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Physics in 3D? That's Nothing. Try 0D

March 4, 2014 3:58 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Zero-dimensional quantum dots identified by University of Cincinnati researchers could someday have a big effect on a variety of technologies, such as solar energy, lasers and medical diagnostics. In physics, there's small, and then there's nullity – as in zero-dimensional...

MicroPEM TackSert pins: Alternative to Screws in Compact Electronics

March 4, 2014 1:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

New microPEM TackSert pins from PennEngineering introduce reliable fastener solutions to attach top panels securely to a base panel or chassis in compact electronic assemblies. These pins provide practical alternatives to micro screws by eliminating the typically costly issues...

Coilcraft CPS Extreme Temperature Inductor

March 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The new AT549RBT cored-spring inductor from Coilcraft CPS is ideal for extreme-temperature applications such as down-hole drilling and on-engine automotive. It can withstand a 40 second reflow at 350°C. It features nickel-clad copper terminations as standard, with other terminations available upon request...

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Automotive-grade Precision Thin Film Chip Resistor Laboratory Sample Kits

March 4, 2014 12:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has announced that the company is now offering laboratory sample kits of its automotive-grade precision thin film chip resistors. The MCW 0406 AT (LCW AT 96/4) and MCT 0603 AT (LCT AT 96/4) kits aid engineers in prototyping, and speed time to market in a wide range of electronic systems...

White Paper: Improving Cable Performance in Harsh Environments

March 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by GORE | White Papers

Cables are often the last component considered when designing an electronic system. However, cables are really the system’s lifeline — if a cable fails, the entire system can stop functioning. For example, if the cable system used for data transmission in a spacecraft fails, the communication between the...             

Photos of the Day: State-of-the-Art Toilets

March 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway...

High-Tech Toilet Seats: No Hands or Paper Required

March 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway...

HotSpot Episode 52: WiFi Virus Attacks Belfast and London

March 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a mobile network in a backpack for disaster situations; a WiFi virus attacks London and Belfast; a phone that place privacy and control directly in the hands of its users; and smart space spheres receive an upgrade...                    

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Yokogawa Develops Multi-Protocol Wireless Adaptor

February 27, 2014 3:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it has developed a multi-protocol wireless adaptor that enables wired field instruments or analytical sensors to be used as ISA100 Wireless devices, and will release models in May and July that support communications based on the HART and RS485 Modbus standards...

High Power GaN Switches for Wideband Applications

February 27, 2014 3:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for a pair of high power GaN SPDT switches from TriQuint. The TGS2352-2-SM covers frequencies from 500MHz to 12GHz and handles input power up to 20W while the TGS2353-2-SM extends frequency coverage to 18GHz and handles up to 10 watts of input power...

PEM Self-Clinching Fasteners Enable Lighter Designs

February 27, 2014 2:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Self-clinching fasteners from PEM for use in stainless steel assemblies install reliably and permanently into thin stainless steel sheets and enable lighter designs by minimizing hardware parts count. This growing family of special hardened stainless fasteners includes a wide range of types and styles...

New 3850 MHz VCO from Crystek

February 27, 2014 2:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The CVCO55CC-3850-3850 VCO from Crystek operates at 3850 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CVCO55CC-3850-3850 is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5-in. x 0.5-in. SMD package...

High Performance Enclosure Gaskets

February 27, 2014 10:20 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech beryllium-copper fingerstock gaskets are an ideal choice for making reliable electrical contact between parallel seams (mating surfaces) that are created by enclosure access doors and panels. These high-performance, hardened Alloy 25 gasket...                  

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Software Maps Ambiguous Names in Texts to the Right Person

February 26, 2014 2:15 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

If a name is ambiguous and given without context, even humans struggle. When reading the last name "Merkel", people do not know if it refers to the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel or the famous soccer coach Max Merkel. It is a drawback for web search, too...

Engineering Newswire 78: Airbus Bionic Plane Fuselage Mimics Bone

February 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're putting holograms in electronic devices, seeing if animals actually do it better, and creating a bionic fuselage that mimics bone structure ...                     

Murata’s 2x4 120W Power Supply

February 20, 2014 3:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced that its MVAB120 series of single output 120 Watt AC-DC power supplies now complies with the third edition of the EN/UL/IEC60601 and ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 third edition MOOP (means of operator protection) medical safety standard...

Sub-GHz Wireless Design Choices for Smart Metering

February 19, 2014 3:43 pm | by Vivek Mohan, Senior Product Manager, Wireless Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

The worldwide focus on energy conservation in the last decade has led to tremendous growth in smart meter deployments, which help manage energy distribution and consumption more efficiently than traditional utility meters...                       

Solair Offers 'Intelligent' Software Platform

February 18, 2014 5:44 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Solair is offering Solair Platform, an innovative software platform for those who wish to develop business applications in the cloud as well as those seeking to position themselves in the "Internet of Things." Solair Platform is a cloud platform, entirely developed in Italy...

New Vishay Intertechnology SMD NTC Thermistors

February 18, 2014 5:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new series of SMD NTC thermistors with enhanced stability for temperature sensing and compensation circuits. Optimized for heat counters, body thermometers, and other medical applications, the thermistors released today offer one R25 value per case...

Agilent Adds Capabilities to USB Thermocouple Power Sensors

February 18, 2014 5:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced the addition of two new models to its U8480 Series USB thermocouple power sensors. The U8480 Series now comes with improved specifications, including an expanded frequency range to 67 GHz and a measurement speed of 900 readings/second...

Rice's Carbon Nanotube Fibers Outperform Copper

February 14, 2014 12:46 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

On a pound-per-pound basis, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice University have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass, according to new research. While individual nanotubes are capable of transmitting nearly 1,000 times more current than copper...

Photo of the Day: Industry 4.0

February 14, 2014 12:36 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Though it looks like something straight out of a science-fiction film, it will soon become a reality in the production halls of the future: products along the production lines will know where they are, which steps they have already completed, and what they still need to become a finished product...

No Chance for Industrial Pirates and Co.

February 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Though it looks like something straight out of a science-fiction film, it will soon become a reality in the production halls of the future: products along the production lines will know where they are, which steps they have already completed, and what they still need to become a finished product...

Molex SpeedStack Mezzanine Connectors Achieve 40 Gbps Data Rates

February 13, 2014 3:28 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The SpeedStack mezzanine connector system from Molex provides a low profile solution for PCB space savings and a narrow body width for optimized airflow in high-speed and very dense applications...

Macro Sensors LVDTs Replace Proximity Sensors

February 13, 2014 3:11 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The LVDT Linear Position Sensors from Macro Sensors are replacing proximity sensors in the automated control systems of hot air, heat staking machinery used by many high technology and manufacturing industries in the manufacture of thermoplastic assemblies...

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