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First Android E-Reader Offers Dual-Screen Interactivity

October 20, 2009 4:43 am | by Jennifer LeClaire | News | Comments

Spring Design announced the first e-reader based on Google's Android operating system. Dubbed Alex, the device features full browser capabilities and a patented dual-screen interaction technology called Duet Navigator.

VCOs operate to 2000 MHz

October 19, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CRBV55CW-1000-2000 RedBox VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 1000 MHz to 2000 MHz with a control voltage range of 1.0 V to 20.0 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset. Output power is typically 5.5 dBm.

Servo Motors extend life of medical, industrial apps

October 19, 2009 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A family of brushless servo motors (from AMETEK) purportedly extends the service life of applications ranging from medical and industrial equipment to instrumentation and automation machinery, among others. These motors (AB23000, AB34000, and AB48000) in NEMA sizes 23 (2.25 in.), 34 (3.54 in.), and 56 (4.75 in.)

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Researchers use Lasers to Write Fly Memories

October 19, 2009 6:45 am | by Victoria Gill | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a way to write memories onto the brains of flies, revealing which brain cells are involved in making bad memories. The researchers said that in flies just 12 brain cells were responsible for what is known as "associative learning". Associative memories are made when an animal learns to link a cue to a particular outcome.

Google goes Global with Apps

October 19, 2009 6:20 am | by Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

 Google Inc said more than 2 million businesses now use its online office software, and the Web search leader is going global on Monday with an advertising campaign to lure customers away from Microsoft Corp and IBM products.

Climate concerns turn city's smell into cash cow

October 19, 2009 4:49 am | News | Comments

The smell of manure hangs over Greeley as it has for half a century. These days it's more than just a potent reminder of the region's agricultural roots and the hundreds of thousands of cattle raised on the city's outskirts. The stench smells like an opportunity.

Sensors offer performance to 1,000°C

October 16, 2009 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Non-contact displacement sensors from Capacitec perform to 1,000°C in manufacturing and testing applications. The HPC-150C-H sensor includes the following features: OD 9.5 mm size, range of 2.5 mm, and 0.25 micron resolution. The operating temperature is 400°C.

ICs interface between encoders and counting devices

October 16, 2009 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A family of Quadrature Clock Converter ICs from LSI Computer Systems (LSI/CSI) is designed to interface between incremental encoders and counting devices by converting the encoder quadrature outputs into directional up/down clocks or clock and direction signals.

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Sensorless Drives achieve efficiencies up to 99%

October 16, 2009 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With current up to 20 A, a line of sensorless drives from Koford Engineering is purportedly up to 99% efficient. The drives are for operation in 12 V to 48 V applications, and include a PWM frequency of 56k for cool motor operation. Open loop and digital closed loop versions are available

Russia to ban incandescent bulbs

October 16, 2009 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Russia has jumped on the CFL bandwagon, and decided to ban the incandescent bulb. As of January 1, 2014, the manufacture and sale of all incandescent bulbs will be prohibited in Russia.

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SWE Achievement Award Winner Announced

October 16, 2009 10:23 am | News | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) announced Aslaug Haraldsdottir, Ph.D. as the recipient of the 2009 SWE Achievement Award for accomplishments in Air Traffic Management, communication, navigation and surveillance system design, greatly influencing the future worldwide Air Traffic Management systems.

In-App Sales and iTablet: The Killer Combo to Save Publishing?

October 16, 2009 10:07 am | by Brian X. Chen | News | Comments

Apple on Thursday made a subtle yet major revision to its App Store policy, enabling extra content to be sold through free iPhone apps. It’s a move that immediately impacts the publishing industry, and it could pay even bigger dividends if the Cupertino company indeed delivers its highly anticipated touchscreen tablet.

Tiny TCXO Saves Space, Energy

October 16, 2009 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.8 mm, the NT2016SA Series SMD TCXO (Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillator) from NDK operates with an input from +2.4 to 2.8 VDC ±0.1 V while drawing 1.5 mA max with a clipped sine output level of 0.8 V (P-P) minimum.

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What Automotive Engineers are Missing When it Comes to Power Sources

October 16, 2009 7:41 am | by Chad Hall, COO of Ioxus | Articles | Comments

The demand for better and more efficient power sources in the automotive industry has been a driving force behind research in battery technology, capacitor technology, and electronic power supply design. In order to utilize energy as efficiently as possible, automotive engineers began by reducing the gross weight of an automobile

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New Wi-Fi technology to let gadgets talk directly

October 16, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

Starting in mid-2010, new versions of gadgets like cameras, cell phones and computers will be able to talk to each other using Wi-Fi without needing to connect to a wireless network first. The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group, said Wednesday it is nearly finished putting together a Wi-Fi Direct specification

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