) unveils the ARDA Coaching Engine, a new, patented software platform that will redefine the wearable fitness tracker market by bringing real time context and intelligence to wearable fitness devices. The ARDA ...

Motor driver family reduces spin-up time to just seconds

December 8, 2014 1:03 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its motor driver portfolio with a new 12-V motor driver family that reduces spin-up time to just seconds and makes tuning stepper and brushed DC motors easier than ever before. The DRV8846 incorporates a ...

VCO features output power of +5 dBm min

December 8, 2014 9:58 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO33CC-2500-2500 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2500 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.0V~3.3 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent ...

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Power amplifier serves 27 – 31GHz applications

December 8, 2014 9:47 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a 36.5 dBm GaN power amplifier serving 27 – 31GHz applications in SatCom, Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint radios. The TriQuint TGA2594-HM is a hermetic, 7x7mm ...

How to use Bluetooth Smart in industrial lighting

December 8, 2014 9:02 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

ECN will be hosting a 6-part series from Texas Instruments about the benefits of using BlueTooth Smart in industrial applications. Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the ...

This is what happens when an editor gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the...

Why being a lifelong learner makes engineering a perfect career

December 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Alexis Noelli Peña, a student at Syracuse University focusing in biomedical engineering.

Engineering Newswire: Stephen Hawking gets an upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Intel has upgraded Stephen Hawking’s communication platform to help him better communicate with the world, increase ease of use for his daily routines, and empower him with continued independence. The tailored solution, Assistive Context Aware Toolkit ...

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Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...

The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...

Motor controller features up to 48 watt continuous output

December 3, 2014 5:19 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

maxon motor (Switzerland) expands its offering of miniaturized controllers with its latest OEM plug-in module. This high-performance 4-quadrant PWM servo motor controller is designed to command permanent-magnet-activated brushed and ...

Push-Pull circular connectors designed for military and medical applications

December 3, 2014 5:06 pm | Odu-Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ODU-USA (Camarillo, CA) announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors on the US market. The Push-Pull locking system allows the connection to secure itself when mated, and thousands of mating cycles are possible. The design prevents ...

Compact 500 watt power supply fits 4” x 6” footprint

December 3, 2014 3:59 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the GSP500 series of highly efficient 500 Watt AC-DC power supplies. Occupying a compact 4 x 6 inch footprint, these single-output forced air cooled units can continuously deliver the full output power across ...

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Push-pin heat sinks offer more than 100,000 configurations

December 3, 2014 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With 108,000 possible configurations, Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (Norwood, MA) now provides the widest choice of push pin-mounted heat sinks for cooling BGAs and other hot components. More than 200 ATS heat sinks are available with ...

Metal film resistors now available with a 100 ppm TCR option

December 3, 2014 3:25 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) RNV Series high voltage anti-moisture metal film resistors now offer a 100 ppm TCR option. This enables the RNV to be used for high-voltage requirements in harsh environments and applications with low TCR needs. The ...

TVS diode array provides superior ESD Protection

December 3, 2014 3:17 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP3022 Series Low Capacitance ESD Protection TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes). These robust 0.35pF, 20kV bidirectional (back-to-back) discrete TVS diodes can safely absorb repetitive ESD strikes over ...

LED skid-mount light mast includes manual crank cord reel

December 3, 2014 3:01 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 600 watt skid-mount five stage electric light mast with a manual crank cord reel. This tower features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation, a removable mast head, and a cube ...

Conformable cables offer low PIM performance

December 3, 2014 2:53 pm | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

RF Industries (San Diego, CA) conformable semi-rigid cable assemblies are manufactured with a tin-filled, braided outer conductor that exhibits similar electrical properties to solid semi-rigid, but can be hand-formed in the field with no degradation in ...

Why the Navy hasn’t discovered the Holy Grail of energy independence

December 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

A while back, the Navy announced plans to turn seawater into fuel, thereby eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels — and despotic regimes — and discovering the Holy Grail of energy independence. And no one’s talking about it. Well ... turns out ...

Antennas designed for consumer devices and Internet of Things

December 3, 2014 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Berwyn, PA) introduced two standard antenna extensions — the 5 GHz antenna, which accommodates the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, and the 4G LTE antenna. These new embedded antennas address customers’ increasing needs for ...

Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

December 3, 2014 8:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

Test platform serves up to 512 125 MHz digital I/O channels

December 2, 2014 4:50 pm | Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Marvin Test Solutions (Irvine, CA) announced the TS-960, the newest version of its successful TS-900 PXI semiconductor test platform. The TS-960 brings the performance and features of high-end systems to customers at a fraction of the footprint....

Thermal protector ideal for motor, lighting, and electronic applications

December 2, 2014 4:20 pm | Portage Electric Products | Product Releases | Comments

Portage Electric Products, Inc. (North Canton, OH) has introduced a round snap-action thermal protector ideal for many motor, lighting, and electronic applications up to 5 AMPS and 250 VAC. The PEPI Model ST01 is the first PEPI product available in ...

Power amplifier designed for communications and telemetry markets

December 2, 2014 4:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NuWaves Engineering (Middletown, OH) introduced today the next generation of its NuPower small, lightweight and high-efficiency power amplifier (PA) family of products with the NuPower 13G05A. The NuPower 13G05A provides saturated RF power ...

Smartgun system calls for police backup in dire situations

December 2, 2014 3:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Previous smartguns have focused on personalization options that restrict the weapon to authorized users or require a companion bracelet or other trinket to operate it. But Yardarm Technologies is taking a slightly different approach — a tracking module ...

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