Toyota, the Japanese auto giant, announced a five-year, $1 billion research and development effort in Artificial Intelligence and establishing a Silicon Valley research and development center to pursue those goals. Conceived as a research facility bridging basic science and commercial engineering, it will be organized as a new company named Toyota Research Institute. Toyota will initially have a laboratory adjacent to Stanford University and another near M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass. The Toyota Research Institute will be led by Gill Pratt, who recently joined Toyota from DARPA where he ran the Robotics Challenge, an event that promoted work on robots that can work with humans.


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In June 2015, the US Navy announced that they were set to christen their tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), on Saturday June 13th at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. This ship was named in honor of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who resigned from Congress in 2011 to recover from wounds sustained in an assassination attempt. She was known for her support of the military and veterans.


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Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, reported a successful close to the calendar year 2014, keeping itself in a neck-and-neck race with its counterpart Bombardier for the title of third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world. Currently, only Boeing and Airbus are larger. TAM Linhas Aereas, a Brazilian airline, is in the process of finalizing an order for thirty regional jets from Embraer, in efforts to strengthen its domestic Brazilian network.


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Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Acco Systems, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of standard and custom automated conveyor, rail, and material handling systems. Founded in 1919, Acco Systems’ portfolio of products includes belt/chain skid conveyors, automated electrified monorail systems, automated storage/retrieval systems (AS/RS), skillet conveyors, towline systems, horizontal and pendulum conveyors, twin-trolley systems, and overhead and inverted power-and-free systems. Today, Acco Systems, Inc. operates under Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany-based Durr AG, a global firm specializing in mechanical and plant engineering technologies.


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Hartzell Propeller traces its beginnings back to the 1860’s, where 17 year old John Hartzell began a career by selling lightening rods. After borrowing $25 and purchasing a horse and wagon, he founded the Hartzell Farm Wagon Company in 1875. In the 1890’s, John’s son George joined the company and later purchased it, renaming the company as George W.


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Aeroflex Inc. is actually composed of a group of companies: Gaisler Research, IFR Systems Inc, Marconi Instruments, Radiation Assured Devices, and Wavetek. All these companies were acquired over the course of the most recent decade, from 2002-2014. Their major acquisitions over the years include the following companies:


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AirBorn Inc., although not a Fortune 500 company or universally known company by any means, is a very well-known manufacturing company within its industry, especially when it comes to any client that uses connectors and connector products regularly. AirBorn offers thousands of connector products that are used in the following industries:


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Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., both hugely influential Fortune 500 global technology corporations, have been in an ongoing battle for dominance of the electronics market. The two companies have combined for more than half of the smartphones sold in the world since 2012. The competition has been intense, with countless lawsuits and litigation having been file. This ongoing litigation between Apple and Samsung for mobile devices in particular has become known as the “smartphone patent wars.”


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In 1924, science historian and civic leader Bern Dibner founded Burndy Engineering Company, a name which was based on the contraction of his first name and last initial. Dr. Dibner, during his time as an engineer working on the electrical system in Cuba, realized the need to improve methods of connecting electrical conductors and also to join power system substations. As such, Dr. Dibner successfully designed a universal connector that enabled a unified grid.


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Joseph O. Eaton, Henning O. Taube, and Viggo V. Torbenson incorporated Torbensen Gear and Axle Co in New Jersey in 1911 in order to manufacturer Torbensen’s patented internal-gear truck axle. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions over the years in the automotive industry, the company eventually became known as Eaton Corporation.


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Alcatel-Lucent was formed in December 2006 via the merger of two large telecommunications companies, Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, who were actually major players in the telecommunications industry since the late 19th century. They were originally La Compagnie Generale d’Electricite (CGE) and Western Electric Manufacturing Company, respectively, until Western Electric Manufacturing Company was bought out by American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T).


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Actel: Provides Antifuse-based FPGAs for Multifarious Industries Actel Corporation is a manufacturer of antifuse-based FPGAs. They were founded in 1985. FPGA stand for field programmable gate array. This device is an integrated circuit that can be programmed after being manufactured. These units are similar to ASICsApplication Areas FPGAs can often be found in applications that include:


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Every time you board a commercial jetliner to any destination in the world, it is highly likely that you are on an aircraft made by either Boeing, a huge American multinational aerospace corporation, or Airbus, their equally large European counterpart. Together, these two corporations constantly compete for dominance, or an increased market share at least, of the lucrative global aviation and aerospace market.


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