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Moody's gives Merge Healthcare B2 rating

April 6, 2010 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday it assigned a B2 corporate family rating to Merge Healthcare Inc. with a stable outlook, reflecting the risks of its proposed acquisition of Amicas Inc.The B2 rating, five notches below investment grade, also apply to Merge's $200 million senior notes...



April 6, 2010 12:21 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Screaming Circuits is seeing more and more components in short supply or on allocation these days. A while back, we took a survey of our customers and found that on average, an engineer would spend about 16 hours sourcing parts...

Nevada tree plantation to help fight deforestation

April 6, 2010 11:30 am | by SCOTT SONNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A California-based company has picked Nevada's high desert for a tree plantation aimed at building up carbon credits and slowing deforestation.ECO2 Forests Inc. announced plans Tuesday to plant up to 3 million kiri (kih-REE') trees over the next seven years at irrigated farms outside of...


Startup automaker planning 2nd run at fed loan

April 6, 2010 11:30 am | by ALAN SAYRE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

V-Vehicle Co., a startup automaker planning to build its vehicle in northeastern Louisiana, will apply again for $321.1 million in government loans, but must come up with another $100 million in private investment and credit to satisfy federal concerns, the acting company head said Tuesday.Late...

Embedded System Module Touts Compact Footprint

April 6, 2010 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PQ7-M103XL, a Qseven (Q7) open standard module from American Portwell Technology is built with Intel's Atom Z510PT (1.1 GHz) or Z520PT (1.33 GHz) processor and Intel System Controller Hub (SCH) US15WPT. This module, capable of


Molded Power Inductor Touts Robust Design

April 6, 2010 11:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics BI Technologies has developed a new SMT power inductor. Designated the HM72B Series, the inductor measures 6.8 mm x 7.23 mm, with a maximum board height of 3.0 mm, and is designed for use in harsh environments.


Ultracapacitor Touts Flat Prismatic Cell Design

April 6, 2010 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tecate's PowerBurst Type PC5 ultracapacitor – offered under a license agreement with Maxwell Technologies – is engineered to provide extended power availability during dips, sags, and outages in the main power sources as well as to relieve batteries of burst power functions.


Company Integrates Two Polymer Positive Temperature Coefficient Resettable Fuses into a Single Package

April 6, 2010 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced that the company has integrated two polymer positive temperature coefficient (PPTC) resettable fuses into a single package. This new Multifuse device contains twin 250V polymer PTC resettable fuses and decreases the circuit protection footprint by fifty percent on the circuit board.


Single-output Power Supplies Accept Wide AC Input

April 6, 2010 9:55 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda has unveiled its latest addition to its line of AC-DC medical and ITE (Information Technology Equipment) power supplies. The new single-output CSS150 series are 100 to150-watt supplies that accept a wide AC input range, have a low profile of only 1.3” and a compact footprint of 3” x 5”...


Verizon CEO has told Apple of iPhone interest

April 6, 2010 9:41 am | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg says the company has told Apple that it wants to carry the iPhone. But he declined to say when - or even if - the popular smart phone will be available for Verizon Wireless customers. In remarks Tuesday before the Council on Foreign Relations, Seidenberg cited a recent Wall Street Journal report that said Apple is working on a version of the iPhone that would be compatible with Verizon's network.

AT & T to spend $1 billion to broaden network

April 6, 2010 9:39 am | News | Comments

AT&T Inc. said Tuesday it would invest $1 billion to upgrade its business network, services and products for large companies worldwide as well as for small U.S. firms as network traffic in global economies migrate from voice to video and data.

NV tree plantation to help fight deforestation

April 6, 2010 9:30 am | by SCOTT SONNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An international forestry company has picked northern Nevada's high desert for the first of up to 100,000 acres of tree plantations it intends to grow on U.S. soil in the coming years.Officials for the Sacramento-based ECO2 Forests Inc. say they will plant up to 3 million kiri (ki-REE') trees...

Cold atoms and nanotubes come together in an atomic 'black hole'

April 6, 2010 9:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Harvard University) Carbon nanotubes, long touted for applications in materials and electronics, may also be the stuff of atomic-scale black holes.Physicists at Harvard University have found that a high-voltage nanotube can cause cold atoms to spiral inward under dramatic acceleration...


Archaeologists find clues to the appearance of modern human

April 6, 2010 9:21 am | News | Comments

New findings from an excavation site in Spain are generating heated debate among palaeontologists and archaeologists about precisely when the Neanderthals disappeared and were replaced by the first anatomically modern human beings.


Comcast wins Web traffic court fight against FCC

April 6, 2010 9:18 am | News | Comments

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a setback to the Federal Communications Commission's attempt to oversee the Internet, tossing out a ruling that forced Comcast Corp to change the way it managed its broadband network.


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