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World's largest telescope to be built in Hawaii

July 22, 2009 6:35 am | by by AUDREY McAVOY | News | Comments

Hawaii was chosen Tuesday as the site for the world's biggest telescope, a device so powerful that it will allow scientists to see some 13 billion light years away and get a glimpse into the early years of the universe.  The telescope's mirror — stretching almost 100 feet in diameter, or nearly the length of a Boeing 737's wingspan — will be so large that it should be able to gather light that will have spent 13 billion years traveling to earth.

North Carolina Town Going Green With LED Technology

July 22, 2009 5:58 am | Blogs | Comments

Philips Lumec has been chosen by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of western North Carolina to light their downtown streetscapes with their environmentally responsible LED lighting solutions. In doing so, they clearly place this town of 14,500 residents, located on the South end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in the vanguard of communities choosing environmentally responsible LED lighting technologies.

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LED Controller Features 'In-Situ' Temperature Compensation

July 22, 2009 5:42 am | Blogs | Comments

Leadis Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: LDIS), an analog and mixed-signal semiconductor developer of LED drivers for consumer electronic devices, today announced sample availability of the LDS9001 and LDS9003, two new LED controllers featuring Leadis' patent pending LED-Sense(TM) Temperature Compensation engine. This innovative feature allows for direct in-situ monitoring of the LED junction temperature without the need for an external temperature sensor

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Even in space, batteries need to be replaced

July 22, 2009 4:51 am | News | Comments

Even in space, batteries need to be replaced. The primary task of a spacewalk Wednesday will be to replace four batteries on one of the international space station's solar arrays. Astronauts David Wolf and Christopher Cassidy's spacewalk is scheduled be the third of Endeavour's 16-day mission to the orbiting outpost.

Russia Still Blue Over Moon Landing 40 Years Later

July 21, 2009 10:54 am | News | Comments

When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon, it was a first for the Soviet Union - the first time the U.S. had beaten the U.S.S.R in the space race. Forty years later, the memory of that loss of primacy still seems to sting the Russian soul. When state TV channel Rossiya reported last week on the restoration of video footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the account gave a lot of attention to dubious conspiracy theories that the landing was faked.

Free Monday at DAC Includes Six Pavilion Programs

July 21, 2009 10:16 am | News | Comments

The Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) is sponsoring the Free Monday exhibit program on Monday, July 27 at the 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC). In addition to the exhibition, Exhibitor Forum, IC Design Central Pavilion, and the Keynote Panel, Free Monday registration includes access to the DAC Pavilion (Booth #1928) where six Pavilion programs will be presented that day.

46th Design Automation Conference Welcomes 29 New Exhibitors

July 21, 2009 10:11 am | News | Comments

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) announced today that it will feature 29 companies exhibiting at this year’s conference for the first time. The new exhibitors include companies ranging from providers of design tools and data management solutions to product development experts and placement firms. The 46th DAC will be held July 26 – 31 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and DAC exhibit hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 29 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.

Chinese Web sites close amid tightening controls

July 21, 2009 9:47 am | by ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Several Chinese Internet sites and parts of popular Web portals went offline Tuesday amid tightening controls that have already left mainland Web users without access to Facebook, Twitter and other well-known social networking sites. China stepped up its crackdown on social networking sites in March over online allegations surrounding the treatment of Tibetans, and the blockages continued through the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and the recent ethnic riots in Xinjiang.

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Matrix Card Expands System Switch/Multimeter Card Family

July 21, 2009 8:26 am | Keithley Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing applications requiring high throughput and long switch life, the Model 3731 6´16 high-speed reed-relay matrix plug-in switching card for the Series 3700 System Switch/Multimeter family from Keithley Instruments has contacts that are rated for more than one billion no-load switch operations.

Space station astronauts use robot arm, go Twitter

July 21, 2009 7:12 am | News | Comments

Robotic arm maneuvers and social networking sites are taking center stage at the international space station and space shuttle complex. The 13 space station and Endeavour crew members were awakened early Tuesday by Mission Control with the Rascal Flatts' song "Life is a Highway." Not long afterward, crew members began using the shuttle and space station's robotic arms to move a storage pallet holding three experiments from the belly of Endeavour to the outside of a Japanese laboratory at the space station.

Design Talk - Communications Technology

July 21, 2009 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Communications are a keystone of our information-based econonomy and society. The next-gen world of ubiquitous computing and cloud data services will rely on high-quality comms in the user interface, RF, and hard wire, to truly exist. Here are some design articles to help you in your communications design tasks.

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Debate starting on new French Internet piracy bill

July 21, 2009 6:23 am | News | Comments

Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament are to start debate Tuesday on a new version of a bill aimed at cracking down on online piracy by cutting the Internet connections of those who illegally download movies and music. An earlier version of the bill was found to be unconstitutional. Legislators in the National Assembly are to debate the amended bill through Friday, but decided not to take a vote on it until they return from summer recess in September.

PCI Module Achieves Data Transmission of 100 kS/s

July 21, 2009 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PCM-3813I PCI-104 module from Advantech features analog input data transmission of 100 kS/s. With 12-bit, 32-channel input, the module offers 2,500 VDC isolation protection and software programmable gain on each analog input channel. The PCM-3813I supports single-ended and differential analog inputs

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Control Module Includes Large Voltage Range

July 21, 2009 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using software, the Expert I/O 1000 PC-based automation control module from Dajac can be set to any user-provided voltage between 3.3 V and 27 V. The control module has a USB connection and incorporates the following I/O functions: 16 digital inputs, 16 digital outputs, 2 analog outputs (6 selectable ranges each)

Calibrator Features 0.0025% Accuracy

July 21, 2009 4:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for R&D, manufacturing, and calibration lab applications, the CL3001 calibrator from Omega features 0.0025% accuracy. The calibrator is used for temperature, DC, and pressure calibration. It also includes custom RTD and SPRT profile, RS232, USB, and IEEE-488 remote control, and NIST Certificate

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