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CEC holds hearing on TV regulations

October 15, 2009 8:55 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in March, we reported on the California Energy Commission’s proposal to set a cap on the maximum active mode power usage (watts) for TV’s. All units above the maximum would be banned for sale in California—this would preclude the vast majority of Plasma, DLP, and Rear-projection TV’s.


K-State Engineers use Gold 'Snowflakes' to Improve Graphene Conductivity

October 15, 2009 6:55 am | News | Comments

In an effort to make graphene more useful in electronics applications, Kansas State University engineers made a golden discovery -- gold "snowflakes" on graphene. To functionalize graphene with gold -- thus controlling its electronics properties -- Berry and Kabeer Jasuja, a K-State doctoral student in chemical engineering, imbedded gold on graphene.

Can Innovation Save the Economy?

October 15, 2009 5:59 am | by Daniel M. Harrison | News | Comments

For all the discussions of “green shoots” in housing or consumer spending over the last few months, too little attention has been paid to a classic American economic advantage: innovation. If cash flow is the blood of the global economy and spending and investment are its main artery veins, then innovation is the heart that does the pumping.


Anti-static Tumbler Switchblocks Hold up to 2,000 Key Codes

October 15, 2009 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a new family of tumbler switchlocks. Designated the Y Series, the anti-static four-, five- and six tumbler switchlocks exceed 20 KVDC static resistance and are available with 200, 750 and 2,000 key codes, respectively. The Y Series switches feature a

Miniature Micro Switch Touts High Stability, Endurance

October 15, 2009 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Johnson Electric’s Burgess V3NS series Miniature Micro Switch is engineered to deliver a minimum of 200,000 operations at 250 VAC, 6 A, in a compact, IP67 rated 33 mm x 10.4 mm x 15.9 mm package. A range of internally fitted levers provides provides more stability than traditional types, according to the company.


Time Delay Control Switch Relay Addresses Arc-flash Safety

October 15, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electroswitch introduced a new Time Delay Control Switch Relay (TD-CSR) intended for local control to mitigate the arc flash danger in circuit breaker operation. It provides for a manually initiated time-delay trip or close operation that incorporates a flashing LED to notify the operator of a pending trip or close operation and to

AT & T wins antitrust approval to buy Centennial

October 15, 2009 4:19 am | News | Comments

AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless provider, has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Centennial Communications Corp on the condition that it sell assets in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Boost Switch Addresses High-frequency Step-up DC/DC Designs

October 14, 2009 9:02 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FDFME3N311ZT is designed as a single package solution for a boost topology in cellular handset and other ultra portable applications. It features a  MOSFET with low input capacitance, total gate charge and on-state resistance. An independently connected


MOSFETs Tailored for LCD Backlighting

October 14, 2009 8:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Diodes Incorporated introduced 15 devices tailored to LCD TV and monitor backlighting. Provided in industry standard TO252 and SO8 packaging, the MOSFETs provide the high power handling and fast switching required by high efficiency CCFL drive architectures. The 30 V rated n-channel DMN3024LSD

High Current Automotive Type Relays Passed UL

October 14, 2009 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hasco’s automotive single pole relays have passed UL with ratings of 30 A, 40 A and 80 A for use in today’s electric automotive market. The coil voltages available are 6 V, 12 V and 24 V with 48 V and 60 V available upon special request.  The CAR Series come in either PC mount or quick – snap in- mount styles. There are

Wal-Mart offering no-contract wireless plans

October 14, 2009 8:18 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday it will begin offering two new no-contract wireless service plans at its U.S. discount stores, including a $30 prepaid plan that includes 1,000 minutes. Wal-Mart said the Straight Talk no-contract wireless offerings are an exclusive service developed with TracFone Wireless Inc

Kindle lightens textbook load, but flaws remain

October 14, 2009 7:40 am | News | Comments

It's an experiment that has made back-to-school a little easier on the back: gave more than 200 college students its Kindle e-reading device this fall, loaded with digital versions of their textbooks. But some students are finding they miss the decidedly low-tech conveniences of paper - highlighting, flagging pages with sticky notes and scribbling in the margins.

Physicists Measure Elusive 'Persistent Current'

October 14, 2009 7:39 am | News | Comments

Physicists at Yale University have made the first definitive measurements of “persistent current,” a small but perpetual electric current that flows naturally through tiny rings of metal wire even without an external power source. The team used nanoscale cantilevers, an entirely novel approach, to indirectly measure the current through changes in the magnetic force it produces as it flows through the ring.


Mentor Graphics to Acquire Valor

October 14, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) and Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd. (Prime Standard: VCR) announced today that the two companies have signed a definitive merger agreement for Mentor Graphics to acquire Valor.

Cisco to Buy Wireless Gear-maker Starent

October 14, 2009 6:32 am | by Ritsuko Ando | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) plans to buy advanced wireless equipment maker Starent Networks Corp (STAR.O) for $2.9 billion to boost its product offerings as phone carriers build out next-generation networks.


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