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Stop the madness! Facebook’s purchase of Oculus won’t trigger Armageddon

March 31, 2014 8:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The alternate title for this piece could’ve been “The Internet entitlement mentality” (part II), because that’s what Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus has triggered in millions of disgruntled techies and industry analysts. On Tuesday, March 25, Facebook acquired Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion....

COTS Air-flow through (AFT) rugged chassis is presented as industry’s first

March 28, 2014 3:35 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the Hybricon AFT16, which is said to be the industry’s first COTS OpenVPX Air Flow Through (AFT) Chassis. Leveraging the company’s AFT subsystem technology, the AFT16 supports

Engineering Newswire: Half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus prototype

March 28, 2014 1:40 pm | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating nanoscale fingerprints, building a fully-functional desktop human, and building a fleet of half-drone, half-satellite StratoBuses. A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation....

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Obama’s proposal to end NSA bulk phone data collection still presents a disconnect

March 28, 2014 1:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

If the President has his way, the NSA’s ability to reach out and touch your phone data will be curtailed a bit, or so it seems. It’s been nearly a year since the public was made aware of the government’s widespread collection of communications data, and President Obama is looking to strike a balance between

What is the state of the supply chain? Your chance to speak out

March 28, 2014 10:34 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

ECN has always positioned itself at the forefront of the supply chain. From anti-counterfeiting features to the latest trends in distribution and design services, we continually make the designer’s ability to procure components smarter, safer and more efficiently a top editorial priority. In conjunction with our EDS show coverage, we’re letting you, the reader, speak out about the supply chain.

Battery-free RFID sensor tag offers an extended temperature range from -30°C to 300°C degrees

March 27, 2014 4:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Pyros-TGT2-DWB from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery-free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated temperature measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag....

Company introduces the industry's first automated SSL test system

March 27, 2014 3:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ASE Test (Greenville, NC) has developed the industry’s first automated test system that is specifically designed for quickly testing the electrical performance of LED drivers, LED arrays, and LED fixtures. Designated the ASE SSL 3.0 Test System, this flexible test system can be used for design....

IP67 box enclosure seals out water and dust in extreme conditions

March 27, 2014 3:34 pm | Bud Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries (Cleveland, OH) has introduced its PIP Series IP67 box, which provides waterproof protection of electronics for approximately 10% less than competing enclosures. The new enclosure is made from a material that offers improved rigidity and tighter tolerances....

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Chemicals not in your line of sight? RFID gives you a clear view

March 27, 2014 1:24 pm | by Angela Hoffman, Northern Apex Corporation | Blogs | Comments

There are known issues within laboratories that involve tracking, inventorying and accounting for compounds, chemicals and reagents. If this issue has ever presented itself in your laboratory, radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions will help you and your staff....

Engineering Update Episode 51: Hypersonic weapons needed to defeat advanced anti-aircraft systems

March 27, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Cold War officially ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but old habits die hard, and since the fall of the iron curtain, Russian-American relations have been a tad ... frosty. This led a senior Pentagon staffer called for hypersonic weapons....

2014 ECN Impact Awards Finalists

March 27, 2014 9:13 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

ECN is proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 ECN IMPACT Awards. The 78 finalists were chosen for each of the 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The winners will be announced on May 6, 2014 at the EDS show in Las Vegas.

Help NASA pick the next space suit

March 27, 2014 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last time America was allowed to vote on something online, we ended up with a cat as the new piece to Monopoly. (Thanks, America.) Absolutely no one was surprised because when you count on the internet to select things, you’re playing with fire....

Temperature-compensated crystal oscillators include accuracy to +/-.5ppm or better

March 26, 2014 4:52 pm | Precision Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Devices Inc. (Middleton, WI) has announced a major expansion of its TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) product line. These new products target applications where available circuit board space is at a premium or products that require excellent long term precision....

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Flexible light pipes rated to IP67 and NEMA 6P

March 26, 2014 4:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) provides design flexibility in new installations and retrofit/replacement applications with its FLX44 Series light pipe. Part of the Flexfire light pipe family, the FLX44 Series offers a 0.313” (7.95mm) panel opening threaded lens and IP67 / NEMA 6P ratings for harsh environments....

Power IC model library features over 550 high fidelity and correlated simulation models

March 26, 2014 3:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EMA Design Automation announced version 4.1 of the AEi Systems’ Power IC Model Library for the Cadence PSpice simulator with over 550 high fidelity and correlated simulation models for power electronic designs. The Power IC Model Library includes model netlists....

Sensor designed for transportation electronic power steering

March 26, 2014 2:44 pm | Tt Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

TT Electronics’ (Fullerton, CA) Sensing and Control division has expanded its series of sensors for electronic power steering (EPS) applications. The new Magnetorque Plus combines TT Electronics’ proven non-contacting torque sensor with a multi-turn position sensor in a single compact package....

Surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts

March 26, 2014 2:30 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SM Series from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh NC) offers a robust wirewound product in a surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts in a single part. Some applications require power handling of at least 2 watts, but design engineers have concerns about parts cracking....

10 watt LED hazardous location light includes a day/night sensor and manual on/off switch

March 26, 2014 2:20 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has released a solar-powered, explosion-proof LED light fixture with an optional strobe or steady burn configuration. This explosion-proof LED light and solar panel combination includes a day/night sensor, manual on/off switch, and a motion sensor....

Kickstarter of the Week: 'Robot maniacs' build desktop robotic arms

March 26, 2014 12:50 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, we are bringing robots from industry, to our desks, with the uArm, a 4-axis parallel-mechanism robotic arm inspired by the ABB PalletPack robot. "When people used to talk about robotics, they thought about expensive and complicated machines," explains Aler Gu, UFactory product manager....

Laser-measurement sensor provides accurate measurements from 100 to 1000 mm

March 26, 2014 12:33 pm | Banner Engineering Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

A new laser measurement sensor featuring an intuitive two-line user interface display has been introduced by Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN). The LE550 sensor offers a combination of range, repeatability, accuracy, and ease of use not previously available at this price point....

Crimp-style, wire-to-board, sub-miniature size connector serves LED applications

March 26, 2014 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEX Series wire-to-board, crimp style, disconnectable connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offer subminiature size and reliable contact construction for high-density applications. These 2.5 mm (.098”) pitch, bottom entry, SMT connectors are polarized....

Top three reed switch no-no's

March 26, 2014 10:02 am | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Blogs | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch. Although simple in nature and application, we engineers sometimes can get a little creative....

Solar…toilet?! Zap waste into fuel

March 26, 2014 8:04 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Human excrement is probably one of the most embarrassing and least glamorous topics out there. But the Sol-Char Toilet is starting a conversation that’s hard to miss. That’s right, it’s a solar-powered toilet. This toilet turns poo into power, and the most astounding part is that it’s 100% sanitary.

Evaluation and development kit targeted at Industrial Internet of Things applications

March 25, 2014 4:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Echelon Corporation (San Jose, CA) introduced the FT 6000 Evaluation and Development Kit (EVK), targeted at developers who are creating, testing and deploying devices and control applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The FT 6000 EVK packages the essential elements....

Adapter ideal for charging lithium ion batteries

March 25, 2014 3:50 pm | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA (Fremont, CA) has modified one of its top-selling products, the 10W ultra-thin PSA10F Series adapter, to include a DC cord terminated by a Micro-B USB connector. Designated the PSA10F-050, the power adapter has an output of 5V and 2A....

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