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Thunderstorms Cause 5th Launch Delay For Space Shuttle

July 14, 2009 5:09 am | by MARCIA DUNN | News | Comments

Thunderstorms once again forced NASA to call off the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on Monday, the fifth delay for the space station construction mission. NASA said it would try again early Wednesday evening, after taking a one-day break.

MagSil, Seagate, and Maxtor Resolve Memory Patent Dispute

July 14, 2009 4:36 am | News | Comments

MagSil Corporation announced today that the litigation between MagSil and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on the one hand, and Seagate Technology and Maxtor Corporation, on the other hand, has been satisfactorily resolved by an out of court settlement, and the Seagate and Maxtor entities have received licenses to the patents at issue in the lawsuit.

Drivers Target 1W and Higher LEDs

July 13, 2009 1:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Handling 1W, 3W, and higher LEDs, the MIC3230/31/32 family of high-brightness LED drivers targets solid-state lighting and general illumination applications. The series features an operating input voltage range from 6 V to 45 V, a feedback voltage of 250 mV, and is capable of driving an output up to 70 W. The MIC3230/31 has an adjustable operating frequency from 10 kHz to 1 MHz


Survey Reveals Contractors as Influencers for Adoption of LED Lighting

July 13, 2009 10:04 am | Blogs | Comments

A recent survey of electrical and lighting contractors demonstrates their importance in the specifying and recommendation of LED lighting products for building projects. According to the survey respondents, contractors are involved in recommending LED lighting more than 70% of the time. Yet a majority of respondents said they would be interested in receiving more training on product installation, benefits, and layout


Base Station Analyzer Addresses Wideband Technologies

July 13, 2009 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supporting 2G, 3G, and 4 G networks, the BTS Master MT8221B handheld base station analyzer from Anritsu provides a 20-MHz demodulation capability for LTE and WiMax technologies and a 30-MHz zero-span IF output for external demodulation of other wideband signals.

Cable Splitter Box Rated to 8 A

July 13, 2009 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring two double-spring terminals, the VAZ-T1-FK-CLAMP1 AS-interface flat-to-flat cable splitter box from Pepperl+Fuchs has a current rating of 8 A.

LED Drivers Serve Illumination Applications

July 13, 2009 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting solid-state lighting and general illumination applications, the MIC3230/31/32 family of LED drivers has an operating input voltage range from 6 V to 45 V and is able to drive an output up to 70W. The MIC3230/31 has an adjustable operating frequency from 10 kHz to 1 MHz and the MIC3232 has a fixed frequency operation of 400 kHz.

Large Plasma DisplayShipments Reach 40% of Total Market

July 13, 2009 7:04 am | News | Comments

Over 50” Plasma Display Panel (PDP) module shipments share has reached almost 40% of the total PDP module shipments. According to Displaybank’s newly updated Monthly PDP Module Shipment Data Report, 39% of the total PDP module shipments in May 2009 were large-area panels over 50-inch. The total May’09 PDP module shipments were 1.07 million.


Microsoft Responds to Google Actions With Free Office Programs

July 13, 2009 6:44 am | by Jim Finkle | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp will release a free version of its dominant Office software that users can access over the Web, catching up with products that arch rival Google Inc launched three years ago.


Protect Your Pocket From Hackers

July 13, 2009 6:33 am | by TODD LEWAN | News | Comments

To protect against skimming and eavesdropping attacks, federal and state officials recommend that Americans keep their e-passports tightly shut and store their RFID-tagged passport cards and enhanced driver's licenses in "radio-opaque" sleeves.

Programmable Motion Cards Allow Ethernet Connectivity

July 13, 2009 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing machine designers the capability to download and run board-level C-Motion motion programs directly, the Prodigy/CME PCI card from Performance Motion Devices provides Ethernet functionality to expand connectivity options. The cards support multiple motor types, including DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping, and step motors and are available in 1, 2, 3, and 4-axis versions.

LED Driver ICs Feature Constant Current Control

July 13, 2009 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a current accuracy of +/- 3 percent, the HV9961 constant-control LED driver integrated circuit has an average-mode control system allowing the device to require no loop compensation or high-side current sensing.

Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears

July 11, 2009 1:56 pm | by TODD LEWAN, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car. It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold. Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner detected, then downloaded to his laptop, the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags.


Lightning delays space shuttle Endeavour launch

July 11, 2009 9:55 am | by RON WORD, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NASA scrubbed space shuttle Endeavour's Saturday evening launch after lightning struck at least 11 times near the seaside launch pad. NASA technicians found no damage after an electrical storm Friday afternoon, but said they will need at least another day to check critical systems. A mission management team plans to meet early Sunday to determine if all the testing has been completed and whether to fuel Endeavour for a possible Sunday evening launch. Liftoff would be at 7:13 p.m. if NASA attempts to launch Sunday.

Hacking the Brain

July 10, 2009 12:12 pm | by Hadley Leggett | News | Comments

Hackers who commandeer your computer are bad enough. Now scientists worry that someday, they’ll try to take over your brain.


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