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News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.accesswire.com

LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / February 22, 2017 / Active Wall St. blog coverage looks at the headline from Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) as the Company unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototype to the US Marine Corps at a ceremony held at the Company's integration facility located in Charleston, South Carolina on February 21, 2017. The vehicle is the first of the batch of 16 to be delivered for testing by the Marine Corps, where the delivery is scheduled to begin in March, under the initial contract of $121.5 million awarded on November 14, 2015. Register with us now for your free membership and blog access at: One of Science Applications International's competitors within the Information Technology Services space, Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN), is estimated to report earnings on March 23, 2017. AWS will be initiating a research report on Accenture following the release of its next earnings results. Today, AWS is promoting its blog coverage on SAIC; touching on ACN. Get all of our free blog coverage and more by clicking on the link below: US Marine Corps awarded contracts to both McLean-based SAIC and Bae Systems Inc., to design prototypes for its next-gen amphibious combat vehicles. The award was made for the so-called Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1, Increment 1-ACV 1.1, where the Marines will test and procure each vehicle before moving on to ACV1.2 phase. The aging fleets of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) have been in operation since the 70's and the Marines expect to address some of the issues faced by the vehicles. Initially, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program was commissioned but cancelled later in January 2011. The existing AAVs were fielded in 80's and were fine vehicles for certain applications, but acted as a deadlock against road mines, and were not impressive in particular for mine protection. The two Companies beat a crowded field of competitors including Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), Michigan-based Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Corp. And Falls Church-based General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD). BAE Systems was awarded a contract worth $103.8 million, where it delivered the first four of the 16 amphibious combat vehicle 1.1 on February 16, 2017, for testing. BAE partnered with Italian Company IVECO Defence Vehicles to build the ACV batch, which features a 700 horsepower engine offering it an edge over the predecessor, i.e., AAV. SAIC delivered the first of its lot on February 21, 2017, which features a remotely operated .50-caliber machine gun turret, mounted cameras on the vehicle to offer 360-degree visibility, and a ‘V-over-V' hull design to ensure blast protection for the Marines inside the vehicles. SAIC partnered with the Singaporean Company ST Kinetics to develop the ACV 1.1, where it based the design on the eight-wheeled Terrex vehicle, used by the Singapore Armed Forces and developed by ST Kinetics. In addition to IED-proof design, the SAIC prototype can swim through four-foot waves and six-foot plunging surf, according to Bernie Ellis, program manager for the vehicle. SAIC's ACV is an eight-wheeled, armored amphibious vehicle, designed to offer improved survivability, mobility, lethality, and C4ISR capability tailored to transport Marine Corps fighting units from ship to shore. The design from SAIC comes with 600 horsepower engine to deliver outstanding mobility while offering excellent fuel economy. SAIC is among the major players in the segment with a proven track record for more than 10 years where it has been modifying and upgrading armored vehicles for the Department of Defense, ensuring advanced protection during combat and also securing command and control and repair capabilities. On December 20, 2016, SAIC and root9B partnered to offer advanced cybersecurity simulation and training to government clients. Prior to this agreement, on December 15, 2016, SAIC was awarded a potential $84 million contract by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific to deliver network service solutions and engineering support to the US Navy and joint Department of Defense shore units across the world. On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $88.39, slightly rising 0.87% from its previous closing price of $87.63. A total volume of 218.83 thousand shares have exchanged hands. Science Applications' stock price surged 12.22% in the last three months, 43.94% in the past six months, and 103.34% in the previous twelve months. Furthermore, since the start of the year, shares of the Company have gained 4.61%. The stock is trading at a PE ratio of 29.17 and has a dividend yield of 1.40%. The net market capital for the Company was $3.90 billion as per Tuesday's closing price. Active Wall Street (AWS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. AWS has two distinct and independent departments. One department produces non-sponsored analyst certified content generally in the form of press releases, articles and reports covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and the other produces sponsored content (in most cases not reviewed by a registered analyst), which typically consists of compensated investment newsletters, articles and reports covering listed stocks and micro-caps. Such sponsored content is outside the scope of procedures detailed below. AWS has not been compensated; directly or indirectly; for producing or publishing this document. The non-sponsored content contained herein has been prepared by a writer (the "Author") and is fact checked and reviewed by a third party research service company (the "Reviewer") represented by a credentialed financial analyst, for further information on analyst credentials, please email [email protected]. Rohit Tuli, a CFA® charterholder (the "Sponsor"), provides necessary guidance in preparing the document templates. The Reviewer has reviewed and revised the content, as necessary, based on publicly available information which is believed to be reliable. Content is researched, written and reviewed on a reasonable-effort basis. The Reviewer has not performed any independent investigations or forensic audits to validate the information herein. The Reviewer has only independently reviewed the information provided by the Author according to the procedures outlined by AWS. AWS is not entitled to veto or interfere in the application of such procedures by the third-party research service company to the articles, documents or reports, as the case may be. Unless otherwise noted, any content outside of this document has no association with the Author or the Reviewer in any way. AWS, the Author, and the Reviewer are not responsible for any error which may be occasioned at the time of printing of this document or any error, mistake or shortcoming. No liability is accepted whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising from the use of this document. AWS, the Author, and the Reviewer expressly disclaim any fiduciary responsibility or liability for any consequences, financial or otherwise arising