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Monitor/Controller Includes Four Limit Switches

April 14, 2009 1:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The MAP 4000 Series monitor/controller from Novotechnik includes up to four limit switches. It can perform up to 40 measurements/sec. The Series’ limit switches are programmable and operate via relays. The inputs are also programmable for potentiometers, DC voltage, current/voltage, resistance, and temperature sensors

Digitizers Feature up to 4 GS/s Sampling

April 14, 2009 1:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The CobraMax family of ultra high-speed 8-bit digitizers from GaGe features up to 4 GS/s sampling and 4 GSamples of on-board memory. The digitizers are available with 1 or 2 digitizing channels and up to 1.5 GHz of input bandwidth. Other features include: Reference Clock In and Clock Out

Chevy Volt Not the Answer, Says Obama Administration

April 14, 2009 12:48 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’re strange brewings in the auto industry. President Obama once remarked that “unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.” Fresh off its government bailout, General Motors has devoted “significant resources” to the Chevy Volt, an "Extended Range Electric Vehicle" set for release in 2011. Obama’s response?

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Notch Filter Covers Television Broadcast Band

April 13, 2009 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Said to provide a high level of signal rejection, the Model S2065 notch filter from Anatech Electronics is for use in the television broadcast band (Channels 62 to 68). The filter has 3-dB passbands of DC to 750 MHz and 850 to 1200 MHz, rejection at 800 MHz to 806 MHz greater than 70 dB

Logic Circuits Provide Clock Rates up to 26 GHz

April 13, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for deployment in optical systems, ATE, broadband test and measurement equipment, frequency synthesis, and radar signal processing systems, six pin-compatible industry replacement high speed logic products from Hittite Microwave provide operating clock rates up to 26 GHz

Wireless Interface Lets Encoders Communicate

April 13, 2009 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Working with any of the company’s sensors, encoders, or magnetostrictive devices, the SwiftComm Wireless Interface from BEI Industrial Encoders attaches directly to the SSI port in the controller, just like a conventional wired system.

N-Channel JFET Chip Integrates Back-to-Back Diodes

April 13, 2009 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting applications such as hearing aids, miniature microphones, and battery-powered amplifiers, the IFND89 N-Channel JFET chip from InterFET has integrated back-to-back diodes.

Powered Exoskeleton Unveiled by Cyberdyne

April 13, 2009 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan, in conjunction with Daiwa House, has begun mass production of a cybernetic bodysuit that augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold.

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USB Datalogger Includes LCD

April 13, 2009 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to record and store over 16,000 temperature readings from -35 to +80ºC and over 16,000 relative humidity readings from 0 to 100% at user-selected sample rates, the EL-USB-2-LCD standalone USB datalogger from Lascar Electronics has a 2½-digit LCD to indicate minimum, maximum, and last stored temp/RH readings.

Obama looking at cooling air to fight warming (AP)

April 13, 2009 5:36 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer – Thu Apr 9, 6:17 am ET | Blogs | Comments

Tinkering with Earth's climate to chill runaway global warming — a radical idea once dismissed out of hand — is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president's new science adviser said Wednesday. That's because global warming is happening so rapidly, John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month. The concept of using technology to purposely cool the climate is called geoengineering

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Cable Assemblies Feature 100 db of Shielding

April 10, 2009 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hand-formable cable assemblies from Electronic Assembly Manufacturing (EAM) use a copper-tin composite outer conductor to achieve shielding effectiveness of more than 100 dB. The cable assemblies provide typical insertion loss of 0.7 dB/ft. at 20 GHz for a 0.141-in. diameter cable. Typical VSWR is 1.13:1 @ 18 GHz

I/O Cube Compatible With 30+ Board Types

April 10, 2009 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in two models — a 3-I/O layer (5-slot PPC5-1G) or a 6-I/O layer (8-slot PPC8-1G) — the PowerDNA PPCx-1G Gigabit Ethernet I/O Cube from United Electronic Industries (UEI) is compatible with all 30+ UEI I/O board types. The 6-layer model (PPC8-1G Cube) can provide up to: 150 analog inputs, 192 analog outputs, 288 digital I/O

Autonomous military robots: A short survey

April 10, 2009 8:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The four soldiers move from their concealed position and “stack” themselves, one behind the other, parallel to the door. The #2 man throws an M84 grenade (flashbang) into the room, then yells “frag out!” The flashbang detonates, and the fire team storms through the “fatal funnel” (door). In those first moments, the #1 man must instantaneously...

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Congress Urges EPA to Drop SSL Energy Star Criteria

April 10, 2009 7:11 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

To follow up on an earlier story, congress has urged the EPA to drop its SSL Energy Star criteria. A letter, signed by nine congressional members, encourages EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to defer to the DOE on Energy Star. The letter makes mention of “the current state of affairs, in which two federal agencies have put forth two separate standards,” and that, “The overlapping standards are creating uncertainty in the industry”

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Integrating Sphere Light Source Delivers Wide Output

April 10, 2009 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a uniform and adjustable hemispherical light output for calibration applications, the Gigahertz-Optik’s model ISS-8K-100-VAHP integrating sphere light source boasts uniformity within its 19-mm diameter light output port area equal to or better than 98% within 90% of the port diameter.

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