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# Windshields to Reflect Sunlight, and Perhaps Produce Electricity

The California Air Resources Board will require new cars sold in California to have windows that reflect or absorb heat-producing rays from the sun. Starting in 2012, windows must prevent 45 percent of the sun's total heat-producing energy from entering the car, and the windshield must reject at least 50 percent. In 2016, this increases to 60 percent.

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# $32 Million Initiative to Expand Hydropower U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced up to$32 million in Recovery Act funding, which is designed to support the deployment of hydropower turbines and control technologies to increase power generation and environmental stewardship at existing non-Federal hydroelectric facilities.

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# Measuring LED and Solid State Lighting Performance

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solid state lighting (SSL) products that incorporate LEDs pose many measurement challenges compared with other lighting elements, such as traditional tungsten and fluorescent. Advanced optical radiation measurement equipment and new techniques are often required to determine basic photometric and colorimetric parameters for LEDs and SSL products.

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# Data Acquisition Modules

IOtech, Cleveland, OH, has released the 6000 Series data acquisition modules with Encore software. The 6220 is a 12-channel, simultaneously sampled, 16-bit voltage input module that features a 100-kHz per channel sample rate. It includes BNC connectors for signal connection. The 6224 is a 12-channel, simultaneously sampled strain gage input module with 24-bit resolution, and a 50-kHz per A/D, per channel rate. It is 100 percent software-programmable, enabling easy strain setup and configuration. Each module also includes 8 digital I/O channels. Systems can be used in a central location or in distributed or remote configurations. Multiple modules can be combined to build expandable, mixed-signal systems. The Encore interactive measurement software features an intuitive user interface that allows users to configure hardware, develop and customize data displays, analyze data with built-in analysis tools, and develop comprehensive test reports. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/22920-120

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Emerson Network Power (Tempe, AZ) has released the MVME4100 single-core, next-generation VMEbus processing blade that is suitable for industrial, medical, and defense/aerospace original equipment manufacturers. The VMEbus computing blades provide backwards compatibility to protect investments in existing VMEbus technologies. The MVME4100’s 8548E system-on-chip PowerPC 1.3 GHz processor features a double-precision embedded scalar and vector floating-point APU that delivers next-generation, floating-point processing performance.

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# AC/DC Switching Power Supply

The EPM-FPS-50 module from VersaLogic Corp. (Eugene, OR) is an effective method for supplying power to PC/104-type systems, including PC/104, PC/104-Plus, EBX, and EPIC platforms. The AC/DC switching power supply operates from clean or noisy power inputs between 8 and 40 Volts AC or DC. This allows the use of inexpensive Class 2 power wiring in many applications. With a conservative 50 watt continuous power output rating, the rugged design is ideal for high reliability embedded applications in transportation, medical, defense, autonomous robotics, and portable instrumentation.

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# Touch Screen Panel PC

VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan) has introduced the VIA VIPRO VP7710 touch screen panel PC, a fullfeatured, fanless panel PC suitable for intelligent display applications in demanding environments. The VIA VIPRO is a costeffective, intelligent display that can handle commercial applications such as ticketing, ATM, vending, and information kiosks as well as sophisticated fleet deployment infrastructures in transport, delivery, and logistics enterprises. The VIA VIPRO is highly suited for human-machine interface (HMI) industrial applications such as factory automation and control, supporting the addition of a second independently configured screen for dual-display applications.

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