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Power Inductors Reduce Core Loss by 90%

August 28, 2009 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PG0871NL and PG0702NL series of round-wire coil surface mount power inductors from Pulse yields a 90 percent core loss reduction and 30 percent increase in maximum operating temperature when compared to standard iron powder material. The series has a direct current resistance (DCR) of 0.68 m? to 31.5 m?

FCC inquiries could spawn new wireless regulations

August 28, 2009 6:40 am | by JOELLE TESSLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is taking a closer look at the practices of the wireless industry, potentially the first step toward more regulations intended to push down prices and increase choices for consumers.

Molecular Sandwich May Miniaturize Electronics

August 28, 2009 6:33 am | News | Comments

The sandwich recipe recently concocted by scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may prove tasty for computer chip designers, who have long had an appetite for molecule-sized electronic components – but no clear way to satisfy it until now.

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Problem Cancels Moon Rocket Test Firing in Utah

August 28, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

A mechanical failure forced a NASA contractor on Thursday to call off the first test firing of the main part of NASA's powerful new moon rocket. The test wasn't immediately rescheduled as officials scrambled to learn the root cause of the failure. Alliant Techsystems Inc. called off the rocket burn with just 20 seconds left on the countdown clock.

iPhone Coming to China After Apple, Unicom Deal

August 28, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

China Unicom Ltd. said Friday it will sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone in China this year, ending months of rumor about when the hit phone would make its long-delayed debut in the world's most populous mobile market. The phones are expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter under a multiyear deal struck between the two companies, Unicom executives said in Hong Kong.

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Dell's Numbers Show PC Industry Staggering Back

August 28, 2009 5:32 am | News | Comments

Dell Inc.'s second-quarter results reinforce what other tech heavyweights have shown recently about the health of the personal-computer industry: it's still wounded by the recession, but is staggering back to its feet, thanks to consumers, bargain prices and little "netbook" laptops for surfing the Internet. The Round Rock, Texas-based company reported Thursday that profit fell 23 percent and sales fell 22 percent in the May-July period.

Pressure Transmitter Measures up to ± 29 PSI

August 28, 2009 5:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CP200 pressure transmitter from E Instruments measures ranges from ± 0.4” H2O to as high as ± 29 PSI. Features include: accuracy of ±(1% rdg. + 0.008” H2O), 0.01” H2O Resolution, simultaneous display of 2 parameters, two output 4 mA-20 mA or 0 V-10 V (4 wires), RS 232, or 2 RCR relays at 6 A/230 Vac.

Semiconductor Package Delivers Signal Speeds Exceeding 12 Gb/s

August 27, 2009 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The HyperBGA PTFE-based "coreless" semiconductor package from Endicott Interconnect Technologies purportedly delivers digital signal speeds surpassing 12 Gb/s. The material compliance of the PTFE material supposedly eliminates the BGA wear out, die cracking, delamination, and flip chip bump fatigue.

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LEDs Enable Manufacture of Ultra-Thin LCDs

August 27, 2009 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 3 mm x 3 mm x 1.6 mm, the OSLON LX LEDs from OSRAM Opto are intended for side injection into light guides with a thickness of 2 mm to 4 mm. Light output is typically 75 lm or 90 lm at 350 mA, and the integrated polynomial lens features a beam angle of 125°. The multi-white version (High Color Gamut White)

$300 Million Earmarked from Stimulus Bill for Alternative Energies

August 27, 2009 7:38 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

On Wednesday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the appropriation of $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Clean Cities program. The aim of the program is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and speed the development of alternative energies. A major priority is creating the infrastructure necessary to support nationwide fleets of advanced technology vehicles.

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TiVo Sues Over DVR Patents

August 27, 2009 7:19 am | News | Comments

TiVo Inc. on Wednesday sued AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. for patent infringement, including one covering the ability to pause and rewind live TV. The DVR maker filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, seeking damages for past infringement and a permanent injunction.

IBM X-Force Security Report Calls Web Insecure

August 27, 2009 6:53 am | by Jennifer LeClaire, | News | Comments

Web insecurity. That's the two-word summary of IBM's X-Force 2009 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report. Big Blue released its latest survey Wednesday with some troubling news: Web client, server and content threats are converging to create an untenable risk landscape.

Compact Switcher Delivers up to 8.1 kW

August 27, 2009 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as the first if its type, Pioneer Magnetics Model PM36218B-10P three-phase 400/480 VAC-input switching power supply can handle up to 8.1 kW. Features include a 0.95 Power Factor at full load and a Power Density of up to 21 W/in3.

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Internet Campaigning Arrives Cautiously in Japan

August 27, 2009 5:44 am | News | Comments

Japan is one of the world's most Internet-savvy nations - except when it comes to politics. Decades-old rules have effectively banned campaigning on the Web. But this Sunday's general election is testing that restriction with some candidates blogging, tweeting and posting speeches on YouTube. A 1950 law, aimed at keeping costs down and leveling the competition among candidates

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Chargers Feature Overvoltage Protection

August 27, 2009 5:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Two families of charge-management controllers from Microchip feature Overvoltage Protection (OVP). The MCP73113, MCP73114 and MCP73213 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion); and MCP73123, MCP73223 Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) Chargers include voltage regulation and an integrated pass transistor.

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