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Aggies earn fifth cyber defense regional win

April 2, 2010 11:23 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

A team of Texas A&M Aggies won the Sixth Annual Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) in March. This is Texas A&M's fifth win of the Southwestern Regional Competition. The team is now preparing for the national competition to be held April 16-18 in San Antonio. The team...

MOSFET Solutions Tout Desirable Reverse Recovery Time

April 2, 2010 11:20 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild’s half-bridge Ultra FRFET family provides desirable reverse recovery time (trr) of 35 ns to 65 ns and a small reverse recovery current (1.8 A to 3.1 A). In LCD TV designs, this family is said to eliminate the need for

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Why Wasn’t the Earth Covered in Ice 4 Billion Years Ago – When the Sun was Dimmer

April 2, 2010 10:22 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Climate scientists from all over the globe are now able to test their climate models under extreme conditions thanks to Professor Minik Rosing, University of Copenhagen. Rosing has solved one of the great mysteries and paradoxes of our geological past, namely, “Why the earth’s...

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Slim Panel PC Series Ideal for HMI or Multimedia Applications

April 2, 2010 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

AAEON announces a new slim Panel PC series ideal for HMI or multimedia applications. The new fanless AOP-9120 (12")/AOP-9150 (15") operator Panel PC is a high performance solution featuring an all-in-one SBC with Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor.

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DSCs Support Complex Digital Power Applications

April 2, 2010 10:09 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., expanded its 16-bit dsPIC Digital Signal Controller (DSC) portfolio for digital power-conversion applications. Eight new dsPIC33F ‘GS’ Series DSCs provide up to four times the memory, compared to Microchip’s existing SMPS and digital power conversion families. Additionally, these DSCs can

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New PICMG 2.30 standard enables enhanced functionality of CompactPCI systems for defense applications

April 2, 2010 10:02 am | by Jim Vana, Applications Engineering Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Articles | Comments

Recent advancements in military technology have produced some awe-inspiring, highly sophisticated combat and reconnaissance equipment. In the U.S., such advances are expected to continue at a steady clip as robust defense spending drives the development of next-generation equipment.

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Fly us to the Moon…south pole to be precise

April 2, 2010 9:37 am | News | Comments

The south polar region of the Moon, with dark craters and high ridges, is a world away from the relatively smooth terrain visited by Apollo astronauts four decades ago. This rugged moonscape is the target for Europe’s next leap into space.

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CryoSat-2 installed in launch silo

April 2, 2010 9:35 am | News | Comments

In readiness for launch on 8 April, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 'space head module' was transported from the integration facilities to the underground launch silo this morning.

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VeriFone buys remaining stake in venture

April 2, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronic payment equipment maker VeriFone Holdings Inc. said Friday it has acquired the remaining minority interest in VeriFone Transportation Systems.Financial terms were not disclosed.VeriFone Transportation was formed as a joint venture with TaxiTronic Inc. in 2005, the company said. It...

Will the United States lose its air supremacy?

April 2, 2010 9:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The announcement of Russia’s newest fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi PAK FA, stunned the world. To put it succinctly, the “Future Frontline Aircraft System” is a game-changer. Its closest rival is the F-22 Raptor, and yet production on the United States’ premier air-superiority fighter has been scrapped in favor of the F-35. Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?

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Europeans use innovation to tackle money laundering

April 2, 2010 9:24 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The EU is taking a bite out of money laundering, which is estimated at EUR 1 trillion worldwide. Helping the EU to stamp out this criminal activity is the BEINGRID ('Business experiments in GRID') project, which received more than EUR 15 million to implement and deploy grid solutions for...

Solera Holdings names John J. Giamatteo COO

April 2, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solera Holdings Inc., which provides software and services for auto insurance claims, said Friday it hired John J. Giamatteo as chief operating officer effective April 12.This is a new position. Giamatteo, 43, has served as COO of digital media company RealNetworks Inc. since June 2008.

Sharp Chases Small 3D Screens

April 2, 2010 8:23 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Japan's Sharp will start producing small displays that don't require special glasses, betting that most portable devices will be 3D capable.

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Aerospace engineering graduates to direct upcoming shuttle mission

April 2, 2010 8:22 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

When the space shuttle Discovery launches Monday (April 5), two graduates of Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering will be directing the mission from the ground. Richard Jones '90 is the lead space shuttle flight director for STS-131 and has been a NASA flight...

UV-Vis-NIR Pulsed Light Meter Features External Trigger Input

April 2, 2010 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gigahertz-Optik’s hand-held P-9710-4 radiometer photometer features an external TTL trigger input function for remote timing of pulsed light measurements. In the P-9710-4 pulse energy mode, the measurement begins automatically upon the trigger input. The meter is capable of

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