ELECTRONICS: Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. now stocks Stackpole Electronics’ RNCS series of passivated Nichrome chip resistors, a low-cost alternative for expensive and hard-to-find tantalum nitride chip resistors. Digi-Key is stocking the most commonly used values of this series in sizes 0603, 0805 and 1206 packaged on 1K reels. These products are also available in cut tape quantities. A smaller quantity can also be ordered for same-day shipment on a custom Digi-Reel®. The RNCS series employs a special manufacturing process to ensure high precision, ultra-stable performance and long life in the harshest environments. In moisture comparison testing, the lead-free and RoHS-compliant RNCS series outperformed Nichrome chip resistors and demonstrated the anti-corrosive claims characterized by tantalum nitride resistor products.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
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