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<p>Alan Hadden, President, GSA said: We have been reporting on HSDPA device developments since May 2005, at which time just 12 products were announced. 183 new devices have been launched so far in 2007.”</p>

Embedded navigation systems typically use one of three storage formats: CD, DVD or disk drive. Demand for CDs is dwindling as the primary map storage format for navigation systems in favor of dual-layer DVD technology.

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WASHINGTON — Classified programs make up about 18 percent of the Pentagon's fiscal 2008 acquisition budget, according to a private estimate.

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The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments estimates that classified, or black” programs, will account for $31.9 billion in Defense Department spending this year. The total includes $14.4 billion in weapon procurement and $17.5 billion in research and development programs, the group said in a study released Wednesday (July 25).

While the total amount of secret DoD spending has declined in inflation-adjusted dollars over the last two years, the group nevertheless noted that classified DoD acquisition programs have more than doubled in real terms since fiscal 1995.

Successful classified acquisition programs include the B-2 stealth bomber and the F-117 stealth fighter. Much of the black budget is thought to be used for developing spy satellites and other intelligence programs.

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The U.S. Air Force oversees most U.S. satellite programs. The study found that classified programs account for about 41 percent, or $13.9 billion, of the Air Force's procurement request and 42 percent, or $11.3 billion, of its R&D request in fiscal 2008.

The concentration of classified funding in the Air Force's budget is the result of two factors,” the study's authors said. First, the Air Force acquisition budget contributes funds to a number of intelligence agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and National Reconnaissance Office. Second, the Air Force is responsible for most command, control, communications and intelligence functions.”

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The service also oversees related assets such as classified reconnaissance satellites and satellite launch and control facilities.

Known for its rapid introduction of the newest products, Mouser Electronics, Inc., has announced that it has signed a global distribution agreement with Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, a leading supplier of high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value.

MUNICH, Germany — With an investment volume of 380 billion Yen (about $3.2 billion), Sharp plans to build a 10G production for LCD panels. The company plans to use certain process steps for the production of thin film solar wafers as well.

The plant to be built in Sakai, Japan, will be the first 10G LCD panel fab and, at the same time, the world's largest thin film solar cell plant, Sharp claimed in a press release.

The production site will process substrates measuring 2.850 by 3.050 millimeters, 60 percent larger than today's largest 8G state-of-the art LCD panel substrates. These substrates yield either six 60-inch panels or eight 50-inch panels. Capacity will be 72.000 substrates per month.

Since the first steps of the coating process are identical for solar cells and LCD panels, parts of the installation will be co-used for the production of both product groups, explained a Sharp spokesperson. Sharp earmarks a solar panel production volume of 1000 Megawatts per year.

Construction works for the site will begin in November. Production ramp-up is scheduled for March, 2010 for LCD panels as well as for solar products.

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