from any reliance placed on the information in this document. Additionally, AWS, the Author, and the Reviewer do not (1) guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness or correct sequencing of the information, or (2) warrant any results from use of the information. The included information is subject to change without notice. This document is not intended as an offering, recommendation, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell the securities mentioned or discussed, and is to be used for informational purposes only. Please read all associated disclosures and disclaimers in full before investing. Neither AWS nor any party affiliated with us is a registered investment adviser or broker-dealer with any agency or in any jurisdiction whatsoever. To download our report(s), read our disclosures, or for more information, visit http://www.activewallst.com/disclaimer/. For any questions, inquiries, or comments reach out to us directly. If you're a company we are covering and wish to no longer feature on our coverage list contact us via email and/or phone between 09:30 EDT to 16:00 EDT from Monday to Friday at: CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: phys.org

Measured bandwidth performance comparison of non-Foster integrated antenna vs. passive (conventional) antenna of the same physical size. Credit: Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Chu's Limit, a fundamental principle of electromagnetics, dictates that the bandwidth an antenna can function in has a maximum level proportional to the physical size of the antenna—the smaller the antenna, the smaller the bandwidth, the slower and less capable the communications link. Chu's Limit has been a foundational law of antenna and telecommunications research since its introduction in the late 1940s, but a scientist at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) has recently, for the first time, exceeded Chu's Limit in a measured experiment. Justin Church, an engineer in the Center's applied electromagnetics group, used non-Foster circuits embedded in an electrically small antenna to produce the first experimentally measured instance of exceeding the Limit. Several papers have theorized or simulated such a possibility, but Church is the first to demonstrate an antenna capable of using bandwidths that exceed this fundamental limit. He was able to achieve this thanks to two novel advances: non-Foster circuits and internal matching. Non-Foster circuits are active, transistorized circuits that effectively create capacitors and inductors that are negatively charged, meaning the reactance is inverted to that of conventional capacitors and inductors. Coupling this technique with internal matching—embedding the antenna and circuit into one structure—allowed the electrically small antenna to achieve a broader bandwidth, while not sacrificing efficiency. An electrically small antenna is one in which the largest dimension of the structure is less than one-tenth of a wavelength. Most electrically small antennas have less than 1 percent efficiency, but Church was able to achieve an efficiency of 85 percent. Church experimentally verified an instantaneous bandwidth of 18 Megahertz from an internally matched, non-Foster integrated antenna that had a physical volume less than one-tenth the operational wavelength. This measured bandwidth exceeds the Chu limit by 2.5 times. Aside from the scientific importance of achieving this previous impossibility, this is an important area of research for the Navy, and will have far reaching impacts on the warfighter. "A lot of the communication bands the military is interested in using are often at low frequencies—very high frequency (VHF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF). Here, the wavelengths are quite long—over a meter or more—and at these frequencies the wave travels a long distance," Church explained. "The challenge is, in order for an antenna to operate efficiently at those frequencies, it has to be physically large, often on a scale of several meters." This is a challenge for those tasked with executing Navy missions, where smaller, portable antennas are much more effective and covert. "There's a big push, and always a need for the military to research how small you can make antennas and have them operate as efficiently as large ones," Church said. "Antennas that are compact allow for greater operational capabilities." SSC Pacific is the naval research and development lab tasked with ensuring Information Warfare superiority. Explore further: Smaller and smarter antennas for military use


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

Upcoming AWS Coverage on Accenture LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / February 22, 2017 / Active Wall St. blog coverage looks at the headline from Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) as the Company unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototype to the US Marine Corps at a ceremony held at the Company's integration facility located in Charleston, South Carolina on February 21, 2017. The vehicle is the first of the batch of 16 to be delivered for testing by the Marine Corps, where the delivery is scheduled to begin in March, under the initial contract of $121.5 million awarded on November 14, 2015. Register with us now for your free membership and blog access at: http://www.activewallst.com/register/ One of Science Applications International's competitors within the Information Technology Services space, Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN), is estimated to report earnings on March 23, 2017. AWS will be initiating a research report on Accenture following the release of its next earnings results. Today, AWS is promoting its blog coverage on SAIC; touching on ACN. Get all of our free blog coverage and more by clicking on the link below: http://www.activewallst.com/register/ The ACV contract US Marine Corps awarded contracts to both McLean-based SAIC and Bae Systems Inc., to design prototypes for its next-gen amphibious combat vehicles. The award was made for the so-called Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1, Increment 1-ACV 1.1, where the Marines will test and procure each vehicle before moving on to ACV1.2 phase. The aging fleets of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) have been in operation since the 70's and the Marines expect to address some of the issues faced by the vehicles. Initially, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program was commissioned but cancelled later in January 2011. The existing AAVs were fielded in 80's and were fine vehicles for certain applications, but acted as a deadlock against road mines, and were not impressive in particular for mine protection. The two Companies beat a crowded field of competitors including Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), Michigan-based Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Corp. And Falls Church-based General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD). The Prototypes BAE Systems was awarded a contract worth $103.8 million, where it delivered the first four of the 16 amphibious combat vehicle 1.1 on February 16, 2017, for testing. BAE partnered with Italian Company IVECO Defence Vehicles to build the ACV batch, which features a 700 