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RF switch delivers high port-to-port isolation

February 6, 2015 9:48 am | by Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine’s PE42524 is a single-pole double-throw (SPDT) RF switch die that supports a wide frequency range from 10 MHz to 40 GHz. It delivers exceptionally high port-to-port isolation, low insertion loss and excellent linearity. The switch exhibits ...

Software development platform simplifies porting of code

February 6, 2015 8:57 am | by Stmicroelectronics | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Designers targeting any of STMicroelectronics’ STM32 microcontrollers can now leverage the speed and convenience of the STMCube™ software development platform, which has now completed rolling out to all STM32 MCU family series currently in production....

This is what it's like to intern at NASA

February 6, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Lauren Prox, a senior at Denbigh High School - Aviation AcademyShe hasn't quite decided what the rest of her life will look like, but she's narrowed it down to Aerospace, Optical, or Electrical Engineering. We think she has some good options.

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Engineering Update #96: China's drone delivery service

February 4, 2015 4:26 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While we struggle with domestic drone regulations, China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is moving forward with a similar service as Amazon’s vaunted drone delivery system. Ya know, the difference being that Alibaba isn’t mired in seemingly endless red tape and regulatory hurdles....

Cloud-bursting tech guarantees a sunny wedding day

February 4, 2015 10:17 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The luxury travel site Oliver’s Travels is now offering a “cloud-bursting” service that guarantees clear skies for your wedding day. But the sun comes with a price tag, with a cost of more than $150,000. According to the company’s blog, “the service employs the talents of ...

Germany is greenlighting driverless vehicles (and it's great)

February 4, 2015 9:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Autobahn, arguably one of the the most famous roads in the world, is about to welcome a new technology to its 8,216 miles and it's very exciting. For the first time, this highway will be home to not just crazy drivers going whatever speed they want, but it will also welcome ...

Driverless cars are not high-speed trains

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars not driven by human beings would be much safer than those operated by machines...

Environmental improvements to passenger aircraft drives component innovation

February 4, 2015 8:41 am | by Julian Thomas, Engineering Director, TT Electronics Power & Hybrid | Articles | Comments

Civil aircraft that are quieter and more economical will deliver benefits for operators, travellers, communities on the ground, and the environment. Technology advancements hold the key to progress, according to initiatives such as Europe’s Clean Sky joint undertaking. Improvements being ...

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Doubling DSP efficiency with high-performance SRAM

February 3, 2015 1:32 pm | by Suhail Zain, Director of New Product Development and Strategic Marketing for Aerospace & Defense, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Articles | Comments

With their well-defined architecture and deterministic processing, DSPs accelerate the performance of a wide range of military and defense applications, including radar, software defined radio (SDRs), aircraft imaging, and target detection systems. By removing ...

Smart clothing could take over the wearables market

February 3, 2015 1:08 pm | by Martine Escoffier, Mass Market and On Line Channel – Volume MEMS division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

In the realm of wearables, smart watches and fitness wristbands seem to rule the day. But a new legion of wearables is strutting to the stage. Here comes Smart Clothing. We’re not talking about exotic couture like the robotic spider dress created by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht recently ...

Embedded computer intended for demanding mobile environments

February 3, 2015 11:58 am | by Elma Electronic Inc. | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. now offers a modular, high performance embedded computer packaged for applications in demanding mobile environments. The modular COM Express-based computer includes a Cisco-certified routing engine complete with the full suite of ...

Power supply designed for medical devices and industrial test equipment

February 3, 2015 11:56 am | by SL Power Electronics Corporation | SL Power Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The MINT1500 AC/DC power supply from SL Power Electronics Corporation solves a multitude of power challenges for next-generation medical devices and industrial test equipment. The high performance MINT1500 meets design engineers’ requirement for a highly efficient ...

