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Design Talk: January 2010

December 21, 2009 8:21 am | Articles | Comments

As electronic devices are getting smaller and as consumers are demanding more features, designing printed circuit boards (PCBs) is becoming increasingly complex, not to mention that any finished design must face both performance testing and testing for compliance with Federal Communications Commission rules and other codes.


Zifeng Yang receives the Fall 2009 Research Excellence Award

December 21, 2009 7:53 am | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

Zifeng Yang - received the 2009 Fall Research Excellence Award. His major...

GM picks outgoing Microsoft CFO to run finances

December 21, 2009 7:00 am | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has hired an outsider to run its troubled finance operations, bringing in the chief financial officer of Microsoft Corp.Chris Liddell will join GM next year, GM CEO Ed Whitacre Jr. said in a statement Monday.Liddell, 51, brings depth and experience to the job leading GM's...


Next Generation Lens Promises More Control

December 21, 2009 6:54 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Duke University engineers have created a new generation of lens that could greatly improve the capabilities of telecommunications or radar systems to provide a wide field of view and greater detail. But the lens they fashioned doesn’t look anything like a lens. While traditional lenses are

Allows Designers to see Currents and EM Fields in Three Dimensions

December 21, 2009 6:29 am | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies today announced a stereo 3D viewer capability for the Momentum G2 Element and FEM Element electromagnetic (EM) simulators in its Advanced Design System (ADS) EDA platform.

General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Suit With Audiovox

December 21, 2009 6:26 am | News | Comments

 General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Advanced Video Technologies LLC (AVT), that it settled a patent infringement lawsuit between AVT and Audiovox Electronics Corporation (Audiovox) of Hauppauge, N.Y.

Portugal Telecom and Firecomms Trial POF for IPTV Home Networking Applications

December 21, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

Portugal Telecom and Firecomms , a provider of Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) Ethernet transceivers for home networking applications, today announce trials of IPTV installations based on Firecomms’ optical fiber networking (OptoLock) technology.


In-Vehicle Technology Revs up for The 2010 International CES

December 21, 2009 6:22 am | News | Comments

The 2010 International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, will showcase the latest in-vehicle technology, including an opening keynote by Ford president and chief executive officer, Alan Mulally, with the 2010 Ford Taurus as the show's official car.


SEGGER announces RTOS embOS for Renesas RX 32-bit MCU

December 21, 2009 6:14 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

SEGGER Microcontroller announced that embOS, the powerful, easy to use RTOS, is now available for the RX 32-bit microcontroller from Renesas.


SEGGER releases production flash programmer for STM8 Microcontrollers

December 21, 2009 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

SEGGER Microcontroller today announced a new member of its Flasher family, the Flasher STM8. The easy to use stand alone flash programmer supports the complete family of STM8 Microcontrollers from ST.


Laser Projection Engine Powers Game Device Prototype

December 21, 2009 6:05 am | News | Comments

Hardcore gamers soon may be unleashed from their stationary position to enjoy a realistic virtual combat experience with life-sized video images, projected on walls, ceilings and floors, all from a weapon-styled projection game controller they hold in their hands.


J-Link Flash Breakpoints are available for free for use with ARM microcontrollers

December 21, 2009 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

SEGGER Microcontroller and NXP Semiconductors agreed to provide J-Link's Flash Breakpoint option for free to NXP LPC1000 Cortex-M, LPC2000 ARM7 and ARM9 MCUs users.


University buys NCR property

December 21, 2009 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The University of Dayton says it has bought 115 acres and the NCR Corp.'s headquarters building from the company for $18 million.The school plans to move its research institute into the five-story building, and will also use it for an alumni center, graduate classes, executive development...


Duke Nanotechnology Specialist Named AAAS Fellow

December 21, 2009 5:53 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

For his work probing the environmental implications of the burgeoning field of nanotechnology, Mark Wiesner, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke University, was elected as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) . Because of their uni

Mystery of the Golden Ratio Explained

December 21, 2009 5:53 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

The Egyptians supposedly used it to guide the construction the Pyramids. The architecture of ancient Athens is thought to have been based on it. Fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon tried to unravel its mysteries in the novel The Da Vinci Code. “It” is the golden ratio, a geometric


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