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Photos of the Day: The T-50 Russian stealth fighter prototype

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Sukhoi T-50 is a prototype for the fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, the PAK-FA, which many experts claim could outperform the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With its advanced avionics, large fuel capacity, “extreme plus agility”, and ability to avoid detection, the PAK-FA could become the “most lethal and survivable fighter ever built for air combat engagements"....

Fully integrated hardware/software platform designed for for THz materials characterization

April 24, 2014 2:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lake Shore’s (Westerville, OH) new 8500 Series THz...

Handheld TDR locates faults on mixed paired metallic cables

April 24, 2014 2:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, PA) now offers a handheld time domain reflectometer (TDR) that locates...

Light guide enhancements offer increased flexibility

April 24, 2014 1:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) has increased its capabilities to include non-...

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Engineering Update Episode 55 bloopers

April 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor-in-Chief David Mantey, Technical Editor Jason Lomberg, and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

Design as an art form

April 24, 2014 8:58 am | by Vladymir Rogov, CEO of ROGOV Design | Blogs | Comments

From my perspective, design and innovation is ultimately about making life better for people and a better world. My job as a designer is to exploit product experience options that create value, propositions and services so compelling, customers prefer to be caught in the vortex of attraction rather than try to escape....

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PXIe backplane integrates PCIe into the PXI architecture

April 23, 2014 6:04 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic (Fremont, CA) has designed a new 3U 17-slot backplane to meet the PXI Express Hardware Specification Revision 1.0 (with X1 PCIe connections). Designed for OEM embedded control and highly integrated test and measurement applications, the backplane…

RF digital step attenuator enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs

April 23, 2014 2:29 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) introduces its next-generation, UltraCMOS PE4312 DSA. Successor to the popular PE4302, the new PE4312 enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs that require highly accurate and efficient amplitude control....

Think tank: Russian stealth fighter is superior to the F-35

April 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Air Power Australia is no fan of the F-35. Let’s get that out of the way. For years, they’ve been panning the Joint Strike Fighter, praising the F-22, and warning about emerging threats from Russia and China — threats that could best the F-35 in single combat....

Choosing the right cabling option

April 23, 2014 12:40 pm | by Uwe Schenk, Global Segment Manager – Wind, Helukabel USA | Articles | Comments

Renewable energy industry reports suggest that more than 60% of all future power capacity will come from renewable technologies, only 25% will be in the form of gas or oil, with the remainder being nuclear. Furthermore, experts estimate in the next 10 to 15 years, the market share of renewables will increase by more than 35% worldwide....

Programmable hex voltage supervisor has 1 percent threshold accuracy and built-In EEPROM

April 23, 2014 11:59 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LTC2933 programmable voltage supervisor with built-in EEPROM for simultaneous, accurate monitoring of up to six voltage rails from 0.2 V to 13.9 V. Requiring no external resistors to set thresholds...

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Front-end power supply achieves titanium efficiency

April 23, 2014 10:48 am | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Hong Kong, China), formerly Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing & Power business, 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 Artesyn power switching technology....

Reference design board measures current to an accuracy of ±1%

April 23, 2014 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) has introduced a reference design board which measures current to an accuracy of ±1% by monitoring the voltage drop across a copper track on a PCB. The development of the new technique, which uses the ams AS8510 data-acquisition front end....

RF signal generator series offers standard AM/FM/Phase modulation

April 23, 2014 10:29 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company (Fairport, NY) has introduced a high-performance RF signal source family, the DSG3000 3GHz/6GHz series, offering standard AM/FM/Phase modulation, as well as options for I/Q modulation and I/Q baseband output. The DSG3000 Series generates waveforms with high signal purity....

American perceptions of power

April 23, 2014 9:35 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? A Harris Poll conducted in February of this year shows that the majority of Americans make small efforts to save energy — doing things like flipping the switch....

The new Wild West

April 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a myth, legend, buzzword, Microsoft misfire (Intelligent Systems, anyone?), market disruptor, as well as an elusive term that many are trying to corral into some microcosm of sustainable profitability in an emerging market. Any new product that features something remotely relatable to wireless connectivity...

