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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 | Product Releases | Comments

Murata has announced the launch of the D1U86P Series of ultra-high density power converters from...

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...

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...

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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 ...

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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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F-35B can’t fit full weapons load because of design flaw

March 3, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The hits just keep on coming for the Joint Strike Fighter, the problematic 5th-gen personification of “requirements creep.” The latest blow — the most flawed version of a thoroughly flawed program can’t fit all its weapons because of a design flaw....

Charge your phone wirelessly with Ikea’s new furniture collection

March 3, 2015 8:38 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The new “Home Smart” furniture collection will, to start, include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. They’ll also be selling individual charging pads for any surface. Much like all the other furniture Ikea sells, customers will have to put it together themselves....

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

March 2, 2015 2:15 pm | 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....

Light source enables higher scanner throughput and process stability

March 2, 2015 1:16 pm | by Cymer, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Cymer announced the shipment of its first XLR 700ix light source. Enabling higher scanner throughput and process stability for 14nm chip manufacturing and beyond, the XLR 700ix provides improvements in bandwidth, wavelength and energy stability to reduce process variability and increase yield through improvements in wafer critical dimension....

Single Board Computer based on the Intel Atom E3800 processor series

March 2, 2015 12:41 pm | by Congatec, Inc. | Congatec, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

conga-PA3 is a new Pico-ITX Single Board Computer based on the Intel Atom E3800 processor series. The compact design with a footprint of 70x102mm makes the SBC highly versatile. Real-time capability and support for multiple operating systems allow use in demanding industrial applications....

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Dual inductors offer a high operating temperature range to +155 °C

March 2, 2015 11:17 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the first device in its new IHLD series of low-profile, high-current dual inductors. Offering two inductors in one 4032 package, the space-saving automotive-grade IHLD-4032KB-5A is the industry’s first dual inductor to offer a high operating temperature range to +155 °C....

Current sensor ICs include internal resistance of 0.85 mΩ typical

March 2, 2015 9:47 am | by Allegro MicroSystems, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces two new current sensor ICs that are economical, high isolation solutions for AC or DC current sensing in industrial, commercial, and communications systems. Allegro’s ACS717 and ACS718 devices have a very small package that is ideal ...

F-35's helmet-mounted display system will cost a small fortune

March 2, 2015 7:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You’ve probably heard that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will cost a few shekels. But we don’t usually talk about the other money pit sucking up taxpayer dollars — the F-35’s helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), pegged at an absurd $770,000 apiece....

From the Top: The past, present, and future of wearable technology

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

By 2025, the wearable technology market is forecasted to become a $70 billion industry. Last year, with major releases in the medical, fitness, and wellness markets, the industry only reached $14 billion. That’s a $56 billion dollar gap to be filled in less than ...

Network analyser supports a typical dynamic range of 120dB

February 27, 2015 1:12 pm | by Livingston | Product Releases | Comments

Livingston has further extended its broad portfolio of RF test equipment with the inclusion of the latest Rohde & Schwarz two-port vector network analyser. The R&S ZND is an entry level analyser product for evaluating the performance of RF systems and components in manufacturing facilities and development laboratories....

Programmable system-on-chip series includes 128KB flash memory

February 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a new product family from its PSoC 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture. The new PSoC 4 M-Series expands the acclaimed PSoC 4 architecture by delivering: more programmable analog and digital blocks, 128KB flash memory, a direct memory access controller ...

Spectrometer system perfect for chemical processing plants

February 27, 2015 12:29 pm | by KROHNE, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KROHNE, Inc. announces its new SpectroBAY process near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer system for efficient process control in the chemical industry. Improving chemical plant reliability and profitability through automated control, the SpectroBAY system is ideal for a range of applications....

BGA socket operates at bandwidths up to 75GHz

February 27, 2015 12:07 pm | by Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new BGA socket design using high performance elastomer capable of 75GHz, very low inductance and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-2019 socket is designed for 25x25 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 75GHz....

Engineering Newswire: Bicycle hybrid reaches 100 MPH

February 27, 2015 11:45 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Raht Racer is calling itself the fastest pedal ride in the world, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. The vehicle even has air-conditioning, a rear seat and trunk, and is safer than a motorcycle, with a reinforced carbon fiber body, roll cage frame ...

Why this student became a biomedical engineer instead of a doctor

February 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Divya Baji, a final year PhD student at the Centre for Doctoral Training, Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds working on a project to develop a novel methodology to test the performance of bone and cartilage substitutions in a natural knee joint using a knee simulator.

Could pilots fly aircraft using their minds?

February 27, 2015 8:12 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The BRAINFLIGHT project has an ambitious goal – complete control over aircraft (or a significantly reduced workload) using nothing but your mind. The team from Tekever and a collection of European researchers recently demonstrated their brain-computer interface (BCI) ...

Analog video decoder enables improved safety for drivers and pedestrians

February 27, 2015 4:13 am | by Intersil | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation announced the TW9984 four-channel analog video decoder with built-in analog video encoder for around-view parking assist applications, providing improved safety for drivers and pedestrians. The TW9984 is based on Intersil’s market leading video decoder technology and replaces ...

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