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House bill could save the A-10 (for selfish reasons)

April 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The House officially introduced a version of the annual defense budget that would save the A-10 Thunderbolt II. And this little proxy war is a perfect illustration of the ugly politics behind the F-35 and, really, defense programs in general....

LED offers increased reliability for rear projection systems

April 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced the P2W 01 LED, a highly reliable addition to its Osram Ostar Projection series. This new LED contains four chips that can be controlled in two separate groups. This provides an integrated solution that, in the event of emergencies, offers trouble-free operation in safety-related ...

Programmable DC electronic loads can sink current up to 60 A

April 29, 2015 1:50 pm | by B&K Precision Corporation | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision today announced its new 8600 Series programmable DC electronic loads. Delivering the performance of modular system DC electronic loads in a compact benchtop form factor, the 8600 Series marks the latest highlight in the history of the company's standalone DC load offerings. The new ...

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RF inductors satisfy MIL-PRF-15305 for military applications

April 29, 2015 9:45 am | by Gowanda | Gowanda | Product Releases | Comments

Gowanda Electronics launches five new RF inductor series for military applications, expanding the number of QPL-approved MIL-PRF-15305 MS part numbers offered by the company. The five series that achieved Qualified Product List status and the seven MS numbers they address include ...

250 watt ISM transistor offers up to 51% drain efficiency

April 29, 2015 9:39 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for NXP’s BLF2425M7LS-250P. This highly efficient (51% drain efficiency) LDMOS transistor is internally matched for broadband performance from 2400 to 2500MHz, supporting ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) applications. The earless, ceramic package adds to ...

3D printing isn't rocket science. Or is it?

April 29, 2015 9:10 am | by Stratasys | Blogs | Comments

Do you think 3D printers are just a new fad for hobbyists or making knickknacks? Or limited to making prototypes? Don't tell that to rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance (ULA). Making launch vehicles for NASA, the Air Force ...

Connectors designed for combined signal and power transmission

April 28, 2015 1:33 pm | by Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. | Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max is pleased to introduce new connector products designed for combined signal and power transmission. These connectors eliminate having to choose separate connectors for power and signal, simplify board layouts, provide versatility and deliver reliable and consistent performance. They are offering two new connector sets....

Letter to the Editor: Engineers must take the lead

April 28, 2015 1:23 pm | by PD&D Staff | News | Comments

My initial reaction, the emotional one, to the idea of an autonomous car was: Anyone who would buy or even ride in such a car has got to be out of his mind. Technology is not the issue. As Musk says - it’s a doable problem. The problem is the car makers....

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Antennas

April 28, 2015 1:07 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

With the demand for wider frequency coverage and complex designs with fast data retrieval continuing to increase, antennas need to be smaller while still maintaining their integrity. This category spotlights innovation among antenna types....

19.5" LCD delivers 4K2K resolution

April 28, 2015 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America has introduced a new 19.5” diagonal 4K2K resolution LCD developed by NLT Technologies Ltd. with a proprietary pixel structure that delivers high transmissivity and high-density color display. The new LCD utilizes NLT’s proprietary new Super Fine TFT2 (SFT2) technology, which is ...

Wireless Minute: NailO turns your fingernail into a tiny trackpad

April 28, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Dipierro, Janine Mooney | Videos | Comments

Whenever I'm cooking, it's always difficult to actually prepare the meal, hold seven hundred things in your hand, and then flip the page on the recipe book to see what the next step is. The NailO wants to help. A team at the MIT Media Lab is ...

Linear position sensors designed for metrology and dimensional gauging

April 28, 2015 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

H G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group is pleased to announce it has released a line of spring-extend AC-LVDT based dimensional gauging probes (aka pencil probes) for QC metrology, X-Y tables, and automotive/medical/aerospace test stands. These dimensional gauging probes are regularly used with ...

Power inductors ideal for electric vehicle applications

April 27, 2015 1:47 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s new AGP4233 Series shielded power inductors offer a unique combination of high current handling and high inductance, making them ideal for high-current power supply and filtering applications such as those used in electric vehicle start-stop systems. They are offered in twelve standard inductance values from ...

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Test instrument features operational frequency range of 100 Hz to 100 kHz

April 27, 2015 1:10 pm | by Global Specialties | Global Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

The LCR-600 is a high-precision test instrument used for measuring the inductance (L), capacitance (C), and resistance (R) of an electrical component. The LCR-600 has an operational frequency range of 100 Hz to 100 kHz and a basic measurement accuracy of 0.3%. There is a dual LCD display, measurement voltage fixed at 0.6 V ...

X-47B completes world’s first autonomous aerial refueling

April 27, 2015 11:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You might remember the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator as the first drone to execute a carrier landing. And now this semi-autonomous jet-powered craft has hit another milestone – the first Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) operation.

Current-sense transformers detect switching current up to 40 Amps

April 27, 2015 8:57 am | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

The CST2010 Series of current sense transformers from Coilcraft detect switching current up to 40 Amps over a frequency range of 50 to 500 kHz while also isolating circuits electrically, resulting in up to 10X lower power dissipation than current sense resistors. This makes them ideal for ...

The industry’s first 600V GaN transistor in a TO-247 package

April 23, 2015 4:17 pm | Transphorm, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm Inc. is offering engineering samples of its TPH3205WS transistor, the first 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride) transistor in a TO-247 package. Offering 63 mOhm R(on) and 34A ratings, the device utilizes the company’s Quiet Tab source-tab connection design, which reduces EMI at high dv/dt to enable low switching loss and high-speed ...

How this student went from watching the fish tank to diving with whale sharks

April 23, 2015 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Growing up, my family had a huge fish tank in our office that I would sit in front of for hours like it was a television set.

Autonomous driving: A problem solved?

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal because the "two-ton death machines" will be too dangerous.

Preventative human maintenance will tell you right & wrong

April 23, 2015 1:45 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I have yet to jump on the wearable bandwagon. I am without Fitbit and smart shoe, and I find the prospect of textiles as hardware unnerving. Some of this is due to a shopping aversion, but a large part of it is that, even as a self-confessed statistical junkie ...

Dual-channel TDR locates faults on all metallic cables

April 23, 2015 12:57 pm | by Megger | Product Releases | Comments

Megger now offers the TDR2010, a dual channel, high resolution time domain reflectometer (TDR) for locating faults on all metallic cables, including twisted pair wires and coax cables. This new TDR features a large (800 x 400 pixels), extra high-resolution (to 0.1 m), backlit, WVGA color LCD display with user definable tones.

Shielded power inductors provide inductance values up to 33 µH

April 23, 2015 12:39 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s XAL15xx Family of rugged, magnetically-shielded power inductors are offered in two versions – one providing saturation current ratings up to 111 Amps and the other offering inductance values as high as 33 µH – delivering the highest levels of performance in the smallest possible space....

SBCs provide heightened data security

April 23, 2015 12:38 pm | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has enhanced the C111 and C112, two of its Freescale T4-based single-slot 6U SBCs to include the new, low power, multi-core, multi-processor T4080 QorIQ with AltiVec technology. The T4080 processor significantly enhances computing performance and optimizes energy efficiency for ...

Google officially launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program ...

Development boards feature an ARM Cortex-M3 core running up to 180MHz

April 23, 2015 9:22 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Three new NXP development boards in the LPC Xpresso family are part of an established and popular toolchain featuring the power of LPC microcontrollers based on ARMs Cortex-M cores. The boards are able to work with most existing LPC Xpresso accessories and Arduino compatible shields to enhance functional capabilities....

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