One of the greatest challenges Americans traveling through Europe face is the fact that many of the plugs for their electrical devices cannot be inserted into the various socket types found throughout Europe. In this blogpost, we’ll break down eight different power adapters that will allow you to recharge and use your electronic devices while traveling overseas.

A key difference between American outlets and European outlets is that American outlets typically output in 110/120V, while European outlets output in 220/240V. The Foval Power Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter safely lowers the voltage of European outlets, allowing you to use single voltage American appliances, and comes with a European power cable and three removable adapters.

The High-Quality AC Power Travel Adapter produced by Travel Ready is suitable for most European countries excluding Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This adapter is lightweight, durable, and easy to spot thanks to its bright purple shell, meaning you’re less likely to accidentally leave it behind.

If you plan to travel frequently, the Iron-M All-in-One Universal Adapter features interchangeable input and outlet sockets that enable its usage in over 150 countries across the world. In addition to one AC power socket, it also features two USB ports, and is certified by the FCC, CE, and RoHS.

The PowerBear Charging Station is perfect for those with lots of gadgets, capable of accommodating two AC devices and up to four USB charging cables at the same time. The design features a grounded US plug but can easily convert to fit European sockets with the included adapter. The charging station accepts voltages between 100V and 250V, but it cannot convert these voltages.

Cost effective and compatible with E/F compatible plugs and the recessed circular plug sockets often found in Europe, the OREI European Schuko Type Plug Adapter has a maximum capacity of 250V/13A and can accommodate devices that need up to 3,000 watts of power. This makes it ideal for devices with high power requirements, like hairdryers. However, it is only suitable for dual-voltage appliances.

Traveling to the British Isles means encountering Type G plugs, which the Ceptics USA to UK Travel Adapter Plug is perfect for. Since Type G plugs are also found in former British colonies and overseas territories, it can also be used in those regions as well.

The ROEI 2-in-1 USA to Switzerland Adapter Plug features a type J plug compatible with sockets in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and countries outside of Europe such as Madagascar, Rwanda, and the Maldives. However, it is only compatible with dual voltage appliances up to 3,000 watts.

Last of the country-specific adapters, the US to Italy Travel Adapter Plug manufactured by Plug In Solutions features a Type L plug for use in Italy, as well as a Type E/F plug for hopping across the border into France, Germany, Austria, or Slovenia. Both adapters have dual inputs, allowing them to accommodate two plugs at a time.


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We are all quite used to the standard curved shape of a commercial aircraft window, but believe it or not, they were once square. In 1952, three tragic commercial airplane crashes left engineers puzzled. The ill-fated airframes had two things in common—a fuselage that tore apart at cruising altitude, and square windows. 

Because commercial flight demand had increased at the time, airlines needed airplanes with the capacity to travel at a higher cruising altitude of 30,000 ft.—formerly, commercial aircraft were propeller driven, and traveled at 10,000 to 12,000 ft. With the invention of commercial jet aircraft, engineers designed aircraft with a cylindrical fuselage that was pressurized. These changes meant the aircraft could operate as commuter transport at higher altitudes, with less drag. Unfortunately, the square window design remained. 

In inspecting the debris, the design flaw of the windows was quickly determined. As a plane increases in altitude, external atmospheric pressure lowers. The difference between external and internal pressurization causes the fuselage to contract and expand slightly. In the case of the 1952 crashes, the stress created within a fuselage material was aggravated by the rigid edges of the square windows. Because the rigid shape interrupts the stress distribution across the surface of the fuselage, stress concentration builds at the edges of the window. As a result, the elevated stress created fractures in the material of the fuselage.

Aircraft windows are now rounded in order to ensure even distribution of stress across the airframe. Modern window engineering has multiple failsafes and the capacity to preserve pressure conditions of the cabin. Passenger windows are two panels with airspace in between. One panel operates as a fail safe to protect the interior cabin pressure even if the other panel fails. 

New window technology continues to develop, and can be seen in modern aircraft cabins like that of the Boeing Dreamliner. It’s windows have multi-ply transparency material mounted on a composite fuselage. This material is designed with crack propagation resistant properties, and is able to manage more impact than its predecessors. As a result, windows made with transparencies are able to manage greater overall loads.


