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Digital PWM Motor Controls Provide Bi-Directional Operation

May 27, 2009 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in battery-powered and AC-line powered versions, the high-voltage EC104 and low-voltage EC106 digital PWM motor controls from LCR Electronics provide speed and torque control as well as bi-directional operation and overload protection.

Silicon Via Technology Enhances System Integration

May 27, 2009 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing 3D integration of CMOS ICs into devices such as photo sensors, gas sensors, power devices, or MEMS components, the Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology from austriamicrosystems two eight-inch wafers can be electrically connected, with typical TSV depths of 200 µm to 300 µm.

Relay Suits Automotive Applications

May 27, 2009 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in versions with coil voltage ratings of 6 VDC, 12 VDC and 24 VDC and coil power ratings of 0.9 W and 1.3 W, A6 Series Relays from CIT Relay & Switch is suitable for multiple automotive applications. Maximum switching power is 560 W, maximum switching voltage is 75 VDC, and maximum switching current is 35 A.

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No Clear Revenue Plans For Twitter

May 27, 2009 6:17 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Twitter Inc.'s co-founders say the rapidly growing online communications company will eventually charge fees for its services, but it's unclear which ones and what will drive revenue.

Intel To Create Advanced Server Chip

May 27, 2009 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intel Corp will start producing a new, more powerful version of its Xeon multiprocessor chip for servers in the second half, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The new chip, code-named Nehalem EX, will go on sale in the first quarter of next year.

Astronauts Blast Off For Double-Crewed Space Station Mission

May 27, 2009 5:47 am | by by Benoit Finck | News | Comments

Belgian Frank De Winne, Canadian Robert Thirsk and Russian Roman Romanenko lifted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome aboard a Russian Soyuz rocketfor the International Space Station.

GM Bankruptcy Looms Imminent

May 27, 2009 5:26 am | by John Crawley and Kevin Krolicki | News | Comments

General Motors Corp said on Wednesday that a crucial bond exchange proposal failed to gain enough support and that its board of directors would meet to review the automaker's options, clearing the path for what would be the largest U.S. industrial bankruptcy ever.

HP Recalls 15,000 Laptop Batteries Sold in China

May 26, 2009 8:02 am | by by Kirby Chien | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co, the world's largest PC maker, is recalling 15,000 laptop batteries distributed in China because of a danger they could overheat, China said on Tuesday on its quality inspections web site.

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Obama Picks Former Astronaut as Head of NASA

May 26, 2009 7:55 am | News | Comments

The nation's turbulent space program will be run by one of its own, a calming well-liked former space shuttle commander. President Barack Obama on Saturday chose retired astronaut Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden to lead NASA. He also named former NASA associate administrator Lori Garver as the agency's No. 2.

Online Magazines Explore Media Future

May 26, 2009 7:44 am | by ANDREW VANACORE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Web edition of a cover story from Fortune this spring took a sharp turn from what you might expect at a 79-year-old magazine. Dispensing advice on finding a job during a recession, the piece had a soundtrack, a troupe of improv actors from Chicago and about 4,000 fewer words than your average magazine feature. Instead of scrolling through a column of text, readers (if the term can be applied) flipped through nine pages that told the story with a mix of text, photo-illustrations, interactive graphics and video clips.

Watertight Enclosures Offer RFI Shielding

May 26, 2009 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to house boards directly mounted horizontally into internal slots extruded in the case body, 1457 E Series extruded aluminum small enclosures from Hammond Electronics have RFI and IP54-rated end-panel gaskets that provide electro-magnetic attenuation as well as water and dust protection.

Publishing Industry Debates Online News Fees

May 26, 2009 7:17 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is a rarity among large U.S. newspapers — it's selling more weekday copies than a decade ago. In Idaho, the Post Register's circulation has remained stable, while many other print publications have lost readers to the Internet. How can this be?

Spectrum Analyzer Provides Improved Broad Sweep Capability

May 26, 2009 6:51 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting a variety of demanding RF applications, Tektronix’s RSA6000 Series of spectrum analyzers now includes advanced time, amplitude, and DPX trigger functions as well as with a swept DPX engine that collects more than 292,000 spectrums/second  (transients as brief as 10.3 µs) over a 110-MHz bandwidth up to 14 GHz.

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Filter Assemblies Offer Free Prototyping

May 26, 2009 5:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for air filter applications requiring the filter to "snake" around jutting components or conform to a radius-type bezel, the Flex-Frame family of filter assemblies from Universal Air Filter offers a prototyping service for free in conjunction with 3D CAD downloads available on the company website.

Kansas School Stirs Debate Over Outsourced Classes

May 26, 2009 4:41 am | by JUSTIN POPE, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

Just how much can a college outsource and still be a college? The question is no longer just academic at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Under a novel arrangement, the school will accept credits from a private company that runs introductory courses in subjects like economics and English composition — listing them on transcripts under the Fort Hays State name.

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