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PTC to Acquire Axeda to Expand IoT Technology Portfolio

July 24, 2014 1:41 pm | by PTC | News | Comments

PTC announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Axeda Corporation, a pioneer in the development of solutions to securely connect machines and sensors to the cloud, for approximately $170 million in cash. Axeda's technology innovation, extensive customer base...

Saft to Supply Li-ion Battery Energy Storage System for Kauai Island Electrical Grid

July 24, 2014 1:29 pm | by Saft | News | Comments

Saft has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Kauai Island Utility Co-operative to...

Photo of the Day: Industry Trends: Wireless Test Equipment

July 24, 2014 10:58 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Around 240 readers responded to WDD’s survey on wireless test...

RFID Tags on Honey Bees Reveal Hive Dynamics

July 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and...

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Ultrasonically Propelled Nanorods Spin Dizzyingly Fast

July 23, 2014 12:58 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have clocked their speed—and it's fast...

Stanford Team Aims to Improve Storage in Batteries

July 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Tucked in a small laboratory at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a team of engineers and scientists from the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences is making and testing new types of lithium-ion batteries. Their goal: move beyond today's lithium-ion to create a battery five times better than those we use now...

LVDT Linear Position Sensors

July 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Macro Sensors | White Papers

Subsea environments are one of the most difficult areas for any sensor to perform, especially when performance life of as much as 20 years is expected in an underwater application. In subsea environments, seawater depths of 15,000 ft can exert external pressures of approximately 7,500 psi on a sensor...

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Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 23, 2014 10:14 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D | News | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

Photos of the Day: Underwater X-Ray System Inspects Pipelines

July 23, 2014 10:00 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D | News | Comments

Since bringing an entire pipeline system into a lab for inspection is impossible, engineers have combined the know-how of GE Healthcare, GE Oil & Gas, BP, and the applied marine technology company, Oceaneering International, to safely inspect ...

'Comb on a Chip' Powers New Atomic Clock Design

July 22, 2014 3:28 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and California Institute of Technology have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb. The microcomb clock, featured on the cover of the inaugural issue of the new journal Optica...

Creating Optical Cables out of Thin Air

July 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That's what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, wants to do. Milchberg and his lab reported using an "air waveguide..."

Self-Cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

July 22, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells...

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Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices Settle Outstanding Litigation

July 22, 2014 12:07 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor | News | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies. The two parties have entered into patent cross licenses and have agreed to dismiss all related litigation. Specific financial terms of the agreement remain confidential...

GreenPeak Technologies’ Smart Home Chips Support New Networking Protocols

July 22, 2014 12:05 pm | by GreenPeak Technologies | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has recognized Thread’s entry in the family of protocols based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. GreenPeak’s family of patented multi-stack low-power radio chips has been developed to simultaneously support different wireless networking protocols. The family of GP71x chips today supports...

Cicoil Receives Prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award

July 22, 2014 12:19 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

For the second time in 4 years, Cicoil has been awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense System's (IDS) prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award. Cicoil received the award from Raytheon IDS at a ceremony in Waltham, Massachusetts on June 4, 2014...

Carbyne Morphs When Stretched

July 21, 2014 2:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to Rice University scientists. Stretching the material known as carbyne — a hard-to-make, one-dimensional chain of carbon atoms...

Improved Thin Films with Metal Substitution

July 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by University of Oregon | News | Comments

The yield so far is small, but chemists have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy devices. The process described in the paper represents a new approach to transmetalation...

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Highly Charged Ions

July 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons feel a much stronger positive pull from the nucleus.

Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

July 21, 2014 2:09 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. A team of researchers has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor...

XMA Achieves AS9100 Rev C Certification

July 21, 2014 10:27 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

XMA Corporation announced that it has achieved AS9100 Rev C registration. This is the latest accomplishment for the XMA team. XMA’s AS9100 Rev C registration is...

Photos of the Day: Bringing Robots Closer to Humans

July 20, 2014 11:23 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 20, 2014 11:01 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

'Nanocamera' Takes Pictures at Distances Smaller Than Light's Own Wavelength

July 20, 2014 10:54 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light)...

Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

July 20, 2014 10:49 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Nearly all electronics require devices called oscillators that create precise frequencies—frequencies used to keep time in wristwatches or to transmit reliable signals to radios. For nearly 100 years, these oscillators have relied upon quartz crystals to provide a frequency reference, much like a tuning fork...

IMCC 2014 Broadband for MDU Conference

July 18, 2014 1:47 pm | by IMCC | Events

The Independent Multi-Family Communications Council will host their annual conference on October 6 and 7, bringing together industry professionals for education and networking. This year’s event will focus on delivering competitive broadband in MDUs and will be highlighted with a session featuring Craig Moffett...

Telit Expands m2mAIR Mobile Coverage in Partnership with Telefonica

July 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Telit Wireless Solutions | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced its appointment to the Telefonica m2m Channel Partner Program. As a result, m2mAIR Mobile can now offer local Telefonica connectivity services, together with its own suite of value added services to M2M customers throughout Europe and Latin America...

Photo of the Day: The Rx for 5G RF

July 18, 2014 11:01 am | by National Instruments | News | Comments

NI is collaborating with several top researchers focused on wireless – specifically 5G communications. Combining LabVIEW system design software with software defined radio (SDR) hardware, researchers are able to innovate faster...

Microsoft to Cut up to 18,000 Jobs over next Year

July 18, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month...

The Advantages of Planar Transformers over Wire-Wound

July 17, 2014 5:20 pm | by Standex-Meder Electronics | Articles | Comments

Planar transformers are steadily replacing the need for traditional wire-wound transformers in many industries. Electric vehicles, solar inverters, wind power, aviation, healthcare, and industrial manufacturing are just some of the areas where this technology is gaining ground...

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