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Seventh Sense Biosystems Reports Receipt of Notices of Allowance for 3 Patents
July 22, 2014
Seventh Sense Biosystems (7SBio) reported that it received notices of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for three patent applications (U.S. Patent Applications 13/680,351, 13/456,570, and 13/292,254).

S&P SmallCap 600 Updates U.S. Market Cap Guidelines and Constituent Changes
July 21, 2014
S&P Dow Jones Indices is updating the market cap guidelines for its U.S. indices. According to a release from S&P Dow Jones, effective July 16, the new guidelines are:

Exports, wireless technology help Badger Meter set sales record
July 20, 2014
With new export markets and new wireless technologies, Badger Meter Inc. on Friday reported record sales for any quarter in its 110-year history. The Milwaukee-area company designs and manufactures water meters and sensors at a time when economists and ecologists argue that water has become a more valuable commodity as population growth, demand and pollution make it more scarce, which increases demand to monitor and meter it.

Waiting too long for street repair
July 19, 2014
Last week, a faulty pipeline released 1 million gallons of saltwater - a brine up to 30 times saltier than sea water - down a ravine heading toward Lake Sakakawea. There is an investigation going on as to whether the saltwater reached the lake.

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.

Europe Temperature Sensor Market is Expected to Reach $1007 Million in 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor.
July 17, 2014
  (PRWEB) July 17, 2014             The Europe Temperature Sensor Market report defines and segments the Temperature Sensor Market in Europe with analysis and forecast of revenue. The EuropeTemperature Sensor Market is estimated to grow from around $788 million in 2013 to $1007 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 5.0% from 2013 to 2018.

Smart-meter ICs
July 02, 2014
In May 2014, STMicroelectronics unveiled its smart-meter ICs for the low-energy age in which billing is done by measuring accurately down to extremely low power levels. Meters featuring ST's new STPM32, STPM33 and STPM34 ICs will help utilities minimise revenue losses and ensure consistent billing for even the most frugal customers. The STPM3 devices prevent losses by keeping the meter accuracy down to just a few milliamps, comparable to the current drawn by an LED television in standby. By performing power-quality calculations on-chip, including RMS voltage and current measurement, apparent-energy computation and under-voltage/over-voltage detection, the chips can offload the meter's host processor, thus simplifying software.

Defence Lasers and Optronic Systems: Gas Laser Electronics
July 01, 2014
Carbon dioxide and helium-neon lasers are the two commonly used gas lasers used in tactical military applications. High-power lasers, such as carbon dioxide gas dynamic lasers, hydrogen fluoride/deuterium fluoride lasers and chemical oxy-iodine lasers, which can generate mega-watts of CW power for directed-energy weapon applications, are also broadly classified as gas lasers. These lasers are pumped by gas dynamics or by chemical reactions. Focus in this concluding part of the article is on gas laser electronics with emphasis on the role of electronics in gas lasers having potential for tactical military applications Dr Anil K. Maini and Nakul Maini Carbon dioxide laser-based range finders and laser radar and helium-neon laser-cavitybased ring-laser gyroscope inertial navigation sensors are among the common military applications exploiting use of gas lasers. In addition, such gas lasers as gas dynamic carbon dioxide lasers, chemical oxy-iodine lasers, all gas-phase iodine lasers, hydrogen fluoride and deuterium fluoride lasers, though not electrically or optically pumped, these are largely exploited to build high-power directed-energy weapons. We shall, however, confine our discussion in this article to electrically- excited gas lasers having military applications.

Instruments tackle IC test chores; SPECIAL REPORT--SEMICONDUCTOR TEST; Integrated circuits
July 01, 2014
  Semiconductor independent device manufacturers, foundries, and test and assembly houses typically use dedicated turnkey ATE systems for high-volume, high-speed production test. However, there are many stages in the chip design, development, and ramp-up process when more general-purpose, flexible benchtop or modular instruments might be more appropriate to use.     Precision DC SMU       Joey Tun, senior product manager for precision DC at National Instruments, said, "The NI PXIe-4139 is a high-power, high-precision source measure unit (SMU) designed for functional and parametric testing of a wide range of semiconductor devices at the package or wafer level."           He added, "The NI PXIe-4139 features NI SourceAdapt technology, which allows engineers to produce optimal SMU response to any load including capacitive or inductive loads by customizing the SMU control loop," thereby protecting the DUT and improving system stability.       The PXIe-4139, he said, is particularly well-suited for testing semiconductor devices that directly or indirectly include higher capacitive loads (such as MEMs accelerometers). Additionally, NI PXIe-4139 can digitize samples at 1.8 MS/s, 100 times faster than traditional SMUs. This helps reduce test time and gives the engineers the ability to capture transient device behavior without the need for an external scope.       The NI PXIe-4139 (Figure 1), he said, simplifies semiconductor test system design with an all-in-one instrument that combines power, precision, measurement speed, and channel density.

Automotive accelerometer
July 01, 2014
ST Microelectronics has launched AIS- 3624DQ, a 3-axis accelerometer with digital output. It is the first to provide a full-scale range of 24g (acceleration of gravity) while meeting the automotive industry's demanding AEC-Q100 reliability stress tests. The AIS3624DQ claims to bring all the benefits of ST's market-proven stacked-chip technology to the automotive market. This solution is based on company's 20.3cm (8-inch) wafer manufacturing of MEMS products and offers a more competitive solution than the others who produce on 15.2cm (6-inch).


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