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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).

Unified Communication Market By Product; On Premise, Cloud-Based/Hosted, By Application; Education, Enterprises, Government Expected to Reach USD 75.81 Billion by 2020.
July 21, 2014
  San Francisco, California (PRWEB) July 21, 2014         The global unified communication market is expected to reach USD 75.81 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Increase in mobile workforce as well as enterprise mobility is expected to favorably impact the global market over the next six years. Growing demand and proliferation of smartphones is also expected to fuel market growth over the forecast period.           Increasing adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives by large enterprises as well as SMEs (small and medium enterprises) is a driving force for the industry. High initial investment as well as need for interoperability across various unified communication platforms may pose a restraint to the market.         The report "Unified Communication Market Analysis By Product (On Premise, Cloud-Bases/Hosted), By Application (Education, Enterprises, Government, Healthcare) And Segment Forecasts To 2020," is available now to Grand View Research customers at http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/unified-communication-market.       Request free sample of this report at http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/unified-communication-market/request           Further key findings from the study suggest:           * On premise unified communication accounted for over 60% of the market in 2013. However, the cloud-based or hosted product segment is expected to rapidly gain share over the forecast period.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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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