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HotSpot Episode 22: Drowning Detection System Creates Virtual Safety Network

July 22, 2013 12:14 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this week’s episode of the HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Lilliputian Systems has created a portable power device that will power all of your CE devices; Brazilian startup Kinetics has created a new communication technology called NearBytes; InfoMotion Sports has developed the 94Fifty sensor basketball; and Seal Innovation has created the SEAL wearable swim monitor and drowning detection system.

Gold Rush-Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVs

July 22, 2013 11:25 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines, and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.

Engineering Newswire 47: Robotic Sea Creatures Have Guts

July 18, 2013 1:12 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 mapping blood vessels to recognize your face, spicing up swamps with robotic frog mates, and swimming with the robotic fishes, literally, not figuratively, no one died.

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Enhanced Production Process Enhanced by Tape & Reel Packaging Provide Lower Costs

July 17, 2013 5:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Particularly useful for design applications where small size, low cost, and possible end user disposal are key considerations, the new Model TRSIE-11XX from Transducers USA is a standout for use in considerations. 

Bringing Wi-Fi to Healthcare

July 17, 2013 9:43 am | by Joe Zeto, Director of Product Marketing for Ixia | Articles | Comments

Today’s medical staffs increasingly rely upon wireless networks and devices to conduct critical-care applications, access electronic medical records and test results, and to share information throughout facilities. At the same time, Wi-Fi networks in healthcare facilities are being pushed to the limits by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend among patients and guests.

Engineering Update #15: A Laser Gatling Gun

July 16, 2013 8:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of ECN's Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, graphene gets colder; the solar-impulse airplane completes its cross-country journey; and a laser gatling gun that features six blue 1.4-W class 4 lasers.

MACOM Announces New Versatile, Broadband and Low Cost Wideband Amplifier

July 15, 2013 3:28 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions has announced a new wideband amplifier for Multi-market applications. The MAAM-011109 is an innovative solution for customers who need a versatile, ultra-broadband packaged amplifier for IMS, Point to Point, Test & Measurement, Electronic Warfare, and Aerospace and Defense applications.

HotSpot Episode 21: Superman Memory Stores Vast Quantities of Data

July 15, 2013 9:37 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Pentek has announced the SystemFlow Simulator for its Talon analog and digital recording systems; Scientists have demonstrated the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional digital data by femtosecond laser writing; a new satellite system covering the Arctic region; and a wireless range extender that creates wireless connectivity where ever you go.

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Engineering Newswire 46: Making Batteries out of Wood

July 12, 2013 9:28 am | 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 building drones with a do-it-yourself kit, making batteries out of wood, rewriting the rulebook on solar cars, and creating e-skin that can sense touch and temperature.

Robust CompactPCI PlusIO SBC with 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 Processor

July 10, 2013 3:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro has released the versatile, high-performance F22P, the latest CompactPCI PlusIO SBC (single board computer) that uses Intel’s 3rd generation Core i7 processor. Offering processing speeds of up to 3.3 GHz using Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, the low power SBC delivers excellent graphics performance for computing environments.

Graphene on its Way to Conquer Silicon Valley

July 9, 2013 10:51 am | by Dr. Alexander Grueneis, University of Vienna | News | Comments

Graphene, a two-dimensional crystal of carbon atoms packed in a honeycomb structure, has been in the focus of intensive research which led to a Nobel Prize of Physics in 2010. One major challenge is to successfully integrate graphene into the established metal-silicide technology.

HotSpot Episode 20: Fly Personalized Spacecraft to the Moon

July 8, 2013 10:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on the WDD HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, understanding heart disease with two cardiovascular monitoring devices, gardening from any Web browser, electronic bag tags for tracking luggage, and a spacecraft that fits in your pocket.

Tadiran’s Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Cells

July 3, 2013 1:47 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran Batteries has introduced the TLI Series of batteries, a new family of long-life rechargeable lithium-ion cells designed specifically for use in harsh environments. TLI Series batteries utilize technology found in Tadiran’s patented hybrid layer capacitor.

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Engineering Newswire 45: Navy Commissions a Semi-Automatic Railgun from BAE

July 3, 2013 12:25 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today 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 further developing BAE systems Railgun, making a bionic eye for the blind, demonstrating robotic apes, and re-reinventing the toilet.

