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Ultrasonic sensors designed for rugged environments

June 11, 2012 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces F260 Series Ultrasonic Sensors. 

Apple's war with Google heats up

June 11, 2012 9:12 am | by Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

When Apple Inc kicks off its annual conference for software developers on Monday, all the power players in the Apple universe will be on hand, save the one that is in many ways driving the agenda: Google Inc.

In Canada's version of Silicon Valley, angst as iconic BlackBerry suddenly looks outmoded

June 11, 2012 9:08 am | by Rob Gillias, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama couldn't bear to part with his BlackBerry. Oprah Winfrey declared it one of her "favorite things." It could be so addictive that it was nicknamed "the CrackBerry.

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Is ur #MD 2 square? Some doctors defy 'technophobe' image, tweeting and texting with patients

June 11, 2012 9:07 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Is your doctor a technophobe? Increasingly, the answer may be no. There's a stereotype that says doctors shun technology that might threaten patients' privacy and their own pocketbooks. But a new breed of physicians is texting health messages to patients, tracking disease trends on Twitter, identifying medical problems on Facebook pages and communicating with patients through email.

Ethernet switch requires no additional chassis slot

June 8, 2012 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has announced that it is currently shipping the XMC-651, the embedded military market’s first managed XMC Ethernet Switch.

Sitara ARM processors add support of Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”

June 7, 2012 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) is offering developers a cool treat to kick off their summer right. TI today announced the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) that brings Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) to TI’s Sitara™ AM335x and AM37x ARM®-Cortex™-A8 processors. This complete software offering allows innovators to

Flat flex cable proves ultra-flexible

June 7, 2012 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announces the addition of two new products in its Premo-Flex line of flat flex cable (FFC) and etched polyimide jumpers. Both products provide ultra-flexible, durable PCB connections for a variety of applications including medical devices, consumer electronics and automotive electronics.

Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps

June 6, 2012 3:14 pm | by By Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

Google Inc is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company's latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a photo-based map of the world.

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Low noise amplifier designed for 470MHz~880MHz bandwidths of terrestrial digital TV

June 6, 2012 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TOREX SEMICONDUCTOR LTD. has developed a low noise amplifier in CMOS process aimed at the 470MHz~880MHz bandwidths of terrestrial digital TV.

Australian defense minister off-line in China to avoid cyber spying: media

June 6, 2012 8:51 am | by Maggie Lu Yueyang, Reuters | News | Comments

Australia's Defense Minister Stephen Smith left his laptop and mobile phone in Hong Kong to avoid cyber espionage in mainland China where he will attend bilateral defense minister talks on Wednesday, Australian media reported.

Nations must talk to halt "cyber terrorism": Kaspersky

June 6, 2012 8:47 am | by Tova Cohen and Maayan Lubell, Reuters | News | Comments

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort could stop a new era of "cyber terrorism".

Unmanageable? Thermal management for embedded enclosures requires creative solutions

June 5, 2012 5:18 pm | by Justin Moll, vice president, US market development, Pixus Technologies, www.pixustechnologies.com | Articles | Comments

Embedded computing packaging continues to pack faster/hotter processors into tighter spaces. Not only are the processors requiring more cooling, but often the enclosures are stuffed with more boards and components, taking away space from airflow. Electronics packaging companies have had to get creative to tackle some of the more challenging applications

To improve reports, use diagrams wisely

June 5, 2012 11:51 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Engineers can follow my tips to ensure their diagrams enhance their writing.

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Apple faces delay in seeking U.S. ban of Samsung tablets

June 5, 2012 10:28 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is facing delays in renewing its request that a U.S. judge ban Samsung Electronics' Galaxy 10.1 tablets, a key battleground in the worldwide patent wars between the technology giants.

IPC-4204A provides guidance on high speeds and fine lines

June 4, 2012 3:40 pm | News | Comments

As chip speeds skyrocket and system sizes diminish, designers and manufacturers face new and complex challenges. To help them address these challenges and ensure that products meet performance and reliability requirements,

Low voltage protection switch prevents high transient voltages in Ethernet systems

June 4, 2012 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex, Inc. introduced FP0030, a 20-V current limiting protection device.  The FP0030 can be considered as a normally closed switch with a typical resistance of 4.5 Ohms. The IC starts to turn off when the voltage drop across its two terminals exceeds

When life gives you lemons, make a touchpad

June 4, 2012 10:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The MaKey MaKey, designed by  MIT Media Lab PhD students Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, is a circuit board that turns everyday objects into touchpads which can interact with your computer.  The idea was to create an easy-to-use inventor’s kit that would let from a creative child to savvy grandma be an inventor. First, pick two objects that you want to use as the touchpad.

An app that lets you text like the Queen

June 4, 2012 9:13 am | by Natasha Baker, Rueters | News | Comments

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, a mobile app is adding a royal touch to emails, texts and tweets by suggesting words that the British monarch would be most likely to use.

Intel inspired by aerospace to make sturdier laptops

June 4, 2012 9:08 am | by Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

Engineers at Intel Corp are applying lessons from aircraft design to create sturdier laptops in a bid to reduce the prices of the new ultra-thin computers the top chipmaker is promoting heavily.

Warnings about 'Flame' virus come amid suspicions of US role in launching secret cyberweapons

June 4, 2012 9:06 am | by Richard Lardner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is warning American businesses about an unusually potent computer virus that infected Iran's oil industry even as suspicions persist that the United States is responsible for secretly creating and unleashing cyberweapons against foreign countries.

Top women engineers trace Silicon Valley gender gap to childhood, blame lack of role models

June 4, 2012 9:04 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Silicon Valley companies portray themselves as inventors of the future, but they're afflicted by a longstanding problem. From board rooms to "brogrammers," men still dominate many corners of the tech industry, where the pantheon of famous founders - from Hewlett and Packard to Jobs to Zuckerberg - is still a boys' bastion.

Microsoft signals work on Windows 8 nearly complete with release of final test version of OS

June 1, 2012 8:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is nearly done with a much-anticipated overhaul of its Windows operating system. The software maker signaled the makeover is nearly complete with Thursday's release of the final test version of Windows 8.

Chic geeks give San Francisco a new tech groove

June 1, 2012 8:55 am | by Peter Henderson, Reuters | News | Comments

The YouTube video, featuring a young blonde sitting in a strikingly modern San Francisco home, offers a telling insight into the attitudes that are shifting the geography of the Bay Area technology scene.

Call for freelancers

May 31, 2012 2:32 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News is looking for a few good writers...some talented wordsmiths to excite the imagination, gin up controversy, and illuminate the masses. Interested? Our award-winning website boasts some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking content in the industry. We’re looking to supplement that content with a stable of freelancers.

Custom and standard transflective TFT displays suit outdoor applications

May 29, 2012 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Display International (PDI), Inc., has introduced a new line of custom and standard transflective TFT LCDs ideally suited for demanding outdoor applications. The transflective color LCD screen modules are available in 320 x 240 (QVGA) resolution in 2.2”, 2.8”, 3.2”, and 3.5” sizes as well as

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