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February 2004 Online

  • Air Deccan takes A320 option

    27 Feb 2004

    Air Deccan, India's first low-cost airline, this week announced that it has ordered two new A320 aircraft from Airbus, with options for two more.

  • Blocking the Oracle

    27 Feb 2004

  • Report highlights power of wind

    27 Feb 2004

    A report published today by the Renewables Innovation Review predicts that windpower is likely to be the UK's dominant renewable technology until 2020.

  • The sparks aren't flying in America

    27 Feb 2004

    According to statistics from the US Department of Labour's Bureau of Labour Statistics, unemployment rates for US electrical and electronics engineers averaged a record 6.2 percent in 2003.

  • Bombardier awarded RENFE services contract

    26 Feb 2004

    A consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation and Patentes Talgo has been awarded 258 million Euros to maintain Spanish National Railways' fleet of AVE 102 trains for 14 years.

  • ChromaVision files suit against Applied Imaging Corp

    26 Feb 2004

    ChromaVision Medical Systems, Inc has filed suit against Applied Imaging Corporation, accusing Applied Imaging's ARIOL SL-50 system of infringing three ChromaVision patents.

  • Boom time for combat aircraft

    26 Feb 2004

    The Teal Group announced this week that it expects a total of 2,973 combat aircraft worth $142.4 billion to be built worldwide between 2004 and 2013.

  • Exposing buried danger

    26 Feb 2004

    Researchers in the US are developing a landmine detection system that uses high-frequency seismic waves to displace soil. A non-contacting radar sensor then measures the results to reveal buried mines.

  • Faster flow for Frankfurt flyers

    26 Feb 2004

  • GE ventures into China

    26 Feb 2004

    GE Energy has signed an agreement to establish a service joint venture with the Harbin Power Equipment Company of China.

  • Delphi expands in China

    26 Feb 2004

  • Zinc oxide welcomes nanorings to nano-scale brood

    27 Feb 2004

    Using a high-temperature solid vapour process, scientists in the US have added nanorings to the growing family of nanometer-scale structures based on single crystals of zinc oxide.

  • Alstom on site for Magnox Electric

    23 Feb 2004

    Alstom has recently been awarded a long-term maintenance contract worth 9 million Euros to service steam turbines, generators and auxiliary plant at three Magnox Electric nuclear power stations.

  • DRS awarded $15.3 million Italian Air Force contract

    23 Feb 2004

    DRS Technologies has received a $15.3 million contract to provide Electronic Warfare Instrumented Training Range (EWITR) systems and support services for the Italian Air Force.

  • Boeing awarded $20 million Harpoon II contract

    23 Feb 2004

    Boeing has today been awarded a contract worth $20 million to provide the Australian Defence Force with Harpoon Block II missile retrofit kits.

  • A mighty wind

    24 Feb 2004

    Figures released today by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) show that the UK wind industry is poised for major expansion, with 22 new wind projects due to be built this year.

  • ABB to deliver $43 million FACTS

    24 Feb 2004

    ABB announced today that it has won a contract worth $43 million to install Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) technology to help prevent power blackouts in Mexico.

  • New process imager for thin sheet plastics temperatures

    24 Feb 2004

  • Single chip WCDMA RF transceiver

    24 Feb 2004

  • BASF and Toray enter PBT alliance

    25 Feb 2004

    Germany's BASF and Japan's Toray Industries Inc announced today that they have formed a 50-50 joint venture for the production of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) base resin.

  • Consortium awarded 1.7 billion Euro train order

    25 Feb 2004

    RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, has placed a 1.7 billion Euro order with Alstom and CAF for the supply and maintenance of 75 high-speed trains.

  • Sorted by Siemens

    25 Feb 2004

    Siemens Dematic has won a $370 million order from the United States Postal Service to supply systems and equipment that will improve existing mail sorting machines.

  • If looks could kill

    25 Feb 2004

    Boeing has been awarded $66 million to begin production of Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), devices that allow pilots to aim their weapons by simply looking at a target.

