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Bridging the Worlds of Hardware and Software with USB-based FPGA

September 10, 2009 6:42 am | by Jake Janovetz, President, Opal Kelly | Articles | Comments

Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) are the most flexible and capable devices available to interface to a large variety of system devices such as memories, data acquisition (ADC/DAC), image sensors, displays, and so on.  Often, the goal is to interface these system devices to a software infrastructure running on a workstation platform


Camera Module can be attached to any host System

September 10, 2009 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

With an on-board serial interface (RS232 or TTL versions available), the uCAM (microCAM) serial camera module from Saelig can be attached to any host PC system. The module comes in a compact form factor (32 mm x 32 mm x 25 mm) with built-in lens and a four-wire connector for power and serial data.

Google Pushes Hard for Solar Development

September 10, 2009 5:45 am | by Poornima Gupta, Laura Isensee, and Carol Bishopric | News | Comments

Google is disappointed with the lack of breakthrough investment ideas in the green technology sector but the company is working to develop its own new mirror technology that could reduce the cost of building solar thermal plants by a quarter or more.


EU turns up Heat on Climate Change Debate

September 10, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

Fearing that a possible global deal on climate change is in danger, European foreign ministers announced Thursday they were stepping up efforts to make sure that nations around the world face up to global warming.


China could be $1 trillion green Tech Market

September 10, 2009 4:54 am | News | Comments

China potentially could be a $500 billion to $1 trillion a year market for environmentally sustainable "green technologies," a group of businesses and experts said in a report Thursday that urges governments to ease the way for such initiatives. The report by the China Greentech Initiative, a group of more than 80 leading technology companies


Beatlemania returns with rollout of CD, Video Game

September 10, 2009 4:42 am | News | Comments

Beatlemania is back with the rollout Wednesday of the Fab Four's remastered CDs and first-ever video game, reaching out to a whole new generation decades after their parents - and even grandparents - first succumbed. It's been nearly 40 years since John, Paul, George and Ringo announced their breakup

Ambient Light and Proximity Sensor Module Helps Extend Battery Life in Portables

September 9, 2009 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies introduced an ambient light and proximity sensor that has been integrated into a thin module designed to help conserve power and extend battery life in mobile phones. The APDS-9800 integrated sensor module is 1.45 mm thick by 4.95 mm in length by 3.0 mm wide and offers

Dissipation Socket Features Cycle Life of 100,000 Insertions

September 9, 2009 10:47 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With 30 grams of actuation force per ball, the E-pad–SS-QFJ68SC-01 dissipation socket from Ironwood Electronics features cycle life of 100,000 insertions. The self inductance of the contactor is 0.96 nH, insertion loss of <3 dB at 37 GHz, and capacitance of 0.5 pF. The current capacity of each contactor is 4 A. Socket temperature range is -40C to 150C.


Pushbutton Switch Provides Full Illumination of Actuating Surface

September 9, 2009 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a ceramic surface, the MSM CS metal pushbutton switch from Schurter offers full illumination of the actuating surface. The switch also features resistance to scratches, abrasions, impact, and chemicals. Other features include: profile of 1.7 mm, an impact rating of IK07, and current rating ranges from 0.1 A to 10 A.

Datalogger Sports High-contrast LCD

September 9, 2009 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega's OM-EL-USB-2-LCD standalone datalogger features a high contrast LCD that can show a variety of temperature and humidity information. The user can cycle between current readings, along with maximum and minimum stored values for

GPS Receiver Enables T1 and E1 Synchronization

September 9, 2009 8:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling synchronization for externally available T1 and E1, the CW47 GPS timing reference from NavSync outputs an E1 G.703 2.048 Mbps signal. The GPS receiver can also provide an E1 G.703 2.048 MHz clock or a T1 G.703 1.544 Mbps signal. The CW47 GPS receiver can track satellites down to –155 dBm

Hubble's Repaired Camera Brings New Life to Mission

September 9, 2009 7:45 am | News | Comments

NASA on Wednesday unveiled the first deep space photos taken by Hubble since its billion dollar repair mission last spring. That work included installing two new cameras, other science instruments and replacing broken parts.

Incandescent ban highlights issue of forced obsolescence

September 9, 2009 7:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The mad scramble to obtain incandescent bulbs ahead of the EU ban highlights a controversial practice—the forced obsolescence of old technologies. R&D, combined with market forces, often collude to bury legacy tech. But should government speed up this process? How important is consumer choice?


White House Panel Pans NASA Moon Plan

September 9, 2009 7:30 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN | News | Comments

A White House panel of independent space experts says NASA's return-to-the-moon plan just won't fly.

Obama warns teens of perils of Facebook

September 9, 2009 7:18 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama warned American teenagers on Tuesday of the dangers of putting too much personal information on Internet social networking sites, saying it could come back to haunt them in later life. The presidential words of advice follow recent studies that suggest


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