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PIN Diode Switches Reach 100 W

September 2, 2009 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

With thermal resistance of the Tx PIN Diode on the order of 6ºC/W, the MSW2000 Series of surface mount PIN Diode SP2T Switches can handle C.W. incident power levels exceeding 100 W @ 85ºC. Tx-Rx Isolation is in excess of 40 dB, and it allows less than 10 dBm leakage to the receiver port with a 50 dBm Tx applied signal.

USB Hub Delivers up to 1 A On All Ports Simultaneously

September 2, 2009 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LPH-204B USB hub from Vaunix Technology provides as much as 1 A current at 5 VDC to each of its four USB ports simultaneously. The USB hub supports low speed, full speed, and high speed peripherals with data transfer rates to 480 Mb/s with superior Vbus regulation of +/- 2% typical over all specified load conditions.

Eclipse-based IDE Enables Low-cost Embedded Development

September 2, 2009 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced the availability of Code Composer Studio v4, an upgrade to its integrated development environment (IDE) based on the Eclipse open source software framework. CCStudio v4 is compatible across

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Embedded Processors are Pin-Compatible Replacement for 80C18 Chips

September 2, 2009 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supporting internal 20-33 MHz operation, Innovasic's IA186XL and IA188XL are form, fit, and function compatible with the original Intel® 80C186XL and 80C188XL 16-bit high-integration embedded processors. The industrial-temperature-grade devices have the same set of peripherals including standard numeric interface, interrupt control unit, chip-select unit/Ready Generation Logic

SuperSpeed USB: A USB 3.0 Update

September 2, 2009 7:35 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

SuperSpeed USB connections — coming in 2010 — will zip data between devices at a theoretical rate of 5 Gbps, or more than 10-fold faster than a high-speed USB 2.0 connection. The faster transfers could help embedded-system developers who design video kiosks, TV recorders/players, and test-and-measurement equipment that use large quantities of information.

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Study Finds Web no Equalizer for Civic Engagement

September 2, 2009 7:04 am | News | Comments

Unlike some people have hoped, the Internet hasn't led to big changes in the socio-economic makeup of Americans engaged in civic activities, a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds. As in offline politics, people who participate in online civic life - by contacting government officials, making political or charitable donations or signing petitions, for example - tend to be richer and better educated.

Sony to launch 3D TVs next year: report

September 2, 2009 6:53 am | News | Comments

Sony Corp plans to launch 3D TVs next year in a move to spur sales amid slowing growth in flat TV demand, the Financial Times said.

Sony ships PCs with Google Web Browser Installed

September 2, 2009 6:50 am | News | Comments

Sony Corp. is giving Google Inc.'s fledgling Web browser a boost by installing it on new computers. Google spokesman Eitan Bencuya, confirming the deal Tuesday, said Chrome has been shipping on Sony devices since earlier this summer. Sony is the first PC maker to sell computers with Chrome pre-installed.

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Coolerbooks.com gets 1M Books from Google Scans

September 2, 2009 6:46 am | News | Comments

Interead, a British company that sells the COOL-ER e-book reader, is adding more than 1 million free public-domain books to its online bookstore. The texts are available from Google Inc. through its book-scanning project. However, the online store won't be able to show half of the books outside the U.S. because of copyright restrictions, Interead said.

'Digi-novel' combines book, movie and website

September 2, 2009 6:14 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Is it a book? Is it a movie? Is it a website? Actually it's all three. Anthony Zuiker, creator of the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" U.S. television series, is releasing what he calls a "digi-novel" combining all three media -- and giving a jolt to traditional book publishing.

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Digitizer Targets Defense Applications

September 2, 2009 6:03 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

With more than 2 GHz analog bandwidth, the SVM3500 quad-channel 12-bit digitizer from Agilent is intended for applications in radar, Electronic Warfare (EW), and Synthetic Instrumentation (SI). The VME/VXS module allows channel interleaving to provide sampling up to 2 GS/s. Other features include: total harmonic distortion (THD) of 80 dBc at 500 MS/

Are Cell Towers Bad for Bees?

September 2, 2009 6:00 am | Blogs | Comments

As in the case of the house sparrows, mobile towers are posing a serious threat to honey bees, hitting apiculture, which is a source of additional income to rural folk across Kerala, says a study.

Connectors Feature Contact Pitches up to 2.54 mm

September 2, 2009 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Two series of board-to-board and board-to-FPC connectors from Hirose Electric features contact pitches ranging from 0.4 mm to 2.54 mm. The DF series features mated height from 0.9 mm to 8.0 mm and contact positions from 9 to 100. The FX series includes mated heights from 2 mm to 16 mm

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Development Tools Enable Designs Using a Single Microcontroller

September 1, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With the Graphics Display Designer software tool and the Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board With 3.2” Display Kit (both from Microchip), designers can integrate graphics display functions into embedded applications using a single microcontroller. The software tool has 16-bit color depth; configurable display size; and object re-sizing

Incandescent Bulbs Hoarded Ahead of EU Ban

September 1, 2009 8:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Germans, who sometimes see themselves as guardians of the environment, are hoarding energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs ahead of a looming European Union-wide ban, the GfK market research agency said.

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