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Programmable Motion Cards Allow Ethernet Connectivity

July 13, 2009 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing machine designers the capability to download and run board-level C-Motion motion programs directly, the Prodigy/CME PCI card from Performance Motion Devices provides Ethernet functionality to expand connectivity options. The cards support multiple motor types, including DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping, and step motors and are available in 1, 2, 3, and 4-axis versions.

LED Driver ICs Feature Constant Current Control

July 13, 2009 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a current accuracy of +/- 3 percent, the HV9961 constant-control LED driver integrated circuit has an average-mode control system allowing the device to require no loop compensation or high-side current sensing.

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears

July 11, 2009 1:56 pm | by TODD LEWAN, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car. It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold. Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner detected, then downloaded to his laptop, the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags.


Lightning delays space shuttle Endeavour launch

July 11, 2009 9:55 am | by RON WORD, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NASA scrubbed space shuttle Endeavour's Saturday evening launch after lightning struck at least 11 times near the seaside launch pad. NASA technicians found no damage after an electrical storm Friday afternoon, but said they will need at least another day to check critical systems. A mission management team plans to meet early Sunday to determine if all the testing has been completed and whether to fuel Endeavour for a possible Sunday evening launch. Liftoff would be at 7:13 p.m. if NASA attempts to launch Sunday.

Hacking the Brain

July 10, 2009 12:12 pm | by Hadley Leggett | News | Comments

Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain.

Windows 7 is on sale. Should you buy it now?

July 10, 2009 10:05 am | by JESSICA MINTZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp.'s next installment of Windows doesn't launch until October, but deep discounts on some versions are available through Saturday if you want to pre-order. Before pouncing on this deal, make sure it's right for your PC. There are plenty of reasons why you'd want Windows 7. It appears to be more stable - less prone to crashes - than previous versions of Windows. It's less annoying than Vista, which could deluge users with security warnings and other nagging reminders. Windows 7 has a cleaner, simpler interface.


Competition Drove Kindle Price Cut

July 10, 2009 9:27 am | by Mark Long, | News | Comments

Amazon's decision to shave $60 off the price of its Kindle 2 this week caught some industry observers off guard. But Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps said she wasn't surprised.

Transceivers Handle Signal and Power Over a Single Coax Cable

July 10, 2009 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

EqcoLogic’s EQCO800SC transceiver circuit enables full duplex communication together with power transmission over a single, low cost coaxial (COAX) cable, at speeds of up to 1.25 Gbit/second and with cable lengths up to 100 m. It supports a


Tiny Reed Switches Target Tough Applications

July 10, 2009 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for demanding portable low-power applications where small size is necessary, the 4-mm-long KSK-1A04 Series of miniature SMT magnetic reed switches from MEDER electronic have flat-contact lead terminals.

Man Sues Over Bad-Breath Device

July 10, 2009 8:10 am | News | Comments

A Boston-area inventor sued Kimberly-Clark Corp on Tuesday, contending that the maker of Kleenex tissues and Huggies diapers had violated his patent for a device to detect bad breath.

GM Reborn?

July 10, 2009 7:58 am | by TOM KRISHER | News | Comments

The new General Motors will be faster and more responsive to customers than the old one, and it will make money and repay government loans faster than required, CEO Fritz Henderson said Friday as a leaner version of the automaker emerged from bankruptcy protection.

Americans Favor Science, But Less Than Before

July 10, 2009 7:29 am | by RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | News | Comments

The share of Americans who see science as the nation's greatest achievement is down sharply, even as the public continues to hold scientists in high regard. A new Pew Research Center poll indicates that 27 percent of Americans say the nation's greatest achievements are in science, medicine and technology, more than any category other than don't know.


Load Switch Offers Low Tolerance

July 10, 2009 6:56 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

With a current range from 500 mA to 700mA and a tolerance of 15 percent, Intellimax FPF23xx Series dual load switches from Fairchild Semiconductor are suitable for multiple-USB port power applications.


Applications Accepted for $30,000 Scholarship Fund

July 10, 2009 6:48 am | News | Comments

Applications are being accepted through the 31st of August 2009 to attain four $2,500 Premier Farnell individual scholarships in each of three regions (Asia, Europe and the Americas), a total scholarship fund of $30,000 for individual students worldwide who are registered in a full time Electrical and Electronics Engineering course in the 2009 entry year.

Webcasters and Music Industry End Fight for Royalties

July 9, 2009 7:07 am | by by Gabriel Madway and Richard Chang | News | Comments

Artists and record labels reached an agreement on Tuesday with Internet radio companies over royalty rates, resolving a dispute that dates back more than two years over how to divvy up revenue from streaming music on the Web. The deal establishes a two-tier royalty payment system for companies -- such as the popular service offered by Pandora Media Inc -- that broadcast music over the Internet.


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