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A portmanteau of “aviation” and “electronics”, “avionics” is a word used to describe aviation electronics for aircraft, artificial satellites, and spacecraft. Avionics are incorporated on an aircraft for a multitude of purposes: communication, navigation, monitoring, flight-control systems, fuel systems, collision-avoidance systems, flight recorders, weather systems, aircraft management systems, and in-flight entertainment. As a result, electronic configurations are located all over the aircraft. Systems are integrated and required to communicate with each other for safety. But, without connectors, none of this would be possible. 
In 1929, the Aeronautics Radio Inc (ARINC) was formed to develop standards for avionics. The military also created their own initiatives, the Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) and the Open Systems Architecture (OSA). IMA allows the same part or card to be used between different computer modules and reduces weight and maintenance issues. OSA is a strategy that relies on defined and published standards-based interfaces and module designs. 

Because avionics are constantly evolving and advancing, their connectors need to evolve to meet the increasing demands. Engineers work on increasing efficiency and developing systems that can handle transmitting high-speed data and bandwidth, without increasing weight. One of the main contributors to fuel consumption is weight because it requires more power to get a heavy aircraft lifted. Someone might assume that avionic connectors are small enough that their weight doesn't have a significant impact on the aircrafts total weight— but that's incorrect.
One of the methods used to decrease weight without reducing the ability to meet high speed data requirements is choosing the right materials. Avionics have evolved away from electromechanical components to electronic and digital technologies. Part of the advancements is the use of fiber optic cables and copper. Fiber optics used to be seen as fragile and difficult to use, but today they are known to increase speed and data, reduce weight, and do not require cable shielding.


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An airplane is an intricately designed machine. Not one component is solely responsible for getting it up in the air. All of its parts work together to balance aerodynamic factors and operating requirements. The main parts of the body of an aircraft are the fuselage, the wings, the empennage, the landing gear, and the engines. A simple way to understand the body of an aircraft is to compare it to the human body. 

The fuselage is like the torso of the body— it connects all of the appendages and makes them whole. The wings and the empennage are connected to it; the fuselage houses the cockpit and cabin which include the restrooms, galleys, kitchens, and flight attendant seating. A fuselage is designed around payload requirements, aerodynamics, and structures. On a passenger aircraft, the upper part of the fuselage cross-section houses the passengers and the lower part houses cargo. The landing gear on an aircraft absorbs the stress of take-offs and landings and slow an aircraft down after ground contact. Larger aircraft have retractable landing gear, which is housed in the aircraft's fuselage during the flight to make the aircraft more aerodynamic.
 
The wings are like arms— they are connected to the middle of the aircraft. The wings are most often the part of an aircraft that provide lift. The lift coefficient varies with the angle of attack. Increasing the angle of attack will increase lift up to the maximum lift coefficient— also known as the critical angle of attack. Going above this will cause an aircraft to enter into a stall.
 
Wings have various additions, including spoilers, trailing-edge flaps, leading-edge slats, and ailerons. Spoilers are deployed during landing to slow the aircraft down; they reduce lift in a controlled way. Flaps are deployed for takeoff and landing to increase lift. Leading edge slats allow wings to operate at higher angles of attack. Ailerons usually form part of the trailing edge of a wing and are used to control the rolling motion, therefore changing the flight path. On passenger jets, the engines are usually located below the wings. Engines are housed in engine nacelles, which reduce drag and direct airflow for the purpose of cooling the engine.
 
Located on the tail of an aircraft, the empennage is like the legs— it provides balance. An empennage has a vertical and a horizontal stabilizer. The vertical stabilizer controls yaw and the horizontal stabilizer controls pitch. Yaw is the movement of an aircraft along the vertical axis; it’s often used with the ailerons to control and balance the direction of an aircraft. Pitch is the movement of an aircraft along the horizontal axis; it controls the aircraft moving up or down.
 
Each component in the body of an aircraft is important to flight. Just like the human body, every system interacts with and balances each other. Without one, the aircraft would not fly properly. 

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KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, are units of measurement that allow businesses to track their success and evaluate how effectively they are achieving their objectives.  When choosing which KPIs to use, utilize the SMART acronym.

