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Lockheed Martin-built CLIO Satellite Successfully Launched From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
September 17, 2014
 The U.S. Government's CLIO satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Lift-off occurred at 6:10 p.m. MDT aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. Initial contact with the satellite was confirmed at 9:08 p.m. MDT. 

eBeam Initiative Survey Indicates New eBeam Expectations For Photomask Production; Continued semiconductor scaling drives new mask design requirements; use of complex mask shapes predicted to increase
September 16, 2014
 The eBeam Initiative, a forum dedicated to the education and promotion of new semiconductor manufacturing approaches based on electron beam (eBeam) technologies, today announced the completion of its third annual eBeam Initiative survey. 52 industry luminaries representing 29 member companies from across the photomask supply chain participated in the survey.  Respondents provided their opinions on a variety of topics critical to advanced photomask production, including the implementation of multibeam mask writing, anticipation of mask hotspots as a manufacturing challenge, new expectations for dose modulation, complex masks and slower resists, and predictions on the production implementation of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and complementary eBeam lithography (CEBL).  The complete results of the survey will be presented and discussed by an expert panel today during the eBeam Initiative's annual members meeting at the SPIE Photomask Technology Conference in Monterey, Calif., and are available for download athttp://www.ebeam.org/docs/ebeam-initiative-2014-survey.pdf. 

Valencell, Inc. Selected as 'Showcase Company' at CED Tech Venture Conference 2014; President Dr. Steven LeBoeuf to discuss how Valencell PerformTek biometrics are fueling the exploding wearable technology industry
September 16, 2014
 Valencell, Inc., a leader in performance biometric data sensor technology, has been chosen as one of 18 "Showcase Companies" representing North Carolina's hottest emerging technology businesses at the annual CED Tech Venture Conference on September 16-17th at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Valencell's President Dr. Steven LeBoeuf will lead a discussion during the "Digital Health Spotlight Sector" on how the Company's internationally respected biometric technology, Valencell PerformTek, powers wearables with highly accurate, continuous heart rate monitoring during even the most aggressive physical exercise.

BAE Systems Selects Global Eagle Entertainment's WISE(TM) Solution for Its IntelliCabin(TM) Inflight Entertainment System
September 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq:ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, has announced a strategic and technological relationship with BAE Systems, a global provider of defense, security and aerospace systems, to integrate its WISE? inflight streaming solution with BAE Systems' inflight entertainment (IFE) offering for commercial aircraft. WISE? will provide the software backbone for the entertainment solution available with IntelliCabin, a modular and scalable cabin management architecture developed by BAE Systems for applications ranging from in-seat power and dynamic LED cabin lighting, to wireless, tablet-based in-flight entertainment.

AT&S, Soundchip, and STMicroelectronics Craft Innovative Bionic Ear
September 16, 2014
LEOBEN, Austria and GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) AT&S, a leader in advanced packaging solutions, Soundchip SA, a Swiss-based innovator in wearable sound technology, and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, today announced their collaboration in innovating a bionic hearing module that, when installed into a personal audio device, delivers an amazing wearable sound experience controlled at the ear by the wearer and software intelligence. Personal audio devices, like an MP3 player or smartphone, equipped with the bionic hearing module, provide wearers with the ability to electronically "open" and "close" their ears to ambient sound conditions, or even to augment ambient sound with programmed audio from a connected smart device. This capability can fully protect wearers from noise in situations where the ambient sound is too loud, or to open the ear for natural conversation with others, without having to remove the audio device, suffer from the discomfort of occlusion, or worse, the pain of loud noise.

Navitas Systems Unveils UltaniumTM Line of Lithium Batteries; New Military and Commercial Batteries Target Popular Lead Acid Sizes in Demanding Applications
September 16, 2014
WOODRIDGE, Ill., Sept. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government/military customers, unveiled today at the annual industry conference "The Battery Show" a new product family of Lithium lead acid replacement batteries called UltaniumTM. Designed and assembled in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ultanium highlights Navitas' newest advancements, a lithium battery which is in the same size as popular military and commercial/industrial lead acid batteries, and is designed to work with existing lead acid chargers; offering a seamless drop-in replacement. The first batteries of this new product line are targeted at high volume lead acid batteries in the military and commercial/industrial market segments.

United States: NIST Issues Draft Report Enumerating Risks And Protections To Consider When Evaluating Mobile Apps For Your Enterprise
September 16, 2014
As the world recovers from the excitement leading up to Tuesday's Apple Live Event announcement of the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, mobile app developers are chomping at the bit to create software that leverages the new operating system and Apple's widely-anticipated "HealthKit," a purportedly secure platform that allows mHealth apps to share user's health and fitness data with the new Health app and with each other. In fact, over 300 apps were created per day in recent years, according to some reports. But because the mobile app market is supersaturated, the quantity of available mobile apps does not equal the number of quality and secure apps that would be appropriate for use at an organization with a high privacy and security risk profile. The draft Technical Considerations for Vetting 3rd Party Mobile Applications (the Vetting Report) issued by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in August 2014 is an essential document for any organization to use to help weed out the mobile apps that may create unnecessary IT risks. Why an Organization's Existing Software Assurance Policies May Be Insufficient for Mobile Apps

Capital: Investing Ideas: Apple's supply chain: New product rollout spurs companies from Zhengzhou to Orchard Road
September 15, 2014
It had been an eventful week for Apple Inc. Besides launching thinner and larger iPhones, CEO Tim Cook caused a stir with the media, partners, developers and diehard Apple fans at Flint Center in Cupertino, California, when the company unveiled its very first Apple Watch wearable device and Apple Pay wireless payment method. However, even months before their Sept 9 launch in the US, the phablets and watch had probably started shifting manufacturing gears a notch higher half a world away in China, the world's factory. Take, for example, Zhengzhou in China's Henan province. The city used to be better known for its Shaolin Temple, located nearby. However, since 2010, as costs rose in the major production areas clustered around the coastal manufacturing base of Shenzhen, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the world's largest major contract manufacturer and key Apple subcontractor, moved a big chunk of its operations more than 1,600km north and inland to Zhengzhou, where a massive plant staffed with cheaper labour could churn out up to 500,000 iPhones a day. Last year, two out of every three iPhones were made there.

Mercury Systems unveils EnsembleHDS6603 server
September 11, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Mercury Systems, Inc., a provider of open sensor processing systems and services, has unveiled the Ensemble HDS6603 server.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries introduces new chip-to-substrate bonder
September 10, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc., which is engaged in the designing and manufacturing of semiconductor and LED assembly equipment, has introduced APAMA, or Advanced Packaging with Adaptive Machine Analytics, a new chip-to-substrate, or C2S, bonder.


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