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U.S. video game sales down 29 percent in July: report

August 14, 2009 6:41 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. video game equipment and software sales fell 29 percent in July to $848.9 million, research group NPD said on Thursday, as the gaming industry limps through the economic downturn. Hardware sales fell 37 percent from a year ago, while software sales slid 26 percent, NPD said. Sales of video game accessories declined 12 percent.

Deadline for U.S. broadband grants, loans extended

August 14, 2009 6:09 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

The deadline for online applications for the first round of the U.S. government's $7.2 billion program to provide broadband access to all Americans was extended to August 20 from August 14 because of technical problems caused by the high number of applicants. Applicants who started the process using the online Easygrants System will be

Crosstalk in Multi-Channel High-Speed ADCs

August 13, 2009 10:13 am | by Chuck Sanna, Product Marketing Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

In the push to increase bandwidth, range and sensitivity in wide bandwidth systems, multi-antenna and multi-sensor arrays are becoming increasingly popular. With each antenna or sensor requiring its own signal chain, many analog-to-digital converter (ADC) suppliers are integrating multiple high-speed ADCs into a single IC design.

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Filter Design Tools and Wizards

August 13, 2009 9:53 am | by Hank Zumbahlen, Sr. Staff Applications Eng., Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Filters are common in electronic equipment. From antialiasing filters used before A to D converters, to reconstruction filters after D to A converters, to intermediate frequency (IF) strips applications for filters are everywhere. The common thread is the desire to pass some frequencies, while blocking others. An ideal filter will have an amplitude response that is unity (or at a fixed gain) for the frequencies of interest

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Development Kit Explores LED Backlighting

August 13, 2009 7:57 am | Endicott Research Group | Product Releases | Comments

Available in versions for specific OEM LCD models, the Smart Kit development kit from Endicott Research Group gives engineers the ability to create and evaluate LED backlighting including drivers and hardware. Each kit is shipped with DV and non-DV input harnesses for design flexibility.

Nanobioelectronic Tech Promises Improved Electronics

August 13, 2009 7:47 am | News | Comments

If manmade devices could be combined with biological machines, laptops and other electronic devices could get a boost in operating efficiency. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have devised a versatile hybrid platform that uses lipid-coated nanowires to build prototype bionanoelectronic devices.

Low Mass DC Response Accelerometer Addresses High-rel Impact Testing

August 13, 2009 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Endevco has introduced Model 7264G, a patented, damped MEMS accelerometer for crash sled, rough road and other critical shock testing applications. Model 7264G features a full bridge, with two fixed resistors to facilitate shunt calibration. Sensing elements are

Report: NASA can't keep up with killer asteroids

August 13, 2009 6:48 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is charged with spotting most of the asteroids that pose a threat to Earth but doesn't have the money to complete the job, a federal report says. That's because even though Congress assigned the space agency that mission four years ago, it never gave NASA the money to build the necessary telescopes, according to the report released Wednesday by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Short Web address site tr.im to stay in business

August 13, 2009 6:27 am | by RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Web address shortening service tr.im is back in business — just days after announcing it would trim itself out of operation. Eric Woodward, co-founder of The Nambu Network, said his company's tr.im service has reopened in the wake of "countless public and private appeals."

Cisco Seeks To Enchance Music/Tech Synergy

August 13, 2009 5:13 am | by by Ritsuko Ando, Yinka Adegoke, and Bernard Orr | News | Comments

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc Chief Executive John Chambers said on Wednesday that the company's latest expansion in the online media and entertainment business will help improve relations between the music industry and Silicon Valley.

Court Restricts Microsoft Word Sales in Patent Dispute

August 13, 2009 4:33 am | by Deepti Govind, Saumyadeb Chakrabarty, and Bill Rigby | News | Comments

A U.S. federal court has ordered Microsoft Corp to stop selling some versions of its widely used Word software in the United States in two months, ruling in favor of a small Canadian firm that accused the software giant of violating its patents.

UPSs Add Green Features

August 12, 2009 1:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Para Systems made two additions to its Minuteman EnSpire Series of uninterruptible power supplies. The company asserts its EN750 and EN900 tout energy savings through two specific design features. First, when the internal battery is fully charged, the charger

Switch Guards Protect Against Accidental Actuation

August 12, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mounting flush into the panel, the HP series of recessed push button switch guards from APEM Components protects against accidental actuation. The guards fit into a 22 mm round panel cut-out. Available in momentary and maintained functions, the switches are offered in 7 actuator colors. The series is rated for 100 mA at 24 VDC

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SIP Modules Achieve up to 94% Efficiency

August 12, 2009 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering 3 A to 80 A of output current, a family of Power SIP modules from Bel Power operate at efficiencies of up to 94 percent. The modules feature an input range of 4.5 V to 13.8 V, with an output voltage trim range of 0.59 Vdc to 5.1 Vdc. They all switch at a fixed frequency (from 250 KHz to 500 KHz, module dependent).

Fuse Holders and Fuse Carriers are Touch-proof

August 12, 2009 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower announced two fuse holder series: the 8092 series, and the 8093 series. The 8092 series fuse holders are designed to accommodate both the international 5 mm x 20 mm fuse and the North American ¼” x 1 ¼” fuse. The 8092 series of fuse holders carry

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