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Ultrasonic sensors provide pushbutton programming for software-free configuration

April 15, 2014 12:40 pm | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) introduced Series IO Ultrasonic Sensors. Pushbutton programming provides fast and easy on-site sensor parameterization without requiring any software. IO-Link compatibility unlocks a series of control functions that

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Surge protectors indicate their end of life

April 15, 2014 11:43 am | Thomas Research Products | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products (Elgin, IL) has introduced a line of surge 0rotectors that show when they need to be replaced. The EOL3-277-20KA series Surge Protectors include an LED indicator that lights up when the unit reaches end-of-life, when the

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Light guide plate makers feel the pressure from direct LED backlights

April 15, 2014 11:15 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

On April 9th, the stock price of Lumens, a Korean LED package maker and one of main LED venders for Samsung TV, fell by 14%, close to the maximum price swing on the KOSDAQ exchange. Given that Lumens had announced 14% operating profits....

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At once-verdant delta, prologue of ecological tale begins

April 15, 2014 11:15 am | by Blaine Friedlander | News | Comments

Where once the Colorado River flowed with 5 trillion gallons of water into its verdant delta at the Gulf of California, that gush has trickled to zero. Cornell and Paleontological Research Institution researchers gathered baseline samples to understand the delta’s ecological profile.

Power supply presents high efficiency for networking, telecom

April 15, 2014 9:44 am | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Tempe, AZ) announced the first Titanium efficiency bulk front-end power supply in its standard product range: the DS3000TE-3. This new 3000 W power supply uses proprietary power switching technology and high density component packaging techniques to

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Single-phase energy meter SoC enables ±0.1% accuracy over 5000:1 dynamic range

April 15, 2014 9:05 am | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using the ZON M3 (MAX71315) single-phase electricity meter SoC from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA), engineers now have a low-cost design system for e-meters and solid-state meters. The ZON M3 energy-meter solution integrates four 24-bit ADCs....

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Photos of the Day: The amazing, foldable V-22 Osprey

April 15, 2014 8:18 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Consider this an “oldie but goodie.” The V-22 Osprey is the world’s first production tiltrotor aircraft. It’s also capable of both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL). But one of the Osprey’s coolest features is its ability to fold its rotors back for compact storage capabilities....

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Low-cost, hydrogen-powered forklifts with rapid refueling, zero emissions coming soon

April 15, 2014 8:14 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

LIVERMORE, Calif.— Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems soon could be powering the forklifts used in warehouses and other industrial settings at lower costs and with faster refueling times than ever before, courtesy of a partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Hawaii Hydrogen...

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The underappreciated ties between art and innovation

April 15, 2014 7:13 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Author Sarah Lewis discusses some counterintuitive pathways to breakthroughs.The path to a great achievement—whether it is a technological innovation or a masterwork of art—is almost never direct. On the contrary, creative breakthroughs often come after wrenching failures....

High-voltage power module addresses 12V, 24V, 36V, and 48V input rail applications

April 14, 2014 4:16 pm | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL8216M 80 Volt, 4 Amp non-isolated DC/DC step-down power module. The ISL8216M power module provides a complete power supply in a package that can be used across multiple applications....

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Tiny particles could help verify goods

April 14, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks....

Glasses strong as steel: A fast way to find the best

April 14, 2014 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterizing complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that's stronger than steel. Using traditional methods, it usually takes a full day....

Combs of light accelerate communication

April 14, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources allow for transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers – this has now been demonstrated by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)....

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Novel technique developed by NUS scientists opens door to better solar cells

April 14, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists, led by Assistant Professor Andrivo Rusydi from the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Science, has successfully developed a technique to study the interface between materials....

Module system promises simplicity and reliability to ultracapacitor design and installation

April 14, 2014 3:14 pm | Ioxus | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus (Oneonta, NY) announced the launch of the iMOD X, a new series of module systems for a common, single-piece extruded housing for application across all of its axial ultracapacitors. iMOD X-Series allows for

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