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Microsoft to Raise $3.75B in First Debt Offering

May 12, 2009 7:06 am | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. priced a $3.75 billion debt offering on Monday, a first for the world's largest software maker.

Acquisition and Strain Gage Board Suits High-Speed Apps

May 12, 2009 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for embedded applications requiring high speed and accuracy, the Model 4328 ProD data acquisition and strain gage interface board from Electro Standards Laboratories has dual 24-bit independent strain gage channels with simultaneous sampling at 15,000 samples/second that can also be configured as quad 24-bit strain gage channels sampled at 5,000 samples/second.

Hackers Breach UC Berkeley Computer Database

May 11, 2009 7:19 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

University of California, Berkeley, officials said Friday that hackers infiltrated restricted computer databases, putting at risk health and other personal information on 160,000 students, alumni and others.


Google Dogged by Antitrust Concerns

May 11, 2009 7:13 am | by Mark Long, | News | Comments

Google told media outlets on Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission is eying CEO Eric Schmidt's dual membership on the board of Directors for Google and Apple as a potential violation of the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914. Though initially not rivals, the two companies are poised to become competitors once more handsets running Google's Android platform become available to challenge Apple's iPhone.

MOSFETs Target Buck-Converter Apps

May 11, 2009 7:07 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

RoHS compliant and Halogen-free, a series of new 25-V and 30-V N-channel trench HEXFET power MOSFETs from International Rectifier offer improved performance for synchronous buck converter and battery protection in computing applications for consumer and networking sectors.

Surveillance Tech Tracks Behavior to Catch Theft

May 11, 2009 6:32 am | by ANDREW VANACORE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The surveillance cameras at Big Y, a Massachusetts grocery chain, are not just passively recording customers and staff. They're studying checkout lines for signs of "sweethearting."

MOSFET Improves Efficiency in Switching Appplications

May 11, 2009 6:15 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in 5 mm x 6 mm MLP Power56 packaging, Fairchild’s FDMS86101 PowerTrench 100-V MOSFET has an RDS(ON) of 8 milliOhms.

GM Bankruptcy Said Almost Inevitable

May 11, 2009 5:55 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For General Motors Corp., the task at hand is so difficult that experts say a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is all but inevitable. To remake itself outside of court, GM must persuade bondholders to swap $27 billion in debt for 10 percent of its risky stock. On top of that, the automaker must work out deals with its union, announce factory closures, cut or sell brands and force hundreds of dealers out of business — all in three weeks.


LNA Die covers E-Band Applications from 71 to 86 GHz

May 11, 2009 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well-suited for automotive radar, MIL/Aero, and wireless LAN, the HMC-ALH508 GaAs HEMT MMIC Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) die from Hittite Microwave serves E-band applications from 71 to 86 GHz. The amplifier provides 13 dB of small-signal gain, a 4.5 dB noise figure and an output power of +7 dBm at 1 dB compression.

Sealed Pushbutton Switch Repels Dust and Water

May 8, 2009 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phaseda LLC has introduced its GQ12 sealed pushbutton switch. This round pushbutton switch has internal design against dust and water, up to IP65. It has long operating life, up to 200,000 loading cycles. solid body construction of Zn alloy material makes it vandal proof in many harsh applications. The button has

Switching Power Manager Suits USB OTG Applications

May 8, 2009 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduced its LTC4160 and LTC4160-1 power manager ICs for single-cell Li-Ion/Polymer battery-based applications. The LTC4160/-1 features a bidirectional switching power manager which can power an application and charge the battery from USB. Operating in reverse, the same switching regulator can

Obama Administration to Scrutinize NASA

May 8, 2009 6:39 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The White House has ordered a complete outside review of NASA's manned space program, including plans to return astronauts to the moon.

Hubble's Last House Call

May 8, 2009 6:30 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn, Ap Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The Hubble Space Telescope is about to get one last house call. And never before have the risks been higher.


Bioelectricity May Outperform Ethanol

May 8, 2009 6:16 am | Blogs | Comments

Compared to ethanol used for internal combustion engines, researcher say that bioelectricity used for battery-powered vehicles would deliver an average of 80% more miles of transportation per acre of crops, while also providing double the greenhouse gas offsets to mitigate climate change.


Modular System Creates Power Solutions

May 8, 2009 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to address multiple power-rail applications, the ROA1283003 Power Block from Ericsson can be deployed as power stages controlled by a single or multiple-phase PWM. With an efficiency of 94% at full load, the device accepts input voltages from 7.0 V to 13.2 V, with an output from 0.8 V to 3.3V.


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