PITTSBURGH, PA – In a spectacular defensive masterpiece led by the stellar goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers held the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins at bay, winning Game 7 on the road, 2-1, to complete their incredible comeback after trailing 3 games to 1 in the series.The Penguins fired the puck at Lundqvist 36 times, and he saved 35 of them from the net. Brad Richards broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, and the Rangers played brilliantly the rest of the way, protecting their slim lead by stymieing the Penguins’ attack, particularly shutting down Sidney Crosby, considered by many the top player in the league.The Rangers head to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the winner of the Boston Bruins – Montreal Canadiens series. And if they win that series, it’s on to the Stanley Cup Finals – where they haven’t been since they won it all 20 years ago, in 1994.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEWARK, N.J. — One flick of Matt Duchene’s wrist created feelings of confidence within the Colorado Avalanche, and left the New Jersey Devils despondent.Duchene’s tie-breaking goal with 2:53 left in the third period powered the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 15.“(Daniel Briere) created that whole last play,” said Duchene, who tapped a loose puck past Cory Schneider for the game-winning goal. “I was Johnny on the spot.”John Mitchell and Erik Johnson also for scored Colorado. The Avalanche finished its swing through the New York City metropolitan region with a 2-1-0 mark. The Avalanche are 3-5-3 on the road this season, and 6-8-5 overall.“I see it coming back,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said about his team’s confidence. “Our guys are competing really well in our practice and…I think it shows in our game.”Semyon Varlamov stopped 23-of-25 shots in his third straight start. Eric Gelinas and Martin Havlat scored for New Jersey, which saw its two game-winning streak end. They fell to 8-8-2.“It wasn’t good. I think it felt like one we should have won 2-1,” Mike Cammalleri said. “It wasn’t a good result.”Schneider made 27 saves in a losing effort. Schneider has started all 18 games for the Devils this season, and owns the franchise’s second longest streak of games started by a goaltender to open a season. Martin Brodeur’s 19 straight starts from Oct. 6-Nov. 2, 2001 is the franchise record.His workload has become a topic of conversation around the Devils, but Pete DeBoer dismissed any notion that Schneider is tired.“I thought he was excellent,” DeBoer said. “He let in two goals. I thought he was good. I didn’t think fatigue was an issue. He looked good all night. This one’s not on him.”Deadlocked 1-1 entering the third, both New Jersey and Colorado received goals from defensemen. Gelinas put the Devils ahead 2-1 with a quick shot off an offensive zone face off that cleanly beat the Vezina Trophy finalist.However, Johnson drew the Avalanche even at 2-2 with an unassisted off-wing shot that rolled through Schneider at 12:30.“We were in good position, made one mistake and it cost us in the end,” Schneider said. “I’ve (stopped) that move a hundred times and that one squeaks in. Just a mistake.”The game remained tied until Duchene’s game-winner — his sixth of the year.“(Briere) got the puck deep and was able to maintain it,” Duchene said. “We came in and we were able to force a turnover at the blue line and just keep the pressure on until they broke down.”Havlat opened the scoring 2:04 into the game with a one-timer of a rebound that Varlamov couldn’t control. But the lead was short-lived as Mitchell tied the game six minutes after Havlat’s goal with a goalmouth tap-in.That was all the scoring either team could muster in the first two periods as the game was tight-checking, and the goaltenders were strong when tested.Schneider gloved Marc-Andre Cliche’s odd-man rush drive 2:25 into the second, while Varlamov swallowed Gelinas’ slap shot with 8:54 remaining in the period.Both Schneider and Varlamov were aided by their penalty kill units. New Jersey killed both of Colorado’s opportunities —including a four minute minor midway through the second when Gelinas was called for high-sticking Cliche —with the man advantage, and have killed 10 straight power plays. Colorado repaid the favor as they killed both of New Jersey’s power plays.The Devils have only scored one power play goal in their last 21 opportunities dating back to Nov. 4.“(The penalty kill) was very good,” DeBoer said. “We have to keep building on that. (The) power play has been a little bit of an issue. That’s something that we have to get better at. We could have used a power play goal. That would have been the difference (and) we couldn’t find one.”(DENIS GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Dale Scott figures he’ll hear plenty of foul language from angry hitters next season. Such is life for a Major League Baseball umpire.“They’ll still yell at me when a 3-2 slider doesn’t break their way,” he told The Associated Press. “But they’ll be yelling at me because they didn’t like my call, not because I’m a gay umpire.”Two weeks after Jason Collins retired as the NBA’s first openly gay player, Scott added his name to a growing list of gay and lesbian sports figures taking similar public steps. St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam, NBA official Violet Palmer and WNBA star Brittney Griner are among those who have come out in recent years.Scott didn’t want to make a huge announcement heading into his 30th big league season.The trade magazine Referee did a profile on the veteran crew chief in October, and didn’t mention his sexuality. But the 55-year-old Scott wanted to share an important part of his life, and made the choice to include a picture of himself with partner Michael Rausch. They’ve been together for nearly three decades and married in November 2013 in Palm Springs, California.The caption in Referee said: “He and his longtime companion, Michael Rausch, traveled to Australia for the 2014 season opener between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.”The website Outsports.com later interviewed Scott and posted its story Dec. 2. “It’s not like this was a secret. Major League Baseball knew my situation and it hasn’t had any effect on my career. Zero bearing,” Scott told the AP. “My fellow umpires have known for a long time.”“When I was home or out socially, I was gay,” he said. “In my professional life, I wasn’t. At least, not officially.”Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig praised Scott.“To his friends and colleagues throughout the game, Dale is universally regarded as a class act,” he said in a statement. “All of us at Major League Baseball are very proud of him, just as we have always been.”Scott has been an MLB umpire since 1986. He worked the World Series in 1998, 2001 and 2004, has called three All-Star games and plenty of playoff matchups, including the NL series between St. Louis and the Dodgers in October.“He’s an excellent crew chief and umpire,” MLB umpire Dan Iassogna, who just finished his eighth season working with Scott, told the AP.“But above all, he’s been a true friend to my family and me. I’ve always been proud to walk with him, but never more proud than today,” he said.No big league player or manager has been openly gay during their active career. Glenn Burke and Billy Bean are among the players who later said they were gay, as did umpire Dave Pallone.At the All-Star break last summer, MLB hired Bean as a consultant to help the game achieve greater awareness and equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.Scott said he understood coming out “might open a Pandora’s box” when he takes the field next year. “We’ll see when the season starts if this is still an issue,” he said. “I suspect no.”In the immediate aftermath of the story becoming public, Scott said his cell phone and email “blew up” with messages. “They all were all positive, except for one. I know that’s going to happen, I understand it,” he said.Scott met Rausch, an artist, after the 1986 season at a bar in Portland, Oregon. The two now split time between Portland and Palm Springs. When they married, the Mayor of Palm Springs officiated the ceremony.Rausch is listed as Scott’s domestic partner with MLB. The latest contract between the umpires’ union and MLB took effect in 2010 and permitted umps to include domestic partners to allow them to receive benefits.Scott said only once in his career has a player asked if he was gay, and that was through a mutual acquaintance, who brushed off the question.