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Weekend Project - Beetlebot

December 28, 2009 4:13 am | Videos | Comments

Here is a simple robot from your parts bin that avoids obstacles.


Barnes & Noble compensates buyers for late Nook

December 23, 2009 8:45 am | News | Comments

Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc plans to issue $100 gift certificates to people who won't receive its Nook electronic reader by December 24, if they had ordered it on time. The company, which has been bedeviled with problems in producing and delivering the e-reader in time for the holiday season, earlier this month postponed the in-store debut of the $259 device.

CBS and Walt Disney may join Apple TV venture: report

December 23, 2009 8:43 am | News | Comments

Apple's plan of offering television subscription via the Internet might receive a boost with U.S. media companies CBS and Walt Disney's probable participation in the venture, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.


New crew reaches International Space Station

December 23, 2009 8:40 am | News | Comments

A fresh three-member crew arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, bolstering the two-man skeleton crew that has been keeping the outpost operational since December 1.

BlackBerry users beset by second outage in a week

December 23, 2009 8:36 am | News | Comments

The second outage of BlackBerry service in less than a week frustrated people who depend on the messaging device and comes at a bad time for its maker, which faces increasing competition in the market it helped pioneer.

Samsung settles patent dispute with Kodak

December 23, 2009 8:34 am | News | Comments

Eastman Kodak says electronics maker Samsung Electronics has agreed to pay the photography company an undisclosed sum to settle a patent dispute over digital-camera technology. The announcement comes five days after the International Trade Commission ruled that Samsung, based in Seoul, South Korea, infringed two Kodak patents.

Audio-Chip Presented As Providing Clearer-than-Crystal Sound

December 23, 2009 7:56 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics’ next-generation STA370BWS SoundTerminalT chip uses the company’s Full Flexible Amplifier (FFXT) technology to purportedly deliver high-quality stereo audio at 10W and above. The audio device also uses proprietary BCD8 process technology, which integrates more sophisticated audio signal processing within the CMOS section, enabling 


LCR MicroTCA Rugged Chassis Line Ideal for Smaller, Rugged Embedded Applications

December 23, 2009 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

LCR Electronics, a leading manufacturer of high-end military, telecom and commercial enclosures as well as EMI filters and electronic products, has added several compact, rugged MicroTCA chassis models to its extensive VME, CompactPCI and VPX rugged chassis product line, providing flexibility in a variety of industrial, commercial and military environments.


Low Power, 40 V Op Amps Address Signal Conditioning Error

December 23, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil’s ISL28117 and ISL28217 bipolar low-power precision operational amplifiers combine low noise and low power coupled with low offset voltage, low bias current drift and minimal offset drift over temperature. The products are appropriate for applications that require 


Low Profile SMT Battery Holders

December 23, 2009 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new selection of low profile, surface mount holders for Cylindrical Lithium and Alkaline batteries have been developed by Keystone Electronics Corp. Lightweight and durable, these high strength holders incorporate heat resistant Nylon Housings and Gold-plated Phosphor Bronze contacts.


Feds mull regulating drugs in water

December 23, 2009 6:25 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators under President Barack Obama have sharply shifted course on long-standing policy toward pharmaceutical residues in the nation's drinking water, taking a critical first step toward regulating some of the contaminants while acknowledging they could threaten human health.


Thinnest Large-Screen LCD Panel is 2.6mm Thick

December 23, 2009 6:13 am | News | Comments

LG Display an innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced that it has developed the world’s thinnest LCD TV panel measuring 2.6mm.


Ten-Watt, T-R Switch Covers Cellular and WiMAX Apps to 4 GHz

December 23, 2009 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation released a GaAs pHEMT SPDT (single pole, double throw) MMIC T/R (transmit/receive) switch for automotive telematics, private mobile radio (PMR), cellular/3G, WiMAX/4G and test equipment applications from DC to 4 GHz. The HMC784MS8GE 


DC Power Converter Suits Telecom, Computing, Storage Distributed-power Apps

December 23, 2009 5:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lineage Power introduced its MegaTLynx DC/DC 30 A power converter for distributed power architectures and intermediate bus voltage applications used in telecom, datacom, server, storage and networking equipment. This product offers a


ROHM ECOMOS Series Efficiently Handles Reduced Supply Voltages in Portables

December 23, 2009 4:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new ECOMOS series of P-channel and N-channel MOSFETs from ROHM Semiconductor are designed to meet the prescribed operation at lower gate drive voltages that emerging generations of portable electronic devices require. ROHM’s advanced proprietary processing has produced devices that exhibit RDS(ON) values as much as 90%...



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