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New Wi-Fi technology to let gadgets talk directly

October 16, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

Starting in mid-2010, new versions of gadgets like cameras, cell phones and computers will be able to talk to each other using Wi-Fi without needing to connect to a wireless network first. The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group, said Wednesday it is nearly finished putting together a Wi-Fi Direct specification

Winter forecast: Warmer West, North; cooler South

October 16, 2009 5:42 am | News | Comments

The Midwest and Northern United States are likely to get a warmer winter, while the Southeast can expect just the opposite: cooler and wetter conditions.In Thursday's winter outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says an El Nino weather event - warming in parts of the Pacific that affects weather worldwide - will be a major player in America's winter temperatures.

Socket Adapter ensures mounting of ICs

October 15, 2009 1:05 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SF-BGA199B-B-05 0.65mm Pitch BGA Socket Adapter from Ironwood Electronics allows Samsung MCP KMYFE0C0CM-D300 memory IC’s to be placed in socket. The BGA SMT adapter consists of solder balls on the bottom side and round pads on the topside.

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Analog Front End enables highly-accurate measurements

October 15, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

With up to 91 dB Signal to Noise and Distortion (SINAD), the MCP3901 Analog Front End (AFE) from Microchip purportedly enables highly-accurate measurements. The AFE features dual 16-/24-bit Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), internal Programmable Gain Amplifiers (PGAs) and voltage reference

Keyboard provides nearly silent operation

October 15, 2009 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring whisper keystroke technology, the Stream XT keyboard from Cherry provides nearly silent operation. The keyboard is purportedly highly-resistant to liquid spills, and includes standard keystroke life of greater than 10 million operations.

CEC holds hearing on TV regulations

October 15, 2009 8:55 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in March, we reported on the California Energy Commission’s proposal to set a cap on the maximum active mode power usage (watts) for TV’s. All units above the maximum would be banned for sale in California—this would preclude the vast majority of Plasma, DLP, and Rear-projection TV’s.

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K-State Engineers use Gold 'Snowflakes' to Improve Graphene Conductivity

October 15, 2009 6:55 am | News | Comments

In an effort to make graphene more useful in electronics applications, Kansas State University engineers made a golden discovery -- gold "snowflakes" on graphene. To functionalize graphene with gold -- thus controlling its electronics properties -- Berry and Kabeer Jasuja, a K-State doctoral student in chemical engineering, imbedded gold on graphene.

Can Innovation Save the Economy?

October 15, 2009 5:59 am | by Daniel M. Harrison | News | Comments

For all the discussions of “green shoots” in housing or consumer spending over the last few months, too little attention has been paid to a classic American economic advantage: innovation. If cash flow is the blood of the global economy and spending and investment are its main artery veins, then innovation is the heart that does the pumping.

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Anti-static Tumbler Switchblocks Hold up to 2,000 Key Codes

October 15, 2009 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a new family of tumbler switchlocks. Designated the Y Series, the anti-static four-, five- and six tumbler switchlocks exceed 20 KVDC static resistance and are available with 200, 750 and 2,000 key codes, respectively. The Y Series switches feature a

Miniature Micro Switch Touts High Stability, Endurance

October 15, 2009 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Johnson Electric’s Burgess V3NS series Miniature Micro Switch is engineered to deliver a minimum of 200,000 operations at 250 VAC, 6 A, in a compact, IP67 rated 33 mm x 10.4 mm x 15.9 mm package. A range of internally fitted levers provides provides more stability than traditional types, according to the company.

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Time Delay Control Switch Relay Addresses Arc-flash Safety

October 15, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electroswitch introduced a new Time Delay Control Switch Relay (TD-CSR) intended for local control to mitigate the arc flash danger in circuit breaker operation. It provides for a manually initiated time-delay trip or close operation that incorporates a flashing LED to notify the operator of a pending trip or close operation and to

AT & T wins antitrust approval to buy Centennial

October 15, 2009 4:19 am | News | Comments

AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless provider, has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Centennial Communications Corp on the condition that it sell assets in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Boost Switch Addresses High-frequency Step-up DC/DC Designs

October 14, 2009 9:02 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FDFME3N311ZT is designed as a single package solution for a boost topology in cellular handset and other ultra portable applications. It features a  MOSFET with low input capacitance, total gate charge and on-state resistance. An independently connected

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MOSFETs Tailored for LCD Backlighting

October 14, 2009 8:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Diodes Incorporated introduced 15 devices tailored to LCD TV and monitor backlighting. Provided in industry standard TO252 and SO8 packaging, the MOSFETs provide the high power handling and fast switching required by high efficiency CCFL drive architectures. The 30 V rated n-channel DMN3024LSD

High Current Automotive Type Relays Passed UL

October 14, 2009 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hasco’s automotive single pole relays have passed UL with ratings of 30 A, 40 A and 80 A for use in today’s electric automotive market. The coil voltages available are 6 V, 12 V and 24 V with 48 V and 60 V available upon special request.  The CAR Series come in either PC mount or quick – snap in- mount styles. There are

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