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Engineering Newswire 56: Scorpion Jet Prototype is Tactically Practical

September 19, 2013 8:45 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re wearing scalp sensors in space, pouring drinks with one-armed robotic bartenders, flying a scorpion prototype, and dancing between a designer’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare.

Pico Technology’s High-performance PC Oscilloscopes

September 19, 2013 2:53 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

With up to 500 MHz bandwidth on four channels, and an industry-leading 2 G samples of buffer memory, the new PicoScope 6000 Series from Pico Technology has both the performance and the advanced analysis capability to speed debug of today’s complex electronic designs.

TrueNorth Avionics: How Innovation Flies High

September 18, 2013 9:29 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale/Distribution Industries | Articles | Comments

Heads of State, Fortune 50 executives and discerning VIPs rely on the airborne telecommunications technologies of TrueNorth Avionics to stay connected while they’re in flight. The company’s products outfit private, VIP business jets. With full telecommunications capabilities available, high-powered passengers can turn otherwise nonproductive, “out-of-touch” time in the air into useful working time.

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Review: New iOS Software Has Features to Discover

September 18, 2013 9:17 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many of the changes in Apple's operating system for mobile devices are cosmetic. Gone are three-dimensional icons that mimic real-world counterparts, such as a magazine rack for the Newsstand app. They are replaced by larger, two-dimensional icons sporting abstract designs and pastel colors.

Microsoft Board Boosts Dividend by 22 Percent

September 18, 2013 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.The new dividend represents an increase of 5 cents over the world's largest software company's previous dividend.

More than a Toy

September 17, 2013 9:40 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

Though sphero has the RC-esque appearance of a toy, the design really has tinkerers in mind. With two different layers of software programmability, the Sphero has an array of games and utilities. Sphero comes with access to an open-source SDK (software development kit) that allows users to interface with the robot at very high levels with, through an Android or iOS app.

Graphene Photodetector Integrated into Computer Chip

September 17, 2013 9:34 am | by Florian Aigner, Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have now managed to combine a graphene photodetector with a standard silicon chip. It can transform light of all important frequencies used in telecommunications into electrical signals. The scientific results have now been published in the journal “Nature Photonics”.

On the Road to Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing

September 17, 2013 9:26 am | by Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Using premier beams of ultraviolet light at the ALS, a DOE national user facility for synchrotron radiation, the collaboration has reported the first demonstration of high-temperature superconductivity in the surface of a topological insulator – a unique class of advanced materials that are electrically insulating on the inside but conducting on the surface.

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HotSpot Episode 30: Detecting Heartbeats in Rubble

September 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, a new radar-based technology that detects heartbeats under cement; a superior technique that makes sense of the vast quantities of video; a new high-speed cellular solution designed to fast track M2M application development on mobile networks; and a secure safety network for children.

Software May Be Able to Take Over from Hardware in Managing Caches

September 16, 2013 9:12 am | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In today's computers, moving data to and from main memory consumes so much time and energy that microprocessors have their own small, high-speed memory banks, known as "caches," which store frequently used data. Traditionally, managing the caches has required fairly simple algorithms that can be hard-wired into the chips.

Managing Multicore Memory

September 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In today’s computers, moving data to and from main memory consumes so much time and energy that microprocessors have their own small, high-speed memory banks, known as “caches,” which store frequently used data. Traditionally, managing the caches has required fairly simple algorithms that can be hard-wired into the chips.

CANblue II Transmits CAN Data Quickly and Reliably Via Bluetooth

September 12, 2013 1:22 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

IXXAT is offering a universal bridge, gateway, and PC interface solution for the wireless networking of CAN components and systems in a new and improved version.

Engineering Newswire 55: Hotrod in the Hot Heat

September 12, 2013 1:15 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re watching Gabrielle with a hawk, calling out curiosity, testing a McLaren P1 in the Arctic Circle, and riding a motorcycle, at 400-miles per hour.

