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Energy-Efficient Microchip for Long-Lasting Cell Phones and Medical Devices

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a new chip for portable electronics that can be up to 10 times more energy-efficient than present microchips. The chip could lead to cell phones, implantable medical devices, and sensors that last much longer when running from a battery.

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6-GHz NI USB-5680

National Instruments, Austin, TX, has introduced the 6-GHz NI USB-5680 USB-controlled RMS RF power meter for automated test, measurement, and monitoring in a small footprint. Powered solely from the USB cable, the meter consumes 100 mA of current without an external power supply. The meter combines both the sensor and the A/D converter in one package occupying less than 9.6 cubic inches, and connects directly to a USB port on any PC or PXI controller. It features a frequency range from 50 MHz to 6 GHz, dynamic range of 63 dB, and amplitude accuracy of ±0.18 dB. The meter comes with an executable soft front panel and software libraries for system set-up. It can be used in a standalone configuration with a VXI plugand- play-compatible executable soft front panel to facilitate interactive control. For Free Info

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Head-Worn Display Technology Developed for Emerging Air Transportation System

IS-1200 inertial-optical motion tracker InterSense Bedford, MA 781-541-6330 www.intersense.com NASA’s Langley Research Center has awarded InterSense a follow-on Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to deliver a prototype Head-Worn Display (HWD) featuring the company’s inertial-optical hybrid motion-tracking technology. The system will replace flight deck displays with head-worn technology for commercial pilots, reducing costs and increasing safety. InterSense will deliver a customized IS-1200 system, integrated with a seethrough head mount to provide virtual information displays.

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Instrument Unit Avionics Selected for NASA’s Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle

Instrument unit avionics The Boeing Company Chicago, IL 312-544-2000 www.boeing.com The Boeing Company has been awarded a NASA contract valued at approximately $265 million to produce the Ares I crew launch vehicle’s instrument unit avionics (IUA). The IUA provides the guidance, navigation, and control hardware for the new Ares I crew launch vehicle, serving as the “brains” behind the rocket’s ascent.

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Coming Attractions

One of the newest trends in machine vision systems is the implementation of so-called "smart cameras." A smart camera combines the usual image sensor with a built-in processor, which allows inspections to be run directly on the camera, thereby eliminating a step in the process. Instead of simply capturing images, like a conventional camera, a smart camera can analyze those images, interpret the data, and deliver the results. Smart cameras are also designed to perform many advanced functions normal cameras can't such as edge detection, geometric pattern matching, optical character recognition, and 2-D barcode reading.

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Static vs. Dynamic Detection of Bugs in Safety-Critical Code

In the never-ending quest to produce high-quality software, traditional dynamic testing plays a fundamental role. The weakness of dynamic testing is that it is only as good as the test cases. To be effective, a great deal of effort must go into writing or generating good test cases, and doing so can be very expensive.

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