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Excellence in electronics

April 17, 2014 4:32 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Last year, ECN opened up nominations for the 2014 ECN Impact Awards in an effort to recognize the top products and services spanning the design engineering landscape. At first, I was skeptical of this new endeavor coming out of a recent economic slump that seemed to halt....

Astronaut pee could help get us to Mars

April 17, 2014 4:16 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Urine, made up of more than 95% water, is one of the...

LED luminaire is first to use Bluetooth technology

April 17, 2014 1:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) has launched the first outdoor LED luminaire controlled by...

60V MOSFETs feature ultra-low Rds(on) for industrial applications

April 17, 2014 1:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET...

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2-W DC/DC converters are medically approved

April 17, 2014 12:30 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Micropower Direct’s (Stoughton, MA) MG200MHI Series is a family of compact, 2-W DC/DC converters fully approved to both EN 60950 and EN 60601. They are specifically designed to meet the stringent isolation, reinforced insulation and low leakage requirements of

Measuring machine features accuracy as low as 0.7µm

April 17, 2014 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitutoyo America Corporation (Aurora, IL) announces the new STRATO-Apex574 Coordinate Measuring Machine to its STRATO-Apex line of CMMs. This new configuration offers a more compact footprint while still offering the same state-of-the-art blend of high-speed operation....

Board-mount pressure sensors provide high durability, sensitivity, and flexibility

April 17, 2014 10:45 am | Honeywell | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Morristown, NJ) announced its new Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, Compensated, Unamplified, TBP Series. These new sensors are designed for customers who require a simple, high quality, cost-effective, basic performance, mV output sensor that is compensated and unamplified....

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Metallized polypropylene film DC-link capacitor offers environment-friendly materials

April 17, 2014 10:31 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a new environmentally friendly metallized polypropylene film capacitor for DC-link applications that offers a broad capacitance range of 1 µF to 500 µF, compact footprints, and

Engineering Update 54: NASA to send flying saucers to Mars

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but to deal with the latter, NASA is currently testing its own prototype for a hypersonic flying saucer....

Smart physical fusing can help secure datacenter uptime

April 17, 2014 10:16 am | by Bharat Shenoy, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A blade server is essentially a single circuit board populated with components such as processors, memory, and network connections that are usually found on multiple boards. The explosive growth of mobile applications and the increasing use of Software as a Service (SaaS) has made protecting the blade servers...

This is what shooting a drone with a machine gun looks like

April 17, 2014 9:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

On today’s edition of destroying things with machine guns, we find ourselves in Arizona during the semi-annual Big Sandy Shoot, which is the largest machine-gun shoot in the US. We also find ourselves learning a valuable lesson: It’s really hard to shoot down drones.

Bus converter modules provide desirable power density

April 17, 2014 9:49 am | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corporation (Andover, MA) announced the newest entries in its portfolio of isolated bus converter modules (BCMs) based on the company's Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Supplying up to

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Hotspot: Remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. The dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3' blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank....

Please retain the packaging for future reference

April 17, 2014 9:14 am | by Marc Harvey, Verotec Inc. | Verotec Electronics Packaging | Articles | Comments

There is an urban myth that the US standard width for railroad track can be traced back to the Roman chariot, where the distance between the ruts was determined by the width of the back-end of two horses. The truth is in fact stranger – the 4 foot 8½ inches that was adopted had previously been used by Stephenson in the UK....

Integrating physical security at the rack level inside the data center

April 17, 2014 9:03 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions | Articles | Comments

As strict enforcement of data protection regulations continues, data centers require an increased level of physical security in order to ensure full compliance and avoid costly penalties. Protecting assets within the data center is a crucial aspect of the overall security system....

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

April 17, 2014 8:27 am | by ECN Staff | Agilent Technologies, Equipto Electronics Corp., Honeywell Sensing And Control, Newark | Articles | Comments

Design engineers must take into account the type of harsh environments to which end-products may be exposed. In several industries, harsh environments are inherent with every-day operation, and not having the proper preventive measures in place could mean thousands of dollars lost in maintenance repair costs....

