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Google Partners on Device to Monitor Home Energy

October 6, 2009 4:59 am | by by Laura Isensee and Bernard Orr | News | Comments

Google Inc is partnering with privately held Energy Inc to provide households with free energy management software, bypassing utilities' smart meters and potentially boosting energy efficiency, the company said on its blog on Monday.

PLL/Synthesizer operates at 3475 MHz

October 5, 2009 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a typical Step Size of 2500 KHz, the CPLL66-3475-3475 PLL/Synthesizer from Crystek operates at 3475 MHz. The PLL/Synthesizer is housed in a 0.6-in. x 0.6-in. x 0.15-in. SMD package, and is programmed using a standard three line interface (Data, Clock and Load Enable). Typical phase noise is -95 dBc/Hz at 10 KHz offset

Kits for Kids, November 2009

October 5, 2009 11:17 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Young people with an interest in electronics still have a cornucopia of kits to start with. As a youngster I had a crystal radio that picked up several local stations I listened to with a small headphone. You can still buy crystal-radio kits and many cost under $20.


Amplifiers are 20X more efficient than Class D chips

October 5, 2009 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Purportedly 20 times more efficient than competing devices, the AS1001 audio power amplifier IC (from Audium Semiconductor) enables battery-powered amplified speakers to run 3 hours per day for 10 months on a set of 1.5 V batteries. With 100 W peak power output, the amplifier runs on a set of four 'C' batteries.

TD-CS Relay Offers Time-Delay Trip/Close

October 5, 2009 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing local control to mitigate the Arc Flash danger in Circuit Breaker operation, the Time Delay Control Switch Relay (TD-CSR) from Electroswitch provides for a manually-initiated time-delay trip or close operation. SCADA operation is not required, and a flashing LED notifies the operator of a pending trip or close operation.

Bendable Light Guides Allow Design Flexibility

October 5, 2009 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic offers flexible light guides that facilitate a wide range of adaptable panel indicating options. They can be bent in 90-degree or other angles. This allows the LED to be mounted to a PCB while fixed to a panel at a right angle. Available in various lengths, the LED mounting can be

Current-sense Transformers are Based on EE12.6 Cores

October 5, 2009 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Extending existing designs based on E4.2- and EE5-cores, EPCOS has developed a series of current sense transformers based on EE12.6-cores. Currents up to 40 A can be measured with this series, and owing to their SMD design, these transformers are particularly suitable for compact DC/DC converters. The primary winding is

Three Americans share 2009 Nobel medicine prize

October 5, 2009 7:17 am | News | Comments

Americans Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak won the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering a key mechanism in the genetic operations of cells, an insight that has inspired new lines of research into cancer. It was the first time two women have been among the winners of the medicine prize.


FTC: Bloggers must disclose payments for reviews

October 5, 2009 7:09 am | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission will require bloggers to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products. It is the first time since 1980 that the commission has revised its guidelines on endorsements and testimonials, and the first time the rules have covered bloggers.

Venezuela to outlaw violent video games, toys

October 5, 2009 6:58 am | News | Comments

Shouts of "Kill him! Kill him!" ring out as the preteens train their virtual assault rifles on the last remaining terrorist and spray him with bullets. Blood splatters. The enemy collapses. And they cheerfully wrap up another game of "Counter-Strike."

Is the US Outsourcing its future?

October 5, 2009 6:34 am | by by Gary P. Pisano | Blogs | Comments

Today, many people are looking to high technology sectors — like alternative energy — to be the growth engine that revives the U.S. economy and gets it back on track. They're in for a shock. During the boom years, when all seemed well, capabilities that underpin innovation in a wide range of products were continuing to deteriorate.

U of M Physicists Create First Atomic-scale Map of Quantum Dots

October 5, 2009 6:22 am | News | Comments

University of Michigan physicists have created the first atomic-scale maps of quantum dots, a major step toward the goal of producing "designer dots" that can be tailored for specific applications.

Real-LIfe Crook-Catching Web Game Launched

October 5, 2009 6:14 am | News | Comments

A new internet game is about to be launched which allows 'super snooper' players to plug into the nation's CCTV cameras and report on members of the public committing crimes.


North American pro sports leagues in a twitter over tweeting

October 5, 2009 5:52 am | by Steve Keating, Reuters | News | Comments

North America's professional sports leagues are all a twitter over tweeting and have pushed through guidelines to ban player access to social networking sites during games. Following the lead of the NFL and NBA, the NHL said it


Miniature Micro Switch Handles up to 200,000 operations

October 5, 2009 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in an IP67-rated 33.0 x 10.4 x 15.9-mm package, the Burgess V3NS microswitch from Johnson Electric can deliver a minimum of 200,000 operations at 6 A and 250 VAC.


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