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MCU Family Offers 1.65 MIPS/MHz Performance

March 26, 2009 6:10 am | Comments

Intended for applications that must run large-scale programs rapidly while achieving high performance levels, the RX family of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCU) deliver a processing performance of 1.65 MIPS/MHz while consuming 0.03mA/MHz CPU core current.

Neutron tracks revive hopes for cold fusion

March 26, 2009 5:36 am | Comments

Twenty years to the day that two electrochemists ignited controversy by announcing signs of cold fusion at an infamous press conference in Utah, a separate team has made a similar claim in the same US state. But this time, the evidence is being taken more seriously.

No Disks Needed for Startup's Streamed Video Games

March 25, 2009 7:10 am | Comments

A startup founded by technology entrepreneur Steve Perlman says it has developed a technology to deliver video games on demand, an idea that threatens to eventually take consoles out of the equation. OnLive Inc., Perlman's Palo Alto, Calif.-based company, planned to unveil its technology Tuesday night at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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Dual-Core System-On-Module Operates at up to 2.26 GHz

March 25, 2009 6:48 am | Comments

Addressing a variety of harsh, mobile and mission-critical environments, the ESMexpress XM2 from MEN Micro is based on the Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300 processor with a clock frequency of up to 2.26 GHz.

Emitter Used for Near-to-far Infrared Applications

March 25, 2009 6:45 am | Comments

The PIRELC, a high-output emitter from Cal Sensors can be used as a steady state or pulsed source of blackbody radiation for near-to-far infrared applications. The solid state emitter offers output of 4x10-2 watts/cm2 at 1 inch from filament. The emitter is intended for applications including industrial and medical gas analysis, process control

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Power Distribution System Allows 83 Disconnects

March 25, 2009 6:38 am | Comments

With multiple connections per phase, the Altech Power Distribution (APD) System allows up to 83 disconnects per meter. The APD system houses two conductors in plastic insulation suitable for voltages up to 600 VAC. Conductors with current ratings of 25 A, 63 A, or 80 A are available

Google's top execs keep $1 salaries amid turmoil

March 25, 2009 5:39 am | Comments

Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin maintained their traditional salaries of $1 last year even as the value of their combined stakes in the Internet search leader plunged by nearly $26 billion.

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Feinstein Blocking Solar Development in Mojave

March 25, 2009 5:04 am | Comments

California's Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy.

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RFID Slice Allows Discrete and Analog I/O

March 24, 2009 1:23 pm | Comments

Containing two channels, a Simple RFID (RFID-S) slice from TURCK allows traditional discrete and analog I/O slices. The RFID-S slice does not require software for integration into a PLC system. The slice is compatible with BL20 non-programmable and programmable gateways, available for use on PROFIBUS-DP, PROFINET, DeviceNet, Modbus TCP/IP

Optical Encoder Has 2-bit Quadrature Resolution

March 24, 2009 1:19 pm | Comments

Intended for applications such as audio, aircraft, medical and test equipment, a panel mount optical encoder from CUI has a 2-bit quadrature resolution. The C14 series has a 16 or 32 angle of throw position along with three shaft options that include 3.175 mm with slotted end, 6 mm diameter round, and 6.35 mm with D-cut

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Framer/Mapper/PHY Devices Target Multi-Service Transport Platforms

March 24, 2009 8:01 am | Comments

Supporting 10-Gigabit Ethernet, Metro, and Long Haul network applications, the Yahara family of Framer/Mapper/PHY Devices are intended to serve multi-service transport platforms and metro/long haul optical networks. The product family integrates 10GbE/10G Fibre Channel (FC)/8G FC/OC-192/STM-64 to OTU-2 mapping services, FracN clock synthesizing circuitry, Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC), GFEC/Enhanced FEC, and 10G serdes functions in a single device.

GaAs SP3T switch Operates from 0.1 to 6.0 GHz

March 24, 2009 7:35 am | Comments

Appropriate for high volume, consumer products, the SKY13317-373LF pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) gallium arsenide (GaAs) symmetric SP3T switch operates at frequencies from 0.1 to 6.0 GHz.

Microscale Heat Pump Enables Pinpoint Thermal Management

March 24, 2009 7:34 am | Comments

Nextreme Thermal Solutions' OptoCooler HV14 high voltage, low current thin-film thermoelectric cooler (TEC) targeted at laser diode cooling for the telecommunications achieves a 60°C temperature difference between its cold and hot sides. This temperature difference, known as the ?T, reflects the ability of the device to pump heat efficiently. The OptoCooler HV14 is the first module

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E-voting Fraud Manipulated Voters, not Machines

March 24, 2009 5:19 am | Comments

This past Friday brought news of a handful of indictments of elections officials in Kentucky who are alleged to have rigged elections in 2002, 2004, and 2006 by changing votes in electronic voting machines. Remarkably, the vote manipulation technique here was essentially an exploit of a simple UI design flaw, and involved no computer skills at all on the part of the alleged perpetrators.

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Stretchy Nanotube Material Promises More than Muscle

March 24, 2009 4:28 am | Comments

Carbon-nanotube ribbons developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas are stronger than steel, as stretchy as rubber, and as light as air. The ribbons, which are made of long, entangled 11-nanometer-thick nanotubes, can stretch to more than three times their normal width but are stiffer and stronger than steel or Mylar lengthways.

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