horsepower engine offering it an edge over the predecessor, i.e., AAV. SAIC delivered the first of its lot on February 21, 2017, which features a remotely operated .50-caliber machine gun turret, mounted cameras on the vehicle to offer 360-degree visibility, and a ‘V-over-V' hull design to ensure blast protection for the Marines inside the vehicles. SAIC partnered with the Singaporean Company ST Kinetics to develop the ACV 1.1, where it based the design on the eight-wheeled Terrex vehicle, used by the Singapore Armed Forces and developed by ST Kinetics. In addition to IED-proof design, the SAIC prototype can swim through four-foot waves and six-foot plunging surf, according to Bernie Ellis, program manager for the vehicle. SAIC's ACV is an eight-wheeled, armored amphibious vehicle, designed to offer improved survivability, mobility, lethality, and C4ISR capability tailored to transport Marine Corps fighting units from ship to shore. The design from SAIC comes with 600 horsepower engine to deliver outstanding mobility while offering excellent fuel economy. SAIC Growth Prospects SAIC is among the major players in the segment with a proven track record for more than 10 years where it has been modifying and upgrading armored vehicles for the Department of Defense, ensuring advanced protection during combat and also securing command and control and repair capabilities. On December 20, 2016, SAIC and root9B partnered to offer advanced cybersecurity simulation and training to government clients. Prior to this agreement, on December 15, 2016, SAIC was awarded a potential $84 million contract by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific to deliver network service solutions and engineering support to the US Navy and joint Department of Defense shore units across the world. Stock Performance On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $88.39, slightly rising 0.87% from its previous closing price of $87.63. A total volume of 218.83 thousand shares have exchanged hands. Science Applications' stock price surged 12.22% in the last three months, 43.94% in the past six months, and 103.34% in the previous twelve months. Furthermore, since the start of the year, shares of the Company have gained 4.61%. The stock is trading at a PE ratio of 29.17 and has a dividend yield of 1.40%. The net market capital for the Company was $3.90 billion as per Tuesday's closing price. Active Wall Street: Active Wall Street (AWS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. AWS has two distinct and independent departments. 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SOURCE: Active Wall Street ReleaseID: 455703February 22, 2017 /AccessWire/ — Upcoming AWS Coverage on Accenture LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / February 22, 2017 / Active Wall St. blog coverage looks at the headline from Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) as the Company unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototype to the US Marine Corps at a ceremony held at the Company's integration facility located in Charleston, South Carolina on February 21, 2017. The vehicle is the first of the batch of 16 to be delivered for testing by the Marine Corps, where the delivery is scheduled to begin in March, under the initial contract of $121.5 million awarded on November 14, 2015. Register with us now for your free membership and blog access at: http://www.activewallst.com/register/ One of Science Applications International's competitors within the Information Technology Services space, Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN), is estimated to report earnings on March 23, 2017. AWS will be initiating a research report on Accenture following the release of its next earnings results. Today, AWS is promoting its blog coverage on SAIC; touching on ACN. Get all of our free blog coverage and more by clicking on the link below: http://www.activewallst.com/register/ The ACV contract US Marine Corps awarded contracts to both McLean-based SAIC and Bae Systems Inc., to design prototypes for its next-gen amphibious combat vehicles. The award was made for the so-called Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1, Increment 1-ACV 1.1, where the Marines will test and procure each vehicle before moving on to ACV1.2 phase. The aging fleets of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) have been in operation since the 70's and the Marines expect to address some of the issues faced by the vehicles. Initially, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program was commissioned but cancelled later in January 2011. The existing AAVs were fielded in 80's and were fine vehicles for certain applications, but acted as a deadlock against road mines, and were not impressive in particular for mine protection. The two Companies beat a crowded field of competitors including Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), Michigan-based Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Corp. And Falls Church-based General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD). The Prototypes BAE Systems was awarded a contract worth $103.8 million, where it delivered the first four of the 16 amphibious combat vehicle 1.1 on February 16, 2017, for testing. BAE partnered with Italian Company IVECO Defence Vehicles to build the ACV batch, which features a 700 horsepower engine offering it an edge over the predecessor, i.e., AAV. SAIC delivered the first of its lot on February 21, 2017, which features a remotely operated .50-caliber machine gun turret, mounted cameras on the vehicle to offer 360-degree visibility, and a ‘V-over-V' hull design to ensure blast protection for the Marines inside the vehicles. SAIC partnered with the Singaporean Company ST Kinetics to develop the ACV 1.1, where it based the design on the eight-wheeled Terrex vehicle, used by the Singapore Armed Forces and developed by ST Kinetics. In addition to IED-proof design, the SAIC prototype can swim through four-foot waves and six-foot plunging surf, according to Bernie Ellis, program manager for the vehicle. SAIC's ACV is an eight-wheeled, armored amphibious vehicle, designed to offer improved survivability, mobility, lethality, and C4ISR capability tailored to transport Marine Corps fighting units from ship to shore. The design from SAIC comes with 600 horsepower engine to deliver outstanding mobility while offering excellent fuel economy. SAIC Growth Prospects SAIC is among the major players in the segment with a proven track record for more than 10 years where it has been modifying and upgrading armored vehicles for the Department of Defense, ensuring advanced protection during combat and also securing command and control and repair capabilities. On December 20, 2016, SAIC and root9B partnered to offer advanced cybersecurity simulation and training to government clients. Prior to this agreement, on December 15, 2016, SAIC was awarded a potential $84 million contract by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific to deliver network service solutions and engineering support to the US Navy and joint Department of Defense shore units across the world. Stock Performance On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $88.39, slightly rising 0.87% from its previous closing price of $87.63. A total volume of 218.83 thousand