“I’m not saying there aren’t players on teams who haven’t heard things or might’ve had an idea,” he said. “But no one’s ever brought it up to me, or said anything about it to me while yelling at me for calling strike three.”(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Six Greek track and field athletes will be heading to the European Indoor Championships next month in Prague after meeting qualifying standards.Long-jump champion Louis Tsatoumas won gold at a Moscow meeting on Feb. 1 with a leap of 8.05 meters (26.41 feet), the third best in the world this year. He won silver in last summer’s outdoor championships and surpassed the standard of 7.95 meters (26.08 feet).High-jumper Costas Baniotis also qualified, clearing 2.28 meters (7.48 feet) in Moscow, where he finished third.Costas Douvalidis made it with a run of 7.63 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at a meeting held in Piraeus on Jan. 31.Female pole-vaulters did well, with Nicole Kyriakopoulou soaring 4.68 meters (15.35 feet) in France, a few hours after Katerina Stefanidi recorded a personal best of 4.61 meters (15.12 feet) in Arizona.Greece’s national pole vault champion Costas Filippidis cleared 5.60 meters (18.37 feet) for the second time in a few days, this time in Dusseldorf.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID — Europe’s domestic football leagues made clear their opposition to a European Super League on April 19, arguing that such a move would end many clubs’ dreams of competing at the highest level.Lars-Christer Olsson, Chairman of the European Professional Football Leagues, said that his group is “absolutely against” the idea of a Super League and that “there are better ways to improving European football.”Talks between leading English Premier League clubs and an American sports marking marketing company last month sparked a wave of speculation about a revamped Champions League with guaranteed places for Europe’s top clubs.“We would like to make it clear that we are absolutely against an introduction of a European Super League,” Olsson said after a board meeting in Madrid. “We think that the European competitions should be based on the qualification from the domestic league competitions.”The group’s concern is that the Super League would be monopolized by the top clubs and hurt the smaller teams, which currently have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League by finishing high enough in their domestic leagues.Olsson said there is a need to safeguard “the basic dream and goal” of any club “to compete at the highest level and possibly win a European club competition.”“We must keep the dream alive for all clubs,” he said. “We will work hard to protect the current calendar so that there is room for domestic club competition, in addition to European club competitions.”The EPFL said in a statement that competitions “run by the European leagues at domestic level represent the core essence and unique base of professional football.”The board meeting was hosted by the Spanish league, whose President Javier Tebas has been an outspoken critic of the Super League idea.“The domestic leagues would be greatly affected by it,” Tebas said. “From the beginning, our position has been against the European Super League and other similar projects. The European Super League would be a complete failure.”Tebas said the board also discussed a possible redistribution of revenue from European competitions to try to benefit smaller leagues across the continent.(TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID (AP) — In Group 2 of League C, Finland beat Greece 2-0 at home to remain perfect with four wins and a clean sheet after four matches. Estonia and Hungary drew 3-3 in the group’s other match.It was an odd scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting English fans were chanting “Ole” at every touch of the ball by their squad, while the home Spanish crowd was jeering its own players.It was only halftime on Monday and the Spaniards had already seen their national team concede three goals for the first time ever in a competitive match at home. By the end, they were witnesses to La Roja’s first home loss in 15 years.Raheem Sterling scored twice and Marcus Rashford once in a stunning first half for England, which held on to beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League to get back in contention for a spot in the final four of Europe’s newest competition.In the other match in League A, Iceland lost to Switzerland 2-1 and was relegated to the second-tier League B.Sterling ended his three-year scoring drought with England with goals on each side of Rashford’s strike before the break, leading England to its first win in Spain since 1987.“For a young team, they put in an incredibly mature performance, withstood pressure reasonably well and should all be really proud,” England coach Gareth Southgate said.Finland’s Simon Skrabb, on the ground, and Jasse Tuominen, right, is challenged by Kostas Tsimikas, left, Kostas Manolas, 2nd left, and Carlos Zeca of Greece during the UEFA Nations League football match between Finland and Greece in Tampere, Finland, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)Spain suffered its first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. It hadn’t lost at home in 38 matches, and had not conceded three goals in a home match since 1991 in a friendly against Hungary.“It shows how tough it is to come here and win and we have done that,” England forward Harry Kane said. “We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing.”Paco Alcacer scored Spain’s first goal early in the second half and Sergio Ramos claimed the second on the final play of the match.“We have to admit we played very badly in the first half,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said. “We made a lot of individual mistakes.”Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of League A with two more points than England after three matches. Croatia, with a game in hand, was five points behind Spain.Spain could have secured a spot in the last four with a win, while a draw would have ended England’s chances of advancing. Only the group winner moves on.Spain started well but its high defensive line struggled against the speed of England’s young forwards. The visitors were clinical, scoring on all of their attempts on goal. Spain totaled 25 attempts and 70 percent of possession, and blew it.England opened the scoring early in a fast breakaway. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and found the top of the net with a superb finish. It was his first goal for England since 2015, and first ever away from Wembley.“It was a beautiful feeling,” Sterling said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in the box and score. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s my position to score goals so I need to keep that going.”Rashford added to the lead in the 30th after a perfect through ball by Kane, entering the area and finishing with a shot from near the penalty spot.Sterling got on the board again from close range after Kane’s set-up in a move which started with a nice pass by Ross Barkley over the top of the Spanish defenders.Spain got on the board in the 58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10 goals in his last six games with club and country. Ramos’ last-minute goal also was a header.RELEGATED ICELANDIceland needed to beat Switzerland for the first time to avoid relegation but the Swiss got off to a two-goal lead and held on to victory.Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 at home in the team’s opener. It moved into a tie with Belgium for first place in Group 2. The Belgians have a game in hand.LOWER LEAGUESIn League B, Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 at home to take a six-point lead over Austria atop Group 3.Luxembourg defeated San Marino 3-0 to take the lead in Group 2 of League D, ahead of Belarus, which was held by Moldova to 0-0.—By TALES AZZONI , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
