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Talking tomorrow

November 18, 2009 5:24 am | by Alix L. Paultre, Editor in Chief | Articles | Comments

Recently I posted a reference item on the term “Bunny Suit” to www.everything2.com (participating in sites like that is how I “doodle in the margins” during my work day), and the essay made me think of other terms we use, and why we have so many unimaginative words for such exciting technology. 

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Ziptronix to License 3D IC Technology for Imaging Systems

November 18, 2009 4:06 am | News | Comments

 Ziptronix, Inc. and Raytheon Vision Systems have reached a licensing agreement for the use of Ziptronix' patented DBI (Direct Bond Interconnect) 3D integration technology in Raytheon's imaging systems. Specified for use in manufacturing Raytheon's focal plane arrays for air, space and terrestrial applications, the Ziptronix technology provides true 3D integration of multilayer CMOS structures, enabling 100% pixel operability within the focal plane.

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NBS inks sales agreement with UTI in New England

November 18, 2009 3:48 am | News | Comments

 EMS provider NBS  today announced the appointment of Universal Technology Inc. as sales representatives in New England. UTI will represent NBS across a six state region spanning from Maine to Connecticut. UTI was founded in 1992 and boasts a stellar history including 20 different “Representative of the Year” and numerous Individual Design Win Awards. UTI deploys an extensive outside sales and support network of degreed engineers with design and applications experience working with major OEMs.

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OK International honored for technology innovation at Productronica ‘09

November 18, 2009 3:44 am | News | Comments

Having returned from an extremely busy Productronica exhibition, the team at OK International has many reasons to celebrate. In addition to generating a high volume of visitor traffic on its stand, the production assembly equipment specialist also collected a Global Technology Award in recognition of its innovative MRS-1000 Modular Rework System.

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Visionscape Smart Camera Wins Global Technology Award

November 18, 2009 3:39 am | News | Comments

 Microscan, a global technology leader for precision data acquisition and control solutions, announces that it has been awarded a Global Technology Award in the category of Test Equipment and Services for its Visionscape Smart Camera during a ceremony that took place on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at the New Munich Trade Fair Center in Munich, Germany.  

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KIC’s e-Clipse and SunKIC Profiler Win the 2009 Global Technology Award

November 18, 2009 3:33 am | News | Comments

 KIC announces that two of its products, designed to increase solar cell efficiency through accurate profiling and process optimization, tied for a Global Technology Award. KIC’s e-Clipse solar cell thermocouple (TC) attachment fixture and compact SunKIC profiler tied in the category of Solar Manufacturing Products.

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groSolar Collaborates with eMOBUS on Electronic Mobility Management

November 18, 2009 3:00 am | Articles | Comments

eMOBUS, Inc. a carrier agnostic provider of cellular management services and software, today announced that groSolar, a leading solar energy installer, is the latest mid-market company to go live on with Electronic Mobility Management.

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Robotic Hand can 'feel'

November 17, 2009 7:00 am | Articles | Comments

In a key scene in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker has his hand chopped off, and before the movie’s over, he has a fresh, robotic one in its place. This is no longer the stuff of fantasy—researchers at Tel Aviv University, in conjunction with a team of EU scientists, have created an artificial hand that can “feel.”

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Logic Adapter allows high-speed operation simultaneously

November 16, 2009 11:26 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics’ LA-BGA-LPDDR-SDRAM-01 Logic Analyzer Adapter allows high-speed operation simultaneously, enabling memory device analysis used in PDAs, Cellphones, Digital cameras and MP3 players using a Logic Analyzer or an oscilloscope System.

Brushless DC motor control techniques

November 16, 2009 9:51 am | Articles | Comments

Motor designs tend to evolve slowly, and engineers are generally cautious when it comes to changing time-honored approaches. Lately though, there has been a plethora of activity around the use of advanced control techniques for Brushless DC motors (also called synchronous AC motors).

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Design Talk: Software

November 16, 2009 6:09 am | Articles | Comments

Today's mobile phones boast computing capabilities once found in mainframe computers and workstations. Mobile CPU clocks run hundreds of MHz, and mobile 32 bit processors access gigabytes of memory.

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Thin-Film Piezoelectric Film Technology in Medical Device Applications

November 16, 2009 5:27 am | by Jon Dent, Product Manager, Digi-Key Corporation & Pete Smith, Senior Application Specialist, Measurement Specialties, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A growing need for sensors within the medical device market has illustrated renewed OEM focus on design efficiencies, patient comfort and enhanced quality of life. The application environment itself is uniquely stringent, with regulatory compliance standards, such as FDA approvals on Class III implantable medical devices...

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Dual channel transformer provides smallest footprint on market

November 13, 2009 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DSS-3305, from Beta Transformer Technology, purportedly provides the smallest footprint dual channel transformer on the market, while satisfying the maximum height limit of 0.185” (4.7 mm). It is supposedly the smallest 2 channel transformer solution for VME boards.

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CPU module based on TI AM3505, AM3517 processors

November 13, 2009 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

 The Lizard CPU module, from Dave, is based on the newly announced AM3505 and AM3517 ARM microprocessor from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). With compact form factor (70mm x 50mm), the Lizard features the NEON multimedia accelerator

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Interface boards compatible with all standard configurations

November 13, 2009 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

With multiple operating modes, the DNx-AI-255 Synchro/Resolver interface boards (from United Electronic Industries) are compatible with all standard sensor wiring and excitation configurations. The boards are available in two models — one for use with UEI’s PowerDNA Cubes and another for rack-mounting in a PowerDNR RACKtangle or HalfRACK chassis.

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