shares have exchanged hands. Science Applications' stock price surged 12.22% in the last three months, 43.94% in the past six months, and 103.34% in the previous twelve months. Furthermore, since the start of the year, shares of the Company have gained 4.61%. The stock is trading at a PE ratio of 29.17 and has a dividend yield of 1.40%. The net market capital for the Company was $3.90 billion as per Tuesday's closing price. Active Wall Street: Active Wall Street (AWS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. AWS has two distinct and independent departments. One department produces non-sponsored analyst certified content generally in the form of press releases, articles and reports covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and the other produces sponsored content (in most cases not reviewed by a registered analyst), which typically consists of compensated investment newsletters, articles and reports covering listed stocks and micro-caps. Such sponsored content is outside the scope of procedures detailed below. AWS has not been compensated; directly or indirectly; for producing or publishing this document. PRESS RELEASE PROCEDURES: The non-sponsored content contained herein has been prepared by a writer (the "Author") and is fact checked and reviewed by a third party research service company (the "Reviewer") represented by a credentialed financial analyst, for further information on analyst credentials, please email info@activewallst.com. Rohit Tuli, a CFA® charterholder (the "Sponsor"), provides necessary guidance in preparing the document templates. The Reviewer has reviewed and revised the content, as necessary, based on publicly available information which is believed to be reliable. Content is researched, written and reviewed on a reasonable-effort basis. The Reviewer has not performed any independent investigations or forensic audits to validate the information herein. The Reviewer has only independently reviewed the information provided by the Author according to the procedures outlined by AWS. AWS is not entitled to veto or interfere in the application of such procedures by the third-party research service company to the articles, documents or reports, as the case may be. Unless otherwise noted, any content outside of this document has no association with the Author or the Reviewer in any way. NO WARRANTY AWS, the Author, and the Reviewer are not responsible for any error which may be occasioned at the time of printing of this document or any error, mistake or shortcoming. No liability is accepted whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising from the use of this document. AWS, the Author, and the Reviewer expressly disclaim any fiduciary responsibility or liability for any consequences, financial or otherwise arising from any reliance placed on the information in this document. Additionally, AWS, the Author, and the Reviewer do not (1) guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, completeness or correct sequencing of the information, or (2) warrant any results from use of the information. The included information is subject to change without notice. NOT AN OFFERING This document is not intended as an offering, recommendation, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell the securities mentioned or discussed, and is to be used for informational purposes only. 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News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2017) - GSX Solutions [www.gsx.com], the leading provider of monitoring and reporting solutions for on-premises and cloud unified communications -- today announced GSX 365 Insights to provide organizations a deeper understanding of their impact on Yammer to improve ROI. GSX 365 Insights is designed for community managers using Yammer for both internal and external communications, and also works with SharePoint online and on-premise. The product collects information needed to empower your business line and your company visibility on the Microsoft networks. Yammer and SharePoint have their own native dashboard analytics tools, but the data they provide is limited. GSX realizes that when it comes to communications, information is power, so GSX 365 Insights collects and presents data on a single interface that allows you to: GSX 365 Insights also allows organizations to benchmark their Yammer and SharePoint engagement, by comparing it to same-sized organizations within your industry. Community Managers can also view top documents, track the most-discussed topics on each network, and monitor the most active topics over time. The product is available for both SaaS and on-premise deployment. "With GSX 365 Insights, organizations are better able to demonstrate their Yammer and SharePoint usage and ROI," said JF Piot, VP of Product Development. "By ensuring that your communications are adequate and effective, you can start to improve the ways you share information both internally and externally from the Microsoft network." To learn more about GSX Solutions and the GSX 365 Insights tool, please visit: www.gsx.com About GSX Solutions GSX Solutions is the leading provider of monitoring and reporting solutions for unified communications, whether on-premises or in the cloud, including Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype for Business, Blackberry servers and IBM applications. A single dashboard monitors the applications themselves, as well as all components that might impact their performance, including network, identity management, security, database, load balancer, and operating system. Powerful Office 365 management tools include advanced usage reporting, security audit, enterprise class administration, and end-to-end performance monitoring. GSX is a Microsoft Systems Center Alliance Partner, and a Microsoft Gold Partner on Messaging competency. For more product information and partner opportunities, please visit www.gsx.com All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that it would build an integrated factory for the production of vacuum interrupters (VI) and vacuum circuit breakers (VCB) at its Power Distribution Systems Center in Marugame, Japan. Operation is scheduled to start in July 2018. The company will utilize its original “e-F@ctory” concept knowhow to realize innovative IoT-based efficient production. Mitsubishi Electric expects to raise VI and VCB sales to 12 billion yen by 2025. Demand for VI/VCB products is expected to expand globally in the mid to long term due to the increasing introduction of renewable-energy equipment and the renewal of distribution equipment at power utilities, railways, factories and others. Mitsubishi Electric’s new factory will help to secure the required production capacity and raise its competitiveness in the VI/VCB market. As a result, the company expects to grow its market share and develop new markets globally. The company’s e-F@ctory concept makes use of cutting-edge technologies to visualize information and integrates with high-level manufacturing-execution systems for improved production. The new factory will leverage this knowhow to unify production information, from order receipt through assembly to shipment, for enhanced productivity and product quality. Further, e-F@ctory concept initiatives will be used to improve cycle speeds and shorten lead times. Uptime will be increased by consolidating the company’s VI production and VCB assembly factories, which had been dispersed within the Power Distribution Systems Center. The new factory will reduce the environmental footprint and energy consumption of these operations by adopting the latest energy-saving equipment and energy-loss visualization knowhow. For the full text, please visit: www.MitsubishiElectric.com/news


