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ITC rules for Samsung, bans iPhone 4 imports

June 4, 2013 8:20 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China, the import ban would end Apple's ability to sell them in...

iPhone 4 imports banned in US patent case

June 4, 2013 7:03 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. It was the latest shot in a global legal battle between the two smartphone makers. Because the devices...

USB2 controller hubs are programmable

June 4, 2013 4:27 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced seven new UCH2 ICs across three families that are said to be the the first to provide programmability, enabling the developers of PCs and mobile devices to configure their designs without external memory. These UCH2s support both


USB design board offers industry compatible stamp footprint for new product designs

June 4, 2013 2:12 pm | Zilog | Product Releases | Comments

Zilog introduced a new reference design, the Mini-Z USB Design Board.  The board incorporates a USB host and peripheral functionality with the company’s portfolio of Mini-Z modules. This hardware design uses a Max3421E USB transceiver to provide an interface to USB communications with supporting


LNAs tout very low noise figure for consumer, military and industrial apps

June 4, 2013 12:08 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. announced a portfolio of low noise amplifiers (LNAs) that provide a desirable noise figure, a critical component to boosting weak incoming signals for today’s 4G wireless infrastructure as well as diverse broad market systems including GPS, broadband, military and satellite


Top 10 must-read posts from May

June 4, 2013 12:04 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


An urban challenge: diagnosing and treating latent tuberculosis infection

June 4, 2013 11:59 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

A new study from Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health reveals the challenges in identifying high-risk people in urban settings, especially foreign-born individuals, who may have latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). The study appears in the Journal of Community Health....

Detecting disease with a smartphone accessory

June 4, 2013 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers have created a new smartphone-based system, consisting of a plug-in optical accessory and disposable microfluidic chips, for in-the-field detection of the herpes virus that causes Kaposi's. "The accessory provides an ultraportable way to determine whether or not viral DNA is present in a sample," says mechanical engineer David Erickson


Bringing cheaper, 'greener' lighting to market with inkjet-printed hybrid quantum dot LEDs

June 4, 2013 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A promising line of research involves combining the OLEDs with inorganic quantum dots, tiny semiconductor crystals that emit different colors of light depending on their size. These "hybrid" OLEDs, also called quantum dot LEDs, increase the efficiency of the light-emitting devices and also increase the range of colors that can be produced.

Device integrates MOSFET and diode in one package

June 4, 2013 11:33 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor introduced a family of 100 V BoostPak devices that combines a MOSFET and diode in one package to replace discrete solutions currently used in LED TV/monitor backlight, LED lighting and DC/DC converter applications. By integrating the MOSFET and diode into a single package,


LED upgrade kit delivers quick retrofit to LED lighting

June 4, 2013 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree introduced a 102 lumen-per-watt linear LED upgrade kit to replace fluorescent lamps. The upgrade kit is designed to fit into existing T8/T12 linear fluorescent fixtures – allowing end users to easily upgrade to LED. The new UR Series LED upgrade kit covers both two-feet and four-feet lengths in various lamp configurations. According to the company, he UR Series installs faster than


Solar plane lands successfully in St. Louis

June 4, 2013 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered plane attempting to fly across the United States has landed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The Solar Impulse landed about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It's the first attempt by a solar plane capable of being airborne day and night without fuel...

Angela Belcher wins $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

June 4, 2013 10:55 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT professor Angela Belcher, one of the world’s leading nanotechnology experts, has been named the recipient of this year’s $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, which honors an outstanding inventor dedicated to improving the world through technological invention. “It feels fantastic,” says Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT and a faculty member at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. “There’s been so many great ...


IBM buying cloud computing company SoftLayer

June 4, 2013 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM is buying cloud computing company SoftLayer Technologies Inc. to expand its online software business. Financial terms were not disclosed Tuesday. SoftLayer is a privately held company based in Dallas with 13 data centers in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Software stored and accessed on the...

A path to compact, robust sources for ultrashort laser pulses

June 4, 2013 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Laser researchers in Munich are challenging a basic assumption of engineering: "You can't have it all." They have shown that for certain kinds of laser applications in biomedical imaging, material processing, and communications, a new approach could deliver the desired capabilities with no problematic tradeoffs...



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