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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

Photos of the Day: HAV 304 Hybrid airship

March 17, 2014 11:10 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A UK design firm recently unveiled the Airlander, a football field-sized airship that they hope will become the new standard for transportation for supplies. Each Airlander costs around $40 million to construct.Weighing in at 44,000 pounds, this airship uses 80 percent less fuel than airplanes and helicopters.

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Airships are making a comeback

March 17, 2014 9:25 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Hopefully this comeback is a little less explosive than the Hindenburg’s reputation. A UK design firm recently unveiled the Airlander, a football field-sized airship that they hope will become the new standard for transportation — not of passengers, but of supplies.

US government ceding control of key Internet body

March 17, 2014 8:55 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

The U.S. government is relinquishing its control of the Internet's address system in a shift that may raise questions about the future direction of online innovation and communications. The decision announced Friday begins a long-planned transition affecting the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.

UK holds cyberwar game in Churchill's WW2 bunker

March 17, 2014 8:52 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under London's streets in Winston Churchill's World War II bunker, young techies are fighting a new kind of war. Bent over their computers in a steel-reinforced room, dozens of amateur cyber security experts spent Friday racing to understand why Britain's banking network suddenly seemed to have gone offline.  

Amsterdam canal house built with 3-D printer

March 17, 2014 8:49 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.

This technology could lower traffic fatalities by 40 percent

March 14, 2014 4:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

London, like any busy city, is full of people and cars and everyone is trying to use the same roads. In order to make the systems run more efficiently, London is investing in intelligent pedestrian crossing to the tune of several billion pounds. The system, which is actually called the Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique—catchy name—or “SCOOT”...

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Engineering Newswire: Phantom boat flies above the water

March 14, 2014 3:03 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're 3D printing documentaries, talking toilet lights, and riding the flying phantom above the water. This episode features: Flying Phantom: Phantom International has introduced its next generation of foiling catamarans, the Flying Phantom.

Expansion boards enable computer control and monitoring applications

March 14, 2014 12:24 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) announced the SeaRAQ family of I/O expansion boards designed for Relio R3 rackmount industrial computers. The boards interface to a variety of real-world I/O, and all boards are isolated to

Introducing advanced security in low-power applications with FRAM MCUs

March 14, 2014 11:29 am | by Priya Thanigai, product marketing engineer, MSP430 microcontrollers, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Security is becoming increasingly important in a wider range of applications. Numerous methods have been developed to force systems to expose confidential information or even application code, resulting in the development of countermeasures to ensure the security of Flash and EEPROM ICs.

Securing the Internet of Things

March 14, 2014 11:05 am | by Alan Lowne, CEO, Saelig Co. Inc., www.saelig.com | Articles | Comments

With around 2 billion people connected to the Internet and the advent of IoT, there may already be more connected ‘things’ than connected people. In 2013, by some estimates, there were over 10 billion connected devices, and this will climb as high as 50 billion by 2020....

Adults, don’t blame teenagers for your bad phone habits

March 14, 2014 9:01 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Teenagers these days. They can’t go one minute without their cell phone. But apparently, neither can adults. A new study shows that one in three parents are using their cell phones almost nonstop during meal time at restaurants, and it’s probably safe to say this kind of behavior goes on at home, too.

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Photos of the Day: The WatchKeeper WK450 UAV

March 14, 2014 8:41 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

UK Ministry of Defence recently announced a Release to Service for their own UAV, the WatchKeeper WK450, meaning that it’s been cleared for flight training. Based on the Elbit Hermes 450 UAV, the Watchkeeper WK450 is an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) unmanned aerial vehicle.

DC-DC converters feature improved efficiency and short-circuit protection

March 13, 2014 4:30 pm | Mornsun America LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Mornsun has launched the IF/B_XT-1WR2, F/B_XT-2WR2, F_D-1WR2, R2 series of DC-DC converters. Compared with the old generation, they have improved on efficiency, no-load power consumption, and short-circuit protection. They also feature compact size....

Microwave capacitors achieve capacitance levels to 68 pF

March 13, 2014 4:02 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (LaFox, IL) today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities of the 400L Series of precision tolerance, thin film NPO RF, and microwave capacitors from American Technical Ceramics Corp. (ATC). The 400L Series is constructed with a low-loss silicon dioxide....

SMT PC Board Jumpers designed to link Circuit Board traces/tracks

March 13, 2014 3:41 pm | Keystone Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

A new series of SMT PC Board Jumpers designed to link Circuit Board traces/tracks are the latest connectivity devices available from Keystone Electronics Corp. (Astoria, NY). These space-saving SMT jumpers are uniquely suited as alternative options where thru-hole jumper use is not feasible.

Self-clinching threaded studs offer application-specific benefits for metal attachment

March 13, 2014 3:01 pm | Penn Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

PennEngineering’s (Danboro, PA) PEM self-clinching threaded studs in an expanding range of designs introduce offer application-specific benefits for thin metal attachments.  All types of PEM studs are asserted to provide cost-effective and practical alternatives to

LED wall pack light offers high light output from a compact form factor

March 13, 2014 3:00 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a new magnetically mounted LED wall pack light with a glare-free shield. This 60 watt LED light offers high light output from a compact form factor and is designed to provide a more durable and long lived alternative to halogen and metal halide units.

LED driver includes a 15 – 450V linear regulator

March 13, 2014 2:38 pm | Supertex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) released an additional package option for the HV9910C. The Universal High Brightness LED Driver is now available in a lead(Pb)-free/RoHS compliant 8-lead SOIC with heat slug package in addition to the 8L and 16L SOIC packages.

Digital pressure sensor combines rugged housing with high performance

March 13, 2014 2:36 pm | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties’ (Hampton, VA) 86BSD media-isolated digital output pressure sensor combines a low-profile, 16 mm diaphragm diameter with a rugged 316L stainless steel housing. The new sensor targets high performance, low pressure applications

Infographic: The growth of engineering

March 13, 2014 12:51 pm | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | News | Comments

Over the last several years, there has been a tremendous focus on the creation of opportunities for those in the engineering and science fields, and according to a survey by TE Connectivity, it seems to be paying off. Enjoy the infographic!

DC/DC controller capable of delivering up to 50A output current

March 13, 2014 11:27 am | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel (San Jose, CA) announced that it would be previewing the MIC2111 DC/DC multi-mode controller at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2014. The industry conference will be held March 16-20, at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Thin film filter suppresses common mode and radiation noise

March 13, 2014 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Viking Tech Corporation (Irvine, CA) announces the CMF Series  CMF for “High Speed” and “Ultra High Speed” Differential Signal Lines. For suppressing common mode and radiation noise in differential signal interfaces, the CMF uses a large bandwidth that will not affect the transmission of differential signals.

Integrated connector module designed for 10 gigabit server, router, and storage applications

March 13, 2014 10:36 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces the JT3-1101HL ultra-low profile offset and halogen free 10GBASE-T (10 Gbit/s Ethernet over unshielded twisted-pair) RJ45 integrated connector module (ICM) for server, router, and storage applications.

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