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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 ...

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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 ...

OEM battery charger meets demands for extended load times

December 2, 2014 9:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal Power (UK) announced the availability of their new 25 amp output 31FC2512-BHF High Current OEM Battery Charger developed for applications which require longer autonomy times from battery packs. High power battery charging applications will ...

Microcontrollers enable user interface designs for the Internet of Things

December 1, 2014 4:12 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is expanding the use of touch panel displays in healthcare, building automation, and home appliance applications with the new RX113 Group of microcontrollers (MCUs). Part of the RX100 Series ...

Hotspot: Making nuclear weapons uncrackable

December 1, 2014 12:18 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Mark Hart, a scientist and engineer in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Defense Technologies Division, has been awarded the 2015 Surety Transformation Initiative (STI) Award from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) ...

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3A µModule regulator features package height less than 2mm

December 1, 2014 12:13 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTM4623 3A µModule (micromodule) step-down regulator in an ultrathin 1.8mm profile LGA package with only a 6.25mm x 6.25mm footprint. With solder paste, the package height is ...

Voltage-controlled oscillator operates from 900 MHz to 940 MHz

December 1, 2014 11:53 am | Crystal Group, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO33CL-0900-0940 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 900 MHz to 940 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.2V~2.0V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -104 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset....

Waveform generator line adds increased frequency range up to 80 MHz

December 1, 2014 9:45 am | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) announced the rejuvenated 4075B Series of arbitrary/function waveform generators with higher frequency ranges, increased arb memory, and a color LCD. The new 4075B Series offers six new models that directly replace the ...

Right angle adapters certified to MIL-STD-202

December 1, 2014 9:30 am | Rfmw Ltd, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for Carlisle Interconnect Technologies SMA Precision Swept Right Angle Adapters. Carlisle Interconnect Technologies features a continuous right-angled design to produce optimally matched ...

Engineering Newswire: Elon Musk unveils autonomous spaceport drone ship

December 1, 2014 8:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk has revealed an image of what he calls an autonomous spaceport drone ship. SpaceX has released no official statement on the ship, but musk continued tweeting, explaining that the vehicle will allow for refuel and rocket fly back in the ...

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Engineering Update #87: Virtual reality beach vacations

December 1, 2014 8:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Last week, we talked about a system of targeted advertising very similar to the film Minority Report, based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick. And this time, we shine the spotlight on a famous hotel chain — rhymes with “chariot” — that’s introducing ...

BGA socket adapter constructed with high temperature FR-4 substrate

November 25, 2014 4:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) released a new BGA socket adapter for 724 pin BGA, 1mm pitch, 35x35mm IC size. The BGA socket adapter consists of two modules (female socket module and male adapter module). The patented female socket ...

Polypropylene film capacitors designed for UPS systems

November 25, 2014 4:22 pm | Aerovox | Product Releases | Comments

Aerovox Corp. (New Bedford, MA) has released a line of UPS polypropylene film capacitors especially designed and tested to meet the needs of operation critical applications. The capacitors are used in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) in ...

MOSFETs offer flexible solution for mobile applications

November 25, 2014 3:40 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of an extensive portfolio of devices featuring IR’s latest low-voltage MOSFET silicon for lithium-ion battery protection applications including the IRL6297SD dual N-channel ...

Digital signal controllers provide 5V operation

November 25, 2014 3:34 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced from the SPS IPC Drives Conference in Germany a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) with the dsPIC33 "EV" family. This new family provides 5V operation for improved ...

HotSpot: Mercedes' self-driving cars

November 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars are changing the way designers think about the interiors of vehicles. the car of the future will be more than purely a means of transport – rather, it will become a variable and private area of retreat in increasingly dense urban traffic. By virtue of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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