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Chips Keep Cool via Thermoelectrics

Chips Keep Cool via Thermoelectrics In operation, microprocessors do get hot, exceeding 100 C with video processing, for instance. And today as multiple cores proliferate in the latest processors, more heat needs to be dissipated. Fortunately, researchers are refining efficient microrefrigerators that can alleviate the multiple hotspots on a chip. Integrating thermoelectric materials between the chip and a copper square can cool a hotspot by 15 C. Multiple microrefrigerators deliver significantly more cooling. To boost efficiency, carbon nanotubes and various solders are being investigated to minimize interface resistance. Bringing down the cost and increasing the efficiency of the technology is the next order of business toward achieving commercialization.

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Automatic Wireless NEMA4 Industrial I/O Pair

ACCES I/O Products, Inc.

Automatic Wireless NEMA4 Industrial I/O Pair No software or PC connection required! The WWP-IIRO-8 features a pair of intelligent 16-channel digital I/O units that communicate directly with each other. Each Wireless NEMA4 unit contains eight Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relays and eight optically isolated digital inputs.

Rugged, High-performance Surface-mount
Touch Terminal

Instruments & Equipment Company

Rugged, High-performance Surface-mount Touch Terminal The TPS-790 series is a rugged NEMA 4/IP-65 rated touch terminal that is available in 17 in. and 19 in. LCD sizes with black powder-coat finish or optional stainless steel enclosure. This product includes a 1.5GHz. Processor, 80GB HDD, and XP Pro O/S. Options include barcode, Webcam, fingerprint reader, RFID, WiFi, and VESA mounting bracket.

Panel PC

Kingdy Technology Inc.

Panel PC KINGDY's Panel PCs create fanless, robust, low-noise operating environments and clean room applications. Cost-effective, high reliability, and stable solutions to customers for a diverse range of embedded applications. Offers flexible upgrade for peripheral such as memory, HDD, CF card, DOM, etc. to match customer requirements and needs for variety of demanding industrial applications. Learn more...

Sealed Circular Connector for
Rugged Applications


Sealed Circular Connector for Rugged Applications The new line of sealed, plastic-circular connectors from Molex is designed for rugged, industrial applications. XRC™ (Extra Rugged Circular) sealed plugs and receptacles were developed to meet the demanding requirements of the heavy-equipment industry.

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Full-disk Encryption for All Computer Drives

Full-disk Encryption for All Computer Drives Full-disk encryption will soon be commonplace on storage devices for desktops, laptops, and enterprise-class drives (disk storage arrays and servers). Already being utilized by some manufacturers, the encryption technology is transparent to the user and doesn't slow down processing. Any disk using the three specifications is automatically locked without a password, but requires a "cryptographically strong password" to boot.

Hand-size Embedded Computer

Hand-size Embedded Computer At 130x95x47 mm, a fanless embedded computer is not as big as most human hands. Featuring up to a 1.6 GHz ultra-low-power Intel Atom processor, the rugged box unit uses a +5 V input and functions noiselessly over a 0 to 50 C temperature range. Recommended for auto PCs, digital signs, in-flight entertainment, and health-care applications, the RoHS-compliant unit resists vibrations up to 1 Grms.

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I Can Hear You Now with My Femtocell

I Can Hear You Now with My Femtocell Problems with continuous connectivity? No problem if you opt for Verizon's Network Extender that incorporates a Samsung femtocell. Functioning like a miniature cell tower, the device boosts an existing broadband Internet connection to expand coverage to 5,000 sq ft. Notably, it also augments e-mail downloads, mobile Web surfing, and text messaging. Ironically, this correspondent could have used one in his new office today.

New Option for Securing Wi-Fi Networks

New Option for Securing Wi-Fi Networks Japanese researchers have come up with a new, relatively inexpensive tool for keeping the latest higher-frequency wireless networks secure: an aluminum-iron oxide coating formulation that absorbs up to 182 GHz electromagnetic waves, a capability about 4x higher than typical iron-oxide counterparts. Proof of performance was confirmed using a magnetometer. Manufacturing the coating is claimed to be cheap at $14/kg.

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Taiwan Hot Product = Sensor * (IC knowledge)²
Higgstec Inc.

