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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....

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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 ....

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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....

Thermotolerant yeast can provide more climate-smart ethanol

October 3, 2014 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With a simple mutation, yeast can grow in higher than normal temperatures. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology demonstrate this in an article to be published in the scientific journal Science. The findings may result in ethanol....

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Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle

October 3, 2014 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Princeton University scientists have observed an exotic particle that behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter, a feat of math and engineering that could yield powerful computers based on quantum mechanics. Using a two-story-tall....

A new approach to on-chip quantum computing

October 3, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Commercial devices capable of encrypting information in unbreakable codes exist today, thanks to recent quantum optics advances, especially the generation of photon pairs—tiny entangled particles of light. Now, an international team of researchers....

Linear hall-effect sensor IC designed with low noise and high resolution

October 3, 2014 9:21 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new factory-programmable linear Hall-effect current sensor IC. Allegro’s A1366 has been designed to achieve high accuracy and resolution. The goal is achieved through new proprietary ...

Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Articles | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the gaps in their coverage areas so they can hold onto their subscribers. Strangely enough, that means finding a power-efficient, conduction-cooled power supply....

Batteries included: A solar cell that stores its own power

October 3, 2014 8:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world's first solar battery. In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report....

Low-profile DC-DC power modules designed for space-constrained applications

October 2, 2014 1:44 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC33163/MIC33164 (1A) and MIC33263/MIC33264(2A) a family of low-profile step down power modules capable of 100 percent duty cycle and operating with an input voltage range from 2.7V to 5.5V....

Power supply series includes constant voltage and constant current modes

October 1, 2014 4:03 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) announced its latest multi-range DC power supply, the model 9111, expanding its 9110 multi-range supply offering. With constant voltage (CV) and constant current (CC) modes, the 9111 automatically recalculates voltage....

S-Band high-power pallet and hybrid amplifiers optimized for commercial air traffic control

October 1, 2014 9:25 am | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new portfolio of surface mount S-Band GaN power products optimized for commercial air traffic control, weather radar, and military radar applications. The new products are available....

Ultrafast remote switching of light emission

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The researchers etched a photonic crystal around several quantum dots in a semiconductor layer. Quantum dots are small structures that spontaneously emit light as a consequence of atomic processes. If a short laser pulse is fired at the photonic....

'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

September 30, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That's why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect....

Off-the-shelf vehicle-duty motors feature rated power from 2.6kW to 30kW+

September 30, 2014 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Rohnert Park, CA) announces the second phase of its HEV motors: the GVM142. The GVM142 generator and auxiliary motor series is a highly advanced electric machine intended to be used....

Lighting ballast transformers ideal for reliable aerospace & commercial systems

September 30, 2014 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The highly efficient Lighting Ballast Transformer Series from Innovative Power, Inc. (Perris, CA) offer superior performance, excellent reliability, and rugged construction for aerospace, industrial, and commercial lighting systems. Features include....

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