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Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

RF digital step attenuator enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs

April 23, 2014 2:29 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) introduces its next-generation, UltraCMOS PE4312 DSA. Successor to the popular PE4302, the new PE4312 enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs that require highly accurate and efficient amplitude control....

RF signal generator series offers standard AM/FM/Phase modulation

April 23, 2014 10:29 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company (Fairport, NY) has introduced a high-performance RF signal source family, the DSG3000 3GHz/6GHz series, offering standard AM/FM/Phase modulation, as well as options for I/Q modulation and I/Q baseband output. The DSG3000 Series generates waveforms with high signal purity....

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High gain amplifiers target commercial and military radar

April 21, 2014 7:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA)  introduced new portfolio of L and S band high gain amplifiers covering 1.2 GHz to 1.4 GHz and 3.1 GHz to 3.5 GHz specifically used for commercial and military radar applications as well as observation satellites and communications systems.

16-26 GHz double-balanced fundamental mixer offers high isolation

April 21, 2014 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced its CMD179 general purpose, double-balanced GaAs mixer that can be used for up- and down-converting applications between 16 GHz and 26 GHz. The mixer, which offers conversion loss of 7 dB, an LO to RF isolation of greater than

Always connected: How the Internet of Things utilizes digital ICs

April 18, 2014 12:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

A tremendous convergence of technology is taking place at homes across the globe. The number of wireless sensing Internet of Things (IoT) devices is expected to reach 5 billion by 2019, according to ON World. For one, the Internet has moved beyond letting consumers access oceans of information from their living room....

Auto elocution: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication mitigates driving hazards

April 18, 2014 11:55 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

It’s not often that in-vehicle technologies take a sudden step. The automotive industry is, historically, quite conservative. However, in February, the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) announced its vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication initiative....

This is what shooting a drone with a machine gun looks like

April 18, 2014 9:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

On today’s edition of destroying things with machine guns, we find ourselves in Arizona during the semi-annual Big Sandy Shoot, which is the largest machine-gun shoot in the US. We also find ourselves learning a valuable lesson: It’s really hard to shoot down drones....

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LED luminaire is first to use Bluetooth technology

April 17, 2014 1:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) has launched the first outdoor LED luminaire controlled by using Bluetooth technology—Kim Lighting’s LightVault 8. The solid brass fixture, which features leading-edge LED optics, uses high-speed Bluetooth technology to enable field aiming....

Hotspot: Remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. The dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3' blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank....

Ferrite cores are modular, stackable

April 16, 2014 1:12 pm | TDK Corporation of America, Dexter Magnetic | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) has developed a new kind of ferrite core: EPCOS stackable U-cores feature a modular ferrite design that offers flexibility and economy for high-voltage transformer and HF filter applications. The new U-cores are

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

April 16, 2014 10:58 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment"....

50-Ohm 20-dB gain block delivers 46 dBm OIP3 and 2.6 dB NF with bandwidth from 20 MHz to 2 GHz

April 14, 2014 12:36 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC6431-20, a 20-MHz to 2-GHz single-ended input and output fixed gain amplifier offering a 46.2 dBm OIP3 (Output Third Order Intercept) and 2.6 dB noise figure. Its OP1dB (Output 1dB Compression Point) is

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Simplifying M2M data networking

April 14, 2014 7:54 am | by Bill Conley, B&B Electronics | Blogs | Comments

There is currently no universal standard for cellular network certification and provisioning in North America. Instead, the North American cellular carriers and standards bodies like CTIA/PTCRB force mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and M2M device manufacturers to navigate a labyrinth of different certification processes....

New research on gigabit wireless communications

April 11, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research on gigabit wireless communications has been presented by researchers from the University of Bristol at the world's leading wireless communications and networking conference, IEEE WCNC 2014, in Turkey earlier this week [Monday 6 to Wednesday 9 April]....

RFID device with I2C interface enables wireless configuration during and after production

April 9, 2014 2:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Smyrna, GA) announced that it has developed the LXMS2HACNF-165, the latest addition in the company’s MAGICSTRAP RFID product line. Measuring 2.5 mm x 2.0 mm x 1. 0mm, it has the same features as the standard MAGICSTRAP products, but with

Miniature high side load switches deliver up to 3 A in a 1-mm x 1.5-mm package

April 9, 2014 1:09 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC94161/62/63/64/65; a family of high-side load switches with low on resistance (14.5 mΩ) capable of delivering up to 3 A of continuous current in a small 1-mm x 1.5-mm wafer level chip-scale package. These small devices feature

This program can make your phone more secure than ever

April 9, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of smartphones came a great debate about the security of technology. With all of the sensitive information stored in the phones—bank account numbers, emails, credit card information—keeping the security tight is of the utmost importance....

Five from EELive, part one

April 8, 2014 8:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | eConais, Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., Icon Labs | Blogs | Comments

The 2014 edition of EELive is in the rear-view mirror. Along with the damp weather, spirits were dampened, too. Perhaps the show is going through an identity crisis given the recent name changes or the success of Embedded World. In fact, when I spoke to exhibitors about their new product offerings that coincide with the show, some responses began with

Putting the 'long term’ in long-term evolution

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Francis Sideco, Senior Director Consumer, Mobile, and IT Electronics at IHS | Blogs | Comments

Unlike its predecessors, many of which by this same point in their adoption cycle were already being prepared to transition to the next generation of cellular air interface technology; LTE appears to be living up to its long-term promise.  LTE, while gaining momentum...

This floating turbine solves all the wind energy problems

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am one of those people who thinks wind turbines are pretty cool-looking. When there was talk of putting them on the Jersey Shore off the beach at Atlantic City, I thought that was a pretty good idea. Alas, the idea was never pursued because they were considered an eyesore.

Watch the world burn with this laser beam eyewear

April 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so you can’t actually purchase these glasses, but they just look really cool. Patrick Priebe, who created the glasses, makes it very clear that they are not for sale and you won’t get blue prints. Priebe, who has a history of creating weapons from movies (i.e. Ironman’s Laser Gauntlet), is a German laser weapons hobbyist....

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module is presented as world’s smallest, most integrated

April 2, 2014 1:38 pm | eConais, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Econais Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the EC19W01, positioned as the world’s smallest, smartest and most integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module. The EC19W01 offers low power drain and features

China could lead the way with the smart home

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Blogs | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them....

IP67 box enclosure seals out water and dust in extreme conditions

March 27, 2014 3:34 pm | Bud Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries (Cleveland, OH) has introduced its PIP Series IP67 box, which provides waterproof protection of electronics for approximately 10% less than competing enclosures. The new enclosure is made from a material that offers improved rigidity and tighter tolerances....

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