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Silicone Rubber Switch Boots Ensure Long-lasting Operation

August 3, 2009 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZaGO Manufacturing Company introduced a line of silicone rubber switch boots for toggle switches, push button switches and rotary switches that the company asserts will ensure the long-lasting operation of the equipment for which they are used. By replacing the ordinary mounting nut with ZaGO’s new seal boot, a switch has

RFICs Fit in Many Applications

August 3, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting broadband, Cellular/3G, WiMAX/4G and test equipment applications, the SiGe BiCMOS MMIC mixer RFICs, HMC785LP4E and HMC786LP4E, from Hittite Microwave combines a double-balanced mixer core and local oscillator amplifier for up to +40 dBm input IP3 with 0 dBm input LO drive.

M12 Connectors Offer High Pin Count

August 3, 2009 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in 12- and 17-pole versions, a series of circular M12 connectors from Phoenix Contact address medical, robotics, printing, and industrial camera applications.


Hubble Views New Dark Spot on Jupiter

August 3, 2009 6:04 am | News | Comments

This Hubble picture, taken on July 23, is the sharpest visible-light picture taken of the impact feature. The observations were made with Hubble's new camera, the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

Small COG LCD Has White LED Backlight

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

Operating from an 3.3-V input, the OSD240128S0371-27 negative mode STN transmissive LCD module from OSD Displays has an integrated white LED backlight. With a 240 x 128-pixel image in a 60 x 32-mm active area

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.


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.


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 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.


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