By: John Kekis, AP Sports WriterCOOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mariano Rivera stopped at the entrance to the Plaque Gallery inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and just gazed at the walls, awestruck by the moment. He was a long way from Puerto Caimito, Panama.“I can’t comprehend it. It’s just amazing. Too much,” Rivera said Friday as he soaked in his first visit to the Hall of Fame. “It’s quite a journey from a fishing village to a place where the best of the best is.“For a man who loves the game of baseball, what all these men did and passed it on to us, there couldn’t be a better day.”Rivera’s appearance with his wife, Clara, on a sunny, frigid morning in upstate New York came less than two weeks after he became the first unanimous selection for the Hall of Fame . The former New York Yankees star relief pitcher received all 425 votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay also were selected by the writers, while Harold Baines and Lee Smith were picked in December by a veterans committee. All six will be inducted July 21 in Cooperstown.The son of a fisherman, Rivera signed with the Yankees in 1990 and took his 87 mph fastball north to the Gulf Coast League in Florida. Five years later, at age 25, he made his major league debut for the Yankees. After serving as a setup man and nearly being traded, Rivera emerged in 1996 under first-year manager Joe Torre as one of the game’s best relievers.“There were a line of men that saw abilities in me in different areas,” Rivera said. “I wanted to start, yes, but I wasn’t attached to it. I just wanted to be happy to play the game of baseball. Smarter people than me put me in a position where I would shine.”One pitch rendered Rivera almost unhittable — his nasty, bat-shattering cut fastball, which he discovered in 1997. Part of a core with shortstop Derek Jeter, left-hander Andy Pettitte and catcher Jorge Posada, Rivera helped lead the Yankees to five World Series titles from 1996-09.Rivera saved his best for the postseason, saving 42 games with a 0.70 ERA and 11 earned runs allowed over 16 seasons, including 11 saves in the World Series. Rivera retired after the 2013 season as MLB’s saves leader with 652 and will join Rod Carew as the only natives of Panama elected to the Hall of Fame, and just the eighth relief pitcher.“He put us on the map the way he played the game, the way he went about the game,” Rivera said of Carew. “He represented us in a great way that we can never forget no matter what I did. If it wasn’t for him, it would have been different. He was a special man.”There were disappointments, too, for the hard-throwing right-hander — five blown saves in the postseason, the most glaring in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Rivera gave up the Series-winning hit to Luis Gonzalez, a bloop single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.That’s just part of the legacy.“If I have to do it again, I don’t regret any moment of my career,” Rivera said. “No regrets. I always give my best and sometimes the other team is better than you that day. That’s baseball. My best wasn’t enough for those games, but I wouldn’t change it because how will you enjoy victory when you don’t know what it is to be defeated? How do you know what it is to be on top when you’ve never been on the bottom?”And his greatest moment?“Just putting the uniform (on), those pinstripes on day in and day out, year in and year out, for 19 seasons, that was amazing,” Rivera said. “It was a privilege to do that.”During his tour, Rivera stopped to gaze at several plaques — Carew, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Hoyt Wilhelm (his first pitching coach in the Gulf Coast League), Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Joe Torre, and Whitey Ford among them.Rivera also was effusive in praise of Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and wore No. 42 during his major league career. That Rivera was the last player to wear the number — it was grandfathered to him when No. 42 was retired in Robinson’s honor in 1997 — made the moment more memorable.“I was so happy and so glad when major league baseball retired that number,” Rivera said. “Me being the last player using his number, representing the legacy of Jackie Robinson, was magnificent. I was blessed with that, being able to represent him with dignity.”There was one moment Rivera had to fight his emotions — when he contemplated his journey.“I remember leaving Panama seeing my father and my mother, my wife, back then my girlfriend, a cousin, not knowing what will happen, just accepting the challenge given the opportunity that I had and do my best,” he said. “Now, 29 years later, we’re talking about the Hall of Fame?“I don’t even think if I could write that I could comprehend it. It’s something every player dreams of, but it seems so far to be reached. Now that I have reached it, thank God.”___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTweetPinShare0 Shares
MARSEILLE – Top-seeded Greek tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas won his second second career ATP 250 title in Marseille at the Open 13 tournament. The 20-year-old Tsitsipas dominated his Kazakhstani opponent Mikhail Kukushkin by a score of 7-5, 7-6 (5) on center court.The past few weeks have not been easy for Tsitsipas as fatigue from a grueling travel schedule and newfound global recognition of his talents took their tolls. His form predictably dipped after his Herculean efforts at the Australian Open. Unlike in Australia, the Greek champion cruised to victory in Marseille without losing a set. With his victory in Marseille, Tsitsipas secures 11th place in the world tennis rankings and is within striking distance of cracking into the global top 10 for the first time in his career.The Open 13 win is Tsitsipas’ second title in ATP tournaments and third title overall. His other victories came in Stockholm and the Next Gen tournament.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during their final match at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament in Marseille, southern France, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during their final match at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament in Marseille, southern France, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during their final match at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament in Marseille, southern France, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece holds his trophy after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the final match at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament in Marseille, southern France, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece holds his trophy after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the final match at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament in Marseille, southern France, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece holds his trophy after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the final match at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament in Marseille, southern France, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece holds his trophy after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the final match at the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament in Marseille, southern France, Sunday Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)TweetPinShare2424 Shares
