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Surveillance Tech Tracks Behavior to Catch Theft

May 11, 2009 6:32 am | by ANDREW VANACORE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The surveillance cameras at Big Y, a Massachusetts grocery chain, are not just passively recording customers and staff. They're studying checkout lines for signs of "sweethearting."

MOSFET Improves Efficiency in Switching Appplications

May 11, 2009 6:15 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in 5 mm x 6 mm MLP Power56 packaging, Fairchild’s FDMS86101 PowerTrench 100-V MOSFET has an RDS(ON) of 8 milliOhms.

GM Bankruptcy Said Almost Inevitable

May 11, 2009 5:55 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For General Motors Corp., the task at hand is so difficult that experts say a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is all but inevitable. To remake itself outside of court, GM must persuade bondholders to swap $27 billion in debt for 10 percent of its risky stock. On top of that, the automaker must work out deals with its union, announce factory closures, cut or sell brands and force hundreds of dealers out of business — all in three weeks.

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LNA Die covers E-Band Applications from 71 to 86 GHz

May 11, 2009 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well-suited for automotive radar, MIL/Aero, and wireless LAN, the HMC-ALH508 GaAs HEMT MMIC Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) die from Hittite Microwave serves E-band applications from 71 to 86 GHz. The amplifier provides 13 dB of small-signal gain, a 4.5 dB noise figure and an output power of +7 dBm at 1 dB compression.

Sealed Pushbutton Switch Repels Dust and Water

May 8, 2009 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phaseda LLC has introduced its GQ12 sealed pushbutton switch. This round pushbutton switch has internal design against dust and water, up to IP65. It has long operating life, up to 200,000 loading cycles. solid body construction of Zn alloy material makes it vandal proof in many harsh applications. The button has

Switching Power Manager Suits USB OTG Applications

May 8, 2009 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduced its LTC4160 and LTC4160-1 power manager ICs for single-cell Li-Ion/Polymer battery-based applications. The LTC4160/-1 features a bidirectional switching power manager which can power an application and charge the battery from USB. Operating in reverse, the same switching regulator can

Obama Administration to Scrutinize NASA

May 8, 2009 6:39 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The White House has ordered a complete outside review of NASA's manned space program, including plans to return astronauts to the moon.

Hubble's Last House Call

May 8, 2009 6:30 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn, Ap Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The Hubble Space Telescope is about to get one last house call. And never before have the risks been higher.

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Bioelectricity May Outperform Ethanol

May 8, 2009 6:16 am | Blogs | Comments

Compared to ethanol used for internal combustion engines, researcher say that bioelectricity used for battery-powered vehicles would deliver an average of 80% more miles of transportation per acre of crops, while also providing double the greenhouse gas offsets to mitigate climate change.

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Modular System Creates Power Solutions

May 8, 2009 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to address multiple power-rail applications, the ROA1283003 Power Block from Ericsson can be deployed as power stages controlled by a single or multiple-phase PWM. With an efficiency of 94% at full load, the device accepts input voltages from 7.0 V to 13.2 V, with an output from 0.8 V to 3.3V.

Enclosures Target Hand-Held Electronics

May 7, 2009 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring an inclined display area and a recessed keypad area, the TEKNET-PULPIT family of enclosures also incorporate ‘soft-touch’ edge grips for secure and comfortable holding during use. The cases combine white or black ABS with ‘soft-touch’ TPU elastomer in contrasting light or dark gray.

Signal Interface Module Monitors up to Eight Current Loops Simultaneously

May 7, 2009 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using one 16-bit A/D converter per channel, the MSXB 081 signal-interface (SI) module from Microstar can simultaneously monitor up to eight 4-mA to 20-mA current loops. The device provides both 300 V (peak) of isolation from channel to channel and 700 V (peak) from channel to PC.

Students Win LED Designs at LIGHTFAIR International 2009

May 7, 2009 7:56 am | News | Comments

While most students were writing reports and taking exams during finals week, lighting design students were worrying about glare, light distribution, and presenting a quarter’s worth of work to a panel of industry professionals as part of the LED (light-emitting diode) Luminaire Design Competition with the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California, Davis.

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Science, Spirituality, and Some Mismatched Socks

May 7, 2009 5:12 am | by Gautam Naik | News | Comments

Researchers Turn Up Evidence of 'Spooky' Quantum Behavior and Put It to Work in Encryption and Philosophy

AMD Shakes Up Organization

May 7, 2009 4:40 am | by Alexei Oreskovic and Andre Grenon | News | Comments

Advanced Micro Devices Inc merged its microprocessor and graphics chip businesses on Wednesday, its latest effort to adjust its structure and claw back market share lost to larger rival Intel Corp. The newly merged division will be spearheaded by graphics chip executive Rick Bergman.

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