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EPA’s Energy Star Label Now Available for Four Types of Glass and Food Processing Plants

October 7, 2009 7:31 am | Blogs | Comments

From strawberry jam jars to frozen french fries, the manufacturing plants that make several well-known container and food items in the United States can now earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for superior energy efficiency. The new Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) for flat and container glass manufacturing plants

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Web tool helps advise when flu needs a doctor

October 7, 2009 6:12 am | by AP | News | Comments

Wondering if swine flu's bad enough to require a doctor's attention? An interactive Web site may help you decide, using the same type of triage calculations that doctors at Emory University use. Microsoft Corp. unveiled the site Wednesday at

Wireless Devices include F-RAM memory

October 7, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

A family of wireless memory devices (the MaxArias WM710xx line) from Ramtron features F-RAM memory with passive UHF EPCglobal Class-1 Generation-2 wireless access in a transponder IC. They are available with 4-, 8-, and 16-Kilobit user memory densities.

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NASA Telescope Finds New Huge Ring around Saturn

October 7, 2009 5:49 am | by AP | News | Comments

The Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered the biggest but never-before-seen ring around the planet Saturn, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced late Tuesday. The thin array of ice and dust particles lies at the far reaches of the Saturnian system and its orbit is tilted 27 degrees from the planet's main ring plane, the laboratory said.

2 Americans, 1 Israeli win Nobel chemistry prize

October 7, 2009 5:39 am | News | Comments

Two Americans and an Israeli scientist won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for atom-by-atom mapping of the protein-making factories within cells - a feat that has spurred the development of antibiotics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Israeli Ada Yonath's work on ribosomes has been fundamental to the scientific understanding of life.

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Where's the next boom? Maybe in `cleantech'

October 7, 2009 5:35 am | News | Comments

Our economy sure could use the Next Big Thing. Something on the scale of railroads, automobiles or the Internet - the kind of breakthrough that emerges every so often and builds industries, generates jobs and mints fortunes. Silicon Valley investors are pointing to something called cleantech

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Emerson To Acquire Avocent For $1.2 Billion

October 7, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

Industrial conglomerate Emerson Electric Co (EMR.N) said it would buy network equipment technology provider Avocent Corp (AVCT.O) for about $1.2 billion in cash to expand its business that ensures the stability of large computer systems.

IBM to Create Nanoscale DNA Sequencer

October 7, 2009 4:41 am | News | Comments

In an effort to build a nanoscale DNA sequencer, IBM (NYSE: IBM) scientists are drilling nano-sized holes in computer-like chips and passing DNA strands through them in order to read the information contained within their genetic code.

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Intelligent Plug-in Minidrive Touts CANopen Interface

October 6, 2009 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Technosoft’s PIM3605 pluggable intelligent minidrive is adapted for motion control applications where space is critical. Manufactured with simple pins, the drive has an architecture that allows for fast assembly and installation, letting the user insert the drive in seconds. Its miniature size and weight allows

Twelve-W LED Power Supplies are IP66-rated

October 6, 2009 12:36 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda has developed a range of IP66-rated power supplies targeted towards LED applications requiring high reliability. The new LED power supplies are available in two output modes – the LDV12 series provides a constant voltage of 12 V, 15 V and 24 V, and the LDC12 Series provides

Bus System Offers Tough Rail Technology

October 6, 2009 12:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Distribution Inc (PDI) announced Powerwave Bus System for data centers, industrial, and commercial applications. Features include 225 A and 400 A continuous rail system, Tough Rail Technology which

Evaluation Kit speeds development on 400 MHz Embedded MPU

October 6, 2009 11:29 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The SAM9G45 evaluation kit from Atmel is intended to support application development on the company’s 400 MHz ARM926-based embedded microprocessor (MPU). The kit offers 480 Mbps EHCI-compliant high-speed USB with on-chip PHY, Ethernet, and SDIO.

OLED Display Technology and Capabilities

October 6, 2009 10:20 am | by Oliver Nachbaur, Systems Engineering Manager – Display Power, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

The organic light emitting diode (OLED) display is becoming more and more popular, especially for mobile phones, media player and small entry level TVs. Contrary to a standard liquid crystal display, the OLED pixel is driven by a current source. To understand how and why the OLED power supply impacts the display picture quality, it is key to understand the OLED display technology and power supply requirements.

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Toshiba to release highly-efficient LED bulbs

October 6, 2009 6:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Toshiba will become a big player in optoelectronics—if their lighting division has its druthers. The company will release high-output LED light bulbs with a total flux equivalent to that of a 60 W incandescent lamp. The “natural white” type and the warm white type feature total fluxes of 810 lm and 600 lm, respectively.

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Big Japanese brands readying 3D flat-screen TVs

October 6, 2009 6:08 am | by AP | News | Comments

Japan's big name electronic manufacturers are readying flat-screen TVs that can show high-definition movies and video games in 3D for launch next year. At the country's biggest consumer electronics show that opened Tuesday just outside of Tokyo all the major makers displayed 3-D prototypes. Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. said they would bring their first models to market next year.

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