Industry News

August 2021
A Multi-Site Resting-State Magnetic Resonance Image Database
In recent years, with the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and the development of an environment for collecting massive datasets, AI is becoming increasingly important in various fields, including basic science, marketing, logistics, finance, and medicine. In medicine, progressively, AI te
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08/30/2021

A Novel Analog Processor for High-Performance Computing

Researchers at the George Washington University have developed a nanophotonic analog accelerator to solve challenging engineering and science problems, known as partial differential equations, in fractions of a second.

Analog photonic solutions offer unique opportunities to address complex computational tasks with unprecedented performance in terms of energy dissipation and speeds, overcoming current limitations of modern computing architectures based on electron flows and digital approaches. In a new study published today in the journal Nature Communications Ph
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08/30/2021
Nanoscale Systems for Generating Various Forms of Light

Multiparticle scattering in plasmonic systems

For decades, scholars have believed that the quantum statistical properties of bosons are preserved in plasmonic systems, and therefore will not create different form of light. This rapidly growing field of research focuses on quantum properties of light and its interaction with matter at the nanoscale level. St
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08/30/2021
S-FRAME Acquired by Altair

James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair

Corum announces that their client, British Columbia, Canada-based S-FRAME Software, has been acquired by Altair, the global leader converging simulation, HPC, and AI. S-FRAME’s structural analysis software platform is used by engineers to evaluate a structure’s ability to withstand external loads (like wind, wa
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08/29/2021
Analog Devices Completes Acquisition of Maxim Integrated

Vincent Roche, President and CEO of Analog Devices, announced the company's acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products.

Analog Devices, Inc. announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. The combination further strengthens ADI’s position as a high-performance analog semiconductor company with trailing twelve-month revenue of over $9 billion1, industry leading margins, and fr
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08/27/2021
Lazer Spot and Orange EV to Deploy 25+ Electric Yard Trucks
Orange EV, has announced a multi-year agreement with Georgia-based Lazer Spot, Inc. to manufacture and deliver more than 25 EV trucks in 2021 and 2022. Lazer Spot, the largest yard management firm in the U.S., sought a mature EV partner that could deliver a fleet of zero emission EV yard trucks that could be
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08/26/2021
RWE's Cassadaga Onshore Wind Farm in Operation
Silvia Ortín, CEO Wind Onshore and PV, RWE Renewables: "Cassadaga marks another major accomplishment in our expansion of renewable energy in the U.S. market. As one of the leading onshore wind companies our strategy for renewables is geared for growth. We look forward to providing clean energy and lo
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08/26/2021
onsemi to Acquire GT Advanced Technologies

Hassane El-Khoury, president and chief executive officer of onsemi

onsemi and GT Advanced Technologies (“GTAT”) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which onsemi will acquire GTAT for $415 million in cash. Founded in 1994, GTAT has significant experience in crystalline growth, including SiC. SiC is a key material for next-generation semiconductors
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08/26/2021
SoCalREN Works to Level the Employment Playing Field
Local high-school students are receiving valuable training toward future careers in the fast-growing energy industry via an initiative from the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN). The Architecture, Construction, Engineering Students (ACES) Engineering Pathway Program is a unique network of non-profit
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08/25/2021
Commercial Space Revenues Help Space Economy Grow 55% Over Decade

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, released “The Space Report 2021 36th Annual Space Symposium Special Edition,” which explores commercial space revenues, the global space workforce, the market for small launch vehicle developers, sustainability for lunar exploration, the SmallSat economy, the potential of nuclear power and propulsion, and the future of international lunar space policy.  “The Space Report 2021 36th Annual Space Symposium Special Edition” found that the global space economy, which reached $447B in 2020, was 176% greater than in Space Foundation’s first economic analysis in
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08/23/2021
Berkeley Lab Mathematicians Build an Algorithm to 'Do the Twist'

Illustration of the XPCS experiments. The translation and rotation of the particles within the scattering volume leads to variation of the speckle patterns shown on the right. While the grainy, noise-like texture makes these images appear visually similar, the MTECS algorithm is able to detect and analyze tiny variations between patterns.

Mathematicians at the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a mathematical algorithm to decipher the rotational dynamics of twisting particles in large complex systems from the X-ray scattering patterns ob
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08/23/2021
Tackling Limitations of Data Transfer During Space Exploration

WVU's Piyush Mehta was recently awarded a $750,000 grant to create an artificial intelligence-based algorithm for use in NASA deep space missions.

Engineers at West Virginia University are helping to solve one of the greatest limitations of space exploration—sending and receiving information between a spacecraft and the ground station— thanks to a $750,000 award from NASA’s highly competitive Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Researc
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08/23/2021
Designing for High-Precision, Robot-Based Surface Measurements

The image shows the new system during a calibration process that involves a CMOS camera. The light spot where measurements are acquires as well as the fast-steering mirror (FSM) and confocal chromatic sensor (CCS) can be seen.

Researchers have developed a lightweight optical system for 3D inspection of surfaces with micron-scale precision. The new measurement tool could greatly enhance quality control inspection for high-tech products including semiconductor chips, solar panels and consumer electronics such as flat panel televisions. Because vibration
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08/23/2021
Layered Graphene for Unique Quantum Confinement in 2-D

Staff scientist Jurek Sadowski (left) and postdoc Zhongwei Dai at the Quantum Material Press (QPress) facility at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The large circular piece is the central QPress robot, with various modules attached on the sides for sample annealing, film deposition, plasma cleaning, and sample libraries. The full QPress system, still under development, will automate the stacking of 2-D materials into layered structures with exotic properties for quantum applications.

