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Pakistan: Super material to enhance digital memory
November 26, 2014
ISLAMABAD, Nov. 26 -- Researchers from University of Nebraska-Lincoln have employed Nobel Prize-winning material graphene to enhance the properties of a component primed for the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity random-access memory (RAM).

Va. Tech student hit by car dies
November 25, 2014
A Virginia Tech graduate student hit by a car Thursday in Blacksburg died of her injuries Monday afternoon. Justeen Elise Olinger, 20, of Roanoke County was rushing to catch a bus when she was struck by a car on North Main Street late Thursday afternoon, according to Lt. Nathan O'Dell of the Blacksburg Police Department.

Court rejects indictment against Soma disaster suspects
November 25, 2014
İSTANBUL (CİHAN)- The Akhisar High Criminal Court on Tuesday rejected an indictment by a prosecutor implicating 45 people in connection with a mining disaster in Soma that claimed 301 lives on May 13.

Beaufield Resources, Urbana to jointly explore gold, base metals assets in Quebec
November 19, 2014
Beaufield Resources Inc. and Urbana Corp. entered into an agreement to jointly explore their Urban Township gold and base metals properties in Quebec and share the boundary information, according to a Nov. 14 news release. The agreement covers a line-cutting program and detailed induced polarization and magnetometer geophysical surveying on the claims. Results will be compiled and interpreted with historical work to identify and prioritize drill targets. Beaufield Resources, which owns 24 claims covering 994 hectares, has agreed to become the operator. The two companies will retain a 100% ownership of their respective properties.

Still working [not equal to] A-Ok; SPECIAL REPORT--DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS
November 01, 2014
  Machine condition monitoring is a data acquisition application that also involves a degree of analysis and reporting. In addition, the overall process implies an element of time. Straightforward performance testing measures output against a standard--did the engine develop the expected torque at the set rpm? In contrast, condition monitoring compares a succession of measurements taken over time against a baseline or against previous measurements. At one extreme, condition monitoring is looking for a trend that may indicate a need for maintenance. At the other extreme, it's attempting to avoid catastrophic failure.           Major infrastructure equipment typically comes with built-in condition monitoring. As stated in a recent article, "Condition monitoring of rotating equipment is common throughout the oil and gas industry, with the objective to detect, analyze, and diagnose machinery faults. Critical machines (turbines, compressors, and large motors) are normally equipped with online condition monitoring and protection systems. The balance of plant equipment (motors, pumps, and fans) generally is not." (1)             However, as the author points out, the latter category accounts for the majority of both the quantity of equipment and the maintenance costs.

What's New
November 01, 2014
FULL TEXT LABORATORY EQUIPMENT Liquid Chromatography Units Are Fully Automated The i-Series of integrated liquid chromatography systems includes Prominence-i and Nexera-i for highland ultra-high-powered liquid chromatography (HPLC and UHPLC). An intuitive operating environment and fully automated design enhance performance and workflow. If integrated with the LabSolutions software, the instruments can operate in interactive communication mode (ICM) to send data to a lab's server for management and storage. ICM also allows users to perform operations from anywhere in the facility on a smart device. Operation is simple, and concentrated samples can be injected directly without dilution. These units achieve processing speeds more than twice as fast as the manufacturer's previous models. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

Block Upconverter with HPA for Ka-Band
November 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Hittite Products from Analog Devices has introduced a new Ka-Band block upconverter with high power amplifier (HPA), designed for single carrier use in satellite communications. The HMC7056 upconverts an input signal between 1 and 2 GHz to an output between 29 and 31 GHz, which covers both the commercial (29 to 30) and military (30 to 31) satellite bands.

Recent Market Driven Filter Advances
November 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Recent marketplace realities have included looming budget cuts, competition with low-cost competitors and regular large program contract delays, all highlighting the increasing importance of versatile, configurable, reusable RF modules and hardware. Size, weight and power (SWaP) innovation and wider bandwidth, multimode, smaller platforms are the mantra. RECENT FILTER INNOVATIONS AND MARKET DRIVERS The history of advances in the development of RF and microwave filters is well documented, and broad innovation goals have remained essentially the same over decades. Better performance, smaller size, lower cost and greater power-handling are some of the general "wants" engineers are always working to achieve. However, certain observations about recent industry trends can be made. For instance, filter innovation in the last 10 years has been spurred by material advances and everincreasing electromagnetic simulation speeds and capabilities. Accordingly, lumped component products are supporting higher power-handling, cavity filters are shrinking in size/volume {by a factor of two or more) with little loss of Q, tunable filters are achieving higher power-handling at smaller sizes and low passive intermodulation (low PIM) products are being cost-effectively manufactured in higher volume.

Honored to Join You
November 01, 2014
FULL TEXT As the new technical editor of Microwave Journal, I welcome you to our November issue. What a privilege it is for me to be here and contribute to such a quality and long-lasting publication. Life is neither predictable nor linear, often bringing unexpected turns that forever change us. Such is my story. Long, long ago, as a senior in high school, I faced the difficult choice of which career to pursue: engineering or journalism / mass communication. Both were of keen interest, fostered by my part-time job at a radio station. I chose electrical engineering. By the time I was a senior in college, I had decided to apply my EE degree to audio engineering, designing loudspeakers or power amplifiers. However, the economy was in a recession and although I had quite a few interviews, no real job offers followed. I did land an engineering position, ironically working at the other end of the frequency spectrum.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
November 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Cobham pic announced that its acquisition of Aeroflex Holding Corp., previously announced on May 20, 2014, has been successfully completed following the receipt of regulatory and shareholder approvals. The transaction has an enteiprise value of approximately $1.46B. Approximately 70 percent of Aeroflex s revenue is focused on commercial markets with exposure to wireless, space, microelectronics, industrial, energy and other sectors. This will increase the proportion of Cobham's commercial revenue from 35 to nearly 42 percent of the total, on a pro forma basis, and build upon Cobham's focus on connectivity capabilities, customers and characteristics.


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