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September 2004 Online

  • Oscillator family branches out

    30 Sep 2004

    Vishay has extended its XOSM family of surface-mount oscillators with the release of three new low-voltage devices in miniature packages.

  • Scooping spectroscopy

    30 Sep 2004

  • Electronic interconnection

    30 Sep 2004

    Dow Corning has signed a joint development contract with INVINT Limited, the Scottish-based conductive polymer interconnect specialist.

  • Nukes cost a billion to close

    30 Sep 2004

    The European Commission has proposed granting over 1 billion Euros to Lithuania and Slovakia to assist them with closing four of their nuclear reactors.

  • Unocal and Shell terminate Chinese gas contracts

    29 Sep 2004

    Unocal and Shell said yesterday that they will not proceed with their participation in five contracts to explore for, develop, and market natural gas resources in the East China Sea.

  • Bombs 'R US

    29 Sep 2004

    This week, the UK Union Amicus has called for more money to be spent by the UK Government on the defence industry. Dave Wilson finds an alternative.

  • Arbitrary waveforms

    29 Sep 2004

  • Air Canada places $1.35 billion Embraer order

    29 Sep 2004

    Embraer today announced that Air Canada has signed a $1.35 billion purchase agreement for 45 Embraer 190 aircraft, plus options for a further 45 aircraft.

  • New offerings from Infineon

    24 Sep 2004

    Infineon has announced the availability of three new 16-bit microcontrollers for automotive and industrial applications as well as a new 32-bit microcontroller for cost-sensitive industrial applications.

  • Avoiding roll-off

    24 Sep 2004

    Vishay Intertechnology has announced the release of the new FC series of high-frequency chip resistors, which avoid roll-off at frequencies over 100 MHz.

  • Clearing trapped gas

    24 Sep 2004

    Researchers in the USA have developed a new class of three-dimensional nanoporous electrodes that could boost the performance of fuel cells, batteries and sensors.

  • RMC sold for $4.1 billion

    27 Sep 2004

    Cemex announced today that it plans to acquire Britain's RMC Group for $4.1 billion. The merger will create one of the world's largest building materials companies.

  • Vestas awarded 55 million Euro wind turbine contract

    27 Sep 2004

    Danish wind turbine developer, Vestas has received a 55 million Euro order for 25 V80-1.8 MW wind turbines that will be deployed on Copper Mountain, Canada.

  • Air Canada places $2.45 billion order

    27 Sep 2004

    Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has signed a $2.45 billion contract with Air Canada for the sale of up to 90 Bombardier CRJ aircraft.

  • Switching off toxins

    27 Sep 2004

    Researchers at Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) have demonstrated a simple way to reduce the toxicity of water-soluble buckyballs.

  • Novartis invests $180 million in Singapore facility

    28 Sep 2004

    Novartis Pharma recently announced that it plans to invest $180 million in a new pharmaceutical production facility in Singapore, providing additional needed capacity within its global manufacturing network.

  • Closing the loop

    28 Sep 2004

  • Plug-in power

    28 Sep 2004

    Texas Instruments has developed a 20A, wide-input (18 V to 60 V), isolated DC/DC plug-in power module that uses the company's Auto-Track sequencing technology.

  • Improving heart defibrillation

    28 Sep 2004

    Researchers in the US have modelled a system where an implantable heart defibrillator focuses in on rogue electrical waves created during heart arrhythmia and dissipates it, preventing cardiac arrest.

  • Alphatech sold for $88.4 million

    28 Sep 2004

    BAE Systems North America has entered into an agreement to acquire Alphatech, which develops advanced information technologies for solving security and intelligence problems, for $88.4 million.

  • Turkish Airlines finalises $982.5 million order

    29 Sep 2004

  • Semiconductors set speed limit on light

    29 Sep 2004

    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have slowed light down in an effort to speed up network communication.

  • Mitsubishi joins Trent 1000 program

    29 Sep 2004

    Rolls-Royce announced today that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is to be a risk and revenue sharing partner on the Trent 1000 engine being developed for the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner.

  • Air Canada places $1.35 billion Embraer order

    29 Sep 2004

    Embraer today announced that Air Canada has signed a $1.35 billion purchase agreement for 45 Embraer 190 aircraft, plus options for a further 45 aircraft.

  • World's thinnest tri-axis accelerometer

    15 Sep 2004

  • In the aggregate

    16 Sep 2004

  • Not a pretty picture

    16 Sep 2004

  • Air cargo is set to soar

    17 Sep 2004

  • Selling power

    17 Sep 2004

    Alcatel has signed an agreement with global private equity firm Ripplewood to divest all of its electrical power system activities.

  • Sharper sensors

    17 Sep 2004

    Kodak and IBM are to collaborate on the development and manufacture of image sensors in a deal that will mate Kodak's image sensor technology with IBM's CMOS processing expertise.

  • Scientists create nanoscale oscillator

    17 Sep 2004

  • Wood gets microwave treatment

    17 Sep 2004

    Researchers in Australia have developed a new microwave technology that reduces the amount of time needed to dry timber used to make flooring and furniture.

