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President Obama Launches Engineering Education Initiative

November 23, 2009 12:52 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

The President announces the “Educate to Innovate” initiative, a campaign to get students excited about pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Quotes from President Obama from his speech – (see webcast above): “As President, I believe...

Water droplets direct self-assembly process in thin-film materials

November 23, 2009 11:57 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a technique for fabricating 3-D, single-crystalline silicon structures from thin films by coupling photolithography and a self-folding process driven by capillary interactions.

Global TV Shipment Growth Recovered in Q3

November 23, 2009 11:41 am | News | Comments

Global TV shipments showed a spark of recovery in Q3’09 amid an easing global economic recession, reports DisplaySearch in its latest Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.


80-Watt 90º Coupler Covers 1.0 - 4.2 GHz

November 23, 2009 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Power Products introduces their Model IPP-7015, a 3dB, 90º surface mount hybrid coupler that operates from 1.0 – 4.2 GHz. The IPP-7015 combines two signals of up to 80 Watts CW total output power. This coupler is produced in a compact surface mount (SMD) package size of 1.80" x 0.39" x 0.17".


Canada woman to fight insurance co. over Facebook

November 23, 2009 10:57 am | News | Comments

A Canadian woman on sick leave for depression said Monday she would fight an insurance company's decision to cut her benefits after her agent found photos on Facebook of her vacationing, at a bar and at a party. Nathalie Blanchard said Monday she was diagnosed with major depression and was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits until payments dried up this fall.


Digi-Key Corporation Announces Expansion of CTS Distribution Agreement to Include Tusonix Line

November 23, 2009 10:51 am | by Digi-Key | News | Comments

Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Elkhart, Indiana (USA) — November 23, 2009 — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, announced it has...

Allegro MicroSystems Announces New Switching Regulator Series

November 23, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announces a new series of hybrid integrated circuits (HICs) with a built-in power MOSFET and a control IC designed for quasi-resonant type switch-mode power supplies (SMPS). In normal operation, the HIC provides high efficiency and low EMI noise with bottom-skip quasi-resonant operation...


Fully Shielded 30-W Converters Offer 4:1 Input Range

November 23, 2009 10:35 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda has introduced a family of single and dual-output DC/DC converters that provide a broad range of inputs and outputs for a variety of industrial, telecom and process control applications. Comprising the PXD30W Series, these converters feature -sided shielded metal cases that


High efficiency 200mA DC-DC step-up converter with buck function

November 23, 2009 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems (SIX: AMS), a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications, complements its DC-DC product portfolio with the introduction of a 200mA boost converter.


Power Detector Ideal for High Volume 3G, 4G Infrastructure

November 23, 2009 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation, the world class supplier of complete MMIC based solutions for communication & military markets, has introduced a new 54 dB Log Detector/Controller which is primarily targeted to high volume automotive, broadband, cellular/3G and WiMAX/4G applications between 50 MHz and 8 GHz.

The State of the Budget ’Scope Market

November 23, 2009 9:21 am | by André Rebelo, Global PR Manager, Extech Instruments Corporation | Articles | Comments

After digital multimeters, oscilloscopes are the second most common test and measurement instrument used today. Within the spectrum of available benchtop, hand-held, and PC-based scopes, different needs can dictate what the best form factor is for one’s applications. Still, today’s scopes continue to surprise with features not previously found in their category...


Near-infrared Diode Laser Components Keep Applications Secure

November 23, 2009 9:05 am | by Dr. Jörg Neukum, Dilas Diodenlaser GmbH | Articles | Comments

Nowadays security is the key to whether it is in homeland defence, or security monitoring of parking lots or buildings. Surveillance systems are either passive systems using IR cameras, or active systems based on infra-red light sources, which are invisible for human eye...


Phil Sluder Writes Good Stuff

November 23, 2009 8:53 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Blogs | Comments

Here's a good article by Phil on SolidWorks 2010. I like the bio at the end: Phil Sluder is a mechanical engineer, owner of TriAxial Design and Analysis, certified SolidWorks instructor, certified SolidWorks professional, a longtime member of the SWUGN committee, and leader of the San...


Productivity Drives Performance in Handheld Oscilloscopes

November 23, 2009 8:06 am | by Lau Yue Hoong, Agilent Technologies, | Articles | Comments

The need to increase productivity and energy efficiency is today driving more and more electronic content into industrial applications such as power generation, transmission and distribution (e.g., smart grid), industrial process control and automation, instrumentation, HVAC, and fire and surveillance, just to name a few.


Spring Pin Connectors Reduce Size, Weight of Designs

November 23, 2009 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokowo’s spring pin connectors (pogo pins) are said to enable designers to reduce the size and weight of their designs, while improving overall performance. Features contributing to reliable performance include a long working stroke, multiple contact points (with narrow pin-pitched effect), stable contact pressure, desirable 



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