Image sensors present versatility and desirable performance to industrial applications

April 16, 2014 6:06 pm | Sensitron Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) introduced the first devices in its PYTHON CMOS image sensor family. With resolutions of 300 K, 500 K and 1.3 Mega pixels (MPix) respectively, the PYTHON 300, 500 and 1300 are designed to address the needs of

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5 engineers with fatally terrible inventions

April 16, 2014 2:19 pm | by Aubrey Schaefer, Engineer Jobs | Blogs | Comments

If I stopped to count how many engineers have positively affected my life, I would have no time for anything else. Instead, let’s look at those other engineers – the ones with fatally terrible inventions.The staggering talent of thousands of engineers bears fruit with every processor cycle of the slick little laptop I’m typing this on....

Ferrite cores are modular, stackable

April 16, 2014 1:12 pm | TDK Corporation of America, Dexter Magnetic | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) has developed a new kind of ferrite core: EPCOS stackable U-cores feature a modular ferrite design that offers flexibility and economy for high-voltage transformer and HF filter applications. The new U-cores are

Development tools designed for Renesas low-power RL78 microcontrollers

April 16, 2014 10:01 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems (Uppsala, Sweden) introduced an updated version, 1.40, of its embedded development tools IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas RL78. The version includes several new features which further enhance and simplify development of applications based on Renesas low-power RL78 microcontrollers....

Amplifier designed for use from 50MHz up to 2600 MHz

April 16, 2014 8:32 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for TriQuint’s TAT7460B1A, linear, 75-ohm, CATV amplifier. Designed for use from 50MHz up to 2600 MHz, the TAT7460B1A addresses CATV and Satellite bands in a single part. Features include....

Solar-powered plane can "fly forever"

April 16, 2014 8:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg — who previously had circumnavigated the globe in a balloon — plan to make history again with the Solar Impulse 2, which will undertake the first solar-powered flight around the world....

Oscilloscopes add enhanced IBIS-AMI, S-parameters modeling support

April 15, 2014 2:26 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix (Beaverton, OR) extended the capabilities of the analysis system on its MSO/DPO70000 Series of Digital and Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes to include modeling of on-chip silicon behavior using IBIS-AMI models and S-parameters. This

Mini module powered by Intel Atom E3800 & Celeron N2930/J1900 processors

April 15, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

Advantech (Irvine, CA) announced the debut of SOM-7567 COM Express Mini Type 10 module, featuring Intel Atom E3800/Celeron N2930/J1900 with significant CPU and graphics performance improvements. Measuring only 84 x 55mm, SOM-7567 supports onboard memory up to 4GB....

The GM ignition switch recall: Too little too late?

April 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

How much stuff do you carry on your keyring? Besides keys, I mean. Some minimalists like my wife carry car keys separately from other keys, with nothing attached except maybe a small plastic tag to make it easier to find in her purse....

Ultrasonic sensors provide pushbutton programming for software-free configuration

April 15, 2014 12:40 pm | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) introduced Series IO Ultrasonic Sensors. Pushbutton programming provides fast and easy on-site sensor parameterization without requiring any software. IO-Link compatibility unlocks a series of control functions that

Surge protectors indicate their end of life

April 15, 2014 11:43 am | Thomas Research Products | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products (Elgin, IL) has introduced a line of surge 0rotectors that show when they need to be replaced. The EOL3-277-20KA series Surge Protectors include an LED indicator that lights up when the unit reaches end-of-life, when the

Power supply presents high efficiency for networking, telecom

April 15, 2014 9:44 am | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Tempe, AZ) announced the first Titanium efficiency bulk front-end power supply in its standard product range: the DS3000TE-3. This new 3000 W power supply uses proprietary power switching technology and high density component packaging techniques to

Single-phase energy meter SoC enables ±0.1% accuracy over 5000:1 dynamic range

April 15, 2014 9:05 am | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using the ZON M3 (MAX71315) single-phase electricity meter SoC from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA), engineers now have a low-cost design system for e-meters and solid-state meters. The ZON M3 energy-meter solution integrates four 24-bit ADCs....

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