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Tiny generators turn waste heat into power

September 28, 2010 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Institute of Physics) Researchers in Ukraine and the United States have uncovered a novel way to power tiny devices using waste heat. In an article in the Journal of Applied Physics, the arrays of tiny ferroelectric nanowires are shown to rapidly generate a current in response...

Dewy Defeats Truman!

September 28, 2010 12:21 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

No he didn't! But why do I care? Why do I state this? Well, an email went out from an independent external survey administrator on our behalf. The email was referring to a customer service survey - we do that...

Raytheon unveils wearable exoskeleton suit

September 28, 2010 12:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Coinciding with the release of Iron Man 2 on Blu-Ray/DVD, Raytheon unveiled a real-life wearable robotic suit. The second-generation exoskeleton (XOS 2) purportedly is lighter, faster and stronger than its predecessor, yet it uses 50 percent less power. Before one conjures Sci-Fi fantasies of space marines, it’s worth pointing out what the XOS 2 is not—it isn’t a futuristic robotic battle suit.


UPS Offers Advanced True on-line, Double Conversion Features

September 28, 2010 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

SolaHD has introduced the S4KC Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) incorporating a host of advanced true on-line, double conversion features in a compact package that is purpose-engineered for industrial applications, such as industrial computers, automation systems, robotics and pocess controls. It is available in


45 W 'Green' Power Supply has Medical and Industrial Safety Approvals

September 28, 2010 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced what is believed to be the world's smallest open frame 45 W AC-DC power supply. Measuring 2” x 3” x 1.05” (50.7 mm x 76.2 mm x 26.7 mm), the ECS45 single output power supply has


Model aims to reduce disaster toll on city's social, economic fabric

September 28, 2010 11:21 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Purdue University) Researchers have created a computer model that predicts how a disaster's impact on critical infrastructure would affect a city's social and economic fabric, a potential tool to help reduce the severity of impacts, manage the aftermath of catastrophe and fortify...

Minister: 'What country' app offends Italy

September 28, 2010 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italy's tourism minister has taken offense with how Apple's "What country" app describes her nation.Minister Michela Vittoria Brambilla is complaining that a description of Italy as "mafia, pizza, pasta and scooter" is both "offensive and unacceptable."A ministry spokesman, Andrea Bianchi, said...

AS-Interface Power Conditioner Easily Panel Mounts Into Two Networks

September 28, 2010 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced the VAN-KE2-2PE Two Network AS-Interface Power Conditioner. The conditioner is said to be the industry’s first panel mount AS-Interface power conditioner to


Logic PD's System-on-Modules at the 2010 Embedded Systems Conference

September 28, 2010 10:25 am | Videos | Comments

Logic PD's Alan Cohen describes the System-on-Module computers his company creates at the 2010 Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.


Nanostructuring technology creates energy efficient and ultra-small displays

September 28, 2010 10:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Air Force Office of Scientific Research) University of Michigan scientists using AFOSR-funding have created the smallest pixels available that will enable LED, projected and wearable displays to be more energy efficient with more light manipulation possible and all on a display that may...

Ultra-Miniature SMD Through-Shaft Rotary Sensor Delivers 360º Absolute Position

September 28, 2010 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Piher International has introduced the non-contacting MTS 360 SMD Rotary Position Sensor, which combines through-shaft design with 360º absolute position feedback in an ultra-miniature size.


Sneaking Spies into a Cell’s Nucleus

September 28, 2010 9:21 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University bioengineers have not only figured out a way to sneak molecular spies through the walls of individual cells, they can now slip them into the command center -- or nucleus -- of those cells, where they can report back important information or drop off payloads.


Open Frame DC-DC Converters for Railway Apps Have a Smaller Footprint

September 28, 2010 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martek Power announced additions to its Powertron family of DC/DC converters. The new DC/DC converters are extensions to the company’s JL series of open frame units originally designed for on-board passenger information systems. The new JLM and JLHM converters are


3U Power Supply Features 60 ms Hold-Up Capacitance

September 28, 2010 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) is shipping XPm2010, a 3U PICMG 2.11 power supply, taking in MIL-STD-704 28V-DC input voltage and providing up to 300 W on 3.3 V, 5 V, and 12 V at 90 percent efficiency. The supply operates over a


Multi-input Power Supply Operates From Line Voltage or From 12 VDC Inputs

September 28, 2010 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digital Power Corporation has developed a portable 90 W converter that can be powered from many different sources. It is intended for use with a wide variety of mobile devices in a wide variety of environments. The mobile switcher can



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