News Article | October 6, 2016
Site: www.rdmag.com

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a high voltage and high frequency silicon carbide (SiC) power switch that could cost much less than similarly rated SiC power switches. The findings could lead to early applications in the power industry, especially in power converters like medium voltage drives, solid state transformers and high voltage transmissions and circuit breakers. Wide bandgap semiconductors, such as SiC, show tremendous potential for use in medium- and high-voltage power devices because of their capability to work more efficiently at higher voltages. Currently though, their high cost impedes their widespread adoption over the prevailing workhorse and industry standard - insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) made from silicon - which generally work well but incur large energy losses when they are turned on and off. The new SiC power switch, however, could cost approximately one-half the estimated cost of conventional high voltage SiC solutions, say Alex Huang and Xiaoqing Song, researchers at NC State's FREEDM Systems Center, a National Science Foundation-funded engineering research center. Besides the lower cost, the high-power switch maintains the SiC device's high efficiency and high switching speed characteristics. In other words, it doesn't lose as much energy when it is turned on or off. The power switch, called the FREEDM Super-Cascode, combines 12 smaller SiC power devices in series to reach a power rating of 15 kilovolts (kV) and 40 amps (A). It requires only one gate signal to turn it on and off, making it simple to implement and less complicated than IGBT series connection-based solutions. The power switch is also able to operate over a wide range of temperatures and frequencies due to its proficiency in heat dissipation, a critical factor in power devices. "Today, there is no high voltage SiC device commercially available at voltage higher than 1.7 kV," said Huang, Progress Energy Distinguished Professor and the founding director of the FREEDM Systems Center. "The FREEDM Super-Cascode solution paves the way for power switches to be developed in large quantities with breakdown voltages from 2.4 kV to 15 kV." The FREEDM Super-Cascode switch was presented by Xiaoqing Song, a Ph.D. candidate at the FREEDM Systems Center under Huang's supervision, at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE 2016) held in Milwaukee from Sept. 18-22, 2016.


News Article | October 26, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Electrical stimulation mimics natural touch, enabling amputees to feel a range of intensity that allows them to hold a child's hand, precisely operate machinery and more Walking through a busy store, Keith Vonderhuevel confidently held his 5-year-old granddaughter's hand with his prosthetic hand. Feedback in the form of electrical pulses that mimic pressure, told him how intensely he grasped her hand. "And I can feel when she yanks her hand out," said Vonderhuevel, of Sidney, Ohio. At home, he used the prosthetic and his intact hand to pick up his 2-year-old granddaughter when she ran to him in his living room. "Being able to grab her and feel I wasn't squeezing too tight and to play with her is amazing," he said. Normally, amputees receive no feedback from their prosthetics and don't like to shake hands, touch a face or hold a loved one for fear of hurting them. But Vonderhuevel is one of two amputees who have been testing a prosthetic system that allows them to feel the same intensity of pressure on their prosthetic hands as they feel with their intact hands, researchers from Case Western Reserve University, the Louis R. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and the University of Chicago report in a new study. The scientists and engineers found how the nervous system encodes the intensity of tactile perception--something that was impossible to reveal studying intact hands alone, but essential to restoring the sense of touch and dexterity. This work builds on earlier research that showed varying patterns of electrical signals provide the amputees with familiar sensations, such as the touch of a cotton ball or the press of the tip of a ball-point pen. Their research is published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. A video at https:/ shows results of the research. "The ability to discriminate how hard you're applying pressure is key to complex manipulation of objects and for human interactions," said Dustin Tyler, biomedical engineering professor at Case Western Reserve and the primary investigator of the research. "Electrical stimulation gives the subjects in this research the same sensitivity to hold or press as you and I have." The system starts with pressure sensors on the prosthetic hand, sending signals to a portable stimulator. In turn, the stimulator sends electrical pulses to cuffs that encircle major nerve bundles in the arm--nerves that used to control the hand. Contact points on the cuffs transfer the electrical pulses, stimulating the nerves, which carry signals to the brain. The brain discerns different levels of intensity. With the system, Igor Spetic, of Madison, Ohio, used his prosthetic hand to operate a lathe. He deftly turned the handle to shave different sections of a spinning aluminum bar to different diameters, trimming hundredths of an inch with each pass. "I could feel the handle with the prosthetic hand and, instead of watching the hand, I watched the part--as you're supposed to," Spetic said. He can squeeze a line of ketchup on a hot dog without spilling, pick up eggs off the counter without breaking them, hold a heavy frying pan or dog on a leash and use yard tools--and so can Vonderhuevel. "I squeeze harder if the object is harder or heavier, but if it's fragile, I stop squeezing as soon as I feel sensation," Spetic said. In this study, led by Emily Graczyk, a PhD student in Tyler's lab, the researchers found that Spetic and Vonderhuevel can discern 20 distinct levels of intensity that the volunteers interpreted as pressure. They tested the volunteer's ability to discern intensity three ways: During the last test, the researchers found that Spetic and Vonderhuevel could reliably correlate the two. On an intact hand, increasing pressure on the skin increases the firing rate of nerve fibers at that location and nearby fibers are also recruited, or activated. But until now, no one knew for sure how each of these neural responses influences sensory magnitude. "People have been trying to study this a long time, but you can't study it with an intact hand--when it touches something, both processes occur," Graczyk said. The researchers found that the electrical pulse frequency affects the firing rate of the nerve fibers and the charge per pulse affects the neural recruitment. "We can decouple the intensity and frequency of the