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Directory of Top UK Micro and Nanotechnology People Now Available

April 27, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) has launched The Directory, an online guidebook to the UK’s world-class MNT sector, featuring over 600 frontline academics and over 400 organisations active in nanotechnology in the UK.

Hollywood and RealNetworks Square Off on DVD Copying

April 24, 2009 12:18 pm | by PAUL ELIAS | News | Comments

Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends it's one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's annual $20 billion DVD market — software that allows you to copy a film without paying for it.

Gore: Congress must not bicker, act now on climate

April 24, 2009 9:47 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press Writer Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer | Blogs | Comments

Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice on climate change, urged lawmakers Friday to overcome partisan differences and pass legislation to curb greenhouse gases. Gore, who won a Nobel prize for his work on global warming, called the climate issue the most important ever before Congress. A Democratic bill limiting carbon dioxide and other pollution linked to a warming of the Earth will simultaneously solve the problems of the climate


Power Distribution System Reduces Install Time by 30 Percent

April 24, 2009 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using quick disconnects, the new Altech Power Distribution (APD) System purportedly saves up to 30 percent in installation time. The system allows for multiple connections per phase and up to 83 disconnects per meter. The system houses two conductors in plastic insulation suitable for voltages up to 600VAC

Circuit Breakers Protect Against Shorts and Overloads

April 24, 2009 9:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combining active electronic current limiting for short-circuit conditions and overload shutdown, EC-E electronic circuit breakers from Phoenix Contact protect load circuits connected to a 24 V DC power supply. The circuit breakers have a current limitation of 1.3 to 1.8 times the rated current of the circuit protector

PoE Gigabit Injector Handles 40 W

April 24, 2009 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accepting an input from 100 to 250 VAC, the Ault PENT1040A/B/C/D family of Gigabit injectors for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) from SL Power has a non-vented desktop configuration and complies with EMI/RFI regulations and is CE compliant.

Four-Channel Driver IC Saves Board Space

April 24, 2009 7:41 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

Based upon a half bridge topology, the IRS2093 from International Rectifier integrates four channels of Class D audio amplifier drivers with PWM modulators in a single IC. Features of the MLPQ48-packaged 200-V device include an error amplifier, PWM comparator, gate driver, an analog PWM modulator with frequency up to 800 kHz

Solid-State Voltage Regulator Serves Sensitive Applications

April 24, 2009 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to eliminate power disturbances that affect sensitive devices such as laboratory instrumentation, Falcon Electric's SVR Pro 1.5-kVA, 2.2-kVA and 3- kVA active solid-state voltage regulators protect against problematic generator frequency shifts, surges, sags, and extended brownouts.


Obama calls for New Era of Energy Development

April 24, 2009 5:05 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT and MIKE GLOVER | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, standing Wednesday in the shell of a once-giant Maytag appliance factory that now houses a wind energy company, declared that a "new era of energy exploration in America" would be a crucial to leading the nation out of an economic crisis.

US delivers message of urgency on climate change

April 23, 2009 12:39 pm | Blogs | Comments

The United States insisted Thursday that it had a common purpose and felt a sense of urgency over climate change, taking part in environment talks with other Group of Eight nations and developing countries. Delegates are holding three days of talks in this eastern Sicilian city amid high expectations over the extent of the U.S. commitment to tackle climate change


100 MPG Electric Hummer a Reality

April 23, 2009 9:23 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Raser Technologies recently announced a 100 MPG version of the Hummer H3 at the 2009 SAE International World Congress. The idea of taking the most infamous gas guzzler and making it “greener than a Prius” sounds like a pipe dream. But Raser claims to have achieved it. The resultant vehicle is the best of both worlds: environmentally-friendly and attractive


AP Poll: Americans high on Obama, direction of US

April 23, 2009 9:09 am | by RON FOURNIER and TREVOR TOMPSON, AP | News | Comments

For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future.


MCU Family Sleeps at Currents as low as 20 nA

April 23, 2009 8:54 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With features such as the integration of EEPROM, oscillators, USB, and capacitive-touch sensing peripherals, MicroChip's microcontroller (MCU) families using nanoWatt XLP eXtreme low-power technology can achieve sleep currents as low as 20 nA.


Modular Connectors Use 2-mm Pitch

April 23, 2009 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in four- and five-row versions, the 2-mm Modular CBC 20 from ITT Interconnect Solutions is a two-part modular plug and receptacle connector system that provides the interconnect headroom necessary to expand as design requirements change.

Illuminated Pushbuttons Suit Avionics Displays

April 23, 2009 8:16 am | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

Designed specifically for avionics applications, the PBA Series of miniature pushbutton switches from C&K Components has a robust design that includes gold plated contacts, IP64 sealing, and extended life cycles to 1,000,000 rotations.


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