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Military Base to Become Smart-Grid Showcase

July 9, 2009 5:38 am | News | Comments

With the goals of increasing energy security, energy efficiency, and promoting cleaner, alternative energy at U.S. military bases, GE today announced it has been awarded $2 million in Federal stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for a smart microgrid demonstration project at Twentynine Palms Base, California.

Rugged Relays Offer Mounting Options

July 9, 2009 5:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offered in both AC and DC control versions, Zelio panel-mount SSRP and DIN-mount SSRD solid-state relays from Schneider Electric meet equipment specifications for vibration resistance and reliability.

Imagine Cup Competition Winners Announced

July 8, 2009 9:07 am | News | Comments

After an intense competition among finalists chosen from a pool of more than 300,000 students from more than 100 countries and regions, Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of Imagine Cup 2009. Celebrating first place, Romania's Team SYTECH won the worldwide Software Design invitational, South Korea's Team Wafree won the Embedded Development invitational and Brazil's Team LEVV It won the Game Development challenge.

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Crypto IC Protects Smart-Battery Applications

July 8, 2009 7:48 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Protecting mobile phones, cameras, portable power tools, and other battery-powered devices, the AT88SA100S CrytpoAuthentication battery challenge/response authentication IC uses a SHA-256 cryptographic engine and a 256-bit key. The IC consumes less than 100 nA.

CAN Bus Interface Offers Self-Test Function

July 8, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 32-bit/33-MHz P506 Quad CAN Bus Interface PCI mezzanine card from MEN Micro has a programmable loop-back mode for self-test operation, signaling, and interrupt for error states. Offering four independent interface channels via IP cores in the onboard FPGA, the P506 supports

Adapters Enable Use of Smaller Pitch Devices On Larger Pitch Boards

July 8, 2009 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aries Electronics expanded its line of BGA Switch-A-Pitch Adapters that simplify high density interconnect (HDI) construction to enable the use of smaller pitch devices on larger pitch boards. The series now includes models with tops where the BGA landing pads are on a 0.40 mm pitch and adapter bottoms are populated with

MOSFETs Target Battery-Driven Apps

July 8, 2009 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on fine trench processes, the MTMF8233 and MTM78E2B MOSFETs from Panasonic are well-suited for power management applications in notebook computers and lithium ion battery protection circuits.

Switchers Deliver 1600 W

July 8, 2009 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in versions delivering an output from 12 VDC to 150 VDC, Absopulse’s HBL 1K6 Series of 1600-W modular AC/DC switching power supplies also offer an optional built-in redundancy diode for parallel and N+1 operation.

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Google To Launch Its Own Operating System

July 8, 2009 6:11 am | by Alexei Oreskovic and Edwin Chan | News | Comments

Google Inc is planning a direct attack on Microsoft Corp's core business by taking on the software giant's globally dominant Windows operating system for personal computers.

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PCI Express Switch Integrates Thermal Management

July 8, 2009 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing integrated temperature sensor functionality in high-performance networking and storage controllers including 10 GB Ethernet and 8 GB fiber channel devices, the PCI Express Gen2 switches from Integrated Device Technology offer system-level thermal data for power management,

Ethernet Modems Facilitate Remote Tune-ups

July 8, 2009 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allowing remote servicing and diagnostics of distant network devices via modem and telephone line, the analog V.92 Ethernet modem from Phoenix Contact uses point-to-point protocol with 128-bit password encryption and continuous re-authentication via CHAP.

World's first fuel cell aircraft takes off in Germany

July 7, 2009 7:35 pm | Blogs | Comments

The world's first piloted aircraft capable of taking to the air using only power from fuel cells took off in Germany Tuesday, producing zero carbon dioxide emissions, its makers said. "We have improved the performance capabilities and efficiency of the fuel cell to such an extent that a piloted aircraft is now able to take off using it," said Johann-Dietrich Woerner from the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

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Justice Deptartment Eyeing Telecom Probe

July 7, 2009 7:03 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department has begun looking at big telecom companies such as AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications to try to determine if they have abused their market power, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Monday. The journal, which cited people familiar with the matter, said the Antitrust Division's review was in its very early stages and was not yet a formal probe of any specific company.

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Illuminated Switch Offers Cap Options

July 7, 2009 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a mechanical life of over 500,000 cycles, the TL1220 illuminated tactile switch from E-Switch has multiple illuminated cap options that include graphics.

DC/DC Converters Accept Wide Input

July 7, 2009 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 26 mm x 12.5 mm x 9.3 mm, the IM and IT series of 2-W and 3-W DC/DC converters from XP Power provide a 4-to-1 input range with an I/O isolation of 1.5 kV for up to 1 minute, Ideal for mobile, portable, and wireless devices, the converter takes an input from either 9 VDC to 36 VDC or 18 VDC to 75 VDC in versions providing a single or dual output.

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