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How Safe Are Auto Electronics?

March 1, 2010 8:23 am | by Product Design & Development | News | Comments

Investigations into whatever is lurking behind Toyota's crisis of quality have put a spotlight on all that can go wrong with auto electronics -- the growing number of wires, sensors and computer chips that have profoundly changed the automobile in the last decade.

Greener memory from random motion

March 1, 2010 8:22 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(American Physical Society) Heat is often the enemy of computing and data storage, but a new experiment shows it could help reduce the amount of power needed to store data in magnetic memory.

Kohl critical of NBC online Olympic coverage

March 1, 2010 7:46 am | News | Comments

Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, wrote NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker to complain about an NBC policy that he said appears to restrict some online access to people who subscribe to a pay TV service or have a provider that is partnered with NBC. Kohl said the policy unfairly prevents others from seeing Olympic events.


L-1 hires advisers for possible sale

March 1, 2010 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

L-1 Identity Solutions has hired Goldman Sachs and Stone Key Partners LLC as financial advisers as the credentialing company explores selling itself off.The company, based in Stamford, Conn., announced last month that it was looking into "strategic alternatives" after posting a loss of $540,000...

Microprocessors Suit Embedded-control Applications

March 1, 2010 5:20 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced four new members in the SPEAr microprocessor family targeting embedded-control applications. Based on the latest ARM core technology, these microprocessors are said to enable equipment manufacturers to


Fanless PanelPC Has PCT Flat Bezel

March 1, 2010 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

BVM announced its AFL-F08A, an 8” fanless touch screen PC with projected capacitive touch screen options. The unit is based on the Intel Atom N270 processor running at 1.6 GHz, Intel 945GSE and ICH7M chipsets with addressing for up to


RFMD Expands 3G Product Portfolio with TD-SCDMA Power Amplifier

March 1, 2010 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Both the RF7234 and RF3266 deliver superior performance at peak power conditions and ample margin across spectral emissions mask requirements – meeting or exceeding the critical performance metrics of today's TD-SCDMA handsets.


High-performance SBC Fits on PC-104-sized Card

March 1, 2010 4:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic announced the Wildcat high-performance single board computer (SBC). Built around an Intel second-generation Core 2 Duo processor (SP9300), the entire SBC fits on a single 4.2” x 3.8” (107 mm x 96 mm) board. The SBC is designed for


RFMD Introduces Single-Placement RF Front Ends

March 1, 2010 4:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, today introduced the RF7178...


AC-DC power supply achieves Climate Savers 80+ Gold efficiency rating

March 1, 2010 4:41 am | News | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has introduced a new AC/DC front-end power supply for hot-swapping redundant systems that meets Climate Savers' 80+ Gold efficiency rating. The 2200W (220VAC), 1100W (110VAC), power-factor corrected D1U4CS-W-2200-12-HA4C has a main output of 12V and a standby output of 5V.


International Rectifier Showcases GaN Power Technology

March 1, 2010 4:36 am | Videos | Comments

John Lambert of International Rectifier demonstrates the company's new GaN-based power IC technology at APEC 2010. The flip-chip IP2010 and IP2011 combine driver and a GaN switch in a single device.


Fairchild DrMOS demo at APEC 2010

March 1, 2010 4:29 am | Videos | Comments

Here is a demonstration of a DrMOS integrated FET plus Driver multi-chip power stage module from Fairchild. The device is designed for multiple synchronous Buck converter applications.


Telecoms: mobile phone customers entitled to protection from data-roaming "bill shock" as from 1 st March 2010

March 1, 2010 4:24 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

As from 1st March 2010, European mobile phone operators are obliged under EU roaming rules to offer their customers a cut-off limit facility to protect them from 'bill shocks' for surfing the Internet with their mobile phones and laptops while travelling in other EU countries. Under the...


Hello, stranger: the ups and downs of Chatroulette

March 1, 2010 4:15 am | News | Comments

A new Web sensation called Chatroulette feels like a throwback to the early 1990s, when online chat rooms brimmed with lonely strangers looking for meaningful connections, meaningless sex, or something in between.

Perfect World reports jump in 4th-qtr profit

March 1, 2010 3:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Perfect World Co. on Monday reported a jump in fourth-quarter earnings, helped by growing revenue from the online games it operates.The Chinese company's net income jumped to 270.8 million yuan ($39.7 million), or 5.09 yuan (75 cents) per share, more than double the 124.8 million yuan, or 2.12...


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