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Space and Missile Defense Command saves Army money with low-cost 'Zombie' targets

October 4, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command has found a way to save the Army money while still providing capabilities by using low-cost targets during missile defense testing. Members of theU.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, or USASMDC/ARSTRAT, Technical Center, in support of the Program Executive Office Missiles and Space's Lower Tier Program Office...

Ballmer gets less than 'A' grade in compensation

October 3, 2013 7:51 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer was awarded 79 percent of his target bonus for the company's latest fiscal year, with the software giant citing falling profits for its Windows division and sluggish sales of the Surface tablet. The $550,000 award was detailed in a securities filing Thursday and...

Can software save Moore's Law?

October 3, 2013 4:49 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I came across this short video, Can Software Save Moore's Law?, when looking for videos on programming. I like the presenter's take on the next frontier in computing. Efficient software. Back in the early days of computing, software engineers needed to understand computers well because the computing resources were so limited that you had to know the hardware well to make the best use of it.

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Why the iPhone 5s makes me nauseous

October 3, 2013 4:43 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

For a girl who loves her Apple products, I’ve generally been pretty un-opinionated about the iOS 7. I’ve heard some complaints about the size of the app icons and other curmudgeonly complaints as everyone slowly updates. My favorite—and most frequently heard—complaint is actually that they changed the color of some of the app icons and now no one can find anything.

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TFT displays offer fast response times and wide operating temperatures

October 3, 2013 4:30 pm | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display International introduces two new 7.0” TFTs to their display line: the 7.0” Economical TFT and the 7.0” MVA TFT. The 7.0” Economical TFT and the 7.0” MVA TFT have full RGB color, fast response times, high brightness & contrast, wide operating temperatures, are RoHS compliant, and are offered with and without resistive touch panels.

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Top 10 must-see stories for September

October 3, 2013 3:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

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Oscillators feature frequency range of 10 MHz to 1,500 MHz

October 3, 2013 2:01 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for Sunny Electronics' new lineup of crystal oscillators (XO’s) and voltage controlled crystal oscillators (VCXO’s). The new FastClock series uses a new, state-of-the-art, factory-configurable silicon technology that allows for a wide choice of frequency, voltage and output combinations.

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Integrated voltage regulator delivers over 97% efficiency

October 3, 2013 1:47 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of the IR3846 35A Point-of-Load (POL) integrated voltage regulator for space constrained enterprise power applications including servers, storage and netcom and telecom equipment that require high power density.

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US, Japan to deploy new radar, drones in next year

October 3, 2013 1:27 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR & MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and Japan moved Thursday to modernize and expand their defense alliance to counter new challenges, including a nuclear-armed North Korea and potential aggression from China over disputed territory. In the first update to the defense partnership in 16 years, the allies agreed to position a second early-warning radar in Japan within the next year to help protect against North Korea.

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Tesla says car fire began in battery after crash

October 3, 2013 1:25 pm | by MIKE BAKER & TOM KRISHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S.

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GaN transistors offer superior gain, thermal management, and efficiency

October 3, 2013 1:06 pm | Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor announced the release of new gallium nitride (GaN) transistors that offer superior gain, thermal management and efficiency for commercial and defense RF amplifier designs. TriQuint is announcing two new high-power GaN packaged transistors including the 200 Watt T1G4020036-FS/FL....

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Engineering Update #27: The world's most powerful electric car

October 3, 2013 12:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk. In this week's headlines: Venturi unveils world's most powerful electric car: Ohio State University and French manufacturer, Venturi Automobiles is out to set a new record with what will be the most powerful electric car ever made.

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Graphene with aroma

October 3, 2013 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Graphene, a crystal composed of only one layer of carbon atoms arranged in a regular hexagon, is regarded as a material which is believed to be capable of performing miracles, in particular in the fields of electronics, sensor technology and display technology, but also in metrology.

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How the DEA gets its cell phone data fix

October 3, 2013 9:55 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

In the early 1980s, the old, pre-Cingular AT&T came out with an ad campaign urging us to "reach out and touch someone” to market its long distance products. It seems that today’s AT&T has been helping the government access its enormous database of phone records – dating back 26 years with 4 billion call records being added everyday....

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The Dangers of ESD

October 3, 2013 9:51 am | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Question: What do a conductive floor, foot grounding straps, conductive work smocks, wrist ground straps, foot grounding testers, ESD training, bench-top grounding monitors, anti-static bags, anti-static boxes, grounded carts, anti-static attitudes, conductive desk mats and grounded tools have in common?...

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