  • Siliconix releases all new MOSFET driver IC

    25 Feb 2004

    Siliconix recently announced a new high-speed, half-bridge, n-channel MOSFET driver IC designed for use in high-frequency, high-current, single or multiphase dc-to-dc converters for computers and fixed telecom systems.

  • The Snappy Rapper

    25 Feb 2004

    With a machine that could inspect, wrap and pack fifty items a minute, the chaps at the Snappy Rapping Machine Company thought they were onto a good thing. That was until they received an enquiry from China.

  • Orders are best for years!

    26 Feb 2004

  • SSE acquires power plant for £12.3 million cash

    26 Feb 2004

    Scottish and Southern Energy today announced that it has acquired a 120MW gas-fired power station in Cardenden, Fife for £12.3 million cash.

  • Silicon thermistor

    26 Feb 2004

  • UWB wireless strategy takes shape

    19 Feb 2004

    Future Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technology-based products built on a standards based platform will enable high-speed transfer of multimedia content between devices in the home or office, at lower costs and without the hassle of wires.

  • Faster control system design

    19 Feb 2004

    The MathWorks and Texas Instruments have announced the availability of what they are calling an 'Embedded Target' for the TI TMS320C2000 platform of digital signal controllers.

  • Wireless sensor

    12 Feb 2004

  • A strain gauge for all seasons

    12 Feb 2004

    Vishay Intertechnology has recently released a new series of Sealed Weldable Strain Gauges designed to provide easy installation and reliable performance for test and measurement applications.

  • Caught and logged

    12 Feb 2004

    Parvus Corporation has unveiled its MPEG104 board, which captures analogue video and audio streams, encodes them in compressed MPEG or JPEG formats, and sends them to a host computer.

  • Moving the fuel cell-powered train

    12 Feb 2004

    MesoFuel, Inc has been awarded a contract by Vehicle Projects LLC of Denver to design and manufacture the hydrogen generator for a fuel cell-powered train locomotive.

  • The QinetiQ approach to runway safety

    12 Feb 2004

    Debris on airport runways cost the aviation industry $4 billion a year. These costs could be curtailed if trials of QinetiQ's Tarsier runway radar system prove successful next month.

  • Engineers create chip-size detector

    13 Feb 2004

  • Nanoscale insulation

    13 Feb 2004

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a better thermal insulator by controlling the material structure of tungsten and aluminium oxide at the nanoscale.

  • ABB awarded $20 million drives contract

    13 Feb 2004

    ABB has today received a $20 million contract from China's Jiangsu Shagang Group to supply all drive systems and power supply equipment for a 'greenfield' heavy plate rolling mill.

  • Keeping shoulders insulated

    13 Feb 2004

    Designed to protect transistors and discretes, Bivar has announced the availability of three different styles of shoulder insulators made from a UL rated 40% glass filled Polyphenylene Sulphide.

  • Intel creates world's fastest silicon photonics device

    13 Feb 2004

    Scientists from Intel are said to have achieved a major advance in using silicon manufacturing processes to create a 'transistor-like' device that encodes data onto a light beam.

  • GE and Honda form engine alliance

    16 Feb 2004

  • BG Group acquires El Paso for $345.6 million

    16 Feb 2004

    The UK's BG Group today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire El Paso Oil and Gas Canada from El Paso Corporation for $345.6 million.

  • Only the data you need

    16 Feb 2004

    ABB has recently released an enhancement to its distributed control system that gives personnel from all areas of manufacturing or process plants access to customised information according to their job function.

  • Increasing capacity in China

    16 Feb 2004

    Siemens is to supply all the automation and electrical equipment for the second production line of Baoshan Iron & Steel Group's stainless steel works in Shanghai.

  • Alstom awarded 100 million Euro scrubber contract

    16 Feb 2004

    Alstom and consortium partner Stone & Webster have entered into a 1 billion Euro agreement with Duke Power to retrofit four power stations with Flue Gas Desulphurisation Systems.