Continue Reading Previous FPGAs enable development of safety-critical embedded systemsNext ADLINK demonstrates Fog Computing at embedded world Nowadays the smooth flow of road traffic is significantly dependent on suitable data communication. Optical bypass technology, which functions similar to a railway turnout, protects networks against multiple points of failure. This means if a certain part of the network fails, it will not affect the function of the remaining network. By Thorsten Ebach, EKS Engel Download PDF version of this article There is a requirement for uninterrupted operation for networks in traffic control, as prescribed e.g. in the road tunnel equipment and operation guideline (RABT). But redundancy methods are not suited to meet this requirement, despite switching in only a few milliseconds. The reason is that if multiple failures occur simultaneously an interrupt of the data communication is inevitable. To prevent this, EKS Engel has implemented optical bypass technology, up to now mainly used in traditional IT, into the industrially integrated optical bypass x-light which withstands the harsh environments in traffic control systems. The x-light works in a protocol transparent way and therefore supports Ethernet as well as all field busses and even numerous interfaces like RS-485. The optical bypass also works seamlessly with third-party network devices and can be integrated either in ring or line topologies.Various kinds of traffic-control equipment, e.g. intelligent traffic guidance systems, warning signals for wrong-way drivers, or roadside emergency telephones, constantly monitor the flow of traffic to ensure the highest degree of security. Tunnels are additionally equipped with fire alarm systems and smoke extraction systems. Nowadays nearly all these traffic management systems are linked via fiber optic cables, mainly with single-mode transmission systems featuring attenuation of only 0.3dB per kilometer up to 100km. With transmission-distances up to 5km maximum, mainly multi-mode fiber cables are in use with attenuation 1dB per kilometer. Even in terms of reliability, fiber optics is the measure of all things because it is not sensitive to electromagnetic fields. Fiber optics consists of insulating material, which means data is transmitted via an electric insulator. Therefore, there are no potential equalization currents which are much dreaded in larger extended plants. There is also no risk of damaging connected devices even in the event of direct lightning strikes.Active network components like Ethernet switches or field-bus converters are put through their paces by their manufacturers prior to delivery. But despite this, failures in operation cannot be completely avoided. The main reasons are, apart from incorrect use, problems in hardware and software and power failure.To avoid problems within the network several protection methods are in use. Power failure can be compensated at least for a certain time with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Software is evaluated or rather validated as well as tested with structure, function, and so-called black-box tests. The magic word in hardware is redundancy, which means that devices, plug connectors, and wiring are present twice. Also, the network has a redundant layout which results in a kind of hot standby effect: if a device or the network itself fails, the system switches automatically over to a redundant one.Figure 1. The x-light bypass is parallel connected to the subscriber via two optical duplex ports. If the subscriber connection fails, it will be physically bridged. But this is often a complex and costly strategy. To solve this problem the ring topology was developed. In a ring topology, the data communication has one direction, but in case of an interruption it works the other direction. This maintains the function of the network. The ring topology, also often used in traffic management systems, builds in redundancy which ensures fast switching, achieving the premier class of safety against failure. In contrast to line topology it can cope with a single point of failure, i.e. the failure of one participant. But if there is a failure of another subscriber or more (multiple points of failure), even ring topology is overstrained. To avoid situations like this, networks are monitored with systems which display the state of the active components, like FiberView, and the condition of the individual fiber transmission lines, to detect excessive attenuation.Optical bypass technology takes one step further because it starts at the network participant level. This could include all devices featuring an optical port. If one of them fails the bypass takes over and maintains the data communication between adjacent participants. Therefore, the only application affected is the one controlled by the failed subscriber. The remaining network continues to be kept in function physically, and therefore works even with multiple points of failure. This is also valid even if the bypass, which is powered either by the protected participant or a separate power supply, no longer receives any power at all.So, how does this work? With optical bypass technology fiber transmission lines are switched over physically immediately after a failure occurs at the respective participant. The principle is similar to railway turnouts working with strong electromagnets: if no current flows the turnout automatically switches and this is why the bypass technology works even without any voltage which is the trick. Since the bypass technology works at the physical level of the network it is protocol transparent and vendor independent.Figure 2. In normal operation, the optical bypass sends the data to the parallel connected subscriber (on top). In the case of failure, data is not transmitted to the output but to the second input (below). X-light is parallel connected to the respective participant via two optical input and output duplex ports. In case of disturbance its differential relay sends a signal to the electrical port of x-light and thereby activates the bypass function. After that the data is not transmitted any longer to the faulty participant but to the next participant in the network, in other words, the participant is bridged physically. To reconnect it safely later on to the network, e.g. after booting, there is an individual adjustable turn-on delay.With optical bypass technology, networks of traffic management systems are not only protected against the effects of hardware and software errors, breakdown of power supply, shortfall of defined values, and so on, but parts of the network can also be specifically disconnected, e.g. for maintenance work. For this purpose, a voltage is applied to the electrical port of the respective bypass and therefore to the linked participant. This disconnects the connected participant physically from the network without the need to disconnect fiber connectors. Disconnecting connectors could eventually cause problems because of dirt particles which could get into the link.An optical bypass is not only of worth in traffic management systems but also in all cases where power failure could cause serious problems. This includes production lines in automotive industry, plants in the petrochemical sector, and wind farms. Since the x-light has been developed as stand-alone device, retrofitting is no problem and neither transmitting protocols nor manufacturer-specific standards play a role. Integrating the bypass function into an Ethernet switch or field bus converter would lose this flexibility despite the fact that it would be possible.