The U.S. has become a more attractive destination for manufacturing over the last few years. That’s a fact. And several U.S. companies are indeed bringing back their manufacturing operations. Several others are asking the question: “Should we reshore our activities as well?”
We have “smart” phones, watches, homes, cars, and even toothbrushes, and they’re getting smarter by the second. What will artificial intelligence revolutionize next? Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, bets it’ll be the search engine.
A new federal mandate could ensure that you’re not the only driver in control of the wheel. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is a big deal. Basically, it enables cars to “talk” to each other and exchange data such as speed and location. That way, if someone were to pull a dangerous maneuver, the cars would “know” and could respond to avoid a collision....
API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) now offers overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. Ideal for use in military, aerospace, high-end industrial, oil and gas, as well as medical applications...
The recently signed cooperation between Felicitas Customized Engineering GmbH and CadSoft Computer GmbH (London) gives EAGLE users access to the new simulation tool, developed by Felicitas Customized Engineering. Within this cooperation, Felicitas uses EAGLE as a front end for their simulation tool for signal integrity, PCBSim....
The new AT549RBT cored-spring inductor from Coilcraft CPS (Cary, IL) features a temperature rating of -55°C to +300°C, making it ideal for extreme-temperature applications such as down-hole drilling and on-engine automotive. Features include...
Using the Santa Cruz ambient light sensor (ALS) from Maxim Integrated Products (San Jose, CA), factories can quickly configure and monitor multiple red, green, blue (RGB) and infrared (IR) ambient light sensors with the high accuracy required in industrial applications.
Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced today the world’s most efficient LED, which it will integrate into the market’s first full-visible-spectrum, large-form-factor lamps. Soraa’s third generation (Gen3) GaN on GaN LED achieves world-record setting wall-plug-efficiency, outperforming the nearest competitor by 20% at normal operating conditions.
I am in desperate need of a self-driving car. We’re talking desperate. I would pay a considerable amount of money — in this circumstance not only does the self-driving car exist, it is widely available and I have hit the lottery — for a self-driving car.
Autonomous driving is set to become reality in the near future. While the major automakers are putting the finishing touches on the technology, the Swiss idea factory Rinspeed puts man at the center of the autonomous car. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show Rinspeed presents the "XchangE" study to the public in a world premiere.
Last year alone, the U.S. sold almost 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles. That’s nearly double the purchase rate of 2012. But as more consumers and experts grow to love EVs, at least as many vehemently hate them. Are electric vehicles a worthwhile investment or just another craze?
Consumers who fell in love with Amazon's 30-minute drone delivery service but can't wait for the mountain of red tape and regulations standing in the way of "Amazon Prime Air" now have an alternative — move to the United Arab Emirates!
There’s good news on the Net Neutrality front, and then there’s not-so-good news. First, the good news: On Wednesday, February 19, the Federal communications Commission announced it would not challenge the Federal Court’s ruling that vacated the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet rules and would instead rewrite its rules.
Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 160 watt high intensity LED light that is ideal for use in mining applications as well as heavy equipment, hunting, boating, vehicle, military, law enforcement, and industrial manufacturing uses.
In addition to materials such as tungsten, titanium, elgiloy, MP35N, nitinol, and polyimide film, Tech-Etch (Plymouth, MA) has now developed a process to photochemically etch polyester sheets up to .010" thick. All of the advantages of photo etching, clean burr-free edges, the ability to create intricate features with minimal tooling cost, and fast delivery...
Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace.
Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the IST8301C, a single-chip 3-axis digital magnetometer sensor, housed in a form factor of 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.0mm, a 12-pin BGA package. The IST8301C is an integrated chip containing 3-axis magnetic sensors with an ASIC controller.
TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) introduces the QSFP+ 33 AWG cable assembly. As an evolution of TE’s high-speed TurboTwin cable assemblies, these ultra-thin cables address the need for fine, lightweight, and highly flexible cabling solutions in high-density intra-rack applications such as data servers, switches, storage and routers.
Sci-Fi geeks rejoice — the U.S. Navy’s shipboard laser weapon will deploy this summer. *Cue John Williams soundtrack* But the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) — while dirt-cheap to operate — is hamstrung by Mother Nature: Inclement weather — plus a host of other conditions — could limit its effectiveness. Bummer....
Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) has recently launched new N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs offering a fast switching performance and very low on-resistance. The AP99T03GS-HF-3 MOSFET comes in a TO-263 package.
Richardson RFPD (LaFox, IL) today announces availability and full design support capabilities for a large portfolio of high-isolation DC-to-DC converters from RECOM Power, Inc. (RECOM). Designed specifically for insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) systems, the converters' asymmetric outputs of +15V and -9V make them ideal to power IGBT drivers, replacing the need for two converters.
Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labelling often result in widely publicised product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out.
100 V gallium nitride FET targets high frequency applications with positive gain into the 3 GHz rangeFebruary 20, 2014 10:24 am | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments
Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (El Segundo, CA) extended its family of high-speed, high performance transistors with the EPC8010 power transistor. Sold in die form, the EPC8010 is 1.75 mm2 with 100 VDS. Applications include hard-switching power converters operating in the multi-megahertz range....
Air to Air heat exchangers offer increased heat power transfer within the industry standard footprintFebruary 20, 2014 10:01 am | Marlow Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments
The new Climatherm range of Air to Air heat exchangers from Marlow is said to bring increased heat power transfer while remaining within the industry standard footprint. Using Thermo Electrics at its core, these compact and modern designs give
Peter Finn was recently promoted to the position of deputy executive director and chief learning officer of the The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In this interview, Finn discusses his new role and SWE’s commitment towards promoting women in engineering.