INDUSTRY AND THE
COMPANIES TEAM UP ON BATTERIES
Boston-Power ( www.boston-power.com) is a relatively tiny
player in the Lithium-Ion battery game, but it was recently
announced that the company's next-generation Sonata® battery
will soon be available as an optional upgrade for the Hewlett-Packard ( www.hp.com) Enviro Series notebook computers.
The upgrade will cost about $20 to $30. According to
Boston-Power, "Sonata is the longest-lasting and fastest-charging
Li-Ion battery cell available." The batteries can be charged to 80
percent capacity in only half an hour, will accept 1,000 charges
before capacity starts to degrade, and are warranted to last three
years (and your notebook will probably be stolen before that).
Various configurations will be available for end applications
ranging from consumer electronics to transportation.
ECONOMIC CRISIS TO BUMP
According to The Information Network — a market research
group — the ongoing economic downturn and credit
problems will have a decidedly negative effect on solar panel
manufacturers. A TIN spokesman observed, "Newly installed
solar capacity will reach only 7.1 GW in 2009, equivalent to
a global growth rate of 26 percent, down from our forecast of
49 percent growth earlier this year."
The good news — if you're planning on installing solar
panels this year — is that panel prices are predicted to sink by
20 to 30 percent as the global inventory doubles. Recovery is
in the works for 2010, however, with a projected 48 percent
growth. Details are available at www.theinformationnet.com,
but note that full reports will run you $2,595 each.
of positions in use. The body has
gold-flashed or gold-plated contacts,
and spindles may be specified with
special flats, slots, or knurls. The
switches are rated at 150 mA @
250V AC/DC, with a life expectancy
of 10,000 cycles. The operating
temperature range is - 30 to +185°C,
and its proof voltage is 1,500 VAC.
Intended applications include
portable outdoor equipment, marine
applications, vehicle controls, test and
measurement, etc. Prices were not
specified, so you'll have to contact
www.saelig.com if you're interested.
QUICK DNA ANALYSIS
This product isn't for everyone, but
maybe you're a private investigator
or have watched too many CSI
episodes, or just aren't sure those
little monsters are really your kids. In
such cases, you could probably use a
new instrument developed by Japan's
NEC Corp. ( www.nec.com) with
assistance from Aida Engineering.
Billed as the world's first portable
human DNA analyzer, it integrates all
of the steps in the analysis process:
(1) cell collection; (2) DNA extraction; ( 3) polymerase chain reaction
(PCR) to amplify DNA fragments;
( 4) electrophoresis to ascertain DNA
"fingerprints;" and ( 5) STR analysis for
determining genetic profiling. And it
completes the entire process in only
The instrument was developed
primarily for law enforcement
applications, so the compact size
(500 x 400 x 200 mm) is a nice
feature. No price information was
available at press time, so presumably
it ain't cheap.
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