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White Light LED Source

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) recently announced the X-Cite® 110LED, a new compact white light LED source for fluorescence imaging applications. Using liquid light guide coupling, X‑Cite 110LED delivers broad‑spectrum optical power with exceptional field uniformity at the specimen level via manual, personal computer (PC) and TTL control. An electronic shutter provides fast, sub‑millisecond operation enabling precision in vibration‑sensitive imaging experiments. Providing excitation for DAPI, GFP, mCherry, Cy5 and other commonly used fluorophores, the X‑Cite 110LED is suitable for use on compound or stereomicroscopes. The instant LED on/off capability minimizes photobleaching and phototoxicity in specimens while offering ultra‑fast PC control and TTL triggering.

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Nvidia Chipset to Enable Greater Autonomy

Powerful visual computing processors for dashboard displays are now taking on safety-critical driver-assistance functions. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/13314.

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The Drive for Driverless Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are a hot topic, most noticeably in the automotive world. But automated driving/operation is making significant headway in the off-highway realm as well, especially in mining applications. John Williamson of Komatsu America Corp. and Serge Lambermont of Delphi Electronics & Safety provide some insights on the topic. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/13300.

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Chrysler's new Hellcat V8 gets 707-hp SAE rating

The actual J1349 rating is more than 100 hp more than Chrysler engineers teased in late May. The automaker's first production supercharged V8 uses a Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger supplied by IHI. The engine's high-output spec required extensive upgrading of engine reciprocating components to handle the extra loads. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/13227.

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New power steering concept uses variable displacement pump

A new electrohydraulic power steering system uses pump displacement control, eliminating throttling losses associated with hydraulic control valves by controlling the displacement of a variable displacement pump. Read more at http://articles.sae.org/13281.

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Cable Installation Simulator

A cable installation simulator from W. L. Gore & Associates aids in evaluating the stress of installation on microwave airframe assemblies, thereby minimizing the risk of cable assembly damage or failure during installation. By comparing signal integrity before and after installation, Gore can engineer assemblies that withstand airframe installation as well as the demands of the aircraft’s flight envelope. Use of the installation simulator gives aircraft manufacturers and installers evidence that their assemblies will provide the same level of electrical performance after installation as when they are new. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13287.

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Custom Grounding Cables and Clips

Custom grounding cables and clips from Mueller Electric help prevent the generation of electrical sparks caused by static electricity, which can damage equipment and lead to safety hazards. The products support the typical grounding and bonding requirements found within aircraft fueling, electrical equipment, marine, oil and gas tanks and drums, and pump grounding systems. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13241.

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Surface Microphone

PCB Piezotronics’ surface microphone for R&D testing features a low-profile design ideal for testing in confined spaces and windy environments. The low-profile (1/8-in height) microphone and surface mount pad reduces the impact of undesired air pressure on the microphone during the measurement process. Model 130B40 is an all-in-one, prepolarized microphone and preamplifier combination with a water- and dust-resistant cover. Maximum dynamic range allows measurements to 142 dB and a 32 dBA low noise floor. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13242.

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Modeling Database

Three high-performance thermoplastics from Victrex have been added to the Digimat-MX material and modeling database to accelerate the application development process while helping to minimize component weight and costs. The software suite from e-Xstream engineering offers data on Victrex PEEK 150CA30, Victrex PEEK 90HMF40, and Victrex PEEK 150GL30. Victrex PEEK 150CA30 is typically used to replace metals such as aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13284.

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Single Board Computer

EMAC (Carbondale, IL) has introduced the iPAC-9X25, an ARM-embedded single board computer, based on the Atmel AT91SAM9X25 processor. The technology has an industrial temperature range of -40°C to +85°C and utilizes 4GB of eMMC Flash, 16MB of Serial Data Flash (for boot), and 128 MB of DDR RAM.

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