Scientists studying two different configurations of bilayer graphene—the two-dimensional (2-D), atom-thin form of carbon—have detected electronic and optical interlayer resonances. In these resonant states, electrons bounce back and forth between the two atomic planes in the 2-D interface at the same frequency. By
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08/23/2021
Study: w/ Regulation, Benefits Outweigh Risks for Autonomous Vehicles
An interdisciplinary panel of experts has assessed the risks and potential benefits associated with deploying autonomous vehicles (AVs) on U.S. roads and predicts that the benefits will substantially outweigh potential harms – but only if the AVs are well regulated. “We wanted to assess the potential harms and
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08/23/2021
Rosendin Powers New Valley Metro Streetcar in Arizona
Rosendin is proud to recognize local construction teams who built the Valley Metro Tempe Streetcar Project. Crews spent over three years building the region’s first modern-day streetcar line along busy roads and shopping areas that remained open during construction. The three-mile loop trac
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08/20/2021
The World's Largest Battery Energy Storage System
LG Energy Solution and Vistra Corp. celebrated the completion of the 400MW/1.6GWh Vistra Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in Monterey County, CA, at a Media Day on 19 August, 2021. Representatives from California ISO, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Vistra, Burns & McDonnell and LG Energy Solution as well as
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08/20/2021
Embry-Riddle Uses VR to Train Midshipmen in Cybersecurity Defense
Researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are designing a simulator to train Navy ROTC students, or midshipmen, in how to identify cybersecurity threats. To accomplish this goal, they’re leveraging virtual reality (VR) expertise found on the Daytona Beach Campus.    Backed by classroom lectures and digital simulators, the state-of-the-art centerpiece of the course is the virtual reality component which, according to Dr. Andy Dattel, director of the Cognitive Engineering Research in Transportation Systems (CERTS) Lab, simulates the bridge of a ship, putting students in control of identifying potential threats before they become catastrophic.  “Participants monitor outside displays — other ships in the ocean — as well as in
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08/20/2021
Williams Advanced Engineering, Molicel Agreement Covers Next-Gen Battery Cells
Williams Advanced Engineering and Molicel have agreed to a strategic collaboration to support the next generation of high performance, superior quality, lithium-ion power battery cells. The collaboration will bring together power-optimised cell technology from Molicel, together with WAE’s advanced system de
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08/18/2021
Cree/Wolfspeed, STMicroelectronics Expand 150mm SiC Wafer Agreement
Cree, Inc. and STMicroelectronics announced the expansion of an existing multi-year, long-term silicon carbide wafer supply agreement. The amended agreement, which calls for Cree to supply ST with 150mm silicon carbide bare and epitaxial wafers over the next several years, is now worth more than $800 million
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08/18/2021
Chargers and Transmitters for Drones, Autonomous Mobile Robots
WiBotic introduced several new cutting-edge chargers and transmitters for drones and autonomous mobile robots. The products showcase WiBotic’s expertise in innovating efficient charging solutions for robots that operate in all sorts of environments, even under the harshest conditions. Specifically, these new
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08/17/2021
Linebird Launches Osprey NPS, an Unmanned Aerial Platform
Linebird announced the launch of its Osprey Nonconductive Payload System, known as Osprey NPS. The debut of the new drone technology is supported by SensorLink Corporation, Linebird's lead investor, and will make live-line work safer, more time efficient, and more accessible by leveraging the power of unmanned aer
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08/17/2021
US-Made Batteries w/ Atomic Layer Deposition Enter Space
Forge Nano is proud to announce the successful launch of high-energy, Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries into orbit aboard the SpaceX Transporter-2 rideshare mission on June 20, 2021. The Li-ion batteries, featuring Forge Nano Particle ALD (PALD) technology and Enersys Zero Volt technology, were integrated in
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08/17/2021
Leading Engineering Firm Drives Automation Partnership with Siemens
The automation division of a multi-disciplinary engineering firm has been chosen among a select few to partner with technology giant Siemens. And the venture coincides with the launch of the engineering firm’s new 5000 sq.ft. facility, as it increases its operational footprint in the UK, now having in exces
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08/16/2021
Emerson Helps Alaska's Largest Wind Farm w/ Affordable Clean Energy

Emerson’s modernization of Golden Valley Electric Association’s Eva Creek wind farm automation technology and software increases the reliability of low-cost, clean energy generation for customers in northern Alaska.

Emerson announced the completion of a digital transformation project to increase the reliability of clean energy generation at Golden Valley Electric Association’s (GVEA) Eva Creek wind farm. The project improves the management of Alaska’s largest wind farm. Rural Alaskan communities are on the fr
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08/09/2021
Acopian Announces 2021 Power Supply Engineering Scholarship Winner

Yoelis Brito of Newark, New Jersey, who won the annual Acopian Power Supply Engineering Scholarship

Acopian Power Supplies announced that Yoelis Brito of Newark, New Jersey has been named the recipient of the annual Acopian Power Supply Engineering Scholarship.  The scholarship program was established to help talented engineering students, enrolled full-time in an undergraduate college or
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Date:
08/08/2021
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