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Where's Broadband in the USA?

September 14, 2009 6:17 am | by PETER SVENSSON and JOELLE TESSLER | News | Comments

The national stimulus package passed by Congress in February may have been too enthusiastic about spending money on one particular project: figuring out where broadband Internet access is available and how fast it is.

Multifunction Power Meter Includes 100BaseT Ethernet

September 14, 2009 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

A 0.2% accuracy power and energy meter certified to meet IEC and ANSI class standards, the Shark100 from Electro Industries has 100BaseT Ethernet capability using Modbus TCP as its standard protocol.

NEC, Casio, Hitachi to Merge Handset Businesses

September 14, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

Japanese electronics makers NEC Corp., Casio Computer Co. and Hitachi said Monday they will combine their mobile phone handset-manufacturing operations by April next year in a bid to boost their competitiveness at home and abroad.

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Motorola Shares Jump on Hopes for Google Phone

September 14, 2009 5:37 am | by by Ritsuko Ando, Dave Zimmerman, and Phil Berlowitz | News | Comments

Motorola Inc shares rose 6.5 percent on Friday on hopes the company could turn around its loss-making handset business with the new cellphone it developed with Google Inc.

Compact LEDs Serve in Daytime Running Lights

September 14, 2009 5:00 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for use in daytime running lights, 1-W OSLON MX ECE and0.5-W SX ECE LEDs from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors provide from 70 to 95 lm and 40 to 60 lm respectively.

China breaks Ground on Space launch Center

September 14, 2009 4:58 am | News | Comments

China broke ground on its fourth space center Monday, highlighting the country's soaring space ambitions six years after it sent its first man into orbit. The space port on the southern island province of Hainan incorporates a launch site and mission control center for slinging the country's massive new rockets into space carrying satellites and components for a future space station and deep space exploration.

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$100 million question: Where's Broadband in US?

September 14, 2009 4:49 am | News | Comments

The national stimulus package passed by Congress in February may have been too enthusiastic about spending money on one particular project: figuring out where broadband Internet access is available and how fast it is. The $787 billion stimulus bill championed by the Obama administration set aside up to $350 million to create a national broadband map that could guide policies aimed at expanding high-speed Internet access.

Light Bulbs and the Madness of Energy Efficiency Regulations

September 11, 2009 12:16 pm | by Dr. Peter Thornes, Dublin Ireland | Blogs | Comments

Europeans (like Americans) choose to buy ordinary light bulbs around 9 times out of 10 (European Commission and light industry data 2007-8). Banning what people want gives the supposed savings that are "good for them"—no point in banning what people don’t want! If new LED lights—or improved CFLs etc—are good, people will buy them—no need to ban ordinary light bulbs (little point).

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SBC Couples Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Onboard Flash

September 11, 2009 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems has released a rugged 3U single-slot CompactPCI single board computer (SBC) that offers up to 8 GB of onboard SATA flash disk storage, making the system's PMC site available to add user specific I/O.  The C800 combines the latest

Implantable MHz Quartz Crystal Comes In Very Small Package

September 11, 2009 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for critical timing applications, Micro Crystal’s AT cut quartz crystal CC7A-T1A has a package height of 0.90 mm and a footprint of 3.2 mm x 1.5 mm. It offers a wide temperature range, up to -40°C to +85/+125°C, and a low thermal stability for medical applications

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Fiber Optic Sensor counts small Objects

September 11, 2009 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The D10 Small Object Counter from Banner Engineering addresses applications including: pharmaceutical pill, tablet, and gel cap counting; agricultural seed counting; and process verification. With three primary features—Dynamic Event Stretcher (DES), Automatic Compensation, and Health Mode Alarm

Switching Wall-Mount Power Supplies Deliver 6.5 V at 2 W

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

Emerson Network added the DCH2 to its switching wall-mount power supply portfolio. Configured for portable and mobile equipment with low power requirements, the DCH2 is capable of delivering 6.5 V at a maximum of 2 W total power and offers a

CF Cards achieve burst transfer rate of 66 MB/s

September 11, 2009 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for rugged and mission-critical applications, a line of dual channel CompactFlash (CF) cards from WinSystems feature a DMA burst transfer rate of 66 MB/s to and from the CF card. Operating temperature is -40° to 85°C, sustained sequential Writes are 16 MB/s, and reads are 37 MB/s.

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Quantum Superpositions of Living Things

September 11, 2009 8:11 am | News | Comments

First photons, atoms and molecules. Now physicists want to create a quantum superposition of a virus, which will allow them to perform Schrodinger's Cat experiment for real.

Unravelling external Power-supply regulations

September 11, 2009 7:14 am | by Gary Bocock, Technical Director, XP Power | Blogs | Comments

With the aims of reducing energy wastage and improving distribution-network stability, regulatory authorities within the EU and US have been steadily introducing a series of measures that power-supply and equipment designers must consider. In the first instance, these measures specifically target no-load consumption and conversion efficiency for external power supplies of up to 250 W

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