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Continue Reading Previous Würth Elektronik: PLCC-RGB-LEDs for sophisticated lighting solutionsNext Arrow Electronics, Infineon and Arkessa announce global agreement Clientron is introducing its latest product innovations at COMPUTEX 2019, Taipei. The product demonstrations include the latest POS Terminals and Self-service Kiosk for the retail and hospitality industries and Industrial Panel PC with IP69K protection to against high temperature, dust and water. In addition, Clientron will debut the brand new IoV Intelligent In-Vehicle driving solution, which refers to the intelligent driving centre console as the core system, and functionality is fully integrated with the In-vehicle Infotainment system, the digital driving instrument display, the digital console control, the Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), Augmented Reality Display (ARD) and IoV interactive functions. It shows the innovative technology and system integration capabilities of the Tier 1 professional automotives electronics supplier. The automotive electronics product line includes the latest LUXGEN Think+ In-vehicle Centre Console Solution, the new technology leveraged and close integration with the in-vehicle infotainment, digital driving instrument display, digital control system, ADAS, augmented reality display (ARD) and Internet-of-Vehicle functions, enhance driving experience with e new generation of IoV intelligent driving platform.With more than 20 years of experience in embedded system design, Clientron is going to demonstrate the Self-service Kiosk, featuring a 32” multi-touch display and supporting a variety of payment mechanisms, and peripherals including NFC, barcode scanner and receipt printer for self-ordering Kiosk applications. Design with flexible I/O expansion, it can provide customized services according to demands. Moreover, Clientron will display its entire POS product portfolio, including multi-function all-in-one POS terminal PSL540, which integrated thermal printer and peripherals with a compact and low-profile enclosure for small stores and price checking machines. Another tower-type all-in-one POS Terminal PST650 and high-performance PST750 features flexible mechanism design, supporting a number of well-known printer brands, such as: Seiko and Epson. The PST series feature printer foot stand with lightweight design, saving counter space, especially suitable for catering services and more smart retail applications. Another focus on the show is PT2000 series POS terminal, offering from entry to high-end Intel Core i platform with fanless design, aiming to mainstream product segment with valuable cost-effective benefits and multiple peripheral solutions to enhance user experience.Clientron provides high-end industrial embedded platform with wide temperature and voltage ranges, water & dust-proof as well as ability to maintain long-term operation under critical environment. Clientron industrial embedded systems include single board computer (SBC), embedded system and industrial panel PC to accommodate different customers and vertical market demands. At the show, Clientron’s Pike-AL-1500SP, built with 304 stainless steel casing and supporting IP65/IP69K to enable protection against heat and corrosion, thereby guaranteeing safe and sanitary operation in a food & beverage processing plant as well as hot and humid kitchen environment. Moreover, Thin Client is the main product line of Clientron, and its product segments range from entry, high-end, standalone, all-in-one to industry thin client for selections.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
New Delhi, Jun 19 (PT) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of FIFA World Cup match between Colombia and Japan. *Report of FIFA World Cup match between Poland and Senegal. *Report of FIFA World Cup match between Russia and Egypt. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-SANATHFor me, Arjun will be like any other player: U-19 bowling coach Sanath New Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) All eyes will be on Arjun Tendulkar when Indian colts start their campaign against Sri Lanka but for Under-19 team’s new bowling coach Sanath Kumar, “he will be like any other member of the team”. SPO-HOCK-HARENDRAHarendra eyeing Olympic dream in different role in Tokyo By Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) He never got the opportunity to represent India at the Olympics as a player but Harendra Singh is hopeful of living that dream in a different way — as the coach of the senior men’s hockey team at the 2020 Tokyo Games. SPO-PAK-FITNESSYasir, Babar to undergo fitness test ahead of Zimbabwe tour Karachi, June 19 (PTI) Senior leg-spinner Yasir Shah will undergo fitness test this weekend in Lahore ahead of the tour to Zimbabwe, starting June 28. SPO-HOCK-WOMRani, Gurjit lead India to series-levelling win over Spain Madrid (Spain), June 19 (PTI) Skipper Rani Rampal and defender Gurjit Kaur struck a brace each as Indian women hockey team thrashed Spain 4-1 in the fifth and final match to level the series 2-2. SPO-TENNIS-IND Ramkumar crashes out of Ilkley Challenger New Delhi, June 19 (PTI) Indian Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan continued to struggle on grass as he crashed out of the Ilkley ATP Challenger event after losing his first round to Austrias Sebastian Ofner.advertisementSPO-BCCI-FITNESSYo-Yo effect: BCCI for fitness tests before selectionNew Delhi, June 19 (PTI) The BCCI has decided to conduct fitness tests of players before they are picked in the national team to avoid embarrassing late withdrawals like the ones by Mohammad Shami and Ambati Rayudu from the Test and ODI sides after failing the ‘Yo-Yo’ test.SPO-ICC-RANKINGSDhawan reaches career-best 24, Vijay and Jadeja move up tooDubai, Jun 19 (PTI) Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan moved up 10 places to achieve a career-best 24 while teammates Murali Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja also moved up in the latest ICC Test rankings.SPO-JK RACINGJK Tyre FMSCI National Racing begins July 6New Delhi, June 19 (PTI) The 21st edition of the JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship will get underway in Coimbatore on July 5. PTI APAAPA
TN CM proposes initiatives to promote sportsChennai, Jun 28 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister KPalaniswami today proposed a slew of initiatives to promotesports talent in the state.He announced setting up a Badminton Academy here,besides a scheme to train sportspersons to excel ininternational tournaments.Making a suo motu statement in the state Assembly, hesaid there were many shuttlers in Tamil Nadu who were capableof winning medals in international events and the badmintonacademy was being proposed to promote such players.The academy will come up at the Tamil Nadu PhysicalEducation and Sports University campus at an estimated Rs 10crore, he said, adding it will be helpful in nurturing talentthrough the various scientific labs available in the varsity.Further, the government will identify 50 sportspersonsincluding differently-abled persons and provide training tothem with an aim to make them win medals in internationaltournaments.The government will spend Rs five crore annuallytowards procuring equipment, provide training in foreigncountries and help the athletes take part in competitions, headded.Further, a District Sports Complex with modernfacilities like athletic track, gymnasium and swimming poolwill come up in Vellore at an estimated Rs 17.35 crore, hesaid.The Chief Minister also made announcements concerningthe departments of Tamil Development and Hindu Religious andCharitable Endowments.These included construction of a lodging facility fordevotees coming to the famous Subramaniaswamy Temple inTiruchendur, besides financial assistance of Rs 20 crore to atotal of 2,000 temples to take up various works.advertisementFurther, he announced an annual allocation of Rs fivecrore towards setting up of Tamil Chair in various countriesand Indian states with sizeable Tamil population.This initiative, launched by the late Chief Minister JJayalalithaa, will initially be implemented in OxfordUniversity in London, University of Johannesburg, Universityof Malaya in Malaysia and University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka,he said. PTI SA SSMVV MVV MVV
