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Honda and Nissan Consider Plug-in Hybrids

April 30, 2009 5:03 am | News | Comments

Since their introduction in the US in late 1999, hybrid cars have been repeatedly dismissed as a “bridge technology”—a euphemism for a short-lived second-rate technology that briefly serves a purpose until it can be replaced with something better and longer lasting. But in recent statements coming within days of one another, executives from Honda and Nissan are reconsidering the role that hybrids will play in the coming decades.


LED Achieves Over 100 Lumens per Watt Performance

April 30, 2009 4:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on thin-film flip-chip technology, the LUXEON Rebel ES high-output LED from Lumileds is presented as the first device of its type to achieve a minimum light output of 100 lumens per watt.

UPS System Offers Zero-downtime for Equipment

April 29, 2009 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SMART3000RMOD2U UPS System from Tripp Lite provides data center and network equipment with power management and zero-downtime capabilities. The system occupies 2U of rack space. It features hot-swappable internal power and battery modules. Outlets are arranged in two separately breakered


Connectors Feature Fully-Intermateable Components

April 29, 2009 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring fully intermateable components, the Minitek connector range from FCI allows all variations of board-to-board, wire-to-board and cable-to-board connections. The range was expanded with a shrouded stacking header. The design of the shroud features end walls and a keying system

Economy Shrinks at Worse-Than-Expected Pace

April 29, 2009 7:51 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The economy shrank at a worse-than-expected 6.1 percent pace at the start of this year as sharp cutbacks by businesses and the biggest drop in U.S. exports in 40 years overwhelmed a rebound in consumer spending.


Glowing Dogs Claimed Cloned

April 29, 2009 7:36 am | News | Comments

South Korean scientists say they have engineered four beagles that glow red using cloning techniques that could help develop cures for human diseases.

Online Gambling Bill Coming

April 29, 2009 7:17 am | News | Comments

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, said on Tuesday he would introduce a bill next week to overturn a three-year-old U.S. ban on Internet gambling.

Rumors Fly Over New iPhones for Verizon

April 29, 2009 6:56 am | by Barry Levine, | News | Comments

As Apple and AT&T continue talks about extending their iPhone relationship, rumors are flying about new iPhone devices and a possible deal with Verizon Wireless. According to a story in Monday's Business Week and elsewhere, Apple is discussing with Verizon the possibility of distributing two new iPhone descendants.


Audio Amplifier Suits Battery-Driven Devices

April 29, 2009 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well-suited for battery-powered applications, the AAT5101 2.5W Class D audio amplifier from AnalogicTech supports operation from 2.1 V to 5.5 V. Operating at up to 92% efficiency, the device has a shutdown current of 0.06 µA and a 1.35-mA quiescent current.

Programmable Power IC Offers High Precision

April 29, 2009 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ensuring stable operation without supply bypass capacitors, the LT3092 two-terminal current source is programmable from 0.5 mA to 200 mA and has a current regulation from 1.5 V to 40 V of better than 10 ppm/volt. Features include an initial accuracy of 1%.

Some Case Studies from National Instruments

April 29, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Do you have an interesting case study you'd like to see here? Send us yours at, and we'll publish the best of them.

POL Converters Feature Extended Temperature Range

April 28, 2009 11:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The YEV Series of 3, 6, and 10 amp vertically-mounted, Point-of-Load (POL) DC-DC converter products from Power-One offers an extended operating temperature range option of -40ºC to 85ºC. The POLs utilize advanced topologies to deliver up to 94 percent efficient power conversion in communications and server applications

Republicans push nuclear energy to lower costs

April 28, 2009 6:34 am | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. should build 100 more nuclear plants rather than spend "billions in subsidies" for renewable energy if it is truly committed to lowering electric bills and having clean air, the Republicans say. In the party's weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Lamar Alexander said the United States should follow the example of France, which promoted nuclear power decades ago


Current-Sense Chip Resistors Suit General Applications

April 28, 2009 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to offer a low cost solution for low resistance value requirements where high temperature operation and low TCR are less important, the CSR / CSRN Series of thick film current sense chip resistors from Stackpole provides a TCR that is 200 ppm or better for most sizes and still is able to supply 1% tolerances as standard.

Touch Screens with Pop-up Buttons

April 28, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

Touch-screen technology has become wildly popular, thanks to smart phones designed for nimble fingers. But most touch screens have a major drawback: you need to keep a close eye on the screen as you tap, to make sure that you hit the right virtual buttons.



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