Taiwan Hot Product = Sensor * (IC knowledge)² If you are looking for a supplier that can resolve your touch application in one-stop-shopping, including sensor and electronic issues simultaneously, you should come to Higgstec Inc. Higgstec has solid and complete knowledge in building sensors and electronic controllers. The strengths of these knowledge warrant high-quality and timely support to customers.

Analog Image Capture and Display
BitFlow, Inc.

Analog Image Capture and Display The Alta-AN is an affordable, versatile analog product family for Vision OEMs. This family can acquire from almost any analog camera, from high-speed asynchronous-reset monochrome cameras to super high-resolution color HDTV cameras. The Alta frame grabbers are high-quality products, well supported by most popular software imaging packages.

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"Take Me to Your Leader" Software

'Take Me to Your Leader' Software If aliens from outer space ever land on earth, what language will they speak? Will we be able to communicate with them? There's no need to worry because scientists are already working on the problem. One solution is software that compares "60 different known languages" on earth to determine structural similarities with an alien tongue. But then, a picture is worth a thousand words.

What Will Windows 7 Bring?

What Will Windows 7 Bring? While no one knows what the final version of Windows 7 will deliver to users or when, many checking out the Beta version like what they see. One recent review by TechNewsWorld Columnist Rob Enderle reports a much more positive experience vs Vista. "Fast, slick, and much more intuitive," says Enderle, who installed the OS on four computers. Warnings are less frequent and wireless-network connection is greatly improved. Stay tuned for more.

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Powering Up Cloud Computing on
a Grand Scale

Powering Up Cloud Computing on a Grand Scale The race is on in the construction of mega Internet data centers to power cloud computing. When you're talking tens of thousands of computers housed in one facility, power and cooling takes on a whole new meaning just because of the scale up. Some centers are expected to utilize 200 MW. Explore the innovative cooling, power, and energy-saving solutions that Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, and other tech giants are implementing in this informative IEEE Spectrum article.

Lower-power Analog Designs for
Industrial Apps

Lower-power Analog Designs for Industrial Apps High-performance industrial systems now demand both lower-power consumption and higher reliability. Fortunately, improving signal input from transducers to the digital core can be readily achieved with low-offset op amps and high-res ADCs. To learn more download the presentation and peruse the Q&A session from this February 12 Webinar. [Access to this article may require a short registration.]

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Electronic Enclosures
Identification Products Corporation

Electronic Enclosures Id products customizes standard "off the shelf" 1u and 2u plastic electronic enclosures. Products include multi-color graphic overlays, optional machined aluminum panels, PEM hardware, hard coated flat lenses, embedded flat panel displays, membrane switches, and insulators, gaskets, and shields. Learn more...

16 Ethernet-to-Serial Ports
Connect Tech Inc.

16 Ethernet-to-Serial Ports Remotely access devices with the Blue Heat/Net 16 Ethernet-to-serial device. It not only frees devices from a physical connection increasing location flexibility, but also simplifies future installations or upgrades and reduces cabling costs. All Blue Heat/Net Ethernet-to-serial devices can be configured and controlled via serial interface or remotely via Telnet or Web-based HTTP. Learn more.

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Gen Y Workers Provide IT Expertise

Gen Y Workers Provide IT Expertise Results from a recent survey indicate that Generation Y workers are much more proficient with IT tools, as compared with their predecessors. Among the 1,000 people surveyed, 69% considered themselves as highly proficient computer users. In the 18- to 29-year-old bracket, the number jumps to 80% for advanced-degree holders.

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Beam Up the Data, Scotty

Beam Up the Data, Scotty Cited as a "teleportation milestone" — not the "Beam me up, Scotty" kind of Star Trek fame — is a recent accomplishment by University of Maryland scientists, as LiveScience reports. To briefly recap, the researchers teleported info between two atoms over a 1 m distance. Teleporting quantum info in such a manner could build the foundation for a new kind of quantum Internet that would vastly surpass the performance of any kind of conventional network.

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About This Month's Topic... How Secure are Security Certificates?

Both U.S. and European researchers have discovered a flaw in the digital certificate infrastructure. Apparently, it allows forging Internet security certificates to fool most Web browsers. What do you think should be done to avoid such future and similar frauds?