A. Specific – Are your objectives clear?
B. Measurable – Can you quantify your objectives?
C. Attainable – Are your objectives realistic?
D. Relevant – Are your objectives related to your overall business?
E. Time – In what amount of time do you expect to meet these objectives? 

Inventory planning is a must for any international or American airline housing spare parts for maintenance purposes.  Airlines don’t want to deal with an extended AOG situation resulting from a lack of parts, but it’s unrealistic to house a whole aircraft’s worth of spares that may, or may not, be needed. Five important KPIs regarding inventory planning capabilities that every airline should focus on include the following.
  1. Inventory Turn - Stock being issued/overall inventory value= Inventory Turn. Usually low, parts don’t typically fail that often.  It may be beneficial to sell or exchange parts, which are slow-moving, rather than have them sit in inventory.
  2. Inventory Per Tail - The amount of inventory you have, per aircraft.  Some aircraft have more expensive parts than others, so be sure to keep aircraft type in mind.
  3. Inventory Investment - Includes all operational/capital spending (repair costs, holding costs, etc.).  Budgeting for this really depends on demand– flight hours, upcoming maintenance checks, and busy seasons should all be factored into this.
  4. Inventory Service Level - Determined by the level of stock you have sitting in your warehouse.  It’s the amount of time a part is available (where it is available, and for how long).
  5. Inventory Cost Per Hour of Flight - Operating costs/flying hours= Cost Per Hour Of Flight
    Remember it is important to consistently review, revise and reevaluate your KPIs.  As your business changes, so should your objectives and goals.

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First appearing in the 1930s, reed relays were once a critical component of telecommunications systems. Despite phasing out of telecommunications, they are now more prolific than ever as they find use other applications such as automatic test equipment, electronics, etc


Reed relays are relays with contacts made of a magnetic material with electromagnetics that act directly on the switch inside of requiring an armature. This relay contains a reed switch, an optional diode, an encapsulating package with connection terminals, and a coil for creating a magnetic field. When used correctly, this type of relay is a perfect device, especially since it has inherent isolation between voltage controls and operating coils. This type of mechanism allows for a flawless signal switching.

The reed switch, a component within the relay, has two metal shaped blades created from highly magnetic material. These blades are encapsulated inside a glass tube, making them resistant to corrosion. This glass seal also protects debris from entering the switch, allowing for a lengthy mechanical life.  Due to their magnetic nature, the blades are attracted to each other and with enough of a push, the blades will touch, forming an electrical contact. These two blades are the only point of contact within the switch.

Reed switches have many different varying factors, one of which is size. Longer reed switches do not require long-distance blade deflection, allowing for the blade gap to be closed more easily. Shorter reed switches are typically made with thinner materials to allow for easier blade contact.  These small switches allow for small relays to be constructed, a critical aspect when space is an issue. Reed switches are used to generate electricity in a circuit. The generation of electricity inside a circuit is critical, making reed switch a necessity to operate to anything with a circuit board such as an aircraft or a vehicle.

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Aircraft engines and car engines seem like they would be rather similar. After all, they are both machinery that power massive vehicles used to transport people and goods. But, the truth is, aircraft engines are rather different. Aircraft utilize RPMs, not multi-gear transmissions.

RPMs are like gears in a car, in the sense that propeller driven aircraft depend on specific RPM, or revolutions per minute, settings to achieve different stages of flight. So, the RPMs are at maximum setting during take-offs and landing, and they are reduced to a slower and more efficient setting during flight. During flight, the aircraft engine’s RPM doesn’t change, but the engine power, which translates to speed, can.
 
Aircraft engines have three major controls: the throttle, the propeller knob and the mixture knob. While the throttle is like the gas pedal of a car in terms of increasing and decreasing power, it’s different in that the aircraft engine still runs at the same speed even as the throttle changes the power output. That’s because the propeller knob changes the RPMs. When the aircraft takes-off, the propeller knob and the throttle are set to full forward for maximum power. But at cruising altitude, the throttle is set to reduce the power output and the propeller RPMs accordingly. The mixture knob is then used to lean the fuel-air ratio to the proper stoichiometric ratio for that particular altitude so that the aircraft flies smoothly.
 
