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Signal Conditioner Features High Accuracy

August 11, 2009 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

With 16-bit resolution, the MUP400 signal conditioner from Novotechnik features accuracy of ±0.01 of range +1 digit. The signal conditioner has a high sample rate of up to 5 kHz. Users can select either 0 V to 10 V or 4 mA to 20 mA outputs by setting a DIP switch. Other features include

Stanford Prof Sequences own Genome in Weeks

August 11, 2009 4:26 am | by MARCUS WOHLSEN, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

It might not be long until there is a gene scanner in every doctor's office, as DNA sequencing becomes faster and cheaper. A Stanford University professor reported Monday that he has sequenced his entire genome in a few weeks for under $50,000 using a single machine. Six years ago, hundreds of researchers at the Human Genome Project completed the same task for $300 million. It took 13 years.

URL Shortening Company TR.IM Goes Kaput

August 10, 2009 11:28 am | News | Comments

Failing to find a larger company to acquire it, Nambu Network will shut down its link shortening service. Tr.im has thousands of users and creates tens of thousands of URLs per day for social media users.

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Murdoch Demands More From Amazon and Kindle

August 10, 2009 9:38 am | by amazon, kindle, murdoch | News | Comments

Rupert Murdoch's mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore. High-handed treatment from Amazon, that is. On News Corp.'s (NWS) fiscal-year-end earnings call with analysts, the notoriously shoot-from-the-hip mogul suggested that The Wall Street Journal will cease to be available on the Kindle e-reader unless Amazon starts offering a more generous revenue split and more publisher-friendly policies.

LVDS Serializer Connects Directly to Low-power Embedded Processors

August 10, 2009 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced an LVDS serializer that connects directly to 1.8-V powered processors. Using the company’s FlatLink technology, the SN75LVDS83B eliminates the need for a level shifter when using 1.8-V and 2.5-V logic interfaces

USB Surge Protector is Panel-Mounted

August 10, 2009 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to protect USB ports from surges and spikes, the , AL-ECF504-AB panel-mount USB surge protector from L-com clamps the power lines to safe levels from USB connected devices including USB hubs, WiFi USB client adapters, and USB enabled surveillance cameras.

Nanopower Op Amp Consumes Less than 560 nW

August 10, 2009 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Offers a nanopower op amp that offers a low power consumption of 552 nW, with operation down to 1.6 V. The PowerWise LPV521 is appropriate for portable equipment and low power applications including wireless remote sensors, power-line monitoring, and micropower oxygen and gas sensors. It features a

Matte-Case LEDs Target Signage Apps

August 10, 2009 7:34 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

With a matte-black case for increased contrast, the TopLED Black Series of LEDs from OSRAM can achieve a typical luminous intensity of 1.9 cd (at 20 mA).

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Particle Collider: Black Hole or Crucial Machine?

August 10, 2009 5:39 am | by ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

When launched to great fanfare nearly a year ago, some feared the Large Hadron Collider would create a black hole that would suck in the world. It turns out the Hadron may be the black hole. The world's largest scientific machine has cost $10 billion, has worked only nine days and has yet to smash an atom.

Publicis to Buy Microsoft's Razorfish to Boost Web Ads

August 10, 2009 5:01 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French advertising company Publicis Groupe SA has agreed to buy Microsoft Corp.'s digital advertising firm Razorfish in a move to boost its share of advertising on the Web, according to a joint statement released Sunday. The deal is valued at $530 million, comprised of cash and 6.5 million Publicis Groupe treasury shares.

eBay, GM to Start Trial Program to Sell New Cars Online

August 10, 2009 4:37 am | by BY RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

General Motors and eBay Inc. are expected to announce Monday that hundreds of the auto maker's California dealers will let consumers haggle over the prices of new cars and trucks through the online marketplace, as part of a previously disclosed trial. About 225 of California's 250 GM dealers are set to take part in the program, which will begin on Tuesday.

Five-wire Resistive TFT Display Module Touts High Clarity

August 7, 2009 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Densitron Corporation introduced its first 5.7" High Bright (700 cd/m2) TFT display with LVDS interface and a high-clarity (approaching 100 percent) five-wire resistive touch screen for OEM use. Designed for both sunlight (with optional haze treatment) and night time conditions, this touch screen provides

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Metal Connector Shielded with Iris Spring

August 7, 2009 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA has expanded its M9 product line with a metal connector shielded with an iris spring and is suited for industrial and commercial applications in harsh environments. This addition to the Series 712 subminiature connectors features an internal iris spring, which simplifies the

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Opcuity: The Next Great Touchscreen Accessory?

August 7, 2009 6:14 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Capacitive sensing works on the premise that the human body conducts electricity. Thus, a capacitive touchscreen (such as an iPod or iPhone) will “sense” the human hand but not a stylus. However, the very characteristic that makes capacitive touchscreens unique is also its biggest disadvantage—fingers leave fingerprints. Uni-Pixel’s Opcuity Active Layer Films address that issue.

Controller Box Targets Windows-based Embedded CANbus Applications

August 7, 2009 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company  announced the launch of CANatomBOX, a compact embedded controller targeted for Windows-based embedded CANbus control applications. Based on Intel’s 945GME 1.6GHz Atom processor, this controller box is application-customizable, with a

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