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Southside; Southside: Peachtree City issues crosswalk reminder
August 21, 2014
Peachtree City is reminding residents about its right-of-way rules. Pedestrians always have the right of way in crosswalks, and motorists must stop for them. However, golf carts do not have right of way, and drivers must watch for and yield to automobile traffic. Golf carts may not use highway crosswalks or sidewalks adjacent to highways, and should use tunnels and bridges instead.

ABI Research Brings Out Automotive Infotainment and Automotive Safety and Autonomous Driving Market Research
August 21, 2014
ABI Research reported that automotive head-unit processor revenues are expected to grow from $680 million in 2013 to $1.95 Billion in 2020.

ABI Research Reports Automotive Head-unit Processor Revenues
August 21, 2014
Automotive head-unit processor revenues are expected to grow from $680 million in 2013 to $1.95 Billion in 2020, according to a release from ABI Research. "Automotive head-units are transitioning from proprietary architectures requiring long development cycles and Tier1-led integration efforts towards platform designs. Ford set the tone back in 2007 with its SYNC solution based on CPU hardware from Freescale and the Windows Embedded OS allowing quicker development time frames and independence from the previously dominant Tier1 suppliers. With head-unit infotainment, HMI, clusters, safety, and telematics complexity continuing to increase, hardware approaches are consolidating and evolving towards reference designs and open platforms such as the open source GENIVI stack, already adopted by BMW. This allows car OEMs to increase the reuse of software and middleware while decreasing costs and time-to-market and at the same time leveraging open ecosystems of suppliers," said VP and practice director Dominique Bonte.

Smartcool Rolls Out Update on Testing for Introduction to Refrigerated Transportation Sector
August 21, 2014
Smartcool Systems has provided an update on the beta testing initiative announced on July 8, with a Florida-based food distribution firm. According to a release, the goal of this phase is to determine the impact of the Smartcool technology on compressor optimization.

Omron Secures Spot as a Best and Brightest Elite Winner by NABR
August 21, 2014
The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) noted Omron Automation and Safety as an Elite Winner for Strategic Company Performance during the Association's annual Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For luncheon in Chicago, Illinois.

Smartphone gyroscopes may allow phone snooping
August 20, 2014
Your smartphone can be used to eavesdrop on private conversations using the device's internal gyroscopes, scientists warn. Hackers may not need access to phone microphones and cameras, they could use a smartphone's internal gyroscopes to decipher audio waves that hit the device, according to a study by Stanford University and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, an Israeli defence technology company.

Memsic Introduces Monolithic 3D Accelerometer
August 20, 2014
Memsic has reported the availability of its MXC400xXC, calling it the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer, and also the first 3D accelerometer to utilize WLP technology.

Harkin Announces $712,000 for Rural Development in Fremont County; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) News Release
August 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the city of Thurman will receive a grant of $407,000 and a loan of $305,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant Program for improvements to their waste water and disposal treatment center. Harkin is a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations panel that funds rural development projects.

NEC Display Solutions NP-M332XS
August 15, 2014
The NEC Display Solutions NP-M332XS projector ($959) is appropriately bright for a small to midsize room, and it offers a short-throw lens to let you throw a big image from close to the screen. Its image quality is good, but not great, butif you need a short-throw projector with XGA (1,024-by-768) resolution, it's worth considering. The TheM332XSis essentially an XGA (1,024-by-768) variation on the Editors' Choice NP-M352WS. It offers most of the same capabilities as its WXGA (1,280-by-800) cousin.It's built around a single DLP chip. As with most DLP projectors, it offers 3D support, which you won't find in most LCD-based data models, including the Epson PowerLite 965 XGA 3LCD Projector, our Editors' Choice for XGA models for a small to midsize room. And unlike some DLP projectors it even supports HDMI 1.4a, which lets it accept 3D signals over an HDMI connection from video devices like Blu-ray players.

Inspection system
August 01, 2014
Omron launched a new inspection system using 3D measurement, called VT-S500, which is Omron's solution to providing next-generation, 3D inspection capability at minimal cost. With good 3D image processing, the VT-S500 accurately analyses the topographical features of solder fillets to ensure PCB quality and reliability. Advanced software, capable of absorbing production inconsistencies and noise, creates adaptable and stable inspection programs. By minimising program teaching and tuning times, the VT-S500 greatly reduces the inspection costs traditionally associated with automated optical inspection (AOI). With ultra high-speed inspections and dual-lane availability, cycle times have reduced and productivity has increased. The VT-S500 is available with camera magnifications of 10 or 15 microns, and is capable of processing PCBs up to 510 mm610 mm (in singlelane applications) or 510 mm300 mm (in dual-lane applications).


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