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Switching Power Manager Suits USB OTG Applications

May 8, 2009 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduced its LTC4160 and LTC4160-1 power manager ICs for single-cell Li-Ion/Polymer battery-based applications. The LTC4160/-1 features a bidirectional switching power manager which can power an application and charge the battery from USB. Operating in reverse, the same switching regulator can

Obama Administration to Scrutinize NASA

May 8, 2009 6:39 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The White House has ordered a complete outside review of NASA's manned space program, including plans to return astronauts to the moon.

Hubble's Last House Call

May 8, 2009 6:30 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn, Ap Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The Hubble Space Telescope is about to get one last house call. And never before have the risks been higher.


Bioelectricity May Outperform Ethanol

May 8, 2009 6:16 am | Blogs | Comments

Compared to ethanol used for internal combustion engines, researcher say that bioelectricity used for battery-powered vehicles would deliver an average of 80% more miles of transportation per acre of crops, while also providing double the greenhouse gas offsets to mitigate climate change.


Modular System Creates Power Solutions

May 8, 2009 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to address multiple power-rail applications, the ROA1283003 Power Block from Ericsson can be deployed as power stages controlled by a single or multiple-phase PWM. With an efficiency of 94% at full load, the device accepts input voltages from 7.0 V to 13.2 V, with an output from 0.8 V to 3.3V.

Enclosures Target Hand-Held Electronics

May 7, 2009 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring an inclined display area and a recessed keypad area, the TEKNET-PULPIT family of enclosures also incorporate ‘soft-touch’ edge grips for secure and comfortable holding during use. The cases combine white or black ABS with ‘soft-touch’ TPU elastomer in contrasting light or dark gray.

Signal Interface Module Monitors up to Eight Current Loops Simultaneously

May 7, 2009 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using one 16-bit A/D converter per channel, the MSXB 081 signal-interface (SI) module from Microstar can simultaneously monitor up to eight 4-mA to 20-mA current loops. The device provides both 300 V (peak) of isolation from channel to channel and 700 V (peak) from channel to PC.

Students Win LED Designs at LIGHTFAIR International 2009

May 7, 2009 7:56 am | News | Comments

While most students were writing reports and taking exams during finals week, lighting design students were worrying about glare, light distribution, and presenting a quarter’s worth of work to a panel of industry professionals as part of the LED (light-emitting diode) Luminaire Design Competition with the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California, Davis.


Science, Spirituality, and Some Mismatched Socks

May 7, 2009 5:12 am | by Gautam Naik | News | Comments

Researchers Turn Up Evidence of 'Spooky' Quantum Behavior and Put It to Work in Encryption and Philosophy

AMD Shakes Up Organization

May 7, 2009 4:40 am | by Alexei Oreskovic and Andre Grenon | News | Comments

Advanced Micro Devices Inc merged its microprocessor and graphics chip businesses on Wednesday, its latest effort to adjust its structure and claw back market share lost to larger rival Intel Corp. The newly merged division will be spearheaded by graphics chip executive Rick Bergman.

Amazon Debuts Larger Kindle

May 6, 2009 8:08 am | by Robert MacMillan and Alexandria Sage | News | Comments Inc on Wednesday introduced a larger souped-up version of its Kindle electronic reader designed for students, academics and newspaper readers


Scientists Unveil Chocolate-Fueled Race Car

May 6, 2009 7:51 am | News | Comments

Scientists unveiled on Tuesday what they hope will be one of the world's fastest biofuel vehicles, powered by waste from chocolate factories and made partly from plant fibers. Its makers hope the racer will go 145 mph and give manufacturers ideas about how to build more ecologically friendly vehicles.

TDR Probe Kit Offers Improved Ergonomics

May 6, 2009 7:42 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to make differential time-domain reflectometry (TDR) and time-domain transition (TDT) measurements, the Agilent N1021B 18-GHz differential TDR probe kit connects printed circuit boards and other devices without connectors to the 54754A differential TDR/TDT module in the 86100C Infiniium DCA-J wideband oscilloscope mainframe.


Amplifier MMIC Comes in a Small Package

May 6, 2009 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing an integrated GaAs LNA for use in the 1.5 to 8 GHz band, the GaAs MGA-21108 low-noise amplifier MMIC from Avago is provided in a 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.55-mm 8-pin STSLP package. Featues include an input voltage from 1.4 V to 3.3 V, a gain of 18.7 to 10.7 dB at 1.5 to 8 GHz, noise of 1.5 to 2.8 dB at 1.5 to 8 GHz, and a CMOS-compatible variable bias control and shutdown pin.

Driving LED Signage Efficiently

May 6, 2009 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The worldwide energy shortage has raised public awareness on energy saving issues, and the revolutionary LED light source has therefore been widely adopted for its low power consumption, long life, environmental protection, and fast turn on time features.


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