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Engineering Newswire: Dragon chopper burns down the highway

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In response to a customer's ambitious request to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon, Orange County Choppers (OCC) teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to make that dream a reality. 3D printing allows OCC to custom build parts with ultimate design freedom and durable, lightweight materials....

Switch guards ideal for harsh environments

July 7, 2014 9:13 am | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc (Vista, CA) announces the launch of the new accessory line, the MSG Switch Guard Series. The robust, modern design allows for the MSG Series to meet the requirements of the most demanding environments, particularly defense, aeronautics, off-road vehicles and industrial automation....

Fully illuminated 30mm pushbutton meets the ISO 7000 standard

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc. (Vista, CA) announces the new FP30 series pushbutton. Available in either snap-in or threaded bush mounting, this large but lightweight pushbutton is only 1.5 to 2.5mm for the snap in version, and 1 to 9mm for the threaded bushing version....

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Processor family presents higher performance with real-time processing

July 2, 2014 9:34 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced the new Sitara AM437x processor family that integrates support for industrial protocols for both automation and industrial drives and includes new features such as dual camera for data terminals with bar code scanning.

Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

Multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection

July 1, 2014 3:52 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZVE Series from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) is a low-capacitance, surface-mount multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection. High capacitance can distort or even block communications signals. Since the ZVE Series is a multilayer varistor, it is inherently bi-directional....

Oscilloscopes integrate a deep measurement toolset

July 1, 2014 3:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) has introduces the WaveSurfer 3000 series of oscilloscopes featuring the MAUI advanced user interface. This user interface integrates a deep measurement toolset and multi-instrument capabilities into a user experience centered on a large 10.1” touch screen....

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Letters to the Editor: The societal risks of self-driving cars

July 1, 2014 2:20 pm | by Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

Recent advancements in wireless technologies are not only leading to exciting and innovative car designs, but are also changing the ways in which we travel. As exciting as these new technologies may be, some have a few concerns of the risks involved with such advancements....

Are electric cars ready?

July 1, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people drive for miles to visit a tiny showroom on 17/92....

IMS2014: Driverless and talking cars – New technology transforms the way we travel

July 1, 2014 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Back in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its intent to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. To help provide us with some insight on this topic, we talked to several experts at IMS2014....

Multi-channel PXI-based test solution speeds LTE/LTE-Advanced waveform creation and analysis

July 1, 2014 10:34 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) announced the LTE/LTE-Advanced multi-channel PXI-based test solution, which is positioned to accelerate the setup of multi-channel test system configurations and enables engineers to gain deeper insight into complex carrier aggregation and…

HotSpot: Sensors Expo and IPSO Challenge 2014 Winners

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

First, we’re giving GameReality honorable mention. It’s not a recognized winner, but HotSpot typically has four hot spots so we couldn’t leave it at the three winners. That’d just be bonkers. Sweden-based GameReality developed an IP-enabled first person shooter game....

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When is a TV not a TV?

July 1, 2014 8:35 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

When the U. S. Supreme Court says so, that's when. Last Wednesday, June 25, the Court issued a split decision (6-3) against Aereo, a provider of over-the-Internet broadcast TV service which used a unique technology to get around the requirement to pay retransmission fees to program originators, as cable TV companies do....

The Internet of Things takes over Illinois

June 30, 2014 4:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Sensors Expo & Conference is one of the largest events to pull in sensor pros from across North America. This year, the event was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, Illinois, where everyone was talking about everything from the ever-elusive internet of things ...

IO-Link transceiver includes integrated step-down regulator & LDO

June 30, 2014 4:13 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The LT3669 from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) is an IO-Link PHY compatible (COM1/COM2/COM3) industrial transceiver that includes a high efficiency step-down regulator and a low dropout linear regulator. The device offers cable interface protection to ±60V....

EMI/RFI filter sample kits suited for microwave applications

June 30, 2014 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation (Elkhart, IN), through its subsidiary CTS Tusonix, announces the release of two new sample kits of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) filters specifically suited for microwave applications. CTS compiled two “C” type kits, 4300-900 and 4306-900....

Constant-current LED drivers meet demands of low-wattage intelligent lighting systems

June 30, 2014 2:10 pm | Sunpower UK | Product Releases | Comments

The LCM-25(DA) 25 W constant current LED power supply from Sunpower (Aldermaston, UK) allows designers to implement low-wattage intelligent LED lighting control systems and project style lighting designs. The LCM 25(DA) is the latest addition to the LCM series....

Dust monitor detects particles as small as 0.3 µm

June 30, 2014 1:53 pm | Yokogawa | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Corporation of America (Newnan, GA) announces the release of the model DT450G dust monitor. The DT450G detects the qualitative level of dust or particulate matter by working off of the principle of inductive electrification. This probe provides a highly sensitive measurement....

Wireless power coils comply with the Qi standard

June 30, 2014 1:26 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Würth Elektronik (Watertown, SD) expands its Wireless Power Coil program with three transmitter coils and one receiver coil. The new round transmitter coils 760 308 100 110 (A10) and 760 308 100 111 (A11) comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)....

Power packaging developments are advancing energy efficiency

June 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mahadevan Iyer2 | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Power packaging is an essential part of our design process here at TI.  Our innovative packaging technology brings in advancements in cost, high performance, and low and medium power applications, enabling differentiated products for TI and our customers.  For example, TI recently introduced two flyback power solutions, the UCC28910 and the UCC28630, that achieve the highest energy efficiency and lowest standby power consumption for...

Capacitive sensing MCUs target HMI applications

June 30, 2014 11:01 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced energy-efficient capacitive sensing microcontrollers (MCUs) for human-machine interfaces (HMI). The new C8051F97x MCU family combines the company’s ultra-low-power technology with fast, accurate capacitive sensing to provide…

Film capacitors offer snap-in terminals for easy PCB mounting

June 30, 2014 10:52 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has launched the FRC Series medium power DC-link film capacitors, which feature a wide range of capacitance and voltage values in addition to self-healing properties. These capacitors…

Plug Load Logger provides accurate equipment energy use data

June 30, 2014 10:40 am | Onset Computer Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Onset (Bourne, MA) has announced the HOBO Plug Load Logger, an easy-to-deploy data logger that measures and records the power and energy consumption of 120-V plug loads from office equipment, vending machines, and other devices. The HOBO Plug Load Logger provides…

Stepper motors present maximum power, minimal size

June 30, 2014 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the new FDM0620 Series, MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) presents a high performance FAULHABER stepper motor with minimal size.  All components (including connections) are in a housing that measures 9.7 mm in length and 6 mm in diameter.

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