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NASA spacecraft in Earth’s orbit, preparing to study magnetic reconnection

March 13, 2015 2:01 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection....

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Custom substrates increase design flexibility and density

March 12, 2015 5:45 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has added a new sidewall patterning capability to its custom thin film substrate offering. This capability allows Vishay to provide conductive patterning on up to four surfaces with compact line width and gap dimensions, increasing design flexibility and density for miniaturization ...

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Digital-to-analog converters feature 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution

March 12, 2015 5:30 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its non-volatile Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) product line with the MCP47FEBXX devices. The low-power, single and dual-channel DACs feature 8-, 10- and 12-bit resolution, integrated EEPROM and an I2C interface, and are offered ...

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30 Watt power supply designed with industry’s smallest footprint

March 12, 2015 5:07 pm | by XP Power | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced the EML30 series of 30 Watt single output ultra compact AC-DC power supplies designed for use in medical applications. The EML30 series has the smallest footprint and the highest power density in the industry when compared to other similar 30 Watt power supplies with medical safety approvals....

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UPS system extends native 575-600V capabilities to power applications

March 12, 2015 5:03 pm | by Emerson Network Power | Emerson Network Power | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power introduced the Liebert NXL 400kVA, 575-600V on-line, maximum protection Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system. The new system extends native 575-600V capabilities to power applications that require a high degree of resiliency. This UL listed UPS is now available in the U.S. and Canada ...

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Lighting solution is up to 80 percent more efficient than expiring HID technologies

March 12, 2015 2:41 pm | by Photonic Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Photonic Laboratories is introducing its Ballast Direct technology, a patent-pending lighting solution that makes it fast and efficient to replace expiring HID and fluorescent lighting with high-quality, high-efficiency LEDs. The revolutionary solution can be installed in just minutes and is up to 80 percent ...

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Touchscreen controller family includes advanced features for smartphones

March 12, 2015 2:26 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp.introduced the TrueTouch CYTT21X/31X capacitive touchscreen controller family that enables smartphones, e-readers and low-cost tablets to offer multiple advanced features. The CYTT31X controller supports input from a passive stylus with a tip as fine as 2.5 mm....

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Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

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Growing microgrid market enhanced by Li-ion batteries

March 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft | Articles | Comments

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are enabling utility providers to rely less on traditional sources, such as diesel, and more on solar and wind energy as part of a growing market. The increasing reliance on li-ion batteries allows islands, military bases, independent facilities ...

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Electric vehicles make the connection

March 12, 2015 11:56 am | by Mark Jennings, Engineering Director of Dawson Shanahan | Articles | Comments

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are booming, with UK registrations in 2014 up to nearly 1.3 million, an increase of 10 percent from last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Not to mention, Nissan sold its 100,000th LEAF, making it the best-selling EV in history.

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The next big thing in data centers

March 12, 2015 11:47 am | by Brian Davies, Director of Global Sales & Marketing, Anderson Power Products | Articles | Comments

Data centers powered by 400 VDC distribution have been a topic of discussion and debate for many years. Much of the support comes from industry studies. In 2007, one of the earliest studies of 400 VDC distribution was presented at the International Telecommunications Energy Conference....

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Computer scientists from Saarland University simplify parallel programming

March 12, 2015 11:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Modern software takes computational speed for granted. But modern microprocessors can only speed up by increasing the number of cores. To take full advantage of multiple cores, software developers have to arrange their code in such a way that it is executable in parallel....

Research aboard space station could help those dealing with prolonged inactivity

March 12, 2015 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Have you ever noticed after lying in bed sick for a few days that standing upright took you a moment to regain your balance? Or perhaps you have an aging grandparent who spends more time lying in bed than standing and you had to help them up because they have not ...

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Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip

March 12, 2015 11:26 am | by AJIT SOLANKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey said Wednesday that they want the people of India to support their campaign for clean energy, a day after the aircraft landed in the country. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg spoke to reporters ...

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AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

March 12, 2015 10:58 am | by STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | News | Comments

The Associated Press is suing the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The legal action Wednesday follows repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ...

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