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32-bit RISC CPU targets performance-intensive market

July 21, 2010 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Faraday Technology Corporation today announced its highest-performance ARM v5 instruction set architecture-compliant processor-FA726TE. This generic 32-bit RISC CPU is specially designed to target the performance-intensive market...

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Journal Communications reports $8.1M profit in 2Q

July 21, 2010 10:05 am | by DINESH RAMDE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Journal Communications Inc. said Wednesday its financial situation has improved so much since last year that it's rewarding all employees with a 2 percent bonus and reinstating its 401(k) match starting next year.The announcement came shortly after the Milwaukee-based company released its...

Increasing Motor Efficiency with Power Factor Control

July 21, 2010 9:59 am | by Mark Steinmetz, Field Applications Engineer, Vincotech GmbH | Articles | Comments

“Global Warming, Carbon Footprint, and Energy Efficiency” are becoming mantras for the industrial manufacturing sector. With energy costs constantly rising leading to increased overhead costs, the need to use electrical energy in a more efficient manner by reducing the amount is at the fundamental basis of this crisis.

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Achieve High Resolution with Robust Magnetic Motion Sensors

July 21, 2010 9:39 am | by Marcel Urban, austriamicrosystems | Articles | Comments

A growing number of applications require linear motion sensing, including X-Y tooling tables, pneumatic pistons, automatic sliding doors and zoom lenses. One commonly used technique involves resistive strips (potentiometers). While this approach is simple and inexpensive, it depends on mechanical contacts so it is prone to wearing out.

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General Motors renews $2B HP contract

July 21, 2010 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has renewed a $2 billion contract with Hewlett-Packard to manage the automaker's technology infrastructure, the company said Wednesday.HP said the multiyear deal was extended a year before it expired, and covers most of the work the technology company already provides for GM. The...

Engineering researchers simplify process to make world's tiniest wires

July 21, 2010 7:22 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Florida) Surface tension isn't a very powerful force, but it matters for small things -- water bugs, paint, and, it turns out, nanowires.

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Right at Home: Tips for staying safe at college

July 21, 2010 7:05 am | by KIM COOKAssociated Press | News | Comments

The annual college shopping trip is almost upon us. And while it's fun to stock up on posters, shower caddies and desk lamps, experts say you also should consider how you'll keep yourself, and your stuff, safe on campus.Common sense is the best defense, says Chris McGoey, who runs a security...

Calibration Improves Accuracy and Stability of MEMS Gyroscopes

July 21, 2010 6:59 am | by Harvey Weinberg, leader of the Applications Engineering group for inertial products, Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Gyroscopes are often used for inertial navigation or other applications where high accuracy or stability is required. To maximize performance, the gyros used in these applications are generally calibrated and externally temperature compensated. This article outlines a method for performing calibration and temperature compensation.

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Check Point Software posts jump in 2Q earnings

July 21, 2010 6:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. reported a 36 percent jump in second-quarter earnings Wednesday, boosted by revenue growth.The results pushed Check Point up 74 cents, or 2.2 percent, to $33.98 in premarket trading.The company, which makes Internet security software, booked net income of...

Journal Communications reports $8.1M profit in Q2

July 21, 2010 6:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Media company Journal Communications Inc. says it swung to a profit in the second quarter as its broadcast revenue was helped by political spending and automotive advertising.The Milwaukee-based company said Wednesday it earned $8.1 million in the quarter, or 14 cents per share.That was up from...

New chip platform increases LED efficiency by 30%

July 21, 2010 5:54 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Developers at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors have succeeded in increasing the efficiency of red thin-film LEDs by 30% – a new record. The latest generation of thin-film chips benefit from an optimized chip platform that has potential for further improvements.

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DC-DC converters feature ultra wide (4:1) input

July 21, 2010 5:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aimtec expands its SIP8 product line with the addition of the AM3GH-Z series of single and dual output buck DC-DC converters. Housed in a compact SIP8 (21.85 x 9.2 x 11.1mm) package, AM3GH-Z accepts 4:1 input ranges of 4.5-18VDC, 9-36VDC and 18-75VDC with an input/output isolation of 1600VDC.

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Semtech Announces World's Smallest Vin Boost Converters

July 21, 2010 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. today announced a new boost converter platform offering the world’s smallest step-up regulators for low-voltage applications. The SC120, SC121 and SC122 boost inputs from as low as 0.7V to a regulated output settable from 1.8V to 5.0V and are available in tiny 1.5x2mm ultra-thin (0.6mm max.) plastic packages.

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Video 1 : Rex, the Robotic Exoskeleton

July 21, 2010 5:23 am | by rexbionics | Videos | Comments

See Hayden Allen using Rex, the Robotic Exoskeleton, a world first product developed by Rex Bionics. (Video Production - 90 Seconds TV http://90seconds.tv/)

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Porsche novelty mouse makes great gift

July 21, 2010 5:22 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

If, like most of us, you can’t afford a Porsche, a mouse shaped like a Porsche is the next best thing. As novelty computer mice go, this is one of the coolest I’ve seen. Avant Garde Gifts was kind enough to send me a sample of the “Motormouse,” and I’ve been evaluating it this week.

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