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Automotive SoC enables ultrasonic sensing

September 29, 2009 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Purportedly optimized for automotive-sensor systems such as EPA (electronic parking assist) and PDC (park-distance control), the MAXQ7667 SoC (system-on-chip) mixed-signal microcontroller from Maxim is intended for ultrasonic sensor applications. The echo receive path includes a variable gain amplifier

Boost Switch Delivers High Efficiency

September 29, 2009 7:53 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting boost conversion circuits in medical, portable and consumer applications, the FDFME3N311ZT Boost Switch from Fairchild combines a 30-V integrated N-Channel PowerTrench MOSFET and Schottky diode for exceptionally low input capacitance (55pF typical) and total gate charge (1nC) to improve efficiency in DC-DC boost designs.

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Google Says Its Google Voice Service Exempt From FCC Laws

September 29, 2009 7:22 am | by Stefanie Hoffman | News | Comments

Google said that it is not subject to the same Federal Communications Commission regulations as major telecoms, after telecom giant A&T said the search engine company's VoIP service, Google Voice, violates federal communications laws.

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Bluetooth Module exchanges data up to 1000 m

September 29, 2009 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Within 10 ms, the 750-644 Bluetooth RF-Transceiver module from WAGO exchanges data up to 1000 m (line-of-sight) or 100 m (within buildings). One 750-644 master can communicate with up to seven slaves on a Personal Area Network. The module offers communications with frequency hopping procedures and adaptive transmitting power technologies

Microsoft to release free antivirus PC software

September 29, 2009 6:58 am | by AP | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. says its new computer security program can be downloaded starting on Tuesday. Microsoft Security Essentials, as the free antivirus software is called, has been available in a beta test version since June. The software

Commerce Secretary Unveils Plan for Smart Grid Interoperability

September 29, 2009 6:56 am | News | Comments

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today unveiled an accelerated plan for developing standards to transform the U.S. power distribution system into a secure, more efficient and environmentally friendly Smart Grid and create clean-energy jobs.

SMT Adapter Pair Suits Demanding Automotive Apps

September 29, 2009 6:35 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics’ latest high performance socket – SFS-BGA104A-52 allows 0.5 mm pitch, 8 mm x 8 mm body, and 15 X 15 array BGA devices to be socketed and operate without compromising performance in demanding automotive applications. The Giga-snaP BGA SMT adapter pair consists of

Dell settlement has tougher accounting oversight

September 29, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

Dell Inc. said Monday it will beef up accounting and corporate governance rules as part of a settlement tied to an investigation into its past financial practices. Dell, the world's second largest PC maker behind Hewlett-Packard Co., will also pay $1.75 million in legal fees, according to a settlement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Quantum Entanglement Made Visible

September 29, 2009 5:59 am | by Laura Sanders | News | Comments

By linking the electrical currents of two superconductors large enough to be seen with the naked eye, researchers have extended the domain of observable quantum effects. Billions of flowing electrons in the superconductors can collectively exhibit a weird quantum property called entanglement

Apple rejects iPhone App advocating single-payer healthcare

September 29, 2009 5:53 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Apple has rejected an iPhone App that advocates a single-payer healthcare system. The free app, iSinglePayer, was rejected on grounds of being “politically charged.” iSinglePayer uses charts and bullets to compare healthcare systems and analyze present inefficiencies. It also uses GPS to determine your nearest congressman and then determines how much he/she receives from the healthcare industry.

CNN to Charge Users for News iPhone App

September 29, 2009 5:40 am | by ANDREW VANACORE | News | Comments

CNN is coming out with an iPhone application Tuesday that has a feature few other news apps have tried: a price tag.

IBM Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Moving Atoms

September 29, 2009 4:51 am | News | Comments

On this day in 1989, IBM Fellow Don Eigler became the first person in history to move and control an individual atom. Shortly thereafter, on November 11 of that year, Eigler and his team used a custom-built microscope to spell out the letters IBM with 35 xenon atoms.

Power Supplies Suit Industrial Environments

September 28, 2009 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Weidmuller introduced its T-Series of DIN-rail mounted single-phase industrial power supplies. A high power reserve is said to guarantee reliable start-up of loads with high in-rush currents such as motor starting applications. The T-Series single-phase power supplies are available in nine models, ranging from 12 VDC through 48 VDC output voltage, and up to

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Interface board operates from single 15 VDC supply

September 28, 2009 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mounting directly to dual NX IGBT Modules, the VLA536-01R gate drive interface board from Powerex operates from a single 15 VDC supply. The board also provides an isolated fault feedback signal if a short circuit condition is detected. Other features include

Cable assemblies fit wide range of coaxial connectors

September 28, 2009 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

50 and 75 ohm RG cable assemblies from Electronic Assembly Manufacturing (EAM) can be supplied with a range of coaxial connector types, including 7/16, BNC, Type N, MCX, MHV, SHV, TNC, UHF, MMCX, and MIL-qualified connectors for harsh environments. Cable sizes include

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