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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.

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


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...


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”


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.


POL DC-DC Concerters Output up to 39 W

April 9, 2009 12:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A series of non-isolated point of load (POL) dc-dc converters from FDK feature up to 39 W of output power. The converters deliver up to 6 Amperes (A) of output current at power densities up to 860 Watts/cubic inch in an SMD package, and up to 4 A of output current at power densities up to 760 Watts/cubic inch in an SIP package

Epoxy Impregnant Seals Metals & Nonmetals

April 9, 2009 12:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Master Bond EP19HT adhesive/sealant, impregnant, and liner seals both metals & nonmetals. Its viscosity is 500 cps-600 cps at 75°F. Recommended cure is 1 hour at 250°F. Shorter cures can be achieved at temperatures between 325°F-350°F. EP19HT is a 100% reactive system, containing no solvents or diluents

Solid-State Relays Achieve High Power Density

April 9, 2009 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using an improved mechanical and thermal design, the Evolution Dual family of solid-state relays is rated for load currents up to 50 A/660 VAC per channel. Available with either zero voltage or random turn on, the RoHS compliant devices have IP20 "touch safe" covers and LED input status indicators.

Metal Dome Switches Handle High Actuation Force

April 9, 2009 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using an improved 4-leg design, GX-Series metal dome switches from Snaptron can handle over 400 g of force in a 6-mm diameter at up to 5 million life cycles.

Elastomer-based Socket System Operates Up to 10 GHz

April 8, 2009 1:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Emulation Technology, Inc. (ET) has launched an elastomer-based ET 3300 socket system that operates at up to 10 GHz bandwidth with –1dB of insertion loss, allowing the user to test or debug BGA, QFN or other custom packages covering lead pitches down to 0.1 mm. Applications include


Attenuator Integrates Filter to Eliminate High Frequency

April 8, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

State of the Art (SOTA), Inc. has added the Filtenator  to its high frequency product line. This  clean attenuator uses an integrated filter to eliminate high frequency signals. The cut-off frequency can be varied between 5.5 GHz and 8.5 GHz. Standard attenuation values are 1 dB, 3 dB, 6 dB, and 10 dB. VSWR for all four values is

Radial-Leaded PTC Fuses Handle up to 3.75 A

April 8, 2009 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Able to hold currents from 0.10 A to 3.75 A, the radial-leaded 0ZRM resettable PTC Fuse Series from Bel Fuse is intended to protect products and systems during overcurrent surges and overtemperature faults. Materials meet UL-94V-0 requirements.


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