Notice, to reach cruising speeds, only the throttle and the mixture knobs need to be changed. But the aircraft can still speed up or slow down. The propeller knob doesn’t have to move, and the RPMs don’t have to change. That’s because speed is based on the power output by the throttle, and how propeller blades automatically change pitch, or the distance it would move forward if it were cutting through a solid, accordingly.
 
Clearly, aircraft engines and car engines are not that similar or comparable. You don’t have to deal with altitudes, stoichiometry of fuel-air ratios, or pitch when you drive a car. But, like a car, you do have to maintain your engine and repair and replace parts when need-be. At times like that, you have ASAP Purchasing, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, one of the premier suppliers of aviation parts and components ranging from massive engines to tiny bearings. 

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Autonomous cars are self-driving vehicles. It is very interesting to see how long we have come from having a basic mode of transportation which has slowly but surely evolved into much more than that. A handful of the automobile industry has slowly transitioned into building their first autonomous cars. Companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Audi, and of course Tesla electric have many of them on the road today. However, owing to the nature of the advancement there are still many errors to fix due to possibilities of crashes and potential deaths as seen by Tesla Model S as the first autonomous car fatality. It is important these vehicles can detect objects, fog, and all the hazards of the road 100% of the time before progressing any further.
Autonomous vehicles need Infrared cameras to allow better visibility than light-based cameras. Although there is a limitation due to the high cost and limited resources available. Now the time has gone into research to find a different solution that will enable an overall better technology for the vehicle.
The University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, the Air Force Research Lab and the University of Missouri collaborated to create a new material that enables better-infrared technology. This new material is called chalcogenide perovskites. This was found in barium titanium sulfide (BTS) which cooperated uniquely, where the light interacted in two different directions. The BTS would make for better image contrast which well helps better improve sensing objects. This new technology will improve and advance the technology behind autonomous vehicles efficiently at a better cost.
ASAP Purchasing, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your hard to find the best-infrared sensors. Veritable Aviation is your premier online distributor of whether new, old or hard to find, they can help you locate infrared cameras and detection systems. ASAP Purchasing has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at www.asap-purchasing.com or call +1-412-212-0606.

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Toshiba has just announced they are adding two brand new N-Channel devices to their extended family of U-MOS IX-H family of high-efficiency and high speed switching MOSFETs. TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL are the two newest additions to the MOSFETs lineup by Toshiba. They help designers improve performance while reducing power consumption in most of the power supply applications for DC-DC converters as well as the secondary side circuits of the SMPS AC-DC power supplies. They have a maximum VDSS rating of 40V and allows for operation with gate-source voltages of +/-20V and the maximum respective drain currents are between 100A and 82A. Having low typical on resistance of just 2.5mO at VGS=10V enables an output capacitance (COSS) of 1000pF which ultimately ensures the efficiency of the on-state operations, rapid switching and lowers switching losses.

TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL provides the optimal trade-off between the resistance and capacitance to support optimum performance and efficiency in power supply applications. Boasting a synchronous rectification designs with low output charge that reduces the rectification power loss in regards to device contributions. Lastly the TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL will primarily operate with channel temperatures up to 175 degrees Celsius thanks to the U-MOS IX-H technology devoted to ensuring stable operations over a variety of load conditions and temperature ranges.

Here at ASAP purchasing, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Toshiba products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. All of our aircraft parts are extensively tested and enjoy our consumer-centric warranty If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at http://www.asap-purchasing.com call us at toll free at (714) 705 4780.


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Recently, On-chip tuning capacitors have had a major issue with being too lossy and causing problems for the user. This issue has been identified and according to the university of California, Santa Barbara has allegedly stated the issue is within the,

"deposition of complex oxides, such as barium strontium titanate, is problematic because of the high temperatures and oxygen-rich environment involved."

Also reporting another major issue has to do with the BST- based device being limited by the deposition and processing methods appose to the actual base material. A change in fabric has become a main solution to their overloading issue by replacing chemicals commonly used in photolithography that contaminate BST. The film in the chip requires a smaller electrode dimensions and finer lithography that the standard integrated capacitor structures. Another challenge that that they face is low-loss reactive devices are microwave frequencies.

Finding alternatives is their main concern to cease the unruly effects that the chip has been encountering. Over much research they have soon discovered that the deposition of low dielectric loss is possible from a hybrid,

“hybrid form of molecular beam epitaxy that uses metal organic precursors.”

