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Rubber Boots Protect Buttons and Switches

July 30, 2009 8:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molded on a brass hex nut with military-grade silicone rubber, a family of switch boots from ZaGO Manufacturing protect toggle switches, push button switches and rotary switches.

Failed at Physics, Successful in Publishing?

July 30, 2009 8:05 am | by Allie Bochicchio, Editorial Intern | Articles | Comments

While a student at Susquehanna University for the past 3 years I have often had reservations regarding my decision to major in creative writing.  The inevitable question ‘What am I going to do with my degree?’ has been on my mind more intensely as I approach my senior year.


Industry groups sue over NYC e-waste recycling law

July 30, 2009 6:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) have filed a legal challenge against a New York City law mandating door-to-door collection of e-waste. Local Law No. 13, taking effect July 31st, forces all electronic manufacturers doing business in NYC to provide free door-to-door collection services for covered equipment.


Terminal Pins Streamline Testing

July 30, 2009 5:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in versions able to fit 1.02-mm and 1.32-mm holes and lengths to suit 1.6-mm and 2.4-mm PCBs, Vero Technologies’ line of terminal pins fits on a PTH PCB for the attachment of an oscilloscope probe, multimeter leads, and test equipment.

Temperature and Voltage Instrument Measures from 300 µV to 400 V

July 29, 2009 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MEASURpoint from Data Translation measures any combination of RTD, thermocouple, and voltage ranges from 300 µV to 400 V. Features include: B,E,J,K,N,R,S, and T thermocouple types to 0.0004ºC resolution, support for Platinum RTD Types: Pt100 (±0.07ºC accuracy)

DC/DC Converters Achieve 88% Efficiency

July 29, 2009 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using synchronous rectification technology, the MQFL-270 series of dc/dc converters from SynQor achieves efficiency levels of 88 percent and higher. The converters operate from -55°C to 125°C and accept continuous input voltages of 155 V- 400 V while permitting higher transient input voltages of 475 V for one second

Power Supplies Meet International Efficiency Requirements

July 29, 2009 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing "green" regulation in countries such as North America, Europe, U.K., Australia, China, and Korea family of interchangeable-blade AC/DC wall-plug power supplies from Globtek is available in versions providing regulated outputs from 5 V to 48 VDC (in 0.1-V increments).

Touch-screen Controllers Include Built-in Decoding

July 29, 2009 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

With built-in decoding and controller-driven calibration, the mTouch AR1000 Resistive Touch-Screen Controllers from Microchip purportedly reduce time to market for embedded resistive-touch designs. The controllers provide universal 4-, 5-, and 8-wire support, as well as support for SPI, I2C, and UART communication interfaces


Versatile Silicone Tape Protects Electronics

July 29, 2009 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The military-grade MIL-I-46852C silicone tape from Fujipoly is self-fusing to create an air-tight, water-tight bond within 3 minutes of application.

USB Modem Modules Are OS-Agnostic

July 29, 2009 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating on internal firmware independent of the host computer’s operating system (OS), Radicom’s V92HU USB hardware modem modules serve data-intense applications such as remote-site data acquisition and medical devices.


Senators Propose Texting-while-driving Ban

July 29, 2009 6:32 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is pushing legislation that would make texting while driving illegal. The bill, cosponsored by Democrats Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, would require states to pass the appropriate legislation or face loss of highway funds. Texting made headlines after a spurt of train accidents

Virgin spaceship firm gets big boost from Mideast

July 29, 2009 5:35 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson signed a deal Tuesday to sell about a third of his space travel startup Virgin Galactic to a Mideast investment fund, giving the venture an influx of cash at a time when the global recession has dried up funding sources. Aabar Investments will pay $280 million for a 32 percent share of the company, according to the agreement that also gives the wealthy Persian Gulf sheikdom of Abu Dhabi a chance to set up its own space flight industry.

Microsoft to open stores in Arizona, California

July 29, 2009 5:14 am | by JESSICA MINTZ, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday it is planning to open its first two retail stores in Arizona and California this fall. The software maker said Tuesday it signed leases at shopping centers in Mission Viejo, Calif. and Scottsdale, Ariz. The Shops at Mission Viejo is already home to an Apple store. The other location, Scottsdale Fashion Square, does not have a competing Apple Inc. shop.


Microsoft and Yahoo Sign 10-Year Search Partnership

July 29, 2009 5:10 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and JESSICA MINTZ | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. has finally roped Yahoo Inc. into an Internet search partnership, capping a convoluted cat-and-mouse game that dragged on for years. The 10-year deal announced Wednesday gives Microsoft access to the Internet's second-largest search engine audience, adding a potentially potent weapon to the software maker's Internet arsenal as it girds for an all-out assault against online search and advertising leader Google Inc.

SMT LEDs Deliver up to 5,000 mcd

July 29, 2009 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Compatible with IR reflow soldering, OPTEK's OVS5MxBCR4 Series half-watt LED package provides a typical luminous intensity of 4,000 4,500 and 5,000 mcd for the red, amber and yellow LEDs, with 25, 25, 6 and 25 lm for the white, warm white, blue and green LEDs, respectively. Features include a 120° viewing angle, a water clear lens, an operating temperature range from -40°C to +100°C.


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