  • Capturing the image

    16 Feb 2004

  • Billion dollar distribution

    17 Feb 2004

  • Wireless communications go digital

    17 Feb 2004

  • Wireless operator makes a packet

    17 Feb 2004

    Cingular Wireless announced today that it is to acquire AT&T Wireless, the third largest mobile operator in the USA, for $41 billion.

  • Sensing the flow

    17 Feb 2004

  • FAA proposes $700 million retrofit

    18 Feb 2004

    The US Federal Aviation Administration is considering a proposal that would require airlines to install new systems to reduce fuel tank flammability on all large passenger jets.

  • Reducing rubber risks

    18 Feb 2004

  • Open for business

    18 Feb 2004

    Embracing open systems and open architectures is a surefire way to lower your costs and get to market quicker with the latest technology. Or is it? Dave Wilson sees a few complications.

  • New TC1130 runs Linux

    18 Feb 2004

    Infineon Technologies today introduced the TC1130 microcontroller, a new 32-bit chip capable of running the full-featured Linux operating system for industrial and communications applications.

  • Reopening the Lindows

    18 Feb 2004

  • ATK awarded $97 million rocket motor contract

    18 Feb 2004

    ATK has received contracts worth over $97 million to produce first, second, and third stage Orion rocket motors for Orbital Sciences Corporation.

  • Wideband tunable laser

    18 Feb 2004

    Bookham Technology has developed a full band monolithic tunable laser that it claims will allow it to challenge the cost/performance characteristics of the current distributed feedback (DFB) technology.

  • New fruit label indicates ripeness

    18 Feb 2004

  • DNA damage

    19 Feb 2004

    Researchers at the University of Washington have found that prolonged exposure to low-level magnetic fields, similar to those emitted by common household devices, can damage brain cell DNA.

  • DuPont adds new layer to business

    19 Feb 2004

  • Bioethanol hits the road

    3 Feb 2004

  • Waveform editor

    2 Feb 2004

  • Honey, I didn't shrink the car

    11 Feb 2004

    Albert Einstein once wrote that imagination is more important than knowledge. Dave Wilson discovers that Einstein was right.

  • Merger creates $1.6 billion giant

    11 Feb 2004

    ST Assembly Test Services and ChipPAC, Inc have announced they are to merge, creating an independent semiconductor assembly and test solutions company worth $1.6 billion.

  • Consortium awarded 836 million Euro loco contract

    11 Feb 2004

    France's national railway company, SNCF, has today awarded Alstom and Siemens a contract worth 836 million Euros for the supply of 400 diesel locomotives.

  • Boeing awarded $600 million freighter contract

    3 Feb 2004

    Boeing and Nippon Cargo Airlines have confirmed a $600 million order for three Boeing 747-400 Freighters. The aircraft will operate on NCA's European and North American routes.

  • Rolls-Royce to supply South Korea's Destroyer program

    3 Feb 2004

    Rolls-Royce, along with Doosan Heavy Industries, has been selected to supply controllable pitch propellers for South Korea's new KDX III Destroyer program.

  • Semiconductor sales on the up

    3 Feb 2004

  • Manufacturers condemn carbon target

    4 Feb 2004

  • Wide steel in Germany

    4 Feb 2004

    Corus is to invest 42 million Euros (£29 million) in its aluminium rolling mill at Koblenz, Germany to meet the needs of its aerospace and automotive customers.

  • EOS and 3D Systems settle patent spat

    5 Feb 2004

    EOS GmbH of Munich, Germany, and 3D Systems Inc of California have signed an agreement to settle all pending litigation and patent office proceedings between the two companies.

  • Co-operating antennas

    2 Feb 2004

  • Deposition in China

    2 Feb 2004

    Emcore Corporation has agreed to pay a $400,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it violated the US Export Administration Regulations in connection with exports of tools for Metal Organic Vapour Deposition.

  • Could steel shortages be around the corner?

    4 Feb 2004

    The incoming Chairman of UK Steel warned this week that there was a risk of steel shortages developing if the market did not adjust to the surge in Chinese demand for steel.