Ultra-miniature connectors ideal for PCB and panel applications

February 3, 2015 11:37 am | by Southwest Microwave, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Southwest Microwave, Inc. has announced the introduction of a series of ultra-miniature 0.9 mm SuperMini DC to 67 GHz connectors. Connectors in the 0.9 mm SuperMini product line provide the superior performance of Southwest Microwave’s standard-size, high frequency ...

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Cables ideal for commercial lighting designs

February 3, 2015 11:15 am | by AFC Cable Systems | Product Releases | Comments

AFC Cable Systems announces their “NEW” MC Luminary cables. These metal-clad cables combine electric lighting and control circuits under a single interlocked armor. MC Luminary cable is ideal for commercial lighting designs in Smart buildings for both LED and fluorescent dimming....

High-torque gearheads transmit power at 90°

February 3, 2015 11:10 am | by Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

maxon precision motors introduces right angle gearheads designed to be configured with maxon’s 22mm and 32mm dc motors. These compact, lightweight and high torque gearheads were developed to transmit power at 90deg in the smallest possible form factor. The Spiroid technology ...

The wonderful world of Internet of Things

February 3, 2015 10:52 am | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Blogs | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are becoming smarter and smarter. Enormous tasks ...

An aircraft’s electric power characteristics

February 3, 2015 10:14 am | by Bharat Rawal and Ron Demcko, AVX Corp | Articles | Comments

Aircraft electric power characteristics are critical in present-day designs. Design engineers of system blocks, ranging from central processing units to control surface actuators/motors, are increasingly concerned with voltage holdup and quality during transition times between ...

Gaskets achieve EMI/RFI shielding effectiveness over 100db attenuation

February 3, 2015 10:14 am | by Tech-Etch Inc. | Tech-Etch Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Popular Low-Profile BeCu gaskets from Tech-Etch are offered in Stick-on, Hook & Stick-on and Clip-on mounting configurations. With EMI/RFI shielding effectiveness over 100db attenuation, the gaskets have free heights from .06" to .15" high and will close ...

What driver assistance system will change the way we drive?

February 3, 2015 10:01 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

Would you trust an autonomous car? Would you trust its extra pair of eyes identifying the objects all around, in all circumstances — including pitch-black night, heavy rain or deep fog? Would you trust your car to adapt its speed and to change lanes according to the ...

British Army uses old Soviet tactics with "Facebook Warriors"

February 3, 2015 8:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The British Army is creating a battalion of "Facebook Warriors" who will spread disinformation and propaganda through social media. Seriously, the definition of “warrior” is changing by the minute. The “Facebook Warriors” will take their cue ...

Modules simplify design and installation at the system level

February 2, 2015 3:38 pm | by Ioxus, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus has announced the official launch of the iMOD X-Series, a family of 22 modules that makes the design and installation at the system level extremely easy for the end-customer. The architecture of the iMOD X-Series will be the framework for ...

Control software offers high gains in speed and productivity

February 2, 2015 3:36 pm | by Cascade Microtech | Cascade Microtech | Product Releases | Comments

Cascade Microtech has evolved its probe station user environment to an unprecedented level of power and efficiency with the latest release of Velox. The company has consolidated its Nucleus and ProberBench system software packages into a universal ...

High-voltage MOSFETs built on Gen II Super Junction Technology

February 2, 2015 3:29 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced the addition of 11 new devices to its 500 V series of high-voltage MOSFETs optimized for operation in switch mode power supplies (SMPS) to 500 W. Featuring the same benefits of extremely ...

Microcontrollers draw only 124 μA when operating at 1 MHz

February 2, 2015 3:00 pm | by Renesas Electronics America | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the availability of the RL78/I1D group of microcontrollers (MCUs). The RL78/I1D group realizes the industry’s lowest power consumption and integrates a wealth of analog functions usable in various sensing ...

Engineering Newswire: Vampire-bat inspired drone walks & flies

February 2, 2015 12:27 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot drone was inspired by vampire bats, which use the tips of its wings like legs to essentially walk while on the ground. Likewise, the new drone has wings that act as both wings and legs. The bat-inspired drone ...

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