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IGBTs deliver higher power density and increased efficiency for motor drive and UPS applications

June 11, 2013 12:19 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced a family of rugged 1200V ultra-fast insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) optimized for industrial motor drive and UPS systems. The new devices leverage IR’s field stop trench ultra-thin wafer technology that delivers lower conduction and switching losses.

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Google snaps up Waze to add to mapping service

June 11, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has purchased online mapping service Waze for in a deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while gaining technology that could improve the accuracy and usefulness of its own popular navigation system. The acquisition announced Tuesday ends several months of...

eBook explains how to recover the costs sunk into circuit boards that will not boot

June 11, 2013 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new eBook from ASSET InterTech will help circuit board manufacturers who want to recover their investment in assembled boards that won’t boot – so called dead boards – and still maintain the tight production deadlines that constantly reduce the time they can spend on board debug.

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HotSpot Episode 16: Big Brother is watching

June 11, 2013 11:06 am | Videos | Comments

The news wires have been saturated with the leaked details of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) called PRISM, which has been collecting phone records from Verizon customers under a top-secret government order. According to a top-secret document obtained by the Washington Post: The NSA and FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies....

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'Popcorn' particle pathways promise better lithium-ion batteries

June 11, 2013 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

 Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, medical equipment and aircraft.

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Should preemptive legislation be considered before a new technology takes off?

June 11, 2013 10:57 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

In just two years’ time, the skies around us may get a lot more crowded. Drones have received a lot of attention lately, thanks to military operations overseas and matters of congressional oversight. In September 2015, the federal government plans to issue its first drone permits for domestic use.

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US spy programs raise ire both home and abroad

June 11, 2013 10:57 am | by LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration faced fresh anger Monday at home and abroad over U.S. spy programs that track phone and Internet messages around the world in the hope of thwarting terrorist threats. But a senior intelligence official said there are no plans to end the secretive surveillance systems.

What's the problem with PRISM?

June 11, 2013 10:56 am | by MATT APUZZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the federal government went looking for phone numbers tied to terrorists, it grabbed the records of just about everyone in America. Why every phone number? "Well, you have to start someplace," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told NBC News on Monday.

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SF, NY officials wait to judge Apple 'kill switch'

June 11, 2013 10:33 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York, seeking ways to curb thefts of mobile devices, said Monday they will reserve judgment of Apple's new security feature designed to make it harder to reactivate a stolen iPhone. They have been asking the leading wireless device makers to create a "kill switch" that would render stolen phones useless.

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Critical RF switch design parameters for space

June 11, 2013 10:29 am | by Greg Horvath, Product Applications Engineer, Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments associated with space applications pose particularly demanding radiation requirements on Radio Frequency (RF) components. The effects of radiation can lead to additional device parameter degradation, performance interruptions or destructive failure modes.

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Chinese spacecraft blasts off with 3 astronauts

June 11, 2013 10:26 am | by ANDY WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off Tuesday on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and educate young people about science. The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off as scheduled at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

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Search for 1st Web page takes detour into US

June 11, 2013 10:25 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the European physicists who created the World Wide Web, preserving its history is as elusive as unlocking the mysteries of how the universe began. The scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, are searching for the first Web page.

US secrets leaker has options to stay in Hong Kong

June 11, 2013 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American defense contractor who says he leaked information on classified U.S. surveillance programs could benefit from a quirk in Hong Kong law that would ensure a lengthy battle to deport him. Edward Snowden's whereabouts were not immediately known on Tuesday, although he was believed to be staying somewhere in the Chinese autonomous region...

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Journalist in US surveillance case: More to come

June 11, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The journalist who exposed classified U.S. surveillance programs leaked by an American defense contractor said Tuesday that there will be more 'significant revelations' to come from the documents. "We are going to have a lot more significant revelations that have not yet been heard over the next several weeks and months," said Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian.

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Kickstarter of the Week: The bread & butter of engineering

June 11, 2013 9:46 am | Videos | Comments

Today on PD&D's Kickstarter of the Week, we're experimenting with the Crowfie, a user interface panel that makes it easy to test and develop your software code and electronics interfaces. The Crowfie is a user interface panel between you and your microcontroller, electronics, robotics drive systems, and actuators.

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