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Video of the Day: Engineering Newswire 40: First Autonomous Flight for Airborne Wind Power

May 30, 2013 12:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're pouring beers with robots, preventing disasters with a floating gate, flying autonomous wings with onboard turbines, and riding a 1.3 million-dollar motorcycle that was designed to cut cost. Do you have story ideas? Comment below and we'll cover them in an upcoming episode.

Stanford Scientists Develop High-Efficiency Zinc-Air Battery

May 30, 2013 9:01 am | by Mark Shwartz, Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed an advanced zinc-air battery with higher catalytic activity and durability than similar batteries made with costly platinum and iridium catalysts. The results, published in the May 7 online edition of the journal Nature Communications, could lead to the development of a low-cost alternative to conventional lithium-ion batteries widely used today.

IDEAL Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

May 29, 2013 4:31 pm | by IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. | News | Comments

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of quality tools, connectors and testing products for electricians and data communications contractors, today announced the appointment of Carmelle Giblin as the company's new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective  immediately.


Agilent Technologies' Newest 3-D Electromagnetic Simulation Software Release Targets EMI Compliance

May 29, 2013 4:25 pm | by Agilent Technologies Inc. | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the latest release of Electromagnetic Professional (EMPro), its 3-D electromagnetic simulation software.EMPro 2013 helps design engineers identify and resolve difficult electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems. It also offers a number of new capabilities to reduce simulation time and increase design efficiency.

Element Six Acquires the Assets and Intellectual Property of Group4 Labs, Inc to Expand Portfolio of Synthetic Diamond Materials for the Semiconductor Industry

May 29, 2013 4:20 pm | News | Comments

Element Six has announced it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Group4 Labs, Inc. (Group4), a semiconductor wafer materials company that manufactured Gallium Nitride (GaN) on-diamond semiconductor technology for RF and high-power devices.

South Florida RF Connector Manufacturer Coaxicom Expanding Operations

May 29, 2013 3:49 pm | by Coaxial Components Corp. | News | Comments

The impact is being felt in South Florida, as Coaxial Components Corp. expands its sales team with three new Regional Sales Managers.  The new team members include Joel Smith, Penny Perkins and Stephanie Clark.  Smith’s vast experience in high-performance manufacturing includes design, programming, manufacturing and distribution for Biomet 3is in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Wireless History Foundation Announces 2013 Inductees for Wireless Hall of Fame

May 29, 2013 3:44 pm | by The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) | News | Comments

The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) has announced four individuals who will be inducted into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame during the Foundation’s Oct. 15, 2013 dinner in San Jose, CA at the Fairmont Hotel. The 2013 inductees are...

New Mobile App for Anytime, Anywhere Access to Molex Solutions

May 29, 2013 3:39 pm | by Molex Incorporated | News | Comments

Molex Incorporated has launched a new application (app) that gives tablet users ready access to information on over 90 different Molex product families.  Designed for Apple and Android devices, the Molex App allows tablet users to view product information, search products, view literature and view videos without being online.


IBM Watson At Your Service: New Watson Breakthrough Transforms How Brands Engage Today's Connected Consumers

May 29, 2013 3:15 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Ushering in a new era of cognitive computing systems, IBM has unveiled the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, a technology breakthrough that allows brands to crunch big data in record time to transform the way they engage clients in key functions such as customer service, marketing and sales.

A Guide to ZigBee Device Developers for the Smart Connected Home

May 29, 2013 1:52 pm | by Cees Link, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.

The Everyday Usefulness of the Problem Statement

May 28, 2013 5:33 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Last week I wrote about how our continuous improvement and process improvement tools and methods can be used any time and discussed the Parameter Diagram or P-diagram as an example. Let’s continue that thread and look at the ubiquitous usefulness of the problem statement.

HotSpot Episode 14: Wearable Technology: When Will it Arrive?

May 28, 2013 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's HotSpot, researchers convert a Microsoft Kinect into a child-in-the-hot-car detector; the U.S Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator conducted its first touch-and-go landings; Leap Motion's ne teaser video; and the wearable tech revolution gets delayes.

Yokogawa Announces Field Wireless Systems Partnership with Petrobras

May 28, 2013 10:18 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | News | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa America do Sul Ltda., has signed a partnership agreement with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) on the evaluation of field wireless technology based on the ISA100.11a*1 industrial automation wireless communications standard.


