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Wearable enclosure series gives designers a choice of 42 individual housings

March 24, 2014 11:08 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

OKW (Bridgeville, PA) has completed its range of advanced ERGO-CASE wearable enclosures with six new smaller XS models, giving designers a choice of 42 individual housings. The new extra small cases are suitable for compact handheld electronic devices and have

Volvo thinks magnets could guide development of autonomous cars

March 24, 2014 9:20 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Autonomous cars seem to be the future of individual transportation. Personally, I’ve never minded lengthy drives — just throw on some tunes and cruise along to your destination. But for commuters and other motorists, self-driving cars could be the answer to their problems....

Should we use technology to punish prisoners infinitely?

March 24, 2014 8:56 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Life extension and enhancement technology: Gift or curse? May be the latter, at least for prisoners. In the digital age, capital punishment becomes more complicated. If we make lifetimes infinite, what will happen to life sentences? New technologies seek to alter prisoners’ experiences of time....

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Super junction MOSFETs improve power efficiency, reduce product footprint

March 21, 2014 4:35 pm | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components (Irvine, CA) has introduced a new series of high-speed switching type super junction MOSFETs. The new DTMOS IV-H series consists of the TK31N60X, TK39N60X and TK62N60X, and is based on Toshiba's fourth generation 600V super junction MOSFET DTMOS IV series....

Flexible-boot cable assemblies support low profile installations

March 21, 2014 4:07 pm | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces FlexiBend MPO/MTP* flexible-boot cable assemblies designed to optimize cable routing and support low profile installations where cabinet doors or front panels might interfere with traditional straight style bend limiting boots....

Engineering Newswire: Finding bombs with electric noses

March 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Florida are finding that lobsters could one day help protect soldiers. Using data from the lobsters, the researchers have created algorithms that give artificial silicon neurons the ability to not only recognize a scent, but also find it....

Current-sensing IC boosts overall system efficiency

March 21, 2014 11:51 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the robust IR25750 general-purpose current-sensing IC available in an ultra-compact SOT23-5L package that boosts overall system efficiency while delivering dramatic space savings....

High-speed source-driver designed for pulsed current applications

March 21, 2014 10:56 am | Supertex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) introduces the MD2133, a high-speed source-driver for pulsed current applications. The MD2133 is programmable and is targeted for medical ultrasound beam-forming applications. It can also be used in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)....

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600-V SOT-23 current sensing IC aims to boost overall system efficiency and save space

March 21, 2014 10:50 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier, IR (El Segundo, CA) introduced the IR25750 general purpose current sensing IC available in a SOT23-5L package that is said to boost overall system efficiency while delivering dramatic space savings for high current applications. By extracting

Who will win the wireless power dogfight?

March 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s like Betamax and VHS. The United States and the Soviet Union. Tom and Jerry. The furious tussle between direct induction and resonant magnetic induction played out at the 2014 Applied Power and Electronics Conference (APEC). This is a desperate fight that’ll determine the future of wireless power....

DC to 20 GHz GaAs distributed driver amp offers positive gain slope, low noise figure

March 21, 2014 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) added a new driver amplifier, the CMD192C5, to its product library. The CMD192C5 is the packaged version of the CMD192 amplifier that until now had only been available in die form. This wideband GaAs MMIC distributed amplifier

Latching connectors target high shock and vibration applications

March 21, 2014 9:56 am | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Omnetics Connector Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) announced its latching Micro-D connector can be mated or un-mated without the need for a screwdriver or hand tools. Built to meet or exceed the testing specified in MIL-DTL-83513 specifications, the small...

Enclosures accommodate DIN rail mounted electronics

March 21, 2014 9:20 am | Hitaltech USA | Product Releases | Comments

Hitaltech (Valley Cottage, NY) introduced the latest addition to Italtronic’s DIN Rail mounted enclosure ‘Railbox’ range, the RAILBOX COMPACT, suitable for electronic applications mounted on a DIN Rail (EN 60715). Four sizes are available

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Compact fuse provides 1500 A breaking compacity at 500 VAC

March 21, 2014 8:05 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) is pleased to announce the new series SHF 6.3x32 compact fuse. The series provides overcurrent protection up to 500 VAC. The high breaking capacity of 1500A at rated voltage safeguards electronic systems and operators in the event of a catastrophic short circuit incident....

MCU series integrates ARM technology for the fast-growing Chinese automotive market

March 20, 2014 1:01 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) announced that its ARM-based Kinetis Series of microcontrollers (MCUs) is being introduced into the automotive market. The series is designed to speed and simplify the development process for

Silicon devices help address ESD and surge protection challenges

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity’s Circuit Protection business unit (Menlo Park, CA) has introduced a new family of silicon ESD (SESD) devices exhibiting ±20-kV and ±22-kV air discharge ratings to help designers solve the pervasive protection challenge caused by

Load switch offers low on-resistance and 4-A maximum continuous current

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) launched a small load switch with controlled turn on and very low on-resistance. The APE8937-HF-3 load switch contains one N-channel MOSFET that can

Scientists discover potential way to make graphene superconducting

March 20, 2014 11:34 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered a potential way to make graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms with great promise for future electronics – superconducting, a state in which it would carry electricity with 100 percent efficiency.

Algae may be a potential source of biofuels and biochemicals even in cool climate

March 20, 2014 11:32 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Algae are not yet profitably cultivated for energy production purposes. The cultivation is challenging especially in cool climate where there is little daylight in winter.Production is expensive compared with wood and agricultural biomass. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation can also be possible in Finland.

DC power connector is halogen free

March 20, 2014 11:30 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products’ (Sterling, MA) Saf-D-Grid Ultra Short Receptacle is being manufactured in a halogen free, high temperature housing material to meet equipment manufacturers’ desire to offer eco-friendly devices. This 25-A, 600-V

Obama unleashing power of data on climate change

March 20, 2014 11:28 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. Officials figure the more you know about climate change the more likely you will do something. "People need to understand what is happening and what is likely to happen," White House science adviser John Holdren told reporters.

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....

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.

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