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Touchscreen controller delivers industry-best noise rejection to large-screen superphones and tablets

October 7, 2013 9:45 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a new controller in its TrueTouch Gen5 family that brings the world’s best noise-immunity touchscreen control technology to superphones, smartphones, tablets and e-readers. The TMA568 controller supports writing and drawing with a 2.0-mm-tip passive stylus....

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Cable assemblies support applications to 65GHz

October 7, 2013 9:38 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces immediate delivery of selected, one meter cable assemblies from Florida RF Labs, Inc. The Lab-Flex family of cable assemblies boasts six different cable types supporting applications to 65GHz. They are extremely well-suited for high frequency test applications....

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NFC antenna is 28% thinner and meets EMVCo 40mm specification

October 7, 2013 9:26 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces an ultra-thin near field communications (NFC) ferrite sheet antenna. The antenna is 28% thinner than the previous version and still meets the EMVCo specification of 40mm. It enables NFC connectivity to mobile devices for payment sharing, credential storage and exchange, accessing and controlling data, and wirelessly connecting to tags.

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Photos of the Day: LA students get iPads, crack firewall, play games

October 7, 2013 8:52 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out. Instead of solving math problems or doing English homework, as administrators envisioned, more than 300 Los Angeles Unified School District students promptly cracked the security settings....

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In stem cells, like real estate, location is most important factor

October 6, 2013 1:01 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Stem cells and real estate have this in common: the most important thing is location, location, and location. Stem cells are extensively studied because of their ability to generate a wide variety of tissue types — from new heart, liver and even brain cells.  A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers published online Oct. 6 in the journal Nature shows that the fate of stem cells depends upon their immediate surroundings....

Sloppy Silicon Valley techies find their style

October 6, 2013 10:58 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Silicon Valley has had a men's fashion problem dating back to its founders. From their inception, tech companies went out of their way to be different. There would be no more top-down management, cubicles or business suits. Thus leather sandals, elastic-waist jeans and old T-shirts became...

You say Twitter, I say Tweeter: Investor mix-up?

October 4, 2013 7:36 pm | by JOSEPH PISANI - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A bankrupt electronics retailer appears to have gotten caught up in the investor fervor for Twitter. Shares of Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc. rose as high as 15 cents Friday. That's up 1,400 percent from Thursday's closing price of 1 cent. And trading volume skyrocketed to 14.4 million...

Fun facts about manufacturing files

October 4, 2013 6:56 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Circuit boards live and die by their manufacturing files. Without complete and accurate information, the board fab house can't fab the boards, the assembly house can't assemble your boards and nobody can buy the parts. Our old standard, the Gerber file, has been around since about the time King Arthur pulled the inductor out of the solder pot. It's old.

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Apple files promised appeal in book-collusion case

October 4, 2013 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is fighting a legal order requiring the company to modify its digital book contracts and submit to oversight by a court-appointed antitrust monitor. The Cupertino, California, company filed its notice of appeal Thursday in New York, following through on a pledge to fight the verdict. A...

Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots

October 4, 2013 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2011, when an MIT senior named John Romanishin proposed a new design for modular robots to his robotics professor, Daniela Rus, she said, "That can't be done." Two years later, Rus showed her colleague Hod Lipson, a robotics researcher at Cornell University, a video of prototype robots, based on Romanishin's design, in action. "That can't be done," Lipson said.

Ultraviolet light to the extreme

October 4, 2013 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When you heat a tiny droplet of liquid tin with a laser, plasma forms on the surface of the droplet and produces extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light, which has a higher frequency and greater energy than normal ultraviolet. Now, for the first time, researchers have mapped this EUV emission....

NSF awards $12 million to SDSC to deploy 'Comet' supercomputer

October 4, 2013 1:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a $12-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to deploy Comet, a new petascale supercomputer designed to transform advanced scientific computing by expanding access and capacity among traditional as well as non-traditional research domains.

Climate puzzle over origins of life on Earth

October 4, 2013 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The mystery of why life on Earth evolved when it did has deepened with the publication of a new study in the latest edition of the journal Science. Scientists at the CRPG-CNRS University of Lorraine, The University of Manchester and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris have ruled out a theory as to why the planet was warm enough to sustain the planet's earliest life forms....

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COM Express Modules feature Intel Core i7/i5 4th-Gen CPUs and removable memory

October 4, 2013 1:35 pm | Acromag | Product Releases | Comments

Acromag’s XCOM-6400 COM Express Module provides a high-performance processor in a package that is small, light, and very power-efficient. The XCOM-6400 is a Type 6 Basic COM Express module that is available with a choice of Intel’s 4-generation Core i7 or i5 Haswell CPU and Intel’s 8-Series QM87 PCH chipset....

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Embedded Video Engine features 3-in-1 functionality for graphical user interface development

October 4, 2013 12:35 pm | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking FDTI’s FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) integrated circuit, which addresses the need for easy-to-design, advanced forms of human-machine interaction. The FTDI FT800 Embedded Video Engine (EVE) available at Mouser Electronics is a high quality graphics chip with 3-in-1 functionality....

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