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Enhancing Automotive Embedded Systems with Mixed-Signal Microcontrollers

December 8, 2009 10:25 am | by Keith Odland, Product Marketing Manager, Silicon Laboratories, www.silabs.com/mcu | Articles | Comments

Automotive applications are becoming more sophisticated as different in-vehicle systems are networked together to share information, monitor performance and enhance safety. In addition to growing more complex, automotive systems demand more cost-efficient electronic components with smaller footprints for space-constrained applications.

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Correction: Taleo Offering story

December 8, 2009 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a Nov. 20 story about a public stock offering by Taleo Corp., The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company is a recruitment agency. Taleo develops recruitment software.

Design Talk: Year in Review

December 8, 2009 9:31 am | Articles | Comments

When designing displays for mobile applications it’s often a balancing act between increasing ruggedization and keeping the product’s weight down.  These two seemingly opposite ideas can be solved by optically bonding substrates to the LCD front surface thereby eliminating the air gap which increases ruggedization without adding weight.

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Designing a Buck Converter

December 8, 2009 9:20 am | by Tamara Schmitz | Articles | Comments

Designing a buck converter isn’t easy. Most users want a box that works—taking in one DC voltage and delivering another. This box can take various forms. It can be a step-down to generate a lower voltage or step-up to generate a higher voltage. There are also plenty of special options...

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Student ordered to destroy downloaded music files

December 8, 2009 9:11 am | News | Comments

A graduate student who must pay four record labels a combined $675,000 in damages for downloading and sharing songs online has been ordered to destroy his illegal music files - but a judge declined to force him to stop promoting the activity that got him in trouble.

YouTube chief says ad sales soaring

December 8, 2009 9:09 am | News | Comments

YouTube's chief executive says ad sales are soaring, but there is still no word on whether the popular video-sharing site is making money. Chad Hurley, a YouTube co-founder, spoke in Jerusalem Tuesday at a launching ceremony for a personal YouTube channel by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Historic EPA finding: Greenhouse gases harm humans

December 8, 2009 9:04 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration took a major step Monday toward imposing the first federal limits on climate-changing pollution from cars, power plants and factories, declaring there was compelling scientific evidence that global warming from manmade greenhouse gases endangers Americans' health.

DVI & HDMI: DVI Declines Gradually While HDMI Rises Sharply

December 8, 2009 8:57 am | by In-Stat Research | News | Comments

Digital visual interface (DVI) and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI), are related, high-bandwidth, unidirectional, uncompressed digital interface standards.

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U.S. Govt: Zhu Zhu Pets Don't Violate Toy Safety Law

December 8, 2009 8:57 am | by Product Design & Development | News | Comments

Zhu Zhu Pets robotic hamsters — one of the holiday season's hottest toy crazes — do not violate safety standards, federal toy regulators said Monday after a consumer group raised concerns over the presence of a heavy metal on one model.

Rapid cardiac biomarker testing system developed by Singapore scientists

December 8, 2009 8:57 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore) A new rapid and sensitive integrated system tests simultaneously for specific cardiac biomarkers in finger prick amount of blood. It could help physicians quickly arrive at the right diagnosis for timely medical...

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Cree Acquires Semi-Insulating Silicon Carbide and Power Device Patent Portfolio

December 8, 2009 8:42 am | News | Comments

Cree, Inc. announces that it has acquired a portfolio of patents and patent applications related to semi-insulating silicon carbide (SiC) material and power device technology from Daimler AG.

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Sales software developer Hosted Data Transaction Solutions buys Cash N Go

December 8, 2009 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales software developer Hosted Data Transaction Solutions Inc. (TSX:HDX) said Tuesday it has agreed to buy cash machine operator Cash N Go Ltd. for an undisclosed amount, more than doubling its potential annual revenue.The news sent the Toronto-based company's stock up more than 92 per cent...

"I'd Like to Check Out Two Books, One DVD, and One Electrical Meter, Please."

December 8, 2009 7:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday I wrote about my experience using a digital electrical meter at home. Today I'll discuss what I'm doing with promoting their use in my home town. According to one popular environmental Web site, there are a number of libraries providing fre

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Secrets from High-Tech Poking

December 8, 2009 7:52 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Physicians use hi-tech scanners all the time to produce crisp and detailed images to help them diagnose illness. But they may not be getting the whole picture. CT or MRI scanners are unable to provide potentially important clues about a tissue’s health – namely, how it feels. Duke Universi

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Captive Panel Screws Feature Correct Off-angle Installation

December 8, 2009 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

PennEngineering’s PEM family of captive panel screws feature various types and styles using patented MAThread anti-cross threading technology that corrects off-angle installations, aligns components, and slides through clogged internal threads. This feature helps eliminate 

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