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Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push

May 15, 2009 7:09 am | by Katie Drummond, | News | Comments

Forget the battlefield radios, the combat PDAs or even infantry hand signals. When the soldiers of the future want to communicate, they’ll read each other’s minds.

OLED Efficiency Surpasses Fluorescent Tubes

May 14, 2009 6:50 am | News | Comments

The Technical University of Dresden and Novaled AG have reached 90 lm/W at a brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 for a real lighting device and even 124 lm/W when using a 3D light extraction system.

Bus Interface Board Provides Dual Redundant Channels

May 14, 2009 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DNA/DNR-1553-553 bus interface boards from United Electronic Industries provides two independent, dual redundant bus interfaces for 1553 communication. Each port may be independently configured as a Bus Controller (BC), Remote Terminal (RT), or Bus Monitor (BM).


Life’s First Spark Re-Created in the Laboratory

May 14, 2009 6:18 am | by Brandon Keim, | News | Comments

A fundamental but elusive step in the early evolution of life on Earth has been replicated in a laboratory.

Motion and Logic Controllers Interface with High-Speed, Drive-based I/O

May 13, 2009 2:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ORMEC Systems Corporation’s ServoWire Motion and Logic Controller (SMLC) family has expanded to four available models, designed to provide fully integrated and centralized machinery motion, I/O and networking control. The devices are suited for a variety of packaging, material handling, medical, pharmaceutical, and general assembly applications.


Magnetic Reed Switch Positioned as World’s Smallest

May 13, 2009 1:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Standex Electronics introduced a magnetic reed switch measuring 3.7 mm in length. In addition to being able to fit in very small spaces, the GR150 also maintains a very narrow sensitivity range. With a magnetic sensitivity of 2-4 Ampere Turns (AT), typical operating time of 0.2 ms (typical) and a release time of 0.1 ms (typical) this professional grade ultra miniature reed switch

Power IC Drives Vehicle Applications

May 13, 2009 7:39 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for automotive applications including automotive pre-charge switch, stepper drives, and DC-DC converters, International Rectifier's AUIRS2003S 200-V power MOSFET driver has dependent high- and low-side referenced output channels tailored for use in harsh automotive environments and under-the-hood applications.

Mini-Note PC Penetration Nears 20%

May 13, 2009 7:16 am | News | Comments

Preliminary data from DisplaySearch reveals that shipments of almost 6 million mini-note PCs (netbooks) raised their penetration in the notebook PC market close to 20% worldwide in Q1’09.


Arbitrary Noise Generator Includes Pattern Generator

May 13, 2009 7:10 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as the first instrument able to test analog, digital, and mixed signal devices, Agilent's 81150A pulse function arbitrary noise generator also includes a pattern generator. The device also supports the bus standards such as Flexray, with three level signals, initialization sequences, and long patterns.

Small Switchers Handle up to 3 W

May 13, 2009 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accepting universal AC input, the MPM-03S Series of single output switching power supplies are rated for operation to 3 W. Six standard models provide a regulated output of 3.3, 5.0, 9.0, 12.0, 15.0, or 24.0 VDC.

GE Partners with NY State to Create Next-Generation Batteries

May 13, 2009 6:07 am | Blogs | Comments

GE announced today that it will open a new, state-of-the-art battery manufacturing plant in Upstate New York that will serve as the main manufacturing facility for GE’s newly formed battery business. The initial investment in the factory will be $100 million. It will be located in the Capital Region and will create 350 new manufacturing jobs at GE and thousands more in the supply chain.


Sensors Measure Incline or Tilt Angle of Machine Elements or Equipment Platforms

May 12, 2009 1:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced cCSAus-certified sensors designed to detect and measure the incline or tilt angle of machine elements or equipment platforms in single or dual axis applications, from 0° to 360° with accuracy of ±0.5°. Designed for reliable operation in harsh environments, these sensors feature metal mounting brackets, an outdoor IP68/69k rating and 4-20 mA or 0 to 5 VDC analog outputs that can

LVDTs Ensure Proper Currency Dispensing in ATM Machine

May 12, 2009 1:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors’ PR 750 Series of 3/4 inch (19 mm) diameter AC-operated LVDTs are serving as measurement feedback devices in the paper bill detector of automated teller machines (ATMs) to ensure proper currency dispensing. In an ATM, these linear position sensors are used to measure the separation of a pair of rollers, whereby bills passing between the rollers displace the LVDT core. As the bills pass between the rollers, the LVDT


Tech Firms Could See Fallout From Antitrust Shift

May 12, 2009 7:24 am | by JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If the Obama administration is serious about more aggressively responding to antitrust complaints, some of technology's biggest companies could have to rethink their business strategies or expansion plans.

Socket For 0.4-mm Pitch QFP Offers High Endurance

May 12, 2009 7:17 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using a spring pin (pogo) contactor with 20 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 500,000 insertions, the SS-QFE176SC-01 from Ironwood Electronics can test a QFP, 20-mm x 20-mm body size, 0.4-mm pitch with center E-pad and 22-mm x 22-mm lead tip-to-tip.


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