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Instrumentation Amp Is Smallest Available

April 27, 2009 9:20 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Smaller than the tip of a pencil, the AD8235 instrumentation amplifier from Analog Devices is also presented as having up to 50% less power consumption than similar products. The 1.6 mm x 2.0 mm device operates with an input from 1.8 V to 5.5 V and draws 40 microamps (max) of current with a 6-nA shutdown current and a 40-pA bias current.

Cat5 Switch Handles Four Devices

April 27, 2009 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing the user with board-mounted pushbutton control or remote control via ASCII RS-232 Serial Data sent through its remote port, the Pathway Model 7423 RJ45 Cat5 A/B/C/D Switch from Electro Standards Laboratories allows users to share a single RJ45 interface connected to the Common port among four other devices.

NEC and Renesas to Integrate

April 27, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

NEC Electronics, Renesas Technology, NEC, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi Electric today agreed to enter into negotiations to integrate business operations at NEC Electronics and Renesas.


Scientists Fabricate Improved Organic Transistor

April 27, 2009 4:51 am | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Stanford University in the US, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in Korea, and Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, has greatly improved the performance of n-channel organic semiconductors in transistors.

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



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