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Wireless Measurement Nodes Address Remote Monitoring Applications

August 5, 2009 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments announced the NI wireless sensor network (WSN) platform, a complete remote monitoring solution that consists of NI LabVIEW graphical programming software and new reliable, low-power wireless measurement nodes. The platform deliversa drag-and-drop programming environment for configuring wireless systems, extracting measurements, performing analysis and presenting data. LabVIEW also offers

Sensor Tolerates Wide Temperature Range

August 5, 2009 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for automobile applications, the single-channel TCPI1300X01 and the dual-channel TCUT1300X01 surface-mount interrupter sensors from Vishay feature an operating temperature range from -40° C to +125° C and a moisture sensitivity level rating of 1.

Thermal Management Strategies for Extreme 3U cPCI Embedded System Applications

August 5, 2009 6:47 am | by Barbara Schmitz, MEN Mikro Elektronik | Articles | Comments

As the cooling challenges of 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) embedded system applications multiply due to increased processing power, reduced package sizes and more hostile environments, new thermal management options and industry standards continue to evolve. Chip and board manufacturers have already done a vast amount of work to mitigate thermal management concerns.


Ethernet Controllers Include Security Engines

August 5, 2009 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use in embedded systems, the IEEE 802.3-compliant ENC624J600 100-Mbps Ethernet interface controller from Microchip combines a 10/100 Base-TX physical interface and media access controller (MAC) with a hardware cryptographic security engine.

Nanolasers Promise Improved Computing

August 4, 2009 4:11 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Ways to make lasers smaller are being discovered through collaborative efforts of researchers at Arizona State University and Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The work opens up possibilities for using nanoscale lasers to significantly improve the performance of computers and speed up Internet access.


RF Switch Supports Frequencies Down to 10 MHz

August 4, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With support for frequencies down to 10 MHz, the UPG2405T6Q RF switch from California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is designed for numerous wireless applications, including Near Field Communications (NFC), RFID, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee/802.15.4. Features include

Gearhead Provides Load Carrying Capacity of 10 N

August 4, 2009 12:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With continuous torque of 0.05 Nm, the R08 Planetary Gearhead from Portescap provides radial load carrying capacity of up to 10 N. The standard gearbox is available from 4 to 256 ratios which can be further extended to higher ratios of 4096. The R08 can be coupled with Brush DC, Brushless and Stepper motors


Modules Simplify RF Designs

August 4, 2009 10:01 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Ready-to-use wireless modules provide a way to quickly get a design "on the air" when engineers find RF circuits and communication protocols fall outside their areas of expertise. Even when engineers have RF experience, a module still might make sense from the perspective of saved time and money.


Miniature Molded Case Circuit Breakers Offer High Interrupting Capacity

August 4, 2009 8:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech UL489 AC miniature molded case circuit breakers offer the highest 14 kA short circuit interrupting capacity in the industry, according to the company, and are available up to 20 A in the C trip curve. These breakers perform in applications such as

Cable Assemblies Feature 1.15:1 VSWR Through 6 GHz

August 4, 2009 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electronic Assembly Manufacturing, Inc. (EAM) announced the availability of LMR cable assemblies featuring low VSWR. Measured performance for a 0.600-in.-diameter, Type N assembly exhibits VSWR that remains below 1.15:1 for a frequency range through 6 GHz. The cable assemblies also offer

Three-Phase Line Filters Weigh Less

August 4, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for demanding power applications such as UPS, medical, telecommunication, and data center systems, the 3-phase 480-VAC FMAC and FMBC ECO line filters from Schurter address EMC problems and are produced without potting compound to reduce weight.


Electronic Locking Swing Handle Enhances Remote Access Security

August 4, 2009 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Southco H3-EM electronic locking swing handle offers efficient electronic access security to datacenter cabinets and industrial enclosures across industries. Designed as an electronic locking platform for indoor applications, the H3-EM can be

PayPal Outage Frustrates Merchants, Consumers

August 4, 2009 7:32 am | News | Comments

PayPal suffered periodic breakdowns that crimped Internet sales for more than four hours Monday. The main outage occurred from 1:30 p.m. EDT through 2:30 p.m. when PayPal was unable to process any transactions worldwide, according to company spokesman Anuj Nayar. The online payment service continued to experience scattered problems until about 6:10 p.m EDT.


Rural Hospital Hinging Future on Federal Incentive

August 4, 2009 7:28 am | News | Comments

Electronic medical records are a life-or-death issue at Sac-Osage Hospital - not necessarily just for the patients, but for the hospital itself. Facing a budget shortfall, the 47-bed hospital in rural western Missouri is borrowing nearly $1 million to pitch its paper medical charts and purchase a state-of-the-art electronic health records system.


Government intervention may stifle tech industry

August 4, 2009 7:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

On October 20, 2005 Congress passed the Digital Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005. The act mandated the cessation of analog broadcasting by February 18, 2009, and the subsequent reign of digital. The program floundered, leaving the public woefully unprepared for the February deadline. This example illustrates how badly the government can mangle an enterprise.



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