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Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Chips to US Navy

November 30, 2009 5:55 am | Comments

A 32-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to charges that he sold thousands of counterfeit chips to the U.S. Navy. In a plea agreement reached on Friday, Neil Felahy of Newport Coast, California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and counterfeit-goods trafficking for his role in an alleged chip-counterfeiting scam that ran between 2007 and 2009. Felahy, his wife Marwah Felahy, and her brother Mustafa Abdul Aljaff operated several microchip brokerage companies that imported chips from Shenzhen, in China's Guangdong province.  

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Researchers find Reliable, Mess-free way to Grow Graphene

November 30, 2009 5:52 am | by Anne Ju | Comments

Single layers of carbon atoms, called graphene sheets, are lightweight, strong, electrically semi-conducting -- and notoriously difficult and expensive to make. Now, a Cornell research team has invented a simple way to make graphene electrical devices by growing the graphene directly onto a silicon wafer.  

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The State of the Budget ’Scope Market

November 23, 2009 9:21 am | by André Rebelo, Global PR Manager, Extech Instruments Corporation | Comments

After digital multimeters, oscilloscopes are the second most common test and measurement instrument used today. Within the spectrum of available benchtop, hand-held, and PC-based scopes, different needs can dictate what the best form factor is for one’s applications. Still, today’s scopes continue to surprise with features not previously found in their category...

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Near-infrared Diode Laser Components Keep Applications Secure

November 23, 2009 9:05 am | by Dr. Jörg Neukum, Dilas Diodenlaser GmbH | Comments

Nowadays security is the key to whether it is in homeland defence, or security monitoring of parking lots or buildings. Surveillance systems are either passive systems using IR cameras, or active systems based on infra-red light sources, which are invisible for human eye...

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Productivity Drives Performance in Handheld Oscilloscopes

November 23, 2009 8:06 am | by Lau Yue Hoong, Agilent Technologies, www.agilent.com | Comments

The need to increase productivity and energy efficiency is today driving more and more electronic content into industrial applications such as power generation, transmission and distribution (e.g., smart grid), industrial process control and automation, instrumentation, HVAC, and fire and surveillance, just to name a few.

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Brainstorm: Holiday Wish List

November 23, 2009 6:10 am | Comments

With the holidays approaching, what product or technology is on your wish list?

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Aonix Adds VxWorks-Intel Architecture Target

November 23, 2009 4:13 am | Comments

Aonix, a provider of solutions for safety and mission-critical applications, today announced the release of ObjectAda Real-Time 8.4 for Windows, targeting Intel x86 architecture embedded and real-time systems running the Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS).

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Build Entertainment-Grade Consumer Home Networks for Simplicity

November 19, 2009 8:25 am | by David Sorensen, Vice President of Marketing, Gigle Networks | Comments

Increasingly, the biggest challenges designers of consumer electronics products face have less to do with performance or feature-richness, and more to do with ease of use and simplicity. This is especially true in entertainment networking, where multiple technologies currently vie for adoption, and consumers have made it clear they want a simple solution, right out of the box.

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Incandescent ban highlights issue of forced obsolescence

November 18, 2009 10:12 am | Comments

The mad scramble to obtain incandescent bulbs ahead of the EU ban highlights a controversial practice—the forced obsolescence of old technologies. R&D, combined with market forces, often collude to bury legacy tech. But should government speed up this process? How important is consumer choice?

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Advancing Use of Telehealth Solutions

November 18, 2009 10:00 am | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will educate both health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies as part of a new liaison agreement announced today.

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Temperature Control in Large Enclosed Spaces

November 18, 2009 9:58 am | by Marc Dugré, President, Regulvar | Comments

Temperature control in large enclosed spaces - such as goods warehouses or aircraft hangars – presents a huge challenge to conventional technologies. As such, this type of environment is very expensive to heat or cool and uncomfortable to work in. Innovative wireless technology can provide the answer.

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Reading the future

November 18, 2009 9:49 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Recently the number of book-related applications in the iPhone App Store has surpassed the number of game apps in sales, sending rumbles throughout the nascent eBook reader marketplace. Will the smartphone unseat the e-reader before it can even begin its reign?

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Talking tomorrow

November 18, 2009 5:24 am | by Alix L. Paultre, Editor in Chief | Comments

Recently I posted a reference item on the term “Bunny Suit” to www.everything2.com (participating in sites like that is how I “doodle in the margins” during my work day), and the essay made me think of other terms we use, and why we have so many unimaginative words for such exciting technology. 

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groSolar Collaborates with eMOBUS on Electronic Mobility Management

November 18, 2009 3:00 am | Comments

eMOBUS, Inc. a carrier agnostic provider of cellular management services and software, today announced that groSolar, a leading solar energy installer, is the latest mid-market company to go live on with Electronic Mobility Management.

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Robotic Hand can 'feel'

November 17, 2009 7:00 am | Comments

In a key scene in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker has his hand chopped off, and before the movie’s over, he has a fresh, robotic one in its place. This is no longer the stuff of fantasy—researchers at Tel Aviv University, in conjunction with a team of EU scientists, have created an artificial hand that can “feel.”

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