Stitching Defects into World’s Thinnest Semiconductor

May 24, 2013 9:53 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

In pioneering new research at Columbia University, scientists have grown high-quality crystals of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), the world's thinnest semiconductor, and studied how these crystals stitch together at the atomic scale to form continuous sheets.

The Surprising Need for Strangeness

May 24, 2013 9:38 am | by TED Talk, Maria Bezaitis | Videos | Comments

In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness -- people and ideas that don't fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. A call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar.

Murata’s New RBQ, DC-DC Converters

May 23, 2013 3:39 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has announced the availability of the RBQ series of isolated 12 Vout, 400 Watt DC-DC converters. The RBQ-12/33-D48 model provides efficiencies up to 96 percent from a standard DOSA-compliant quarter-brick package. The RBQ-12/33-D48 is designed to operate in most applications with convection cooling.

Engineering Newswire 39: Lockheed Completes First Vertical Takeoff

May 23, 2013 10:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re launching jets vertically, printing paper circuits, driving LEGO trains, and building power plants at the bottom of the sea. This episode features an F-35B test aircraft from Lockheed Martin has completed the first-ever vertical takeoff as part of the most expensive weapons system purchase in United States history.

Innovation Could Bring Flexible Solar Cells, Transistors, Displays

May 23, 2013 10:19 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have created a new type of transparent electrode that might find uses in solar cells, flexible displays for computers and consumer electronics and future "optoelectronic" circuits for sensors and information processing. The electrode is made of silver nanowires covered with a material called graphene, an extremely thin layer of carbon. The hybrid material shows promise as a possible replacement...

GORE Acoustic Vents Protect Fujitsu Smartphones

May 23, 2013 8:33 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Fujitsu ARROWS X F-02E and Raku-Raku SMART PHONE F-12D have a high level of water resistance. They are rated to IPX5 and IPX8. These devices feature this durability in a thin and attractive design. The ARROWS X F-02E and Raku-Raku SMART PHONE F-12D utilize the GAW325 acoustic adhesive vents made by W. L. Gore & Associates.

OMEGA Introduces Compensated M12 Thermocouple Connectors

May 23, 2013 8:33 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The M12-FM series is a new Omega connector that will ensure accuracy for your applications. The M12-FM Series features male pins and female sockets made of thermocouple material, straight or right angled connection styles, and a wide selection of connection options.

New Technique May Open up an Era of Atomic-scale Semiconductor Devices

May 22, 2013 11:32 am | by Matt Shipman, NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating high-quality semiconductor thin films at the atomic scale – meaning the films are only one atom thick. The technique can be used to create these thin films on a large scale, sufficient to coat wafers that are two inches wide, or larger.

Opening the Door to Smart Battery Design

May 22, 2013 10:49 am | by Robert Rozario, Application Engineering Manager, Infineon Technologies | Articles | Comments

The worldwide transition to ever smarter mobile devices, including phones or connected tablets, has obliterated the line that once existed between phones and computing devices. Today’s multitasking devices enable work, finance, entertainment and social interaction on the go like never before.

High Capacitance Ratio, Low Series Resistance

May 21, 2013 10:06 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. has announced design and sales support for Skyworks diode products. The SMV1771-040LF is a surface mount, hyperabrupt, tuning varactor diode offering a high capacitance ratio and low series resistance. Features include voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) that operate from VHF to 2.5 GHz.

Penn Engineers’ Nanoantennas Improve Infrared Sensing

May 21, 2013 9:37 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

A team of University of Pennsylvania engineers has used a pattern of nanoantennas to develop a new way of turning infrared light into mechanical action, opening the door to more sensitive infrared cameras and more compact chemical-analysis techniques.

Iron-Platinum Alloys Could be New-Generation Hard Drives

May 21, 2013 9:31 am | by Andy Fell, UC Davis | News | Comments

Meeting the demand for more data storage in smaller volumes means using materials made up of ever-smaller magnets, or nanomagnets. One promising material for a potential new generation of recording media is an alloy of iron and platinum with an ordered crystal structure. Researchers led by Professor Kai Liu and graduate student Dustin Gilbert at the University of California, Davis ...

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