Acal results hit by component industry downturn News & Analysis 11/29/2007 Post a comment Electronic components and parts services group Acal plc has been held back in the first part of its financial year ended September 2007 due to tough market conditions, with revenues at £77.6 million from on-going activities 1.8 percent lower than for the corresponding period last year.
OSRAM to launch super-bright single-chip SMT LED Product News 11/21/2007 Post a comment OSRAM Opto Semiconductors plans to launch its Diamond DRAGON super-bright LED in January 2008. The LED features brightness of up to 250 lumens, and will be available in whites ranging from 2700 K to 6500 K as well as all monochromatic colors.
Position sensor features Hall effect technology Product News 11/20/2007 Post a comment Vishay has started to sample a single-turn, bushing-mount position that features Hall effect technology, allowing the device to perform in conditions involving high frequency vibrations up to 20G and shocks up to 50G over a temperature range of "45°C to +125°C.
IEPE accelerometer operates in high temps Product News 11/14/2007 Post a comment Endevco says it has introduced the industry's first miniature, 100 mV/g, high-temperature IEPE accelerometer, designed for structural and component testing and monitoring in high-temperature environments.
Only 11 vehicles make it through to Urban Challenge finals News & Analysis 11/2/2007 Post a comment A disappointing eleven teams made it through to the finals of DARPA's Urban Challenge after the original 35 competitors spent the past week showing off their autonomous vehicles at a retired Air Force Base in Victorville, California. The original plan was to have 20 teams in the final.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.