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Navy to deploy vehicle-based laser weapon

August 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy recently awarded an $11 million contract to Raytheon to develop a vehicle-based, short-range laser weapon capable of defeating low-flying threats like enemy drones. Raytheon’s directed-energy weapon will comply with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)....

45V input 100mA LDO offers active output discharge

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3061, a high-voltage, low-noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator with active output discharge. The device delivers up to 100mA of continuous output current with a 250mV dropout voltage at full load....

TVS diode array offers 15 percent lower clamping voltage than alternative technologies

August 12, 2014 12:55 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the low-capacitance SP2574NUTG TVS Diode Array (SPA Diode), designed to protect high-speed, differential data lines from damage due to ESD (electrostatic discharge), CDE (cable discharge events), EFT (electrical fast transients) ...

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Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

Satisfying our power hunger

August 11, 2014 10:27 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Design engineers continue to push the low-power envelope, particularly in mobile devices. Low power was a common theme at Sensors Expo 2014, held for the final time at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from June 24th to the 26th....

Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it

August 11, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

In this Infographic, "Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it": Despite huge advances in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?

Software makes significant FPGA design productivity gains

August 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the release of its updated Libero System-on-Chip (SoC) version 11.4 comprehensive design software....

PQFN power block features exposed top

August 7, 2014 1:19 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of the power block family of devices with the introduction of the IRFHE4250D FastIRFET dual power MOSFET that reduces power losses by more than 5% at 25A compared to best-in-class conventional power block devices....

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Cell power

August 7, 2014 12:16 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

At the advent of the Integrated-Circuit Age, portable electric-powered devices were few. Correspondingly, less than a handful of battery chemistries and form factors served most applications. Truck and auto engines depended on lead-acid batteries....

Programmable power supplies test battery-powered devices, low power semiconductors

August 6, 2014 4:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Keithley Instruments (Cleveland, OH) introduced the Series 2280S precision measurement, low noise, programmable DC power supplies featuring the speed and dynamic range essential for measuring standby current loads....

System efficiency as applied to motor-driven rotating equipment

August 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Livoti, Power Generation Business Development Manager, WEG Electric Corporation | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency has become a major focus for our government, municipalities as well as power utilities and the industrial sector. Each entity has a specific area where they focus their attention.  In every case attention was directed to components, i.e. motors, pumps....

Researchers boost insect aggression by altering brain metabolism

August 6, 2014 9:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists report they can crank up insect aggression simply by interfering with a basic metabolic pathway in the insect brain. Their study, of fruit flies and honey bees, shows a direct, causal link between brain metabolism (how the brain generates the energy it needs to function) and aggression....

The next graphene?

August 6, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Three University of California, Riverside engineers are part of team recently awarded a nearly $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to characterize, analyze and synthesize a new class of ultra-thin film materials that could improve the performance of personal electronics, optoelectronic devices and energy conversion systems....

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Enhancing biofuel yields from biomass with novel new method

August 5, 2014 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter....

Precision op amps operate on 140V supply

August 5, 2014 8:57 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC6091 and LTC6090-5, additions to the LTC6090 family of precision operational amplifiers which operate on a supply voltage up to 140V (±70V). The dual LTC6091 features separate output disable pins....

When is Fly-Buck the right choice for your isolated power needs?

August 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by Vijay Choudhary, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

The Fly-Buck™ converter (or isolated buck converter) is becoming very popular as a low power isolated bias solution because of its simplicity, ease-of-use, low component count, and the availability of wide-Vin integrated regulators like ...

Engineering Newswire: The Army’s new glow-in-the-dark bullets

August 4, 2014 3:15 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Dubbed, One-Way Luminescence, or OWL, a new tracer round is being developed by engineers at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. The engineers are experimenting with a variety of potential solutions, but final design ...

PV connector meets the three highest certification standards on the market

August 4, 2014 2:33 pm | Amphenol | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Products Group (Sidney, NY) now offers a PV connector that meets all three of the highest certification standards on the market, allowing this one connector to be used globally.  The new H4 UTX meets IEC50521 TUV 1500V- Class A (All Access)....

Buck controller supports new levels of flexibility for high-current designs

August 4, 2014 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL78268 55V synchronous buck controller with 3A integrated high-side and low-side drivers. The most versatile high voltage buck solution available, the ISL78268 buck controller provides very high step-down efficiency....

Photos of the Day: eVe — Australia's record-breaking solar-powered car

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The eVe, from the Sunswift project, a group of students from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has officially broken the world speed record for an electric vehicle. The Sunswift vehicle averaged 62 mph over 311 miles at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria....

Power limiter provide protection for up to 50W pulsed RF input

July 31, 2014 1:40 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for Peregrine Semiconductor’s new, adjustable power limiter providing protection for up to 50W pulsed RF input. For CW applications, the PE45140 handles up to 10W of power. The adjustable power limiting threshold, from +22 to +32dBm, enables flexibility....

Power supply units include 80PLUS Bronze certified efficiency

July 31, 2014 1:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fractal Design announces the new Modular generation of the award winning Integra PSU. Fractal Design Integra M Series power supply units feature excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS Bronze certified efficiency. The modular flat cable system allows for a clean installation....

Single-output DC/DC converters offer a wide 4:1 input range

July 31, 2014 12:52 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (ConcordCA) announces the availability of the 150W HCM Series of single output DC/DC Converters. The HCM offers a wide 4:1 input range, 9 to 36VDC, and 18 to 75VDC. Output voltages available are 3.3, 5, 12, 15 and 24VDC. All models are isolated input to output....

Research reveals pervasive implicit hierarchies for race, religion, and age

July 31, 2014 11:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As much as social equality is advocated in the United States, a new study suggests that besides evaluating their own race and religion most favorably, people share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age groups that may be different from their conscious, explicit attitudes and values....

Charging electric cars efficiently inductive

July 31, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cables are fast disappearing from our daily lives. The computer mouse has already lost its tail, our telephones and headphones have become wireless – even electric toothbrushes and cellphones don't need cables anymore. Information is transmitted wirelessly, and power needs can be met via an electromagnetic induction supply system....

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