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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).


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


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.

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


The iPod Is Dead

September 11, 2009 6:25 am | by Farhad Manjoo | News | Comments

Why the days of the dedicated music player have come and gone.


Rectifier Improves Continuous-Current PFC apps

September 11, 2009 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

With an 11-ns Reverse Recovery Time and a Forward Voltage Drop of 2.1 V, the 8S2TH06I-M FRED Pt 600-V Hyperfast tandem rectifier from Vishay reduces losses in high-efficiency continuous current mode (CCM) power factor correction (PFC) applications by as much as 22 %.

The Wireless Power Consortium Releases the 0.95 Specification

September 11, 2009 6:05 am | by Camille Tang, Co-Chair, Wireless Power Consortium | Articles | Comments

Wireless power interoperability marked an important milestone with the 31 July 2009 release of 0.95 specifications of Qi, the Wireless Power Consortium’s “WPC” international standard in wireless power. This interoperability means that all Qi power receivers can be powered and charged with all Qi transmitters.


Twitter Expands Rules to Allow Advertising

September 11, 2009 5:52 am | by by Edwin CHan and Gary Hill | News | Comments

Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging site now seeking ways to make money, expanded its terms for users on Thursday to allow advertisers to reach the Internet site's more than 45 million monthly visitors.

Motorola unveils Google phone to muted response

September 11, 2009 5:44 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Motorola unveiled on Thursday the first of many cellphones to be developed in partnership with Google, but analysts questioned if it could revive the once-dominant handset maker's fortunes. Wall Street sees the phones as Motorola's last big hope to regain the market share lost to rivals like Apple Inc, Nokia and Samsung. Analysts were


InStyle Taps 3-D Technology to Bridge Web and Print

September 11, 2009 5:36 am | by Jason Fell | News | Comments

Time Inc.’s InStyle magazine is taking the wave of 3-D technology in magazines to the next level. For its December holiday gift guide issue, the magazine is using “augmented reality” technology to make some advertisements three dimensional.


UN Climate Chief: Big Greenhouse Gas cuts needed

September 11, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

Rich countries must commit to deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions if they want China and India to sign onto an accord to curb global warming, the top U.N. climate official said Friday. "We need to see that leadership from rich countries," said Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, at the World Economic Forum. "Without rich country leadership, we will not get developing country engagement."


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