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Qwest doubles top broadband speed in some cities to keep up with cable

July 20, 2009 10:15 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Qwest Communications International Inc. is doubling its top Internet download speeds in some areas to keep up with the offerings of cable companies. The phone company said Monday it is introducing a plan with download speeds of up to 40 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 20 mbps in parts of 15 cities, including Denver; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Salt Lake City; Seattle and Vancouver, Wash.; and Minneapolis/St. Paul

Apollo 11 crew: Moon less interesting than Mars

July 20, 2009 9:34 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The first astronauts to walk on the moon want President Barack Obama to aim for a new destination: Mars. On Monday, the Apollo 11 crewmen, fresh from a Washington lecture Sunday in which two of them expressed concerns about NASA getting bogged down on the moon, are meeting with Obama at the White House. In one of their few joint public appearances, the crew of Apollo 11 spoke on the eve of the 40th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon, but didn't get soggy with nostalgia.

Lunar Orbiter Sees Apollo Landing Sites

July 20, 2009 8:09 am | News | Comments

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.


Tech Earnings Foretell Economic Trends

July 20, 2009 7:31 am | by JESSICA MINTZ | News | Comments

The technology sector is often talked about as if it were a unified front, an easy-to-define monolith. People say technology stocks rose or technology stocks fell. Tech helped drive a huge boom in the 1990s, and when that collapsed in 2001, tech contributed to the last recession. In reality, technology companies have about as much in common as Toyota Motor Corp., Boeing Co. and JetBlue Airways Corp. Sure, all three play a part in getting you places, but their customers are different, as are their sales cycles and the metrics used to measure their prospects.

Rugged RF Tester Offers Interference Analyzer Option

July 20, 2009 7:02 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The FieldFox RF Analyzer from Agilent is now available with an interference analyzer option. Key measurements include: cable and antenna test; spectrum, interference and vector network analysis; true average power measurements; and a vector voltmeter.

HP Beefs Up Scaled Storage with IBRIX Acquisition

July 20, 2009 5:50 am | by Jennifer LeClaire | News | Comments

In a move to bolster its enterprise storage offerings, Hewlett-Packard on Friday announced an agreement to acquire IBRIX. The privately-owned company offers enterprise-class file-serving software that includes data protection, high-availability features, and data-management services for extreme scale-out, cloud and high-performance computing.

Development Partnership to Create Better Lighting ICs

July 20, 2009 5:39 am | News | Comments

With a mission to create control ICs both for conventional and solid-state light sources, a joint development center for next-generation energy-efficient lighting technology from Dialog Semiconductor and TridonicAtco will be based in Graz and Dornbirn, Austria.

TECs Pump Over 600 mW

July 17, 2009 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micropelt’s MPC-D40x Series of thermoelectric coolers (TECs) can pump over 600 mW with a drive current of 200 milliamps as required for thermal management of low power edge emitting lasers or VCSELs. The company’s micro-structuring technology enables


Tantalum Military Capacitors Meet Stringent Testing Standards

July 17, 2009 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET has announced an expansion of its CWR 09, 11, 19, and 29 Series of tantalum capacitors to fully meet the requirements of MIL-PRF-55365 T-level testing. KEMET’S CWR Series is designed for use by military/aerospace customers in high reliability applications.

PLL-Synthesizer Operates from 2416 MHz to 2553 MHz

July 17, 2009 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CPLL66-2416-2553 PLL/Synthesizer operates from 2416 MHz to 2553 MHz with a typical Step Size of 100 kHz. It is housed in a 0.6-in. x 0.6-in. x 0.15-in. SMD package. According to the company, its PLL/synthesizer construction

Twelve-Bit Quad DAC First With Non-Volatile EEPROM

July 17, 2009 6:34 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling configuration data to load automatically on start up, the digital to analog converter (DAC) from Microchip Technology is presented as the first 12-bit Quad DAC to include non-volatile EEPROM. With features that include an internal voltage reference, the device accepts input codes, configuration bits, and I²C address bits using I²C serial-interface commands.

GE Targets Net Zero Energy Homes by 2015

July 17, 2009 5:21 am | Blogs | Comments

GE announced today that by 2015 it is developing a turn-key product portfolio that will empower consumers to build — both new home builders and existing homeowners — to efficiently consume, manage and generate electricity to enable an overall net zero annual energy.


MCUs Feature Low Sleep Current

July 16, 2009 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

A family of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) from Microchip features nanoWatt XLP technology, enabling a sleep current of 34 nA. The IC18F13K22, PIC18LF13K22, PIC18F14K22 and PIC18LF14K22 (PIC18F1XK22) MCUs are available in 20-pin packages and provide 1.8 V to 5.5 V operation, with up to 16 Kbytes Flash program memory


Pushbutton Switch is Dust and Water Resistant

July 16, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rated IP54, a pushbutton switch from Phaseda provides protection against dust & water without an external PVC cap. The HY52 features an electrical rating of up to 20A 125VAC with UL approval. This switch has loading life of up to 50,000 cycles with European approval. The function includes DPST, SPST On.Off and DPDT, SPDT On.On

Low-Cost, High-Resolution Time-Measurement Application

July 16, 2009 10:11 am | by Jim Bartling, Microchip Technology | Articles | Comments

Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) is a measurement of the impedance of a transmission line using the reflected energy of a pulse sent down that transmission line.  As a pulse is sent down a transmission line, it travels at the speed of light for the media it is in (typically, 60% to 80% of the speed of light in free space). As the pulse arrives at an impedance, mismatch energy is reflected back to the pulse source and arrives at a time



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