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Non-contact Safety Switches Are Fully Sealed, Encapsulated

March 4, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tapeswitch is expanding is product line with Mechan Controls, a British designer and manufacturer of machine guard safety systems whose non-contact safety switches ranges from simple, low cost magnetic safety versions through fully electronic safety systems with the option of

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Efficient Material Handling in Automotive Manufacturing Applications

March 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Todd Belt, Systems Sales Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs | Articles | Comments

Pick and place robotics has been a common sight in the automotive industry for some time. It is capable of auto racking, bin picking, positioning parts for assembly, and other repetitive tasks that help automate production sequences and reduce costs.

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Partial Networking: In-Vehicle Networks Can Reduce Costs and CO2 Emissions

March 4, 2010 6:40 am | by Holger Huber, System Marketing Manager In-Vehicle-Networking, NXP Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

In the past, electronic control units (ECUs) in automotive applications were connected by individual signal wires. However, today, close to 100% of the ECUs are connected by bus systems such as LIN, CAN and FlexRay. This yields significant advantages, including improved data availability, straightforward wiring and standardized interfaces.

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JC Penney sales rise in February

March 4, 2010 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

J.C. Penney Co. said Thursday that sales at stores open at least a year rose 1.2 percent in February, surprising industry experts who expected that cautious consumers would lead to a sales decline.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters anticipated sales to slide 1.3 percent.Same-store sales is a...

Power Resistors Deliver 20 W to 600 W with Low Inductance

March 4, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics IRC’s MHP Series power resistors feature power ratings from 20 W to 600 W in industry standard TO-220, TO-247 and SOT-227 transistor-style packages. The resistors provide

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Green Phase-shifted Full-bridge IC Controls Synchronous Rectifier Output

March 4, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) introduced a phase-shifted full-bridge PWM controller with synchronous MOSFET control outputs and light load power management. According to the company, the UCC28950 can achieve efficiencies above 90 percent from light load to full load, enabling it to

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Power MOSFETs for DC-DC Conversion Tout Reduced Gate Switch Charge

March 4, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. has launched its latest generation of power MOSFETs for synchronous DC-DC conversion. The seventh generation trench process in the Toshiba fast switching series, UMOS VII-H, is asserted to

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Shield Clips Reduce Assembly Time

March 4, 2010 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Harwin Inc. launched its Maxi Clip, which handles protective cans with wall thickness between 0.7 mm and 1 mm. The use of clips reduces assembly time and simplifies rework. Instead of hand-soldering shielding cans to a PCB as a

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SMD Inductors Are Cost Efficient

March 4, 2010 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

RAF Tabtronics announced the release of a line of SMD Power Inductors for high reliability applications. This SESI Power Inductor product line features a low profile ruggedized high-grade package with an operating temperature range of -55°C to +125°C. The product is highly customizable with either SMD or thru-hole pin-outs and flexibility in the number of terminations.

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Y-Flash to Improve Memory Size

March 4, 2010 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

TowerJazz announced its patented Y-Flash technology, not available from any other foundry in the industry, which is designed to give customers flexibility on memory size, allowing optimization of performance/cost for any given application.

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DC-DC Converter Features Built-in Power Functionality

March 4, 2010 5:31 am | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance analog/mixed signal integrated circuits and high reliability semiconductors, today extended its family of DC-to-DC controllers and switching regulators with the introduction of a synchronous buck switching regulator in a compact multi-chip module

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Retailers report strong gains for February

March 4, 2010 5:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO - AP Retail Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Shoppers shrugged off the snow and worries about the economy to buy spring clothing and other items at the nation's malls, resulting in the strongest retail sales gain since November 2007, a month before the recession started.The upbeat news also helped sooth fears among some economists that...

Ofcom to Investigate Net Neutrality

March 4, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

The chief of UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said the authority will investigate web traffic control measures later this year as the net neutrality debate rumbles on.

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How Do You Track and Budget for Energy Costs?

March 4, 2010 3:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Amy discussed how she keeps track of her energy costs and uses past bills to plan her budget for the coming months. Her utility has a useful tool that helps with her planning. If your utility doesn't offer a similar service, you might try using ENERGY STAR's Home Energy Yardstick.

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Western Refining posts wider 4th-quarter loss

March 4, 2010 2:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Western Refining Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter loss widened, hurt by softer demand for transportation fuels, weak economic conditions and a smaller gap between light and heavy crude oil prices.The independent refiner reported a loss of $97.5 million, or $1.11 per share, compared...

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