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Cisco to Buy Wireless Gear-maker Starent

October 14, 2009 6:32 am | by Ritsuko Ando | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) plans to buy advanced wireless equipment maker Starent Networks Corp (STAR.O) for $2.9 billion to boost its product offerings as phone carriers build out next-generation networks.

Trading emotionally? Device warns of stress

October 14, 2009 6:22 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

If emotions are getting the better of you while trading online, The Rationalizer may be just the thing to tell you when it's time to take a break. The prototype unveiled by Netherlands-based Philips Electronics and ABN AMRO aims at

Miami Firm Says it Will Lay First US-Cuba Fiber

October 14, 2009 5:29 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A small Miami-based company said the U.S. government has given it permission to lay the first optical communications fiber from the U.S. to Cuba. That could drastically cut the cost of calling the island nation and make the Internet more accessible to Cubans. Treasury Department officials were unavailable to confirm that

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Smartphones Weigh on Mobile Networks: Study Shows

October 14, 2009 5:21 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

A smartphone generates much less mobile data traffic than a laptop with a data card, but phones impose a load on the network which is much larger than anticipated, a study showed on Wednesday. A boom in mobile data traffic – boosted by laptops and smartphones – is putting unprecedented

Cable Assembly complies with SFF-8431 specification

October 13, 2009 12:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore has developed a 10 meter SFP+ copper cable assembly that is fully compliant with the SFF-8431 Revision 4.1 specification. The SFP+ (Small Form-factor Pluggable) offering purportedly goes 3 to 5 meters longer than other passive options.

R Level Resistors qualified up to 15 MO

October 13, 2009 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The thick film MIL-PRF-55342 R level resistors from TT electronics IRC are qualified from 1 O to 10 MO for the 1206 style, and 1 O to 15 MO for the 2010 and 2512 package sizes. The TMC Series includes power ratings of 250mW for the 1206 chip, 800 mW for the 2010 resistor

Reference Clock intended for SERDES and video applications

October 13, 2009 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ispClock 5400D device from Lattice Semiconductor & the SG-710 CMOS oscillator from Epson Toyocom is intended for SERDES applications such as XAUI or SDI Video. The devices have a low phase noise on-chip PLL that generates frequencies greater than 150 MHz.

Comparing motor-control techniques

October 13, 2009 7:10 am | by Daniel Torres, Applications Engineer, Microchip | Articles | Comments

The majority of motor-control designers are consistently and continuously looking for methods to improve efficiency while reducing system cost. These are the two main factors that are driving the efforts to improve existing motor designs and motor-control techniques. A good example of this trend is the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM).

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Ageing heart can be prevented, say scientists

October 13, 2009 6:24 am | News | Comments

Scientists in Japan said they have uncovered evidence that shows it may be possible to delay or prevent heart failure in humans. Tetsuo Shioi, lead researcher and assistant professor of medicine at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto, and his team described how they managed to suppress a variety of the P13K gene in a group of elderly mice.

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Experts warn glaciers in Indian Kashmir melting

October 13, 2009 6:21 am | News | Comments

Indian Kashmir's glaciers are melting fast because of rising temperatures, threatening the water supply of millions of people in the Himalayan region, a new study by Indian scientists says. The study by Kashmir University's geology and geophysics department blamed the effect on climate change

George Soros to invest $1 billion in “green tech”

October 13, 2009 6:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Earlier, we reported that global investments in renewable energy had dipped 40% from 2008-09—thus, the following comes as welcome news. George Soros has decided to invest $1 billion of his own money into “green technologies.” Soros issued a clear directive on how his money ought to be spent

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MU Researchers Create Tiny Nuclear Battery

October 13, 2009 5:37 am | News | Comments

While scientists are finding ways to make batteries smaller but even more powerful, problems can arise when these batteries are much larger and heavier than the devices themselves. University of Missouri researchers are developing a nuclear energy source that is smaller, lighter and more efficient.

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FBI delves into DMV photos in search for fugitives

October 13, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

In its search for fugitives, the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on millions of motorists, comparing driver's license photos with pictures of convicts in a high-tech analysis of chin widths and nose sizes. The project in North Carolina has already helped nab at least one suspect.

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MSOs Feature 80 ps Digital Channel Timing Resolution

October 12, 2009 11:57 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc announced the MSO70000 Series of Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes. The instruments have up to 20 channels of measurement capture (four analog and 16 digital) with analog bandwidth ranging from 4 GHz to 20 GHz and 80 ps digital channel timing resolution. The MSO70000 Series combines

Hand-held LED Spectrolightmeter Offers Array of Measurements

October 12, 2009 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gigahertz-Optik’s hand-held BTS256-LED is designed to measure luminous flux or illuminance, color data and spectral distribution of pc board mounted LEDs, discrete LEDs within a module, miniature lamps, endoscopes and any narrow beam emitting light source. Larger size light sources can

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