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Integrated UV light sensor incorporates a photo-pin-diode

March 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new integrated ultraviolet (UV) light sensor featuring Filtron UV technology for high UV sensitivity and linearity. Designed to convert solar UV light intensity to digital data in consumer, medical, and industrial applications ...

Choosing the right Schottky diode for a LED backlight boost converter

March 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Steven Shackell, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

LED backlight boost converters that are incorporated into modern wireless devices tend to consume large quantities of power. The Schottky diode selected is pivotal when it comes to ensuring the boost converter’s overall efficiency reaches its highest level....

Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

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What’s the best defense against component counterfeiting?

March 9, 2015 12:01 pm | Articles | Comments

If we were to do a root cause analysis of the counterfeit component crisis in the electronics supply chain, I think we would find that while sourcing outside the authorized channel and the blatant disregard of criminals for intellectual property rights are significant contributors to the problem....

Wireless MCU platform helps customers go battery-less

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced the new SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless microcontroller (MCU) platform that helps customers go battery-less with energy harvesting or enjoy always-on, coin cell-powered operation for multiple years. With this industry-first technology ...

Electric buses: More advanced than you think

March 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" attracted many questions. They reveal a general perception ...

Advanced materials are essential to unlocking new LED and OLED devices

March 6, 2015 4:33 pm | by Serpil Gonen Williams, VP of Product Development, Pixelligent Technologies | Articles | Comments

During the past few years, LED-based lighting products have achieved significant market acceptance while OLED-based lighting products are poised for tremendous market growth in the near future. To continue commercial growth of these applications, there is a significant need ...

Pure sine wave inverters provide up to 3000VA of power

March 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by Schaefer Power Inc | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc., announces the PRP-3000 Series of highly efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 3000VA of power. The PRP-3000 Series has versions that meet industrial (EN60950) and rail (EN50155) standards. Standard input voltages of 24VDC, 36VDC, 48VDC, 72VDC ...

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Prototyping kit includes the powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 core

March 6, 2015 2:22 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a new, low-cost prototyping kit that gives engineers unprecedented access to design with the powerful 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M3 core in Cypress’s PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip architecture. The $10 CY8CKIT-059 Prototyping Kit delivers PSoC 5LP’s ability ...

Clock generators can produce up to 12 programmable output frequencies

March 6, 2015 1:51 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a high-performance programmable clock generator family that simplifies the design of consumer and networking systems. The new CY27410 4-PLL (phase-locked loop) clock generator can generate up to 12 programmable output frequencies on a single chip ...

Motion module includes a simple I2C connection to most MCUs/MPUs

March 6, 2015 12:29 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced from the Embedded World conference in Germany the MM7150 Motion Module—which combines Microchip’s SSC7150 motion co-processor combined with 9-axis sensors, including accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope in a small, easy to use form factor....

Kit assists in development of IoT applications

March 6, 2015 12:08 pm | by Congatec, Inc. | Congatec, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Qseven IoT kit makes it quick and easy to develop applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). The kit provides a complete starter set for the rapid prototyping of embedded IoT applications. The Qseven IoT kit contains a Qseven Computer-on-Module (COM) based on the latest Intel Atom processor technology ...

Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

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Engineering Update #100: The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine

March 5, 2015 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

Power converters designed to fit 1U enclosures

March 5, 2015 9:43 am | by Murata | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata has announced the launch of the D1U86P Series of ultra-high density power converters from Murata Power Solutions. The 1600 watt rated D1U86 features AC-input and DC-input models. The power supplies are designed to fit 1U enclosures, and measure ...

Current sensing using resistors

March 5, 2015 9:18 am | by Kory Schroeder, Director of Product Marketing and Engineering at Stackpole Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Current sensing resistors are a rapidly growing technology focused on regulation and monitoring of power from a supply to an end device. Current sensing resistors are used for a wide variety of handheld electronic devices, and while the concept of current sensing ...

5 STEM toys you must buy for your kid

March 5, 2015 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you have to buckle down and do the dirty work and other times you get to assemble toys at work.

Do your capacitors have principles and performance?

March 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by James C. Lewis, KEMET Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Tantalum capacitors are often the first choice for engineers where a high capacitance value is required within a small case size. The MnO2 type, with manganese dioxide cathode, can operate at temperatures up to 175°C or even 200°C and also benefit ...

This Star Wars drone might be the coolest thing ever

March 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

The Pulse: Robot bear nurse and smart bandages

March 4, 2015 10:53 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're being nursed back to health by a robotic bear, covering our boo-boos with electronically integrated smart bandages, jumping rope with an LED display that flashes each jump right before our eyes ...

Could Iran achieve human spaceflight by 2016?

March 4, 2015 9:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

From the same country that brought us the smallest “stealth fighter” of all time, a “time machine”, and a “drone” held together with duct tape comes an (overly) ambitious plan to send humans into space by 2016. Iran loves to tout its “indigenous” quasi-realistic military technology....

Connecting with the connected car at MWC

March 4, 2015 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

You think you know what a connected car is and then you actually experience one and it’s something else altogether. That was my experience at Mobile World Congress after taking the driver’s seat in a concept vehicle ...

HotSpot: Smart whiskey bottle provides consumers cocktail recipes

March 4, 2015 8:32 am | by Eric Sorensen & Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Diageo and ThinFilm Electronics are changing the role of a bottle in the consumer experience, with a prototype JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL “smart bottle” that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, taking place March 2-5, 2015. The connected “smart bottle” ...

Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM?

March 3, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

In our latest Engineering Live discussion focused on How Do We Get Kids into STEM?, we discussed how to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In this discussion, we’re going to take it a step further....

Programming tools designed for rotary encoders

March 3, 2015 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL is introducing powerful new programming capabilities and tools for their IXARC series of rotary encoders. With these new capabilities, the performance characteristics of these POSITAL encoders can be extensively modified through software changes, without requiring changes to physical components....

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