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Digital power monitor capable of industry’s widest common mode input voltage range

July 21, 2014 10:05 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Intersil, CA) announced the ISL2802x family of digital power monitors capable of supporting a wide common mode input voltage range of 0V to 60V. The ISL2802x family is comprised of three devices offering a range of capability....

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UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021....

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After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

July 21, 2014 9:52 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker. Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction....

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New Argonne initiative to examine the details of the combustion process

July 21, 2014 8:15 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

A complex system like an engine has many parameters that must be included in any reliable simulation. From fuel injectors to combustion chemistry, every part of the process of combustion has parameters with some level of uncertainty associated with them....

UK lawmakers debate emergency data-retention law

July 21, 2014 8:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British lawmakers debated the balance between privacy and security Tuesday during an unusual one-day session designed to rush an online surveillance bill through Parliament. A series of government and opposition legislators spoke in the House of Commons to condemn the Data Retention and ...

House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

July 21, 2014 8:14 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills....

Study in 'Science' finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifers

July 18, 2014 3:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A study published in Science by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and co-authored by Georgia Tech may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals that takes place in aquifers deep underground....

MediaTek addresses 2K smartphones with the latest in its 64-bit processor lineup

July 18, 2014 1:18 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

MediaTek announced its first 64-bit Octa-core processor, the MT6795, supports 2K (2560 x 1600) displays. Previously, MediaTek announced two other 64-bit products, MT6732 and MT6752, which support HD and full HD, respectively. The new processor is targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment....

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DC – 50 GHz LNA offers wideband performance

July 18, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD206, a DC-50 GHz distributed low noise amplifier in die form, to its product line. Applications for the CMD206 include…

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Industrial grade filters for AC/DC power supplies are offered in 10-A and 20-A versions

July 18, 2014 12:42 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) has introduced 10-A and 20-A industrial filters for its TER Series of low profile, AC/DC power supplies. The TER-10ASF and TER-20ASF are designed to attenuate high frequency noise on AC lines thereby reducing the level of conducted emissions.

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Inadequate Electronic Circuitry Poses Fire Hazard

July 18, 2014 12:18 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, inadequate electronic circuitry is creating fire hazards, LED bulbs are overheating and falling from their sockets, and mountain bike wheel hubs are breaking ...            

How to Prevent Streetlight Glare in the New World of LED Lighting

July 18, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has ...

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GM Has Replaced 491K Ignition Switches

July 18, 2014 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled. The company has repaired just over 491,000 cars that are covered by the recall announced in February ...

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What Would You Print?

July 18, 2014 11:45 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have all come to the understanding that as 3D printing is becoming more prevalent in the mainstream consumer market, it is becoming even more ubiquitous in the engineering office (if it wasn’t already necessary). Even with this insight ...

New Material Puts a Twist in Light

July 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics ...

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