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Wirewounds Handle Continuous Overload Conditions

June 29, 2009 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

WWF Series fusible conformal-coated wirewound from Stackpole provides surge handling under constant or sustained overload conditions. The fusing characteristic can be adjusted to fuse quickly or more slowly and can also have their inherent inductance adjusted up or down.

LED Driver Provides Front-Panel Activity Control

June 29, 2009 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems expanded its LED driver portfolio with the AS1115 user interface (UI) LED driver. It combines display driving and key scanning providing a complete front panel solution which eliminates the use of secondary µP or other logics plus discrete devices.

Potentiometer IC Boasts Low Tolerance

June 29, 2009 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in a 3-mm² TDFN package, the ISL22317 Digitally Controlled Potentiometer from Intersil has less than a 1 percent typical resistor tolerance, giving users flexibility in open-loop applications. Accepting an input from 2.7 V to 5.5 V, the device can track an external resistor within 10 ppm/°C, improving overall system accuracy for temperatures up to 125°C.

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Improved RFIC For Millimeter-Wave Imaging

June 29, 2009 7:50 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Electrical engineers from the University of California, San Diego invented radio frequency integrated circuits that could lead to significantly less expensive imaging systems for identifying concealed weapons, for helping helicopters to land during dust storms, and for high frequency data communications. UC San Diego engineers presented this circuit at the 2009 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium on June 9, where it won one of the best three-student-paper awards.

Trading an iPod for a Walkman for a Week

June 29, 2009 7:39 am | by Scott Campbell | News | Comments

When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, it started a revolution in portable music. But how does it compare with its digital successors? BCC invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.

Optical Proximity Sensor Combines Signal Conditioning, Emitter and Detector

June 29, 2009 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announced a thin, integrated optical proximity sensor for use in a wide range of portable consumer electronic devices, and personal computers. The APDS-9120 proximity sensor combines a built-in signal conditioning IC, emitter and detector into a single package which offers

Advertising In Smart Phones to Increase

June 29, 2009 5:42 am | by by Cyril Altmeyer, Dominique Vidalon, and Marcel Michelson | News | Comments

Advertising on mobile phones should really take off within two to three years, driven by new applications on smartphones and the growing popularity of social networks such as Facebook. Executives, who attended last week's Cannes Lions 2009 ad festival, told Reuters that emerging economies were also promising though the lack of a global mobile phone standard could be a brake to speedy development.

Giant Alien Robots Start Life as Sketches

June 26, 2009 8:46 am | by SANDY COHEN | News | Comments

Giant alien robots don't actually exist. So the dozens featured in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" had to be built from the ground up. That effort took hundreds of artists, thousands of hours and even caused one computer to explode. "We lost some machinery," visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar said with a smile. "The thing just kind of gave up."

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DC Rail Control-System Chief Reassigned After Crash

June 26, 2009 8:34 am | News | Comments

The Washington-area transit agency has temporarily reassigned the superintendent of the automatic control system that is supposed to prevent train crashes following this week's crash that killed nine people, officials said Friday. The deadliest crash in Metrorail's 33-year history occurred Monday when a train plowed into another that was stopped. The moving train was operating in automatic mode, which means it was primarily controlled by a computer.

PoCL Cables Suit Machine Vision

June 26, 2009 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

3M Electronic Solutions Division offers new cabling solutions for users of high-performance digital camera applications. The High Speed 0.8 mm Cable Assemblies for Power over Camera Link (PoCL) from 3M is based on the PoCL base configuration for machine vision applications and provide

ETX Form-Factor SoM Supports Intel Core 2 Duo and Celeron M

June 26, 2009 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing power and price options to designers, the the MB-80050 ETX form factor system on module features a Socket P that provides support for Intel Core 2 Duo and Celeron M processors. The system supports SO-DIMM memory slot for DDR2 SDRAM up to 2GB with 2 x SATA connectors on-module and a X3100 graphic media accelerator.

ICANN Hires Former Cybersecurity Chief as New CEO

June 26, 2009 7:21 am | by ANICK JESDANUN | News | Comments

The Internet agency with key oversight of the monikers behind every Web site, e-mail address and Twitter post named former U.S. cybersecurity chief Rod Beckstrom Friday as its next chief executive. Beckstrom, who had resigned after less than a year as cybersecurity director amid persistent turf battles, brings credentials in industry, government and diplomacy — but little direct experience with domain names and broader Internet addressing issues, ICANN's chief mission.

Simultaneous-Sampling 24-Bit ADC Is Cascadable to 32 Channels

June 26, 2009 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced its MAX11040 four-channel, 24-bit simultaneous-sampling ADC. Up to eight MAX11040 devices can be daisy-chained to provide a sampling capacity of up to 32 channels. Its cascadable SPI/QSPI/MICROWIRE interface eliminates the complexity of

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Lenovo Tweaks ThinkPad Keyboard

June 26, 2009 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenovo put nearly a year of research into two design changes that debuted on an updated ThinkPad laptop this week. No, not the thinner, lighter form or the textured touchpad — rather, the extra-large "Delete" and "Escape" keys.

Spread Spectrum Oscillator Lowers a Product’s EMI Output

June 26, 2009 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Components introduced a programmable spread spectrum oscillator from 1.5 MHz to 200 MHz. The CSSC is said to lower a product’s electromagnetic interference (EMI) outputs when compared with a conventional clock generator. The first in the series, “CSSC” is a 5 mm x 7 mm and 5 mm x 3.2 mm SMT programmable

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