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Frequency-Extension Modules Address Growing Needs in Millimeter-Wave Communications, Wireless Networks, and Aerospace/Defense

September 11, 2013 1:25 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies this week introduced a line of frequency-extension modules from Virginia Diodes Inc. (VDI), a company that designs, manufactures, and sells millimeter-wave and terahertz devices, components, and systems, for its signal generators and analyzers.

Teseq Expands CDN Line to Include Testing of USB 3.0, HDMI Cables, Coaxial Cables, and 8-line Unshielded Cables

September 11, 2013 12:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has expanded its extensive line of over 60 CDNs (coupling/decoupling networks) for EMC RF conducted immunity testing, according to IEC/EN 61000-4-6, with several new models. The latest models include CDN USB 3.0, CDN HDMI, CDN S502, CDN S752, and CDN A801. 

Facebook, Yahoo Want to Disclose FISA Orders Data

September 10, 2013 9:31 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook and Yahoo asked a secret court Monday to allow them to disclose data on national security orders the companies have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The two tech companies filed separate, similar motions Monday with the secret court that oversees that law. Two other companies, Google and Microsoft, have similar motions pending with the court.

Elon Musk Explains the Future of Design

September 10, 2013 9:18 am | by SpaceX | Videos | Comments

SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. They are integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than we could using purely 2D tools.

Saelig Introduces 'Warrior' I/O, Joystick, Mouse USB Modules

September 9, 2013 5:36 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced new Warrior Modules containing the complete electronics required for joystick, mouse or I/O functionality via USB. Based on the successful Warrior USB-interface ICs, these new boards accept analog inputs in the range of 0 to 5 V, are compatible with most joystick sensors.

HotSpot Episode 29: Inflatable Antennas for Small Satellites

September 9, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Linear Technology’s LTC5551 ultra-high, dynamic range RF down converting mixer; a wristband, which uses the unique cardiac rhythm of consumers to authenticate their identity; a thin, wireless touch interface; and an inflatable antenna.

NY Judge Orders Apple to Modify e-Book Contracts

September 9, 2013 9:56 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking to force Apple to obey antitrust laws, a judge on Friday ordered the technology giant to modify contracts with publishers to prevent electronic book price fixing and said she will appoint an external compliance monitor to review the company's antitrust policies and training.

AudioCodes and Gigaset Bring IP DECT Mobility to Microsoft Lync

September 5, 2013 3:58 pm | by AudioCodes | News | Comments

AudioCodes has announced a cooperation with Gigaset Communications GmbH, a European market leader. The AudioCodes SIP Phone Support (SPS) software, which enhances AudioCodes Enterprise Session Border Controllers (E-SBC) and Gateways, connects the GigaSet pro N720 IP DECT Multicell System to Lync servers

Engineering Newswire 54: Semi-Automatic Needle Gun

September 5, 2013 12:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re working out with RoboSimian, exploring the deepest place on earth, saving brains, and we’re locked and loaded with a semi-automatic needle gun.

Hot Spot Exclusive: Qardio Monitoring System for Smarter Healthcare

September 5, 2013 11:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In an effort to provide remote monitoring solutions to doctors so they can be more sufficient while minimizing costs and the consequences that come with waiting until it is too late, San Francisco-based Qardio has introduced the QardioArm and QardioCore wearable monitoring devices.

Computer-Operated Car Transports PA Congressman

September 5, 2013 9:38 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The so-called driverless Cadillac SRX was designed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers who have been working on the project since 2008. The car uses inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras to maneuver in traffic. Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he was accompanied by Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Sony Launches Camera Phone with Add-On Lenses

September 5, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Mobile unveiled a new addition to its Xperia smartphone lineup Wednesday: a device that sports a massive 20.7-megapixel camera and is capable of attaching better lenses. The Xperia Z1, presented in Berlin two days before the annual IFA consumer electronics show there, is Sony's attempt to leapfrog rivals such as Nokia and Samsung in the race for the phone with the best camera.

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