China bars top U.S. technology firms from government list; The move is seen as a response to NSA spying, amid a widening cyber-rift between the U.S. and China.
February 26, 2015
BEIJING - China has dropped several top U.S. technology companies, including Cisco and Apple, from a list of products that are approved for state purchases, amid a widening rift about cyber-space between the two countries. The move, reported by the Reuters news agency Thursday, follows Edward Snowden's revelations about a massive U.S. cyber-espionage program codenamed Prism, and comes as China is energetically bolstering what it calls its "cyber-sovereignty." It can also be seen as part of the wider cyber-war between China and the United States - a tit-for-tat response to the U.S. government's accusations that the Chinese army was spying on American companies. Those U.S. accusations ruptured a dialogue about cyber issues between the two countries.

Digi-Key Expands Mentor Graphics' EDA Tools Portfolio With New Features & Low-Priced Premium Bundles
February 26, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015: Digi-Key, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced an expanded suite of the recently released professional-level Mentor Graphics EDA/CAD tools. Premium versions of both the Designer Schematic and Designer Layout tools are now available, featuring unlimited connections. In addition, Import from xDX Designer and PADS Layout for reference designs, as well as import from third party schematic capture and layout tools has been added.

Justin Refice Receives Accellera Systems Initiative Technical Excellence Award; NVIDIA's Refice will be recognized for his contributions to UVM at DVCon on March 2, 2015
February 25, 2015
Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera) announced today that Justin Refice, a member of the Universal Verification Methodology Working Group (UVM WG), is the recipient of the fourth annual Accellera Technical Excellence Award. The award is being presented at the Design and Verification Conference and Exhibition (DVCon) on Monday, March 2, 2015 during the Accellera Day luncheon from 12:00-1:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements Mr. Refice has made to the organization's UVM standardization efforts, including his significant contributions to the development of UVM 1.2, which improves interoperability and reduces the cost of IP development and reuse for each new project. "Since the formation of the UVM Working Group, tremendous strides have been made to improve SoC productivity throughout the industry," said Karen Pieper, Accellera Technical Committee Chair. "The leaders in the standards community play an integral part in not only developing standards, but also raising awareness and acceptance of the standards they champion. Accellera has been recognizing these leaders with the Technical Excellence Award since 2012, and we are pleased to announce Justin as the winner of the 2015 award."

TRANSACT 15 to Showcase Future of Commerce with Intel; Doug L. Davis, Senior VP and GM of Intel's Internet of Things to join keynote line-up
February 25, 2015
The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the global trade association of the payments technology world, announced today that Intel will showcase the future of commerce and security as Doug L. Davis, Senior VP & GM of Intel's Internet of Things group joins the stellar TRANSACT keynote line-up. TRANSACT 15 will take place in the technology hub of the nation, March 31 - April 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and registration is open today with limited early rates available athttp://www.transact15.com.

MATLAB and Simulink Help Power NASA's Return to Manned Space Flight; Guidance, Navigation and Control System used in Orion's successful deep space test flight built using Model-Based Design
February 25, 2015
MathWorks today detailed its contribution to the successful completion of NASA's Orion spacecraft test flight. The flight, completed on December 5th 2014, marked the farthest in space any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. Orion's milestone is considered a significant step in NASA's work to pioneer deep space flight and reach Mars with a manned spacecraft. The guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) system onboard Orion successfully navigated from launch to landing using GPS and inertial sensors. These GN&C algorithms were developed with auto-generated code from MATLAB and Simulink. The design and development of the GN&C flight algorithms for Orion was a partnership between NASA, Lockheed Martin, Draper Laboratory, MathWorks and others. Model-Based Design helped the organizations work on both the GN&C algorithm and flight software development concurrently. Simulink models of the spacecraft and controllers served as an executable specification allowing engineers to design, verify and automatically generate flight software from one set of models. As a result, the GN&C analysts worked directly with the executable algorithm models rather than with documents which would have required interpretation by software developers. Merging the design and analysis environment with the flight software development enabled the joint team to identify and resolve problems earlier and reduce overall development time.

First Look: B&H Now Offering Apple Online; Apple and B&H Photo Partner for Web Sales of the Most Popular Apple Products Around
February 25, 2015
What's the recipe for success? Mix one part Apple and one part very successful electronics SuperStore, and you have the tastiest surprise around. Already an authorized Apple dealer, B&H Photo is now be proudly selling Apple's iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini directly online and at the flagship SuperStore in midtown Manhattan. These next-gen tablets join a long line of prestigious Apple products that B&H already sells, including the Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (late 2014 model), Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display notebook, and the Apple Mac mini compact desktop computer. Along with all of the hottest peripherals and most productive accessories, B&H also has you covered with great deals and discounts on Apple products, such as mice, keyboards, external drives, NAS servers, monitors, and more. The SuperStore doesn't stop at free expedited shipping to the lower 48 states, we also offer free software on select Apple iMac products. There is even a Deal of the day bargain featuring the Apple iPad Air 64GB. Visit B&H everyday for our daily Deal Zone details.