Virat Kohli is not going to be weighed down by the horror tour of 2014 where he scored 134 runs from five Tests as India went to lose the series 1-3 despite taking the lead at Lord’s. Four years later, Kohli has the chance to upstage Steve Smith at the top of the ICC’s rankings for Test batsmen but the Indian skipper is not too bothered about what awaits him over the next one month.Kohli has scored 15 Test hundreds including six double hundreds since the horror tour of England four years ago. He is the only man now to have scored double hundreds in four successive Test series. As a captain, Kohli has had a sensational run, winning 21 out of 35 Test.However, talk has revolved around Kohli’s Test record in England. He was phenomenal in Australia back in 2014-15 where he scored four hundreds. In South Africa earlier this year, he was the highest run-scorer in the three-Test series and finished the tour with 871 runs across formats.Virat Kohli, therefore, is not unduly worried about proving himself – even if it’s in a country where India have traditionally not done well.READ – Virat Kohli has improved since 2014, says James Anderson Virat Kohli stands the chance to topple Steve Smith in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen (Reuters Photo)”Back in the day when I did not know better, these things used to bother me because I used to read a lot. But honestly, I genuinely do not read anything (anymore),” Kohli told the media on the eve of the first Test.advertisement”I genuinely don’t know what’s going on. After the first two Tests in South Africa, I had no idea what was going on. My only focus was on my preparation and where the team has to head and if I waste my energy on all these things, then I am compromising my mindset already.”When I walk out to bat, I have the bat in mind, not people on the outside who predict things. I need to be in the most convinced and clear mental space that I can be and that happens when I am focussed on what I need to do.”I did not think 10 years ago I was going to be sitting here in my career so I have no complaints whatsoever and I am not in a frame of mind to prove myself in any country. I just want to perform for the team and take the team forward.”READ – Virat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 TestsKohli said India were well prepared and relaxed ahead of the opening match. He said his team was excited to play a five-Test series.”We are well prepared. The guys who played the ODIs have been here for a while and the Test specialists have also had good practice.. A few of them have played for India A and we had a good practice game. We are in a good frame of mind and we are excited to play a five-Test series.. In a longer series, we can be patient and we are relaxed and in a good space,” he said.Virat Kohli said his bowlers have come a long way. Even without Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, India will line up a formidable unit that is likely to comprise of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya.”Our bowling attack has matured over the years. We have played many games all over the world. They are pretty matured about their game. Our bowlers have come a long way since we toured all these countries; they understand a lot more about bowling in partnerships now,” he said.?Kohli, who has undoubtedly come a long way since the dismal tour in 2014, said belief was the key to doing well in tough conditions.The two Captains – Joe Root and Virat Kohli pose with the silverware ahead of the five-match Test series.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/kEWt4S3DneBCCI (@BCCI) July 31, 2018″You focus on what you need to do. You need to have total belief in your own ability. We need to keep working hard on that. It all boils down to belief.READ – Virat Kohli in with a chance to upstage Steve Smith as best Test batsman”If you have belief, you can score hundreds on a green pitch as well. In the last three years, I have been pretty comfortable with my headspace,” he said.Meanwhile, as England announced their playing XI a day before opening Test, India stuck to tradition by not revealing their final line-up.advertisementKohli said a final call will be taken after the team management had a meeting later in the evening. On Monday, Ajinkya Rahane had made it clear that Kuldeep Yadav was an X-factor for the team but the captain and coach would need to decide which of the three spinners got to play.READ – Virat Kohli will show British public why he is the best: Ravi Shastri”It all boils down to your gut feel. If five people on the table agree, then there are no ifs and buts. If we take a decision, then there’s no looking back. We do not hold on to any decisions we have made.”In Test cricket, what matters is the balance of the side because the game is so long. We need to discuss what the best balance is,” Kohli said.
It was a historic day for India at Asian Games 2018 on Day 2 as Vinesh Phogat won India’s first-ever women’s wrestling gold on Monday.Apart from the wrestling gold, two more medals were added to India’s tally to take it to five. Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.The 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalAdding to the cheer was the defending gold-medallist men’s hockey team’s 17-0 hammering of hosts Indonesia in its Pool A lung-opener.Heres the medal tally for today!With 1 gold and 2 silver won today, the medal tally for #India has gone up!Looking forward to seeing the medal tally for India go higher in the coming days.#IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #MedalTally #SAI pic.twitter.com/nwJsFafguQSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 20, 2018There were disappointments too, with an Olympic-medallist, wrestler Sakshi Malik, finishing without a medal for the second day running, seven-time gold-winner men’s kabaddi team losing for the first time in Games’ history and both the men’s and women’s badminton teams getting knocked out of medal hunt.Vinesh, who will turn 24 this Saturday, gave herself an early birthday present with a performance that was all style, brushing aside her rivals with remarkable ease in the 50kg category.advertisementAsian Games 2018: Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapVinesh defeated Japan’s Yuki Irie 6-2 in the final.”I had targeted gold. I had 3-4 silvers at the Asian level and I was determined to win a gold today. My body responded well because I had trained well and God was also kind. So everything mixed up well for me today,” a teary-eyed Vinesh said after the triumph.And heres our gold medalist in womens 50kg who created #history by becoming the 1st Indian woman to win the #Wrestling gold at the Asian Games, she has inspired so many of us!What a match,@Phogat_Vinesh! #SAI has supported her training abroad.#AsianGames2018 #TOPSAthlete pic.twitter.com/7ENtgvVkqJSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 20, 2018The men’s sepak takraw team created a flutter by advancing to the semifinals away from the spotlight.It was a case of breakthrough medals for both Deepak and Lakshay, shooters with contrasting career paths.There was good news coming in for India in the rowing competition as well. Dushyant Chauhan and the Indian men’s quadruple sculls team finished first in their respective heats to reach the finals.Asian Games 2018: India bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverDushyant, who won a bronze at the single sculls in the Incheon Games four years ago, clocked 7:43.08 to emerge the fastest in heat 1 and second overall.The quartet of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Baban Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh qualified comfortably for the final, clocking 6:15.18 seconds. They finished the fastest overall.FT| The Indian Men’s Hockey Team cruise past hosts Indonesia in their first game at the @asiangames2018 as 3 players register hat-tricks during a remarkable 17-0 victory on 20th August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvINA pic.twitter.com/kTjHuLRlFQHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 20, 2018On the tennis court, India’s singles specialists, including second seed Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina, made smooth starts, also in Palembang.Joining them was Karman Kaur Thandi, who won comfortably to make the next round.It was Jakarta which gave India the biggest moment of the day in Vinesh’s gold but it was also Jakarta where some major disappointments came for the country.The biggest perhaps was Sakshi’s medal-less campaign, which ended with an embarrassing loss on Technical Superiority to North Korea’s Sim Jong Rim.Tributes pour in for Vinesh Phogat after historic Asian Games goldThe final scoreline read 2-12 and