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Executive who led Google's China Expansion Leaving

September 4, 2009 7:12 am | News | Comments

The executive who led Google Inc.'s expansion in China after being hired away from Microsoft Corp. following a high-profile court battle is leaving to start his own business, the U.S. search engine announced Friday. Kai-Fu Lee will step down as president of Google Greater China in mid-September, the company said. It said he would set up a new venture in Beijing but gave no other details.

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Sports Car Runs on Garbage

September 4, 2009 5:34 am | by by Kristin Underwood | News | Comments

This sleek sports-car by Rinspeed gives a new name to alternative fuels. Designed to run off of fermented green waste, the Advantige R One, a Formula One-style car, is no wimp and offers a few upgraded features so the driver still feels tough while driving his/her vegetable-eating vehicle.

Industry Pressures FCC to Lowball Broadband Definition

September 4, 2009 5:10 am | by Mark Long | News | Comments

In response to the Federal Communications Commission's request last month for comments about a definition of the term "broadband," key industry players have advised the FCC to tread carefully. The National Cable and Telecommunications Association, for example, is cautioning against incorporating substantive requirements regarding speed, price or openness.

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iPod Updates Expected at Apple Event

September 4, 2009 4:38 am | by Gabriel Madway, Edwin Chan, and Richard Chang | News | Comments

Apple Inc's media extravaganza next week is being greeted with unusual calm, as it is uncertain if charismatic CEO Steve Jobs will appear and investors have nothing much to bet on apart from new iPods with cameras.

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ECG Cardiac Monitor Necklace Withstands Routine Daily Activities

September 3, 2009 12:23 pm | News | Comments

IMEC and its research affiliate Holst Centre presented a prototype of an electrocardiogram or ECG necklace on September 2 at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Conference (EMBC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). The technology enables

FAA orders replacement of Airbus airspeed sensors

September 3, 2009 11:47 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

U.S. officials on Thursday ordered the replacement of Airbus airspeed sensors of the type suspected of playing a role in the loss of Air France Flight 447 and all 228 people aboard in June. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a notice published in the Federal Register that U.S. airlines operating Airbus A330s and A340s must

Sixteenth-Brick Converters Yield up to 50 W

September 3, 2009 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

PQ60xxxSMx series of isolated, fixed switching frequency dc-dc converters from SynQor require no minimum load and deliver up to 50 W of power with minimal derating. Eight versions have outputs from 1.2 VDC to 15 VDC, in power levels from 30 to 50 W and 3 to 25 A.

An Electronic Contact Lens

September 3, 2009 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight. Conventional contact lenses are polymers formed in specific shapes to correct faulty vision. To turn such a lens into a functional system, we integrate control circuits, communication circuits, and miniature antennas into the lens using custom-built optoelectronic components.

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DC Load Simulates LEDs for Driver Testing

September 3, 2009 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chroma Systems Solutions released an LED simulator for driver testing. The 63110A electronic load allows the forward voltage (Vf) and operating resistance (Rd) to be adjusted to the LED's V-I curve and simulates ripple current characteristics of typical LED's. The 63110A load has the

Touchscreen Controllers Tout Unlimited Touch, Low Power

September 3, 2009 7:16 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel announced the release of its maXTouch family of capacitive touchscreen controller solutions, capable of supporting an unlimited number of unique simultaneous touches with a video-quality screen refresh rate of 250 Hz. This platform supports

Header with High Retention Force Suits High-vibration Apps

September 3, 2009 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex has introduced the Picoflex SMT Header with positive retention latches to provide a wire-to-board connection for rugged applications and high-vibration environments. The patent-pending latch design increases theretention force between the header and receptacle by

Power over Camera Link Standard Saves Space in Factory Floor Machinery

September 2, 2009 11:35 am | by Dan Cronch, Product Development Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Articles | Comments

In Japan, space is a precious commodity. In the manufacturing setting, companies strive to make the most of every square inch. To that end, the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) led the development of the Power over Camera Link (PoCL) Interface Standard for digital cameras and frame grabbers used in Machine Vision systems.

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Detachable Power Cords Suit International Applications

September 2, 2009 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlobTek's two-conductor IEC 320/C7 International Detachable Power Cordsets are approved to international safety agency requirements. Designs are available in various lengths, cable types, conductor gauge, termination, and jacket color. The cordsets are

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Pressure Sensor Includes Output Signal to 4.5 V

September 2, 2009 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for hydrogen pressure measurement applications, the AST2000H2 pressure sensor/transducer from American Sensor Technologies features a Ratiometric output signal from 0.5 V to 4.5 V. The thread, hex, and diaphragm are all machined from one piece of 316L SS.

Aluminum Polymer Capacitors Boast High Temperature Solder Capabilities

September 2, 2009 10:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier announced the availability of types SPCX and SPSX SMT aluminum polymer capacitors for DC/DC converter input and output applications. Both series are designed to handle up to 260°C solder temperatures used in the manufacture ROHS compliant circuit boards. Type SPCX offers

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