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Why Russia’s anti-blogger law should terrify you

August 11, 2014 7:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, Russia isn’t exactly copasetic with the whole “democracy” thing. Case in point: Vladimir Putin recently turned bloggers into vassals of the state. The law destroys online anonymity and makes bloggers responsible for third-party users on their sites....

Flash memory IC includes a minimum of 50,000 program/erase cycles

August 8, 2014 1:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GigaDevice Semiconductor (Santa Clara, CA) announces mass production availability of the world’s first SPI NAND Flash Memory IC in an 8-pin package. For the first time, designers of electronic systems can enjoy the low cost per bit and large capacity of NAND Flash IC memory....

Engineering Newswire: Robo-shipbuilder suit gives workers superhuman strength

August 8, 2014 1:25 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is participating in a pilot program, outfitting employees with robot exoskeletons to help them do their jobs, with superhuman strength. The Robo-Shipbuilder prototype suit is made of carbon....

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Software makes significant FPGA design productivity gains

August 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the release of its updated Libero System-on-Chip (SoC) version 11.4 comprehensive design software....

Arc suppressors increase the life of electromechanical relays

August 8, 2014 1:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Arc Suppression Technologies (Bloomington, MN) announced today that it has introduced a complete line of patented NOsparc arc suppressors that could dramatically increase the life of electromechanical relays used in thousands of applications, including industrial motors....

Israel's Iron Dome & the ethics of war

August 8, 2014 11:39 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

By many reports, the damage done by the rockets fired from Gaza into Israel would be much worse if it were not for Israel's air-defense system called Iron Dome. According to the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), Iron Dome succeeds in intercepting about 80% of rockets that come within its zone of protection....

How stadiums ensure Internet access with high-density Wi-Fi networks

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Dennis Burrell, Product Innovation Technologist, Ventev Wireless Infrastructure | Articles | Comments

For most people, visiting a major league stadium to watch a favorite team is a noteworthy event. In fact, with the enormous growth of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, it’s one of the most frequently shared experiences online....

Don’t let ‘selfies’ define your self-worth

August 8, 2014 9:49 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Don’t get me wrong:  I like taking an occasional selfie every once in a while. Everyone likes to use their front camera when there isn’t a nearby mirror, just to check themselves out a little bit from time to time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a selfie, but people are getting a little carried away with these DIY pictures....

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Water-resistant in-line connector series provides IP67-rated protection

August 8, 2014 9:24 am | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed a water resistant in-line connector series with a simplified, slim design and smooth contour for connecting inside small spaces. Providing IP67-rated protection, the DF62W Series dimension is only 27.10mm x 10.20mm x 12.00mm when mated....

Attenuators feature operating frequencies up to 18 GHz

August 8, 2014 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave (Allen, TX) announces the release of their new family of 25, 50 and 100 Watt attenuators with operating frequencies up to 18 GHz depending on the configuration. There is a total of 236 new part numbers in this attenuator release from Fairview Microwave....

Bouncing between the networks

August 8, 2014 8:55 am | by Charles Gervasi, element14 contributor | Articles | Comments

It was just over ten years ago when a professor at USF explained in a graduate class that 3G was mature enough to be deployed commercially, if only there were some “killer app” to provide a reason someone would want that much data in a phone....

Is technology making our youth dumber?

August 8, 2014 8:09 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I have little 2-3 year-old cousins that have the ability to use and comfortably navigate their way around a smart phone or a tablet. It is incredible to see how technology that takes older adults a longtime to figure out comes so natural to them. Just witnessing how much things have changed since I was younger is mind-blowing....

Four-slot, rugged CompactDAQ controller integrates an Intel Atom processor and high-accuracy measurements

August 7, 2014 2:46 pm | National Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

NI (Austin, TX) announced the CompactDAQ four-slot controller. By integrating the processor, signal conditioning and I/O into a single CompactDAQ system, engineers and scientists can reduce overall system cost and complexity while increasing

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Test platform enables automated software tests directly on the target system

August 7, 2014 1:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme and Razorcat now present a whole range of optimized, so-called Tool Qualification Packages (TQPs) for the TESSY test platform for various architectures and cross compilers. These TQPs will in the future ...

Engineering Update Episode 70: Japan’s military space force

August 7, 2014 1:27 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Following Japan’s approval of the Basic Space Law in 2008, allowing for the use of space for security purposes, the country recently announced the formation of a space-based military force by 2019. Most of us are probably familiar with Japan’s constitution — established by Allied Forces in 1947....

PQFN power block features exposed top

August 7, 2014 1:19 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of the power block family of devices with the introduction of the IRFHE4250D FastIRFET dual power MOSFET that reduces power losses by more than 5% at 25A compared to best-in-class conventional power block devices....

Cell power

August 7, 2014 12:16 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

At the advent of the Integrated-Circuit Age, portable electric-powered devices were few. Correspondingly, less than a handful of battery chemistries and form factors served most applications. Truck and auto engines depended on lead-acid batteries....

Fiber-optic interconnects are a prime choice for military applications

August 7, 2014 11:32 am | by Mark Matus, Molex Global Product Manager for Rugged Interconnects | Articles | Comments

Downtime and poor performance in military systems are unacceptable. But finding fiber optic components that not only hold up under harsh conditions yet also consistently deliver superior throughput has proved challenging in the past — especially in recent years....

Shrinking connectors uphold MIL-style requirements

August 7, 2014 11:01 am | by Klaus Montoya, Senior Cable Design Engineer, Elma Electronic | Articles | Comments

Physical characteristics, such as size and weight, aren’t the only real problem with using traditional MIL connectors in the growing number of small form factor (SFF) and unmanned applications. There is a significant technology challenge designers are facing, as well....

IDT lowers cost of test by adopting the NI Semiconductor Test System

August 7, 2014 10:41 am | by Glen E. Peer, Director of Test Engineering, Integrated Device Technology Inc. | Idt, National Instruments | Blogs | Comments

As the performance of IDT’s devices increases, it becomes more difficult to maintain the pace in the production test environment. Traditional ATE systems capable of meeting our high-performance measurement requirements are expensive and often include extra capabilities....

The Internet of EVERYthing will engage EVERYone

August 7, 2014 8:56 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

IoT, the Internet of Things, is dominating the media these days. Some say IoT itself is probably a misnomer. For instance, futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil says it really ought to be the Internet of Everything (IoE). Whenever we hear IoT, the first thing many start talking about is M2M....

Developing smart tools for the Airbus factory of the future

August 7, 2014 8:40 am | by Sébastien Boria, Airbus | Blogs | Comments

Today’s aerospace factory floor is nothing like the hectic, noisy production facility of the past. The latest techniques, designs, and equipment make modern manufacturing efficient, organized, and structured. And what about tomorrow? The future of the aircraft factory is a research and technology project....

High current-sense chip resistors equipped with Kelvin 4 wire connection

August 6, 2014 5:09 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The CSSK Series from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) offers a 0612 size chip resistor with Kelvin 4 wire connection. The robust all-metal construction withstands pulses and environmental stresses with minimal resistance shift. The low resistance values down to 0.75 milliohms....

Programmable power supplies test battery-powered devices, low power semiconductors

August 6, 2014 4:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Keithley Instruments (Cleveland, OH) introduced the Series 2280S precision measurement, low noise, programmable DC power supplies featuring the speed and dynamic range essential for measuring standby current loads and load current pulses that

Microcontroller family includes intelligent analog integration

August 6, 2014 4:33 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced an expansion of its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller (MCU) family with increased Flash memory densities, intelligent analog and digital peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters....

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