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These acrylic flowmeters have interchangeable scales
August 01, 2014
This company's 6A02 acrylic flowmeters have interchangeable direct-reading scales that are available for any one of the following: water, argon, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and helium. Scales are mounted at the front of the flow body and are positioned and secured by a clear front-plate held in place by four screws. A low-hysteresis, multi-turn needle valve is also included. Dual scales display flowrates in both metric and English units. These flowmeters can operate up to a maximum temperature of 150F and a maximum pressure of 6.89 bars, with an accuracy of ±3%. - Dakota Instruments, Inc., Orangeburg, N.Y. www.dakotainstruments.com

Transparency Market Research Posts Physical Vapor Deposition Market Report
July 23, 2014
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD Equipment, PVD Materials and PVD Services) Market for Microelectronics, Storage, Solar Applications, Medical Equipments, Cutting Tools and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019", the global PVD market was valued at USD 10.94 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 20.45 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 9.5 percent over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. In a release, the Company noted that the global PVD market is expected to witness rapid growth in the next few years due to growth in end-use industries such as microelectronics and medical equipment. Microelectronics is used in different applications such as computers, medical and defense. These applications require high precision and efficiency.

Transparency Market Research: Global Physical Vapor Deposition Market to be Worth USD 20.45 Billion by 2019
July 23, 2014
Transparency Market Research published a new market report that says the global PVD market was valued at USD 10.94 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 20.45 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 9.5 percent over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019.

Panasonic Toughpad 4K Performance (UT-MA6)
July 21, 2014
When Panasonic first showed off the Toughpad 4K at CES, we were gobsmacked. Incredible 4K resolution on a huge screen! A portable tablet design! It was exciting because the Panasonic Toughpad 4K was unlike anything else we had seen: a large-screen tablet, with rugged business utility built in. Fast forward to today, and we find ourselves a bit stymied for many of the same reasons. The Panasonic Toughpad 4K Performance (UT-MA6) ($6,999 as tested) is ostensibly made for professionals, but it's anodd product that doesn't fit neatly into any oneproduct category.

Acer C205
July 18, 2014
The Acer C205 ($349) is designed for businesspeople who need to give presentations in small rooms. This modestly priced, palmtop-size projector is highly portable, but its connection choices are limited to HDMI and MHL. Although it's brighter than the Editors' Choice AAXA P4-X Pico Projector, the AAXA has better image quality for both data and video, and more connection choices including the ability to project from microSD cards and USB thumb drives. The C205 is an LED-based DLP projector with a rated brightness of 200 lumens and native WVGA (854-by-480) resolution. Acer claims a lamp life of up to 20,000 hours in Standard mode and 30,000 hours in Eco mode, so the light source should last the lifetime of the projector.

COLLABORATIONS
July 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Auriga announced that Agilent Technologies Inc. has designated Auriga Microwave a Global Solutions Partner, Agilent's highest level status for their Solution Partner program. Remcom announced a strategic partnership with AR Europe, a supplier of power amplifiers, antennas, and EMC testing equipment and support. The partnership will expose Remcom's electromagnetic simulation software and services to a broader audience and make its solutions more easily accessible to European customers.

Overview of RF Switch Technology and Applications
July 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Modern RF instrumentation is heavily dependent on switch technology. As both power consumption and space requirements shrink, selecting the appropriate switch solution becomes increasingly important. This article provides an overview of RF switches and considerations for selection based on function within the RF instrument. OVERVIEW OF TECHNOLOGIES Solid State Switches Solid state switches can be divided into two primary categories: diode and field-effect transistor (FET). PIN diode switches are generally realized using discrete implementations and are known for higher power handling and fast switching speed, but the fairly complex biasing schemes and high levels of DC power required are significant disadvantages, especially for battery-operated instrumentation. PIN diodes require a forward current through the device to establish a low series resistance. This direct injection of DC current into the RF channel limits low-frequency operation.

Aldes rolls out twisted air diffusers
July 01, 2014
ALDES Middle East, a leading solutions provider for fire protection, ventilation and air distribution, has launched its Twisted range of air diffusers, which are claimed to offer unequalled comfort and perfect integration. The high induction swirl diffusers are adapted to small and medium-sized commercial premises such as restaurants, offices, hotels, banks, small shops, nurseries, retirement homes, show-rooms and open spaces, says Gaëtan Pierrefeu, managing director of Aldes Middle East.

2014 Design Software Review: Interoperability
July 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Editor's Note: The quest for interoperability between RF/microwave EDA tools goes back to at least 1987 and the DARPA program known as MIMIC. This program launched a study to find the best way to produce reliable, high performance MMICs through the "development of computer-aided design capabilities." CAD companies teamed with IC manufacturers to develop standards for file formats allowing the exchange of data across platforms and design environments. Today, interoperability extends to nearly all software-based design tools including circuit/system schematic-based environments, physical layout, EM simulation, multi-physics, manufacturability and test systems, taking into account software from multiple vendors and supporting enterprise design flows. A new age is upon us whereby EDA providers are collaborating with each other to streamline design flows through interoperability and design automation. This improved functionality allows engineers to be more productive than ever before. The following is an update on the latest developments in interoperability and the impact on design. Agilent Technologies

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
July 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Analog Devices and Hittite Microwave Corp. announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement whereby ADI will acquire Hittite for $78 per share in cash. The closing price of Hittites common stock on June 6, 2014 was $60.56 per share. This agreement reflects a total enterprise value for Hittite of approximately $2 billion. ADI expects to fund the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and short-term debt financing. The Boards of Directors of each company have approved the transaction, which is expected to close near the end of ADI's third fiscal quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to be accretive to ADIs non-GAAP earnings per share.


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