As the BST capacitor have many uses they have soon to be used to create phase shifters for phased array antennas in mobile communications or also may be used in antennas in cellular communications.

Despite these unruly materials with the BST this is not the first dilemma of its type. According to Professor Robert York of UCSB there has already been,

"some barium strontium titanate devices are already used for commercial RF electronics, and the infrastructure for deposition and fabrication already exists within semiconductor foundries.”

As a result, the University to provide ICs with films that are placed exactly on metal electrodes.

ASAP Purchasing can provide a wide variety of capacitors, semiconductors and other board level components. Dealing with some of the top electronic components manufacturing companies in the industry to for fill your component need in one source. Our goal is to ease your logistics to get you equipped and installed instantly. For a better look at the products we have to offer visit our website at www.asap-purchasing.com. For instant RFQs email us at sales@asapsemi.com or to speak with one of our sales representatives give us a call at  (714) 705 4780


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In recent News, Apple the creator of the iPhone and many apple products have finally witnessed a drop-in sales in its birth place of China. Many competitors are on the rise to surpass and beat apple sales, Samsung and Android being some of the top. Per the tar Worldpanel Comtech Iphones take 31.8% of smartphone sales with a growth of 1.3%. Android a top apple competitor has taken a plunge in the US numbers with 66% and a total of 0.6% decline in revenue sales. The release of the IPhone 6s allowed Apple to compete with Samsung’s release the Galaxy S7/S7 edge. In the US both companies competed side by side for the number one spot was recorded as the,” iPhone 6s devices accounted for 15.1% of the US smartphone OS market in Q2 while Samsung’s Galaxy S7/S7 edge accounted for 14.1%.

“Alongside the US the numbers in the UK headed in the same direction showing that.”

Apple grew 3.1% to 37.2% market share, in France it took 20.2% share and in Germany its share went up 1% to 14.2% share.” Although these sales in the US and UK have gone up it has not been the same for China. Some say that the plunge was due to market share loss or even the being,” outmaneuvered and outclassed.”As iphones are released almost every year many state that they are lacking newer features rather than just an average software upgrade with a better camera. These numbers that were lost due to these factors are quite a large impact in the company. Tim Cook the CEO of apple tries to explain their downfall and says, “we had a surge of upgraders that came into the market for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and the upgrade rate increased relatively more in Greater China than elsewhere around the world.” 

ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of electronic parts and board level components. Being able to provide a broad variety of parts for your very needs. Look at our proprietary website ASAP-Purchasing.com and explore all Apple broad level components for use in various applications. Keeping up with the latest and most modern electronic equipment is our goal. For a better idea of what we can provide give us a call at (714) 705 4780 or email us at sales@asapsemi.com.


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In Danbury, the company Amphenol RF is expanding to its new PSMP interface. Due to the flexibility there will be four new cable connectors that will be available. These specific cables are designed for 0.141- and 0.86-inch diameter semi-rigid and conformable cables which allow engineers to have way more choices than they currently have.

These new cable plugs are made to operate in high power applications. These applications can run all the way up to 200 W at frequencies of 2.2 GHz. These connectors look similar to the SMP interface, with features of gold and copper outer contacts in white bronze as well. The purpose of these specific finishes ensure a mechanical fit and maximize electrical performance.

The company Amphenol RF is one of the top manufacturers of connectors for use in radio frequency such as microwaves and data transmission systems. Their headquarters are located in Danbury, Connecticut, USA. While they are located in the United States they have global sales that include countries such as Asia and Europe. Some of their standard products include RF connectors, coaxial adapters and RF cable assemblies. Aside from their standard products they also have custom engineered products that include multi-port ganged interconnect, blind-mate and hybrid mixed-signal solutions.

While their main focus is on building on flexibility of PSMP designs, the 4 cable connectors that are available are designed in semi-rigid and conformable cables. These designs suit high-power applications that can range all the way up to 200 W. The mating style is similar to SMP interface, where as well the white gold-plated female center contacts with copper plated in white bronze. These plates ensure mechanical fit and they also optimize electrical performance allowing the high-power ranges to reach a 200 w. This company also adds versatility to the board to focus on their PSMP line.

