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The Race to an Electric Future

April 30, 2009 6:57 am | News | Comments

As car companies lined up in Washington, DC last November for the first round of federal bailout money - in San Francisco we announced another way - our comprehensive plan to make the San Francisco Bay Area the "Electric Vehicle (EV) Capital of the US."

Hypersonic Craft Ready for Test Flight

April 30, 2009 6:44 am | News | Comments

Hoping to bridge the gap between airplanes and rocketships, the U.S. military is preparing to test an experimental aircraft that can fly more than six times faster than the speed of sound on ordinary jet fuel.

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Sensor Zone May 2009

April 30, 2009 5:45 am | by Steve Tomko and Helge Hornis, Ph.D, Pepperl+Fuchs | Articles | Comments

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) are at the heart of any fully automated warehousing system. As in all automated solutions, users demand nearly perfect, (i.e., 100%) availability and exceptionally fast operation at the lowest possible price point. While the raw speed of an ASRS along each axis of motion is limited by the selected drives’ components, modern sensor technology

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Barometric Sensor is Smallest Available

April 30, 2009 5:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 2.2 mm x 2.6 mm x 0.9 mm, the T5300 digital pressure sensor from EPCOS is presented as the most compact packaged sensor of its kind. Designed for measuring absolute pressures from 300 to 1200 mbar, the sensor provides 14-bit resolution at the serial digital interface.

Configurable VCXO Operates From 0.75 MHz to 1.0 GHz

April 30, 2009 5:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in a 5 mm x 3.2 mm package, the XpressO FVXO-LC52 LVDS VCXO from Fox has an operating frequency range from 0.75 MHz through 1.0 GHz. The configurable-frequency device uses a third-order Delta Sigma Modulator to reduce noise levels comparable to traditional bulk-quartz and SAW oscillators.

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.

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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

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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.

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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, newsfactor.com | 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.

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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%.

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