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Sensors Measure Incline or Tilt Angle of Machine Elements or Equipment Platforms

May 12, 2009 1:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced cCSAus-certified sensors designed to detect and measure the incline or tilt angle of machine elements or equipment platforms in single or dual axis applications, from 0° to 360° with accuracy of ±0.5°. Designed for reliable operation in harsh environments, these sensors feature metal mounting brackets, an outdoor IP68/69k rating and 4-20 mA or 0 to 5 VDC analog outputs that can

LVDTs Ensure Proper Currency Dispensing in ATM Machine

May 12, 2009 1:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors’ PR 750 Series of 3/4 inch (19 mm) diameter AC-operated LVDTs are serving as measurement feedback devices in the paper bill detector of automated teller machines (ATMs) to ensure proper currency dispensing. In an ATM, these linear position sensors are used to measure the separation of a pair of rollers, whereby bills passing between the rollers displace the LVDT core. As the bills pass between the rollers, the LVDT

Tech Firms Could See Fallout From Antitrust Shift

May 12, 2009 7:24 am | by JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If the Obama administration is serious about more aggressively responding to antitrust complaints, some of technology's biggest companies could have to rethink their business strategies or expansion plans.


Socket For 0.4-mm Pitch QFP Offers High Endurance

May 12, 2009 7:17 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using a spring pin (pogo) contactor with 20 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 500,000 insertions, the SS-QFE176SC-01 from Ironwood Electronics can test a QFP, 20-mm x 20-mm body size, 0.4-mm pitch with center E-pad and 22-mm x 22-mm lead tip-to-tip.

32 GB Embedded Memory Card Touted as Highest Density in Its Class

May 12, 2009 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics announced shipment of its 32-Gigabyte (GB) moviNAND, said to be the highest density embedded memory card utilizing advanced 30-nanometer (nm) class process technology. Use of high-density embedded memory improves  the performance of high-end phones and other mobile consumer electronics when

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


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