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Clinton urges tech leaders to invest in training

April 9, 2014 8:52 am | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based training programs for U.S. workers....

How trends in electronics are affecting connectors

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics | Blogs | Comments

Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having a huge effect on electronic connector systems. New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments, like those encountered in robotics....

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This program can make your phone more secure than ever

April 9, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of smartphones came a great debate about the security of technology. With all of the sensitive information stored in the phones—bank account numbers, emails, credit card information—keeping the security tight is of the utmost importance....

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Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

April 9, 2014 3:10 am | by Martha Mendoza - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

So far one of the biggest problems for the federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has become increasingly frustrated...

Cryptography could add privacy protections to NSA phone surveillance

April 9, 2014 12:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Cryptography could enforce limits on data collected for surveillance data while still permitting agencies to do their jobs, argues a Microsoft researcher.Since several large-scale U.S. surveillance programs were revealed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden last summer, many companies and...

Varistors now available with nickel barrier terminations

April 8, 2014 4:39 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZV Series of SMD multilayer varistors from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) is now available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work with than palladium silver terminations....

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6.5kV press-pack IGBT includes DC collector current rating of 258A

April 8, 2014 4:27 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS UK, IXYS Corporation’s (Chippenham, England), high power subsidiary, announced the launch of a new 6.5kV press-pack IGBT. The new 6.5kV device is asymmetrical blocking with a fully rated anti-parallel diode included within the package. DC collector current rating is 258A....

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Wire-to-board, crimp-style connectors designed for LED light applications

April 8, 2014 4:11 pm | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEX Series wire-to-board, crimp style, disconnectable connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offer subminiature size and reliable contact construction for high-density applications. These 2.5 mm (.098”) pitch, bottom entry, SMT connectors are polarized....

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DC-DC regulators offer 0.1% line regulation

April 8, 2014 4:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced a new line of high-power switching regulators to add to its popular PowerBlox family of DC-DC converter products. The XR76108, XR76112 and XR76115 are Synchronous Step Down Regulators supporting point-of-load (POL) supplies....

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Motor driver qualified to AEC-Q100

April 8, 2014 2:30 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) announced the MCP8063, an automotive AEC-Q100-qualified motor driver that delivers superior performance in a small, 8-pin, 4x4 mm DFN package. It is also the world’s first to combine all of those features with 1.5A peak phase current....

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Seeing double: New study explains evolution of duplicate genes

April 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

From time to time, living cells will accidently make an extra copy of a gene during the normal replication process. Throughout the history of life, evolution has molded some of these seemingly superfluous genes into a source of genetic novelty, adaptation and...

Cheap solar power—at night

April 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

New solar thermal technologies could address solar power’s intermittency problem.When the world’s largest solar thermal power plant—in Ivanpah, California—opened earlier this year, it was greeted with skepticism. The power plant is undeniably impressive....

Terminal block with pushbuttons ideal for PCB-based LED lighting and industrial electronics

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation (Germantown, WI) introduces the new 2061 Series SMD PCB Terminal Blocks with Pushbuttons, ideal for PCB-based LED lighting and industrial electronics. The perfect connection for incoming power to an LED driver, or for higher power LED modules...

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Planar transformers combine high efficiency and low leakage inductance

April 8, 2014 1:31 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft (Cary, IL) has released two new series of surface-mount planar transformers for power over Ethernet (PoE) and -48V network power applications. The PL160 Series is rated for 160 Watts between 200 kHz and 700 kHz with a nominal 48 V input....

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Photos of the Day: 'Electronic skin' can store and deliver medicine

April 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas in Austin have developed a wearable device known as “electronic skin” that can store and transmit data and release drugs into the skin. The device is a bit like an electronic parfait — layers of stretchable nanomaterials in a tiny package....

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