  • Foster Wheeler lands $25.5 million steam generator contract

    9 Feb 2004

    Foster Wheeler Power Machinery and Foster Wheeler International Engineering & Consulting, have today been awarded $25.5 million by Maoming Petrochemical Company to supply two 100 MW steam generators.

  • Kodak focuses on $725 million sale

    10 Feb 2004

    Eastman Kodak Company announced yesterday that it has agreed to sell its Remote Sensing Systems operation to ITT Industries, Inc for $725 million in cash.

  • Alstom on track with 207 million Euro orders

    10 Feb 2004

    France's national railway, SNCF, has awarded Alstom two orders worth 207 million Euros to supply 60 electric locomotives and renovate the rail operator's regional trains.

  • Tornado contract lands BAE Systems $70 million

    10 Feb 2004

    BAE Systems has been awarded $70 million to provide 128 radar map display subsystems for UK Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft.

  • Managing cows from space

    9 Feb 2004

    One of the world's leading dairy companies, Fonterra, is considering using satellite-based imaging technology developed by CSIRO Livestock Industries and partners to improve management of its dairy herd in New Zealand.

  • Algorithmic diagnosis

    9 Feb 2004

    Researchers in the US have utilised data from a mass spectrometer to develop an algorithm that might someday be used to analyse blood for diagnostic purposes.

  • Medical systems come to China

    10 Feb 2004

  • Better beams

    11 Feb 2004

    Researchers have found a way to improve the performance of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers by drilling holes in their surfaces. The development could lead to faster optical communication systems and photonic integrated circuits.

  • Smiths awarded $1 billion 7E7 contract

    10 Feb 2004

  • Nokia to acquire Psion's shares in Symbian

    9 Feb 2004

  • MEMS phone home

    2 Feb 2004

    Scientists at Philips Research claim to have made a significant step towards perfecting new MEMS devices that will enhance the performance and minimise the size of RF circuits in mobile phones.

  • GM plants could detect land mines

    2 Feb 2004

  • Configuring cameras

    2 Feb 2004

  • Dynegy sells Illinois Power for $2.3 billion

    3 Feb 2004

  • UK snubs RFID

    3 Feb 2004

  • A windier future

    3 Feb 2004

    According to the European Wind Energy Association, wind power capacity in the EU increased by 23% last year to 28,401 megawatts.

  • Superconducting nanodots

    3 Feb 2004

    American Superconductor has filed a patent application for a new manufacturing technique that delivers a 30% increase in the electric current-carrying capability of the company's second generation high temperature superconductor wire.

  • Profits on Pluto?

    4 Feb 2004

    According to the International Space Business Council, the global space industry generated $96.9 billion in revenues in 2003 and is expected to reach $104.6 billion in 2004.

  • GE awarded $105 Million development contract

    6 Feb 2004

    GE Aircraft Engines has been awarded $105 million by India's Aeronautical Development Agency to develop engines for the country's Tejas light combat aircraft.

  • Court ruling favours BrainLAB

    10 Feb 2004

    A court in the US has ruled that that Germany-based BrainLAB has not infringed NOMOS Corporation's US patent for its BAT ultrasound-based cancer-targeting device.

  • Fractals help Parkinson's sufferers

    2 Feb 2004

  • Radar order reaches $61.8 million

    10 Feb 2004

    The US Navy has awarded Boeing a contract worth $61.8 million for a second low-rate initial production run of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.

  • Research casts doubt over diesel

    11 Feb 2004

    According to a new study, replacing petrol vehicles in the United States with diesel vehicles may increase smog production over most of the country.

  • Lockheed to lop $300 million off JSF production costs

    5 Feb 2004

    Lockheed Martin is looking to slash $300 million from its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production budget with the creation of the first ever continuous moving assembly line for a fighter jet.

  • Roll-Royce awarded $150 million WEPP contract

    9 Feb 2004

  • Purdue cantilever detects single virus particles

    4 Feb 2004

    Researchers at Purdue University have developed a miniature cantilever device that is said to be sensitive enough to detect a single virus particle.

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