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NTSB: Boeing 787 Battery Shows Short-Circuiting

January 24, 2013 5:06 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery that caught fire earlier this month in Boston shows evidence of short-circuiting and a chemical reaction known as "thermal runaway," in which an increase in temperature causes progressively hotter temperatures, federal accident investigators said Thursday.

Rugged 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub Makes Fast Connections Easier

January 24, 2013 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts has announced the release of a rugged new 7-port USB 3.0 hub (ST7300USBM), which enables users to add multiple external USB 3.0 connection ports to a PC, server or thin client located within server rooms or industrial operating environments.

Data Translation Announces New Low-Cost Temperature DAQ Module

January 24, 2013 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Translation, Inc., an industry leader in data acquisition, today announced the release of the DT9828 low-cost USB-powered module for temperature and voltage measurements. The DT9828 is first in a series of Peerless modules from Data Translation incorporating years of temperature measurement expertise.

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Apple Shares Extend Losses On iPhone Fears

January 15, 2013 3:06 pm | News | Comments

Apple shares have been dropping steadily since September. But their decline this week was set off by reports in the Japanese newspaper Nikkei and The Wall Street Journal. They said Apple has slashed its orders for iPhone 5 parts because the device isn't selling as well as the company hoped. Both publications cited unidentified people familiar with the situation.

Techspray Features Full Line Of Water-Based Electronic Assembly Cleaners At Apex ‘13

January 15, 2013 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Techspray, a leading manufacturer of precision cleaners for electronics, and industrial and electrical applications, will be featuring a full line of water-based cleaners for electronic assembly at Apex, booth #3201. These products expand Techspray beyond their traditional solvent products, yet fully leverage 40+ years’ experience in electronics cleaning.

Acumentrics Boosts RUPS Power Output For Harsh Environments

January 15, 2013 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for worldwide deployment in harsh physical and electrical environments, the Rugged-UPS™ ACG3000 from Acumentrics offers clean AC or DC power to protect communications and surveillance equipment from shutdowns or data loss. The ACG3000 produces 3000VA/2400W of nominal 115 VAC output from an input range of 80 VAC to 265 VAC / 47 Hz to 440Hz.

Can Robots Save Manufacturing Jobs?

January 15, 2013 10:54 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Rodney Brooks, founder of Rethink Robotics, tells Steve Kroft that using robots can help lower labor costs and keep manufacturing in the U.S., which will ultimately boost employment. Brooks indicates that as overseas labor costs go up, robots will also lead the way in returning manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

Hemlock Laying Off Workers, Production Pushed Back

January 14, 2013 4:51 pm | News | Comments

Officials of the Michigan-based company said the company is laying off 300 of its 400 employees in Clarksville and 100 workers at its Michigan plant. The company announced in 2008 their plans to build the facility in Clarksville, Tenn. After years of construction, officials at the plant near the Kentucky border said last fall they had plans to begin production of polycrystalline silicon in 2013. 

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Engineering Newswire 20: Tesla Coil Shoots Sparks Set to Music

January 10, 2013 10:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor that adds new parts daily and offers same-day shipping with no minimum order, we’re building a better atom smasher, creating music with a spark-shooting Tesla coil, and developing a robot that vomits on command.

NY Semiconductor Maker Adding NY R&D Facility

January 8, 2013 5:08 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announcing the project Tuesday, says it is expected to result in at least 500 new jobs at the new technology center on the company's campus in rural Saratoga County, as well as 500 more jobs at its administration and manufacturing buildings.

element14 Agrees To New Global Distribution Deal For Raspberry Pi

January 8, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

element14, the leading high-service distributor of electronic components and home to the award-winning element14 Community, has also announced that it has now manufactured more than 500,000 Raspberry Pi’s since the launch in February last year. If that number of devices stood end to end, they would span 25.6 miles, a distance exceeding even the 24 miles Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner skydived last year.

New Handheld Instrument From Megger Tests Voice And Data Circuits

January 8, 2013 1:10 pm | Manufacturing.net | Product Releases | Comments

Megger, now offers a new handheld test set that combines all the functions needed for fast and comprehensive testing during telecommunication installations.  With a touch of a button, the compact HT1000/2 performs many of the 26 essential tests between the technician’s central office and the subscriber’s location.

