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Filter Assemblies Offer Free Prototyping

May 26, 2009 5:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for air filter applications requiring the filter to "snake" around jutting components or conform to a radius-type bezel, the Flex-Frame family of filter assemblies from Universal Air Filter offers a prototyping service for free in conjunction with 3D CAD downloads available on the company website.

Kansas School Stirs Debate Over Outsourced Classes

May 26, 2009 4:41 am | by JUSTIN POPE, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

Just how much can a college outsource and still be a college? The question is no longer just academic at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Under a novel arrangement, the school will accept credits from a private company that runs introductory courses in subjects like economics and English composition — listing them on transcripts under the Fort Hays State name.

New PICMG 2.30 Draft Standard for cPCI Can Extend Legacy System Life

May 22, 2009 10:14 am | by Charles Staley and Lindsay Powell, 3M Electronic Solutions, | Articles | Comments

To take advantage of advances in high-speed serial data transmission technologies, PICMG is releasing a new option for its popular CompactPCI standard. The new PICMG 2.30 Compact PCI PlusIO standard is based on PICMG 2.30 core specification and defines the migration path from parallel PCI to the serial PCI Express.


Smartphone Sales Continue to Grow

May 22, 2009 8:11 am | by Barry Levine, | News | Comments

The bad news for the mobile-device industry is that its sales in the first quarter were horrible. The good news is that smartphone sales are showing strength.

Computer Virus Strikes US Marshals, FBI Affected

May 22, 2009 8:01 am | by DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Law enforcement computers were struck by a mystery computer virus Thursday, forcing the FBI and the U.S. Marshals to shut down part of their networks as a precaution.

Obama Signs Bill Tightening Defense Procurement

May 22, 2009 7:19 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill aimed at tightening the controls on defense spending, saying it is "long overdue."

DC Gearmotors Offer Integral Speed Control

May 22, 2009 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available with continuous torque ratings from 30 to 500 in-lbs (3.4 to 56.5 N-m), the VWDIR134 family of parallel-shaft permanent-magnet DC gearmotors accept the Bison TightDrive speed control option that offers up to a 20:1 speed range.

Programmable AC Sources Deliver up to 18 kW

May 22, 2009 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to deliver delivering up to 4 times peak current, the 61500 and 61600 Series of programmable AC power sources from Chroma can provide up to 18 kW.


Tech Firms Balance Cost Cuts and Innovation

May 22, 2009 5:55 am | by Dominique Vidalon and Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

Technology executives say they are prepared to cut more costs if the downturn proves more prolonged than expected, but finding places to get further savings won't be easy.

LED Driver Incorporates Digital Dot Correction

May 22, 2009 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

To provide uniformed LED brightness and accurate LED color, the MBI5040 PWM LED driver from Macroblock has 8-bit digital dot correction and 16-bit gray scale control.

Apple Job Listing Hints at More Powerful iPhone To Come

May 22, 2009 4:53 am | by Arnold Kim | News | Comments

A recent Apple job listing that we just discovered reveals that Apple is looking for a low level iPhone programmer with detailed knowledge of the ARM processor including its NEON vector unit.

Storms Block Shuttle Landing

May 22, 2009 4:38 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Stormy weather prevented space shuttle Atlantis and its crew from landing on the first try Friday, and they circled the Earth amid faint hope that the skies would clear.

The Climate is Right for Wireless Environmental Sensors

May 21, 2009 2:39 pm | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries, | Articles | Comments

The effects of man-made climate change, once seen as a problem for future generations, is now viewed as an immediate threat, have led to significant technological investments to build a more sustainable future. From measuring the decline of snow packs in Antarctica and the North Pole, to measuring the impact of man-made dams on salmon migration patterns, to the development of systems that better predict natural disasters, remote wireless sensors are playing an increasingly critical role in advanced scientific technology.


Intel's Moblin Accelerates OS Battle for Netbooks

May 21, 2009 9:13 am | by Barry Levine, | News | Comments

The new and flourishing category of netbooks is also becoming a breeding ground for new computer operating systems. The Google-backed, Linux-based open-source Android mobile platform has been moving into netbooks from smartphones, and on Tuesday Intel announced a new beta version of its Linux-based Moblin operating system for netbooks and other mobile devices.


Sony to Slash Suppliers

May 21, 2009 8:21 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. said it will halve the number of parts suppliers to slash costs under a turnaround plan that's testing the mettle of Chief Executive Howard Stringer. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company plans to cut purchasing costs by 500 billion yen ($5.3 billion), or 20 percent of the 2.5 trillion yen spent during the fiscal year ended March, company spokeswoman Mami Imada said Thursday.


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