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MicroTCA.4 chassis addresses power redundancy problem

April 18, 2014 9:58 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) announced an 8U high chassis compliant with the MicroTCA.4 specification that offers N+1 redundant power to 4400 W.  MicroTCA.4 systems use double modules with an RTM connector for rear I/O.

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microSD memory cards are said to be world’s fastest

April 18, 2014 9:10 am | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (Irvine, CA) has introduced what it says is the world’s fastest microSD memory cards. The new cards comply with the UHS-II2 interface standard, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20.

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Capacitors suit 3-phase AC power harmonic filtering

April 18, 2014 9:01 am | Cornell Dubilier Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics (New Bedford, MA) announced the availability of its new PFCH capacitor series for 3-phase AC power harmonic filtering. Intended for use on the AC output of large inverter system, Type PFCH are designed to

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Astronaut pee could help get us to Mars

April 17, 2014 4:16 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Urine, made up of more than 95% water, is one of the cleanest fluids in the human body. And on a protracted space mission lasting more than a year (one-way) — to Mars, for example — that fact becomes critically important....

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LED luminaire is first to use Bluetooth technology

April 17, 2014 1:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) has launched the first outdoor LED luminaire controlled by using Bluetooth technology—Kim Lighting’s LightVault 8. The solid brass fixture, which features leading-edge LED optics, uses high-speed Bluetooth technology to enable field aiming....

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60V MOSFETs feature ultra-low Rds(on) for industrial applications

April 17, 2014 1:22 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 60V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives, Li-Ion battery pack protection...

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Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

April 17, 2014 1:10 pm | by Bree Fowler - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December. But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40,000 debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers...

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

April 17, 2014 1:10 pm | by Barbara Ortutay - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. Called "Nearby Friends," the optional tool will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS...

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Photos of the Day: A remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon

April 17, 2014 12:59 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Hammacher Schlemmer has introduced possibly the coolest RC “toy” of all time: A remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon. I put “toy” in quotations because of the obvious safety risk and the exorbitant price: This bad boy will set you back 60 grand. But it’d be money well-spent....

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2-W DC/DC converters are medically approved

April 17, 2014 12:30 pm | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Micropower Direct’s (Stoughton, MA) MG200MHI Series is a family of compact, 2-W DC/DC converters fully approved to both EN 60950 and EN 60601. They are specifically designed to meet the stringent isolation, reinforced insulation and low leakage requirements of

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Making radiation-proof materials for electronics, power plants

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster made the dangers of radiation all too real. To avoid similar tragedies in the future, scientists are working to develop new radiation-proof materials for nuclear power plants, as well as for less obvious applications such as medical devices and airplanes....

Progress in the fight against quantum dissipation

April 17, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at Yale have confirmed a 50-year-old, previously untested theoretical prediction in physics and improved the energy storage time of a quantum switch by several orders of magnitude. They report their results in the April 17 issue of the journal Nature....

Turning harmful gas into valuable fuels, chemicals

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of California, Riverside researcher is leading a team that won a nearly $500,000 grant to study a process that transforms harmful greenhouse gas emissions into valuable fuels and chemicals by using a unique catalyst. "The proposed approach is very attractive," said Arun Raju, an assistant research engineer at the Bourns College of Engineering....

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Scientists capture ultrafast snapshots of light-driven superconductivity

April 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study pins down a major factor behind the appearance of superconductivity—the ability to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency—in a promising copper-oxide material. Scientists used carefully timed pairs of laser pulses at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Linac Coherent Light Source....

Meteorites yield clues to red planet's early atmosphere

April 17, 2014 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. Their study, published April 17 in the journal Nature, shows that the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways....

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