  • Robot roach

    17 Sep 2004

    A cockroach-like robot named RHex is the starting point for a $5 million project to understand animals' most distinguishing trait - how they move without falling over.

  • Hard and soft

    20 Sep 2004

  • Geothermal power comes to Iceland

    20 Sep 2004

  • Million dollar multimedia

    20 Sep 2004

  • Green electronics

    21 Sep 2004

    MIT researchers have incorporated a plant's ability to convert sunlight to energy into a solid-state electronic "spinach sandwich" device that may one day power laptops and cell phones.

  • Investing in E-signs

    21 Sep 2004

  • Dresden places tram order

    21 Sep 2004

    Bombardier announced today that the city of Dresden, Germany has placed an order worth 43 million Euros for 20 Bombardier Flexity Classic trams.

  • Big business in nanotech tools

    21 Sep 2004

    Cleveland-based Freedonia Group says the US market for nanotech tools will increase nearly 30 percent annually through 2008 to $900 million, and then triple again to $2.7 billion in 2013.

  • Single-chip Ethernet device

    21 Sep 2004

    Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the industry's first complete, single-chip 10/100Mbps Ethernet device. The 16-bit MC9S12NE64 microcontroller replaces more complex multi-chip Ethernet offerings.

  • Forklifts go green

    21 Sep 2004

    Forklift trucks will soon be the latest vehicles powered by hydrogen energy, thanks to an agreement between BOC and Cellex Power Products.

  • ABB awarded $29 million

    22 Sep 2004

    ABB has signed a $29 million full-service alliance contract with Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper, an Australasian forest products company producing wood products, pulp and paper, and packaging.

  • Flying circus

    22 Sep 2004

    The GMB union reports that manufacturing in the UK is still in a desperate state. But is Government intervension really the answer? Dave Wilson thinks so.

  • Honeywell settles for $62.5 million

    22 Sep 2004

    W R Grace & Co has settled its litigation with Honeywell regarding contamination of Grace owned property in Jersey City, New Jersey.

  • DRS introduces new motor line

    22 Sep 2004

  • Singled out

    22 Sep 2004

  • Trip to the icy moons

    23 Sep 2004

    Northrop Grumman and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are to develop a preliminary design for the Prometheus Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter, an electric propulsion vehicle powered by a nuclear fission reactor.

  • National Express

    23 Sep 2004

    The company started life making GPIB controllers, and twenty some odd years later they're at it again. This time around, Austin, TX-based NI debuts the industry's first GPIB controller for the PCI Express.

  • Gate drivers

    23 Sep 2004

  • Stuck in low gear

    23 Sep 2004

  • Nanotech fights terror

    23 Sep 2004

    UK basedy Nanosight is to develop a revolutionary new method of creating artificial antibodies that could offer the best early warning indicator of biological attack.

  • Defining molecular scale heat conduction

    24 Sep 2004

    Using an innovative research technique, scientists in the USA have successfully completed a detailed measurement of how heat energy is created at the molecular level.

  • Hello?

    15 Sep 2004

    Dave Wilson tells how some design engineers reduced the noise inside the carriages of a new high speed train - with some unexpected consequences.

  • Sensitive sensor

    15 Sep 2004

  • Making measurements

    15 Sep 2004

    Tektronix' new TPS2000 series of 'scopes sports isolated channels, up to eight hours battery operation and digital real-time technology.

  • The application is the instrument

    1 Sep 2004

    Remember the A:? That's the way we used to interact with computers back in 1982. Things will be different in 2030, as Dave Wilson explains.

  • Airbus lands Cebu order

    1 Sep 2004

    Cebu Pacific, the Philippines' second largest carrier, has signed a contract for the purchase of 12 Airbus A319s and the lease of two Airbus A320s.

  • Boeing joins 'Silent' Aircraft Initiative

    1 Sep 2004

    Boeing has entered into a collaboration with the Cambridge-MIT Institute's 'Silent' Aircraft Initiative, a three-year project that aims to create a new generation of quiet aircraft.

  • War games

    1 Sep 2004

  • Catalyst market to hit $13 billion by 2009

    1 Sep 2004

    According to a recently updated report from Business Communications Company, the global market for energy and environmental catalysts is projected to grow to almost $13.0 billion by 2009.

  • The application is the instrument

    1 Sep 2004

    Remember the A:? That's the way we used to interact with computers back in 1982. Things will be different in 2030, as Dave Wilson explains.

  • Hamilton Sundstrand buys Haskel

    2 Sep 2004

    UTC's Hamilton Sundstrand has agreed to acquire Haskel International, a manufacturer of pneumatically driven, high-pressure pumps and valves for industrial businesses. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Scott Aviation sold for $70 Million

    2 Sep 2004

    Tyco International has finalised the $70 million sale of its Scott Aviation business, which manufactures and distributes oxygen systems for commercial and military aircraft, to the Zodiac Acquisition Corporation.

  • Faster photonics

    2 Sep 2004

    Researchers in the US have demonstrated that semiconductor nanoribbons can serve as "waveguides" for channelling and directing the movement of light through circuitry.

