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28 Aug 12. Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, introduced the volatile MCP47A1 Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). This low-power, low-cost DAC features a 1.8-5.5V wide operating voltage range, and is offered in a 6-pin SC70 package. The MCP47A1 is ideal for applications in the automotive, audio and industrial markets, such as portable, handheld battery-operated products, and applications such as set-point or offset trimming and sensitive mechanical-trim pot replacement. The extended temperature range of -40 to +125 degrees Celsius allows for use in high-temperature automotive and industrial applications. Additionally, the small SC70 packaging allows for more portable and space-constrained consumer applications. The MCP47A1 DAC also provides 65 taps, through an I2C™ interface, including taps to both full-scale and zero-scale, providing additional functionality. Low power consumption extends lifetimes in applications with finite power supplies, and the low cost is suitable for cost-sensitive applications. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
07 Aug 12. Raytheon readies new app store for business. Raytheon has begun installing pilot versions of its Appsmart marketplace at various defence and intelligence agency networks sites and the company expects those to be open by the end of August. A demo version of the site to develop and access applications for troops using handheld devices has been up and running for more than a year, Larri Rosser, the chief engineer for Raytheon’s Appsmart, told IHS Jane’s. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
27 Aug 12. Army Eyes Ambitious, Cheap Satellites and Launchers. The U.S. Army is making headway with plans to demonstrate the utility of nanosatellites and small, low-cost, mobile launchers to provide direct support to deployed forces. Such assets would bypass the traditional data processing and dissemination system located in the U.S. Though the Army’s budget for space systems pales in comparison to the Air Force’s multibillion-dollar annual satellite and launcher procurement request, the former’s small demonstration project could spark a much-needed roles-and-missions discussion about which service is best suited to provide tactical spaceborne capabilities for soldiers abroad. This focus by the Army on the utility of small satellites comes as the Air Force is pushing to close its Operationally Responsive Space office, which was designed to find ways to reduce cycle time for spacecraft, including an emphasis on smaller buses. (Source: glstrade.com/AvWeek)
16 Aug 12. Defense Logistics Agency Mandates SigNature(R) DNA on Microchips. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting and security solutions, has been named by DoD Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), as the provider of authentication services for microcircuits supplied by defense contractors. On August 3, 2012, DLA posted notice on its DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) that it will require the use of SigNature® DNA marking on microcircuits. (Source: glstrade.com/Yahoo!)
23 Aug 12. Mobile phone networks tested in missile-warning role
The Israeli Home Front Command has completed an exercise to test its ability to use mobile phones to distribute warnings of impending missile or rocket attacks. Between 12 and 16 August, subscribers to major Israeli mobile phone networks received a text message in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian that read: “Home Front Command, mobile alerts system test”, followed by a serial number.
28 Aug 12. A new type of camouflage skin paint has been developed by University of Southern Mississippi researchers to safeguard soldiers from injuries and facial scarring caused by roadside bomb blasts and other battlefield explosions. Created by polymer professor Robert Lochhead and colleagues, under funding supp