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Breakthrough Digital Optical Comparator Integrates CAD Data

June 8, 2010 1:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as a breakthrough in noncontact comparative measuring technology, the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator has the ability to digitally compare a part to its CAD data quickly and easily, at exceptionally high accuracy.

The ZigBee alliance and SUNSPEC Alliance collaborate on renewable energy management

June 8, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance and the SunSpec Alliance today announced an agreement to collaborate on defining standards for renewable energy and microgrid management using the ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications...

What's Up With Fuel Cells?

June 8, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We hear a lot about renewables like wind and solar these days, but what's the deal with fuel cells and is there a future in them? The truth is, fuel cells have been around for some time now; the idea originated in the 1840's.

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Energy Challenge One: Greenbelt, Maryland

June 7, 2010 8:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden kicked off Earth Day in April by announcing the selection of 25 communities to receive up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to "ramp-up" energy efficiency building retrofits. Under the Department of Energy (DOE) Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities,...

Tablet Computers vs. Netbooks

June 4, 2010 7:28 am | by Peter A. Khairolomour, Technical Marketing Manager, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

It’s really not a question of whether or not the tablet computer will displace netbooks and laptops. What it comes down to is what functions the tablet computer will take over and what functions netbooks/laptops will retain.

Design Considerations for Pressure Sensing Integration

June 4, 2010 6:35 am | by Tim Shotter and Dan DeFalco, All Sensors Corporation, www.allsensors.com, and Molly Chamberlin, Embassy Global PR | Articles | Comments

A handheld battery operated spirometry device, for example, must be able to be turned on and off quickly and instantly, while continuously recording data over a 20-second period with optimized use of available power, thus requiring a low-voltage pressure sensor which is able to use power only as needed.

Brainstorm: Optoelectronics

June 3, 2010 7:25 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What will be the next big advance in touchscreen technology?

Scientists Decipher Structure of Nature’s ‘Light Switch’

June 3, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

When the first warm rays of springtime sunshine trigger a burst of new plant growth, it’s almost as if someone flicked a switch to turn on the greenery and unleash a floral profusion of color. Opening a window into this process, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory...

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OpenADR's Steps Toward a National Smart Grid Standard

June 3, 2010 6:11 am | News | Comments

The marketplace for Smart Grid technology products is expanding thanks in part to an open-source communications specification developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and its research partners.

Global Leaders Meet To Collaborate on Energy Efficiency Goals

June 3, 2010 5:53 am | News | Comments

Assistant Secretary Cathy Zoi of the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy joined leaders from 15 countries and the European Commission today at the first Policy Committee meeting of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) to promote global collaboration on energy-saving programs and policies.

The High Speed Data Race

June 3, 2010 5:32 am | by James O. “Jim” Farmer, Enablence Systems | Articles | Comments

The bottom line is that nothing, and I mean nothing, can beat a fiber connection, not now and not in the foreseeable future. Fiber offers the highest speeds you can achieve, not to mention its other advantages such as extremely low operational costs and versatile high quality transmission.

Energy Farms on the Moon?

June 3, 2010 5:20 am | News | Comments

We've covered space based solar power generation in the past, but here's a concept that takes it a step further (away) - using the moon as a massive solar farm.

Nokia Launches Bike-Powered Handset

June 3, 2010 5:04 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia launched four low-priced handsets and a recharger that can be connected to a bicycle's dynamo which charges when the wheels turn.

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How Do You Save Energy at Work?

June 3, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, Amy discussed saving energy at work and ENERGY STAR's National Building Competition, a contest to see which of 14 facilities around the country can lower its energy use intensity (EUI) by the highest percentage over a fixed period of time. Whether you are a facility manager at...

Linear and LDO regulators and Switch Mode Power Supply Tutorial

June 2, 2010 4:49 am | Videos | Comments

Just how different are linear, LDO and switching buck voltage regulators? I'm glad you asked!

Skins Give DMMs a Personal Look

June 2, 2010 4:16 am | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced new thematic skins for U1240 and U1250 Series handheld digital multimeters (DMMs).

Reverse Dimple Compensates for Tactile Metal Dome Switch Misalignment

June 1, 2010 4:37 am | by Jon Mullett, New Product R&D, Snaptron (www.snaptron.com) | Articles | Comments

Smaller tactile domes bring with them manufacturing challenges when it comes to aligning them with the keypad overlays.

Save Energy, Cut Costs, and Bring a Different Kind of Value to Work

June 1, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

For many of us, thinking about energy efficiency means thinking about changes we can make at home. But residential energy efficiency is just one slice of the energy use pie. According to data from the Energy Information Administration, energy use in the residential and commercial...

SID 2010: Ocular Multi-touch Touchscreen Technology

May 28, 2010 6:37 am | Videos | Comments

At the 2010 Society for Information Display (SID) Conference, Phil Spivey, President and CEO of Ocular, discusses their newest advancements in multi-touch touchscreen technology, with input for up to 10 fingers.

mTouch Projected Capacitive Touchscreen at SID 2010

May 28, 2010 6:29 am | Videos | Comments

At the 2010 Society for Information Display (SID) Conference, Carol Crawford from Microchip discusses their mTouch projected capacitive touchscreen sensing technology.

Integra Solar PV System will bring Solar Electricity to the Mass Market

May 28, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

SunSil Photovoltaic Products is launching the next generation of solar PV systems for the commercial and residential markets at InterSolar (9-11 June 2010) that will increase yields for its owner by up to 30% or more...

What Kind of Energy Widgets Would Be Useful to You?

May 27, 2010 5:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, you read about some ways you can share information from Energy Savers. One tool Energy Savers is experimenting with is widgets, which allows you to share bits of our content with your blog or Web site visitors. We currently have two widgets: one for our blog and one with...

iPhone Application Calculates Microwave Measurements

May 25, 2010 5:36 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

An iPhone application from Agilent calculates the errors in microwave measurements, includes a directivity error calculator, mismatch error limit calculator, and ratio to dB calculator.

LIN Driver Configuration Tool for PIC Microcontrollers

May 25, 2010 4:29 am | Videos | Comments

This video provides an enlightening overview of the LIN Driver Configuration Tool for PIC Microcontrollers from Microchip.

Like Energy Savers? Tell Your Friends!

May 25, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

One of the best things about the latest social tools on the Web is that it's so easy to share information that we find useful, interesting, or entertaining. My friends and the people I follow in social media generally have interests that are similar to mine, so I like it when they share...

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