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 saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has made it the global leader in the surveillance game. Other countries, from dictatorships to democracies, are also avid snoopers, tapping into the high-capacity fiber optic cables to intercept Internet traffic.
Germany's top security official says Internet users worried about their data being intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies should stop using American websites such as Google and Facebook. Leaked revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's wholesale information on foreign web users has prompted outrage in Europe.
AVX has announced the availability of its new TCH Series hermetically sealed tantalum polymer chip capacitors for aerospace and other high-reliability applications. Hermetically sealed in ceramic cases filled with inert gasses.
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.
New research pinpoints the current location of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft: It's still in our solar system. Since last summer, the long-running spacecraft has been exploring uncharted territory where the effects of interstellar space, or the space between stars, can be felt.
From its perch in low-Earth orbit, NASA's newest satellite will soon get a close-up look at a little-explored region of the sun that's thought to drive space weather that can affect Earth. The Iris satellite was boosted into orbit about 400 miles above Earth by a Pegasus rocket Thursday evening after a sunset launch. Engineers will test the satellite first before turning on its telescope to stare at the sun.
Vishay Intertechnology has launched a new series of QPL MIL-PRF-55342-qualified surface-mount chip resistors that provides established reliability with an "R" level failure rate of 0.01 % per 1,000 hours.
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.
The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects. Now we could all have X-ray vision, thanks to researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Researchers have long attempted to build a device capable of seeing people through walls. However, previous efforts to develop such a system have involved the use of expensive and bulky radar technology.
PayPal wants to explore space — or at least begin to figure out how payments and commerce will work beyond Earth's realm once space travel and tourism take off.PayPal, which is eBay Inc.'s payments business, says it is launching an initiative called PayPal Galactic with the help of the nonprofit SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., and the Space Tourism Society.
Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE: A] hasannounced that Millitech Inc., a leading provider in millimeter-wave components, assemblies and subsystems for applications in satellite communications, radiometry, radar and remote sensing, has selected Agilent's Electromagnetic Professional (EMPro) and Advanced Design System (ADS) software for use in developing mixers, multipliers and various passive devices.
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.
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.
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.
The Iris satellite was supposed to be carried aloft from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday. But the launch range recently lost electricity after an equipment failure at a utility substation darkened much of the central coast. The problem is expected to be fixed by Thursday evening.
RFMW has announced design and sales support for two new Peregrine Semiconductor SP5T switches targeting T/R and filter-band switching in Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and Military radio applications where high power handling (17W) is required.
As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools...
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.
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.
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 NeedsJune 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.
This week in WDD’s HotSeat, improved safety at level crossings; tracking motor vibrations through skin in three dimensions; unlocking new applications for telepresence with iRobot’s Ava 500; and a wireless payment system from Audi.
TESEQ have expanded their capability in field probe calibration to deliver calibration data at all frequencies defined in the IEC 61000-4-3 standard. The company can now offer field probe calibration data to 6GHz, allowing customers to compensate for frequency variations within the probe with greater precision, through the reduction of measurement inaccuracies.
The portable X-ray weapon that two upstate New York men are accused of trying to build to secretly sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel isn't feasible, radiation researchers say, calling it "the stuff of comic books." Authorities say they built a remote-control switch they planned to attach to a van-mounted, industrial X-ray machine to secretly radiate people who would get sick or die days later.