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Q&A with Karim Wassef of GE Energy Management

October 15, 2013 3:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Dr. Karim Wassef, general manager of the Embedded Products business unit for GE’s Critical Power business about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.

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Hygienic control power & data cables receive UL and CSA approvals

October 15, 2013 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

HELUKABEL recently announced that its NANOFLEX line of hygienic control power and data cables have been approved by UL and CSA. With these latest approvals, the NANOFLEX series can be used in U.S. and Canadian industries that require machinery and their component parts to resist the growth of micro-organisms.

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LED module dims smoothly from 2700K to 1800K

October 15, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree introduces the LMH2 LED Module with sunset dimming – Cree’s game-changing dimming technology that provides a dimming experience similar to incandescent lighting. The new module enables a natural dimming profile that was previously unachievable with any other energy-saving technology.

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RapidFIRE: Top ten 3D printers

October 15, 2013 2:41 pm | Videos | Comments

PD&D recently had the opportunity to review a couple of desktop 3D printers, the LulzBot TAZ and the Afinia H479 from Saelig. The review, while enlightening, only left us thirsting for more. Now that TAZ has shipped out, all that remains is a hole in a cube that begs to be filled.

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500MIPS multicore development board offered for $14.99

October 15, 2013 2:31 pm | Xmos Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

XMOS announced startKIT, an ultra-low-cost development platform that opens up the configurable xCORE multicore microcontroller technology to the widest possible community of users.  As part of the product launch XMOS is offering 2,500 startKITs free of charge....

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Paint-booth approved fluorescent fixture produces 16,000 lumens with a 5000k color temperature

October 15, 2013 2:10 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new 2 foot long high output explosion proof fluorescent fixture designed for use in areas where flammable vapors and gases may be encountered. The EPL-24-192 Explosion Proof Fluorescent Light Fixture is Class 1 Division 1 approved, paint spray booth approved, and an ideal solution for operators who want high output in a more compact fixture design.

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Precision digital micrometer offers a cantilever balance system

October 15, 2013 2:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new model 49-56 precision digital micrometer combines a modern contemporary look with a robust mechanical design and new improved electronics, including a digital linear encoder. The system features a comprehensive software program for controlling test speed....

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Multicore processors supported by optimized versions of Wind River Linux and VxWorks

October 15, 2013 1:58 pm | Cavium Networks | Product Releases | Comments

Cavium announced that its new OCTEON III multicore MIPS64 processor family will be supported by optimized versions of Wind River Linux and the Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system. The Cavium OCTEON III CN7XXX family of multicore MIPS64 processors provides up to 120GHz of 64 bit processing and targets high-performance, high-throughput, service-rich applications....

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More fun file facts: ODB++

October 15, 2013 1:50 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

In my last post, I wrote about the up-and-coming IPC-2581 PCB manufacturing file format. While IPC-2581 may be looked at by PCB fabricators and assemblers as a holy grail of sorts, it's not yet widely adopted by CAD software. But, that doesn't mean that Gerbers are the only option.

Faster network processing and throughput with C-RAN

October 15, 2013 1:45 pm | by Gilad Garon, CEO, ASOCS | Articles | Comments

Video traffic from a myriad of devices, including smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices, is overloading today’s networks. What’s more, the increased traffic must co-exist with legacy 2G and 3G protocols and anticipated new standards as the industry moves forward to 4G and beyond.

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Is the F-35 a “great national scandal”?

October 15, 2013 1:16 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

In government, the left hand often doesn’t know what the right hand’s doing. Case in point: Days after the DoD got all warm-and-fuzzy over its working relationship with Lockheed Martin and the F-35, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called the Joint Strike Fighter “one of the great national scandals.”

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Quantum conductors benefit from growth on smooth foundations

October 15, 2013 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine if the "information superhighway" had HOV lanes so that data could be stored, processed and disseminated many times faster than possible with today's electronics. Researchers in the United States and China have teamed to develop such a speedway for future devices, an exotic type of electrical conductor called a topological insulator (TI).

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Stepping out in style: Michigan Tech developing artificial leg with natural gait

October 15, 2013 11:44 am | by Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Walking is tricky business, as any toddler knows. And while most artificial feet and limbs do a pretty good job restoring mobility to people who have lost a leg, they have a ways to go before they equal the intricacy of a natural gait. As a result, over half of all amputees take a fall every year, compared to about one-third of people over 65.

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World record: Wireless data transmission at 100 Gbit/s

October 15, 2013 11:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Extension of cable-based telecommunication networks requires high investments in both conurbations and rural areas. Broadband data transmission via radio relay links might help to cross rivers, motorways or nature protection areas at strategic node points, and to make network extension economically feasible.

Research shows that genetically modified tobacco plants are viable for producing biofuels

October 15, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In her PhD thesis Ruth Sanz-Barrio, an agricultural engineer of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre and researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology (mixed centre of the CSIC-Spanish National Research Council, Public University of Navarre and the Government of Navarre), has demonstrated, for the first time, the viability of using specific tobacco proteins (known as thioredoxins) as biotechnological tools in plants.

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