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Content posted in June 2011
Resistive Panels Move Into Multi-Touch Space
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6/30/2011  5 comments
New controllers and panels enable resistive to replace capacitive in some applications.
E-Waste Bill Aims to Ban Dumping
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6/30/2011  15 comments
Two Democrat legislators have introduced an e-waste bill in the House that is designed to ban the dumping of electronic waste in developing countries.
New Metal Bats Damp Home Run Totals
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6/29/2011  8 comments
College baseball players are using a new pitcher-friendly bat design in an effort to reduce injuries and encourage more "old-fashioned" baseball.
Solar Panels Use Custom Plastic Part
News 
6/28/2011  7 comments
New application for Spanish solar panels requires no lubrication, and saves 70 percent compared to metal bearings.
MapleSim 5 Expands Model Development Use
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6/27/2011  3 comments
Latest upgrade to the physical modeling and simulation tool packages 150 new components and more powerful solvers to open new avenues for model development.
'Marilyn Monrobots' Gain Acceptance Through Humor
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6/24/2011  18 comments
Robot tells jokes and does impressions during Freescale Technology Forum.
IBM Launches HPC Cloud Offering
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6/24/2011  7 comments
IBM launches a private HPC cloud offering optimized for running engineering and technical applications and aimed at helping reduce skyrocketing IT costs.
Freescale CEO Stresses Multicore Future
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6/23/2011  4 comments
New microcontrollers will take embedded world "beyond Moore's Law."
Materials Battle for Aircraft Bodies Heats Up
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6/23/2011  3 comments
Alcoa announces development of lighter, more corrosion-resistant aluminum alloys in a bid to slow adoption of plastic composites for aircraft bodies and wings.
Inertial Measurement Unit Targets Industrial Applications
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6/13/2011  2 comments
Quartz-based MEMs technology packs more functionality in smaller package.
Surf's Up on Custom Board Design
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6/13/2011  5 comments
Firewire Surfboards and partner ShapeLogic leverage NX CAD tools to deliver an online, 3-D customization system that lets customers directly drive board design.
Micro800 Component-Class Controllers
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6/8/2011  1 comment
Allen-Bradley controllers and Connected Components Workbench software offer solutions for nano- and micro-level controller applications.
Wireless Kit Uses 6LoPAN for Sensor Networks
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6/6/2011  Post a comment
Engineers who require a network of wireless devices that can use UDP communications need this kit.
Metal Molding Designs Reduce Components
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6/6/2011  1 comment
Metal Molding Designs Reduce Components
Mentor Takes a Lifecycle Approach to Electrical Design
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6/2/2011  1 comment
New Capital line provides an electrical engineering platform from product definition through service and support.




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