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UCSD Investing in Robotics

San Diego already has major industry and defense players and employers with many robotics technologies and applications. There are also significant manufacturing sectors in San Diego and nearby Tijuana.

Gartner Says By 2017, 50 Percent of Internet of Things Solutions Will Originate in Startups That Are Less Than Three Years Old

Similar to other technology advances historically, the growth promise associated with the early stages of IoT will lead to the creation and funding of a large number of startup organizations that will maneuver to capture what they perceive to be early opportunities or overlo

Formosa Plastics Wins with Open Intel ® Architecture and Scalable Roadmap

Replacing legacy application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) with x86 architecture allows the company to deliver products just in time and to achieve about 20 percent of overhead in inventory.

Current Transducer Implementation Phenomena

Implementation of a current transducer is typically a straightforward affair. In the event that the output is not as expected, it must be understood that the source of the challenge may be rooted in the mechanical, magnetic or electric nature of the device.

At Japan Robot Week, Mechanical Barista Treats Visitors to Coffee

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Watch That Windows Update: FTDI Drivers Are Killing Fake Chips

From Brian Benchoff at Hack A Day:

The FTDI FT232 chip is found in thousands of electronic baubles, from Arduinos to test equipment, and more than a few bits of consumer electronics. It’s a simple chip, converting USB to a serial port, but very useful and probably one of the most cloned pieces of silicon on Earth. Thanks to a recent Windows update, all those fake FTDI chips are at risk of being bricked. This isn’t a case where fake FTDI chips won’t work if plugged into a machine running the newest FTDI driver; the latest driver bricks the fake chips, rendering them inoperable with any computer.

Reports of problems with FTDI chips surfaced early this month, with an explanation of the behavior showing up in an EEVblog forum thread. The new driver for these chips from FTDI, delivered through a recent Windows update, reprograms the USB PID to 0, something Windows, Linux, and OS X don’t like. This renders the chip inaccessible from any OS, effectively bricking any device that happens to have one of these fake FTDI serial chips... (full story with workaround solution)

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Microscan Unveils Simple, Multi-Camera Software for Packaging Inspection at PACK EXPO 2014

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces that it will unveil a new software solution in its line of automated machine vision inspection products at two booths at this year's PACK EXPO 2014, taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, from November 2-5.

Governor Scott Walker Attends Midwest Engineering Systems Ribbon Cutting

Midwest Engineering Systems to create at least 56 new jobs by 2017

Innodisk Achieves ISO/TS 16949 Automotive Certification for its Solid State Drives

Adoption of international automotive quality control standard allows confident sourcing of SSDs and DRAM a

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Ipr Robotics - Right-sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

Ipr Robotics - Right-sized 7th Axis Robot Linear Rails

IPR Robotics offers a wide range of servo-driven 7th axis linear rails for industrial robots. These rails come in ten different sizes and are constructed from modular high strength extruded aluminum sections to handle payloads of 100 kg to 1600 kg or from steel to handle 2000 kg payloads. This variety of rail sizes allows each application to be sized correctly, controlling the space required and the price point. The drive train design of these rails utilizes helical gear-racks and is proven over 10 years to be repeatable and reliable, even in tough foundry applications.

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IMT

IMT

IMT is part of The Vitec Group and a leader in advanced digital microwave video systems serving the MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) and Broadcast markets. IMT is located in a refurbished 65,000-square-foot engineering and manufacturing facility in the International Trade Center in Mt. Olive, NJ. IMT has ISO 9001:2008 QMS certification.