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Engineering Update #82: A breakthrough for nuclear fusion

October 23, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is claiming a nuclear energy breakthrough that could create a portable reactor small enough to fit on the back of a truck. And if all goes right, the compact fusion reactor could be ready in as little as 10 years, with the design, build, and testing ...

Why did wind power beat nuclear energy on Tuesday?

October 23, 2014 3:19 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Brace yourself, wind power is coming. On Tuesday, wind farms made up 14.2 percent of all power...

Analog controllers offer digital power supply flexibility

October 21, 2014 2:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its latest Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (...

Ku-band switch capable of handling 5W RF power

October 20, 2014 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a Ku-band SPDT switch capable...

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The simplification of superconducting circuits

October 17, 2014 2:29 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today's chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power the Internet's most popular sites.

AC-DC power supplies deliver 1,300 W

October 17, 2014 2:22 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the addition of a 1300 Watt model to their D1U3CS series of front-end AC-DC power supplies from Murata Power Solutions. The D1U3CS 1300 series can deliver 1,300 Watts from the wide 108 to 264 VAC universal input, is hot pluggable, has no minimum load requirement

Power connectors eliminate need for mating headers

October 17, 2014 2:16 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

 Molex Incorporated announced its economically priced 3.96mm pitch EdgeMate TM Wire-to-Edgecard Power Connectors eliminate the need for mating headers, resulting in cost and time savings. This system supports power applications of up to 7.0A with UL 94V-2 flammability rating requirements.

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Oscillator offers control voltage range of 0.1 V~16 V

October 17, 2014 2:10 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-4124-4238 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 4124 MHz to 4238 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.1 V~16 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -106 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +5 dBm.

How offshore wind power is affecting marine life

October 17, 2014 12:32 pm | by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science | News | Comments

Offshore wind power is a valuable source of renewable energy that can help reduce carbon emissions. Technological advances are allowing higher capacity turbines to be installed in deeper water, but there is still much unknown about the effects on the environment. In a recent paper, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researcher...

IGBTs optimized for fast switching applications

October 16, 2014 4:46 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its portfolio of insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of a family of rugged, reliable 650V devices optimized for fast switching applications including solar inverters....

TVS diode array provides five channels of ESD protection

October 16, 2014 3:39 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The SP1012 Series packs five ESD diodes....

Broadband differential amplifier delivers 51dBm OIP3 linearity

October 16, 2014 11:24 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The LTC6430-20, a 20MHz to 2GHz differential input and output 20dB gain amplifier from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA), offers outstanding linearity of +51dBm OIP3 (Output Third Order Intercept) and 2.9dB noise figure at 240MHz. It has a best-in-class....

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IGBT power modules offer complete integrated solutions

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced four new IGBT power modules designed specifically for string solar inverters and medium-power-range uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Combining Ultrafast Trench IGBTs, high-efficiency HEXFRED ...

Recouping energy for electric vehicles

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the TU München have developed a light-weight ...

Custom-designed filter assures MIL-STD-461 F standards compliance

October 14, 2014 9:22 am | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies (Hampstead, NH) announces that the company’s recently released Xsolo and XF power supplies can now be paired with a custom-designed power line filter to meet stringent conducted emission standards. Excelsys and Astrodyne-LCR ...

Amplifier performs 600 V/m radar pulse radiated immunity testing

October 9, 2014 3:13 pm | Ametek | Product Releases | Comments

Instruments for Industry (IFI), a unit of AMETEK Compliance Test Solutions (Ronkonkoma, NY), now offers a dual-mode, solid-state amplifier that combines continuous (CW) and pulse (P) operating modes.  The new S31-500-900P amplifier has been optimized....

High-power resistors include value range up to 20K ohms

October 9, 2014 2:53 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) announces the expansion of the TR Series of TO-220 and TO-247 style power resistors. The TR Series value range now starts at 50 milliohms and goes up to 20K ohms for most sizes (the TR30 value range extends up to 100K ohms)....

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Engineering Update #79: A mini quadcopter for your pocket

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Do you know that sinking feeling when you reach for your smartphone, and it’s not there ... almost like a piece of you is missing? Well, a San Francisco-based company called Aericam wants to produce this same feeling — only with mini quadcopter drones....

Power sensors contain world’s widest dynamic range

October 8, 2014 10:50 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) announced the U2040 X-Series wide dynamic range power sensors, consisting of four USB models for wireless and radar applications, and a dedicated LAN model for satellite testing. With the world’s widest....

The challenges of smart innovation

October 8, 2014 10:30 am | by Artem Aginskiy, business development manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Industrial technology is necessary to drive smart innovations that improve the interaction between humans and technology through smart, dynamic processing to static mediums. Unfortunately, these smart innovations come with a number of challenges....

Photos of the Day: Lamborghini's new hybrid supercar

October 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European carmakers were hoping to impress with new models at last week's Paris Motor Show to prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated ...

Switching regulators deliver industry-leading efficiency

October 7, 2014 9:59 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced five new additions to the ISL911xx family of market leading buck-boost and boost switching regulators, optimized to support system power supplies and peripherals such as Wi-Fi or 3G/4G RF power amplifiers....

Connectors include RoHS-compliant nickel PTFE plating

October 6, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces a new RoHS-compliant nickel PTFE plating for its DEUTSCH standard MIL-DIL-38999 Series III connectors. Along with TE’s recently announced black zinc nickel plating, this new coating further expands TE’s response....

Power amplifiers designed for 802.11a/n/ac WLAN applications

October 6, 2014 12:27 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a pair of 5GHz power amplifiers designed for 802.11a/n/ac WLAN applications. TriQuint’s TQP5523 and TQP5525 are fully integrated modules with internal matching on both input ...

Taking power with you

October 6, 2014 10:39 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

If one allows for it (or is simply lucky), travel can be a great opportunity for serendipitous discovery — a bit of chance and unexpected joy in our otherwise highly scheduled and programmed world. For example, during a recent business trip, I stayed over ....

Nano-bearings on the test bench

October 3, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

About 3500 years ago, man invented the wheel to make life easier. Then, thanks to Leonardo Da Vinci's genius, the wheel was made smaller to obtain ball bearings. And today? "Today we are trying to get even smaller: scientists are thinking....

A continuous fabrication system for highly aligned polymer films

October 3, 2014 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA have demonstrated a novel automated fabrication process consisting of a three-step sol-gel extrusion, structure freezing and drying, and mechanical....

Untangling how cables coil

October 3, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The world's fiber-optic network spans more than 550,000 miles of undersea cable that transmits e-mail, websites, and other packets of data between continents, all at the speed of light. A rip or tangle in any part of this network can significantly....

Breakthrough technique offers prospect of silicon detectors for telecommunications

October 3, 2014 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, has demonstrated a breakthrough technique that offers the first possibility of silicon detectors for telecommunications. For decades....

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