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Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station

December 20, 2013 11:00 am | by EMILY WANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station...

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Uncovering the Costs of Climate Mitigation

December 20, 2013 11:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Policies to curb greenhouse gas emissions will come at a cost to energy producers, industry and consumers. Policymakers around the globe are working to determine the most effective and cost efficient way to reduce these emissions — from renewable energy subsidies and fuel efficiency standards to carbon taxes and cap-and-trade policies.To tackle this challenge, Sergey Paltsev from MIT and Pantelis Capros from the National Technical Uni...

Factory programmable digital Hall effect sensors promise custom solutions at off-the-shelf prices

December 20, 2013 10:39 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV introduced two parts to its programmable digital Hall effect sensor line. The MLX92231 and MLX92211 feature EEPROM memory, allowing magnetic switching thresholds to be configured (including hysteresis). Both are factory pre-programmed to precise Hall effect switch or latch

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Research update: Electric fields can push droplets from surfaces

December 20, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have followed up on their discovery that droplets of water acquire an electric charge when jumping from certain condenser surfaces by finding a way to make use of that effect: They found that by applying an electric field to the system, the droplets “jump” more rapidly...

Voltage controlled oscillator operates at 2380 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7 V

December 19, 2013 3:39 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-2380-2380 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2380 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -119 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +2.5 dBm.

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Isolator ideally suited for wireless infrastructure

December 19, 2013 3:33 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduces a 2110-2170 MHz single junction, robust lead isolator in an industry leading, small footprint, 11 x 11 mm surface mount package.  The SKYFR-000727 is ideally suited for various wireless/cellular infrastructure applications including small-cell designs where space constraints exist.

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Synchronous step-down regulators incorporate a constant frequency, current-mode architecture

December 19, 2013 3:05 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology introduces new high reliability H grade and military MP grade versions of the LTC3615 and LTC3615-1, high efficiency, 4MHz synchronous buck regulators that incorporate a constant frequency, current-mode architecture.

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Corporate Cats

December 19, 2013 2:14 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Here at Screaming CIrcuits, we're all busy making sure to get everyone's assembly orders shipped off on time so here's a picture of one of our corporate kitty cats. We have a pair that live on campus here. They seem...

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Outlook for 2014 in the electronic components industry

December 19, 2013 2:01 pm | by Anne Tine, EVP of Marketing at Components Direct, an Avnet company | Blogs | Comments

The electronics industry is one characterized by constant change as new business opportunities and end user needs are driving growth in new applications and new markets. As a result, the electronic components industry must adapt — even embrace — this change, as companies that don’t are in danger of being left behind.

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Electron's shapeliness throws a curve at supersymmetry

December 19, 2013 2:01 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

A small band of particle-seeking scientists at Yale and Harvard has established a new benchmark for the electron's almost perfect roundness, raising doubts about certain theories that predict what lies beyond physics' reigning model of fundamental forces and particles, the Standard Model....

Gap calculator provides a quick calculation of the gap length of a transformer’s core

December 19, 2013 1:46 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Wurth Electronics Midcom announced the release of a new online tool: the Gap Calculator. The Gap Calculator tool provides a quick calculation of the gap length of a transformer’s core once the desired AL value and the package are known.

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Dimmable LED driver optimized for dimmable off-line LED bulb/tube applications

December 19, 2013 1:40 pm | Supertex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex introduced PS30, a constant frequency (67kHz), constant duty cycle LED driver optimized for dimmable off-line LED bulb/tube applications, providing high power factor correction (PFC).  PS30 is intended to drive a single switch, single inductor power converter....

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AC-DC power supply achieves 92% efficiency at 50 percent full load

December 19, 2013 1:35 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced the D1U86G series of 86 mm wide, 460 Watt front end power supplies from Murata Power Solutions. The D1U86G can achieve a high minimum conversion efficiency of 92 percent at 50 percent full load. With 1U form factor, these units measure only 86.0 x 196.9 x 39.9 mm....

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Engineering Update #38: The world's stealthiest submarine

December 19, 2013 1:23 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics: The Royal Navy's newest nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine — powered by a Rolls-Royce PWR3 nuclear reactor, the Successors are promised to be one of the stealthiest submarines in the world.

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Photos of the Day: Unique Christmas tree from the Bucharest Design Center

December 19, 2013 1:13 pm | News | Comments

Each year in Bucharest, Save the Children Organization Romania works with famous designers (mainly fashion designers, because they attract TVs & the buzz around) to organize the Festival of the (designers') Christmas trees. Each designer creates and donates a fancy tree, which is auctioned by the companies....

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