ASAP offers a wide variety of electronic parts corresponding to Amphenol RF parts and products. We like to stay up to date with modern technology and modern parts to fulfill your aerospace electronic component needs. For a further look at our inventory visit us at www.asap-purchasing.com or give us a call at (714) 705-4780. For instant RFQ’s email us at sales@asapsemi.com.

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On August 23rd 2016. John Vandiver wrote an article for Stars and Stripes talking about the newest Air Force General to be nominated to lead the U.S. Africa Command as well as the U.S. Air Force. These two positions were approved by the U.S. Senate on the prior Wednesday.

For the newest Air Force General, David Goldfien was appointed. Goldfien replaced General Mark A. Welsh. Goldfein was the vice chief of staff for the service before taking over as the Air Force chief of staff. Goldfein has experience in combat experience as well as flying in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here’s what Air Force Secretary Deborah James had to say about Goldfien being appointed.

“There is not a better person to lead our airmen into the next century of Airpower dominance.”

For the newest U.S. Africa Command, Marine Lt. General Thomas Waldhauser was appointed. Waldhauser replaced General David Rodriguez who was in charge for the past three years. Waldhauser was the director of joint force development with the Joint Chiefs of Staff prior to taking over as the U.S. Africa Command. Waldhauser will be focusing on the instability of Libya in attempts to defuse the situation with the Islamic State trying to establish ground in Libya.

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Lenovo announced the release of its first OLED screen laptop after a long period of anticipation.  Supplying was delayed by Lenovo’s testing, to ensure best possible version was released.  The Think pad X1 is the first of its kind in Lenovo’s history now being available for an exceptional price of $1,682. It can compete with its counterparts in the market as a standard LED screen priced at just $1,394, US which is also standard for most lap top screens in the industry.

These competing screens do not stray too far from each other but have some noticeable different qualities. Although they both have the i5 Core Skylake processors, the OLED is more expensive and has the tendency to have “imagine burning “which is caused by leaving an image on the screen too long.

There is also a catch with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga OLED model -- you cannot get WiGig Wi-Fi, which is available in the LED models.

For this reason, companies that produce PCs have strayed from their production such as Samsung and LG limit. Instead they manufacture LED products for smaller high volume commodities and large screen TVs.  HP is going to limit its work with the OLED production and ensuring that the final product works well, before even thinking about bringing the latest innovation to low model laptops.

The ThinkPad is the next best thing for a light weight and efficient travel lap top to date. The pad has a rotating screen which allows it to turn into a tablet for a closer hand on grip. The OLED screen emits images at 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution. Equipped with an approximated 11 hours of battery life tested by Lenovo. Weighing as little as 2.6 pounds and is about a solid .67 inches. It is the perfect on the go product.

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Intel is finally catching up and creating a pair of augmented reality smart glasses. They may make an appearance at Intel’s developer show next month. They will show all of the details during a technical session while it is being held in San Francisco. All of the information about the glasses isn’t available yet, but they seem very similar and just between the two glasses created by Microsoft and Google.

They describe it as a product that uses Intel’s Collaboration Suite video capabilities to "transform Intel's enterprise collaboration experiences with secure, cost-effective, hands-free and augmented reality technologies."

The glasses are a blend from the real world into a virtual world, creating 3D objects, video chat such as Skype or video games that have a 3D effect but at the same time have a real world background.

They also allow a remote way of communication. For example, if one were to video chat or Skype while wearing the glasses it allows them to be hands free and more remote instead of having to hold up a cell phone or sit in front of a computer. It would also blend virtual and real world into one during the video chat and in the future help out with areas such as medicine and education.

Smart glasses and components manufactured by Intel might also run into some problems like their competitors, such as being too bulky or not being allowed to wear them in public places. A popular game such as Pokemon Go could enhance the glasses capabilities such as being able to measure distance and recognize items and map locations.

Although Intel already has Smart Glasses, they do not do what the new AR glasses would be doing. One of the features that differentiates them from the others is the Real-sense camera. It goes in depth with the shape and contour of objects

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There has been skepticism in the last few years about the idea of “Made in America”; but there is assurance in a particular segment that “USA made” product dominates, and that the global weapons trade.

