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Double or Nothing in This High-Stakes Industry

June 7, 2011 4:50 am | by Scott Fillebrown, Automated Circuit Design (www.acd.biz) | Comments

As the president and CEO of Automated Circuit Design, I’m always looking for ways to keep the company one step ahead of competition, building on 27 years in business.

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A Mom, a Wife, and an Engineer Walk Into a....

June 6, 2011 10:22 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

After more than 4 years of helping thousands (and thousands) of SolidWorks users learn more about the software, Gabi Jack has announced her "retirement" from the SolidWorks Community. This week, I'll take a look back at Gabi's work (and life) in the community. Here's Part I of however...

America's Home Energy Education Challenge

June 6, 2011 9:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Editor's Note: This entry has been cross-posted from DOE's Energy Blog.

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Elma Solves Amp Manufacturer’s Need for Custom Audio Switch

June 6, 2011 9:13 am | by Justin Moll, Elma (www.elma.com) | Comments

A well-known and highly respected manufacturer of audio and video products came to Elma with a requirement for a customized switch for a high-end tube amp. 

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What Do Awards Really Measure?

June 2, 2011 8:18 am | by Joyce Yeung, TAOS (www.taosinc.com) | Comments

Everyone loves to receive awards. It’s a feather in the cap. But it’s important that our opinion about a recipient of an award isn’t masked by the number of distinctions, but why it was awarded and who nominated them.  

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How Do You Ensure You Buy an Energy Efficient Computer?

June 2, 2011 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Yesterday, John told you about purchasing an energy efficient netbook computer by looking for EPEAT Gold certification. ENERGY STAR® also lists computers that are more efficient to help you save energy and money.

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Osram extends its LED product portfolio in the low-power range

June 1, 2011 4:23 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The new product family in the low-power range from Osram Opto Semiconductors starts with Duris E 3. The small dimensions and wide beam angle of these new LEDs make them ideal for applications that require uniform illumination. These highly efficient …

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Zytronic’s PCT Brings Touch Interaction to the Great Outdoors

June 1, 2011 4:23 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Zytronic continues to gain traction in the interactive digital out-of-home market with its innovative touch sensors using patented Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT). Californian display integration specialist 2S2, Inc., under their OutdoorHDTV brand, has now implemented the company’s...

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Echelon Teams with Avnet Memec

June 1, 2011 4:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Avnet Memec EMEA is becoming the pan-European distributor of Echelon’s Commercial Markets product line for device and system manufacturers. Echelon’s market -leading line of energy control network products — ranging from microprocessors, twisted pair and power line signaling component...

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CeramCool Box for packing densities up to 100W/cm²

June 1, 2011 4:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The compact CeramCool Box of Ceramtec is made for homogeneous and efficient cooling of packing densities up to 100W/cm². For example, with an edge length of just 16 x 40 x 40 mm it has a total cooling capacity of …

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Going for the Gold (Computer), Again

June 1, 2011 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As I mentioned in my March 3, 2009 blog, it wasn't easy to locate and buy an EPEAT Gold desktop computer when I was in the market nearly three years ago. (For those of you new to the scene, the Green Electronics Council Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rates...

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Alps Offers Water-proof Actuator-type Switch

May 31, 2011 4:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

With the SPVQ4H series, Alps Electric Europe offers waterproof detector switches for automotive, industrial and home applications. The actuator-type switches are remarkable for their high contact reliability at micro-current range and a long operating life of 300,000 switching cycles....

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Siemens expands its portfolio with pressure transmitters

May 31, 2011 4:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

With the Sitrans P500 unit, the Siemens Industry Automation Division presents a pressure transmitter to meet the highest requirements. Thanks to its response speed (T63) of 88ms and its accuracy of 0.03%, the Sitrans P500 is able to respond quickly …

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Robust automotive-grade buck regulator ICs with wide input voltage range

May 31, 2011 4:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The new A8582 and A8583 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe are robust automotive-grade buck regulator ICs with high switching frequency and output current and a wide input voltage range. Each device integrates a low-resistance high-side N-channel MOSFET, and incorporates current-mode...

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Is ARM Coming to Play in Games Consoles?

May 31, 2011 9:23 am | by Colin Barnden, Semicast Research | Comments

When the specifications for Sony’s new handheld PSP console were made public in January, they showed that ARM had replaced MIPS as the architecture for the main processor.

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