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Amplifier Consumes Less Power

July 7, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal for cable and VoIP modems, the MAX3518 is a low-power, DOCSIS 3.0 upstream amplifier by Maxim Integrated Products which consumes 1.25 W when configured for 31dB of gain and + 64 dBm and 25 mW in transmit-disabled mode.

MIcrosoft Sends Out Alert on New Security Hole

July 7, 2009 4:39 am | by JORDAN ROBERTSON | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. has taken the rare step of warning about a serious computer security vulnerability it hasn't fixed yet. The vulnerability disclosed Monday affects Internet Explorer users whose computers run the Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating software.

US Sets New Stem-Cell Research Rules

July 7, 2009 4:24 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD | News | Comments

The government issued final rules Monday expanding taxpayer-funded research using embryonic stem cells, easing scientists' fears that some of the oldest batches might not qualify and promising a master list of all that do.

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Next-Gen Incandescent Bulbs Revive Old Debates

July 6, 2009 9:56 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those writing incandescent’s obituary may want to stay their pen. The NY Times reports on the efforts towards modernizing the “Edison lightbulb.” Leading the pack is Philips’ Halogena Energy Savers, purportedly 30% more efficient than similar incandescent bulbs. The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act sounded the death knell for traditional incandescents. While it doesn’t ban incandescents, it does set wattage limitations and other restrictions

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Judge Approves GM Breakup

July 6, 2009 7:29 am | by Emily Chasan and Ajay Kamalakaran | News | Comments

A U.S. judge on Sunday approved General Motors Corp's bankruptcy sale in a move that will allow the company's most profitable assets to exit bankruptcy protection under government ownership. Under the deal, 'New GM' will operate the best parts of the old company, including its Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, with a less expensive workforce, smaller dealer network, and much less debt. The rest of the company will be liquidated.

Converter Delivers Power to 3G Handsets

July 6, 2009 7:19 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in a 12-bump, 0.5mm pitch CSP package, the FAN5902 RF power DC/DC converter from Fairchild helps extend talk-time in 3G handsets by adapting the voltage supply level to the RF power sent through the antennae. Operating at 6MHz, the device offers up to 800mA rms current output capability

Rocker Switch is Addressable

July 6, 2009 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering the look and feel of a traditional Electro-mechanical control, the N-Series Addressable Switch from Carling Technologies provides an alternative to a CAN/LIN based switch with up to 144 individual switch IDs using a resistive ladder circuit. Different switch IDs are achieved by changing the resistor values tied to individual loads.

Mobile Computer Serves Military Apps

July 6, 2009 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on an Intel Core 2 Duo U7500 processor, the PWS-8101M 10.4” XGA TFT LCD mobile computer from Advantech meets military-grade MIL-STD-810F and MIL-STD-461E requirements. Features include 802.11 a/b/g WiFi, built-in Class2 V2.0 +EDR Bluetooth, Windows XP Pro and an optional 3.5G/HSDPA GPRS and SiRF III GPS.

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Skyscrapers Going Green

July 6, 2009 5:44 am | by CHRIS KAHN | News | Comments

When owners of the Empire State Building decided to blanket its towering facade this year with thousands of insulating windows, they were only partly interested in saving energy. They also needed tenants.

Researchers Study the 'Personality' of Cars

July 6, 2009 5:08 am | by BILL KACZOR | News | Comments

Dennis Slice and fellow researchers at Austria's Vienna University, where he's a guest professor, are exploring the widely held belief that cars project personalities because they look like human faces when viewed head-on.

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China blasts US climate bill

July 2, 2009 11:56 am | Blogs | Comments

China said on Thursday that it was "firmly" opposed to provisions in a new US clean energy bill that will make it easier to impose trade penalties on nations that reject limits to globe-warming pollution. "China is firmly opposed to such measures," vice foreign minister He Yafei told reporters in Beijing. "We are firmly against such attempts to advance trade protectionism under the pretext of climate change. It is not conducive to world economic recovery. It serves nobody's interests."

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Obama's Climate Leadership Faces Test at G8 Forum

July 2, 2009 10:03 am | by Jeff Mason | Blogs | Comments

President Barack Obama, buoyed by a domestic victory on climate policy, faces his first foreign test on the issue next week at a forum that could boost the chances of reaching a U.N. global warming pact this year.

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Gamer Steals Online Loot to Pay Real-World Debts

July 2, 2009 8:58 am | by JaShong King | News | Comments

Facing real world debts, a trusted figure in a popular online game stole money from the virtual bank he ran and exchanged it for cash through the black market. It happened in EVE Online, where more than 300,000 subscribers pay $15 a month to play. They gain wealth through hard work, manipulating the market, or killing rivals in a distant future where humans have colonized the stars in an online game similar to World of Warcraft and Second Life.

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U.S. Job Losses Spike in June

July 2, 2009 8:52 am | by David Lawder | News | Comments

U.S. employers cut far more jobs than expected last month and the unemployment rate hit a nearly 26-year high of 9.5 percent, underscoring the likelihood of a long and slow recovery from recession. The loss of 467,000 jobs reported by the Labor Department on Thursday was 100,000 more than Wall Street economists had expected and was spread widely across economic sectors.

Nanoarches Created With Nanotubes Offer New Tools

July 2, 2009 8:36 am | by Michael Berger | News | Comments

One of the ultimate goals of nanotechnology is to fabricate functional devices at the nanoscale. A nanodevice is expected to integrate components of different material compositions and geometries. The integration is likely to be carried out on silicon if information processing is required. Thus far, the basic building blocks for nanodevices are nanoparticles and nanotubes.

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