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Past Issues of this eNewsletter
Volume 4 - Issue 8 - 08/21/2009
LabVIEW 2009 - Do More with Industrial Measurements and Control; RISC Embedded Computer Offers Unmatched I/O; Digital Modbus Gas Detection Transmitter Network; CIP Modbus Gateways for Easy Integration; Maxon Offers Speed Control for Brushless DC Motors; 10A-USB Controller
Volume 4 - Issue 7 - 07/17/2009
SNI-8925 Multiline Network Interface Device; Industrial Computers for Extreme Temperatures; MVME7100 Multi-core VMEbus SBC; WDP410/420/440 pH/ORP On-line Process Controllers; Industrial Serial-to-IP Networking; Model 345WT Mesh Network Transeiver
Volume 4 - Issue 6 - 06/19/2009
Rugged Fanless HMI with Stainless Steel Housing; Upgrade Your SPARC Optimized Programs; New Hybrid Temperature Controller; From CAD Systems to Customers; 10A-USB Controller; Automation Software; Industrial Computers and Workstations
Volume 4 - Issue 5 - 05/15/2009
Better Machines, Faster; Extend the Life of Programs Optimized for the SPARC Processor; NEMA 6/IP67 Waterproof Industrial Flow Controller; Estik Direct Contact Industrial Thermometer; Industrial Wireless Solutions; Industrial Software
Volume 4 - Issue 4 - 04/17/2009
FSP120-50GNF - Fanless; InduDur - World's First Carbon-fiber Keyboard; Powerware 9155 UPS with Network Monitoring Software!; SealTouch-15 Environmentally Sealed Computer; NX Computer Aided Machining (CAM); Simulation Software
Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/20/2009
Embedded Systems for Power Automation; 1 Week Lead-Time - Any Plug/Any Length/Any Quantity; 1U Rackmount Computer Offers Unmatched I/O Expansion; C-Channel and Data Cards; Compact PCI Connectors; 10/100 Base-T PC Card LAN Magnetics Modules; Industrial Computers for Extreme Temperatures; Synchronizing Controller - CX-1200
Volume 4 - Issue 2 - 02/20/2009
Automatic Wireless NEMA4 Industrial I/O Pair; Rugged, High-performance Surface-mount Touch Terminal; Panel PC; Sealed Circular Connector for Rugged Applications; Taiwan Hot Product = Sensor * (IC knowledge)2; Analog Image Capture and Display; Electronic Enclosures; 16 Ethernet-to-Serial Ports
Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 01/16/2009
Portable Machine Condition Monitoring System; Industrial Computers; Fanless Industrial Embedded System; Latest Smallest 3.5 in. Disk Size SBC; Platform Technology Software; Process System Consulting and Software
Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/19/2008
SysStat Serial I/O and Fabric Alarm Board; Interface for Volume Testing of Circuit Boards; Handheld and Portable Computer; Affordable Windows CE and XPe Touchscreen Panel PCs; 40-180 Programmable Attenuator Module; Control Systems
Volume 3 - Issue 11 - 11/21/2008
Industrial Serial-to-IP Networking; New Computer Chassis with Convertible Drive-Bay and Fingerprint Scanner Drawer!; High-performance 3U CompactPCI Board; Intel Atom-based Pico-ITX SBC - PICO820; Taiwan Hot Product = Sensor * (IC knowledge); NPE-G2 Networking Equipment; Model 345WT Mesh Network Transeiver; Wireless Sensing Solution, Wireless Network
Volume 3 - Issue 10 - 10/17/2008
Go Wireless for Industrial Remote Monitoring; Fall Embedded Systems Conferences; The First Low-Power ARM Processor with StackableUSB; NX Computer Aided Machining; Drop In... Finished OEM Keyboard; PC/104-Based Data Acquisition System; SealTouch-15 Environmentally Sealed Computer; 10.4 in. LCD Wireless Tablet Industrial Computer
Volume 3 - Issue 9 - 09/19/2008
Fall Embedded Systems Conferences; Control Systems; MICRO SWITCH GSX Series Explosion-Proof Safety Switches; Panel-Mount Keyboard with Miniature Joystick; Motor Controls - Starters/Contactors and More...; CPCI7200 - Multicore CompactPCI Board
Volume 3 - Issue 8 - 08/15/2008
