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Court sides with US in cell-tracking records case

May 12, 2014 8:52 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.

GaitTrack app makes cellphone a medical monitor for heart and lung patients

May 8, 2014 4:38 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, Illinois News Bureau | News | Comments

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen. GaitTrack, an app developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U. of I. at Chicago, turns a smartphone into a sophisticated medical device...

Photos of the Day: Solar car maxes out at 93mph

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this April 30, 2014 photo, Qazvin Azad University students assemble the rectangular Havin-2, or Brilliant Sun, in Qazvin, Iran. The Havin-2 drove for tests alongside slightly larger gas-powered motor vehicles outside the capital, Tehran, ahead of the eight-day, 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) race that will take it from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis.

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Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

May 2014: Portable Power

May 8, 2014 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In the May 1 issue, ECN takes a look at one of the fastest growing and most challenging technologies: portable power. With electronics design trending towards miniaturization and mobility, power has become a constant balancing act between efficiency, weight, and necessity.

MLCCs with extended capacitance range and voltage rating designed for high volumetric efficiency options

May 8, 2014 10:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

 AVX Corporation (GREENVILLE, S.C.) has extended the capacitance range and voltage ratings for its X7R MLCCs, resulting in a much broader product offering with several new high volumetric efficiency options.  Available in sizes spanning 01005 to 2225, AVX’s X7R MLCCs exhibit high K and low ESR and are now available with capacitance values spanning 100pF to 47µF and standard voltage ratings spanning 4V-500V.

A Lab in Your Pocket

May 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Tech | News | Comments

When you get sick, your physician may take a sample of your blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit card. These labs-on-a-chip would not only be quick—results are available in minutes—but also inexpensive and portable.

Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light

May 8, 2014 9:24 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

University of Adelaide research may help in the fight against terrorism with the creation of a sensor that can detect tiny quantities of explosives with the use of light and special glass fibres. Published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, the researchers describe a novel optical fibre sensor ...

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Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

May 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person's voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports.While the app still needs much testing before widespread use, early results from a small group of patients show its potential to monitor moods while protecting privacy.

Jet to stop printing, change to digital app

May 8, 2014 9:05 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP | News | Comments

Jet magazine, which first hit newsstands at the dawn of the civil rights era, is ceasing regular print publication and transforming into a digital app. Johnson Publishing Co., which owns Jet along with Ebony magazine, says the switch will occur at the end of June. The Chicago-based company says the move is a proactive effort to adapt to its readers' growing desires for quicker and easier access to information.

Mobile Internet shakes up stodgy China industries

May 8, 2014 8:54 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alibaba, the e-commerce giant planning a blockbuster share sale in the U.S., shook up China's vast but sleepy retailing industry by popularizing online shopping. Now it and China's other Internet companies are mounting challenges in areas from banking to broadcasting.

3-dB, 90-degree hybrid couplers target mobile communications

May 6, 2014 11:23 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced two new wideband, 3d-B, 90-degree hybrid couplers: a 2100-MHz device for 1.5 GHz to 2.1 GHz performance and a 2700 MHz device for 2.1-GHz to 2.7-GHz performance.

Electronics that Stretch at the Molecular Level

May 6, 2014 9:12 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Today's flexible electronics are already enabling a new generation of wearable sensors and other mobile electronic devices. But these flexible electronics, in which very thin semiconductor materials are applied to a thin, flexible substrate...

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Carrier card offers scalable data acquisition to PCIe

May 1, 2014 5:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP (Austin, TX) announced the release of a new PCI Express product featuring the Xilinx Kintex-7 combined with the highest performance analog I/O card available in the marketplace, according to the company. With a single-channel…

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....

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....

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

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