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Design Talk: Automation

November 5, 2009 6:38 am | Articles | Comments

Your job as a test engineer is to automate test equipment to verify your company’s products.  Many of you spend way too much time learning how to program that test equipment.  Have you ever quickly and successfully configured an instrument from its front panel or Web interface and then spent hours or days trying to do that same task programmatically?

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Brainstorm- Advanced Technology Vehicles

November 5, 2009 6:35 am | Articles | Comments

Apart from MPG, what’s a fair way to measure the efficiency of advanced technology vehicles?

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ECN Media Kit

October 23, 2009 3:28 pm | Articles | Comments

X-Files fans, conspiracy theorists, and the tinfoil hat crowd were right all along! Sorta… In the 1950s, the US government really was building a flying saucer. But it didn’t involve little green men, human-alien hybrids, or David Duchovny; this isn’t what you’d call a "smoking gun."

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Handheld Ultrasound Device Unveiled by GE

October 22, 2009 6:10 am | News | Comments

The future of ultrasound technology, as interpreted by General Electric Co., looks a bit like a flip phone crossed with an iPod. GE CEO Jeff Immelt unveiled a handheld ultrasound machine at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco Tuesday called the Vscan, saying it could become the "stethoscope of the 21st century."

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Images of the new 'BlackBerry' Watch

October 20, 2009 8:27 am | by by Kevin Michaluk | News | Comments

Remember that story about a Bluetooth BlackBerry Watch accessory being in the works? In case you were doubting it, today we can say with certainty that it's happening, it's getting announced soon, and what you're looking at is an actual rendering of the real deal.

Cable Assembly complies with SFF-8431 specification

October 20, 2009 8:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Purportedly able to go 3 to 5 meters longer than other passive options, a 10 meter SFP+ copper cable assembly (from W. L. Gore) is fully compliant with the SFF-8431 Revision 4.1 specification. Typical values for VMA loss are 3.95 dBe and a dWDP of 5.60 dBe.

First Android E-Reader Offers Dual-Screen Interactivity

October 20, 2009 4:43 am | by Jennifer LeClaire | News | Comments

Spring Design announced the first e-reader based on Google's Android operating system. Dubbed Alex, the device features full browser capabilities and a patented dual-screen interaction technology called Duet Navigator.

VCOs operate to 2000 MHz

October 19, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CRBV55CW-1000-2000 RedBox VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 1000 MHz to 2000 MHz with a control voltage range of 1.0 V to 20.0 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset. Output power is typically 5.5 dBm.

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Servo Motors extend life of medical, industrial apps

October 19, 2009 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A family of brushless servo motors (from AMETEK) purportedly extends the service life of applications ranging from medical and industrial equipment to instrumentation and automation machinery, among others. These motors (AB23000, AB34000, and AB48000) in NEMA sizes 23 (2.25 in.), 34 (3.54 in.), and 56 (4.75 in.)

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Researchers use Lasers to Write Fly Memories

October 19, 2009 6:45 am | by Victoria Gill | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a way to write memories onto the brains of flies, revealing which brain cells are involved in making bad memories. The researchers said that in flies just 12 brain cells were responsible for what is known as "associative learning". Associative memories are made when an animal learns to link a cue to a particular outcome.

Google goes Global with Apps

October 19, 2009 6:20 am | by Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

 Google Inc said more than 2 million businesses now use its online office software, and the Web search leader is going global on Monday with an advertising campaign to lure customers away from Microsoft Corp and IBM products.

Climate concerns turn city's smell into cash cow

October 19, 2009 4:49 am | News | Comments

The smell of manure hangs over Greeley as it has for half a century. These days it's more than just a potent reminder of the region's agricultural roots and the hundreds of thousands of cattle raised on the city's outskirts. The stench smells like an opportunity.

Sensors offer performance to 1,000°C

October 16, 2009 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Non-contact displacement sensors from Capacitec perform to 1,000°C in manufacturing and testing applications. The HPC-150C-H sensor includes the following features: OD 9.5 mm size, range of 2.5 mm, and 0.25 micron resolution. The operating temperature is 400°C.

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ICs interface between encoders and counting devices

October 16, 2009 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A family of Quadrature Clock Converter ICs from LSI Computer Systems (LSI/CSI) is designed to interface between incremental encoders and counting devices by converting the encoder quadrature outputs into directional up/down clocks or clock and direction signals.

Sensorless Drives achieve efficiencies up to 99%

October 16, 2009 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With current up to 20 A, a line of sensorless drives from Koford Engineering is purportedly up to 99% efficient. The drives are for operation in 12 V to 48 V applications, and include a PWM frequency of 56k for cool motor operation. Open loop and digital closed loop versions are available

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