The Military-Industrial Complex has figured out that USA made products inspire a lot of brand loyalty even with countries like Saudi Arabia. The USA was the world’s leading arms dealer in 2014 and 2015. With $36.2 billion in sales in 2014, in which there was a 35% in sales over 2013. 2015 also proved to be a more profitable year with $46.6 billion in sales. A Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report on the global arms trade that the United States maintains a commanding “33% share of total arms exports and is the world’s top seller for five years running”. With a total customer base 96 countries in which 40% is exported to the Middle East.

One explanation to the increase in 2015 could be traced to the marketing efforts of US personnel stationed at the US embassy in Jordan. They represented the US at Jordan’s eleventh bi-annual Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX). SOFEX offers arms manufactures to display their merchandise and to cut deals potential buyers.

Deployed at SOFEX were Senior Commercial Officer Geoffrey Bogart and Regional Safety and Security chief Cherine Maher to push sales of American made arms. Maher stated,

We are very high on the safety and security market in Jordan.

while his colleague stated,

there is an abundance of market prospects for US companies to do business in Jordan, including in border security, cyber security, command and control centers, telecommunications equipment, military vehicles, artillery, tactical equipment, bomb and metal detectors, and closed circuit television (CCTV) and access control.

The countries that offer the most opportunities consist of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon and Iraq. With Iraq having a 2014 market value about $7.6 billion and it is estimated to increase to $19 billion because of the latest issues with ISIS.  Corporations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and etc, took $90.29 billion of the over $175 billion worth of taxpayer dollars that were contracted to the top 100 military contractors.

A recent Map-light analysis concluded that,

the major U.S. government contractors have received $1,171 in taxpayer money for every $1 invested in lobbying and political action committee contributions during the last decade.

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Elbit Systems present its latest spectrum of solutions for changing requirements of the defense, and commercial aviation to increase pilot awareness and reinforce flight protection and safety. Solutions for commercial aviation include avionic systems, advanced electronic warfare, electro-optics and unmanned systems. Elbit has said to bring their aviation solutions to the Farnborough, a week long show used for trade and also open to the public on the last 3 days held in Hampshire, England.

Prime examples of the new systems that will be presented at Farnborough are systems such as Spectrotm- XR and Light spear.  The Spectrotm – XR offers a long range electro – optical ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance) system for ISTAR missions enhancing manned systems with more over all awareness. On the contrary the Light Spear system provides protection to a UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) and allows Jamming of the system to take place.

Alongside the UAS Elbit offers the Comint/DF system. This particular system was designed to handle multiple communication systems at once and for compatibility with any UAS. Communication is the key in any system which is why Elbit offers their line of Data Links which provides wireless communication for manned or unmanned aircraft. Designed with Tracking, Telemetry, Ranging and Control systems which can be installed into space vehicles and satellite earth stations.

Tracking devices help find uncharted items in desperate times of need, now controlled by the Family of Intelligence and EW Systems for Cellular Communications systems. Identifying and locating potential threats designed and used by the military, law enforcement, and intelligence entities.

With endless solution programs Elbit displayed at the Farnborough, it continues to be one of the top Homeland Security and Commercial programs in the industry.

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Outside the United States lurks one of the USA’s largest Airforce base; located in southwest Germany is Ramstein Air Base. Ramstein serves as the headquarters for the US Air Force in Europe and is a crucial Air base for drone warfare, airlifting special-ops units and transporting munitions for airstrikes. The Air Base is the home to 57,000 US citizens and the Defense Department calls it,

the largest American community outside of the United States, Ramstein serves as the biggest Air Force cargo port beyond US borders, providing full spectrum airfield operations along with world-class airlift and expeditionary combat support.

To make the US soldiers feel home, Ramstein has five American colleges have campuses on the base and large Exchange store that is considered the largest in the US military. A public-affairs officer, Maj. Tony Wickman stated that

The scope of that projection is vast, with areas of responsibility that include Europe, Russia, and Africa—104 countries in all. And Ramstein is well-staffed to meet the challenge, with over 7,500 “active duty Airmen”.

