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FBI delves into DMV photos in search for fugitives

October 13, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes. The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect.

MSOs Feature 80 ps Digital Channel Timing Resolution

October 12, 2009 11:57 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc announced the MSO70000 Series of Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes. The instruments have up to 20 channels of measurement capture (four analog and 16 digital) with analog bandwidth ranging from 4 GHz to 20 GHz and 80 ps digital channel timing resolution. The MSO70000 Series combines

Hand-held LED Spectrolightmeter Offers Array of Measurements

October 12, 2009 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gigahertz-Optik’s hand-held BTS256-LED is designed to measure luminous flux or illuminance, color data and spectral distribution of pc board mounted LEDs, discrete LEDs within a module, miniature lamps, endoscopes and any narrow beam emitting light source. Larger size light sources can

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PoE Active Injector is Fully IEEE 802.3af Compliant

October 12, 2009 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlobTek’s GT-91085-1548 48V power over Ethernet (PoE) active injector offers a fully IEEE compliant solution for remote powering of wireless LAN (WLAN) access points, voice over IP phones and network security cameras. The active injector has automatic detection and

Oscillators contain Swept Quartz crystals

October 12, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Containing Swept Quartz crystals, the Model 1118 family of clock oscillators from Vectron International purportedly eliminates the potential for significant frequency shifts as a result of impurities.

PLL/Synthesizer includes typical Step Size of 2500 KHz

October 12, 2009 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CPLL58-4240-4240 PLL/Synthesizer operates at 4240 MHz with a typical Step Size of 2500 KHz. The PLL/Synthesizer is programmed using a standard three line interface

Playing with an E-Ink Watch

October 12, 2009 7:54 am | by Alix L. Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

My good friend Sriram Peruvemba of E-Ink sent me a Phosphor Brand Watch with an E-Ink display in it. I used the opportunity to get a reaction from my friends and colleagues and see if I liked it myself. I am a hard-core analog-watch man, and feel that the hands of a watch evoke the cycles of the day as they tell the time, an analog representation of the day in microcosm on my wrist.

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Audio IC integrates 3D sound in small equipment

October 12, 2009 7:23 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced what is purportedly the first single-chip audio subsystem IC to include 3D sound enhancement for integration in small equipment.

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Russia says to bear brunt of space missions

October 12, 2009 7:02 am | News | Comments

Russia expects to extend the life of the International Space Station beyond 2015, although Moscow must bear the brunt of flights after the United States retires its shuttles, officials said on Sunday.

High Hopes and Big Risks in Tech Earnings

October 12, 2009 6:59 am | by Gabriel Madway | News | Comments

The biggest risk for investors in technology, with stock prices up a whopping 55 percent this year, is they might be just a little too happy. All the buzz isn't without cause: Corporate technology spending could be set to rebound next year, cost-cutting is paying dividends, and dealmaking is back in a big way.

Capacitor Addresses Broadband Apps

October 12, 2009 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing DC blocking issues from 16 kHz (-3dB roll-off) to 40 GHz, the GX Series broadband capacitor from AVX is orientation insensitive with a standard EIA 0402 footprint to minimize board space requirements.

French arrest physicist suspected of al-Qaida link

October 12, 2009 6:48 am | News | Comments

A physicist working at the world's largest atom smasher has been arrested on suspicion of links to al-Qaida, adding to the woes of the $10 billion project that ceased operation a year ago - just days after its celebrated start up.

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Linear Actuator Integrates Chopper Drive

October 12, 2009 6:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting precision motion control applications, the MotoDrive PDE Captive Linear Actuator from Haydon Kerk comes with an integrated chopper drive. The device has a step resolution of 200 full steps per revolution to 12,800 steps per revolution when micro-stepping.

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Russian spacecraft with circus tycoon lands safely

October 12, 2009 6:37 am | News | Comments

The Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and two other space travelers landed safely in Kazakhstan on Sunday, ending the entertainment tycoon's mirthful space odyssey.

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Designing an EMC-Compliant Automotive Switching Buck Regulator

October 12, 2009 6:31 am | by John Rice and Sanmukh Patel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The automobile is changing and so, too, are the electronics that make them run. The most radical example is the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) where a 300-400V Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery replaces the gas tank

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