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PMICs Integrate Power Management and Battery Charging

August 3, 2009 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating a USB-compatible linear PowerPath manager and a standalone battery charger, the LTC3577, LTC3577-1, LTC3577-3, and LTC3577-4 multi-functional power management integrated circuits (PMIC) from Linear Technology for portable Li-Ion/Polymer battery applications feature overvoltage protection, a 10-LED driver, pushbutton on/off control, three synchronous buck regulators, and two LDOs.

Nissan Rolls out Electric Car at New Headquarters

August 3, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn drove quietly out of the Japanese automaker's soon-to-open headquarters Sunday in the first public viewing of its new zero-emission vehicle. It was the first time the external design was shown of Nissan Motor Co.'s environmentally friendly electric automobile, set to go on sale in Japan, the U.S. and Europe next year. The blue hatchback had a sporty design and a recharging opening in the front.

Cable Certifier Allows High-Speed Testing

August 3, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Performing 9 s Cat5e and 14 s Cat 6 tests with full performance data, the 1000 MHz LanTEK II cable certifier also executes 10-GB Alien Crosstalk testing, presented as being four times faster than other systems.

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Skype in Danger of Meltdown

August 3, 2009 5:07 am | by by James Middleton | News | Comments

Internet auction house eBay made a worrying admission late last week – not only did it pay almost $1bn too much for online telephony darling Skype, it also failed to secure rights to the VoIP firm’s underlying technology.

More Ads Coming to TV-- Even to Former Havens

August 3, 2009 4:58 am | by DEBORAH YAO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Coming soon to your TV: More advertising, in places you might not expect. The ads are showing up where people used to enjoy a break from advertising, such as video on demand and on-screen channel guides. Even TiVo, which became popular for its technology that lets people skip TV commercials, is developing new ways to show ads.

Rotary IC Implements SENT Protocol

July 31, 2009 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MLX90324 rotary position sensor IC from Melexis implements the SENT protocol (SAE J2716-Apr07) directly onto the chip. The IC is intended for under-hood position sensor applications such as EGR, manifold actuation, diesel throttle body, and drive-by-wire pedals. The IC passed the qualifications based on AEC-Q100

VCO Features Control Voltage as Low as 0.0 V

July 31, 2009 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating from 200 MHz to 400 MHz, the CRBV55CW-0200-0400 Red Box Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) from Crystek features a control voltage range of 0.0 V to 5.0 V. The VCO features a typical phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset, and output power is typically +3 dBm. Other features include

MOSFET Boasts Industry's Lowest RDS(ON)

July 31, 2009 9:07 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

The FDZ197PZ P-Channel MOSFET from Fairchild Semiconductor purportedly has the industry’s lowest RDS(ON) at 64 mOhm at VGS= -4.5V. The MOSFET offers a 1-mm x 1.5-mm footprint and ESD capability of 4 kV. The WL-CSP package features 6 µm x 300 µm Pb-free solder balls for the board connection.

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Quad-Output Power SoC Integrates Isolation Technology, Yields 92 Percent Efficiency

July 31, 2009 8:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akros Silicon introduced a quad-output digital power SoC built around its GreenEdge digital isolation technology. The AS1454 eliminates the need for low-speed, bulky opto-couplers and integrates the functionality of up to eight separate ICs used in current implementations. This leads to

Amazon Sued over Kindle Deletion of Orwell Books

July 31, 2009 8:01 am | by TIM KLASS, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A high school student is suing Amazon.com Inc. for deleting an e-book he purchased for the Kindle reader, saying his electronic notes were bollixed, too. Amazon CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos has apologized to Kindle customers for remotely removing copies of the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" from their e-reader devices.

Test Clips Suit Agilent, Tektronix Test Probes

July 31, 2009 7:25 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Emulation Technology announced a line of high speed microgrippers with a 15 GHz bandwidth for direct connect between Agilent or Tektronix logic analyzer test probes and high frequency leaded chip packages. Test accessories with long conductors used together with circuits that output high-speed signals can

Primary Side Sensing Controllers Cut No-load Consumption

July 31, 2009 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

CamSemi has announced a family of Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers that are said to deliver the highest rating in the voluntary star standard for no load power introduced in November 2008 by the world’s five largest mobile phone makers.

Judge in Download Case Rules In Favor of Recording Industry

July 31, 2009 6:36 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a Boston University student violated copyright laws when he swapped music online, paving the way for a jury to begin considering damages Friday. Joel Tenenbaum, 25, of Providence, R.I., admitted on the witness stand Thursday that he downloaded and shared hundreds of songs by Nirvana, Green Day, The Smashing Pumpkins and other artists.

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UK Court Rejects Hacker's Bid to Avoid Extradition

July 31, 2009 5:55 am | by MEERA SELVA, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Britain's High Court on Friday rejected an autistic British man's bid to avoid extradition to the United States to face trial for hacking into military computers. Gary McKinnon, who claimed he was searching for evidence of UFOs, has fought a long legal battle against extradition after he was charged with breaking into 97 computers belonging to NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense and several branches of the U.S. military

Weather Bodes Well for Fla. Shuttle Landing

July 31, 2009 5:07 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Buoyed by a good weather forecast, space shuttle Endeavour and its seven astronauts aimed for a Friday morning landing to end their successful space station construction mission. Endeavour was scheduled to touch down at 10:48 a.m. In preparation, the shuttle's payload bay doors were closed right on time as the sun rose at the Kennedy Space Center in a somewhat hazy sky.

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