Stringent Lighting & Light Signaling Laws Spur Growth in the Vehicular Lighting Market, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
February 25, 2015
  San Jose, California (PRWEB) February 25, 2015         Follow us on LinkedIn – Motor vehicle safety technologies have evolved massively over the last couple of decades, driven partially by government mandates and OEM focus on automotive safety features as a means for brand differentiation in the marketplace. Safety technologies provide the perfect platform for creating real functional differentiation between vehicle models. Lighting represents the most basic safety requirement in automobiles. Clear visibility of the driving area is a critical need for night travels. The importance of driver visibility cannot be undermined, given the fact that compromised and poor visibility is widely acknowledged as a prime cause for vehicle accidents across the globe. Poor visibility especially during harsh weather conditions such as rain, dew, and snow is often cited as the prime cause for accidents, especially winter driving accidents.         Vehicular lighting technologies, such as, High-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, light-emitting diode (LED), Xenon lamps and adaptive head lights (AHL) have long been researched and developed for their ability in increasing the visibility factor.

VPT Adds 250 Watt DC-DC Converter to Hi-Rel COTS Product Line.
February 24, 2015
  BLACKSBURG, VA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015     VPT, Inc. (VPT(R)), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), introduced the availability of the VPT250-2800S Series of single output 250 watt isolated DC-DC converters to its high-reliability COTS VPT Series product line. The VPT250 is uniquely designed for the increasing power conversion needs in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems requiring high reliability solutions. Featuring VPT's proprietary six-sided encapsulated package with an integral metalized EMI shield, the VPT250 Series is fully compatible with aqueous cleaning processes and is specifically intended for programs with harsh environments such as severe shock, vibration and thermal stresses.

Tesla, Google, Apple: is Silicon Valley the future of the US car?
February 21, 2015
Is the future of the US car industry in Silicon ValleyAfter Tesla and Google, Apple appears to be readying for a plunge into the industry long rooted far away in the steel belt of the US upper Midwest.According to various media reports, the maker of iPhones and iPads has created a special unit baptized "Titan" with hundreds of staff to begin developing an electric car, with 2020 the target date.Apple remains silent on the project, but the reports were partially backed up by a lawsuit filed against the tech giant. Battery maker 123 Systems has accused Apple of aggressively poaching its staff.But it puts Apple in line with Tesla, the current champion of the electric car, and Google, the online giant which is focused on the self-driving, also-electric Google Car.The Big Three US automakers -- General Motors, Ford and Chrysler (now a part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FCA) -- are taking the threat from the Detroit outsiders seriously."Given the company's (Apple's) tremendous capabilities, that is no surprise to anyone," GM spokesman Dan Flores told AFP.At Chrysler, spokesman Eric Maynes said: "We can't comment on something we haven't seen."Ford too had no comment on Apple's plans, but the number two automaker recently opened a research center in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, as it looks to the future of self-driving automobiles.Bill Visnic, an analyst at industry specialist Edmunds.com, said that given the seven-year average time frame to develop and bring a car to the mass market, the Detroit giants are not under serious pressure yet.Even with the unexpected success of Tesla, for instance, the company still sold less than 35,000 cars last year in an national market of more than 16 million units.

SafeLogic Chief Executive Returns to Speak at Telecom Council on Privacy and Identity Management.
December 03, 2014
  Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) December 03, 2014     SafeLogic, the company re-inventing how encryption is delivered, is proud to announce that CEO Ray Potter has been invited to speak at another Telecom Council of Silicon Valley event. On Thursday, December 4, 2014, Potter will be a participant on the UnPanel on Privacy and Identity Management. The Telecom Council's UnPanels are a clever role reversal in which the experts do not prepare for specific questions, instead fielding an agenda dictated by the audience.     CLICK TO TWEET THIS: #InfoSec leader @SafeLogic_Ray joining @TelecomCouncil UnPanel on #Privacy & #IdentityManagement on 12/4 - http://bit.ly/SafeLogicTC       Ray Potter will join a strong group that includes Michelle Finneran Dennedy, VP and Chief Privacy Officer at Intel Security, Roger Casals, Senior Director, Product Management at Symantec, Marc Canel, VP Security at ARM, and Gus Warren, COO at Disconnect. The UnPanel is being held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM Pacific Time, hosted at Sony Mobile in San Mateo. The talk will be followed by the year-end Telecom Council cocktail party.


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