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USB 3.0-SATA Bridge IC Targets PC Peripherals Supporting SuperSpeed USB 3.0

July 28, 2009 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) introduced a USB 3.0-Serial ATA (SATA) bridge IC, which supports the ultra-fast 5 Gbps maximum data-transfer rate of USB 3.0, and includes an encryption/decryption engine. Compared with USB 2.0 connections, the new MB86C30A bridge IC provides

Cortex-A8 Implementation Delivers 2,000 DMIPS at 1 GHz

July 27, 2009 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided with 32 KB each of data and instruction caches, 512 KB of L2 memory, and an ARM NEON multi-media extension, of the dual-issue ARM® Cortex-A8 delivers 2000 DMIPS at 1GHz.

New Optical Forces Revealed

July 27, 2009 8:29 am | News | Comments

The University of Ghent (UGent) and the nanoelectronics research center IMEC demonstrated , depending on the spatial distribution of the light used. These fundamental research results might have major consequences for telecommunication and optical signal processing.

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DC-DC Converters Occupy 1x1-inch Footprint

July 27, 2009 8:29 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for applications ranging from communications to factory automation equipment, the PXA and PXB DC-DC converter Series feature a 1 in x 1 in footprint. The PXA Series offers single-output models with nominal inputs of 24 V and 48 VDC in 2:1 and wide 4:1 versions. The PXB Series offers both single and dual-output models with nominal inputs

Iran Activists Work to Elude Crackdown on Internet

July 27, 2009 8:14 am | by REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The tweets still fly and the videos hit YouTube whenever protesters take to the streets in Iran - even as the Internet battle there turns more grueling. Authorities appear to be intensifying their campaign to block Web sites and chase down the opposition online, and the activists search for new ways to elude them.

NASA Image of the Day - Spacewalking

July 27, 2009 8:10 am | News | Comments

Astronaut Tom Marshburn performs his first spacewalk and the STS-127 crew's second of the five scheduled to continue work on the International Space Station.

Microsoft to Let Users Pick Browser in Europe

July 27, 2009 8:08 am | by AOIFE WHITE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. will offer computer users a choice of rival Web browsers to ward off new European Union antitrust fines, EU regulators and Microsoft said Friday. Microsoft said its proposal, if accepted by the European Commission, would "fully address" antitrust worries over its browser and "would mark a big step forward in addressing a decade of legal issues."

New eBay Program Aims to Reward Good Sellers

July 27, 2009 8:03 am | by RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

eBay Inc. wants to attract more buyers to its online marketplace. So it's trying a new way of rewarding good sellers. Traditionally eBay has offered discounts and other perks to "PowerSellers" - the merchants who sold the most stuff on the site. Under a new program it was unveiling Monday, eBay is giving top-tier status to sellers who have very little negative feedback from buyers

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LEDs Target Illumination Apps

July 27, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed specifically for applications such as recessed lighting, street lamps, and retrofit bulbs, nine new members of the LUXEON Rebel family of LEDs have been optimized for specific color temperature and color rendering combinations. LEDs now available are binned according to ANSI standards and all have minimum specified color rendering.

Who owns your books?

July 27, 2009 6:29 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

“Do you own your books?” sounds like a stupid question, doesn’t it? It’s like asking “do you own your socks?”  Yet the recent actions by Amazon to reclaim books literally from their owner’s hands have demonstrated that in the digital economy, it isn’t a stupid question at all. We are giving up our ownership of information for temporary ethereal possession, and are at the mercy of those who “rent” that content to us.

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Battery Shunt Resistor Handles 36 W

July 24, 2009 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in resistance values of 100 µO, 125 µO, and 250 µO, the Power Metal Strip battery shunt resistor from Vishay has a 36-W power capability in an 8518 package. Suitable for heavy industrial applications, the RoHS-compliant device can operate with continuous currents as high as 600 A.

Palm Strikes Back: iTunes Re-enabled on the Pre

July 24, 2009 6:25 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

You had to see this coming: Palm, not content to let Apple have the last laugh, works around the iTunes Pre lock-out. We’d previously reported that version 8.2.1 of iTunes "disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre." Palm described it as a "direct blow to their users, who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience." But Palm is launching a counterattack: Palm webOS 1.1 “re-enables Palm media sync.”

Microsoft Raises Doubts on Tech Recovery

July 24, 2009 5:37 am | by Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

The tech sector's road to recovery just got a lot bumpier. Microsoft Corp's billion-dollar-plus revenue shortfall in its fiscal fourth-quarter abruptly dampened hopes that demand for PCs was on the mend and sent a spate of tech stocks tumbling after-hours on Thursday.

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Government Considers Seven States for Mercury Site

July 24, 2009 5:29 am | News | Comments

The federal government is trying to find a location to store the nation's excess mercury deposits, with seven states being considered. But the government is quickly finding out that very few people want the stuff. A Colorado woman who showed up at a public forum on the issue last week had this to say about the plan: "No, no, no, no, no. No mercury."

Amazon.com CEO Apologizes for Orwell Incident

July 24, 2009 5:18 am | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos has apologized to Kindle customers for deleting pirated copies of George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" from their e-reader devices. Kindle users were surprised last week to find that Orwell works they had purchased were removed from their readers and their money refunded. Amazon said last Friday the books had been added to its catalog using the company's self-service platform by a third party who did not have the rights to the books.

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