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FCC Examines Wireless Industry

August 24, 2009 7:44 am | by Jennifer LeClaire | News | Comments

As Apple and AT&T file responses to a Federal Communications Commission inquiry into why Apple recently rejected Google Voice from its App Store, the FCC is launching a broader investigation into several aspects of the wireless industry. The FCC's move may be in response to growing consumer upset over wireless industry practices, such as price structures for texting and data plans. The FCC and Congress also recently examined exclusive smartphone deals between handset makers and wireless carriers. AT&T and Apple's iPhone were also included in that probe.

XGA TFT Targets Industrial Applications

August 24, 2009 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Standardized to the PSWG 15.0" XGA mechanical and interface specifications, the OSD150T0396-22 from OSD serves the display demands for industrial applications. Features include a 1024 x 768 (XGA) resolution with 24-bit LVDS interface and a CCFL backlight with a 450 cd/m2 brightness.

Reed Switches Boast High Sensitivity Range

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

The SR4J series of surface mount magnetic reed switches from Standex Electronics offers a maximum sensitivity range of 3/5 Ampere Turns (AT) (initial). The series measures 6.8 mm (l) x 2.41 mm (h), and is available in a production range from 3 AT to 20 AT. Other features include: typical operating time of 0.2 milliseconds

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Atom-based PC/104+ SBC is Fanless

August 24, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available with either 1.1 GHz or 1.6GHz Atom Z5xx series processors, the MB-73200 Atom-based PC/104+ single board computer (SBC) from WIN Enterprises addresses space-limited applications requiring fanless operation. Features include two serial ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two SATA II interfaces, one CompactFlash™ type I/II socket, Two GB of memory, and an optional high definition audio card.

SKorea Seeks Jail for Disgraced Cloning Scientist

August 24, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Prosecutors demanded a four-year prison term Monday for a South Korean scientist disgraced in a cloning scandal that shook the international scientific community and led to his trial on fraud and other charges. Hwang Woo-suk was fired from the prestigious Seoul National University after purported breakthroughs

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NASA Embraces Pop Culture

August 24, 2009 5:23 am | by MARCIA DUNN | News | Comments

When Discovery flies to the international space station this week, it will deliver a new treadmill named for a TV comedian and pick up a Buzz Lightyear toy. In another month, a wealthy circus performer will rocket to the space station. Add that to all the Twittering astronauts and NASA suddenly has a fresh, hip look that is attracting audiences that may have ignored the space program in the past. "More normal folks," the chief of NASA's space operations, Bill Gerstenmaier, says of NASA's newer audience.

Apple Denies 'Rejecting' Google Voice for iPhone

August 24, 2009 5:14 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc. told federal regulators Friday that it blocked the Google Voice program from running on the iPhone because it alters important functions on the device - yet Apple denied that it has rejected Google's application outright. "Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it," Apple said in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission.

Will Antitrust Probe Keep Microsoft, Yahoo Apart?

August 24, 2009 5:11 am | News | Comments

Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. hope that by joining forces, they can tilt the balance of power in Internet search away from Google Inc. First, however, Yahoo and Microsoft have to convince regulators that their plan won't hurt online advertisers and consumers. As the U.S. Justice Department reviews the proposed partnership, approval figures to hinge on this question

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RDS(ON) P-Channel MOSFET is Purportedly Industry's Lowest

August 21, 2009 12:47 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

At 75 mO @ -4.5 V, the FDZ371PZ from Fairchild Semiconductor is purportedly the industry’s lowest RDS(ON) 20 V P-Channel MOSFET. It provides ESD protection of 4.4 kV and the WL-CSP package utilizes 4 µm x 250 µm lead-free solder balls. Package height, when mounted, is 0.4 mm.

Step-down Converter Provides up to 1-A Input

August 21, 2009 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

At 92 percent efficiency, the TPS62750 2.25-MHz DC/DC step-down converter from Texas Instruments provides up to 1-A typical input current. The device supports an input voltage from 2.9 V to 6 V, with +/-10 percent current accuracy. It also features hot plug, load disconnect, and short circuit (Vin/Vout) protection

PCI Express Card Equiped With Eight RS-232 Ports

August 21, 2009 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a low profile (MD1) form factor, the PCIe-COM232-8 PCI Express card from ACCES I/O Products features eight RS-232 ports. Each port is capable of supporting data rates up to 921.6 kbps. The card features a x1 lane PCI Express connector which can be used in any available x1, x2, x4, x8, x12, or x16 PCI Express expansion slot.

How to Identify a Counterfeit and Genuine UL Mark on Electrical Products

August 21, 2009 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

For over 100 years, Underwriters Laboratories’ ever-recognizable UL Mark has been a beacon of safety and peace of mind, guiding consumers to reputable electrical products that have been rigorously tested and approved for safe use. To this day, the mere presence – or lack of – the trusted UL Mark is enough to make or break the purchases of millions of consumers worldwide.

Microminiature Connector Solutions for Wireless Handheld Devices

August 21, 2009 8:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microminiature connector solutions offer compact size, low cost, high performance and flexibility – making them a perfect fit for wireless handheld devices. Below is a review of three key microminiature solutions for typical 40-circuit signal applications including relative performance, features and benefits, size attributes and rank by total cost of system solution.

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Survival of the Fittest

August 21, 2009 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

When English naturalist Charles Darwin penned his landmark book “On the Origin of Species” he could have just as easily been referring to the evolution of battery holders. Much as he theorized that traits evolved to fill ecological niches, different styles of battery holders have evolved to fill the many engineering niches and market needs that developed over the years.

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Large-Area OLEDs Fulfill International Lighting Specs

August 21, 2009 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Novaled developed a 15 cm x15 cm white OLED device with a thickness of less than 2 mm. The Novaled OLED stack allows for a natural and warm white light performing a very high color rendering index (CRI) of 90. The perception of this light is similar to

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