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Brainstorm: Alternative Fuels Part 2

August 3, 2009 12:59 pm | Articles | Comments

What’s the best way to advance alternative energy research? With government grants, free market solutions, or something else?

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Thermal Management Software Builds Models Entirely From Intelligent Objects

August 3, 2009 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Future Facilities has introduced its 6SigmaET electronic cooling software. It is capable of building the model entirely from intelligent objects which speeds up model creation, enables automatic gridding and simplifies post-processing. It supports the

Adhesive Optimizes Heat Dissipation

August 3, 2009 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring thermal conductivity and electrical insulation properties, the EP30BN boron nitride epoxy adhesive from Master Bond is designed to optimize heat dissipation of aerospace, defense and microelectronic assemblies. It is formulated to cure at room temperature or more rapidly at elevated temperatures. Temperature range is from -60°F to 300°F ( 50°C to 150°C).

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PMICs Include Battery Charging

August 3, 2009 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating a USB-compatible PowerPath manager and a standalone battery charger, the LTC3577, LTC3577-1, LTC3577-3, and LTC3577-4 multi-functional power management integrated circuits (PMIC) from Linear Technology are well-suited for portable Li-Ion/Polymer battery applications.

I/O Boards Reach Speeds of 2 GB/s

August 3, 2009 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Built upon a half-length x8 PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 carrier board, the 7800 series I/O boards from Pentek move data at speeds of 2 GB/s. The board features a built-in fan as well as a 4-pin standard disk drive power connector. This supports modules with power consumption as high as 50 w or greater. The board is approximately 6.5 in long. From $9,995

Mini Stages Tout High Accuracy

August 3, 2009 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dover’s MMG Mini-Mag line of precision linear motor stages provide nearly twice the accuracy at virtually the same cost as competitive standard-grade options, according to the company. Four models are available that deliver 25 mm, 50 mm 100 mm and 150 mm travel, respectively. They provide

Silicone Rubber Switch Boots Ensure Long-lasting Operation

August 3, 2009 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZaGO Manufacturing Company introduced a line of silicone rubber switch boots for toggle switches, push button switches and rotary switches that the company asserts will ensure the long-lasting operation of the equipment for which they are used. By replacing the ordinary mounting nut with ZaGO’s new seal boot, a switch has

RFICs Fit in Many Applications

August 3, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting broadband, Cellular/3G, WiMAX/4G and test equipment applications, the SiGe BiCMOS MMIC mixer RFICs, HMC785LP4E and HMC786LP4E, from Hittite Microwave combines a double-balanced mixer core and local oscillator amplifier for up to +40 dBm input IP3 with 0 dBm input LO drive.

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M12 Connectors Offer High Pin Count

August 3, 2009 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in 12- and 17-pole versions, a series of circular M12 connectors from Phoenix Contact address medical, robotics, printing, and industrial camera applications.

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Hubble Views New Dark Spot on Jupiter

August 3, 2009 6:04 am | News | Comments

This Hubble picture, taken on July 23, is the sharpest visible-light picture taken of the impact feature. The observations were made with Hubble's new camera, the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

Small COG LCD Has White LED Backlight

August 3, 2009 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating from an 3.3-V input, the OSD240128S0371-27 negative mode STN transmissive LCD module from OSD Displays has an integrated white LED backlight. With a 240 x 128-pixel image in a 60 x 32-mm active area

PMICs Integrate Power Management and Battery Charging

August 3, 2009 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating a USB-compatible linear PowerPath manager and a standalone battery charger, the LTC3577, LTC3577-1, LTC3577-3, and LTC3577-4 multi-functional power management integrated circuits (PMIC) from Linear Technology for portable Li-Ion/Polymer battery applications feature overvoltage protection, a 10-LED driver, pushbutton on/off control, three synchronous buck regulators, and two LDOs.

Nissan Rolls out Electric Car at New Headquarters

August 3, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn drove quietly out of the Japanese automaker's soon-to-open headquarters Sunday in the first public viewing of its new zero-emission vehicle. It was the first time the external design was shown of Nissan Motor Co.'s environmentally friendly electric automobile, set to go on sale in Japan, the U.S. and Europe next year. The blue hatchback had a sporty design and a recharging opening in the front.

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Cable Certifier Allows High-Speed Testing

August 3, 2009 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Performing 9 s Cat5e and 14 s Cat 6 tests with full performance data, the 1000 MHz LanTEK II cable certifier also executes 10-GB Alien Crosstalk testing, presented as being four times faster than other systems.

Skype in Danger of Meltdown

August 3, 2009 5:07 am | by by James Middleton | News | Comments

Internet auction house eBay made a worrying admission late last week – not only did it pay almost $1bn too much for online telephony darling Skype, it also failed to secure rights to the VoIP firm’s underlying technology.

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