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Enhanced programming tool displays the status of a PLC program as it runs on a sequence CPU module

October 21, 2013 10:23 am | Yokogawa | Product Releases | Comments

In response to its customers’ needs for real-time debugging and analysis capabilities, Yokogawa has developed this enhanced version of its WideField3 software. With the inclusion of Live Logic Analyzer, which is a near real-time logic analysis function, the upgraded WideField3 programming tool now has the capability to display data that shows the status of a PLC program....

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Design kit supports flex and rigid-flex design

October 21, 2013 10:10 am | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

Altium Limited announces the new version of its flagship product, Altium Designer 14. The new Altium Designer 14 extends the company’s leadership position in native 3D PCB Design systems by delivering a new customer centric platform with heavy emphasis on core PCB design technologies.

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Low-voltage DC-DC converters designed for satellite power systems

October 21, 2013 10:01 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the LSO Series of feature-rich radiation-hardened (RAD-Hard) low-voltage, single- and dual-output DC-DC converter modules for satellite power systems requiring up to 15 years or more of mission life. The LSO Series delivers isolated output voltages from 1.5V to 15.0V with typical efficiency performance up to 81 percent....

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DC-DC power converter solutions improve system power efficiency by up to 35 percent

October 21, 2013 9:43 am | Altera | Product Releases | Comments

Altera Corporation announced four new reference designs that leverage the power technology obtained through its acquisition of Enpirion. The reference designs provide FPGA users and board developers turnkey power solutions that increase power efficiency by up to 35 percent....

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Evaluating the risks of natural gas

October 21, 2013 9:30 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

As the U.S. and other large nations experience the benefits of a natural gas boom, smaller countries — from Tanzania to Cyprus — are hoping to reap the rewards too and use the resource to spur their economies. But in a new study, MIT researchers warn them to proceed with caution.“While natural gas is often cheaper than oil and gives off fewer emissions, developing the resource comes with risks, especially for smaller nations,” says Se...

What technology changed board-level assembly in 2013?

October 18, 2013 2:54 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on board-level assembly. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches! We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences...

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FETs designed to meet the requirements of X to Ku band low noise block downconverters for direct broadcast satellites

October 18, 2013 2:28 pm | Renesas, California Eastern Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) introduce the NE3516S02 and NE3513M04 GaAs FETs which were specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of X to Ku band low noise block (LNB) downconverters for direct broadcast satellites.

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Reference design serves Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-enabled charger power supply

October 18, 2013 2:13 pm | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations introduced the first reference design for a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-enabled charger power supply. Launched earlier this year, the Quick Charge 2.0 protocol from Qualcomm enables users to charge mobile devices, such as tablets and cellphone handsets, up to 75% faster than when using conventional USB charging technology.

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Connector family delivers analog, low-voltage, and bus signals in all power ranges

October 18, 2013 2:06 pm | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING has expanded its PushPull device connector family with a new 10 pole PushPull Signal for delivery of analog, low voltage and bus signals in all power ranges. The new PushPull Signal has 10 contacts to transmit rated currents of 5A with conductor wiring gauges of AWG 24 to AWG 18.

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Gravitational waves help understand black-hole weight gain

October 18, 2013 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Supermassive black holes: Every large galaxy's got one. But here's a real conundrum: how did they grow so big? A paper in today's issue of Science pits the front-running ideas about the growth of supermassive black holes against observational data — a limit on the strength of gravitational waves....

Yoga accessible for the blind with new Microsoft Kinect-based program

October 18, 2013 12:24 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can’t see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.

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Study: Good night's sleep cleans out gunk in brain

October 18, 2013 12:10 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders. This cleaning was detected in the brains of sleeping mice, but scientists said there's reason to think it happens in people too.

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Jellyfish energy consumption will improve bio-inspired robotic designs for Navy

October 18, 2013 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy. The study highlights jellyfish as one of the most energetically efficient natural propulsors on the planet.

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Wrangling flow to quiet cars and aircraft

October 18, 2013 12:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Plasmas are a soup of charged particles in an electric field, and are normally found in stars and lightning bolts. With the use of high voltage equipment, very small plasmas can be used to manipulate fluid flows. In recent years, the development of devices known as plasma actuators has advanced the promise of controlling flows in new ways...

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Salmonella sensing system

October 18, 2013 12:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end up in the hospital, while 3,000 die.

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