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Quad-Output Power SoC Integrates Isolation Technology, Yields 92 Percent Efficiency

July 31, 2009 8:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akros Silicon introduced a quad-output digital power SoC built around its GreenEdge digital isolation technology. The AS1454 eliminates the need for low-speed, bulky opto-couplers and integrates the functionality of up to eight separate ICs used in current implementations. This leads to

Amazon Sued over Kindle Deletion of Orwell Books

July 31, 2009 8:01 am | by TIM KLASS, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A high school student is suing Inc. for deleting an e-book he purchased for the Kindle reader, saying his electronic notes were bollixed, too. Amazon CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos has apologized to Kindle customers for remotely removing copies of the George Orwell novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" from their e-reader devices.

Test Clips Suit Agilent, Tektronix Test Probes

July 31, 2009 7:25 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Emulation Technology announced a line of high speed microgrippers with a 15 GHz bandwidth for direct connect between Agilent or Tektronix logic analyzer test probes and high frequency leaded chip packages. Test accessories with long conductors used together with circuits that output high-speed signals can


Primary Side Sensing Controllers Cut No-load Consumption

July 31, 2009 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

CamSemi has announced a family of Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers that are said to deliver the highest rating in the voluntary star standard for no load power introduced in November 2008 by the world’s five largest mobile phone makers.

Judge in Download Case Rules In Favor of Recording Industry

July 31, 2009 6:36 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a Boston University student violated copyright laws when he swapped music online, paving the way for a jury to begin considering damages Friday. Joel Tenenbaum, 25, of Providence, R.I., admitted on the witness stand Thursday that he downloaded and shared hundreds of songs by Nirvana, Green Day, The Smashing Pumpkins and other artists.

UK Court Rejects Hacker's Bid to Avoid Extradition

July 31, 2009 5:55 am | by MEERA SELVA, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Britain's High Court on Friday rejected an autistic British man's bid to avoid extradition to the United States to face trial for hacking into military computers. Gary McKinnon, who claimed he was searching for evidence of UFOs, has fought a long legal battle against extradition after he was charged with breaking into 97 computers belonging to NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense and several branches of the U.S. military

Weather Bodes Well for Fla. Shuttle Landing

July 31, 2009 5:07 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Buoyed by a good weather forecast, space shuttle Endeavour and its seven astronauts aimed for a Friday morning landing to end their successful space station construction mission. Endeavour was scheduled to touch down at 10:48 a.m. In preparation, the shuttle's payload bay doors were closed right on time as the sun rose at the Kennedy Space Center in a somewhat hazy sky.

Brainstorm: Alternative Fuels

July 31, 2009 4:52 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg | Articles | Comments

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


Multi-UE Enables Testing of TD-LTE Base Stations

July 30, 2009 1:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling TD-LTE infrastructure equipment vendors to test the performance of their TD-LTE base stations (e-NodeBs) under loaded conditions, the TM500 TD-LTE Multi-UE from Aeroflex includes multiple handset (multi-UE) testing capabilities. The Multi-UE replicates multiple TD-LTE handsets in a single test mobile

FPGA Kit Reduces Development Time

July 30, 2009 1:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a PCI Express (PCIe) Gen1 end-point design package, the Arria II GX FPGA Development Kit from Altera purportedly reduces development time. The kit comes with a development board featuring twelve transceivers, a one-year license for Quartus II Design Software, Development Kit Edition

F-RAM Device Features Low-Voltage Operation

July 30, 2009 1:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The FM28V020 256-Kb parallel ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) device from Ramtron International operates from 2.0 V to 3.6 v. The device features a 28-pin SOIC package and accesses page mode operation up to 40 MHz. Other features include: data retention for over 10 years

Rubber Boots Protect Buttons and Switches

July 30, 2009 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molded on a brass hex nut with military-grade silicone rubber, a family of switch boots from ZaGO Manufacturing protect toggle switches, push button switches and rotary switches.

Failed at Physics, Successful in Publishing?

July 30, 2009 8:05 am | by Allie Bochicchio, Editorial Intern | Articles | Comments

While a student at Susquehanna University for the past 3 years I have often had reservations regarding my decision to major in creative writing.  The inevitable question ‘What am I going to do with my degree?’ has been on my mind more intensely as I approach my senior year.


Industry groups sue over NYC e-waste recycling law

July 30, 2009 6:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) have filed a legal challenge against a New York City law mandating door-to-door collection of e-waste. Local Law No. 13, taking effect July 31st, forces all electronic manufacturers doing business in NYC to provide free door-to-door collection services for covered equipment.


Terminal Pins Streamline Testing

July 30, 2009 5:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in versions able to fit 1.02-mm and 1.32-mm holes and lengths to suit 1.6-mm and 2.4-mm PCBs, Vero Technologies’ line of terminal pins fits on a PTH PCB for the attachment of an oscilloscope probe, multimeter leads, and test equipment.


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