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Device Enables a Single MCU to Monitor 24 Automotive Switches

November 13, 2009 3:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX13362, a 24-channel switch-contact monitor for automotive switches. This device enables a single microcontroller to monitor up to 24 mechanical switches distributed throughout the automobile, thus eliminating expense of multiple remote MCUs. The MAX13362 protects

Motion Sensor Enables Smarter Vehicle Electronics

November 13, 2009 3:17 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a motion sensor providing accurate measurements of vehicle movement for systems such as adaptive front lights, auto-levelling HID (high-intensity discharge) lamps, inertial brake lights, e-parking brake, advanced anti-theft systems and control of vehicle dynamics. The AIS226DS is a

Coffee chain adopts LED lighting

November 12, 2009 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

A certain eco-conscious purveyor of roasted beans (rhymes with dar-nucks) has announced plans to adopt solid state lighting in more than 8,000 stores by the end of next year. Utilizing GE lighting solutions, Starbucks has already “converted” more than 1,000 U.S. locations, with plans to address the international market in March 2010.

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Instrument Calibrates Two Temperature Sensors Simultaneously

November 12, 2009 10:38 am | Articles | Comments

E Instruments’ HC-DB35 calibrator can calibrate two temperature sensors simultaneously or at two different temperatures in quick time. The HC-DB35 dual dry block calibrator is appropriate with fast heating and cooling times. Features include a cold range of -35°C to 123°C, hot 50°C to 350°C; accuracy: cold ±0.5°C, hot ±0.1 percent FS + one digit; stability:

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PCB Software Boasts New Miniaturization Capabilities

November 12, 2009 10:35 am | Articles | Comments

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the latest release of its Cadence Allegro and OrCAD printed circuit board (PCB) software. The Allegro and OrCAD PCB Design Release 16.3 brings PCB engineers the ability to

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Micro Push-Pull Connectors Suit Medical Apps

November 12, 2009 10:32 am | Articles | Comments

Binder-USA introduced its Series 420 micro push-pull connectors. This style of connector is commonly used for small applications in the medical and commercial industries. The push-pull cable connectors have a maximum diameter of 9.5 mm and accept cables with diameters ranging from

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Modulator Driver sports max data rate of 35 Gb-s

November 12, 2009 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model FO-MDA-20-25DD-1 (from Narda), a dual-channel DQPSK modulator driver for 40-Gb/s and 100-Gb/s optical transponder applications, has a maximum data rate of 35 Gb/s, and has been tested at rates as high as 113 Gb/s. It is designed to interface with a Sierra Monolithics SMI 4025 DQPSK multiplexer/clock multiplier unit on the input...

TVS device protects interfaces from ESD Damage

November 12, 2009 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CMNTVS12V 12-V Transient Voltage Suppressor (from Central Semiconductor) can handle up to 18 W of peak power and an ESD voltage of 8 kV. Designed to protect static sensitive data interfaces against ESD damage, the Voltage Suppressor is intended for small portable hand held electronic devices...

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Brushless motors offer stall torque up to 225 oz-in

November 12, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Four pole 1.65" (42mm) slotless brushless motors (from Koford Engineering) offer stall torque up to 225 oz-in and a peak power of 74 watts at 1585 rpm. Continuous power is 63 W. Oversize bearings and 1/4" shaft purportedly make this motor well suited for medical or military pumps as well as servo applications.

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Academics hope history in video games spurs interest

November 12, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

Portraying Leonardo da Vinci or World War II in a video game is challenging game developers to mix fun with facts while academics hope this growing genre will get players more interested in history. Gary Keith Brubaker, a lecturer in game study at The Guildhall at SMU in Texas, said historical games always have to try to balance accuracy and fun.

U.S. science group seeks cooperation with Cuba

November 12, 2009 4:49 am | News | Comments

A group led by the head of the United States' biggest science organization is in Cuba this week to discuss ways to rekindle scientific cooperation as U.S.-Cuba relations slowly improve under U.S. President Barack Obama.

Warming drives off Cape Cod's namesake, other fish

November 12, 2009 4:38 am | News | Comments

Fishermen have known for years that they've had to steam farther and farther from shore to find the cod, haddock and winter flounder that typically fill dinner plates in New England. A new federal study documenting the warming waters of the North Atlantic confirms that they're right...

Gene found that seems key in evolution of speech

November 12, 2009 4:24 am | News | Comments

Chimps, our nearest relative, don't talk. We do. Now scientists have pinpointed a mutation in a gene that might help explain the difference. The mutation seems to have helped humans develop speech and language. It's probably not the only gene involved, but researchers found the gene looks and acts differently in chimps and humans, according to a study published online Wednesday by the journal Nature.

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Review: New BlackBerry Storm improves on original

November 12, 2009 4:20 am | News | Comments

The first touch-screen BlackBerry phone, the Storm, got a few things right, but generally it was a chore to use. Good thing a lot can change in a year. Though not without flaws, the latest version of the device, the BlackBerry Storm2, is the phone Research In Motion Ltd. should have released last year...  

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Three-axis MEMS Gyroscope Offers 360 Degrees of Freedom

November 11, 2009 12:58 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced a single-package analog gyroscope that accurately measures angular rates along three orthogonal axes. The sensor provides 360° angular-rate detection for high-precision 3D gesture and motion recognition in mobile phones, game controllers, personal navigation systems and

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