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GaN vs. Silicon in Power Management

March 2, 2010 8:03 am | by Alex Lidow, CEO, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation | Comments

In June 2009 Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduced the first enhancement-mode GaN on silicon power transistors designed specifically as power MOSFET replacements. These products were designed to be produced in high-volume at low cost using standard silicon manufacturing technology and facilities.

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When Utility Bills Attack!

March 1, 2010 9:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It may come as a shock to my college math professor, but where my family's finances are concerned, I'm a budgeter. Just before a new month begins, I take some time to plan for the month's regular bills as well as any special events or holidays that might require setting some extra money...

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Managing Global Trade Compliance

February 26, 2010 4:28 am | by Don Woods, Director of Customs Brokerage Compliance for UPS Supply Chain Solutions Brokerage Division | Comments

Global trade can be a daunting task, especially keeping up with countless, complex, and continuously changing security and trade regulations, agreements, and programs.

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Which Energy Empowers Story Has Inspired You?

February 25, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Amy pointed you to the great stories on the Energy Empowers Web site. Whether you're looking for stories from individuals, communities, or industry, something on the site is sure to strike a chord. So take a look at the site and tell us:

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EU weighs Google rivals' complaints

February 24, 2010 5:08 am | Comments

The European Commission said Wednesday it has asked Google to comment on allegations by rivals it demotes their sites in its search rankings. EU spokeswoman Amelia Torres said the EU antitrust office has received complaints from three Google rivals, but had not "opened a formal investigation, for the time being."

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Free Web and Content

February 24, 2010 4:53 am | by Wolf Homma | Comments

Theft is theft, and the fact that theft is easy in the digital age does not change this. Quality must be paid for, and that applies to entertainment and news alike. Will web-based news outfits be able to pay for a network of qualified correspondents in all countries of the world, for in-depth reports and thorough research?

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Why Preparing Your Car For Winter Is a Good Idea (An Anecdote)

February 23, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This past month, we celebrated my little daughter's first birthday - which meant a trip from Virginia to New Jersey. Ordinarily, this isn't a major effort, but this was on the verge of the big snow storm on February 5. Naturally, we were a bit concerned about our travel prospects.

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Get Fired Up with Energy Empowers

February 22, 2010 8:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

The beauty of empowering another human being is that we never lose our own power in the process.Barbara Coloroso

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The Importance of Higher Power Quality

February 19, 2010 9:12 am | by Chad Hall, COO, Ioxus | Comments

Most people are ignorant about the issues facing the utilities industry in its effort to provide high-quality, reliable power.

Officers warned about UAV vulnerabilities in 2004

February 19, 2010 4:12 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The revelation that insurgents had hacked US drones came as shocking news. What’s more, they did so using $26 off-the-shelf software (SkyGrabber). Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that senior officers knew about the security risk five years ago. According to a report in the Journal, senior officers warned in 2004 of the drones’ vulnerabilities.

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Air Force taps Space Micro to develop software defined radio for satellites

February 19, 2010 4:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Space Micro Inc. has been awarded $100,000 by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop a software-defined radio system for military satellites. The Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract is to develop space communications hardware that is resistant to radiation.

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The Power of Collective Intelligence

February 19, 2010 3:47 am | by Alisha Mowbray, Senior VP, innovation marketing, element14 | Comments

Electronic design engineers are facing greater pressure than ever before to rapidly create new solutions, and manufacturers are continually developing new technologies to help them to do so.

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Providing Enhanced Services and Smarter Solutions

February 19, 2010 3:29 am | by Kurt Colehower, President of Americas Components, Arrow Electronics | Comments

Like much of technology, the role of distribution is evolving with market demand. Outsourcing can provide significant advantages, especially in today’s business climate that includes leaner engineering staffs, and new challenges facing management.

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Outsourcing the ''final frontier''

February 18, 2010 12:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The proposed 2011 NASA Budget takes human spaceflight in a bold new direction. Along with scuttling the Constellation Program, and investing in heavy-lift rocket systems, the proposal leans heavily on the private sector. The International Space Station received clemency through at least 2020, and with the Space Shuttle retiring in 2010, the US will need reliable means of orbital transportation.

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Military lifts ban on flash media

February 18, 2010 11:24 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Two years ago, DOD banned all “flash media” devices in an effort to contain the “Agent.btz” computer virus. In 2009, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, “I do not see the thumb drives going back here in the immediate future.” Yet a year later (nearly to the day), the ban has been lifted.

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