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Next stop, planet electronica!

November 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

I’ve never traveled outside of the United States, and I’m excited that my first time will be for Electronica 2014 in Munich. The mere thought of the show’s overall size is very intimidating, but I must say, I am really interested to see all of the technological innovations....

The insatiable demand for analog spectrum technology

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

Wayward comet buzzes Mars

November 7, 2014 4:21 pm | News | Comments

Two NASA and one European spacecraft, including NASA's MAVEN mission led by the University of Colorado Boulder, have gathered new information about the basic properties of a wayward comet that buzzed by Mars Oct. 19, directly detecting its effects on the Martian atmosphere.

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Engineering Update #84: A solar and wind-powered car

November 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

G-code is just a concept car created from a vehicle study, but it’s still got some great ideas. The design is pretty futuristic, with a display on the grill that changes depending on if the car is parked or driving in sports, eco or drive mode. It also has ...

Triple-output power supply features twelve ranges

November 6, 2014 2:25 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the availability of Aim-TTi's MX100T, a 315 watt precision laboratory power supply offering three full-performance outputs each with multiple ranges. Unlike other triple-output power supplies ...

Buck regulator offers a thermally enhanced 3mm x 3mm DFN package

November 6, 2014 2:05 pm | Alpha And Omega Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the release of the fifth-generation EZBuck with the AOZ3103, a high-efficiency, simple-to-use synchronous buck regulator, with an operating input voltage range from 4.5V to 18V....

Small thermal sensor intended for radiation measurements

November 6, 2014 1:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

greenTEG AG (Santa Rosa, CA) has developed a new small thermal sensor for radiation measurements. At just 4.4 x 4.4 mm square, the gSKIN XB 45 9R is small enough for any application. Features include high scalability for high-volume applications....

MOSFETs feature ultra-low Rds(on) for industrial applications

November 6, 2014 1:26 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 75V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives ...

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Engineering Update Episode #84 Bloopers

November 6, 2014 10:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | 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 Editor Kasey Panetta, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg ...

The true cost of outsourcing

November 6, 2014 9:52 am | by David Holmes, Raytheon, Systems Verification Center Test Systems Dept Technical Staff | Articles | Comments

Many electronics and defense companies are investigating the possibility of reducing costs by outsourcing work that is not part of their core business.Assembly of automated test equipment (ATE) often falls in this category.Companies sometimes assume....

STEM Student of the Week: Carter Yagemann

November 6, 2014 9:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Carter Yagemann, a cybersecurity researcher at Syracuse University (Editor's note: Orange represent!) under the supervision of Professor Kevin Du. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM intiative....

Solar power is rising

November 6, 2014 8:49 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Many perspectives on solar generation undervalue or devalue the technology because utilities can’t depend on it to provide steady, predictable amounts of power as they can on traditional fossil-fueled or (dare I mention) nuclear-powered generators....

Cable tie/bundle product line now includes expandable sleeving

November 5, 2014 4:19 pm | Nte Electronics Inc | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics (Bloomfield, NJ) has expanded their cable tie/bundle management product line to now include expandable sleeving. This flame-retardant expandable sleeving is made of lightweight, self-fitting, braided polyester material that is designed....

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High-current terminals feature push-in connection technology

November 5, 2014 4:10 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduces a new line of push-in technology terminal blocks for high-power applications. The PTPOWER 95 provides easier spring connection for wires up to 4/0 AWG than screw connectors traditionally used....

Zener diodes feature 500 mW of power dissipation

November 5, 2014 2:18 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced the first new series of Zener diodes with 500 mW of power dissipation in the new ultra-compact MicroSMF eSMP series package. Combining extremely tight voltage tolerances with low leakage current ...

LED rig light fixture withstands the rigors of offshore operation

November 5, 2014 1:58 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a powerful new LED fixture designed to provide powerful output combined with rugged construction capable of withstanding the rigors of offshore operation. The HAL-48-2L-LED-BMSW-BL ...

5 top engineering fields for recent grads

November 5, 2014 12:16 pm | by Matt Pierson | Blogs | Comments

As the world economy transitions into the 21st century, many industries are contracting as entire occupations begin to disappear thanks to technological improvements. Engineering, however, is not one of these occupations. Although consisting of a widely diverse field of careers, engineering not only seems immune from bleak forecasts for the rest of the economy, but looks more promising than ever for recent college graduates.

Robotic snake-arm slithers into extreme environments

November 5, 2014 9:31 am | by Anja Schütz, maxon motor ag | Articles | Comments

Robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a snake-arm robot has no issue. As if it’s in a science fiction film ...

Infrared technology for touchscreens

November 5, 2014 8:44 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive....

Windowless planes could be the future of air travel

November 5, 2014 8:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those who hate flying or have any sort of general anxiety need not apply. A Paris-based design company, Technicon Design, has been touting its idea of a windowless airplane, and a UK tech innovation firm wants to bring it to life within 10 years....

Digital data logger enables large bursts of data up to 20bits at 100 MHz

November 4, 2014 4:19 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced LOG Storm 2MS, a new economical high-speed digital data logger for troubleshooting digital system buses. LOG Storm 2MS contains an 8Mbyte/2Msample memory buffer, enabling large bursts of data....

Rack-mount OpenVPX chassis serves commercial and military applications

November 4, 2014 3:08 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new high-power conduction-cooled rack-mount OpenVPX chassis designed for use in commercial and military system development applications....

Image sensors enable exceptional low-light video capture

November 4, 2014 1:24 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has set a new benchmark in low-light imaging for industrial markets with the introduction of a new class of CCD image sensor technology. Combining ON Semiconductor’s industry-leading Interline Transfer (IT) CCD ...

IGBT modules intended for high-power industrial applications

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced a comprehensive family of IGBT modules for high power industrial applications including motor drive inverters, switch mode power supplies (SMPS), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar inverters ...

Top 5 reasons to enter the ECN IMPACT Awards

November 4, 2014 10:36 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We’d like to present the top 5 reasons to enter the ECN IMPACT awards, held at the Mirage Las Vegas during EDS 2015. At the ECN IMPACT Awards, all companies, from well-established multinational conglomerates to small firms, are on a level playing field....

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