The Surprising Seeds of a Big-Data Revolution in Healthcare

July 3, 2013 9:05 am | by TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Collecting global health data was an imperfect science: Workers tramped through villages to knock on doors and ask questions, wrote the answers on paper forms, then input the data -- and from this gappy information, countries would make huge decisions.

HotSpot Episode 19: Real-Time, Non-Invasive Brain Trauma Diagnostics

July 1, 2013 10:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Sense+ has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Smoke and Gas Sensor smart dock and app; researchers have developed a new technology that uses wireless signals to provide non-invasive diagnosis of brain swelling or bleeding; and a hardware/Cloud-based system providing the ability to monitor and control any sensor equipped process or device.

Engineering Newswire 44: World’s Fastest Electric Race Car Goes 186 mph

June 28, 2013 9:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re powering jets with sugar, making magic boxes for dancers, creating hand manipulators, and driving 186 miles per hour in the fastest electric race car in the world.

Hospitals Seek High-Tech Help for Hand Hygiene

June 28, 2013 8:32 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hospitals have fretted for years over how to make sure doctors, nurses, and staff keep their hands clean, but with only limited success. Now, some are turning to technology — beepers, buzzers, lights, and tracking systems that remind workers to sanitize, and chart those who don't.

Optical Communications Group Installs Substantial Dark Fiber Infrastructure

June 26, 2013 4:14 pm | by Optical Communications Group (OCG) | News | Comments

Optical Communications Group (OCG) announces the installation of the first of four high-count dark fiber cables in to the new Meet Me Room (MMR) at 325 Hudson Street, the carrier-neutral core network interconnection facility strategically located on the fiber-dense crossroads of Hudson Street and the Holland Tunnel in New York City.

XpressO TCXOs with Tighter Stabilities to ±1 ppm Now Available from Fox

June 26, 2013 1:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Fox Electronics now offers its XpressO TCXO with tighter stabilities in custom frequencies up to 250 MHz. Available with ±1.5 ppm from -40°C to +85°C as well as down to ±1 ppm from 0°C to +70°C, the new XpressO-TC HCMOS TCXO oscillators can be delivered in ten working days or less.

Engineering Update #13: Internet-Beaming Balloons and a Robotic Cat

June 26, 2013 8:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines Internet-beaming balloons; battery-free driving on electric roads; an interview with Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan; and a robot that runs like a cat.

Understanding 802.11ad Physical Layer and Measurement Challenges

June 24, 2013 5:36 pm | by IEEE Communication Society | News | Comments

View this tutorial presented by Agilent experts for a modest overview of standards and market trends followed by an in-depth description of the physical layer construction. Included are explanations of framing, modulation, encoding, and error correction using example signals and measurements to emphasize principles.

U.S. Department of Defense Prime Contractor Awards Product Development Contract to NuWaves

June 24, 2013 4:43 pm | by NuWaves Engineering | News | Comments

NuWaves Engineering, an international Radio Frequency (RF) and Embedded Systems solutions provider, has been awarded a contract to design, develop, and fabricate a high-efficiency, lightweight Bidirectional RF Power Amplifier (PA). The new amplifier will augment the customer’s existing tactical communication systems, allowing for greater operational flexibility.

LORD MicroStrain Introduces MathEngine: Wins Best of Sensors Expo Innovation Award

June 24, 2013 4:21 pm | by LORD MicroStrain | News | Comments

Now users can schedule and run custom scripts to distill big sensor data, pull web-based data at custom intervals, and perform advanced data processing algorithms for generating indicator metrics such as vibration frequencies, watt-hours, metal fatigue, or bearing failure.

Northrop Grumman Begins Sampling New Gallium Nitride Packaged Power Amplifier for Military, Commercial High-Power Amplifier Needs

June 24, 2013 4:11 pm | by Northrop Grumman Corporation | News | Comments

Northrop Grumman Corporation [NYSE: NOC] has developed a new gallium nitride (GaN) flange packaged power amplifier, APN180FP, targeting military and commercial Ka-band communication applications. This product represents the first commercial availability of a packaged, GaN-based component from the company.

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