At the moment, Ramstein supports fifteen different major combat operations and the newest addition to the base are fleet of fourteen newest-model C-130 turboprops. The plane is known for its spacious cargo bay that can carry up to 44,000 pounds of supplies or 92 Army Airborne “jumpers” who can weigh up to 400 pounds. The C-130J is ideal for flying war material and special-operations forces to remote terrain in northern and western Africa and the Pentagon describes it as “a rugged combat transporter designed to take off and land at austere fields”.

In 2011 Ramstein’s 60,800-square-foot Air and Space Operations Center opened and it came with “40 communication systems, 553 workstations, 1,500 computers, 1,700 monitors, 22,000 connections, and enough fiber optics to stretch from here to the Louvre in Paris.” Making it one the most technological advanced air bases.

Ramstein is absolutely essential to the US drone program.

says Brandon Bryant, a former Air Force sensor operator who participated in drone attacks on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia for five years while stationed in New Mexico and Nevada.

“All information and data go through Ramstein. Everything. For the whole world.” Bryant and other sensor operators had Ramstein on speed dial:

Before we could establish a link from our ground-control station in the United States to the drone, we literally would have to call Ramstein up and say ‘Hey, can you connect us to this satellite feed?’ We would just pick up the phone and press the button and it automatically dials in to Ramstein.


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On Monday July 11 2016, Keith Stuart wrote an article for The Guardian that talks about Microsoft’s Xbox One and the games that come along with it. After this year’s E3 conference in Los Angeles, there was much talk about the Xbox One S that Microsoft had on display during this conference.

To give you some idea as to what is promised in the Xbox One S, Microsoft has said that this console will be compatible with the 4k definition. Along with this, the size of the Xbox One S console will be reduced to a size 40% less than its predecessor. Microsoft has plans for this to be released in the later months of 2017.

Here is what Phil Spencer, the man behind the Xbox business plan after Don Mattrick’s leave in July of 2013, has to say about this.

I mean, there are definitely business minds that would say, ‘You should keep everything as close to the now-now-now answer as you can’. Talking about the future is always a challenge.

The goal of the E3 conference for Spencer was to use the community to pique interest in the new development console. In a normal case, Microsoft would have planned to keep this a secret and have people sign NDA’s however the team decided to try something new this time around.

Mike Ybarra the director of program management of the Xbox had to add his comment to this.

A lot of people are missing the fact that Xbox One S is a 4K, UHD physical Blu-ray player too. Well, those are retailing at $399. With Xbox One S, at $299, you’re getting 4K Blu-ray, a 4K upscale for games and video, it’s 40% smaller than Xbox One, and has the power supply built in. I think people are going to be blown away when they see Microsoft HDR games and videos, frankly. It’s a pretty big difference.

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With the mechatronics technology on the rise, a pronounced challenge by Ford was tested on their proving ground located in Arizona, USA. This thrilling experiment was carried out as part of their Smart Mobility program. Ford’s research and development team has certainly penetrated a new bench mark in the automotive industry by proving that their vehicles can now start cruising in the streets with no headlights or cameras, and using only LIDAR sensors. This enriched technology operates by measuring the distance around the vehicle’s perimeter and illuminating a target by means of a laser light.

This technology was previously trialed on vehicles but hasn’t met the required success criteria. The reason this was the case was due to the poor quality camera images it generated, although it still offers a superior image resolution in comparison to the radar. However, Ford did overcome this obstacle by installing a high resolution digital 3D road map along with the virtual driver software which resulted in a vehicle guided by a further developed LIDAR system to track complex roads in a very detailed manner. The sensors equipped in the LIDAR system are very sophisticated that it has the ability to scan the surroundings up to nearly 3 million times per second. This refined system operates infrared light with a 200 meters range to generate a richer digital three dimensional image of the vehicle’s exterior environment.

All of this decisive information is then paralleled to a digital high-resolution road map which contains extremely comprehensive data that was previously stored to define other essential details such as trees, buildings, signs, road markings and many more specifics. The autopilot software then relates all the LIDAR signals revealed from the vehicles surroundings to the instantaneous radar and map data to finally convert those to breaking and steering commands.

LIDAR technology has also significantly reduced in size and price which greatly contributes to ease launching this brilliant technology on a mass scale. Consequently many reputable companies and academic institutions are currently investing today in developing human machine interface designs.


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