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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.

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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.

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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

Nineteen-inch, rack-mount, cPCI and VME64x chassis are available in 1U, 2U and 3U heights

May 29, 2012 11:09 am | News | Comments

Verotec’s H family of horizontal chassis provide a “plug ’n ’play” environment for hardware and software developers and system integrators using either cPCI or VME64x architectures. The chassis, which mount PCBs horizontally, are complete with a PSU, thermal management and have

PoL DC/DC converters include 3-A and 5-A SIP packages

May 29, 2012 10:28 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions announced the OKX Series of miniature non-isolated single output DC-to-DC converters designed for embedded point-of-load (PoL) applications. Within the OKAMI OKX Series there are four models that provide 3-A or 5-A outputs with either 5-V or 12-V nominal inputs.

IMU combines triaxial acceleration sensor and gyroscope in single package

May 24, 2012 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bosch Sensortec has integrated two triaxial MEMS sensors in a single package. This combination of an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope yields the BMI055, said to be the smallest Inertial Measurement Unit in the market. The IMU is designed to

Taiwan's UMC says to invest $8 billion in 12-inch wafer fab

May 24, 2012 9:36 am | by Argin Chang, Reuters | News | Comments

Taiwan's UMC, the world's No.2 contract chip maker, said it will invest $8 billion in a 12-inch wafer plant in Taiwan, joining its peers in investing in high-end technology to meet demand for chips in fast-growing markets like mobile devices.

Intel eyes future with computers that learn

May 24, 2012 9:29 am | by Tova Cohen, Reuters | News | Comments

Intel Corp is launching research in Israel into technology that mimics the human brain and develops devices that "learn" about their user.

Businesses consider mobile security services and cloud a top priority

May 23, 2012 10:40 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

As the nation readies itself for the upcoming 2012 Hurricane Season, businesses and organizations have evolved their business continuity and disaster recovery plans to include mobile security services in the effort of protecting their IT infrastructure.

Apple still dominates world's top brands: study

May 22, 2012 2:41 pm | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple has maintained its place as the world's most valuable brand over the past year, leading a group of technology-related companies that dominate the top 10, according to a study published on Tuesday. The iPhone and iPad maker has boosted its brand value by

Power modules meet increased power and energy monitoring demands

May 21, 2012 2:10 pm | Ericsson Power Modules | Product Releases | Comments

Ericsson has announced a new series of Power Interface Modules that save board space for core processing functions and enable system architects to design equipment with energy monitoring features, enabling the use of optimization algorithms to

PC/104-Plus dual channel Gigabit Ethernet module connects to embedded networks

May 21, 2012 9:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems announced a two channel, Gigabit Ethernet LAN module designed to offer flexible, high-performance networking connectivity for industrial embedded applications. Named the PPM-GIGE-2, it offers self-stacking I/O expansion on PC/104, EPIC, and EBX SBCs based on the industry-standard

Controller kits tap into high-speed PCIe bus

May 19, 2012 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Two new controller kits for the ScanWorks platform for embedded instruments from ASSET InterTech can, according to the company accelerate test throughput by plugging into the high-speed PCI Express (PCIe) bus in the personal computer where ScanWorks is running.

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