electrical signal and deliver one at a time," Graczyk said. By doing so, the researchers found that perceived intensity is predicted by the combination of pulse frequency and charge per pulse. They call this parameter the activation charge rate. Sliman Bensmaia, associate professor of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago, is a senior author of the study. He predicted from earlier research that, in response to a given stimulus, the number of times populations of nerve fibers fire-- known as the population spike rate--would determine the perceived intensity of a stimulus. The study confirmed his hypothesis, showing the activation charge rate approximates the total spike rate evoked in the activated nerve bundle. The finding helps the researchers understand how people perceive what's in their hands, which will lead to better prosthetics, Tyler said. "The more natural the feedback they receive," Tyler said, "the less someone has to concentrate and look at the prosthetic hand, and the more normal the operation. But the real implications go well beyond that. This may enable us to retrieve tactile information remotely, the way we use cameras to see remotely." In the future, the operator of a robotic explorer on the ocean floor or a bomb-squad robot could feel through the controls what the robots touch, Tyler said. To learn more, the researchers are exploring what sensations are produced by the electrical signals and how the sensations improve functional capabilities. The volunteers will continue to test take-home versions of the prosthetic system. The research is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) HAPTIX program through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific (SSC Pacific) under Contract No. N66001-15-C-4014; Merit Review Award #I01 RX00133401 and Center #C3819C from the United States (U.S.) Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Program; the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE-1451075; and Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number T32AR007505. Reporters who agree to honor the embargo policy may contact the SciPak (MedPak) team at 202-326-6440 or scipak@aaas.org to receive an official version of the paper


News Article | February 22, 2017
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LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / February 22, 2017 / Active Wall St. blog coverage looks at the headline from Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) as the Company unveiled its first Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 prototype to the US Marine Corps at a ceremony held at the Company's integration facility located in Charleston, South Carolina on February 21, 2017. The vehicle is the first of the batch of 16 to be delivered for testing by the Marine Corps, where the delivery is scheduled to begin in March, under the initial contract of $121.5 million awarded on November 14, 2015. Register with us now for your free membership and blog access at: One of Science Applications International's competitors within the Information Technology Services space, Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN), is estimated to report earnings on March 23, 2017. AWS will be initiating a research report on Accenture following the release of its next earnings results. Today, AWS is promoting its blog coverage on SAIC; touching on ACN. Get all of our free blog coverage and more by clicking on the link below: US Marine Corps awarded contracts to both McLean-based SAIC and Bae Systems Inc., to design prototypes for its next-gen amphibious combat vehicles. The award was made for the so-called Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1, Increment 1-ACV 1.1, where the Marines will test and procure each vehicle before moving on to ACV1.2 phase. The aging fleets of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) have been in operation since the 70's and the Marines expect to address some of the issues faced by the vehicles. Initially, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program was commissioned but cancelled later in January 2011. The existing AAVs were fielded in 80's and were fine vehicles for certain applications, but acted as a deadlock against road mines, and were not impressive in particular for mine protection. The two Companies beat a crowded field of competitors including Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), Michigan-based Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Corp. And Falls Church-based General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD). BAE Systems was awarded a contract worth $103.8 million, where it delivered the first four of the 16 amphibious combat vehicle 1.1 on February 16, 2017, for testing. BAE partnered with Italian Company IVECO Defence Vehicles to build the ACV batch, which features a 700 horsepower engine offering it an edge over the predecessor, i.e., AAV. SAIC delivered the first of its lot on February 21, 2017, which features a remotely operated .50-caliber machine gun turret, mounted cameras on the vehicle to offer 360-degree visibility, and a ‘V-over-V' hull design to ensure blast protection for the Marines inside the vehicles. SAIC partnered with the Singaporean Company ST Kinetics to develop the ACV 1.1, where it based the design on the eight-wheeled Terrex vehicle, used by the Singapore Armed Forces and developed by ST Kinetics. In addition to IED-proof design, the SAIC prototype can swim through four-foot waves and six-foot plunging surf, according to Bernie Ellis, program manager for the vehicle. SAIC's ACV is an eight-wheeled, armored amphibious vehicle, designed to offer improved survivability, mobility, lethality, and C4ISR capability tailored to transport Marine Corps fighting units from ship to shore. The design from SAIC comes with 600 horsepower engine to deliver outstanding mobility while offering excellent fuel economy. SAIC is among the major players in the segment with a proven track record for more than 10 years where it has been modifying and upgrading armored vehicles for the Department of Defense, ensuring advanced protection during combat and also securing command and control and repair capabilities. On December 20, 2016, SAIC and root9B partnered to offer advanced cybersecurity simulation and training to government clients. Prior to this agreement, on December 15, 2016, SAIC was awarded a potential $84 million contract by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific to deliver network service solutions and engineering support to the US Navy and joint Department of Defense shore units across the world. On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $88.39, slightly rising 0.87% from its previous closing price of $87.63. A total volume of 218.83 thousand shares have exchanged hands. Science Applications' stock price surged 12.22% in the last three months, 43.94% in the past six months, and 103.34% in the previous twelve months. Furthermore, since the start of the year, shares of the Company have gained 4.61%. The stock is trading at a PE ratio of 29.17 and has a dividend yield of 1.40%. The net market capital for the Company was $3.90 billion as per Tuesday's closing price. Active Wall Street (AWS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. AWS has two distinct and independent departments. 