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posted in March 2012
Wireless data communications vendor sees huge opportunity after the signing of FAA bill
Military & Aerospace Blog  
3/29/2012   4 comments
The new FAA bill paves the way for use of UAVs into commercial US skies, opening up new market opportunities for technology vendors that now operate in the government and defense industry.
Optical metrology ensures automotive dynamic seal effectiveness
Design How-To  
3/27/2012   2 comments
Three-dimensional optical metrology can reduce automotive rotary dynamic seal failures by measuring the surface texture and lead angle characteristics of rotating shafts to levels of precision unattainable using traditional approaches.
Precise control and regulation of LED colors for lighting design
Design How-To  
3/27/2012   3 comments
Good and efficient LED lamps require an intelligent activation system. This activation system must solve a number of technical challenges, among them, the color and intensity of individual LEDs which depend on age, current and temperature.
MEMS' new battleground: Hardware-agnostic sensor fusion?
News & Analysis  
3/26/2012   7 comments
As more and more MEMS sensors are showing up in mobile devices, the focus of MEMS design has begun shifting from discrete MEMS components to MEMS sensor data integration.
Is 'vision' the next-gen must-have user interface?
News & Analysis  
3/23/2012   21 comments
Earlier this month, IMS Research issued a press release questioning if Apple and the iPad are falling behind competitors in user interface technologies.
Three very-low-current analog ICs make a USB-powered thermostat
Design How-To  
3/23/2012   3 comments
A “walk-through” of this basic circuit teaches the calculations needed
BAE Systems wins $34M DARPA contract
News & Analysis  
3/21/2012   1 comment
BAE Systems plc (Bristol, England) announced it has obtained a $34 million contract from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the next generation Multi-Function Radio Frequency Advanced Rotary Wing Multifunction Sensor system for helicopter operations.
Melexis MLX90620 sensor
Product News  
3/21/2012   Post a comment
Melexis is offering an active pixel infrared thermometer array that overcomes the cost hurdles associated with thermal imaging.
1/4” Free-field iTEDS enabled microphone and preamplifier set
Product News  
3/20/2012   Post a comment
The Endevco model EM46BE from Meggitt Sensing Systems is a combined 1/4” free-field pressure microphone and iTEDS-enabled preamplifier set (per IEEE 1451.4), designed for general purpose and larger channel count precision acoustic measurements.
2.9mm profile miniature speakers deliver up to 78 dB at 1 meter
Product News  
3/20/2012   Post a comment
CUI has added a new family of low profile speakers to its components product line, the CDM series available in diameters from 10 to 20mm with depths as low as 2.9 mm.
How FRAM RFID improves the medical sterilization process
Design How-To  
3/16/2012   Post a comment
Clean uncontaminated products, are critical for medical diagnostics and equipment; ferroelectric RAM and RFID technologies are combining to help assure that these products are safe.
American Sensor Technologies Model AST20PT Stainless Steel Media Isolated Pressure/Temperature Sensor and Model AST46PT Explosionproof Pressure/Temperature Transmitter
Product News  
3/15/2012   1 comment
American Sensor Technologies has developed a sensor that provides both pressure and temperature outputs from a single process point.
NASA: Robot arm demos satellite repair
News & Analysis  
3/15/2012   2 comments
A robotic arm aboard the International Space Station has demonstrated the ability to repair a satellite in orbit.
Twin Creeks emerges from the shadows with new solar approach
News & Analysis  
3/13/2012   10 comments
The manufacturing equipment maker promises to shift the focus of solar and chip manufacturing with a wafer production machine that it claims can greatly reduce silicon and other substrate material costs.
Configurable analog front ends bridge NDIR gas, pH-sensing transducers and MCUs
Product News  
3/8/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments LMP91050 and LMP91200 AFEs provide critical interface functions and sensor management
EIS simplifies battery measurement and characterization
Design How-To  
3/5/2012   3 comments
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is increasingly important for measuring and characterizing batteries and other electrochemical systems. This non-invasive measurement method can be exploited not only in modeling energy storage such as batteries and fuel cells, but also in basic battery research and diagnostics.
Charge medical devices without wires
Design How-To  
3/1/2012   2 comments
Wireless charging offers convenience, but there are tradeoffs that must be recognized


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Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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