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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 | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Morristown, NJ) announced its new Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, Compensated,...

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

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

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a new environmentally friendly metallized...

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...

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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....

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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....

High-voltage power module addresses 12V, 24V, 36V, and 48V input rail applications

April 14, 2014 4:16 pm | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL8216M 80 Volt, 4 Amp non-isolated DC/DC step-down power module. The ISL8216M power module provides a complete power supply in a package that can be used across multiple applications....

Watch a V-22 Osprey fold itself for storage

April 14, 2014 3:07 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 It’s pretty crazy to think that a huge aircraft with an 85’ foot wingspan is possible of folding itself up to reduce the amount of space it occupies on a massive ship. Yet, the V-22 Osprey does just that. This video is a little dated—it was taken in 2010 at Nellis Airforce Base in Las Vegas....

50-Ohm 20-dB gain block delivers 46 dBm OIP3 and 2.6 dB NF with bandwidth from 20 MHz to 2 GHz

April 14, 2014 12:36 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC6431-20, a 20-MHz to 2-GHz single-ended input and output fixed gain amplifier offering a 46.2 dBm OIP3 (Output Third Order Intercept) and 2.6 dB noise figure. Its OP1dB (Output 1dB Compression Point) is

Surge protective device protects from currents in excess of 10,000 amperes on an 8/20 µS waveform

April 14, 2014 11:55 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns (Riverside, CA) announced it has added a new surge protective device (SPD) for signal and data line applications to its industry-leading portfolio. Designated Bourns Model 1840, the new device is a heavy-duty, MSP Multi-Stage Protector....

How to avoid conducted EMI problems – Part I

April 14, 2014 10:14 am | by Brian King, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Most conducted EMI problems are due to common mode noise.  Furthermore, most common-mode noise issues are caused by parasitic capacitances in the power supply. For Part I of this discussion, let’s focus on what happens when the parasitic capacitance couples directly to the input wires to the power supply.

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