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The vehicle is the first of the batch of 16 to be delivered for testing by the Marine Corps, where the delivery is scheduled to begin in March, under the initial contract of $121.5 million awarded on November 14, 2015. Register with us now for your free membership and blog access at: One of Science Applications International's competitors within the Information Technology Services space, Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN), is estimated to report earnings on March 23, 2017. AWS will be initiating a research report on Accenture following the release of its next earnings results. Today, AWS is promoting its blog coverage on SAIC; touching on ACN. Get all of our free blog coverage and more by clicking on the link below: US Marine Corps awarded contracts to both McLean-based SAIC and Bae Systems Inc., to design prototypes for its next-gen amphibious combat vehicles. The award was made for the so-called Amphibious Combat Vehicle Phase 1, Increment 1-ACV 1.1, where the Marines will test and procure each vehicle before moving on to ACV1.2 phase. The aging fleets of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) have been in operation since the 70's and the Marines expect to address some of the issues faced by the vehicles. Initially, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program was commissioned but cancelled later in January 2011. The existing AAVs were fielded in 80's and were fine vehicles for certain applications, but acted as a deadlock against road mines, and were not impressive in particular for mine protection. The two Companies beat a crowded field of competitors including Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT), Michigan-based Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Corp. And Falls Church-based General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD). BAE Systems was awarded a contract worth $103.8 million, where it delivered the first four of the 16 amphibious combat vehicle 1.1 on February 16, 2017, for testing. BAE partnered with Italian Company IVECO Defence Vehicles to build the ACV batch, which features a 700 horsepower engine offering it an edge over the predecessor, i.e., AAV. SAIC delivered the first of its lot on February 21, 2017, which features a remotely operated .50-caliber machine gun turret, mounted cameras on the vehicle to offer 360-degree visibility, and a ‘V-over-V' hull design to ensure blast protection for the Marines inside the vehicles. SAIC partnered with the Singaporean Company ST Kinetics to develop the ACV 1.1, where it based the design on the eight-wheeled Terrex vehicle, used by the Singapore Armed Forces and developed by ST Kinetics. In addition to IED-proof design, the SAIC prototype can swim through four-foot waves and six-foot plunging surf, according to Bernie Ellis, program manager for the vehicle. SAIC's ACV is an eight-wheeled, armored amphibious vehicle, designed to offer improved survivability, mobility, lethality, and C4ISR capability tailored to transport Marine Corps fighting units from ship to shore. The design from SAIC comes with 600 horsepower engine to deliver outstanding mobility while offering excellent fuel economy. SAIC is among the major players in the segment with a proven track record for more than 10 years where it has been modifying and upgrading armored vehicles for the Department of Defense, ensuring advanced protection during combat and also securing command and control and repair capabilities. On December 20, 2016, SAIC and root9B partnered to offer advanced cybersecurity simulation and training to government clients. Prior to this agreement, on December 15, 2016, SAIC was awarded a potential $84 million contract by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific to deliver network service solutions and engineering support to the US Navy and joint Department of Defense shore units across the world. On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $88.39, slightly rising 0.87% from its previous closing price of $87.63. A total volume of 218.83 thousand shares have exchanged hands. Science Applications' stock price surged 12.22% in the last three months, 43.94% in the past six months, and 103.34% in the previous twelve months. Furthermore, since the start of the year, shares of the Company have gained 4.61%. The stock is trading at a PE ratio of 29.17 and has a dividend yield of 1.40%. The net market capital for the Company was $3.90 billion as per Tuesday's closing price. Active Wall Street (AWS) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. AWS has two distinct and independent departments. One department produces non-sponsored analyst certified content generally in the form of press releases, articles and reports covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and the other produces sponsored content (in most cases not reviewed by a registered analyst), which typically consists of compensated investment newsletters, articles and reports covering listed stocks and micro-caps. Such sponsored content is outside the scope of procedures detailed below. AWS has not been compensated; directly or indirectly; for producing or publishing this document. 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News Article | December 15, 2016
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MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific awarded Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to provide network service solutions and engineering support to U.S. Navy and joint Department of Defense shore units worldwide. The multiple-award contract has a three-year base period of performance with two one-year option ordering periods, and has a potential value of $84 Million. SAIC is one of four awardees. Work will be performed in San Diego and at Navy and Joint DOD shore network installation sites worldwide. “SAIC is proud to continue providing end-to-end engineering and life cycle support services for the Navy’s Shore Networks, which include more than 25,000 ONE-Net users across the globe who depend on these secure technological solutions,” said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president of the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Customer Group. “For over a decade, we have been committed to ensuring that the Navy’s shore networks support the critical mission needs of the fleet and we look forward to continuing this important work.” Under the contract, SAIC will provide in-service engineering support, design, accreditation, integration, production, sustainment, and life cycle support for non-integrated shore systems, network components and network service solutions for Navy and DoD shore units worldwide. SAIC is a premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC is Redefining Ingenuity through its deep customer and domain knowledge to enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects. SAIC’s approximately 15,000 employees are driven by integrity and mission focus to serve customers in the U.S. federal government. