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Jobs Ready to Return to Apple Helm

June 8, 2009 8:08 am | by YUKARI IWATANI KANE and JOANN S. LUBLIN | News | Comments

After months of uncertainty about Steve Jobs's health, the Apple Inc. chief executive appears on track to return from medical leave this month, said people familiar with Apple.

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Climate Change Odds Much Worse Than Thought

June 8, 2009 7:54 am | Blogs | Comments

The most comprehensive modeling yet carried out on the likelihood of how much hotter the Earth's climate will get in this century shows that without rapid and massive action, the problem will be about twice as severe as previously estimated six years ago - and could be even worse than that.

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Monitoring System Powered by Friction

June 8, 2009 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The battery-free, on-shaft TE-Power RING by Micropelt GmbH provides a wireless condition monitoring system for parts that wear during operation.  Run by frictional heat, the device can measure temperature and pressure and record vibration signals to allow determinations to be made about the condition of parts for maintenance or replacement.

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Electric Car Targets Sensible Folk

June 8, 2009 7:42 am | News | Comments

You could call electric car company Coda Automotive the anti-Tesla. The company, formed by fleet vehicle provider Miles Electric, on Wednesday unveiled the Coda, a plain-looking electric car that's designed for everyday use.

Montoring Devices are Network-Accessible

June 8, 2009 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended to detect and alarm on human activity which may threaten the availability of your network-critical physical infrastructure, the NetBotz family of Security and Environmental Monitoring products from APC by Schneider Electric are power-over-Ethernet-capable network-accessible appliances.

Inductors Aid in EMI Protection

June 8, 2009 7:00 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting low to medium current applications, the 1200 RS and 1200 LRS Series inductor from Murata has a ferrite shield useful in designs that are susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI).  The radial-leaded devices measure 10.5 mm x 8.5 mm.

Mexico promises CO2 cuts, activists urge consistency

June 6, 2009 11:20 am | by by Sophie Nicholson | News | Comments

President Felipe Calderon has promised to dramatically reduce Mexico's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as activists slammed the government for inconsistent energy policies. "Mexico promises to reduce emissions of 50 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year starting now," Calderon told foreign ambassadors, activists and scientists gathered in the steamy ecopark of Xcaret on the Yucatan Peninsula to mark World Environment Day.

Wireless Development Tools Enable WiFi in PIC MCU Designs

June 6, 2009 10:07 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the availability of the ZeroG Wireless ZG2100M and ZG2101M Wi-Fi Modules, ZeroG IEEE 802.11 Development Kit for Explorer 16 (part # AC164136) and the ZeroG Wi-Fi PICtail/PICtail Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164136-2). Microchip and ZeroG Wireless, Inc. began a joint engineering program to develop an optimized Wi-Fi solution for embedded designers and resulted in modules for Microchip’s 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC® MCUs

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Obama 'optimistic' US can lead on climate change

June 6, 2009 10:00 am | Blogs | Comments

President Barack Obama said Friday he was increasingly hopeful that the United States can lead the way on climate change, six months before crunch global talks in Copenhagen. "I'm actually more optimistic than I was about America being able to take leadership on this issue, joining Europe, which over the last several years has been ahead of us on this issue," Obama said after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany.

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EPA sued over claims of air pollution in West

June 6, 2009 9:18 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press Writer Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was sued Friday by an environmental group that claims the agency has failed to safeguard public health in the West by not limiting the transmission of air pollution across state lines. The EPA requires states to have plans aimed at addressing the interstate transport of ozone pollution, the primary component of smog, and fine particles or soot, but WildEarth Guardians claims New Mexico, California and a handful of other Western states do not have such plans.

Type N T Connectors Manufactured with a Unique Counterbore Technique

June 6, 2009 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc has announced the release of Type N T connectors, UG-28A/U and UG-107B/U, manufactured with a unique counterbore technique. San-tron has replaced the miter-cut joining technique with a counterbore joining technique. The Type N T adapters are

Dual-axis, Gravity-referenced Servo Inclinometers Suit Military, Industrial Apps

June 6, 2009 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sherborne Sensors Limited announced the North American debut of its Series T233/5 compact, dual axis (x and y), gravity referenced servo inclinometers, designed for use in aggressive military, commercial and industrial applications where accuracy and resolution is required.

IGBT and MOSFET Drivers Feature 32-V Maximum Supply Voltage

June 5, 2009 8:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology added to two IGBT and MOSFET drivers its optocoupler portfolio. The 2.5-A VO3120 and 0.5-A VO3150A combine a wide operating voltage with high ambient operating temperature ranges and low power consumption to enable desirable thermal management and flexible design choices for motor drives, induction stove tops, power supplies, and many other high-voltage applications.

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Digital I/O Board Supports up to 200 MB/s Throughput

June 4, 2009 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering 32 channels of bi-directional parallel I/O lines, the PCIe-7350 PCI Express high-speed DIO card from ADLINK Technology has a data throughput of up to 200 MB/s with a clock rate up to 50 MHz from an internal timer or 100 MHz from an external clock. The device supports a selectable input/output direction per group of eight bits, and provides eight channels of auxiliary programmable I/O.

NIST Develops Flexible Memory

June 4, 2009 11:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electronic memory chips may soon gain the ability to bend and twist as a result of work by engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As reported in the July 2009 issue of IEEE Electron Device Letters,* the engineers have found a way to build a flexible memory component out of inexpensive, readily available materials.

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