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Tool Upgrade Would Have Prevented Train Crash

December 11, 2013 12:20 pm | by Jim Fitzgerald, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety officials say a technology upgrade they've been recommending for years would probably have prevented the Dec. 1 train derailment that killed four people in New York. The National Transportation Safety Board said a tool called ...                      

RFID Enables Omniscient View of Whirlpool's Parts

December 11, 2013 12:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space...                        

Agilent’s Model Extraction and Qualification Software Adopted by Microchip

December 11, 2013 11:26 am | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced that Microchip Technology has adopted Agilent EEsof EDA’s Model Builder Program and Model Quality Assurance software. Microchip Technology will use the software to create internal fabrication device model libraries or process design kits, modify external foundry libraries...


Canadian Telecommunications Provider Selects Axiros for Remote Provisioning and Device Management

December 11, 2013 11:19 am | by Groupe Maskatel | News | Comments

Groupe Maskatel announced that it has selected Axiros’ AXESS.ACS for the remote provisioning, monitoring and management of its customer premise equipment (CPE) across Maskatel’s high-speed data service. Groupe Maskatel is a regional provider located outside Montreal, delivering residential and commercial voice...

RFMD's Envelope Tracking Power Amplifiers and Antenna Control Solutions

December 11, 2013 11:11 am | by RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD announced that the newest flagship Android smartphone incorporates its envelope tracking (ET) power amplifiers, antenna switch module, diversity switches and antenna tuner. This fifth generation smartphone from a leading Korea-based manufacturer is the slimmest and fastest Android phone to date...

Allied Electronics Signs Distribution Agreement with Rittal

December 11, 2013 11:08 am | by Allied Electronics | News | Comments

Allied Electronics recently signed a distribution agreement with Rittal Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of enclosures and climate control products. Allied will add over 400 Rittal products to their linecard including industrial and IT enclosures, racks and accessories, including climate control and hybrid applications.   

Astrodyne Acquires LCR Electronics and Radius Power

December 11, 2013 11:05 am | by Astrodyne | News | Comments

Astrodyne announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the Filter and Control Products of LCR Electronics, Inc. (“LCR Electronics”) and Radius Power, Inc. (“Radius Power”). LCR Electronics and Radius Power are both leading providers of EMI Filter and Electronic Control products...

AVX to Present 'Commercial Vs Hi-rel Qualification Method Comparison' at MRQW 2013

December 11, 2013 11:01 am | by AVX | News | Comments

AVX will deliver a presentation entitled “Commercial vs. Hi-Rel Qualification Method Comparison” at the 2013 Microelectronics Reliability & Qualification Working Meeting (MRQW). A forum for the open discussion of reliability and qualification issues for microelectronics intended for use in space systems...


PCI Adds Over 100 New Products to its Website

December 11, 2013 10:55 am | by Precision Connector | News | Comments

Precision Connector has completed a major update to its website. The update includes, the addition of new product sections for Adapters, 1.0mm, SMP and SSMP connectors. In general, over 100 new downloadable connector drawings were added, and all product sections were updated and reorganized.

Photo of the Day: Polymers Behave like Insulators, Semiconductors & Metals

December 11, 2013 10:26 am | by Linköping University | News | Comments

A thermoelectric material undergoes a diffusion of electronic charge carriers to the cold region when the material is submitted to a temperature gradient. As a result an electric potential is created between the cold and hot side of the material...

Polymers Can Be Semimetals

December 11, 2013 10:25 am | by Linköping University | News | Comments

Xavier Crispin, Docent in organic electronics at Linköping University’s Department of Science and Technology, has led a project where no...                            

Researchers Develop World’s Highest Quantum Efficiency UV Photodetectors

December 11, 2013 10:07 am | by McCormick, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Researchers from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed the world’s highest quantum efficiency ultraviolet (UV) photodetector, an advance in technology that could aid in the detection of missiles and chemical and biological threats...

CWRU Engineering Researchers Report Nanoscale Energy-Efficient Switching Services

December 11, 2013 10:02 am | by Kevin Mayhood, Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

By relentlessly miniaturizing a pre-World War II computer technology, and combining this with a new and durable material, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have built nanoscale switches and logic gates that operate more energy-efficiently than...


German Prosecutor: Still Eeighing NSA Probe

December 11, 2013 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's chief federal prosecutor says he hasn't decided whether to open an investigation into alleged surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency but is suggesting that he's skeptical...                    

Group Wants Fisher Price iPad Seat Recall

December 11, 2013 9:56 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ahh, the first year of a baby's life — learning to sit up, crawl, even walk. But how about playtime in a baby seat with an iPad and some cool apps? Fisher-Price is selling an infant seat with an attachment where parents can insert an iPad so baby...                    

Optimizing Carbon Nanotube Arrays for use in Hot Spots

December 10, 2013 10:19 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

When engineers design devices, they must often join together two materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged...             

Photos of the Day: Titan Arm Adds Extra Muscle

December 10, 2013 10:10 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

In technical terms, the apparatus is an untethered, upper-body exoskeleton; to the layman, it's essentially a battery-powered arm brace attached to a backpack. Either way, Titan Arm's cost-efficient design has won...              

PA Students' Robotic Arm Can Make You Stronger

December 10, 2013 10:09 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional...                      

Kickstarter of the Week: Mini Satellite Is Propelled by Water

December 9, 2013 4:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, we are propelling a tiny solar-powered satellite into space using only water for fuel. The spacecraft could someday average over 1 billion miles per gallon. The engine produces thrust through ...                      

Propelled by Water, Powered by Sun

December 9, 2013 4:13 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A solar-powered spacecraft could someday average over 1 billion miles per gallon using only water for fuel, thanks to a new technology being developed at the University of Michigan’s Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory. The ...

Exclusive: Shutting the Door on Shodan

December 9, 2013 4:03 pm | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

Shodan, “The scariest search engine on the Internet” according to CNN Money, is a search engine scouring the Internet looking for servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other devices that are connected to and make up the Internet of Things. Searches on Shodan can find a stunning amount...

Made in IBM Labs: Ensuring the Security of Cloud Apps Accessed by Mobile Devices

December 9, 2013 12:59 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM inventors have patented a technique that enables businesses to improve cloud security and support secure transactions by preventing mobile devices from accessing software code that has been maliciously or inadvertently modified after it was encrypted.

Cypress TrueTouch Solutions Add Support for Fujifilm Metal Mesh Sensors

December 9, 2013 12:56 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced its TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen controllers support usage of metal mesh sensors from Fujifilm. Metal mesh sensors deliver better scanning performance than traditional indium tin oxide (ITO) sensors, and they are easier to manufacture, cutting cost and design time.

Microchip Expands Arduino Compatible chipKIT Ecosystem

December 9, 2013 12:53 pm | by Microchip Technology | News | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the expansion of its Arduino compatible chipKIT ecosystem, with two new development tools from Digilent, and an embedded cloud software framework. Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board minimizes the need for users to purchase additional hardware or shields...

Agilent’s Award-Winning, Ultrafast Express Test Now Compatible with All G200 Stages and DCM II, XP Heads

December 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced that its high-speed Express Test option, a recent recipient of the prestigious R&D 100 Award, is compatible with all Nano Indenter G200 stages and DCM II and XP heads. Innovative Express Test technology enables the world’s fastest nanoindentation for mechanical-properties mapping.

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