Bring Advanced Control to Your Application with NI LabVIEW 8.6; Accessory Power Strips...1 Week Lead-Time!; 1U Rackmount Computer Offers Unmatched I/O Expansion;ESC Boston - Continued Attendee Growth for 3 Years! Register Now!; ESC India - Expanded to 4 Locations with CE Credit! Register Now!; Handheld and Portable Computer (HDPC-X100); Industrial Computers; Electronic Motor Controls
Volume 3 - Issue 7 - 07/18/2008
RFID World 2008; Embedded Computing; CoreModule 800 Celeron M Single Board System; A Low-Power Geode LX 800 ETX Module, ETX-GLX; Custom Industrial Computers; LC3250W: 16:9 Embedded Display for Digital Signage
Volume 3 - Issue 6 - 06/20/2008
Compact PC/104 Cougar Tames Power Draw; The Balance of Power Has Shifted ; Keyboard with Front-Mounted Sealed USB-Port; Single Board Computers; Sample Code for Embedded Applications; FX Monitor Series
Volume 3 - Issue 5 - 05/16/2008
Controlling the World's Largest Machine; C13 Jumper Cordsets... One Week Lead-time on ANY Length; Unmatched I/O Expansion with Relio R4000 1U Rackmount Computer; Intel Q965 Industrial microATX Motherboard; Industrial Equipment Wire Assemblies; Low Power Consumption Industrial SBC; PC-Based Vision Processors and Boards; Board-to-Board Connectors
Volume 3 - Issue 4 - 04/18/2008
16 Ethernet-to-Serial Ports; Industrial Panel PC for Critical 24/7 Operations; HOD Series Duplexers; 4800 Controller; Wireless Connections for Embedded Computing Platforms; FPGA Computing; A Better Job Search by Design
Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/21/2008
Can Your Mouse Handle Use in Real Process Control?; Interpower Accessory Power Stripsâ?¦No Minimum Order; Compact Fanless Intel® Pentium® M Industrial PC; ESC Silicon Valley: Learn Today. Design Tomorrow; Best Practices in Embedded Design Tutorial at ESC SV; Stellaris Motor Control Modules; HMI Software; Small Embedded Motherboard Uses Both ETX CPUs and PC/104 Modules
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - 02/15/2008
BITXml — The Open Remote Monitoring and Control Protocol; RoHS Compliant 17 in. Industrial Workstation; ESC Silicon Valley 2008; Tri-lobe Blower Packages; New Series 62AG Optical Encoder; Nautilair Series 12.3 in. Var-Speed Combustion Blower
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/18/2008
Design and Deploy Your Machines Faster; Any Cord, Any Length, Any Connector; Industrial Single Board Computer; The Industrial Network Company; FX Monitor Series; The Balance of Power Has Shifted; Ruggedized Notebook Computer with Full-size PCI Slot; Rackmount Cases: 'The Source' for Protective Cases
Volume 2 - Issue 12 - 12/21/2007
FX Monitor Series; Custom PCB Assemblies; The Ideal Engine for Machine Vision Systems; View Archived Safety Webinars at Your Convenience; NPort 4-Port Wireless Serial Device Servers; Custom Power Cables
Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/16/2007
IOVU Series Open HMI; Microsoft Embedded Events and Seminars; The Industry's First 16 Port PCI Express Card; The Controller for Fast Machines and Fast Processes; Moxa Two- and Four-Port USB-to-Serial Hubs with Optical Isolation; Electrical Products, 100s of Suppliers; DEWE-3200 Data Acquisition Instrument; Small Embedded Motherboard Uses Both ETX CPUs and PC/104 Modules
Volume 2 - Issue 10 - 10/19/2007
Universal CAN/Ethernet Device Linking CAN Networks via Ethernet; The Open Remote Monitoring and Control Protocol; Industrial TFT Flat Panel Displays; Rackmount Cases; DEWE-3200 Data Acquisition Instrument;The Highest Reliability Filtered Utility Battery Charger
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/21/2007
Computing and Security Technology;A Better Job Search by Design; The Highest Reliability Filtered Utility Battery Charger; ITK-24i High Reliability Kiosk Printer; Optoisolation Product Solutions for Industrial Computing; Solution to Programmable Automation Control/PC-Based Control; Industrial Ethernet Module
