Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
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Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: DALLAS-FORT WORTH— Mouser Electronics, Inc., a design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, reached worldwide distribution agreement with International Rectifier (IR), a provider of power management technology.
For design engineers, Mouser's agreement with International Rectifier means faster, more streamlined access to IR's advanced power management technology that enables applications to work smarter, run cooler, and raise the world's productivity-per-watt. With Mouser, customers will have access to detailed product knowledge microsites for IR's newest products including digital, analog and mixed-signal ICs, power systems and discrete power components.
“Our agreement with International Rectifier represents our latest step towards offering complete, wide-spectrum availability of the most advanced technologies for design engineers,” said Mouser vice president Mike Scott in a prepared statement. “By focusing on power semiconductor components and subsystems, IR creates proprietary products that add more value to customers' end products. We are excited to have them on board, and look forward to a long, prosperous relationship between our two companies.”
“With decades of experience in providing cutting edge components for design engineers, Mouser supplies the tools necessary for the frontlines of new technology,” said IR senior vice president Adam White in a statement. “his agreement with Mouser reflects our continued focus on customer base expansion and acceptance of our newest products and industry-leading technologies. With our aggressive focus on R&D, we are generating a flow of highly-differentiated products targeted to high-growth applications -- an excellent fit for Mouser's distribution niche.”
Mouser markets to design engineers and buyers by delivering What's Next in advanced technologies. Mouser offers customers 19 global support locations and the latest, most technologically advanced components for their newest design projects. Mouser Electronics' website is updated daily and searches more than 8 million products to locate over 2 million orderable part numbers available for easy online purchase. Mouser.com also houses an industry-first interactive catalog, data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.
Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc., is part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Mouser is an award-winning authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers. Mouser.com features more than 2 million products online from more than 450 manufacturers. Mouser publishes multiple catalogs per year providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices. Mouser ships globally to over 325,000 customers in 170 countries from its 492,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas.
International Rectifier is a provider of power management technology. IR's analog and mixed signal ICs, advanced circuit devices, integrated power systems and components enable high performance computing and reduce energy waste from motors, the world's single largest consumer of electricity. Leading manufacturers of computers, energy efficient appliances, lighting, automobiles, satellites, aircraft and defense systems rely on IR's power management benchmarks to power their next generation products. .
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