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Sony E-Book Reader to Gain 500,000 Public-Domain Titles

March 19, 2009 6:57 am | Comments

Google Inc. is making half a million books, unprotected by copyright, available for free on Sony Corp.'s electronic book-reading device, the companies were set to announce Thursday. It's the first time Google has made its vast trove of scanned public-domain books available to an e-book device, and vaults the Sony Reader past Inc.'s Kindle as the device with the largest available library, at about 600,000 books.

Double-layer Capacitors Tout Values up to 3000 F

March 19, 2009 6:34 am | Comments

Double Layer Capacitors with capacitances up to 3000 F developed by WIMA are suitable for energy storage where charge or discharge of high loads at a short time is needed. They are available as WIMA SuperCap C with cylindrical case or as WIMA SuperCap R with rectangular case. These capacitors are cascaded to

Insulation Tester Provides Dual-Scale Output

March 19, 2009 5:39 am | Comments

The DA2005 dual-scale insulation tester from Protek provides 0 to 100,000 MO insulation resistance measurements at 2,500 V on a dual-range analog scale plus output HV monitoring on a built-in 3½ digit LCD. Complete with built-in high-voltage probe, the device measures 1000 MO to 100, 000 MO resistances on the green analog scale and 0 to 2,000 MO on the red analog scale.


Tricolor 3-W LED Fills Lighting Apps

March 18, 2009 10:12 am | Comments

Well-suited for solid-state architectural and commercial lighting applications, the 3-W ASMT-MT00 Moonstone LED from Avago Technologies delivers 108 lumens and can be independently controlled to enable color-changing and mixing as well as white output.

USB to Serial Converters Offer Secure Connections

March 18, 2009 9:01 am | Comments

USB v1.1 and v2.0 compliant, Advantech’s USB-4604B and USB-4604BM USB to 4-port RS-232 and USB to 4-port RS-232/422/485 converters provide a novel type-B USB connector with thumbscrews to ensure connection despite vibration or inadvertent tugging on the cable.

Large-size TFT-LCD Panel Shipments are Up

March 18, 2009 6:07 am | Comments

Under the current global economic recession, February 2009 large-size TFT-LCD Panel Shipments was up after 5 month. Displaybank, a market research company focused in Display industry ( announced that 2009 February large-size TFT-LCD panel shipments increased 26.3% M/M at 30.1 million pieces.

Fiber-Optic Switch Uses Mirrors

March 18, 2009 5:10 am | Comments

Employing mirror technology, the QuickSwitch Model 6259 16-Channel Fiber Optic ST Simplex A/B/Off-Line Switch from Electro Standards Laboratories enables devices connected to the Common port of each channel to access the A or B port of each channel. The 2U rackmount unit goes offline on power loss and will stop passing data.

Digital Humidity Sensor Addresses Space-Sensitive Apps

March 17, 2009 6:51 am | Comments

With a 3 x 3-mm footprint and a height of 1.1 mm, the SHT21 digital humidity sensor from Sensirion also supports additional communication modes, including analog modes.


N-Channel MOSFETs Withstand 2kV ESD

March 17, 2009 6:27 am | Comments

Incorporating two isolated 50-V, 280-mA MOSFETs, the CMLDM7003 from Central Semiconductor has built-in 2-kV ESD protection. Additional features of the SOT-563-packaged device include transient voltage suppressors across the source and gate of each device as an added protection against high voltage transients.

USB-IF Announces Plan to Receive UWB Specifications

March 17, 2009 6:09 am | Comments

As announced by the WiMedia Alliance today, the organization will transfer its UWB specifications to Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and Wireless USB Promoter Group as they apply to each entity’s expertise for standardization and certification or both.

Speedier flexible electronics possible with new fabrication process

March 17, 2009 6:00 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

A clever but simple new way of making transistors out of high-performance organic microwires presents a potential path for products such as smart merchandise tags, light and cheap solar panels, and flexible "digital paper".

Objects in the Toolbar May Be Further Away Than They Seem

March 17, 2009 5:26 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

Have you experienced a difference between your devices’ actual battery life relative to what the manufacturer tells you to expect? I thought so.

Connectors Save Board Real Estate

March 16, 2009 9:47 am | Comments

Up to 30 percent smaller than comparable products, the POWERMOD PSX family of PCB interconnects are intended for use when board space is at a premium and overall mating heights must be minimized. with power contacts rated to 60 amps and signal contacts rated to 1 amp (ratings per UL1977).


Infineon Extends its Industrial MCU Portfolio

March 16, 2009 7:06 am | Comments

Targeting a range of drive applications across a variety of industries, Infineon Technologies announced the availability of microcontrollers (MCUs) with embedded flash technology, including 8-, 16-, and 32-bit devices for industrial applications.

Walking, Talking Female Robot to hit Japan Catwalk

March 16, 2009 6:38 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms (95 pounds) to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn't cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models. Developers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, a government-backed organization, said their "cybernetic human," shown Monday, wasn't ready to help with daily chores or work side by side with people — as many hope robots will be able to do in the future.


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