added another big-ticket disappointment to Sakshi’s CV after the bronze in a lackluster Commonwealth Games field earlier this year.Similar was the story of the star-studded men’s and women’s badminton teams, both of which went out in the quarter-final stage.Unfortunate! Despite some close matches India lose to Indonesiain Men’s team event and against Japan in the Women’s QF of the #AsianGames2018. We promise to come back stronger in the Individual event. #IndiaontheRise #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/QOSfOtMjnRBAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 20, 2018Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and H S Prannoy shone bright but couldn’t get enough support from the rest as India lost in the women’s and men’s team events, respectively.advertisementAfter the women’s team went down 1-3 to top seeds Japan early in the day, the men’s team put up a spirited effort before losing 1-3 to hosts Indonesia, knocking them out of medal contention.A shock loss to Korea gave the seemingly invincible kabaddi team a reality check but there medal hopes remain alive as it was a group A game.Asians Games 2018, Day 2: HighlightsIndia lost 23-24 to South Korea, who won the bronze medal at the Incheon Games four years ago, in a match that went down to the wire.The Indian gymnastics contingent also ensured a disappointing day in office as they failed to qualify for the finals in the men’s team event, finishing ninth with a score of 229.950, 0.35 points behind Iran.The men’s team comprised 2010 bronze-medallist Ashish Kumar, Rakesh Patra, Gaurav Kumar, Yogeshwar Singh and Siddharth Verma.At the aquatics centre, India made the finals of 4x200m but quartret of Shrihari Nataraj, Saurabh Sangvekar, Avinash mani and Neel Roy ended 7th overall with a timing of 31.90 sec.(With PTI inputs)
New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) India football team head coach Stephen Constantine is upbeat about his side’s international friendly against China next month, saying a match against a strong side would help them prepare well for next year’s Asian Cup. India are scheduled to clash with China in an international friendly on October 13 at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium at Suzhou City, Jiangsu province. “China are a strong team and the match will be a tough test for us. But we need to play these sort of games right now. Getting to play under pressure is important and an away fixture in China is exactly the kind of game we need,” Constantine said “Hopefully, everyone stays free from injury as it’s going to be an important game for the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup in January,” he added. This is the first time ever that an Indian senior national team will be travelling to China. The two nations have till now faced 17 times, all on Indian soil — the last being 21 years ago for the Nehru Cup in Kochi in 1997. India are yet to win a match against China. Out of the past 17 matches, 12 have gone in favour of China while the remaining five were drawn. All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das said that they are looking forward to a “long bilateral footballing relationship with China”. “Globally, India and China are now being looked up to as two of the fastest emerging football markets. The match will usher in a new era in Asian football as this is the first-time ever that the Indian national team will be travelling to play in China. We look forward to a long term bilateral footballing relationship with China in near future,” he said.advertisement “Playing against China in China is a perfect way to gear up for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. China are a supremely talented side and it will provide us an opportunity to further gauge ourselves where we stand prior to the Continental Championships.” India are currently ranked 97 in the September FIFA Rankings while China are placed 76th. PTI PDS PDS ATAT
Gorakhpur (UP), Oct 28 (PTI) Following the 25-year-old practice, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will celebrate Diwali with the Vantangiya community in Jangal Tinkoniya here. Though the schedule of the chief minister’s visit has not been finalised yet but according to sources, Adityanath will come to Gorakhpur on November 6 evening, after celebrating ‘Chhoti Diwali’ in Ayodhya. On November 7, the chief minister will visit Vantangiya villages for Diwali celebration. “For the last 25 years, Adityanath has been celebrating Diwali with Vantangiya children and continued the practice even after being elevated as chief minister of the state in 2017,” Gorakhnath Temple staff Vinay Gautam said. “Children of the Vantangiya community started calling him ‘toffee wale baba’. The chief minister will celebrate this Diwali with them,” he said. Ahead of the chief minister’s visit, Village Development Commissioner N P Singh held a meeting with officials and ordered them to open ration shops in the villages. The Vantangiya community comprises people who were brought from Mayanmar to plant trees for afforestation during the colonial rule. Last year on Diwali, Adityanath declared five Vantangiya villages as revenue villages. He, on the occasion, distributed sweets, fruits and textbooks among the children. He also distributed wheelchairs to the differently-abled Vantangiyas. The chief minister had also directed officials to present proposals before the state government for making primary schools, aaganwaadi centres, sports fields, drinking water arrangements, cremation spot and grazing land available to the community. PTI CORR ABN SNESNE
Brilliant batting performances from Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) helped India edge past West Indies by six wickets in a last ball thriller in the 3rd T20I in Chennai on Sunday.And with that win, India completed a 3-0 whitewash as Rohit Sharma, leading the Indian cricket team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, became the only Indian captain to have led his side to two 3-0 T20I whitewashes. He had previously led the Indian team to a 3-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka in December 2017.Rohit is also the third captain to achieve the feat after Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan (who has 3 series wins) and Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed (who has 5 series wins).In fact, India as a team have three such series wins. In 2016, MS Dhoni had led Team India to a 3-0 series whitewash over Australia.Rohit also has the best record as captain after leading an international team after 12 games, as he lost just once. The likes of Shoaib Malik, Michael Clarke, Asghar Stanikzai and Sarfraz Ahmed had all won 10 games in their first 12 T20Is as skipper.READ – Virat Kohli thrilled after ‘great show’ by India against West IndiesRohit had come into the match as the second highest run scorer in T20Is, having overtaken Kohli in the previous match, where he also became the first to score four T20I hundreds. He was just 69 runs away from becoming the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of the game, overtaking New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, who has 2271 runs.advertisementTestsODIsT20IsCHAMPIONS #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/x5sxF3T3h1BCCI (@BCCI) November 11, 2018On Sunday, Rohit was dismissed for just 4 runs. However, he will get enough opportunities to overtake Guptill when India take on Australia for a three-match T20I series from November 21.READ – Rohit Sharma not satisfied despite ruthless performance vs West IndiesWhen Rohit does get to the landmark, it will be the first time an Indian would be on top of the run charts in all three formats – Sachin Tendulkar already leads the list in Tests and ODIs.Meanwhile, Pant created some history too, becoming the second-youngest Indian to score a T20I fifty, aged 21 years and 38 days. Rohit is the youngest at 20 years and 143 days.Pant was involved in a 130-run partnership with Dhawan, which is the second-highest third-wicket partnership for India, after the 134-run stand between Kohli and Suresh Raina against Sri Lanka back in 2016.
