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PCB Connector Carries up to 115 A

August 6, 2009 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the ability to carry up to 115 A, the PC 35, a pluggable PCB terminal block from Phoenix Contact, purportedly has the highest current-carrying capacity on the market. The PCB block features standard screw-connection technology and accepts wires up to 2 AWG. It is UL-rated for field wire termination, which is accomplished with a screwdriver.

Thin Film Resistors Offer TCR of ± 5 ppm/°C

August 6, 2009 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PLT Series of Precision Thin Film Resistors from Vishay feature a standard TCR of ± 5 ppm/°C. Tolerances are at ± 0.02 percent over a temperature range of -55°C to 125°C. Other features include: performance of 500 ppm at 70 °C for 10,000 hours, resistance from 250 K to 100 k

Digitizer Offers On-board Processing

August 6, 2009 6:30 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The 8-bit U1084A Acqiris PCIe digitizer card from Agilent Technologies includes and on-board field programmable gate array (FPGA) for real-time data processing. Ideal for use in medical imaging, scientific instrumentation, NDT, and validation of mixed-signal semiconductors, the data converter features 4 GS/s sampling rates, 1.5 GHz bandwidth, and incorporates a 15 ps trigger time interpolator.

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Power Dividers Accept Multiple Bandwidths

August 6, 2009 5:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Covering a frequency range from 380 MHz to 2,700 MHz, the wideband 2-, 3-, and 4-way power dividers part of the Dx-67FN Series from Microlab/FXR are also suitable for 700-MHz, cellular, PCS, UMTS, and 2500-MHz LTE/WiMax bands, allowing use with multi-band antennas.

PC Maker Lenovo Reports Loss Amid Weak Demand

August 6, 2009 5:11 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's fourth-largest personal computer maker, reported a $16 million quarterly loss Thursday and said it faces pressure from weak global demand and intense competition. The loss for the three months ending June 30, equal to 0.18 cents per share, compared with a $110 million profit a year earlier. Sales fell 17.9 percent from a year earlier to $3.5 billion.

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Tool Helps Avoid Seizure-inducing Content on Web

August 6, 2009 4:55 am | by DINESH RAMDE, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Wisconsin researchers have released a free software tool that could help Web surfers susceptible to certain seizures. An estimated one in 4,000 people has photosensitive epilepsy and could suffer a seizure when exposed to bright colors and rapidly flashing images. The condition gained prominence in 1997 when more than 800 Japanese children were hospitalized after viewing a cartoon.

Transceiver and Receiver Feature Low-Power Consumption

August 6, 2009 4:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating in a frequency range from 300 MHz to 510 MHz and receiving current of 2.5 mA, the single-chip SX1212 UHF transceiver and SX1213 UHF receiver from Semtech are designed for wireless security and meter reading applications.

Some NFL Teams Clamp Down on Tweets

August 6, 2009 4:49 am | by STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The only tweets during the Miami Dolphins scrimmage Saturday will come from the officials' whistles. The Dolphins are at the forefront of an NFL clampdown on Twitter and other social media, with new restrictions imposed on players, reporters and even spectators. Miami's secretive Bill Parcells regime prohibits fans and media at training-camp practices from tweeting, blogging or texting.

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Dispatcher Applies Tests to Unlimited Circuit Boards

August 5, 2009 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Dispatcher for ASSET InterTech’s ScanWorks platform for embedded instrumentation manages the application of tests and diagnostics to an unlimited number of printed circuit boards in parallel. Circuit boards being tested can be local to the ScanWorks platform or on the other side of the globe.

Varactor Diodes Enable Tuning up to 28 V

August 5, 2009 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Billed as offering high breakdown voltage, the SMV1800-079LF and SMV1801-079LF varactor diodes from Skyworks enable tuning as high as 28 v. The diodes are intended for use in applications such as mobile handset based DTV receivers, FM tuners, and low phase noise voltage-controlled oscillators. Other features include

NI Week 2009 - a Photo Essay

August 5, 2009 11:49 am | by Alix Paultre | News | Comments

National Instruments (NI) Week is always a good show, and this year's announcement of the latest version of LabView 2009 was received by a standing-room only crowd at the Austin Convention Center. Here are some photos I shot on the exhibit floor of some of the interesting stuff.

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Switches Actuated From X or Y Axes

August 5, 2009 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GDS Series of side-actuated detect switches from C&K Components can be actuated from either the X or Y axes. The switches feature a maximum actuation force of 30 g. Contact rating is 1 mA @ 5 VDC, with a maximum initial contact resistance of 1 ? and a minimum insulation resistance of 100 MO between adjacent contacts

LabVIEW 2009 Addresses Parallel Programming, Distributed WSNs and Real-Time Math

August 5, 2009 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments’ LabVIEW 2009 addresses the development challenges of parallel hardware architectures with new virtualization technology that takes advantage of multicore systems as well as by offering new compiler improvements and IP that enhance

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RFID Antenna System Comes With Weatherproof Enclosure

August 5, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Laird Technologies released its RFID HD RooTenna Series that offers six options of integrated RFID antennas covering 865 MHz to 960 MHz. The series integrates a high-performance RFID antenna and a compartment for reader electronics into an IP-67 rated weatherproof housing enclosure, making it

ESD Absorber Protects Laser Diodes Against ESD, Surges and Reverse Bias

August 5, 2009 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pangolin Laser Systems has introduced what it calls the first electronic component to protect laser diodes against damage from direct and indirect electrostatic discharge (ESD).  Called LASORB, the component is described as an "ESD absorber" that

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