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Keep politics off of the space station

April 7, 2014 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the Ukraine v. Russia (winner gets Crimea) battle began, one of the first things I said was, “Man, I bet it’s super awkward in space right now.” While Russian and U.S. relations have never been great, there hasn’t been an international issue to this degree between the two countries in quite some time.

Alta Data Technologies uses Holt MIL-STD-1553 Integrated Transceiver/Transformer combination on eNet2-1553TM Device

April 4, 2014 2:57 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits (Mission Viejo, CA) announced that Alta Data Technologies (Alta) selected its integrated MIL-STD-1553 transceiver/transformer combination product, HI-2579, for use in the eNet2-1553 real-time Ethernet MIL-STD-1553 converter device....

Samsung dupes Obama: Why “selfie advertising” needs to stop

April 4, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

What do President Obama, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Lawrence have in common? They’ve all become unwitting props in a viral Samsung advertising campaign that relies on spontaneity, selfies, and tricking people — including the most powerful man in the world — into becoming brand ambassadors....

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Understanding ultraviolet LED applications and precautions

April 4, 2014 9:47 am | by Vincent C. Forte, Chief Technology Officer of Marktech Optoelectronics | Blogs | Comments

Ultraviolet light occurs between the visible and x‐ray spectrums. The Ultraviolet wavelength range is specified as 10 nm to 400 nm; however, many optoelectronic companies also consider wavelengths as high as 430nm to be in the UV range. Ultraviolet light gets its name due to the “violet” color it produces....

Putting the 'long term’ in long-term evolution

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Francis Sideco, Senior Director Consumer, Mobile, and IT Electronics at IHS | Blogs | Comments

Unlike its predecessors, many of which by this same point in their adoption cycle were already being prepared to transition to the next generation of cellular air interface technology; LTE appears to be living up to its long-term promise.  LTE, while gaining momentum...

This floating turbine solves all the wind energy problems

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am one of those people who thinks wind turbines are pretty cool-looking. When there was talk of putting them on the Jersey Shore off the beach at Atlantic City, I thought that was a pretty good idea. Alas, the idea was never pursued because they were considered an eyesore.

Instrumentation and analysis tools offer safety-critical expertise and full verification for multicore platforms

April 3, 2014 12:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA (Wirral, UK) announced its ability to provide verification of multicore systems to safety-critical standards. The need for greater processing power with reduced power consumption is driving the developers of safety-critical applications toward

Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

April 3, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications....

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Watch the world burn with this laser beam eyewear

April 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so you can’t actually purchase these glasses, but they just look really cool. Patrick Priebe, who created the glasses, makes it very clear that they are not for sale and you won’t get blue prints. Priebe, who has a history of creating weapons from movies (i.e. Ironman’s Laser Gauntlet), is a German laser weapons hobbyist....

35-nA RTC integrates solid state battery

April 3, 2014 1:45 am | Cymbet Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation (Elk River, MN) announced the commercial release of the EnerChip RTC product family that combines an ultra-low power real time clock with a rechargeable solid state battery and power management IC in a single 5-mm x 5-mm plastic package....

Data acquisition system can hold up to 5 modules and up to 320 switch points

April 2, 2014 4:05 pm | Rigol Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Rigol Technologies USA (Oakwood Village, OH) announces their newest product category with the M300 Data Acquisition System, integrating Rigol’s 6.5 digit DMM technology into a robust and versatile system mainframe with modules enabling applications....

DC/DC converter available in ultra-compact SIP-8 package

April 2, 2014 2:06 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the ITX series of 6 Watt DC/DC converters encapsulated in an industry standard SIP 8-pin package measuring just 0.86 x 0.44 x 0.36 inches (21.85 x 11.1 x 9.2 mm). Delivering a power density of up to 46 Watts per cubic inch...

Low-noise amplifiers survive up to 2W of input power without performance degradation

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (LaFox, IL) announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN on SiC) low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) from TriQuint. The TGA2611 and TGA2612 are broadband LNAs fabricated on TriQuint's production....

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Synchronous forward MOSFET driver eliminates signal transformer

April 2, 2014 1:41 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT8311, a high-efficiency secondary-side MOSFET driver that operates without the need for primary control in an isolated synchronous forward converter. The LT8311’s unique preactive mode eliminates the need for a signal transformer....

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module is presented as world’s smallest, most integrated

April 2, 2014 1:38 pm | eConais, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Econais Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the EC19W01, positioned as the world’s smallest, smartest and most integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module. The EC19W01 offers low power drain and features

Thermal controller designed to operate with thermoelectric modules

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries’ (Mechanicsburg, PA) Model 5R7-350/347 is an economical thermal controller especially designed to operate with thermoelectric (Peltier effect) modules. Most of these modules may be operated in either a cooling mode or a heating mode depending on current direction....

Ethernet switches include integrated PROFINET I/O stack

April 2, 2014 1:18 pm | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s (Elgin, IL) two newest, fully managed Ethernet switches — the Ha-VIS mCon 3000 Next Generation — have been optimized for fast deployment in the harshest industrial environments to support today’s increasingly sophisticated network structures....

Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

Why can’t automakers seem to learn?

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Years ago, the Toyota “unintended acceleration” story dominated the headlines for, at first, days, and then weeks. Through the end of 2009 and well into 2010, it was the biggest story in the manufacturing world by a long-shot, and to this day remains one of the biggest industrial blunders in recent history....

How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

Industrial-grade embedded computers feature Intel Multi-Core Atom E3800 processors

April 2, 2014 2:10 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) introduced a line of multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers designed to operate from -40°C to +85°C. The SBC35-CC405 Series of embedded PCs include onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and...

EBX computer board family adds a dual-core Intel Core i3 and a Celeron-based products

April 2, 2014 1:55 am | Versalogic Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic Corp. (Tualatin, OR) announced the release of two new models in its “Copperhead” line. The new offerings include a dual-core Intel Core i3 product, and a Celeron-based product. The models are positioned to provide both lower cost...

8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....

Insulation resistance tester rated at 15 kV

April 1, 2014 4:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, Pa) now offers a versatile insulation resistance tester (IRT) rated at 15 kV. The MIT1525 measures motors and generators above 34,500 V and equipment rated above 35 kV. Ideal for applications that use cables, transformers, motors/generators, circuit breakers, and bushings....

Three-wire, true zero-speed sensor IC incorporates dual Hall-effect elements

April 1, 2014 4:24 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces a new optimized Hall-effect sensing IC that provides a user-friendly solution for digital ring-magnet sensing or when coupled with a magnet, ferromagnetic target sensing, in three-wire applications....

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