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Could robots reduce human rights violations?

July 22, 2014 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Could automation actually help reduce reputed human rights violations? If Foxconn — one of the most infamous manufacturers of consumer electronics — succeeds in deploying its “Foxbots”, one of the biggest controversies in the tech world could disappear overnight....

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Lithium-ion battery protection controller intended for smartphones and tablets

July 22, 2014 1:26 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Tokyo) has announced a new Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets. The highly-integrated LC05111CMT utilizes analog circuit technology, MOSFET technology, and advanced packaging expertise to incorporate controller and driver functions in a single circuit....

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45W GaN on SiC transistors offer 17dB of gain

July 22, 2014 1:18 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for two new 45W GaN on SiC transistors from TriQuint. The T1G4004532-FL (flanged) and T1G4004532-FS (earless) are wideband, DC to 3.5GHz devices offering 17dB of gain, nearly twice that of competing GaN devices....

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Flyback transformer designed for 30 watt POE Plus applications

July 22, 2014 1:10 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

The POE300F Series flyback transformers from Coilcraft (Cary, IL) are designed to meet IEEE 802.3at-2009 standards for PoE Plus applications up to 30 Watts. Common PoE applications include VoIP telephones, IP cameras with pan tilt and zoom (PTZ), wireless access points, network routers, and remote Ethernet switches....

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Silicon carbide schottky barrier diode series designed to minimize power supply loss

July 22, 2014 1:03 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces the release of the next generation series of silicon carbide schottky barrier diodes. The FMCA series achieves low leakage current and high speed switching at high temperatures. This new series is targeted at the industrial and computer markets....

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NIST shows ultrasonically propelled nanorods spin dizzyingly fast

July 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have clocked their speed—and it's fast....

Seals forage at offshore wind farms

July 22, 2014 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By using sophisticated GPS tracking to monitor seals' every movement, researchers have shown for the first time that some individuals are repeatedly drawn to offshore wind farms and pipelines. Those man-made structures probably serve as artificial reefs and attractive hunting grounds....

Business at the expense of all else

July 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

I would never want to believe that a business, operated by intelligent and moral people, could sacrifice quality, and even ethics, to produce a product and complete a sale. Yet recently, I witnessed a business that was so desperate to make a few deadlines, it bypassed due diligence to get a product delivered....

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Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

July 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House. President Barack Obama met with representatives of the Apollo 11 mission in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Apollo 11 landed on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969....

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Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips

July 22, 2014 12:36 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you're going? In my travels, I've come across a number of products and services worth bringing along....

Japan approves joint missile study, export to US

July 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets. The approval late Thursday marks the first defense technology transfer since Japan eased military export rules in April....

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Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

July 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach. The Rockville, Maryland-based organization said late Monday that it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal authorities who said payment card numbers may have been stolen....

40V COT controller delivers 0.008%/V line regulation

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced the XR75100, a new 40V capable switching controller in its line of DC-DC power conversion products. The XR75100 Synchronous Step-Down Controller supports point-of-load (POL) supplies from industrial 24VDC and 24VAC rectified sources....

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Wire-to-board connectors ideal for extreme moisture or submersion applications

July 22, 2014 10:02 am | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new JWPS Series wire-to-board, wire-to-wire connectors, recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offers engineers design flexibility with its small form factor solution for a waterproof IP67 rated product that is ideal for extreme moisture or submersion applications....

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Gate drive transformers feature a high HIPOT of 2700VDC

July 22, 2014 9:51 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new gate drive transformers for high efficiency DC/DC converters. The PG1427 series has a high HIPOT of 2700VDC and functional insulation between the gate and the drive windings. These surface mount devices offer excellent coplanarity for easy solderability....

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Why this remote-controlled birth control will be the next big thing

July 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not....

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