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10 lies engineers tell themselves about patents

March 31, 2015 11:21 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

In early January, I was in Las Vegas at CES with around 170,000 of my closest friends.  While there, the Q&A portion of a panel discussion of several industry CEOs shocked me and led me to write this column. An audience member asked the panel moderator how patent rights were dealt with....

The industry’s first fully encapsulated 50A digital power module

March 20, 2015 12:28 pm | by Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation announced the industry’s first 50A fully encapsulated digital DC/DC PMBus...

80W S-band amplifier supports short and long pulse radar

March 20, 2015 12:19 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a GaN power amplifier delivering 80W Psat...

High-efficiency GaN PA delivers 100W in S-Band

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a GaN power amplifier delivering 100W Psat...

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Ceramic chip capacitors deliver high reliability for automotive applications

March 20, 2015 9:26 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

New Vishay Intertechnology RoHS-Compliant SMD MLCCs Deliver High Reliability for Automotive Applications Featuring Voltages to 3000 VDC, Devices Offer C0G (NP0), X7R, and X8R Dielectrics in Six Case Sizes From 0402 to 1812 MALVERN, Pa. — March 11, 2015 — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today introduced a new series of RoHS-compliant, surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip capacito...

Clean energy future: New cheap and efficient electrode for splitting water

March 19, 2015 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UNSW Australia scientists have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water that has the potential to be scaled up for industrial production of the clean energy fuel, hydrogen. The new technology is based on an inexpensive, specially coated ...

Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but Northwestern University scientists, together with collaborators from five other institutions, have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could ...

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Hidden benefits of electric vehicles revealed

March 19, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric vehicles are cool, research shows. Literally. A study in this week's Scientific Reports by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles ...

Chemistry research holds great promise for advancing sustainable energy

March 19, 2015 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later....

AC/DC power supplies operate from a universal input of 85VAC to 264 VAC

March 19, 2015 12:09 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Now available from MicroPower Direct, the MPL-05SEUP series is a family of ultra-miniature, 5W AC/DC power supplies. These low cost power supplies are specifically designed to provide the small package, robust features and safety approval required for a variety of board level applications where performance requirements are high....

Economical power supplies include output up to 600W

March 19, 2015 11:30 am | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced the BENCH range of economical programmable power supplies - compact, remote-controllable, single-output DC power supplies with available power output up to 600W. The range includes voltages from 20V to 1000V output, and 1.5A to 30A current to a maximum of 600W....

Engineering Update #102: Goodyear's electricity generating tire

March 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

We’ve all heard of regenerative-braking, where kinetic energy from brakes is captured and returned to the vehicle’s batteries. Most of the popular hybrid and pure electric vehicles like the Prius, Tesla Roadster, and Chevy Volt use some form of regenerative breaking....

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Current sense transformers detect switching current up to 40 Amps

March 17, 2015 10:05 am | by Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft is launching its new CST2010 Series of current sense transformers this week at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Coilcraft is located in Booth 1107.

APEC 2015

March 16, 2015 1:08 pm | Events

APEC 2015 continues the long-standing tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer. Outstanding technical content is provided at one of the lowest registration costs of any IEEE conference.

5 STEM toys you must buy for your kid

March 5, 2015 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you have to buckle down and do the dirty work and other times you get to assemble toys at work.

7 teen inventors who are changing the world

March 2, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta + Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Blogs | Comments

As we've moved through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields.

LOPEC 2015

March 2, 2015 9:48 am | Events

How can newcomers conquer the market? What ideas are about to take off? New companies are presenting future-oriented products and services. Attend the forum in Hall B0 on March 4 from 11:00 to 13:00. Admission is free of charge with your ticket to the exhibition....

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PSMA announces APEC 2015 Industry Session on nanotechnology

February 26, 2015 12:31 pm | News | Comments

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Nanotechnology Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2015 titled, “Nanotechnology — State and Federal Activities.” The session will take place on March 18, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m....

Here's what it takes to win a robotics competition

February 24, 2015 4:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think college campus, you might think classes, parties, and dorms, but for some students at the University of Illinois at Chicago the college experience is all about the robots. Well, maybe not ALL about the robots, but there is a serious devotion to robotics among the members of the Chicago Engineering Design Team.

“Latest Advances in Power Semiconductors, a Less Biased Discussion”

February 24, 2015 9:28 am | Events

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Semiconductor Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2015 titled, “Latest Advances in Power Semiconductors, a Less Biased Discussion.” The APEC session will take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 8:30 a.m.-11:55 a.m....

How one lab is changing students' lives

February 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Students 2 Science is an organization designed to help students experience what conducting an experiment in a real lab is like with an eventual goal of Inspiring, Motivating, and Educating Students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics....

What exactly is Earth System Science?

February 12, 2015 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Annalysha Lafferty, a student at University of California, Irvine working towards a B.S. in Earth System Science with the specializations of Hydrology and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Oceanography.

Laptop bag lets your electronics "float" above the ground

February 9, 2015 4:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

One of the more intriguing items I saw at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show wasn’t some new technology or widget but something to hold those items — a backpack with a “floating pocket” to protect your sensitive electronics from harm. STM designed “The Drifter” ...

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium

February 9, 2015 2:04 pm | Events

Technology Training Corporation in association with the American Institute of Engineers is holding their 2015 symposium on “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium” on March 11-12, 2015 at the Wyndham Hotel in San Diego, CA. This conference brings together key officials and ...

5 smart careers for future engineers

February 6, 2015 12:35 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech ...

Smart clothing could take over the wearables market

February 3, 2015 1:08 pm | by Martine Escoffier, Mass Market and On Line Channel – Volume MEMS division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

In the realm of wearables, smart watches and fitness wristbands seem to rule the day. But a new legion of wearables is strutting to the stage. Here comes Smart Clothing. We’re not talking about exotic couture like the robotic spider dress created by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht recently ...

APEC 2015

February 2, 2015 10:37 am | by ECN Staff | Events

As the premier event in Applied Power Electronics, APEC focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. This is not just a designer’s conference, APEC has something of interest for anyone involved in ...

Kickstarting IoT in 2015

February 2, 2015 9:36 am | by Iain Galloway, Manager Technology Strategy, Global Sales and Marketing | Blogs | Comments

As analysts had anticipated, IoT technologists are keeping the sector’s innovation engine strong in the first quarter of 2015. At this year’s CES and across the globe, IoT ecosystem developers brought exciting new products to the launch pad....

Misfit wants this wristband to synch with your smart home

January 28, 2015 12:11 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker. On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a partnership with Nest and ...

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