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Touchscreen controller family includes advanced features for smartphones

March 12, 2015 2:26 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp.introduced the TrueTouch CYTT21X/31X capacitive touchscreen controller family that enables smartphones, e-readers and low-cost tablets to offer multiple advanced features. The CYTT31X controller supports input from a passive stylus with a tip as fine as 2.5 mm....

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Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

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Growing microgrid market enhanced by Li-ion batteries

March 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft | Articles | Comments

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are enabling utility providers to rely less on traditional sources, such as diesel, and more on solar and wind energy as part of a growing market. The increasing reliance on li-ion batteries allows islands, military bases, independent facilities ...

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Electric vehicles make the connection

March 12, 2015 11:56 am | by Mark Jennings, Engineering Director of Dawson Shanahan | Articles | Comments

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are booming, with UK registrations in 2014 up to nearly 1.3 million, an increase of 10 percent from last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Not to mention, Nissan sold its 100,000th LEAF, making it the best-selling EV in history.

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The next big thing in data centers

March 12, 2015 11:47 am | by Brian Davies, Director of Global Sales & Marketing, Anderson Power Products | Articles | Comments

Data centers powered by 400 VDC distribution have been a topic of discussion and debate for many years. Much of the support comes from industry studies. In 2007, one of the earliest studies of 400 VDC distribution was presented at the International Telecommunications Energy Conference....

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Computer scientists from Saarland University simplify parallel programming

March 12, 2015 11:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Modern software takes computational speed for granted. But modern microprocessors can only speed up by increasing the number of cores. To take full advantage of multiple cores, software developers have to arrange their code in such a way that it is executable in parallel....

Research aboard space station could help those dealing with prolonged inactivity

March 12, 2015 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Have you ever noticed after lying in bed sick for a few days that standing upright took you a moment to regain your balance? Or perhaps you have an aging grandparent who spends more time lying in bed than standing and you had to help them up because they have not ...

Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip

March 12, 2015 11:26 am | by AJIT SOLANKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey said Wednesday that they want the people of India to support their campaign for clean energy, a day after the aircraft landed in the country. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg spoke to reporters ...

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AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records

March 12, 2015 10:58 am | by STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | News | Comments

The Associated Press is suing the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The legal action Wednesday follows repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ...

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Nokia provides free mapping services app for Apple users

March 12, 2015 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia says it has started providing mapping services for free download in Apple's App Store, after a successful launch of the service on Android devices. The HERE offline maps, with navigation and search features covering more than 150 countries ...

FTC takes DirecTV to court, alleges deceptive advertising

March 12, 2015 10:52 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that its complaint charges DirecTV Inc....

Jamieson Wardall joins Aerovox Corp as Director of Engineering

March 12, 2015 10:46 am | News | Comments

Aerovox Corp. has announced that Jamieson Wardall has recently joined the company as Director of Engineering. Jamieson has over 15 years’ experience in new product design and development, operations and manufacturing in the semiconductor industry....

America II signs distribution agreement with IQD Frequency Products

March 12, 2015 10:44 am | News | Comments

America II Electronics, Inc. announced it has entered into a franchise distribution agreement with IQD Frequency Products, a manufacturer of frequency devices used in commercial-grade, professional-grade, and military applications....

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Review: Google laptop impresses, but don't try it offline

March 12, 2015 9:39 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's a lot to love about Google's new high-end Chromebook Pixel laptop: a vivid, high-resolution touch screen, powerful speakers and next-generation USB ports meant to standardize power chargers. All for $300 cheaper than the original model. But the Pixel's limitations became clear during ...

Inspector finds State Department lax on preserving emails

March 12, 2015 9:32 am | by CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The State Department's internal watchdog has found that many department employees are not preserving emails for the public record as required by the government. That could mean a substantial amount of lost government information....

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