Qualcomm Chips Promise Phone Video In Ultra HD

January 8, 2013 9:51 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

TV makers are trotting outs sets with "Ultra HD" resolution at the International CES electronics trade show in Vegas this week. One problem is that there are few video cameras that record at that resolution, four times higher than regular high definition.

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Engineering Newswire 19: Spikey Spacecraft Headed to Martian Moon

January 8, 2013 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re sending spikey little spacecraft to Martian moons, building a creepy little robot toddler, and moving one step closer to robotic telepresence.

Samsung Sees Record-High 4Q Profit

January 8, 2013 8:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday its operating profit for the October-December quarter would be about 8.8 trillion won ($8.3 billion), up 89 percent from a year earlier and higher than expectations. It will release its full quarterly result including net profit at the end of this month.

CES Unveils Big TVs With 'Ultra-High Definition'

January 7, 2013 5:00 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The race to make TVs larger and larger has created a colossal problem for manufacturers: As screens grow, picture quality worsens — unless the viewer moves further away from the screen. But ot could be a few years before prices come down enough for the masses to justify buying ultra-HD TVs.

Xerox Protests Computer Contract Award

January 7, 2013 1:37 pm | News | Comments

The company wants the Department of Health and Human Resources to cancel the contract awarded to Molina Medicaid Solutions. The contract, which the DHRR signed with Molina in December, is for a new computer system to process claims for the state's 420,000 Medicaid recipients.

Huge Gadget Show Gears Up In Vegas

January 4, 2013 2:37 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The trends suggest that the International CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) is losing its stature as a start-of-the-year showcase for the gadgets that consumers will buy over the next 12 months. It started out as a venue for the TV and stereo industries. Later, PCs joined the party.

NEC To Build Space Satellite Factory

January 3, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

The maker of electronics and telecommunication equipment plans to mainly manufacture small satellites from fiscal 2014, which starts April 2014, at the plant to be built in the city of Fuchu as part of its joint efforts with the government to win satellite-launching contracts from other countries.

LG Beats Rivals In Race To Sell New OLED TVs

January 2, 2013 8:12 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company said the 55-inch TVs, which use a technology called "OLED" and have a price tag of 11 million won ($10,335), will be delivered to buyers in its home market next month. The new TVs will be available in North America, Europe and the rest of Asia before the end of March.

HP: Gov't Investigating Troubled Autonomy Unit

December 28, 2012 11:11 am | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard says the Justice Department is investigating the business software unit Autonomy after the computer maker said the business engaged in improper accounting before HP bought it. HP, which acquired Autonomy for $10 billion in 2011, took an $8.8 billion charge to reflect that the U.K. company isn't worth what it paid.

Marvell Plans To Fight $1.17B Ruling Against It

December 28, 2012 7:46 am | News | Comments

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. said Thursday that it plans to fight a jury's verdict against it in a patent case brought by Carnegie Mellon University, which was awarded $1.17 billion in damages from the chip-maker. The verdict follows a lawsuit filed by the Pittsburgh university in 2009 over patents related to a type of "noise predictive detection" that is used to detect data stored on a hard-disk drive.

Telepresence Robots Let Employees 'Beam' Into Work

December 26, 2012 8:27 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's all made possible by the Beam — a mobile video-conferencing machine that he can drive around the Palo Alto offices and workshops of Suitable Technologies. The 5-foot-tall device, topped with a large video screen, gives him a physical presence that makes him and his colleagues feel like he's actually there.

Falcon Electric Offers Pre-Configured NEMA 3R/4 Enclosures with SSG® Wide Temperature Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs)

December 21, 2012 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. announced its new “ready to install” NEMA 3R and 4 enclosures of any size with Falcon’s 1kVA to 3kVA SSG-RP Series™ and SSG® Series 1.5kVA to 3kVA wide temperature UPSs.

Foxconn Invests $200M In U.S. Camera Maker

December 20, 2012 3:23 pm | News | Comments

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer known as Foxconn, is buying an 8.88 percent stake in Woodman Labs Inc., the maker of the GoPro line of camcorders for surfing and other sports, for $200 million. Foxconn's factories assemble Apple products like the iPhone and iPad.

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