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Astronauts Gear up for first Spacewalk of Mission

September 1, 2009 5:25 am | News | Comments

It's moving and spacewalking day in orbit. On Tuesday afternoon, some of the 13 astronauts at the linked shuttle and station will begin unloading tons of equipment and experiments that were delivered by Discovery. The gear is inside a huge closetlike chamber that was attached to the space station Monday.

Microsoft Gives Windows Mobile a new Look for fall

September 1, 2009 5:21 am | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is giving its operating system for "smart phones" a new look in time for the holiday shopping season. The world's largest software maker said Tuesday that phones running the next version of Windows Mobile will hit store shelves worldwide on Oct. 6. Windows Mobile 6.5, as the new system is called, has an updated look that brings Microsoft's offering more in line with competitors

Apple to host media event September 9

September 1, 2009 5:18 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc said on Monday that it would host a media event next week, when the company is widely expected to unveil an updated line of iPod media players. Apple declined to say what products would be featured at the September 9 event, which was announced in an invitation emailed to members of the media.


4-Position Connector Intended for Rugged Applications

September 1, 2009 5:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

A 4-Position SPEC Pak (Sealed Power for Environmental Connections) from Anderson Power Products is intended for rugged or water proof high power, signal and ground interconnect solutions such as: mass transportation, off-road vehicles, factory automation, oil and petro-chemical exploration

Connectors Offer Capacitance Values to 4700 pF

September 1, 2009 4:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available with 9 to 37 contacts, a line of micro D-sub connectors from Spectrum offer capacitance values to 4700 pF. They can be specified for selective line filtering and provide an environmentally sealed contact area once mated. The connectors withstand an operating voltage to 100 VDC

Low Noise Amplifiers Support Applications up to 28 GHz

August 31, 2009 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Three SMT-packaged GaAs pHEMT/HEMT MMIC Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) from Hittite Microwave Corporation support microwave radio, VSAT, military & space, sensors, and test instrumentation applications from 2 GHz to 28 GHz. The HMC751LC4, HMC752LC4, and the HMC772LC4

Motor Feedback Systems Require no Ball Bearings

August 31, 2009 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

At 36 mm in diameter, the SEK/SEL37 Capacitive Motor Feedback Systems from SICK STEGMANN require no ball bearings. They are available in singleturn and multiturn versions with a radial or axial plug outlet. The systems provide 16 sine/cosine periods, resolution of 512 steps per revolution, and 1 (singleturn) or 4096 (multiturn) steps per rev.

Enclosures Conform to IP66 Specifications

August 31, 2009 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Purportedly featuring good EMC attenuation levels, the 1550 family, a range of small die-cast aluminium enclosures from Hammond Manufacturing, conforms to IP66 specifications. Consisting of sixteen sizes, the units are supplied in two versions, standard and watertight. The initially available sizes range from 2.36” x 2.17” x 1.02”


Where Have You Gone, Bell Labs?

August 31, 2009 7:58 am | by Adrian Slywotzky | News | Comments

Name an industry that can produce 1 million new, high-paying jobs over the next three years. You can't, because there isn't one. And that's the problem.

Tennis Players Encouraged to Watch what they Tweet

August 31, 2009 7:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Even tennis isn’t sacrosanct—competitors in the US Open are being warned to watch what they tweet. The warning is purportedly to ensure compliance with tennis’ “Anti-Corruption Program Rules.” Posted in conspicuous locations, the warning reads: "Many of you will have Twitter accounts in order for your fans to follow you and to become more engaged in you and the sport...


Digitally-Controlled Power Supplies Meet IEC 6060101 for Medical

August 31, 2009 7:47 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda added three models to its line of digitally controlled medical power supplies. They are available with nominal outputs of  28V/10.71 A, 40 V/7.5 A or 48 V/6.25 A. They feature digital control combined with a 4 kVAC reinforced input to output isolation and


Chassis for VIA EPIA Boards Tout Stackable, Multi-Story Design

August 31, 2009 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies introduced its VIA AMOS-1000 and VIA AMOS-2000 chassis, which are specially designed to work with VIA EPIA Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX boards and feature unique multi-story stackability. VIA developed the VIA AMOS-1000 and VIA AMOS-2000 chassis to

LG to unveil 15-inch OLED TV

August 31, 2009 6:48 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

South Korea's LG Electronics said on Sunday it would launch a 15-inch television set using organic display technology next month, the largest commercial model so far. Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AM-OLED) displays, which use self-glowing materials, have better picture quality, consume less power and are thinner than widely used liquid crystal displays (LCD) that need backlight units.


AMD ships lower-power server chip

August 31, 2009 6:27 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) ships a lower-power version of its Opteron server chip on Monday as it tries to expand its offerings for Web hosting companies. The company declined to give its projections for revenues from the new chip. AMD said the new chip is

PAR38 LEDs Replace Incandescents

August 31, 2009 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in versions accepting input voltages from 85 to 265 VAC, LEDtronics' PAR38-12X2WF series of warm-white and pure-white frosted soft-flood bulbs consume less than 18 watts.


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