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USB-serial controller includes built-in charge-pump RS232 transceiver

October 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the Prolific PL2303RA, an all-in-one IC that provides a convenient, low-chip-count solution for connecting an RS232 full-duplex asynchronous serial device to any USB-capable host....

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Low-profile DC-DC power modules designed for space-constrained applications

October 2, 2014 1:44 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC33163/MIC33164 (1A) and MIC33263/MIC33264(2A) a family of low-profile step down power modules capable of 100 percent duty cycle and operating with an input voltage range from 2.7V to 5.5V....

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San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

October 2, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google. "Wi-Fi in our city's parks is another step toward a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole....

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US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS

October 2, 2014 11:22 am | by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that prosecutors can use evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant. The decision is a blow to three Philadelphia brothers charged in a series of pharmacy robberies....

SEMICON Japan features “World of IoT” – a new show-within-a-show

October 2, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

Today, SEMI opens registration for the SEMICON Japan 2014 exposition and programs through its website at www.semiconjapan.org. SEMICON Japan 2014, Japan’s largest exhibition for the microelectronics manufacturing supply chain, will take place at Tokyo Big Sight....

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Dangerous drilling: The hot world of oil and gas

October 2, 2014 10:48 am | by T. Zednicek, M. Biler, J. Petrzilek, AVX Czech Republic | Articles | Comments

New oil and gas exploration and drilling equipment designs, especially those intended for use in deep and difficult geological conditions, continuously demand electronic components capable of reliable, longer lifetime operation in extremely harsh ...

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The greatest advancement in software simulation in the next decade

October 2, 2014 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

The future of software simulation is driven by the increasing wish of engineers to simulate a specific device in its real world, working environment where different physical phenomena occur. The increasing simulation complexity, driven by the multiphysics nature....

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Germany's Rocket Internet makes bumpy market debut

October 2, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Rocket Internet AG, which specializes in launching e-commerce startups, has made a bumpy market debut - with its shares falling on their first day of trading in Frankfurt. Rocket was the second German tech company in as many days....

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SEMICON Japan

October 2, 2014 9:43 am | Events

First held in 1977, SEMICON Japan has grown to become the largest international exhibition of semiconductor equipment and materials. Bringing companies and their technologies together with customers and partners, as well as providing a setting ...

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A fully wireless motion-capture system

October 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for $4,000 – which turned a lot of heads....

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Engineering Update #78: Clothing that thwarts government surveillance

October 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

If you’re really worried about the government or other agencies hacking your cellphone, feel free to go ahead and take off that tin foil hat because now you can buy clothing that ensures nobody has access to your phone or your credit cards....

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Natick's cognitive science research helps steer Soldiers in the right direction

October 2, 2014 8:33 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

When the going gets tough, Dr. Tad Brunyé wants to help. A member of the Cognitive Science Team at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Brunyé is investigating spatial and non-spatial influences on Soldier navigation choices....

All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

October 1, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths. A study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has shown that standard ...

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Novel approach to magnetic measurements atom-by-atom

October 1, 2014 5:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Having the possibility to measure magnetic properties of materials at atomic precision is one of the important goals of today's experimental physics. Such measurement technique would give engineers and physicists an ultimate handle over magnetic properties....

Platinum meets its match in quantum dots from coal

October 1, 2014 5:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Graphene quantum dots created at Rice University grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the mothership, making them better than platinum catalysts for certain reactions....

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