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Engineering Update #50 bloopers

March 20, 2014 10:37 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

Engineering Update #50: Deploying maritime drones

March 20, 2014 10:24 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Deploying maritime drones: Now you didn’t really think the flyboys would get to play with all the unmanned toys did you? The Navy has its own plans to deploy drones, including the Hydra underwater “truck”, and other surveillance technology that can function in a maritime environment.

This app could prevent 1,600 deaths every day

March 19, 2014 3:58 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The move towards mobile medicine is pretty incredible in a few different ways. For one, it offers an aging population —in the U.S. it’s the baby boomers—an option for treatment that doesn’t involve more doctor’s offices or hospitals than necessary. On the other hand, mobile medicine provides a great way....

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Photos of the Day: The ship's bridge of the future

March 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by VTT | News | Comments

VTT and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to imagine what the ship of a bridge will look like in the year 2025. As depicted, there was a heavy emphasis on augmented reality displays and personlizations. Each design came from studies of crew operations and ideas from current crews.

Japan energy storage subsidies to spark market growth

March 19, 2014 11:44 am | by Sam Wilkinson, IHS research manager for Energy Storage | News | Comments

The introduction of subsidies for consumers and businesses installing energy storage in Japan and Germany is forecast to spark a drive to install the systems and help drive down costs just as they did for the solar PV industry over the past decade.

Three-phase medium power film capacitors suit PFC, AC filtering applications

March 19, 2014 11:33 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released the FLB Series medium power film capacitors.  Packaged in a cylindrical aluminum can with terminals that enable direct, three-phase, internal wire connection, FLB Series capacitors are comprised of

Power supply unit is designed for CompactPCI Serial

March 19, 2014 11:11 am | Schroff | Product Releases | Comments

Pentair (Straubenhardt) has created a 'quasi' standard for pluggable Schroff CompactPCI Serial PSUs and developed an AC PSU with a wide input voltage range. The PICMG has defined the power supply arrangements for CompactPCI Serial as

Two-Watt DC/DC "cube" halves industry standard footprint

March 19, 2014 10:54 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The MTU2 Series of miniature surface mounted 2-W DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) is believed to be the industry's smallest 2-W converter and measures 8.2 mm x 8.4 mm x 8.5 mm with a 0.69 cm2 footprint and presented as being 50 percent smaller than

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600-V rectifiers are desirable for PFC applications

March 19, 2014 9:57 am | Central Semiconductor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) introduced several new 600-V HyperFast Rectifiers designed for extremely fast switching applications, such as Power Factor Correction (PFC), where total conduction losses must be minimized and at the same time, power density must be maximized. The series

Robodog: Man's newest best friend

March 19, 2014 7:01 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

 What kid doesn’t want a puppy? Come to think of it, what adult doesn’t want a puppy? Yet there’s always a list of reasons why that isn’t a good idea. A new robotic dog may be the answer. Zoomer, the latest in robotic dog technology, does everything a “real” dog would do— barking, running, tail-wagging —without any of the fur or

Millimeter-wave sub-assemblies enable next generation R&D projects

March 18, 2014 3:44 pm | by Jeff Elliott for Renassance Electronics & Communications | Articles | Comments

Millimeter waves are being used to deliver critical course correction to sub-atomic particle beams travelling at 99.995 percent the speed of light in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). For those engaged in R&D of next generation products, incorporating

Shunt resistor increases heat dissipation

March 18, 2014 12:06 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The HCS Series shunt resistor from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) uses a solid metal element that is elevated off the mounting plane. This elevated design increases the ability of the part to dissipate the heat into the ambient air and not into the PCB. The HCS2512, for example, will

T1/E1 Transformers meet strict telecom application requirements

March 18, 2014 11:50 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. (Riverside, CA) added two T1/E1 transformers to the company’s inductive components product line. Designated Bourns Models SM75056PEL and SM75057PEL, the new devices are potted construction

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A new algorithm improves the efficiency of small wind turbines

March 18, 2014 11:16 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

In recent years, mini wind energy has been developing in a spectacular way. According to estimates by the WWEA-World Wind Energy Association, the level of development of the mini wind energy industry is not the same as that of the wind energy industry, although forecasts are optimistic.

Researchers Devise New, Stretchable Antenna for Wearable Health Monitoring

March 18, 2014 11:13 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices. The extremely flexible antennas contain silver nanowires and can be incorporated into wearable health monitoring devices.

Inductive position sensor is a drop-in replacement for magnetostrictive cylinder position sensors

March 18, 2014 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) announced the MR Series of Linear Position Sensors for use in measuring the ram position of hydraulic and large pneumatic cylinders. The MR Series is presented as a drop-in form, fit, and function replacement for

Reducing Anxiety With a Smartphone App

March 18, 2014 11:10 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The study suggests that “gamifying” a scientifically-supported intervention could offer measurable mental health and behavioral benefits for people with relatively high levels of anxiety.

Getting rid of bad vibrations

March 18, 2014 11:08 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Whether you’re looking at hairy spider legs, the alien-like faces of ants, or the spiky-looking surfaces of pollen – a scanning electron microscope delivers high-resolution images that are rich in detail. But you can’t get perfect images unless you protect the microscope from vibration.

Photos of the Day: Introducing supersonic passenger planes

March 18, 2014 9:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The level of concern over sonic boom annoyance became so significant that the Federal Aviation Administration prohibited domestic civil supersonic flight over land in 1973. This prohibition helped quiet the skies and reduce potential impacts on the environment. However, it also dashed hopes of introducing supersonic overland passenger service within U.S. airspace during the Concorde era.

JEDEC-qualified 600-V GaN-on-Silicon family includes PQFN-packaging, smaller die sizes

March 17, 2014 6:06 pm | Transphorm, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm Inc. (Goleta, CA) announced 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride)-based, low-profile PQFN products and the expansion of its product portfolio in the industry-standard TO220 packages. The 600-V GaN HEMTs (high electron mobility transistors) use the

Power supplies are SEMI F47 compliant

March 17, 2014 2:49 pm | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies’ (Cork, Ireland) UltiMod and Xgen families of power supplies are compliant to SEMI F47, an essential standard requirement for Semiconductor Processing Voltage Sag Immunity. The UltiMod and Xgen families meet the required

Low frequency crystal has 1.4-mm installation height

March 17, 2014 12:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PETERMANN-TECHNIK (Landsberg) offers a solution for flat applications in which the HC-49/US-SMD series SMD crystal encased in metal with frequencies below 10 MHz cannot be used because of its height

Synchronous forward controller generates secondary bias for controlled VOUT start-up

March 17, 2014 12:03 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA)  announced the LT3752/LT3752-1, a high input voltage capable synchronous forward controller with active clamp transformer reset. A controlled VOUT start-up and shut-down is maintained using

Finding the next Steve Jobs

March 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Chris Fox, PDD Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D printing isn’t new, especially to the engineering community, but it can’t be denied that additive manufacturing has been under the marketing spotlight in the last 18 months. That’s why Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel found themselves working on an indie-documentary featuring some of the biggest “little” companies in 3D printing.

PMICs present high efficiency and low standby power consumption for AC/DC power supplies

March 17, 2014 11:34 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced two flyback power solutions that are said to achieve the highest energy efficiency and lowest standby power consumption for 5-W to 100-W AC/DC power supplies. The UCC28910 switcher with integrated

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