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Rumors Fly Over New iPhones for Verizon

April 29, 2009 6:56 am | by Barry Levine, | News | Comments

As Apple and AT&T continue talks about extending their iPhone relationship, rumors are flying about new iPhone devices and a possible deal with Verizon Wireless. According to a story in Monday's Business Week and elsewhere, Apple is discussing with Verizon the possibility of distributing two new iPhone descendants.


Audio Amplifier Suits Battery-Driven Devices

April 29, 2009 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well-suited for battery-powered applications, the AAT5101 2.5W Class D audio amplifier from AnalogicTech supports operation from 2.1 V to 5.5 V. Operating at up to 92% efficiency, the device has a shutdown current of 0.06 µA and a 1.35-mA quiescent current.

Programmable Power IC Offers High Precision

April 29, 2009 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ensuring stable operation without supply bypass capacitors, the LT3092 two-terminal current source is programmable from 0.5 mA to 200 mA and has a current regulation from 1.5 V to 40 V of better than 10 ppm/volt. Features include an initial accuracy of 1%.


Some Case Studies from National Instruments

April 29, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Do you have an interesting case study you'd like to see here? Send us yours at, and we'll publish the best of them.

POL Converters Feature Extended Temperature Range

April 28, 2009 11:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The YEV Series of 3, 6, and 10 amp vertically-mounted, Point-of-Load (POL) DC-DC converter products from Power-One offers an extended operating temperature range option of -40ºC to 85ºC. The POLs utilize advanced topologies to deliver up to 94 percent efficient power conversion in communications and server applications

Republicans push nuclear energy to lower costs

April 28, 2009 6:34 am | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. should build 100 more nuclear plants rather than spend "billions in subsidies" for renewable energy if it is truly committed to lowering electric bills and having clean air, the Republicans say. In the party's weekly radio and Internet address, Sen. Lamar Alexander said the United States should follow the example of France, which promoted nuclear power decades ago


Current-Sense Chip Resistors Suit General Applications

April 28, 2009 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to offer a low cost solution for low resistance value requirements where high temperature operation and low TCR are less important, the CSR / CSRN Series of thick film current sense chip resistors from Stackpole provides a TCR that is 200 ppm or better for most sizes and still is able to supply 1% tolerances as standard.

Touch Screens with Pop-up Buttons

April 28, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

Touch-screen technology has become wildly popular, thanks to smart phones designed for nimble fingers. But most touch screens have a major drawback: you need to keep a close eye on the screen as you tap, to make sure that you hit the right virtual buttons.


Rackmount 2U Programmable Supplies Rated at up to 6 kW

April 28, 2009 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as having the highest power density of any device of its type, the XR Series of 2U programmable DC power supplies from Magna-Power can deliver voltages of up to 1000 Vdc and currents of up to 375 A.

Brocade deepens IBM ties, steps up attack on Cisco

April 28, 2009 4:33 am | by JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. is deepening its ties with a powerful ally, IBM Corp., forging a new distribution deal for Internet routers and switches at a time when bigger rival Cisco Systems Inc. is straining some of its old relationships.

GM Plan Would Lead to Majority Government Ownership

April 27, 2009 1:51 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

President Obama once declared, “The United States government has no interest in running GM.  We have no intention of running GM.” But recent developments could leave the federal government with majority ownership of GM. On February 17, GM submitted its “2009 – 2014 Restructuring Plan” to the Treasury Department. Highlights included

Zigbee Alliance Plans Further Integration of Internet Protocol Standards

April 27, 2009 9:30 am | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating standardized wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, today announced it will incorporate global IT standards from the Internet Engineering Task Force into its specification portfolio of low-power wireless networking standards.


Flat-to-Flat Adapters Rated for 8 A

April 27, 2009 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VAZ-2FK-B3 AS-Interface Flat-to-Flat adapters from Pepperl+Fuchs are rated for 8A operating current. These adapters facilitate the connection of two AS-Interface cables or two 24-VDC auxiliary power cables. They feature IP67/IP68/IP69k protection and 19-mm x 26-mm x 40-mm housing. According to their press release


Tactile Switch Offers Right-angle, Thru Hole Termination

April 27, 2009 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TL1250 illuminated tactile switch from E-Switch – Lamb Industries Offers right-angle, thru hole termination. Blue, red, green, and yellow single LED options are available. Features include: Force of 120 +/- 60gf; 180 +/- 60gf; or 280 +/- 70gf, Mechanical Life of 50,000 cycles min., travel of 0.2mm +/- 0.1mm

Instrumentation Amp Is Smallest Available

April 27, 2009 9:20 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Smaller than the tip of a pencil, the AD8235 instrumentation amplifier from Analog Devices is also presented as having up to 50% less power consumption than similar products. The 1.6 mm x 2.0 mm device operates with an input from 1.8 V to 5.5 V and draws 40 microamps (max) of current with a 6-nA shutdown current and a 40-pA bias current.


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