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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."

Ford backs Bill to ban texting while driving

September 11, 2009 5:29 am | News | Comments

Ford said Thursday it backs federal legislation pressuring states to ban texting while driving in an effort to reduce driver distractions that could lead to accidents. In a statement, Ford safety executive Sue Cischke cited research that shows drivers who take their eyes off the road for extended periods increase the risk of accidents. That includes drivers who send text messages on hand-held devices while on the road.

Tech Giants offer ideas on charging Readers Online

September 11, 2009 4:50 am | News | Comments

Some of the world's most prominent technology companies are offering suggestions to publishers on how they can charge readers for news online. IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and Google Inc. - a company some newspapers blame for helping dig their financial hole - responded to a request by the Newspaper Association of America for proposals on ways to easily charge for news on the Web.

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Brushless DC Motors Roll On

September 10, 2009 12:36 pm | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

You can find brushless-DC motors in appliances, medical instruments, and industrial equipment because they offer advantages over their brushed-DC-motor siblings. But before you can use a brushless-DC (BLDC) motor you need to understand how it works.

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Software provides accurate real-time PRBS23 Jitter testing

September 10, 2009 12:14 pm | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Purportedly featuring the industry's most accurate real-time PRBS23 jitter testing, the Infiniium 2.01 software release (for the 90000 Series oscilloscopes) from Agilent addresses high-speed serial data links, such as USB, SATA, or PCI Express(r). Included is support for InfiniiSim waveform translation toolset software (N5465A and N5466A).

DC/DC Converters include 4:1 input Range

September 10, 2009 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a 4:1 input range (9 VDC to 36 VDC or 18 VDC to 72 VDC), the URB_LD-15W Series of DC/DC converters from Mornsun is intended for industrial and communications applications. With efficiencies of up to 85 percent, the converters feature typical load regulation of ±0.5% and line regulation of ±0.2%.

Half-inch Millivolt Output Pressure Sensor

September 10, 2009 10:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

All Sensors Corporation has announced the release of its ½ inH2O Full Scale Millivolt Output Pressure Sensor. Obtaining a half-inch measurement from a millivolt device has become possible using the company’s CoBeam2 Technology. The half-inch device offers twice the

Design Talk - Industrial and Harsh Environments

September 10, 2009 10:30 am | Articles | Comments

Editor's note No matter how good the tech, if it addresses an industrial or other demanding environment application, it better be able to deal with its surroundings without operational compromise.

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Serial Flash Memory: The Solution to a Shrinking Problem

September 10, 2009 10:04 am | by Jeffrey Bader, Director, Embedded Business Group, Numonyx | Articles | Comments

As consumers clamor for smaller, sleeker and cheaper products, the pressure for embedded designers to find space and cost effective flash memory is higher than ever. Thankfully, serial flash memory devices provide the solution. Serial flash is a small, low-power NOR flash memory that uses SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) bus, sometimes called “four wire” serial bus, for sequential data access.

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Pigeon transfers data faster than South Africa's Telkom

September 10, 2009 7:46 am | News | Comments

A South African information technology company on Wednesday proved it was faster for them to transmit data with a carrier pigeon than to send it using Telkom , the country's leading internet service provider.

Obama near choosing cyber security chief: source

September 10, 2009 7:22 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A cyber security coordinator is expected to be announced by President Barack Obama in the next week or two, and the lead candidate is Frank Kramer, who was an assistant Defense secretary under President Bill Clinton, a source said on Wednesday.

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

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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.

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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.

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