One of the most hotly debated topics in politics has a direct vein into the engineering community, drones (the hottest debated topic, unless of course you’re talking about 3D printed guns). As recently reported by NBC News, a company known as Denel Dynamics, out of Pretoria, South Africa, is preparing to test armed drones, which it intends to sell to governments around the world.
Oklahoma State University researchers are designing and building sleek, Kevlar-reinforced unmanned aircraft — or drones — to fly directly into the nation's worst storms and send back real-time data to first responders and forecasters.
Anritsu Company (booth #938) will display test solutions to meet the high-frequency testing requirements of engineers in the aerospace and defense, communications, and semiconductor industries at IMS 2013 in Seattle, June 4-6. Featured will be the VectorStar Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) platform, which is an ideal solution for device characterization...
In this week's Hotspot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Mercedes-Benz debuts life-saving codes for future cars; a perceptive radio that creates a personal theater experience in your own living room; A Universal Battery Charger that takes the weight off of soldiers; and Scanadu seeks crowd-funding for its Scout diagnostic device.
This week, David Jones from the Electronics Engineering Video Blog (EEVBlog), takes a look inside the GW Instek GDS-2000A series oscilloscope, which offers 2 and 4-channel configurations and wide bandwidth selections, including 300, 200, 100, and 70 MHz. Each model provides 2GSa/s maximum real-time sampling rate and 100 GSa/s high-speed equivalent-time sampling rate.
The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online an 'e-vil empire' is thriving. Security experts say the .su Internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has turned into a haven for hackers who've flocked to the defunct superpower's domain space to send spam and steal money.
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 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.
The May/June issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics. Check out our Brainstorm on Timing Device, and read about Smartphone Shakes from the editor.
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.
Element Six Acquires the Assets and Intellectual Property of Group4 Labs, Inc to Expand Portfolio of Synthetic Diamond Materials for the Semiconductor IndustryMay 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.
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.
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...
IBM Watson At Your Service: New Watson Breakthrough Transforms How Brands Engage Today's Connected ConsumersMay 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.
Telefónica Digital has been highlighted as a global leader in M2M Communication Service Provision (CSP) by two separate analyst houses. Analysys Mason, in their 2013 M2M Scorecard, placed Telefónica in the ‘Industry Icons’ category. While in their annual benchmarking study, Machina Research noted that ‘Telefónica is the company that has done most during the last 12 months to strengthen its position in M2M’.
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.
Teseq has expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a Class A linear and low distortion model that operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz with a rated power level of 260 watts. Used in commercial or in-house EMC test laboratories, the CBA 400M-260 is ideal for automotive, military and aerospace BCI applications that require testing at higher levels.
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.
Infineon Technologies AG (Neubiberg, Germany) has introduced BGA825L6S, a highly cost-effective Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). It features an ultra-low noise figure, high linearity, high gain and low current consumption over a wide range of supply voltages from 3.6V down to 1.5V.
System-Level Design and Verification of Wireless Embedded System to Meet Global Demands Using a Mixed Domain OscilloscopeMay 28, 2013 3:15 pm | by Faride Akretch, Technical Marketing Manager, Tektronix | Articles | Comments
Designing and implementing wireless systems to be used in different geographic regions around the world represents a significant challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone all agreed on the use of frequency, modulation type, power levels, and bandwidth? Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in and radio regulations vary from region to region, especially for some of the frequencies used in unlicensed radio...
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 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.
A new military communications satellite has been launched into space. An unmanned Delta IV rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday evening. The satellite was the fifth Wideband Global satcom spacecraft to be launched. The satellite, which is being sent into an orbit that follows the earth's rotation 22,000 miles above the equator...
In the months leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, veteran intelligence analyst Robert Cardillo was given the nickname "Debbie Downer." With each new tidbit of information that tracked bin Laden to a high-walled compound in northern Pakistan — phone records, satellite imaging, clues from other suspects — Cardillo cast doubt that the terror network leader and mastermind was actually there.
Australian officials on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny whether Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints of a new spy agency headquarters as a news report claims. A tiny party essential to the ruling coalition's government demanded an inquiry into how much damage may have been done.