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Engineering Update #87: Virtual reality beach vacations

November 24, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Last week, we talked about a system of targeted advertising very similar to the film Minority Report, based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick. And this time, we shine the spotlight on a famous hotel chain — rhymes with “chariot” — that’s introducing ...

Ultra-compact power modules feature a footprint of only 2.9 mm x 2.3 mm

November 24, 2014 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces a new series of ultra-compact EPCOS µDC-DC converters...

IC linearizes temperature sensors with good accuracy

November 24, 2014 1:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2983 high-performance digital...

More “lady brains”: Barbie is a lousy engineer

November 24, 2014 12:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let’s be honest — Barbie has never been a shining beacon of progressive thought. Her figure...

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Battery free RFID weight monitoring tag transmits a unique identifier

November 24, 2014 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Atlas from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated weight measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the ...

Power supply series extends to 800W 650V output

November 24, 2014 9:33 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of 800W high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of programmable DC power supplies. The series is now available with output voltages of 0-10, 0-20, 0-36, 0-60, 0-160 ...

Replacing mailmen with drones

November 24, 2014 8:58 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

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The age of rapid development

November 24, 2014 8:48 am | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Articles | Comments

The evolution of technology has come to a point that enables bootstrap developers to create rapid prototypes even faster than some established companies. But this effect isn't caused by the advent of new technology alone. Instead, intuitive UI ...

Is 3D carving the new 3D printing?

November 24, 2014 8:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few years, the 3D printing experienced explosive growth. The next step, according to Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan, is 3D carving. With close to $635,000 raised on Kickstarter for his latest project — a 3D carver — he might be ...

Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative.

Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

November 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

PWM controller features integrated power stage driver

November 20, 2014 4:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) announces the release of the ZSPM2000, a configurable true digital PWM controller with integrated MOSFET driver for smart digital point-of-load (POL) solutions. ZMDI’s ZSPM2000 operates as a synchronous step-down ...

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Power connector provides high-current capacity

November 20, 2014 3:59 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed the DF65 Series connector, a small, vertical-mating wire-to-board connector that provides high-current capacity and high reliability for power supplies, up to 4 Amps (with 24 AWG wire) and 50 V AC/DC....

Engineering Newswire: Electric scooter unfolds in a second

November 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Kleefer, a France based company specializing in light electric vehicles for the urban mobility market has partnered with Solvay Engineering Plastics to unveil its unfolding scooter. The foldable scooter was specially designed for intermodal mobility in ...

Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

The race to find a strong and lightweight design

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Articles | Comments

Last month I wrote an overview about the classic advantages of bonding. This month I would like to discuss the increase in demand by companies for lightweight constructed products and what challenges this demand brings. In industries like ...

Be thankful marketing isn't running R&D

November 19, 2014 4:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I’m back in the office after my annual trip to Minneapolis for a trade show that always happens around the Halloween time of year. The timing seems strangely appropriate given how scary the diminishing event has become. That is to say ...

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Network switches reliably expand wired connections for any network

November 19, 2014 3:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amped Wireless (Chino Hills, CA) announced the launch of the G8SW, G16SW, and the GP48SW wired network switches. These switches provide a reliable way to quickly and easily expand wired connections for any network. Features of the new ...

Radiation-hardened ASICs serve military and aerospace applications

November 19, 2014 2:44 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has entered into a licensing/development agreement with ICs LLC in order to bring application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to market which are resilient to radiation effects. Radiation hardened by design ...

Why a federal ruling could stymie the drone industry

November 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new ruling from the National Transportation Safety Board is rocking the commercial drone industry to its core.The ruling states that unmanned aerial vehicles are, in fact, aircraft, which places them within the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration and ...

Universal contact interconnects designed for right-angle applications

November 19, 2014 12:00 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand announced a new offering of universal-contact connectors for perpendicular/right angle configurations at electronica 2014. Driven by the growing medical industry need for a low-cost ...

Top 10 products from electronica 2014

November 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show presented by WDD's very own Janine Mooney and Meaghan Ziemba....

Airport parking valet robots take flight

November 19, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret to travelers that navigating the airport can be a stressful experience, and perhaps the biggest reason is because time is in very short supply. From the long lines to check in and pass through security to the congested highways nearby, many ...

LED light engines intended for large fluorescence imaging systems

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) offers high-power LED Light Engines as excitation illuminators for large field-of-view fluorescent imagers used in life science instruments. Specific OEM applications are life science instruments such as ...

MEN Micro announces rugged display computers for railway environments

November 18, 2014 2:35 pm | Videos | Comments

MEN Micro, a provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile, and harsh environment applications, now offers the DC13, a rugged display computer for demanding railway environments. The company is also ...

Starter kit delivers affordable access to JTAG test and debug

November 18, 2014 2:27 pm | Corelis Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Corelis, Inc. (Cerritos, CA) introduced the availability of its JTAG Starter Kit, a new value-oriented bundle for those looking to get started quickly and painlessly with JTAG test and debug. This new bundle combines the advanced capabilities of ...

32-bit microcontroller series features scalable memory configuration

November 18, 2014 2:07 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced a new series of its low-cost, high pin count 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). By blending the key features of Microchip’s existing PIC32MX1/2 and PIC32MX5 MCU families, this latest ...

The end of privacy as we know it

November 18, 2014 12:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

As a member of the millennial generation, I have grown comfortable with constant surveillance. In fact, I’m almost oblivious to the omnipresent surveillance cameras in shopping centers, parking lots, schools, train stations, and businesses....

Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things (On Demand)

November 18, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter an age ...

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