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High Current Automotive Type Relays Passed UL

October 14, 2009 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hasco’s automotive single pole relays have passed UL with ratings of 30 A, 40 A and 80 A for use in today’s electric automotive market. The coil voltages available are 6 V, 12 V and 24 V with 48 V and 60 V available upon special request.  The CAR Series come in either PC mount or quick – snap in- mount styles. There are

Wal-Mart offering no-contract wireless plans

October 14, 2009 8:18 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday it will begin offering two new no-contract wireless service plans at its U.S. discount stores, including a $30 prepaid plan that includes 1,000 minutes. Wal-Mart said the Straight Talk no-contract wireless offerings are an exclusive service developed with TracFone Wireless Inc

Kindle lightens textbook load, but flaws remain

October 14, 2009 7:40 am | News | Comments

It's an experiment that has made back-to-school a little easier on the back: Amazon.com gave more than 200 college students its Kindle e-reading device this fall, loaded with digital versions of their textbooks. But some students are finding they miss the decidedly low-tech conveniences of paper - highlighting, flagging pages with sticky notes and scribbling in the margins.

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Physicists Measure Elusive 'Persistent Current'

October 14, 2009 7:39 am | News | Comments

Physicists at Yale University have made the first definitive measurements of “persistent current,” a small but perpetual electric current that flows naturally through tiny rings of metal wire even without an external power source. The team used nanoscale cantilevers, an entirely novel approach, to indirectly measure the current through changes in the magnetic force it produces as it flows through the ring.

Mentor Graphics to Acquire Valor

October 14, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) and Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd. (Prime Standard: VCR) announced today that the two companies have signed a definitive merger agreement for Mentor Graphics to acquire Valor.

Cisco to Buy Wireless Gear-maker Starent

October 14, 2009 6:32 am | by Ritsuko Ando | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) plans to buy advanced wireless equipment maker Starent Networks Corp (STAR.O) for $2.9 billion to boost its product offerings as phone carriers build out next-generation networks.

Trading emotionally? Device warns of stress

October 14, 2009 6:22 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

If emotions are getting the better of you while trading online, The Rationalizer may be just the thing to tell you when it's time to take a break. The prototype unveiled by Netherlands-based Philips Electronics and ABN AMRO aims at

Miami Firm Says it Will Lay First US-Cuba Fiber

October 14, 2009 5:29 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A small Miami-based company said the U.S. government has given it permission to lay the first optical communications fiber from the U.S. to Cuba. That could drastically cut the cost of calling the island nation and make the Internet more accessible to Cubans. Treasury Department officials were unavailable to confirm that

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Smartphones Weigh on Mobile Networks: Study Shows

October 14, 2009 5:21 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A smartphone generates much less mobile data traffic than a laptop with a data card, but phones impose a load on the network which is much larger than anticipated, a study showed on Wednesday. A boom in mobile data traffic – boosted by laptops and smartphones – is putting unprecedented

Cable Assembly complies with SFF-8431 specification

October 13, 2009 12:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore has developed a 10 meter SFP+ copper cable assembly that is fully compliant with the SFF-8431 Revision 4.1 specification. The SFP+ (Small Form-factor Pluggable) offering purportedly goes 3 to 5 meters longer than other passive options.

R Level Resistors qualified up to 15 MO

October 13, 2009 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The thick film MIL-PRF-55342 R level resistors from TT electronics IRC are qualified from 1 O to 10 MO for the 1206 style, and 1 O to 15 MO for the 2010 and 2512 package sizes. The TMC Series includes power ratings of 250mW for the 1206 chip, 800 mW for the 2010 resistor

Reference Clock intended for SERDES and video applications

October 13, 2009 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ispClock 5400D device from Lattice Semiconductor & the SG-710 CMOS oscillator from Epson Toyocom is intended for SERDES applications such as XAUI or SDI Video. The devices have a low phase noise on-chip PLL that generates frequencies greater than 150 MHz.

Comparing motor-control techniques

October 13, 2009 7:10 am | by Daniel Torres, Applications Engineer, Microchip | Articles | Comments

The majority of motor-control designers are consistently and continuously looking for methods to improve efficiency while reducing system cost. These are the two main factors that are driving the efforts to improve existing motor designs and motor-control techniques. A good example of this trend is the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM).

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Ageing heart can be prevented, say scientists

October 13, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

Scientists in Japan said they have uncovered evidence that shows it may be possible to delay or prevent heart failure in humans. Tetsuo Shioi, lead researcher and assistant professor of medicine at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto, and his team described how they managed to suppress a variety of the P13K gene in a group of elderly mice.

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Experts warn glaciers in Indian Kashmir melting

October 13, 2009 6:21 am | News | Comments

Indian Kashmir's glaciers are melting fast because of rising temperatures, threatening the water supply of millions of people in the Himalayan region, a new study by Indian scientists says. The study by Kashmir University's geology and geophysics department blamed the effect on climate change

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