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Production Data Points to Easing Recession

May 15, 2009 8:08 am | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged last month and industrial output declined at a slower pace, reports showed on Friday, providing more evidence that the worst phase of the recession may be over.

Kit Explores nanoWatt XLP MCUs

May 15, 2009 7:59 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Newark has partnered with Microchip Technology to offer a specially priced PICkit 3 nanoWatt XLP Technology bundle with all the hardware, software and MCU samples needed to start designing products using the new nanoWatt XLP microcontrollers.

Dynamic Measurement Modules Address E-Vehicle Applications

May 15, 2009 7:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a 1000-V safety isolation between the measurement circuitry and the data output, the KLARI-MOD SC 1000V dynamic measurement modules are designed for current and voltage measurements in automotive hybrid or electrical powertrain systems.

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Metal Pushbuttons Sport Raised Actuator and Illumination Options

May 15, 2009 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter’s vandalproof metal pushbutton switch with latching action offers point illumination in addition to ring illuminated types. The series is available in double-pole or the newly added single-pole version. The new design also offers an actuator with increased actuating travel of greater than 5 mm. Available in

Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push

May 15, 2009 7:09 am | by Katie Drummond, Wired.com | News | Comments

Forget the battlefield radios, the combat PDAs or even infantry hand signals. When the soldiers of the future want to communicate, they’ll read each other’s minds.

OLED Efficiency Surpasses Fluorescent Tubes

May 14, 2009 6:50 am | News | Comments

The Technical University of Dresden and Novaled AG have reached 90 lm/W at a brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 for a real lighting device and even 124 lm/W when using a 3D light extraction system.

Bus Interface Board Provides Dual Redundant Channels

May 14, 2009 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DNA/DNR-1553-553 bus interface boards from United Electronic Industries provides two independent, dual redundant bus interfaces for 1553 communication. Each port may be independently configured as a Bus Controller (BC), Remote Terminal (RT), or Bus Monitor (BM).

Life’s First Spark Re-Created in the Laboratory

May 14, 2009 6:18 am | by Brandon Keim, Wired.com | News | Comments

A fundamental but elusive step in the early evolution of life on Earth has been replicated in a laboratory.

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Motion and Logic Controllers Interface with High-Speed, Drive-based I/O

May 13, 2009 2:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ORMEC Systems Corporation’s ServoWire Motion and Logic Controller (SMLC) family has expanded to four available models, designed to provide fully integrated and centralized machinery motion, I/O and networking control. The devices are suited for a variety of packaging, material handling, medical, pharmaceutical, and general assembly applications.

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Magnetic Reed Switch Positioned as World’s Smallest

May 13, 2009 1:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Standex Electronics introduced a magnetic reed switch measuring 3.7 mm in length. In addition to being able to fit in very small spaces, the GR150 also maintains a very narrow sensitivity range. With a magnetic sensitivity of 2-4 Ampere Turns (AT), typical operating time of 0.2 ms (typical) and a release time of 0.1 ms (typical) this professional grade ultra miniature reed switch

Power IC Drives Vehicle Applications

May 13, 2009 7:39 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for automotive applications including automotive pre-charge switch, stepper drives, and DC-DC converters, International Rectifier's AUIRS2003S 200-V power MOSFET driver has dependent high- and low-side referenced output channels tailored for use in harsh automotive environments and under-the-hood applications.

Mini-Note PC Penetration Nears 20%

May 13, 2009 7:16 am | News | Comments

Preliminary data from DisplaySearch reveals that shipments of almost 6 million mini-note PCs (netbooks) raised their penetration in the notebook PC market close to 20% worldwide in Q1’09.

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Arbitrary Noise Generator Includes Pattern Generator

May 13, 2009 7:10 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as the first instrument able to test analog, digital, and mixed signal devices, Agilent's 81150A pulse function arbitrary noise generator also includes a pattern generator. The device also supports the bus standards such as Flexray, with three level signals, initialization sequences, and long patterns.

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Small Switchers Handle up to 3 W

May 13, 2009 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accepting universal AC input, the MPM-03S Series of single output switching power supplies are rated for operation to 3 W. Six standard models provide a regulated output of 3.3, 5.0, 9.0, 12.0, 15.0, or 24.0 VDC.

GE Partners with NY State to Create Next-Generation Batteries

May 13, 2009 6:07 am | Blogs | Comments

GE announced today that it will open a new, state-of-the-art battery manufacturing plant in Upstate New York that will serve as the main manufacturing facility for GE’s newly formed battery business. The initial investment in the factory will be $100 million. It will be located in the Capital Region and will create 350 new manufacturing jobs at GE and thousands more in the supply chain.

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