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Switching Regulator Provides Dual Output Voltages

August 26, 2009 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Combining a 2 percent constant on-time buck regulator and a 2 percent linear regulator, the A4402 regulator IC from Allegro provides dual output voltages (such as those required by microcontroller or DSP-based applications). The switching regulator includes an adjustable soft-start timer

VME Boards Handle Clock Rates up to 500 MHz

August 26, 2009 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Up to eight Model 6891 VME Boards (from Pentek) can be Linked, enabling it to handle clock rates up to 500 MHz. The VME board is intended for such applications as radar beamforming, direction finding and shipboard diversity reception, and cellular wireless applications.

Nokia Breaks into Banking

August 26, 2009 9:05 am | News | Comments

The world’s leading mobile handset manufacturer, Finland’s Nokia, announced a move into financial services on Wednesday. The new direction for Nokia will see it working with mobile payment specialist Obopay, in which Nokia invested $70m in March this year.


Toggle Switches Rated to IP67

August 26, 2009 8:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for industrial and outdoor environments, the S Series of watertight toggle switches from NKK are rated to IP67 of IEC60529 Standards. Electrical capacities range from 15 A to 20 A at 125 VAC, 6 A to 10 A at 250 VAC and 15 A to 20 A at 30 VDC.

E-Paper Revenues Forecast to Reach $9.6B in Under 10 Years

August 26, 2009 5:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

In its recently released , DisplaySearch forecasts that the total e-paper display market will grow to 1.8 billion units and $9.6 billion in revenues in 2018, from 22 million units and $431 million in revenues in 2009, for a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 41%for revenues and 64% for units.

Wikipedia Testing new Method to Curb False Info

August 26, 2009 4:42 am | News | Comments

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that has drawn some decidedly juvenile pranks, is looking to impose more discipline with new restrictions on the editing of articles. The latest changes come as Wikipedia tries to balance a need for credibility and a desire for openness. While anyone can still edit entries, the site is testing pages that won't register changes until they are approved by an experienced Wikipedia editor.

`Phishing' Drops; are Scammers Switching Tactics?

August 26, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

Internet criminals might be rethinking a favorite scam for stealing people's personal information. A report being released Wednesday by IBM Corp. shows a big drop in the volume of "phishing" e-mails, in which fraud artists send what looks like a legitimate message from a bank or some other company.

Transducer Includes Voltage Output

August 25, 2009 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CXLdp low pressure transducer from Ashcroft is available with jumper-selectable 0-5 vdc or 0-10 vdc outputs, as well as the original 4-20 mA output configuration. The CXLdp is available in bidirectional and unidirectional ranges from 0/0.1 through 0/25.0” H20 and in accuracies of ±0.8 percent and 0.4 percent FS.


Torque Measuring System Mounts Quickly

August 25, 2009 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating an integral sprocket or pulley, the RWT 350/360 TorqSense from Sensor Technology purportedly mounts in moments. For mounting in tight spaces, the RWT350/360 has its control electronics separate from the sensing head. The torque measuring system is intended for plants driven by a belt or chain drive.

Miniature Rocker Switch Sports 10 A UL Rating

August 25, 2009 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

With working temperature up to 105oC, the RL3-10 rocker switch series from Phaseda has 10 A 125 VAC UL approved rating. It comes in both single pole and double pole versions. The switch has On/Off function, On/Off/On, On/On, plus momentary spring return as well. The body is made from PA66, and contacts of silver alloy.

Try before you buy: MP3s and digital media rights

August 25, 2009 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The UK is considering a law that would force ISPs to cut off service to those accused of illegally downloading movies and/or music. This has the potential to reignite an old debate—one that’s persisted since the term “digital media” was invented. Our handling of this issue has profound ramifications for the future of the entertainment industry.


South Korean Satellite Launch Misses Orbit

August 25, 2009 8:32 am | by JIN-MAN LEE, Hyung-jin Kim, and Kwang-tae Kim | News | Comments

South Korea launched its first rocket Tuesday, just months after rival North Korea's launch drew international anger, but space officials said the satellite it carried failed to enter its intended orbit. A Science Ministry statement called the launch a "partial success," as the satellite separated from the rocket normally before entering a different orbit. The launch could boost South Korea's space ambitions, but the North warned it would keep a close eye on the international response. There was no immediate comment from North Korea.


Gravity-Wave Experiment Modifies Some String Theories

August 25, 2009 8:19 am | by Clara Moskowitz | News | Comments

This time, scientists are excited to find nothing. In results announced today, a huge physics experiment built to detect gravitational waves has yet to find any. Rather than be disappointed by the null findings, physicists say the results were expected, and in fact help them narrow down possibilities for what the universe was like just after it was born.


MCU Kit Serves USB Touch/Motion Sensing Apps

August 25, 2009 7:50 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Shipped with demo code that enables functionality as a USB mouse or joystick using the accelerometer, Microchip's MPLAB Starter Kit contains all of the materials and software needed to evaluate the PIC18 8-bit MCU family in low-power USB and touch-sensing applications.

Student to Build Robotics for Oregon Zoo Elephants

August 25, 2009 6:32 am | News | Comments

Liberty, SC - Rohan Jhunjhunwala is passionate about robotics and technology. As a student at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, Jhunjhunwala, a mechanical engineering leader on the school’s competitive robotics society, was approached to build a robotics system for the elephants at the Oregon Zoo.


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