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SMT Adapter Pair Suits Demanding Automotive Apps

September 29, 2009 6:35 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics’ latest high performance socket – SFS-BGA104A-52 allows 0.5 mm pitch, 8 mm x 8 mm body, and 15 X 15 array BGA devices to be socketed and operate without compromising performance in demanding automotive applications. The Giga-snaP BGA SMT adapter pair consists of

Dell settlement has tougher accounting oversight

September 29, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

Dell Inc. said Monday it will beef up accounting and corporate governance rules as part of a settlement tied to an investigation into its past financial practices. Dell, the world's second largest PC maker behind Hewlett-Packard Co., will also pay $1.75 million in legal fees, according to a settlement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Quantum Entanglement Made Visible

September 29, 2009 5:59 am | by Laura Sanders | News | Comments

By linking the electrical currents of two superconductors large enough to be seen with the naked eye, researchers have extended the domain of observable quantum effects. Billions of flowing electrons in the superconductors can collectively exhibit a weird quantum property called entanglement


Apple rejects iPhone App advocating single-payer healthcare

September 29, 2009 5:53 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

Apple has rejected an iPhone App that advocates a single-payer healthcare system. The free app, iSinglePayer, was rejected on grounds of being “politically charged.” iSinglePayer uses charts and bullets to compare healthcare systems and analyze present inefficiencies. It also uses GPS to determine your nearest congressman and then determines how much he/she receives from the healthcare industry.

CNN to Charge Users for News iPhone App

September 29, 2009 5:40 am | by ANDREW VANACORE | News | Comments

CNN is coming out with an iPhone application Tuesday that has a feature few other news apps have tried: a price tag.

IBM Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Moving Atoms

September 29, 2009 4:51 am | News | Comments

On this day in 1989, IBM Fellow Don Eigler became the first person in history to move and control an individual atom. Shortly thereafter, on November 11 of that year, Eigler and his team used a custom-built microscope to spell out the letters IBM with 35 xenon atoms.

Power Supplies Suit Industrial Environments

September 28, 2009 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Weidmuller introduced its T-Series of DIN-rail mounted single-phase industrial power supplies. A high power reserve is said to guarantee reliable start-up of loads with high in-rush currents such as motor starting applications. The T-Series single-phase power supplies are available in nine models, ranging from 12 VDC through 48 VDC output voltage, and up to

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

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.


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.


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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