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GM's trial program selling cars on eBay set to end

September 30, 2009 5:01 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Tuesday that it is concluding its partnership with eBay Inc. in which the automaker used the auction site to sell new cars through California dealerships, as it shifts focus to broader, national marketing programs. GM and eBay said the program was slated to end Sept. 30, and was not canceled for lack of participation.

Nero's rotating banquet hall unveiled in Rome

September 30, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

Not only was Nero a Roman emperor, it turns out he may also have been the father of the revolving restaurant. Archaeologists unveiled Tuesday what they think are the remains of Nero's extravagant banquet hall, a circular space that rotated day and night to imitate the Earth's movement and impress his guests.

Google Developing 'Smart' Plug-in Hybrid Charging

September 30, 2009 4:47 am | by Poornima Gupta | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is in the early stages of looking at ways to write software that would fully integrate plug-in hybrid vehicles to the power grid, minimize strain on the grid and help utilities manage vehicle charging load.

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Battery Charger Module Provides Small Footprint

September 29, 2009 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Micro Power Electronics announced a SMC-65 battery charger module for Li-ion batteries. This open frame charger assembly provides efficient, reliable battery charging in a small footprint that can be easily integrated into industrial, medical and military OEM products. The SMC-65 module operates

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Storage in Streaming Media: Advanced Solid State Storage SSDs Meet Performance and Reliability Demands

September 29, 2009 12:24 pm | by Gary Drossel, Western Digital | Articles | Comments

The rapid adoption of streaming media in embedded applications has been largely driven by decreasing bandwidth costs. In 2005, it cost approximately $.89 per gigabyte (GB) delivered for up to 49,000 GB (47.8 terabytes) of bandwidth.  Today, a major content provider could pay a meager $.05 per GB delivered for 500 terabytes of bandwidth.

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Software Fault Management for Medical Devices

September 29, 2009 12:01 pm | by John Greenland, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

From hearing aids to Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging equipment, medical devices are increasingly impacting (and hopefully improving) our quality of life. Because we now rely on medical devices so heavily and because the devices’ software is so critical to their operation, software fault management and the ability to reduce faults throughout the development lifecycle have become hot-button issues.

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DIN Rail Power Supplies Boast High Power In Compact Package

September 29, 2009 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech PS-C DIN rail power supplies provide high power (up to 20 A) in a compact package. These single-output units additionally can provide an upfront power surge by boosting 50 percent more power in the first three seconds followed by 100 percent of continuously rated power in service, according to the company. They have been

Automotive SoC enables ultrasonic sensing

September 29, 2009 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Purportedly optimized for automotive-sensor systems such as EPA (electronic parking assist) and PDC (park-distance control), the MAXQ7667 SoC (system-on-chip) mixed-signal microcontroller from Maxim is intended for ultrasonic sensor applications. The echo receive path includes a variable gain amplifier

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Boost Switch Delivers High Efficiency

September 29, 2009 7:53 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting boost conversion circuits in medical, portable and consumer applications, the FDFME3N311ZT Boost Switch from Fairchild combines a 30-V integrated N-Channel PowerTrench MOSFET and Schottky diode for exceptionally low input capacitance (55pF typical) and total gate charge (1nC) to improve efficiency in DC-DC boost designs.

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Google Says Its Google Voice Service Exempt From FCC Laws

September 29, 2009 7:22 am | by Stefanie Hoffman | News | Comments

Google said that it is not subject to the same Federal Communications Commission regulations as major telecoms, after telecom giant A&T said the search engine company's VoIP service, Google Voice, violates federal communications laws.

Bluetooth Module exchanges data up to 1000 m

September 29, 2009 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Within 10 ms, the 750-644 Bluetooth RF-Transceiver module from WAGO exchanges data up to 1000 m (line-of-sight) or 100 m (within buildings). One 750-644 master can communicate with up to seven slaves on a Personal Area Network. The module offers communications with frequency hopping procedures and adaptive transmitting power technologies

Microsoft to release free antivirus PC software

September 29, 2009 6:58 am | by AP | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. says its new computer security program can be downloaded starting on Tuesday. Microsoft Security Essentials, as the free antivirus software is called, has been available in a beta test version since June. The software

Commerce Secretary Unveils Plan for Smart Grid Interoperability

September 29, 2009 6:56 am | News | Comments

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today unveiled an accelerated plan for developing standards to transform the U.S. power distribution system into a secure, more efficient and environmentally friendly Smart Grid and create clean-energy jobs.

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SMT Adapter Pair Suits Demanding Automotive Apps

September 29, 2009 6:35 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics’ latest high performance socket – SFS-BGA104A-52 allows 0.5 mm pitch, 8 mm x 8 mm body, and 15 X 15 array BGA devices to be socketed and operate without compromising performance in demanding automotive applications. The Giga-snaP BGA SMT adapter pair consists of

Dell settlement has tougher accounting oversight

September 29, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

Dell Inc. said Monday it will beef up accounting and corporate governance rules as part of a settlement tied to an investigation into its past financial practices. Dell, the world's second largest PC maker behind Hewlett-Packard Co., will also pay $1.75 million in legal fees, according to a settlement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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