Volume 2 - Issue 8 - 08/17/2007
Featuring the Conversion of a Toyota Prius to a Hybrid Plug-in; Industrial Ethernet I/O has 96 Channels; Industrial TFT Flat Panel Displays; High-Performance Workstations; Revolutionary New Battery Charger; Rackmount Cases: 'The Source' for Protective Cases
Volume 2 - Issue 7 - 07/20/2007
Complimentary Trial Offer; Delivering Product Engineering and Software Maintenance Solutions; Industrial TFT Flat Panel Displays; Moxa Two- and Four-Port USB-to-Serial Hubs; Small Embedded Motherboard Uses Both ETX CPUs and PC/104 Modules; Fuzzy-Logic Temperature Sensor Transmitters
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/15/2007
ranslation and Localization Services; The Woodcrest Server; Echotek Series RF Tuners and Upconverters; Hardmetric hm 2.0; Motion Assistant 2.0; Data Acquisition Products
Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/18/2007
Factory Direct Smart A/C Units; Qumax Optical Trackball Keyboard Makes Surfing Easy; Rugged Intel Pentium 4; Computing and Storage Solutions; Industrial PoE Power Splitters; PXI
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - 04/20/2007
CompactFlash; Video Expansion Options;The Woodcrest Server; Industry Pack Carrier Card; Convert USB to DB9 Serial; Single Board Computers; 4-Zone Controller for use with DeviceNet; CX9000 Embedded PC Reduces Size and Energy Usage
Volume 2 - Issue 3 - 03/16/2007
Industrial SBC Supports Wired and Wireless Connectivity; SeaPAC Solid-State Flat Panel Computing; Nexlink Notebook Computers;World's First 3-in-1 Optical-Isolated USB-to-Serial Hub; High-Performance Workstations; Industrial TFT Flat Panel Displays; Complete Motion Control in a Box; Embedded Controllers
Volume 2 - Issue 2 - 02/16/2007
Open-Frame Kiosk Display; EBX compatible SBC; Luminary Micro Announces five New Stellaris® MCUs; Interchassis Communication; PC7; PCMCIA Card Bus Extenders; SERIES PD Controller;CompactPCI PIII Universal SBC
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/19/2007
CompactFlash; Momentum Motion Controllers; X86-Grade Platform; Dual-Core, Dual Processor System Host Board; Notebook Computer; High Performance, Mobile Pentium 4 CPU
Volume 1 - Issue 6 - 12/15/2006
High Ambient Light Conditions; UHF RFID Readers and Antennas; Compact Machine Vision System; Industrial Ethernet Switches; Programmable Controllers; Input Controller
Volume 1 - Issue 5 - 11/17/2006
Limit Switch Range; Fast-Forward Your Project; Open-Frame Kiosk Display Offerings; Electronic Signal Filter/Gain Board; Industrial Workstation Series; Single Board Computers; Ethernet Fieldbus Box
Volume 1 - Issue 4 - 10/20/2006
Evaluation Kit; Fast-Forward Your Project; Pentium M Modular Systems; In-Vehicle Touch Monitor; Protective Cases; System Platforms, Backplanes, Cabinet Enclosures, Components; New POS and Data Logging Solutions; High-Performance Workstations; Notebook Computer
Volume 1 - Issue 3 - 09/15/2006
New Rocker Switch Series; Compact PLC; World Leader in Industrial Electronics; Systemax PC; High-Performance Industrial Computers; GPS Timing Board; Industrializes the Notebook Computer; Custom-Configured Mobile Computers
Volume 1 - Issue 2 - 08/18/2006
All Metal Pressure Sensors; High End Computer Peripherals; Hot Swap Single Board Computers CPU Boards; Custom Single Board Computers; LCD Monitor Passive Optical Enhancements; Building Blocks for System Solutions
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 07/20/2006
AMD Athlon™ 64 Desktop PC; White Paper: Comparison and Mapping of DDS and JMS; Main/Branch Panel Surge Protector; PC104+ CAN Board; Embedded Pentium M Rugged Touchscreen PC; Rack Mount Flip-up LCD Monitors; Processor Board Pentium III-M