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $4.3 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom. Certain statements in this announcement constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties and a number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in SAIC's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other such filings that SAIC makes with the SEC from time to time, which may be viewed or obtained through the Investor Relations section of our web site at www.saic.com. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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When people find out there are invisible particles in their food or water, they become alarmed. Arizona State University professor Paul Westerhoff has dedicated his career to producing research that answers people’s questions and moves them past fear. “The things I do are not from a scare-mongering point of view, but trying to answer objective engineering questions,” says Westerhoff, a professor of in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at ASU. Westerhoff, an environmental engineer, has been named one of three Regents' Professors for the 2016-2017 academic year. Regents’ Professor is the highest faculty honor and is conferred on full professors who have made remarkable achievements that have brought them national attention and international distinction. An expert in nanoparticles, Westerhoff started working on the tiny specks even before they had a name. As a graduate student, he worked on water filtration. “At that time we talked about these things called ‘sub-micron particles,’ which we couldn’t measure very well but we did a bunch of experiments with them anyway,” he says. A few years later, when the term “nano” was becoming popular, he realized he had already done it. “So I put in my first proposal, and it got funded because I was one of the first people who had data!” Now, he focuses on using nanoparticles to treat and purify water, an interest that was piqued by a hydrology class he took as an undergraduate. “I understand water,” he says. “I like fishing and swimming and kayaking, and I can go to a river and not only understand the hydrology. But I know why the water is a certain color. And I know where it came from. And I know all the fish that live in it.” From his first studies, he saw the trajectory of public perception about invisible and unknown substances in the environment, and how that could influence his research. “In the environmental world, initially it’s like the world’s going to end. But what I’ve learned is that these things move through predictable trends,” he says, using as an example “Silent Spring,” a 1962 book by conservationist Rachel Carson that documented the effects of the use of pesticides, including DDT. “It’s in this early stage that people are scared, while the agriculture industry and pesticide industry responded by saying that they save millions of lives. In the first few years there’s a lot of uncertainty,” he says. “Then researchers come along and help reduce that uncertainty. “Then there’s another phase where politics come in, and there are cost decisions and people think about regulations and finding alternatives,” he says. “We still find DDT in the environment, but it’s regulated and people really aren’t scared of it. It’s like a 20-year cycle.” Westerhoff says the key is to know which phase is coming next. “As a researcher you want to be focusing on what will be the important question to answer in three to five years, before people even know it’s a question,” he says. “In nano, we were ahead of the game in thinking, ‘Maybe this isn’t so bad, maybe we can use it.’” Now he’s deputy director of the Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems Center, which is focused on developing compact, mobile, off-grid systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it. Many of Westerhoff’s research projects have been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency, but he also works with water utilities, non-governmental organizations, and industry partners. “Industry wants to know the answers to things. It’s moved out of the scientific ‘what if’ toward reality,” he says. “They all have agendas and as long as you understand their agendas, they ask interesting questions.” Westerhoff was commissioned by the environmental activist group Friends of the Earth to see whether there were nanoparticles in powdered infant formula after the manufacturer declined to reveal whether there were. His lab found needle-shaped nanoparticles in the formula. “In Europe, there’s a warning on their use in cosmetics but yet they’re in infant formula,” he says. They discovered the nanoparticles did not dissolve in either water or saliva, but when they put them in stomach fluid, they dissolved instantly. “They did it to deliver calcium to the gut very efficiently, so they didn’t have to use as much,” he says of the manufacturer. Friends of Earth was concerned that the formula labels didn’t disclose the presences of nanoparticles. “That’s an example of where one group sees something as a risk to society but a company sees it as a benefit.” He’s also seen the evolution of how scientific research is portrayed in the media. In 2008, he supervised a doctoral student on a research project that studied the use of nanosilver in socks to eliminate stinky feet. They wanted to know: Did the particles wash out of the socks and into the water supply? The answer was yes. Journalists jumped all over the story. One headline read, “Toxic socks?” “We kept telling them the amount of silver is very small and won’t affect anything. None of them got it, and everything they wrote was over the top,” Westerhoff says. “They don’t want to hear that ‘everything is safe, there’s no problem.’ They want to hear ‘there’s nanoparticles in donuts.’” In 2015, Westerhoff was named an Outstanding Doctoral Mentor by ASU’s Graduate College. His former students said he is able to deftly balance the guidance that students crave with the independence they need to cultivate. Troy Benn, who worked with Westerhoff on the nanosilver paper and is now an engineer in Montana, says: “For a young kid it was a little bit shocking because you do all your research in a lab and you don’t talk to anyone outside, and all of a sudden people are asking you what you did. “Paul’s good at knowing how much guidance each student needs because they’re all unique.” Kyle Doudrick, who was a graduate student at ASU from 2008 to 2013, says that even with the enormous workload of a full professor, including travel, plus the administrative duties of a vice provost, Westerhoff found time to meet weekly with the students he advised. “It was a good balance of managing but also letting you find yourself in your independence but not so hands off that you had no idea what’s going on,” says Doudrick, who is now an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. “The research I did was on nitrate as a contaminant in water,” he says. “He wasn’t the expert but what he was good at was making the student the expert, and that’s the whole purpose of the PhD, is to become an expert at something.” Even now, Westerhoff teaches ASU 101, the required, one-credit course that all first-time freshmen take. “I ask them why they want to be engineers, and about half have a life story of something they want to solve. They have a deep passion. “And if you don’t hear that until you see them in grad school, you’ve lost touch with what motivates people.”

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