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Amphenol USB 3.0 Connectors available from Mouser

February 9, 2010 5:44 am | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The connectors are fully compliant with the USB 2.0 and 3.0 specification and offer a significant leap forward in transfer speeds (5 Gbps signaling rate) and a 10x performance increase over Hi-Speed USB capabilities.


Stepper Motor Drive Features Graphic User Interface

February 9, 2010 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions introduced its IDEA programmable stepper motor drive. This compact electronic drive and fully programmable control unit features a patent pending graphic user interface. Programming the drive is 


Pack mule robot could aid soldiers, marines

February 9, 2010 5:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The military is constantly seeking the right balance between preparedness and maneuverability. Theoretically, we could turn foot soldiers into walking arsenals with nearly-impenetrable armor, but they wouldn’t be very mobile. Boston Dynamics may have a solution...


Cognizant 4Q earnings jump 28 percent

February 9, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cognizant Technology posted surprisingly large numbers for profit and revenue Tuesday and topped the fourth-quarter report with a 2010 outlook that exceeded most expectations as technology spending rebounds.Company shares rose $1.74, or 4 percent, to $45.48 in premarket trading.Cognizant...

Conn's 4th-quarter sales figure falls 31.7 percent

February 9, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conn's Inc., a regional consumer electronics retailer, said Tuesday a key sales comparison fell 31.7 percent in the 4th quarter, hurt by the weak economy, lower demand and also tough comparisons from a year ago related to weather.Total revenue for the quarter ended Jan.31 fell 30 percent to...

Judge OK's former UCLA player lawsuit against NCAA

February 9, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has green-lighted most of a lawsuit by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, who alleges the NCAA used the images of student-athletes without permission.U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken denied the NCAA's attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed Monday. The NCAA had...

Digi Introduces Smart Energy Gateway Family for Europe

February 9, 2010 4:51 am | by Digi International | News | Comments

ConnectPort X wireless M-Bus gateways target Smart Meter market

Speeding Things Along

February 9, 2010 3:59 am | by M Simon | Blogs | Comments

IBM has announced a really fast power transistor. Of course power is a relative thing. At the frequencies involved power is a relative thing. I'd say they would be doing good if they could get between 1 and 10 watts out of the device.


Energy-Storing Soccer Ball Scores Big in Off-Grid Villages

February 9, 2010 3:37 am | by Jeff Salton | News | Comments

What kid doesn’t like kicking around a soccer ball? Imagine if this fun activity could also provide enough energy to power something useful in a modest off-grid African village...


State aid: Commission approves Swedish State guarantee for Saab

February 8, 2010 11:55 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, plans notified by Sweden to provide a guarantee that would enable Saab Automobile AB to access a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Commission found that 82.8% of the guarantee to be provided by Sweden was in...

Nuance Communications narrows 1Q loss

February 8, 2010 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. said Monday it narrowed its loss in the fiscal first quarter as revenue in the company's two largest divisions, health care and dictation, and mobile and enterprise, increased.For the three months that ended Dec. 31, Nuance said it...

Harman posts fiscal 2Q profit, revenue up 24 pct.

February 8, 2010 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harman International Industries Inc., which makes speakers, headphones and audio equipment, on Monday said it moved to a profit in its fiscal second quarter, compared with a year-ago period when it recorded steep one-time charges.For the three months ended Dec. 31, Harman earned $16.1 million,...

Colorado considers new tactic to tax online sales

February 8, 2010 2:01 pm | by COLLEEN SLEVIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado lawmakers are considering a new tactic to go after tax revenue from online sales. They want out-of-state online retailers to either start collecting the tax or send annual notices to their customers telling them to pay the tax themselves.The proposal, which was set to be debated Monday...


Parts Too Close For Comfort

February 8, 2010 1:54 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Another tale from the sometimes kind of kooky world of prototypes. I think what happened here is that the board was originally laid out for caps with a smaller voltage rating (or even a smaller capacitance value). We're seeing things...


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