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eBay, GM to Start Trial Program to Sell New Cars Online

August 10, 2009 4:37 am | by BY RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

General Motors and eBay Inc. are expected to announce Monday that hundreds of the auto maker's California dealers will let consumers haggle over the prices of new cars and trucks through the online marketplace, as part of a previously disclosed trial. About 225 of California's 250 GM dealers are set to take part in the program, which will begin on Tuesday.

Five-wire Resistive TFT Display Module Touts High Clarity

August 7, 2009 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Densitron Corporation introduced its first 5.7" High Bright (700 cd/m2) TFT display with LVDS interface and a high-clarity (approaching 100 percent) five-wire resistive touch screen for OEM use. Designed for both sunlight (with optional haze treatment) and night time conditions, this touch screen provides

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Metal Connector Shielded with Iris Spring

August 7, 2009 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA has expanded its M9 product line with a metal connector shielded with an iris spring and is suited for industrial and commercial applications in harsh environments. This addition to the Series 712 subminiature connectors features an internal iris spring, which simplifies the

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Opcuity: The Next Great Touchscreen Accessory?

August 7, 2009 6:14 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Capacitive sensing works on the premise that the human body conducts electricity. Thus, a capacitive touchscreen (such as an iPod or iPhone) will “sense” the human hand but not a stylus. However, the very characteristic that makes capacitive touchscreens unique is also its biggest disadvantage—fingers leave fingerprints. Uni-Pixel’s Opcuity Active Layer Films address that issue.

Controller Box Targets Windows-based Embedded CANbus Applications

August 7, 2009 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company  announced the launch of CANatomBOX, a compact embedded controller targeted for Windows-based embedded CANbus control applications. Based on Intel’s 945GME 1.6GHz Atom processor, this controller box is application-customizable, with a

Large-Area TFT LCD Shipments Grow by 42% Q2’09 to a Record 130M

August 7, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

Results of the DisplaySearch large-area (10” and larger) TFT LCD survey for Q2'09, as reported in its Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report, indicate that shipments reached 130 million units, strong growth of 42% Q/Q and 10% Y/Y. Due to the increase in prices, large-area TFT LCD revenues grew 51% Q/Q, but were still down 29% Y/Y, to $15 billion.

Printable Solar Panels on the Cheap

August 6, 2009 12:40 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the hottest trends in power is “conductive ink”—that is, ink that conducts electricity. Thus, we’ve seen the emergence of ultra-thin power solutions such as Fraunhofer Research Institution's silk-screened batteries. One of the variants is printable solar cells, a technology still in its infancy. But the US Air Force, in conjunction with Plextronics, has developed what they purport to be a “significant step forward in printing inexpensive solar cells.”

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Test Set Conducts Audio Measurements on Bluetooth Headsets

August 6, 2009 8:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu’s MT8855A is said to be the world’s first integrated test set capable of measuring the new generation of products using the Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), headset profile, and hands-free profile. Providing frequency coverage of

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High-bandwidth Differential Solder-in Probes Tout Desirable Rise Times

August 6, 2009 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

LeCroy’s new line of WaveLink high bandwidth differential solder-in probes provide exceptional rise time performance (20 ps for a 20 GHz probe used with a 20 GHz oscilloscope) with low probe noise and low AC loading at high bandwidth.

Datalogger Takes 1,000 Measurements per Second

August 6, 2009 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model MSR165, a high resolution triaxial digital accelerometer mini-datalogger from Saelig, is capable of taking 1,000 acceleration (shock/vibration) measurements per second across all three axes. The datalogger allows for simultaneous temperature, humidity, pressure, light, and analog input voltage recording

Clock Generators Suit Ethernet Apps

August 6, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Including an integrated crystal oscillator and PLL, the MAX3627 and MAX3629 from Maxim are clock generators with multiple LVDS and LVCMOS outputs. Ideal for Ethernet switches and routers, MAX3627 has 7 LVDS outputs and one LVCMOS output, while the MAX3629 has 5 LVDS outputs and three LVCMOS outputs.

PCB Connector Carries up to 115 A

August 6, 2009 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the ability to carry up to 115 A, the PC 35, a pluggable PCB terminal block from Phoenix Contact, purportedly has the highest current-carrying capacity on the market. The PCB block features standard screw-connection technology and accepts wires up to 2 AWG. It is UL-rated for field wire termination, which is accomplished with a screwdriver.

Thin Film Resistors Offer TCR of ± 5 ppm/°C

August 6, 2009 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PLT Series of Precision Thin Film Resistors from Vishay feature a standard TCR of ± 5 ppm/°C. Tolerances are at ± 0.02 percent over a temperature range of -55°C to 125°C. Other features include: performance of 500 ppm at 70 °C for 10,000 hours, resistance from 250 K to 100 k

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Digitizer Offers On-board Processing

August 6, 2009 6:30 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The 8-bit U1084A Acqiris PCIe digitizer card from Agilent Technologies includes and on-board field programmable gate array (FPGA) for real-time data processing. Ideal for use in medical imaging, scientific instrumentation, NDT, and validation of mixed-signal semiconductors, the data converter features 4 GS/s sampling rates, 1.5 GHz bandwidth, and incorporates a 15 ps trigger time interpolator.

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Power Dividers Accept Multiple Bandwidths

August 6, 2009 5:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Covering a frequency range from 380 MHz to 2,700 MHz, the wideband 2-, 3-, and 4-way power dividers part of the Dx-67FN Series from Microlab/FXR are also suitable for 700-MHz, cellular, PCS, UMTS, and 2500-MHz LTE/WiMax bands, allowing use with multi-band antennas.

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