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HotSpot: Don’t microwave your iPhone

October 1, 2014 8:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

A group of Internet pranksters known as 4-chan released an ad that suggested Apple's new operating system, iOS 8, was so advanced that you could "wave charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half"....

LED light modeling and simulation shortens time-to-market, enhances light delivery

September 30, 2014 4:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) offers advanced design services that include LED light modeling and human vision simulation that predicts light behavior and provides a complete analysis of all photometric and colorimetric characteristics of any product design....

Off-the-shelf vehicle-duty motors feature rated power from 2.6kW to 30kW+

September 30, 2014 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Rohnert Park, CA) announces the second phase of its HEV motors: the GVM142. The GVM142 generator and auxiliary motor series is a highly advanced electric machine intended to be used....

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Lighting ballast transformers ideal for reliable aerospace & commercial systems

September 30, 2014 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The highly efficient Lighting Ballast Transformer Series from Innovative Power, Inc. (Perris, CA) offer superior performance, excellent reliability, and rugged construction for aerospace, industrial, and commercial lighting systems. Features include....

GaN HEMT die specified for operation up to 6GHz

September 30, 2014 2:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) has developed a family of 50V discrete GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) die for operation up to 6GHz. The new 40W CGHV60040D and 170W CGHV60170D represent the only 50V bare GaN HEMT die available....

My internship experience with ECN Magazine

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It was exciting, nerve-wracking, and a priceless learning experience. My time as the brand new editorial intern for ECN magazine was definitely unforgettable. At first, I was a little bit nervous, hoping that I was the right guy for the job. I wasn’t....

Smart glasses and the evolution of human-computing interfaces

September 30, 2014 9:38 am | by James Mongomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

Within the emerging category of wearable computing, arguably the most characteristic product to emerge is "smart glasses" which mesh the communications capabilities of smartphones with additional visual and other sensual enhancements....

All-SiC power module enables unprecedented reductions in cost and size

September 29, 2014 4:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) releases the industry’s first all-SiC 1.7kV power module in an industry standard 62mm housing. Powered by Cree’s C2M large area SiC chip technology, the new half-bridge module exhibits an impressive 8mOhm on-resistance....

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400 watt high-intensity LED light replaces 1,000 watt metal halide

September 29, 2014 3:53 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The GAU-LTL-400W-LED fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) produces 52,000 lumens of high intensity light while drawing only 400 watts from a 120 volt electrical system. This high mast LED flood light offers intense light output....

Turnkey inverter systems offer power range from 6kVA to 90kVA

September 29, 2014 3:33 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) unveils turnkey inverter systems using their Series IT of single or three-phase switch mode inverter systems with a power range from 6kVA to 90kVA. These highly reliable, fully-customizable "built-to-project" ...

Are engineers too smart for their own good?

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I can have an ongoing dialogue with multiple design engineers every day. Sure, sometimes the conversations are a bit feisty as things heat up in the pddnet.com comments section (where cooler heads rarely prevail)....

How to improve system efficiency for electric motors

September 29, 2014 10:51 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ams-Taos Usa Inc, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Digi-Key, Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency and environmental impact are becoming increasingly important considerations for engineers designing an electric motor system. Several IC vendors have made significant offerings that help deliver system efficiency, environmental benefits and cost savings....

Femtoamp bias current op amps achieve 500-MHz gain bandwidth

September 29, 2014 9:42 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC6268 and LTC6269 FET-input single and dual op amps, which deliver desirable performance for high speed and high dynamic range transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and buffer applications.

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Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter flies for 5 years without stopping

September 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet. These unmanned vehicles, known as SkyOrbiters, are capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling....

Murata's robot cheerleaders

September 29, 2014 8:51 am | by Murata | Videos | Comments

Using the latest sensing and communication technologies, as well as advanced group control technology, the Murata Cheerleaders are the latest addition to Murata’s family of Robots. Unlike their predecessors, bicycle-riding MURATA BOY ...

DC small cell power system suits telecom and network equipment

September 26, 2014 12:49 pm | Dongah Elecomm Usa | Product Releases | Comments

DongAh Elecomm (Richardson, TX) introduced its new 288W LOPU-A4L rectifier from the Cheshire Series designed to support expansive growth in small cell 4G/LTE wireless/telecom base stations and network equipment. The LOPU-A4L rectifier module is …

Digital 40-A, 132-W PoL DC/DC converter features PMBus interface

September 26, 2014 12:30 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA)  announced the addition of the OKDx-T/40 Series of non-isolated point-of-load (PoL) DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Available in three different package formats, through-hole, single-in-line, and surface mount, the OKDx-T/40 is a 40-A, 132-W digital DC/DC converter.

How three teenage girls are solving world hunger

September 26, 2014 11:50 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The key to beefing up the country (and world) supply of engineer and technology superstars is giving them the opportunity to do great things, even if they can’t legally drive yet. The Google Science Fair is a competition for students between the ages of 13 and 18 with prizes ranging...

Low power, 13MP IP camera features H.264 and JPEG compression

September 26, 2014 11:32 am | Sensoray Co., Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray (Tigard, OR) announced the release of its Model 3011 Miniature HD IP camera. It fits in a 2.25 x 2.00 x 1.20-inch enclosure (including the lens) and is capable of providing an H.264 compressed stream at standard HD resolution (1080p30), or multiple streams at ...

PCIe digitizer cards offer 5 GS/s sample rate

September 26, 2014 10:21 am | Spectrum Digital | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum has extended the performance of its PCIe based instruments by adding nine new models to its M4i series of digitizers. These cards boast real-time sampling rates up to 5 GS/s and high bandwidth making it possible for them to measure signals, edges and pulses down into …

Photos of the Day: A drone's-eye view of the world

September 26, 2014 9:47 am | by Dronestagram | Blogs | Comments

We're very familiar with the idea of the military using drones, but drones can also be used to capture the beauty of a place. Dronestagram is a social network that collects images and video all captured by multirotors and all sent in by regular people. It's definitely an interesting view of the world. 

High-voltage, ultrafast Schottky rectifier modules

September 26, 2014 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

America Semiconductor (Linden, NJ) released a new high-voltage, Schottky rectifier. The avalanche energy rated AK2S200-170 modules integrate two fully independent diodes in a compact, fully insulated, standard SOT-227 package.

Metrics aside, color rendering matters

September 25, 2014 4:21 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO of Soraa | Blogs | Comments

The Illumination Engineering Society (IES) recently published a “position statement” (PS-8-14) which states that color rendering “requirements should not be a metric used in energy regulations to characterize color attributes for solid state lighting.” This unfortunate wording has caused ...

Ceramic capacitors perform in high temperatures

September 25, 2014 12:56 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced its new High Temperature Radial Molded Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors which are said to offer industry-leading performance in extreme environments and high temperature up to 200 degrees Celsius. The gold-plated …

Isolated pressure sensor withstands corrosive environments

September 25, 2014 12:44 pm | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) expanded its 154 Series of media isolated, piezoresistive silicon pressure sensors with the small profile, backside compensated 154B. Housed in a 316L stainless steel package as standard, the compact 19 mm sensor is also ...

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