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Beer and the Eywa Economy (or how to profit from the IoT)

November 25, 2014 1:59 pm | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In my previous article, we saw how sensors combined with processing and networking form a structure very similar to a brain. We suggested that the power of that structure could be seen through movies like “Avatar” and “Terminator”. Eywa of “Avatar” ...

Rigid flex circuitry streamlines mission-critical power

November 25, 2014 1:22 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduced its Rigid Flex Circuits and Assemblies. Ultra-reliable Molex rigid flex circuits and assemblies minimize impedance discontinuities in high-speed military and aerospace data and telecommunications ...

LED lamps use only 7.5 watts of power

November 25, 2014 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced that it has upgraded the performance of its award-winning MR16 GU10 base 120V LED lamp line with the world’s most efficient LED — the company’s third generation GaN on GaN LED. Featuring the company’s ...

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All-in-one indicator features moisture seal for outdoor applications

November 25, 2014 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has developed a series of indicators that combine design flexibility and ease of assembly with ruggedness and reliability. The all-in-one CNX 714FV Series 14mm indicator utilizes FlexVolt Technology, enabling it to be used with ...

LED connector range features mated footprint of 8.80mm x 11.00mm

November 25, 2014 9:15 am | Gct Semiconductor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

GCT has expanded its range of White Lite LED lighting connectors. Engineered to be the perfect choice for LED strip light applications, the new BJ300 and 301 two position mating connector combinations offer reliable dual-contact design. LED ...

Replacing mailmen with drones

November 25, 2014 8:58 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

This is what it's like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle

November 25, 2014 8:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle? Perhaps, like me, if you're not familiar with the fighter than you have not had this particular dream, but for many folks this video is as close as you're going ...

Preform jumpers suitable for reverse mounting

November 24, 2014 4:14 pm | Components Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

To accommodate reverse mounting on the circuit board for specific design requirements and optimum use of board real estate, Components Corporation (Denville, NJ) offers the FJ-Series of preform jumpers in a variety of package sizes.  The FJ-Series ...

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Crimp receptacles provide commercial-off-the-shelf alternatives

November 24, 2014 3:51 pm | Mill-Max | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) announces the addition of new crimp receptacles to their selection of wire termination products. The new 07XX series are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) alternatives to the popular Mil-Spec M39029 female crimp ...

Ultra-compact power modules feature a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm

November 24, 2014 1:11 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces a new series of ultra-compact EPCOS µDC-DC converters featuring a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm and an insertion height of 1 mm. One 6-MHz power switch is embedded in the miniature PCB. The integrated ...

IC linearizes temperature sensors with good accuracy

November 24, 2014 1:01 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2983 high-performance digital temperature measurement IC which directly digitizes RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors, and external diodes with 0.1°C accuracy and good resolution....

More “lady brains”: Barbie is a lousy engineer

November 24, 2014 12:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let’s be honest — Barbie has never been a shining beacon of progressive thought. Her figure looks more like Jessica Rabbit than Jane Doe, and her physics-defying measurements would kill an ordinary girl. That said, her latest fictional adventure ...

Battery free RFID weight monitoring tag transmits a unique identifier

November 24, 2014 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Atlas from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated weight measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the ...

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Power supply series extends to 800W 650V output

November 24, 2014 9:33 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of 800W high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of programmable DC power supplies. The series is now available with output voltages of 0-10, 0-20, 0-36, 0-60, 0-160 ...

The age of rapid development

November 24, 2014 8:48 am | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Articles | Comments

The evolution of technology has come to a point that enables bootstrap developers to create rapid prototypes even faster than some established companies. But this effect isn't caused by the advent of new technology alone. Instead, intuitive UI ...

Is 3D carving the new 3D printing?

November 24, 2014 8:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few years, the 3D printing experienced explosive growth. The next step, according to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan, is 3D carving. With close to $635,000 raised on Kickstarter for his latest project — a 3D carver — he might be ...

Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)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.

PWM controller features integrated power stage driver

November 20, 2014 4:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) announces the release of the ZSPM2000, a configurable true digital PWM controller with integrated MOSFET driver for smart digital point-of-load (POL) solutions. ZMDI’s ZSPM2000 operates as a synchronous step-down ...

Power connector provides high-current capacity

November 20, 2014 3:59 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed the DF65 Series connector, a small, vertical-mating wire-to-board connector that provides high-current capacity and high reliability for power supplies, up to 4 Amps (with 24 AWG wire) and 50 V AC/DC....

Engineering Newswire: Electric scooter unfolds in a second

November 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Kleefer, a France based company specializing in light electric vehicles for the urban mobility market has partnered with Solvay Engineering Plastics to unveil its unfolding scooter. The foldable scooter was specially designed for intermodal mobility in ...

Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

The race to find a strong and lightweight design

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Articles | Comments

Last month I wrote an overview about the classic advantages of bonding. This month I would like to discuss the increase in demand by companies for lightweight constructed products and what challenges this demand brings. In industries like ...

Be thankful marketing isn't running R&D

November 19, 2014 4:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I’m back in the office after my annual trip to Minneapolis for a trade show that always happens around the Halloween time of year. The timing seems strangely appropriate given how scary the diminishing event has become. That is to say ...

Network switches reliably expand wired connections for any network

November 19, 2014 3:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amped Wireless (Chino Hills, CA) announced the launch of the G8SW, G16SW, and the GP48SW wired network switches. These switches provide a reliable way to quickly and easily expand wired connections for any network. Features of the new ...

Radiation-hardened ASICs serve military and aerospace applications

November 19, 2014 2:44 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has entered into a licensing/development agreement with ICs LLC in order to bring application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to market which are resilient to radiation effects. Radiation hardened by design ...

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