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AC-DC power supplies include input voltage range of 277/347/480VAC

January 28, 2015 8:08 am | by ROAL Electronics | ROAL Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics announces the release of a new series of very compact, lightweight, high efficiency 400W AC-DC power supplies called DDP400HV. This new series of high input voltage power supplies operates at the worldwide input voltage ...

Pushbutton reset IC features low quiescent current

January 26, 2015 3:06 pm | by Torex Semiconductor Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

The Torex XC6190 series Pushbutton Reset IC is used to reboot a system. Typical end products include wearable devices, Smart Phones, fitness bands and other devices which need a reboot function. The XC6190 has an extremely low quiescent current....

RF switch supports a frequency range from DC through 8000 MHz

January 26, 2015 3:04 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine’s PE42020 is a single-pole double throw (SPDT) True DC RF switch that supports a wide frequency range from DC (zero Hz) through 8000 MHz. A configurable 50-ohm absorptive or open reflective switch, PE42020 exhibits high power handling of ...

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China takes over lead from Europe in 2013 photovoltaic installations

January 26, 2015 11:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A booming photovoltaic market in Asia has propelled China to a global leader in photovoltaic energy installations in 2013, according to the latest edition of the JRC's PV Status Report. The EU has retained its domination in cumulative installed capacity....

TVS device protects the USB 3.0 interface from ESD

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Semtech Corp. | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) announced the RClamp3346P, a high-performance, ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device to protect the USB 3.0 interface in computing and mobile devices from electrostatic discharge (ESD) ...

AC-DC power supplies designed for non-life support medical applications

January 23, 2015 9:20 am | by Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new PM202 Series of compact 200W AC-DC power supplies from Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) are specifically designed for non-life support medical applications that require EN/UL 60601-1 safety standards. The single output ...

Photovoltaic isolator offers high output current

January 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Dionics-USA Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Dionics-USA (Westbury, NY) announces a new class of high-current photovoltaic isolators. The 8A100-1 and 8A100-2 family of devices are dual high-current PVI milli-watt power sources. These devices achieve the highest output current of any PV isolator on ...

New York City’s largest wind turbine stands 160-feet tall

January 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s ...

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Engineering Update #94: A quantum dot-powered laser

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quantum dots have only recently gained traction in the consumer display market, but they were discovered back in 1981, and their utility appears to be growing. Scientists at Princeton used these semiconductor nanocrystals with quantum mechanical properties to design ...

GM's new affordable electric car could upstage Tesla

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own. GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt....

N-channel power MOSFETs achieve industry’s lowest resistance

January 21, 2015 9:38 am | by Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced 11 new N-channel power MOSFETs to its NexFET product line, including the 25-V CSD16570Q5B and 30-V CSD17570Q5B for hot swap and ORing applications with the industry’s lowest on-resistance (Rdson) in ...

Energy Department announces $2.5M to improve wind forecasting

January 9, 2015 11:47 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

The Energy Department today announced $2.5 million for a new project to research the atmospheric processes that generate wind in mountain-valley regions. This in-depth research, conducted by Vaisala of Louisville, Colorado, will be used to improve the wind industry's weather...

Compact batteries enhanced by spontaneous silver matrix formations

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

In a promising lithium-based battery, the formation of a highly conductive silver matrix transforms a material otherwise plagued by low conductivity. To optimize these multi-metallic batteries--and enhance the flow of electricity--scientists needed a way to see where, when, and how these silver, nanoscale "bridges" emerge.

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Do engineers use counterfeit components?

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeit components continue to make it into designs as companies try to reduce prices and make smart business decisions. While a counterfeit component might lower the initial cost, the long term consequences of using grey market products can result in more expensive...

3-D 'Pop-up' silicon structures: Transforming planar materials into 3-D microarchitectures

January 8, 2015 3:23 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

In the cover feature article of the journal, Science, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe a unique process for geometrically transforming two dimensional (2D) micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts by exploiting mechanics principles similar to those found in children's 'pop-up' books.a

Engineering Update #92: CATS in space

January 8, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

Defying the Achilles heel of graphene

January 8, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

A resilience to extreme conditions by the most transparent, lightweight and flexible material for conducting electricity could help revolutionise the electronic industry, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Exeter have discovered that GraphExeter - a...

Hybrid power connecters available for 2 to 24 power circuits

January 7, 2015 2:29 pm | Fci | Product Releases | Comments

FCI has announced the launch of its Minitek Pwr Hybrid 3.0 and Minitek Pwr Hybrid 4.2 connectors. Augmenting the Minitek Pwr family, the new Hybrid series has an improved and flexible modular design over traditional power connectors. Both the 3.0 and 4.2 configurations are...

Fuel cells offer next-generation energy source

January 7, 2015 2:23 pm | by Institute for Basic Science | News | Comments

The Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has succeeded in proposing a new method to enhance fuel cell efficiency with the simultaneous removal of toxic heavy metal ions. The direct methanol fuel cell (DFMC) has been a promising energy...

Powering ships with alternative energy sources

January 7, 2015 2:18 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

To make ships more eco-efficient, engineers have been working with alternative fuels. A Norwegian engineer is currently pursuing a new approach: With Vindskip, he has designed a cargo ship that is powered by wind and gas. Software developed by Fraunhofer researchers will...

You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks

January 7, 2015 2:14 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Seriously. OK, let me be very clear here. You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area. But wait. Everyone else—don't leave yet! It's coming to your location, too. Eventually. Duracell Powermat and Starbucks announced that they...

Why wave energy is cheaper than wind power

January 7, 2015 2:09 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

A new analysis suggests that large-scale wave energy systems developed in the Pacific Northwest should be comparatively steady, dependable and able to be integrated into the overall energy grid at lower costs than some other forms of alternative energy, including wind power...

At The Gadget Show: Curved phones, smarter homes, fuel cells

January 6, 2015 8:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota will allow others to use several thousand of its patented or patent-pending technologies for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed Mirai, due to be sold in the U.S. by October.Elsewhere, would-be novelists got a...

Single-chip processors offer lower power consumption

January 5, 2015 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

congatec AG is expanding its successful product range with the 5th generation Intel® Core™ processor platform up to Intel® Core™ i7-5650U on COM Express Computer-On-Modules and Thin Mini-ITX motherboards. The single-chip processors feature a low power consumption of just 15W TDP.

The road to more efficient biofuel

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.

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