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SPMT Consortium Releases New Specification

October 2, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

SPMT, LLC, the entity responsible for licensing the Serial Port Memory Technology (SPMT) specification and administering the SPMT Consortium, today announced the release of the SPMT specification.

Varistor series minimizes leakage current

October 1, 2009 12:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

An 18V-rated version of a Zinc Oxide (ZnO) based varistor series from AVX exhibits a low leakage current of 1 µA maximum, purportedly extending battery life in portable devices. The UltraGuard series features non-linear, bi-directional voltage-current characteristics similar to back-to-back zener diodes with an EMC

Proposed bill targets “Cyberbullying”

October 1, 2009 11:51 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) has introduced a bill designed to combat cyberbullying.”  And in a rare instance of bipartisan solidarity, the left and the right stand opposed. Make no bones about it—the proposed legislation is a serious assault on first amendment rights. Dubbed the “Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act,” the bill is a reaction to the 2006 suicide of 13-year-old Meier.


Connectors Accept Wires up to 14 AWG

October 1, 2009 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suited for a variety of Fieldbus and Ethernet network applications, Binder-USA's 7/8” cable connectors with 2.5mm terminal cross-section capacity accepts wire sizes up to 14 AWG. The connectors are offered with 5 gold-plated contacts in male and female versions with straight and right-angle options.

Nanotube 'Springs' May Eventually Replace Batteries

October 1, 2009 6:13 am | News | Comments

New research by MIT scientists suggests that carbon nanotubes — tube-shaped molecules of pure carbon — could be formed into tiny springs capable of storing as much energy, pound for pound, as state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries, and potentially more durably and reliably.

Dramatized ads weave plot lines around product

October 1, 2009 5:27 am | News | Comments

In television's latest quest to discourage viewers from skipping ads, actors from NBC and ABC shows are appearing in character in commercials to interact with products in parallel story lines. This new kind of commercial further blurs the line between program and advertisement and comes as traditional product placements within shows, an early response to fast-forwarding, have become common.

Computational GPU Unveiled

October 1, 2009 5:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

NVIDIA Corp. today introduced its next generation CUDA GPU architecture, codenamed “Fermi”. An entirely new ground-up design, the “Fermi” architecture is the foundation for the world’s first computational graphics processing units (GPUs), delivering breakthroughs in both graphics and GPU computing.

Power Management IC Touts Flexibility

October 1, 2009 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics launched its WM8320 integrated power management IC, which is said to maximize processor performance and extend battery life in leading edge portable multimedia devices. This addition to the company’s WM83xx power management portfolio is


Sharp Starts First Gen-10 LCD Plant

October 1, 2009 4:41 am | News | Comments

Sharp Corporation started operations at its new LCD panel plant (Sharp Display Products Corporation) in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Construction on this state-of-the-art manufacturing complex for LCD panels and thin-film solar cells began 1 in November 2007.


EPA moves to regulate smokestack greenhouse gases

October 1, 2009 4:39 am | News | Comments

Proposed regulations would require power plants, factories and refineries to reduce greenhouse gases by installing the best available technology and improving energy efficiency whenever a facility is significantly changed or built. The Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Wednesday applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year.

Sensor Measures Both an Absolute and Differential Pressure Source

September 30, 2009 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

All Sensors announced the release of the BDS (Basic Dual Sensor) Series pressure sensor. The device is comprised of two independent sensors in a single package, and it is capable of simultaneously measuring both an absolute and differential pressure source. By combining the functionality of two devices into one

Signal Analyzer provides frequency coverage to 26.5 GHz

September 30, 2009 12:14 pm | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Including code-compatibility features, the N9030A PXA signal analyzer from Agilent provides frequency coverage up to 26.5 GHz. The PXA features up to 75 dB spurious-free dynamic range at 140-MHz analysis bandwidth. Other features include: -128 dBc/Hz phase noise at 10 kHz offset (1 GHz)

Hand-held Calibrator Simulates Voltage and Thermocouple Readings

September 30, 2009 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a measuring function from -10 to 110 mV, the SignalCal 2 T/C hand-held calibrator from E Instruments simulates both voltage and thermocouple readings.


High-density 2.5 mm Terminal Block is Immune to Vibration

September 30, 2009 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The compact ASP051 series of pluggable 2.5 mm terminal blocks from RIA Connect use Springcon technology, thus making them immune to vibration and easy to terminate compliments of the two-piece design. With a 2.5 mm centerline, the ASP051 is desirable for those tight spaces where only

Adapters fit 0.50 mm devices to 1.00 mm boards

September 30, 2009 11:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Switch-A-Pitch Adapters from Aries Electronics have tops where the BGA landing pads are on a 0.50 mm pitch and the adapter bottoms are fitted with BGA balls on a 1.00 mm pitch. The suggested PCB pad size is 0.020" (0.50 mm) for a 1.00 mm pitch. Adapters feature non-solder mask defined (NSMD) pads


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