  • Photosynthesis in a cup

    2 Sep 2004

    In a step toward creating energy from sunlight as plants do, MIT researchers have invented a compound that produces hydrogen gas with the help of a catalyst and a ray of light.

  • Global chip sales growth moderates

    2 Sep 2004

    Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose slightly to $18 billion in July, an increase of 1.0 percent from the $17.8 billion reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association in June.

  • Sirenza releases new power amplifier ICs

    2 Sep 2004

    Sirenza Microdevices, a designer and supplier of radio frequency components for communications equipment manufacturers, announced today the product release of the SZA-5044 and STA-6033 power amplifier ICs.

  • How green was my power plant

    3 Sep 2004

    AMEC has entered into a five-year alliance with Bristol-based Compact Power to deliver a series of environmentally-friendly power plants that will generate electricity from waste and biomass.

  • Boosting power line capacity

    3 Sep 2004

  • Cleaning up in Ireland

    3 Sep 2004

    Lurgi Lentjes has been awarded a 150 million Euro order from the Irish power utility ESB (Electricity Supply Board) to build a flue gas cleaning plant for the Moneypoint power station in Ireland.

  • Teaming up on LCD TVs

    3 Sep 2004

    Hitachi, Toshiba and Matsushita Electric are to establish a joint venture company to manufacture and sell LCD panels for flat-panel TVs.

  • Infineon introduces the iLDD chip

    6 Sep 2004

    Infineon Technologies today announced the first intelligent Laser Diode Driver (iLDD) targeting Small Form Factor (SFF) and Small Form Pluggable (SFP) optical transceiver applications.

  • Pfizer pays out

    6 Sep 2004

  • To infinity and beyond

    6 Sep 2004

    Boeing NASA Systems has received a $3 million study contract to conduct preliminary concept studies for human lunar exploration and the development of a crew exploration vehicle (CEV).

  • Tooth decay in the 3rd dimension

    6 Sep 2004

  • The billion dollar hole

    8 Sep 2004

    Dave Wilson recounts the terror-filled tale of the unsung hero who joined two nations together underneath the sea.

  • Plastic fantastic

    7 Sep 2004

  • New chemical jobs for Teesside

    7 Sep 2004

    A £16.5 million grant to create 117 new jobs at a new chemical facility in Teesside was announced today by Trade & Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

  • All done with (micro) mirrors

    7 Sep 2004

    Lucent has been awarded a $9.5 million contract to develop a MEMS-based system that will make the fabrication of integrated circuits faster and more economical.

  • Expanding in the USA

    8 Sep 2004

    British technology firm QinetiQ announced today that is has signed a £91.8 million purchase agreement with Foster Miller, a Boston-based engineering and technology development company.

  • Solving chemical conundrums

    8 Sep 2004

    A new research centre is being established at the University of Washington with the aim of finding better ways of manipulating the strong chemical bonds found in many materials.

  • Cutting diesel emissions

    8 Sep 2004

    Switzerland's Paul Scherrer Institute has developed a new type of catalytic conversion system that filters nearly all nitrogen oxides out of diesel exhaust gases using a refined control technology.

  • Early detection hope for eye disease

    9 Sep 2004

    A new way of taking pictures of the retina could give medics a powerful new tool in diagnosing and monitoring the most prevalent diseases of the eye.

  • Computer health check

    9 Sep 2004

  • Timken to sell Kilian Bearings

    9 Sep 2004

    Timken is to sell Kilian Manufacturing and its affiliate, Kilian Canada, to an affiliate of Genstar Capital, a private investment firm, and members of Kilian's management team.

  • Communicating in Libya

    13 Sep 2004

  • In a flash

    13 Sep 2004

    Sunnyvale, CA-based flash memory developer Silicon Storage Technology has acquired a majority ownership of privately held Emosyn in a $19 million deal.

  • Plastic exit

    13 Sep 2004

    UK-based Betts is to cease manufacturing specialty plastics injection mouldings in the UK and concentrate solely on its core laminate tubes business and on the injection moulding of related tube components.

  • No sign of manufacturing recovery

    13 Sep 2004

    The British Plastics Federation has responded to the figures released by the Office of National Statistics which show that UK manufacturing output was in back-to-back decline in the months of June and July.

  • Under the hood

    13 Sep 2004

  • Patent infringement

    14 Sep 2004

    Three National Instruments patents have been infringed by MA-based The MathWorks, with the result that the company will be restricted from selling Simulink and related products.

  • Better wetter

    14 Sep 2004

  • Faster Wi-Fi

    14 Sep 2004

  • Qualcomm takes all of Iridigm

    14 Sep 2004

  • Simpler design for X-ray detectors

    15 Sep 2004

    A simplified design for ultra-sensitive X-ray detectors offering more precise materials analysis has been demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US.

  • Nanoparticles target tumours

    15 Sep 2004

  • How fat was my flock?

    15 Sep 2004

    Researchers at CSIRO in Australia are trialling a solar-powered, stand-alone, walk-through sheep weighing system designed to reduce flock management costs.

  • Hydro turbines go to China

    15 Sep 2004

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