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TVS device protects interfaces from ESD Damage

November 12, 2009 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CMNTVS12V 12-V Transient Voltage Suppressor (from Central Semiconductor) can handle up to 18 W of peak power and an ESD voltage of 8 kV. Designed to protect static sensitive data interfaces against ESD damage, the Voltage Suppressor is intended for small portable hand held electronic devices...

Brushless motors offer stall torque up to 225 oz-in

November 12, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Four pole 1.65" (42mm) slotless brushless motors (from Koford Engineering) offer stall torque up to 225 oz-in and a peak power of 74 watts at 1585 rpm. Continuous power is 63 W. Oversize bearings and 1/4" shaft purportedly make this motor well suited for medical or military pumps as well as servo applications.

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Academics hope history in video games spurs interest

November 12, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

Portraying Leonardo da Vinci or World War II in a video game is challenging game developers to mix fun with facts while academics hope this growing genre will get players more interested in history. Gary Keith Brubaker, a lecturer in game study at The Guildhall at SMU in Texas, said historical games always have to try to balance accuracy and fun.

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U.S. science group seeks cooperation with Cuba

November 12, 2009 4:49 am | News | Comments

A group led by the head of the United States' biggest science organization is in Cuba this week to discuss ways to rekindle scientific cooperation as U.S.-Cuba relations slowly improve under U.S. President Barack Obama.

Warming drives off Cape Cod's namesake, other fish

November 12, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

Fishermen have known for years that they've had to steam farther and farther from shore to find the cod, haddock and winter flounder that typically fill dinner plates in New England. A new federal study documenting the warming waters of the North Atlantic confirms that they're right...

Gene found that seems key in evolution of speech

November 12, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

Chimps, our nearest relative, don't talk. We do. Now scientists have pinpointed a mutation in a gene that might help explain the difference. The mutation seems to have helped humans develop speech and language. It's probably not the only gene involved, but researchers found the gene looks and acts differently in chimps and humans, according to a study published online Wednesday by the journal Nature.

Review: New BlackBerry Storm improves on original

November 12, 2009 4:20 am | News | Comments

The first touch-screen BlackBerry phone, the Storm, got a few things right, but generally it was a chore to use. Good thing a lot can change in a year. Though not without flaws, the latest version of the device, the BlackBerry Storm2, is the phone Research In Motion Ltd. should have released last year...  

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Three-axis MEMS Gyroscope Offers 360 Degrees of Freedom

November 11, 2009 12:58 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced a single-package analog gyroscope that accurately measures angular rates along three orthogonal axes. The sensor provides 360° angular-rate detection for high-precision 3D gesture and motion recognition in mobile phones, game controllers, personal navigation systems and

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Five-A Schottky Bridge Rectifier Packaged in SMT SMDIP

November 11, 2009 12:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor released CBRSDSH5-40 Schottky bridge rectifier packaged in the SMDIP case. This device is said to be the first surface mount 5 A, 40 V full wave bridge rectifier with a low VF of 0.37 V and an IR of 40 µA. The CBRSDSH5-40 is appropriate for a broad range of solid state lighting and

Connectors join round and flat cables up to 1 AWG

November 11, 2009 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions' BIW Power Cable Connectors can be used to join round and flat cables up to 1 AWG. The connectors purportedly save up to three hours of rig time. Available separately, mid-joint protectors for 4.5", 3.5", 2.875", and 2.375" tubing sizes provide additional mechanical protection.

Capacitor series extends voltage range to 250 VDC

November 11, 2009 12:20 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended the working voltage range of its RF multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) from 100 VDC to 250 VDC. The SQCA Series includes a capacitance range of 0.1 pF to 100 pF in a 0605 case size. Intended applications include microwave RF/IF amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, filter networks, and MRI system applications.

Brush-commutated DC Motors Maximize Power Density, Minimize Cogging

November 11, 2009 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pittman brand 30 mm brush-commutated DC motors integrate high-energy bonded neodymium magnets for maximized power density and an optimized magnetic field profile and 7-slot straight armature to minimize cogging. The motors feature a large diamond-turned commutator and copper-graphite brushes to deliver

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Programmable Actuator Features Graphic User Interface

November 11, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions introduced its Haydon IDEA Drive stepper motor linear actuator. The IDEA Drive is an integrated linear actuator, electronic drive, and control unit fully programmable with a patent pending GUI (graphic user interface). Programming the actuator is through

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PXI Battery Simulator Suits Automotive Apps

November 11, 2009 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI instrumentation modules with the introduction of the 41-752 Battery Simulator. Developed in association with DMC, this six-cell battery simulator provides up to 300 mA of current from each cell. The output voltage from each cell is fully

Software Provides UPS Infrastructure Status via Mobile Devices

November 11, 2009 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chloride North America announced today that its ManageUPS CIO UPS centralized infrastructure management software is capable of sending email alerts to all mobile devices, providing professionals with remote visibility of key UPS performance measures, regardless of location. IT professionals can now

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