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Interface board operates from single 15 VDC supply

September 28, 2009 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mounting directly to dual NX IGBT Modules, the VLA536-01R gate drive interface board from Powerex operates from a single 15 VDC supply. The board also provides an isolated fault feedback signal if a short circuit condition is detected. Other features include

Cable assemblies fit wide range of coaxial connectors

September 28, 2009 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

50 and 75 ohm RG cable assemblies from Electronic Assembly Manufacturing (EAM) can be supplied with a range of coaxial connector types, including 7/16, BNC, Type N, MCX, MHV, SHV, TNC, UHF, MMCX, and MIL-qualified connectors for harsh environments. Cable sizes include

ICs cover frequency range from 7 GHz to 38 GHz

September 28, 2009 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for use in microwave radios and other high frequency systems, a line of microwave and millimeter wave integrated circuits from Endwave are available over the full microwave radio frequency range of 7 GHz to 38 GHz. The line also includes devices for the new E-Band

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International research team cracks potato genome

September 28, 2009 8:18 am | News | Comments

A global team of researchers has mapped the genetic code of the world's most popular vegetable - the potato. The draft of the potato genome released last week represents the work of more than 50 scientists from 16 institutions and will provide a starting point for other researchers to develop sturdier, more nutritious potatoes.

Platform Addresses Remote Motion Control

September 28, 2009 8:14 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Integrating motion sensing with ZigBee wireless technology, the SPMB250-A1  MotionBee platform from ST lets system developers build wireless sensor networks for remote motion recognition and tracking.

EU to set volume limits on MP3 players

September 28, 2009 8:01 am | News | Comments

Now hear this, if you still can: The European Union said Monday it wants makers of popular digital music players to recommend users turn the volume down to preserve their hearing. The EU's Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva said experts and industry will together draft tougher standards to limit hearing loss.

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Japanese companies forced to subsidize national solar power program

September 28, 2009 7:52 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Japanese companies are being forced to foot the bill for an ambitious new national solar power program.  According to Alpha Solar, “the government will oblige all Japanese companies to purchase excessive amount of energy and pay the double price to help installing solar panels.” The total “obligation” equals 9 billion Yen, and this will filter down to the consumer.

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Investments Push Twitter Value to $1 Billion

September 28, 2009 7:45 am | by Patricia Resende | News | Comments

There's a lot of tweeting about the micro-blogging company behind the tweets. Twitter closed an estimated $100 million round of funding Friday and its valuation soared to $1 billion.

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Xerox to buy Affiliated Computer for $5.75 Billion

September 28, 2009 5:21 am | by ANDREW VANACORE | News | Comments

Xerox Corp. has agreed to buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for about $5.75 billion in cash and stock in a deal that will boost the size of its document management business and take it another step away from its roots as a printer company.

Intel Unveils 45nm System-on-Chip for Internet TV

September 28, 2009 5:11 am | News | Comments

Intel Corporation today unveiled the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the newest System-on-Chip (SoC) in a family of media processors designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes.

Mobile Devices Boost Music, Software Biz

September 28, 2009 4:31 am | News | Comments

The mobile content business is undergoing a dramatic sea change, evidenced by the introduction of downloadable applications for such devices as the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android-powered phones.

AT & T Turns Net Rules Issue on Google

September 28, 2009 4:15 am | by John Poirier and Sinead Carew | News | Comments

AT&T Inc said any new "net neutrality" rules imposed by U.S. regulators need to apply to Web companies like Google Inc as much as to phone companies to ensure a level playing field. Last week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules requiring operators to open their networks to any legitimate Internet content or service without discrimination.

Designing SSDs for write-intensive Embedded System Applications

September 25, 2009 10:53 am | by Gary Drossel, Director of Product Planning, Solid-State Storage Business Unit, Western Digital Technologies | Articles | Comments

Write-intensive applications require a mix of controller, storage media, and solid state storage management algorithms to achieve optimal endurance and lifespan, while read-intensive applications just go for the lowest cost per gigabyte. A key design metric for long product lifespan requires an understanding of the concept of write amplification and its crushing affects resulting in SSD failure when overlooked.

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Phillips recognized as first entrant in DOE lighting competition

September 25, 2009 10:36 am | Blogs | Comments

Phillips has been recognized as the first entrant in the Department of Energy’s Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition. Intended to spur development of efficient LED replacements for incandescent bulbs, L Prize comes with a handsome reward--$10 million to the first group or individual to develop a 60 W replacement.

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Honda Debuts Self-Stabilizing Unicycle

September 25, 2009 7:28 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA | News | Comments

Honda's new "personal mobility" device looks like a unicycle, but all you need to do to zip around on it — sideways as well as forward and back — is lean your weight into the direction you want to go. The U3-X — available for a test-run for reporters in Tokyo Thursday — was designed to be small, safe and unobtrusive enough to mingle with pedestrians.

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