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US to Invest $4 Billion in Broadband

July 2, 2009 4:42 am | by by John Poirier, Derek Caney, Steve Orlofsky, and Matthew Lewis | News | Comments

The U.S. government will soon release $4 billion of loans and grants aimed at expanding broadband access to underserved areas across the United States, officials said on Wednesday. The funds are part of a $7.2 billion program to build an affordable high-speed Internet structure in rural areas. The project is being pushed by President Barack Obama, in part, to shore up the U.S. economy with job creation in the telecommunications sector.

IDT Closes Purchase of Tundra Semiconductor

July 2, 2009 4:31 am | News | Comments

Reflecting IDG’s commitment to communications technology development, on June 29, 2009, IDT closed its purchase of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. Tundra products and technology will complement existing IDT solutions in both the Serial RapidIO and PCI Express market segments.

Connectors Perform In Harsh Environments

July 1, 2009 2:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PATC-1000 Series connectors from AMETEK SCP offer high-temperature and high-pressure performance along with desirable toughness and strength under harsh operating conditions. According to the company, these PEEK (PolyEtherEtherKetone) connectors offer a

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Sensors Expo Report, 2009

July 1, 2009 2:12 pm | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting technology took center stage at this year’s Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL. Whether the solution obtained its power from the sun, heat, vibration, wind, RF or magnetics, there was a device at the show to take advantage of many of these or other ambient conditions. Infinite Power Solutions’ THINERGY thin micro-energy cells (MECs), in capacities of .0 mAh and 0.4 mAh initially, are positioned as the world’s most powerful batteries for their size and outperform all other micro-batteries.

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Pushbuttons Include Illuminated Outer Ring Option

July 1, 2009 2:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches expanded its YB2 Series of illuminated 22 mm pushbuttons to include an outer ring illumination option. This option is achieved by adding a cap that features a luminous bright outer ring surrounding a metallic silver center. It is available in all the bright and super bright LED colors offered in the series, including blue, green, red, white and amber. These LED colors are

Piezo Keypads Withstand Extreme Conditions

July 1, 2009 1:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter introduced metal Piezo Keypads that stand up to extreme indoor or outdoor environmental conditions. They are particularly suited for outdoor applications due to their ability to withstand considerable temperature fluctuation ranging from -25°C to +85°C, as well as meeting the highest seal protection requirements of IP69K. They are

Ion Trap Senses Force and Light

July 1, 2009 10:56 am | News | Comments

Miniature devices for trapping ions (electrically charged atoms) are common components in atomic clocks and quantum computing research. Now, a novel ion trap geometry demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could usher in a new generation of applications because the device holds promise as a stylus for sensing very small forces or as an interface for efficient transfer of individual light particles for quantum communications.

Android-Based Mobile Device May Be Coming From Dell

July 1, 2009 10:25 am | by Barry Levine | News | Comments

Dell engineers are developing a pocket-sized, Internet-connected device that will use the Google-backed Android mobile operating system, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper, citing "people familiar with the company's plans," said two people who have seen prototypes described the new product as similar to the iPhone but without cell-phone functionalities.

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Worst May Be Over For US Tech Market

July 1, 2009 9:55 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY | News | Comments

As bad as the technology market fared in the first quarter of this year, the worst may be over, at least in the United States, Forrester Research said in a report Tuesday. The research firm nonetheless revised its forecast for 2009. It now expects the U.S. technology market to shrink by 5 percent this year. In March, Forrester had predicted a smaller 3 percent decline in spending on technology products and services.

Sony Struggling as Walkman hits 30th Anniversary

July 1, 2009 9:48 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA | News | Comments

When the Sony Walkman went on sale 30 years ago, it was shown off by a skateboarder to illustrate how the portable cassette-tape player delivered music on-the-go — a totally innovative idea back in 1979. Today, Sony Corp. is struggling to reinvent itself and win back its reputation as a pioneer of razzle-dazzle gadgetry once exemplified in the Walkman, which Wednesday had its 30th anniversary marked with a special display at Sony's corporate archives.

Analysts Doubt Future of Comcast's WiMAX Offering

July 1, 2009 9:18 am | by Mark Long | News | Comments

Comcast launched a high-speed wireless data service in Portland on Tuesday as the first step in what the cable-TV network operator expects to eventually become a nationwide rollout -- with Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia expected to go online later this year.

EEPROM Provides High Density and Compatibility

July 1, 2009 8:18 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Offering high density memory, the 2 mm x 3 mm x 0.6 mm  8-pin MLP-packaged 512-Kbit EEPROM Series from STMicroelectronics is, compatible with memories of lower density. Accepting an input from 2.5 V to 5.5 V, the M95512 has a 20MHz SPI port and the M24512 has an I²C interface

DC/DC Converter Features 4-to-1 Input Ratio

July 1, 2009 5:08 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in versions delivering 3.3 V, 5 V, or 15 V, Murata’s 6-W NCS6 Series of single-output DC/DC converters features a 4-to-1 input ratio (12 V or 48 V nominal). With a power density of 0.94 W/cm3, the 32 mm x 20 mm x 10 mm RoHS-compliant devices have efficiency levels from 73 percent.

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EPA Approves State-based Auto Emissions Standards

June 30, 2009 7:46 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

To follow up on an earlier story, the EPA has granted California’s request for exemption from federal tailpipe emissions standards. The decision is effective immediately for California plus 13 other states and Washington DC. It allows them to regulate emissions for model years 2009-2011, one year before the federal standards take effect. Says EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, “This decision puts the law and science first…this waiver is consistent with the Clean Air Act as it’s been used for the last 40 years

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NASA manager pitches a cheaper return-to-moon plan

June 30, 2009 2:56 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Like a car salesman pushing a luxury vehicle that the customer no longer can afford, NASA has pulled out of its back pocket a deal for a cheaper ride to the moon. It won't be as powerful, and its design is a little dated. Think of it as a base-model Ford station wagon instead of a tricked-out Cadillac Escalade. Officially, the space agency is still on track with a 4-year-old plan to spend $35 billion to build new rockets and return astronauts to the moon in several years.

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