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Cuba mobile email experiment causes chaos

May 19, 2014 9:22 am | by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

On an island where most people have no Internet access, the arrival of mobile phone email service was embraced with joy. Tens of thousands of Cubans began emailing like crazy in March - for days, until the service started to fail, taking much of Cuba's already shaky voice and text-messaging mobile service down with it....

Engineering better machines and buildings by understanding mechanics of materials

May 19, 2014 9:22 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia project to fill gaps by linking atomic structure with how parts perform ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Humans have used metals for thousands of years, but there’s still a lot about them that isn’t fully understood. Just how much stretching, bending or compression a particular metal will take is....

Tech companies sue over Michael Jackson hologram

May 19, 2014 9:19 am | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled Friday that the Billboard Music Awards can use a hologram of deceased pop icon Michael Jackson at this weekend's show, rejecting efforts from tech companies seeking to block the digital performance. Judge Kent Dawson said there wasn't enough evidence to show the planned 3-D image would violate patents....

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Engineering Newswire: Hands-free corvette on Air Force test track

May 19, 2014 9:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Former Indie League racer, Sam Schmidt, got back behind the wheel to race a Corvette down an Air Force test track. Except, Schmidt is a quadriplegic which was the result of a spinal cord injury suffered during a race testing accident in 2000. Using a ball cap with reflective spheres, Schmidt can take to the track again....

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America Semiconductor’s differentiator is go-to-market strategy

May 19, 2014 8:41 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, ECN | Articles | Comments

In March 2014, America Semiconductor introduced a new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. While the new rectifiers are suited for a range of commercial, industrial, and military applications, the company’s CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Simon admits that “when it comes to product, we’re not re-inventing the wheel here”....

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A whole new EDS

May 19, 2014 7:27 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

After nearly six months of meetings, strategy, and execution, EDS was proud to present a new look and brand position. A board of directors’ sub-committee led by Craig Anderson, Sumer, Fred Bell, Molex, Jim Banovich, Marsh Electronics, and Kris Whitehouse, Omron took a deep dive to define EDS moving forward....

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Module provides 512K of program flash

May 16, 2014 3:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LEMOS-LMX-WiFi module from Lemos International (Barrington, RI) is based on a Microchip PIC32MX695F512H 32-bit microcontroller coupled with a Microchip MRF24WB0MA WiFi radio. The PIC32MX695F512H contains 512K of program flash. The PIC32MX695F512H is equally capable on the SRAM front....

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Medium power film capacitors suit high frequency and high pulse rise-time circuits

May 16, 2014 2:32 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) released the new FM Series medium power film capacitors. Non-inductively wound with dry, metallized polypropylene film dielectric and encapsulated in a flame retardant plastic case sealed with self-extinguishing, thermosetting epoxy resin and…

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Precision Measurement Technologies, LLC wins for ICs

May 16, 2014 1:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The PCap02 Capacitance to Digital Converter from Precision Measurement Technologies (Clearwater, FL) is designed to provide capacitance measurement of up to 22 bits, over a broad range of capacitance, at update rates to 500 MHz, using as little as 4 microamps of current....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Linear Technology wins for ICs

May 16, 2014 1:06 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The LTC2378-20 from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) is a 20-bit successive approximation register (SAR) analog to digital converter (ADC) designed to sample analog signals with very high precision. The product achieves its state-of-the-art INL performance by implementing a proprietary architecture....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Inphi wins for ICs

May 16, 2014 12:58 pm | Inphi Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The IN3214SZ from Inphi Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is a quad linear driver designed to enable OEMs to implement more complex and flexible modulation formats that are capable of increasing the capacity of the long haul and metro networking infrastructure by up to a factor of four....

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Free iOS app designed for component search and selection

May 16, 2014 12:35 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Component manufacturer Würth Elektronik eiSos (Watertown, SD) has introduced a smartphone app for finding and selecting components using iOS devices. This universal app is compatible with all iOS versions and is optimized to run on iPhones and iPads. It is available to download free....

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Attenuator pads include full side wraps for SMT installation

May 16, 2014 12:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SemiGen, Inc. (Manchester, NH) announced that a series of fixed attenuator pads is now available from its RF Supply Center.  SemiGen’s advanced thin-film technology allows these attenuator pads to have full side wraps for SMT installation and a complete grounding backside for ease in attachment.

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Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials

May 16, 2014 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As smartphones get smarter and computers compute faster, researchers actively search for ways to speed up the processing of information. Now, scientists at Princeton University have made a step forward in developing a new class of materials that could be used in future technologies....

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Department of Defense funds terahertz-range metamaterials research

May 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Metamaterials research having potential applications in high-speed data transmission, medical imaging and other kinds of imaging and remote sensing is the focus of a U.S. Department of Defense project funded for five years at $7.5 million. Penn State is part of this six-member Multi-University Research Initiative....

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