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Hillcrest Labs selected by Lenovo to bring motion, gesture and cursor control to smart TVs

April 22, 2014 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Hillcrest Labs (Rockville, MD) announced that Lenovo’s new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest’s patented Freespace in-air pointing and motion control software. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TVs through simple in-air movements of a remote control. Lenovo’s Freespace-enabled Lenovo Smart TVs include the new S9 Smart TV that was unveiled last week, for sale across China.

BTU brings its Thermal Processing Duo to NEPCON China

April 22, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

BTU International, Inc. (Billerica, MA) announced that it will exhibit its DYNAMO and PYRAMAX in booth B-1C20 at NEPCON China 2014, scheduled to take place April 23-25, 2014, at the Shanghai World EXPO Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China.

Is this solar-powered airplane the future of green travel?

April 22, 2014 9:47 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Solar Impulse team is at it again! This is the team that flew the first solar-powered plane capable of flying around the clock coast-to-coast across the United States in 2013. They just unveiled that plane’s successor, the aptly named Solar Impulse 2, which has an even greater destiny for 2015: to circumnavigate the globe....

High gain amplifiers target commercial and military radar

April 21, 2014 7:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA)  introduced new portfolio of L and S band high gain amplifiers covering 1.2 GHz to 1.4 GHz and 3.1 GHz to 3.5 GHz specifically used for commercial and military radar applications as well as observation satellites and communications systems.

Push button box offers NEMA rating and plastic option for corrosion resistance

April 21, 2014 7:19 pm | Bud Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries (Willoughby, OH) has introduced its PBB Push Button Box, giving customers a low price alternative within its existing line of NEMA plastic enclosures for automation. Plastic push button boxes offer high corrosion resistance in

10-A, 200-V power amp includes over current protection, over temperature shutdown

April 21, 2014 7:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Apex Microtechnology’s (Tucson, AZ) open frame power operational amplifier MP118FD – which mirrors the high current and high voltage performance features of the company’s MP108FD -- integrates several layers of onboard circuit protection safe guards. In addition to

Coin-type lithium rechargeable battery intended for high-temperature operations

April 21, 2014 4:11 pm | Seiko Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Seiko Instruments Inc. (Torrance, CA) announced a new coin-type lithium rechargeable battery, “MS920T”, which offers a higher operating temperature than conventional rechargeable batteries. Features include unique sealing technology which meets outdoors and inside vehicle applications....

Wrap-around chip resistors tested per EEE-INST-002 and MIL-PRF-55342

April 21, 2014 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has introduced a new series of military-qualified, ultra-high-precision Z1-Foil wrap-around chip resistors.

Web-based tool helps circuit designers identify the optimal electronic fuses for their projects

April 21, 2014 2:06 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Littelfuse iDesign Online Fuse Design and Selection Tool, a robust, web-based tool designed to help circuit designers identify the optimal electronic fuses for their projects. The Littelfuse iDesign tool, the first of its kind available from a circuit protection device supplier...

Disc magnet motor presents exceptional dynamic performance

April 21, 2014 12:26 pm | Portescap | Product Releases | Comments

Portescap (West Chester, PA) introduced its P760 Series disc magnet motor, which is asserted to outperform standard Brushless DC motors in various applications. The thin disc magnet motor has been optimized to deliver high torque and acceleration up to 5,000 rpm.

16-26 GHz double-balanced fundamental mixer offers high isolation

April 21, 2014 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced its CMD179 general purpose, double-balanced GaAs mixer that can be used for up- and down-converting applications between 16 GHz and 26 GHz. The mixer, which offers conversion loss of 7 dB, an LO to RF isolation of greater than

Confessions of a gadget hoarder

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I must admit that when the gadget-hoarding topic crossed my desk, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it touches two ever-popular topics: life-simplifying gadgetry and mess-justifying hoarding. The revelation forced me to take a moment to reflect, since topics — particularly via email — no longer physically cross a desk....

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