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Do MCU Processor Cores Still Matter?

September 30, 2010 12:31 pm | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Ask an engineer who uses microcontrollers whether processor cores matter and you'll likely hear, "Not much." People at three MCU vendors--Silicon Laboratories, Renesas, and Microchip Technology echo this answer. The capabilities and types of peripherals blended into an MCU chip matter much more.

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Francine Blau receives top labor economics award

September 30, 2010 12:22 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

ILR Professor Francine D. Blau, ILR '66, has won the prestigious IZA Prize in Labor Economics from the Institute for the Study of Labor, a think tank in Germany.

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Random Via-in-Pad Myth #3

September 30, 2010 12:21 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Myth #3: It’s okay to put vias in BGA pads because the extra solder (the solder ball) on a BGA will prevent any problems Here's an example of a via in pad situation we don't like; A large number of...

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Dozens charged in NY in global computer virus scam

September 30, 2010 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers in eastern Europe who used computer viruses to steal usernames and passwords teamed up with foreign students who opened bank accounts in the U.S. to snatch at least $3 million from American bank accounts, authorities said Thursday in announcing charges against more than 80 people....

Turning waste heat into power

September 30, 2010 11:21 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Arizona) Physicists at the University of Arizona have discovered a new way of harvesting waste heat and turning it into electrical power. Taking advantage of quantum effects, the technology holds great promise for making cars, power plants, factories and solar panels more efficient.

Panasonic, Whirlpool subsidiary to plead guilty

September 30, 2010 11:05 am | by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp. and a subsidiary of Michigan-based appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. have agreed to plead guilty and pay more than $140 million in criminal fines for their roles in an international price-fixing scheme, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.The...

Software maker Deltek to acquire Input for $60M

September 30, 2010 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker Deltek Inc. said Thursday that it will acquire database and market information company Input Inc. for $60 million in an all-cash transaction.The deal is expected to close Friday.Input, based in Reston, Va., has nearly 200 employees and had revenue of $26.2 million for...

DOSA-based POL Converters Come in Digital and Analog Versions

September 30, 2010 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lineage Power, a Gores Group company , announced its new standards-based DLynx family of non-isolated Point of Load (POL) DC-DC board-mounted power modules are available in DOSA -based digital and analog versions.

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EMI Shielding Materials Improve Reliability for Electronics

September 30, 2010 10:18 am | by W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc, www.gore.com | Articles | Comments

Electronic product designers are often asked to add more features and redesign for lighter, smaller formats. Therefore, signal integrity, durability, and long-term reliability are key factors...

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An Island-based EMI Solution Guide for Mobile Hand Held Devices

September 30, 2010 9:59 am | by Jeff McCutcheon, 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division | Articles | Comments

The mobile handheld device (MHH) has three “Big Design Islands” that are most commonly visited for next generation improvement. The “Big” MHH islands most visited in the journey to next generation devices include projected Capacitive (PROCAP) touch sensors...

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Brainstorm: Digital Power

September 30, 2010 9:27 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

How do you feel about the current state of digital power?

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Generex bumps out Gluskin; Fletcher, Barratt fill CEO, chairman roles

September 30, 2010 9:22 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

Worcester drug discovery firm Generex Biotechnology Corp. has named Mark Fletcher as CEO and interim president, replacing Generex co-founder, CEO, president and chairman Anna Gluskin.

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Meet the Demands of High-Temperature Applications With Thin Film Resistors

September 30, 2010 9:13 am | by Dr. Claude Flassayer, Vishay/Sfernice Thin Film Division, www.vishay.com | Articles | Comments

The demands in high-temperature applications are growing more stringent, not only in terms of ambient temperatures up to + 230 °C, but also regarding density of power dissipation and reliability. In order to cope with these severe requirements...

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Counterfeit Power Supply Warning

September 30, 2010 9:09 am | News | Comments

Aimtec warns that counterfeit versions of its line of AC/DC converters are being manufactured and sold by unauthorized distributors to unsuspecting customers in various regions around the world.

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Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2010 (third estimate); Corporate Profits, 2nd quarter 2010 (revised estimate)

September 30, 2010 7:23 am | by U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis | News | Comments

Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2010, (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the "third"...

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