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SuperSpeed USB Opens Opportunities

July 7, 2010 8:56 am | by by Dan Harmon, Texas Instruments | Comments

There has been a lot of coverage of SuperSpeed USB as its adoption is starting to ramp up, even with the lack of native support in the PC chipsets.

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New Offices, New Ways of Working, and Abundant Energy Savings

July 6, 2010 11:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

A few weeks ago, our entire communications office was lucky enough to be among the first to move into the new Research Support Facility (RSF) here at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). Moving into a new building may not sound all that exciting, but this was a momentous day for...

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Optocouplers and Cigarettes

July 1, 2010 11:40 am | by Don Alfano, Director of Applications, Isolation and Machine Interface Products, Silicon Labs (www.silabs.com) | Comments

Optocouplers and cigarettes have a lot in common. Both burn excessive energy during operation and get hot as a result.

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How Do You Save Energy When Entertaining in the Summer?

July 1, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

The Independence Day holiday weekend is almost here! If you're like many Americans, this is a favorite weekend to gather up family and friends, cook a delicious meal, and enjoy the outdoors. Saving energy during these summer gatherings can be a little trickier in the summer than in the winter.

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National Space Policy downplays role of NASA

June 30, 2010 9:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

On Monday, President Obama officially announced his National Space Policy. There were few surprises, but in this case, no news is bad news. NASA has never been so irrelevant to the National Space Policy. It’s right there in NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s statement (emphasis mine)—NASA is pleased to be an integral part of President Obama's National Space Policy.”

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Door Thrown Open to Inventions

June 29, 2010 4:29 am | by Robert Tosti and Thomas Meyers, Partners, Brown Rudnick | Comments

The electronics industry will be impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today in the case of Bilski et al. v. Kappos. For about the past year, the door to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was closed to many inventions expressed as methods or processes, but now the door is at least a bit more open due to today's Bilski decision.

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Save Money and Stay Cool with an Efficient, Well-Maintained Air Conditioner

June 29, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

OK. It's officially summer here in Washington, D.C. I'm seeking the coolest, shadiest places possible as I get ready for the hottest few months of the year. It's already been a hot June in much of the country, and it may end up being one of the hottest Junes on record in DC.

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Energy Challenge Four: The Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge

June 28, 2010 6:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

We've already seen over the past three Mondays how cooperation among the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit private sector firms can produce some real benefits. We've also seen how the success of a project or program can depend on the ability to mobilize the local community.

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Factor-in Femtocell Traffic

June 25, 2010 9:55 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip (www.picochip.com) | Comments

Let's look at the controversy that operators have triggered by including femto traffic into the data plan - i.e. you use up your quote even if using your femto on your broadband.

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What Steps Do You Take to Be an Energy-Conscious Citizen?

June 24, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Sean discussed consumers' responsibilities to be energy-conscious and contribute to solutions to global and national problems. Tell us:

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The F-35’s international flavour

June 23, 2010 6:14 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The United States’ “premier air superiority fighter,” the F-22 Raptor, is banned from export. The F-35 (and its fifth generation rival, the PAK-FA) is not. Thus, it’s no surprise that allies have climbed aboard the Joint Strike Fighter program. For all intents and purposes, the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act killed the F-22 Raptor.

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Avoiding Semiconductor Failures - The Expanding Role of Quartz

June 22, 2010 9:11 am | by Jim Horvath, President, Technical Glass | Comments

Some of the avoidable stress factors effecting semiconductor reliability have led many fabricators to choose fused quartz as the material of choice for semiconductor wafer processing as well as laboratory and testing applications.

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Be Part of the Solution!

June 22, 2010 7:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I want you to be responsible

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Energy Challenge Three: The Greenbelt Green Neighborhood Challenge

June 21, 2010 2:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Lore Rosenthal, a principal leader behind the Greenbelt Climate Action Network, attended a meeting in Greenbelt, Maryland, on an energy purchasing cooperative more than a year ago. Also attending the meeting was Lore's neighbor, Sylvia Lewis, on the board of both the Greenbelt Community...

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4K Sectors: A Revolutionary Advancement for Hard Drives?

June 21, 2010 11:01 am | by Mojgan Pessian, Senior Product Manager Client Systems at WD | Comments

There have been naysayers through the years that have predicted that rotating media technology will at some point have exhausted the limits of delivering capacity increases. Time and time again the hard drive industry has proved them wrong.

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