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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.


Elma Solves Amp Manufacturer’s Need for Custom Audio Switch

June 6, 2011 9:13 am | by Justin Moll, Elma ( | 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. 


What Do Awards Really Measure?

June 2, 2011 8:18 am | by Joyce Yeung, TAOS ( | 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.  


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.


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 …


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...


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...


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 …


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...


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....


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 …


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...


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.


3 Meetings, 3 Meals, and 2 Presentations

May 31, 2011 8:21 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

I don't often do three SolidWorks User Group meetings in three days, but when the CEO is making his first user group appearances, your schedule tends to change.


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