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High ride with Maxus-8

March 26, 2010 9:03 am | News | Comments

ESA’s Maxus-8 sounding rocket was launched today from Kiruna in northern Sweden carrying four microgravity research modules on a hectic 12-minute space voyage. The ultimate results may include improved turbine blades for aircraft engines.

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Collaboration to Accelerate Development of 3D Stacked-IC Tech

March 26, 2010 8:53 am | News | Comments

Synopsys, a leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, and the Belgian nanoelectronics research center, imec, announced they have entered into a collaboration to use Synopsys TCAD (Technology Computer-Aided Design) finite-element method tools for characterizing and optimizing the reliability and electrical performance of through-silicon vias (TSVs).

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Rocker Switch Emulates Traditional Electro-mechanical Control

March 26, 2010 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The N-Series Addressable Switch offers the look and feel of a traditional Electro-mechanical control coupled with a built in PCB to provide customers with a flexible, cost effective alternative to a CAN/LIN based switch.

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Study on fasting suggests why diets fail

March 26, 2010 8:23 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

A study finds that after fasting or dieting one day, people do not overeat to compensate but gain any lost weight back. The findings have implications for why diets fail and how weekly fasting might work.

Magnalight.com Offers Range of Explosion Proof LED Lights

March 26, 2010 7:34 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

One of the biggest challenges facing LED designers is how to address the intense heat produced by LED packages. Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com offers LED bulbs that address this problem while producing LED bulbs that runs at lower temperatures than high wattage incandescent bulbs.

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Industry’s first integrated HDMI companion chip for portable applications

March 26, 2010 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today introduced the industry’s first integrated HDMI interface companion chip to the core HDMI controller for portable applications. The TPD12S015 incorporates all the major components required for an HDMI interface, including eight low-capacitance electrostatic discharge (ESD) clamps, I2C level shifters, and a DC/DC converter...

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Sensata buys $95.8M in senior notes in offering

March 26, 2010 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sensata Technologies BV said Friday it bought back $95.8 million in senior notes due 2014 and 2016.Sensata is buying notes using some of the proceeds from the initial public offering of its parent company, Sensata Technologies Holding NV. The holding company was the sensors and controls unit of...

Best Buy to issue quarterly dividend

March 26, 2010 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Best Buy Co. Inc.'s board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of 14 cents per share, the consumer electronics chain said Friday.The dividend will be payable on May 6 to shareholders of record by the end of business on April 15. The retailer is based in suburban Minneapolis.Best Buy...

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Traxon Technologies Offers Visual Spectacles with Media Tube

March 26, 2010 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Traxon Technologies introduces Media Tube RGB, an ultra-bright linear media solution designed to enhance sophisticated architectural applications with full color lighting effects and video animations. With the ability to display stylish full color effects and replay medium-to-high resolution video content, Media Tube RGB is an ultra bright media solution...

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VCO operates from 3345 MHz to 3955 MHz

March 26, 2010 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-3345-3955 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 3345 MHz to 3955 MHz with a control voltage range of 2.5V~23.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +3.5 dBm.

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Digi-Key Corporation and SANYO Semiconductor Corporation Sign Global Distribution Deal

March 26, 2010 6:22 am | by Digi-Key | News | Comments

Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Saddle Brook, New Jersey, USA — March 26, 2010 — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced...

Mini DisplayPort Adapters Handle VGA, DVI or HDMI

March 26, 2010 6:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

A family of Mini DisplayPort adapters overcome compatibility issues between laptop and desktop computers equipped with a Mini DisplayPort output port and monitors/displays that only support older video connections such as DVI, HDMI and VGA.

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News Corp to charge for UK Times online from June

March 26, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

News Corp will charge readers for online versions of its UK Times and Sunday Times newspapers from June, becoming the first media firm to test consumers' appetite to pay for mass-market news online. Access to two new websites for the two titles will cost 1 pound ($1.49) per day or 2 pounds for a week.

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Hacker gets 20 years for U.S. payment card theft

March 26, 2010 5:13 am | News | Comments

One of the world's most notorious computer hackers was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to helping run a global ring that stole tens of millions of payment card numbers. Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year-old college dropout from Miami, had confessed to helping lead a ring that stole more than 40 million payment card numbers...

U.S. lead in nanotech eroding, report finds

March 26, 2010 5:11 am | News | Comments

The United States urgently needs to invest more in nanotechnology if it is to maintain its global lead in the emerging field, according to a report issued on Thursday to U.S. President Barack Obama. Between 2003 and 2008, U.S. public and private investments in nanotechnology grew at 18 percent a year against 27 percent a year throughout the world...

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