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Earthquake testing partnership strengthened

September 19, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The University of Bristol and TRaC, the testing and certification house, have formalised their partnership with the appointment of TRaC’s Chris Stone as an honorary consultant in the Department of Civil Engineering at Bristol University. The organisations together provide a …

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Connectivity solution offers way of retrofitting USB

September 19, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

FTDI has introduced a series of USB to digital level interface modules, in DB9 form factors to enable USB interconnection in legacy equipment without the need for alteration of the enclosure. The modules all utilise FTDI’s FT232R USB to serial …

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Farnell signs European agreement with sensor manufacturer Turck Banner

September 19, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Farnell has signed a European agreement with sensor manufacturer Turck Banner. Under the terms of the agreement, Farnell will stock more than 63 items from Turck Banner’s range of sensing products that address a applications in the manufacturing and automation …

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See you Friday at the Solar Decathlon?

September 19, 2011 10:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Friday at 10 a.m., the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon opens in West Potomac Park in Washington D.C. The event provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for members of the public to tour homes that save energy and money - and are powered by the sun. Many of my colleagues describe...

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Promoting PMBus Programmable Power-Conversion Systems

September 19, 2011 9:44 am | by Patrick Le Févre, Marketing and Communications Director, Ericsson Power Modules | Comments

The advent of digitally controlled power converters that embody power management subsystems and PMBus communications makes it easy to assemble sophisticated hardware that suits a variety of distributed power applications.

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''ROS (Robotic Operating Systems) Everywhere!'' says Willow Garage's Steve Cousins

September 19, 2011 6:57 am | by Frank Tobe, Publisher, The Robot Report www.therobotreport.com | Comments

Willow Garage's ROS (Robotic Operating System) provides a collection of software libraries and tools to help software developers create robot applications. ROS provides device drivers, visualizers, message-passing, package management, and advanced libraries...

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HCD achieves ISO 9001 qualification

September 16, 2011 5:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

EMS company HCD announced at DSEi (the Defence and Security Equipment International show) in London this week that it has achieved the quality management standard ISO 9001. The company specialises in fast-turnaround prototyping and is now targeting the military market …

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Are You Interested in a Clean Energy Career?

September 15, 2011 8:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, Eric talked about several ways for kids and adults to learn more about clean energy and prepare for a career in this sector. From America’s Home Energy Education Challenge to the Industrial Assessment Center program, there are many ways to get excited about a career in...

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LDMOS transistor combines high power, efficiency and ruggedness

September 15, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Freescale has developed an RF power LDMOS transistor that combines high output power and efficiency with ruggedness, for UHF broadcast television applications. The MRFE6VP8600H delivers 39% greater output power than its predecessor – 125W of linear power (more than 600W …

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DECT Ultra-Low Energy ICs launched

September 15, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Dialog has launched what it claims are the world’s first DECT ULE (ultra-low energy) compatible ICs – its SmartPulse range. Dialog’s vision is for end products integrating SmartPulse wireless sensors that self configure to connect with a home’s DECT ULE …

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60 Watts from 2” x 3” format AC-DC power supply

September 15, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The latest addition to XP Power’s ECS family of compact single output industrial and medical AC-DC power supplies is what the company believes to be the smallest 60W unit currently available on the market. The ECS60 measures 50.8 x 76.2 …

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New data connector increases contact density

September 14, 2011 11:23 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

A new data interface for the Han-Modular series has been released by Harting. The Multi Contact double module can integrate up to 12 contacts. Harting says that compared to connectors previously available, the new module offers a 50% higher packing …

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UK Government asks NMI to lead report on Electronic Systems community

September 14, 2011 11:23 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The UK Government has asked the National Microelectronics Institute to provide a strategic report on the UK Electronic Systems community and the key barriers to future growth. Due for publication in Q2 2012, the report will illustrate the opportunities for …

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ACAL BFi gains UK, Italy and Germany contract with M2M supplier

September 14, 2011 11:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Novatel Wireless and ACAL BFi have signed a  distribution agreement covering the UK, Italy and Germany to sell, and provide local specialist technical support for Enfora’s 2G, 3G and emerging 4G intelligent M2M devices, modules, and software platforms. Enfora offers …

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Wireless MCU reminds healthcare staff to wash hands

September 14, 2011 10:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP’s JN5139 wireless microcontroller and the JenNet IEEE 802.15.4 self-healing wireless network protocol stack are being used in a hand hygiene system for hospitals to prevent the spread of infections. The HyGreen Hand Hygiene and Recording system actively reminds healthcare …

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