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NASA faces deadline for tough decisions on shuttle

April 23, 2009 7:35 am | News | Comments

NASA is facing a critical deadline to make its biggest decision in a generation: whether to go forward with plans to retire the space shuttle fleet and replace it with a new mode of space travel. But the agency still has no chief to make the $230 billion call.

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Embedded Systems 2009

April 23, 2009 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Here are a few pictures we took ont he floor of the 2009 Embedded Systems Confernce. Recognize anyone?

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World's First Hard X-ray Laser Debuts

April 23, 2009 7:02 am | News | Comments

The world's brightest X-ray source sprang to life last week at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) offers researchers the first-ever glimpse of high-energy or "hard" X-ray laser light produced in a laboratory.

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Worldwide OLED Revenues Forecast to Reach $5.5B by 2015

April 23, 2009 4:57 am | News | Comments

In the Q1’09 Quarterly OLED Shipment and Forecast Report, DisplaySearch forecasts the total OLED display market will grow to $5.5 billion by 2015, from $0.6 billion in 2008, with a CAGR of 37%.

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Backyard Refineries Increase Fire and Explosion Risk

April 23, 2009 4:37 am | News | Comments

Trying to live green and beat high gasoline prices, some enterprising Americans are turning cooking oil into biodiesel in their garages. Problem is, some of these do-it-yourselfers are burning down the house.

Open Frame 160 W, 3 x 5 Switchers Feature Medical Safety Approvals

April 22, 2009 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

PowerGate LLC introduced its Mean Well RPx-160 Line of 160 W single, dual and triple Output open frame power supplies with dimensions of 3.00" x 5.00" x 1.36". This product line consists of 12 unique models with output voltages of 5 V to 48 VDC. The open frame power supplies feature

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In-Circuit Test System Provides Both Analog and Digital Capability

April 21, 2009 11:00 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Bridging the gap between high-functionality in-circuit testers and low-end manufacturing defects analyzers, the Medalist i1000D in-circuit test system from Agilent Technologies offers both analog and digital test capability. Features include a graphical user interface, per-pin programmability, digital PCF/VCL library-based testing, native boundary-scan capabilities, and I2C/SPI serial programming.

VCO Operates at 1581 MHz

April 21, 2009 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accepting a control voltage from 0.5 to 4.5 V, Crystek's CVCO55CC-1581-1581 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 1581 MHz. With an output power of typically +2.5 dBm, the 0.5-in² device features include a phase noise of -120 dBc/Hz at 10KHz with pulling and pushing are minimized to 1.0 MHz and 1.0 MHz/V, respectively, and a second harmonic suppression of -15 dBc.

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Switcher Suits Medical Applications

April 21, 2009 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a leakage current of less than 0.07 mA with a 100 VAC input and 0.2 mA at 264 VAC, the EN60601-1-approved HFS150A Series of switchmode power supplies from Daitron are suitable for medical and other noise-sensitive applications.

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Large-Area TFT LCD Shipments Growing

April 21, 2009 5:03 am | News | Comments

March 2009 shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels reached 37.9 million units, showing strong M/M growth of 29%, according to the most recent DisplaySearch Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database.

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Infrared LED Adjustable with External Optics

April 20, 2009 1:07 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The Infrared OSTAR Lighting LED from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors allows adjustment with external optics. The LED produces 3.5 W of optical output power at an operating current of 1 A. The hexagonal honeycomb shape of this high-power component enables multiple IR LEDs to be combined to form a large space-saving matrix

Push Button Provides up to 4.5 V Linear Output

April 20, 2009 1:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Based on Hall effect technology, the 145MA micro push button from Elobau Sensor Technology provides a 0.5 V to 4.5 V linear output proportional to the displacement of the actuator. It is designed to be incorporated in the knob of a joystick or a multifunctional handle for a shifter, or into a control panel

Congress considers major global warming measure (AP)

April 20, 2009 7:36 am | Blogs | Comments

The last time Congress passed major environmental laws, acid rain was destroying lakes and forests, polluted rivers were on fire and smog was choking people in some cities. The fallout from global warming, while subtle now, could eventually be more dire. That prospect has Democrats pushing legislation that rivals in scope the nation's landmark anti-pollution laws.

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Clamp Meter Offers 5-Tool Versatility

April 20, 2009 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for plant, HVAC/R, and electrical applications, the EX623 5-in-1 clamp meter consists of an AC/DC “amp clamp” meter, a true RMS multimeter, infrared thermometer and laser pointer, non-contact voltage detector, and dual-input Type-K thermometer.

External LNA Improves Sensitivity in GPS Receivers

April 20, 2009 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deployable near the antenna to reduce trace losses, NEC’s UPC8240T6N external LNA can use distributed filtering to improve noise performance in GPS receiver ICs.

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