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BlackBerry Curve outsells iPhone

May 5, 2009 5:04 am | by Gabriel Madway and Tim Dobbyn | News | Comments

Research in Motion Ltd's BlackBerry Curve moved past Apple Inc's iPhone in the first quarter to become the best-selling consumer smartphone in the U.S., research group NPD said on Monday.

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Comprehensive System Solutions

May 4, 2009 1:56 pm | by Peker Arkadly and Tom Kapucija, Microsemi Corporation | Articles | Comments

Comprehensive System Solutions Drive LED Backlight Units in TV Displays By Peter Arkadly and Tom Kapucija, Microsemi Corporation Although the LCD TV display market has not experienced as quick a conversion rate to LED backlighting as the laptop notebook segment

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Reliable Power is the Key to Mechatronics Systems Reliability

May 4, 2009 1:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Mechatronics is a relatively new field of complex systems design that encompasses the disciplines of Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computer Engineering.

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ECN Efficiency Zone - May

May 4, 2009 11:32 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

This Month's Column: Global Warming Politics, World's Cheapest Car Upsets Environmentalists

MCUs Boast 32-bit CLA for Direct Access to On-chip Peripherals

May 4, 2009 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced its TMS320F2803x Piccolo microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring the Control Law Accelerator (CLA). Unique to TI’s F2803x Piccolo MCUs, the CLA is a60 MHz, 32-bit floating-point math accelerator that operates independently of the 60 MHz C28x core, allowing for direct access to on-chip peripherals and

Add-in Cores Simply the FPGA Debug Chore

May 4, 2009 10:28 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Design tools insert debug logic into FPGAs so engineers can focus on design problems and not on debugging the debugger.

Brainstorm - Military Electonics

May 4, 2009 9:46 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg | Articles | Comments

This Month's Question: Will autonomous devices supplant remote-controlled in the area of military applications?

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Design Talk - Prototyping and Design

May 4, 2009 8:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

There are always things to consider when prototyping a design. Here are a few essays on the subject to aid you in your efforts.

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Squeezable Ferroelectrics May Create Instant-On Memory

May 4, 2009 7:00 am | News | Comments

Low-power, high-efficiency electronic memory could be the long-term result of collaborative research led by Cornell materials scientist Darrell Schlom. The research, to be published April 17 in the journal Science (Vol. 324 No. 5925), involves taking a well-known oxide, strontium titanate, and depositing it on silicon in such a way that the silicon squeezes it into a special state called ferroelectric -- a result that could prove key to next-generation memory devices.

Parallel Shaft Gearmotors Deliver up to 500 in-lbs

May 4, 2009 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

With hardened-steel helical and spur gearing in ratios from 108:1 to 266:1, the VWDIR104 AC gearmotor family offers fixed output speeds from 15 to 6 RPM with continuous torque ratings from 340 to 500 in-lbs (38.4 to 56.5 N-m). Features include built-in face mounting compatible with Genesis mounts and an overhung load capability up to 400 lbs. (181.8 kg.).

Real-Time Data System Includes Multiband Transceiver

May 4, 2009 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in a 19" rackmount server chassis, the RTS 2701 Recording and Playback System from Pentek includes a Dual-channel multiband transceiver. The system is well suited for digitizing analog signals from a communications system or a radar system and delivering that data to high-speed disk arrays at sustained data rates as high as 500 MB/second.

Obama Seeks Tax Changes for U.S. Firms Overseas

May 4, 2009 5:42 am | by Kim Dixon, Caren Bohan, and Doina Chiacu | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday will propose changing provisions in the tax code that he says encourage U.S. companies to move jobs overseas, as part of a broader package aimed at saving $210 billion over 10 years. U.S. officials said that in an announcement planned for 11:05 a.m. EDT, Obama will seek to follow through on a campaign promise to change the tax treatment of American firms with overseas operations.

Facebook Boosts Security After Dual Phishing Attacks

May 4, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

Facebook has brought in some soldiers to fight the war against malware and phishing scams on the social-networking site. After two different malware attacks this week, Facebook announced it would begin using San Francisco-based MarkMonitor's antifraud services as an additional layer of protection against attacks.

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Self-Powered 3G System Provides WiFi HotSpot In A Box

May 4, 2009 4:49 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to provide mission-critical wireless communications, the Proxicast’s new Cell-PAK 3G + Wi-Fi HotSpot in a box is a wireless "grab & go" solution that provides mobile wide-area cellular Internet connectivity (WWAN) and local 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi access (WLAN) in an easy-to-deploy portable form-factor. The Cell-Pak features Proxicast’s commercial-grade LAN-Cell 2 mobile 3G cellular router.

Obama Administration Confronts Ethanol Issues

May 4, 2009 4:31 am | by H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's commitment to take on climate change and put science over politics is about to be tested as his administration faces a politically sensitive question about the widespread use of ethanol: Does it help or hurt the fight against global warming?

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