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Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about a trip to Mars

March 18, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

News outlets everywhere have been drooling over the idea of the Mars One mission, despite a few massive holes--financial and technological--in the plan, but it's always interesting to read how die-hard space fans feel about it.

Inflatable satellite antennas reduce the military’s burden

March 18, 2015 12:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

What's your best idea for Sci-Fi inspired technology?

March 18, 2015 10:47 am | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Blogs | Comments

What’s your favorite science fiction movie? Maybe it’s a classic, like Star Wars: Episode IV, or a more modern film like Interstellar.

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Why the gender pay gap matters for manufacturing

March 18, 2015 10:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

In West Virginia, a woman who works full-time year-round will make 67.3 cents for every dollar made by her male coworker according to Employment and Earnings, the first report of The Status of Women in the States: 2015 project....

Freedom platform ideal for evaluating low power Cortex-M0+ based designs

March 18, 2015 10:37 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

The new Freescale Kinetis KL27/17 Cortex-M0+ based Freedom Platform with USB is ideal for evaluating low power Cortex-M0+ based designs that require USB capability. The Kinetis KL series of MCUs is one of the most energy efficient MCUs in its class....

Wall rack enclosure includes adjustable front and rear rails

March 18, 2015 10:04 am | by Video Mount Products | Product Releases | Comments

Now shipping, the ERWEN-15E (15 space) has an MSRP of $419.00. “The ERWEN-15E is a workhorse of a wall mounted rack enclosure,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. “Where space is at a premium, getting equipment off the floor and on the wall is a must....

Synchronous buck regulator provide output tracking and sequencing for FPGAs

March 18, 2015 8:52 am | by Intersil | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation announced the ISL8002B synchronous buck (step-down) switching regulator that delivers up to 2A of continuous output current from a 2.7V to 5.5V input supply. The device’s 2MHz switching frequency provides superior transient response, and its key features ...

Memory family features world’s fastest read/write time

March 18, 2015 8:34 am | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a new family of 3V Serial Quad I/O interface (or SQI interface) SuperFlash memory devices—the SST26VF. This three-member “26 Series” SQI interface family is available with 16-Mbit, 32-Mbit or 64-Mbit of memory, and is manufactured ...

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Pakistan unveils first armed domestic drone

March 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve all adjusted to the new paradigm of “asymmetrical” warfare, militaries have embraced drones as the premier tool against worldwide insurgencies. And with its “Buraq” indigenous armed drone, Pakistan is the latest member of the UAV club....

Engineering Newswire: Elio unveils engine prototype for 3-wheel, 84 MPG car

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

The tiny 3 wheeled Elio has a projected top speed of more than 100 mph, and a goal of up to 84 mpg. Now, the company has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype. And with the goal of ...

16W power amplifier designed for marine/weather radar

March 16, 2015 10:08 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGA2624-CP, 9 to 10GHz power amplifier from TriQuint (Qorvo). The TGA2624-CP offers 16W of saturated output power with 27dB of gain and can be used in both pulsed and CW operation for marine ...

Redesigned power supplies offer a slimmer profile

March 16, 2015 9:44 am | by Wago Corporation | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The newly redesigned EPSITRON CLASSIC Power Supply units from WAGO offer a slimmer profile, enabling added space savings in the control cabinet. Additional benefits include -40 °C cold start capability for extreme weather applications....

10,000 lumen LED features -40°C to +50°C operation

March 16, 2015 8:55 am | by GlacialLight | Product Releases | Comments

The GL-FL100 features a powerful 10,000 lumens CoB LED housed in a light and corrosion resistant aluminum body. By using smart thermal design including evaporative heat pipe technology, the GL-FL100 achieves 111lumen/W efficiency. A 70 degree beam angle ...

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Self-clinching panel screws provide secure and permanent attachment

March 16, 2015 8:33 am | by Penn Engineering | Penn Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

PEM Types PFC2 and PFS2 self-clinching captive panel screws from PennEngineering provide secure and permanent attachment for thin-metal assemblies, enable subsequent access to an assembly whenever necessary, and eliminate typical issues and risks associated ...

What it's like to fly a CV-22 Osprey

March 16, 2015 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The CV-22 Osprey is arguably one of the coolest aircraft around.

Compact terminal block includes easy wire release

March 13, 2015 5:38 pm | by Wago Corporation | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Virtually eliminate on-board LED shadowing with WAGO’s extremely compact 2059 PCB terminal blocks. With a 2.7 mm high, bright white profile the 2059 Series is the ideal connector for compact, miniaturized LED modules and bulbs. Benefits include: PUSHWIRE connection offering direct push-in of solid or tin-bonded conductors....

DC-DC converters feature ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage

March 13, 2015 5:12 pm | by Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new TEQ-WIR Series of 100, 160 and 200 watt high performance DC-DC converters with ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage ranges and EN 50155 approval for railway applications. The shock and vibration resistant TEQ-WIR Series are available in single output voltages of 12, 24, 28 and 48VDC. The chassis mount product is designed ...

Type-C controller enables fast time-to-market for OEMs

March 13, 2015 4:45 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. sampled an ultra-small footprint, integrated USB Type-C cable controller solution with power delivery (PD). Optimized for 2.4-mm thin USB Type-C cable connectors, the programmable EZ-PD CCG2 controller is fully capable of supporting any USB Type-C Downstream Facing Port....

Low noise amplifier offers a noise figure of 2.3dB

March 13, 2015 4:30 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGA2618-SM, 16 to 18GHz Low Noise Amplifier from TriQuint (Qorvo). The TGA2618-SM offers a noise figure of 2.3dB for use in both commercial and military radar as well as satellite communication systems. Capable of operating from a 3V bias with 30mA of quiescent current, P1dB of the TGA2618-SM measures 6dBm. Small signal gain from three...

Why I dream of working at SpaceX with Elon Musk

March 13, 2015 4:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ishmeet Grewal, a Junior Computer Science and Engineering Student at The Ohio State University.

Harnessing the tides

March 13, 2015 2:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical....

Sensors and the Internet of Things

March 13, 2015 9:23 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

On its current trajectory, global IP traffic should to grow over the five-year interval from 2013 to 2018 at a CAGR of 21% from 107 to 247 exabytes per month, according to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index report. Consumer traffic dominates the trend, accounting for about 80% ...

F-35 won’t provide sufficient close-air support until 2022

March 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Officials with the Joint Strike Fighter program recently announced that the F-35 won’t be able to utilize the military’s top close-air support bomb, the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), until 2022, five years after the SDB II enters service in 2017....

Custom substrates increase design flexibility and density

March 12, 2015 5:45 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has added a new sidewall patterning capability to its custom thin film substrate offering. This capability allows Vishay to provide conductive patterning on up to four surfaces with compact line width and gap dimensions, increasing design flexibility and density for miniaturization ...

Digital-to-analog converters feature 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution

March 12, 2015 5:30 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its non-volatile Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) product line with the MCP47FEBXX devices. The low-power, single and dual-channel DACs feature 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution, integrated EEPROM and an I2C interface, and are offered ...

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