Xiaomi on Thursday announced the Redmi Note 6 Pro (Review) smartphone in India. The phone succeeds the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro and Xiaomi has priced it at Rs 13,999 for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and Rs 15,999 for the 6GB RAM variant. This is a pretty competitive pricing considering the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched starting at Rs 15,999. This pricing also means the Redmi Note 6 Pro will directly compete against the Realme 2 Pro (Review).Realme has been quite disruptive this year and the Realme 2 Pro is proof of that. The phone a stunning dewdrop display and a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset at a really impressive price tag of Rs 13,999 for the base model. It is obviously the phone a lot of people are going to compare the Redmi Note 6 Pro with so for those who want to know how the two phones stack against each other, do read on.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Realme 2 Pro: Design and displayXiaomi has not changed things a lot as far as design is concerned. The Redmi Note 6 Pro largely gets the same glass and metal design as its predecessor. The rear panel is made up of smooth aluminium with a vertical dual camera system and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. This will be available in Black, Rose Gold, Blue and Red colours. On the front, the display is now much taller at 6.26-inches with a FHD+ resolution thanks to the notch. Realme 2 ProThe Realme 2 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a unique dewdrop arc panel with curved edges all around. The rear panel is reflective and glossy with 13-15 layers of sectional lamination bonded together to make it feel more glass-like and durable. It comes in some attractive colour options like Black Sea, Blue Ocean and Ice Lake.advertisementCompared to the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Realme 2 Pro gets a bigger, more immersive display. It sports a 6.3-inch display with FHD+ (1080×2340) resolution and a 90.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio thanks to a waterdrop notch. The droplet-shaped notch is much smaller and less intrusive compared to the notch on the Redmi Note 6 Pro.ALSO READ: Realme 2 Pro review: A powerhouse with great displayThe Realme 2 Pro offers a very unique design to this segment while the Redmi Note 6 Pro goes with a tried and tested formula. The dewdrop display and reflective back gives the Realme 2 Pro a more premium look and feel. We reviewed the Realme 2 Pro and found the display to offer stunning vividness and good brightness levels, We are yet to review the Redmi Note 6 Pro so we cannot comment on the quality of the display panel just yet.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Realme 2 Pro: CamerasXiaomi has really improved its camera game over the years and not just for its most premium offerings. Phones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi A2 in the past have impressed one and all with their quality sensors and top-notch bokeh shots. The Redmi Note 6 Pro looks to carry forward that tradition by offering a similar 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup as its predecessor. Only the sensors are different now with a wider f/1.9 aperture and bigger 1.4 micron pixels. All of this basically translates into sharper images and improved low-light performance. The device also gets a 20MP + 2MP dual camera system on the front, which is a first for the Note series. This means you will be able to capture selfie portraits as well. The Realme 2 Pro also offers some really impressive cameras on the front and back. There’s a 16MP + 2MP system on the back that comes with a wide f/1.7 aperture for the primary sensor. The front camera als gets a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Much like the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Realme 2 Pro also offers crisp and detailed photos in good lighting conditions. It lets in a good amount of light in low-light scenarios as well, although detail can be a little lacking.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Realme 2 Pro: SpecsThis is where things get really interesting. Xiaomi has often disrupted the market with its budget and mid-range offerings but Realme has quietly taken that place, at least for now. The Realme 2 Pro is the cheapest phone to offer an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset that is coupled with 4GB of RAM as the base variant. The middle variant comes with 6GB of RAM and there is also a top-end model with 8GB of RAM.For the same price base price of Rs 13,999, the Redmi Note 6 Pro offers a Snapdragon 636 chipset. At any other time in the past, this would have made it a stellar deal, but compared to the Realme 2 Pro it does look a little underwhelming. This is the same chipset that is found in the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. Both the SD363 and SD660 are capable and powerful processors, but the latter does get an edge especially in gaming performance and overall speed.advertisementALSO READ: Redmi Note 6 Pro review: Phone with best camera performance under Rs 20,000The Redmi Note 6 Pro keeps the same 4,000mAh battery capacity like its predecessor. If the Redmi Note 5 Pro is anything to go by, then you can expect the new Note phone to deliver over a full day of battery life on average usage with ease. The Realme 2 Pro may offer a smaller 3,500mAh capacity, but it still manages to deliver a full day’s worth of juice thanks to a power efficient processor.
New Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) Army chief Bipin Rawat Monday felicitated the team of The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers of Indian Army for undertaking Ultra Cycling Expedition, in which it covered a distance of 25,000 km within three months.The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) undertook the expedition as part of its Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The expedition was flagged off on August 15.The team was felicitated by General Rawat at India Gate.”It is an important day for EME because your core has achieved a milestone for which your men have worked really hard. It is not easy to cycle for 250 kilometres every day. I know cycling for 250-300 km in one day can only be done if you have the will to do it,” he said.The Army chief also hailed the team for achieving many national and international records during the expedition.”The core of EME has contributed in sports and adventure sports. The sportsmen have accomplished feats that the country and the Indian Army are proud of,” he said.The team covered a distance of 25,000 km within 120 days and completed the Golden Quadrilateral.PTI SLB SRY