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TVS array provides circuit protection in computing applications

August 26, 2013 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices introduced a very low capacitance transient voltage suppressor (TVS) array designed to protect computing applications from the damaging effects of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electrical fast transients (EFT). Such computing applications include Ethernet 10/100/1000 base T, FireWire, wireless communications devices and USB interfaces.

Google to launch new Nexus 7 tablet computer in Japan

August 26, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Internet search giant Google Inc. said Monday it will launch the latest version of its tablet computer, the Nexus 7, in Japan on Wednesday, featuring a lighter body and high-definition images to counter Apple Inc.'s popular iPad and other rivals. Running on the Android 4.3 operating system, the device will be Google's second model...

Modules facilitate multiple applications

August 23, 2013 3:19 pm | Saelig Co. Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced new Warrior Modules containing the complete electronics required for joystick, mouse or I/O functionality via USB. Based on the successful Warrior USB-interface ICs, these new boards accept analog inputs in the range of 0V to 5V, are compatible with most joystick sensors, and also facilitate measurement, sensor, and other I/O applications.

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Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

August 23, 2013 2:19 pm | by 
MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits, introducing computerized movement to the traditional snap-together toy blocks.

Development tools support Freescale KL0 family of ARM Cortex-M0+ processors

August 22, 2013 2:22 pm | Freescale Semiconductor, Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics is offering a comprehensive solution set of hardware and software development tools for the Freescale KL0 family of ARM Cortex-M0+ processors. Freescale’s Kinetis KL0 processors offer 32-bit performance at an 8-bit price point without sacrificing energy consumption....

Google's startup brings sightseeing app to Glass

August 22, 2013 9:27 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass, a spectacle-like computing device drawing lots of attention, can serve as an automated tour guide with the help of a new application from a little-known startup hatched within the Internet's most powerful company. The app, called "Field Trip," is being released Wednesday by Google-owned Niantic Labs...

Apple's grip on China tablet market loosens

August 22, 2013 9:26 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's grip on China's tablet market has loosened as Asian tech companies increase sales with cheaper Android tablet computers, a market report showed Thursday. Dickie Chang, senior market analyst at research firm IDC, said Apple supplied 28 percent of tablet computers in China during the April-June quarter, down from 49 percent dominance a year earlier.

Facebook aims to get more of world's people online

August 21, 2013 10:16 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook wants to get more of the world's more than 7 billion people — all of them, actually — online through a partnership with some of the world's largest mobile technology companies. Facebook announced Internet.org on Wednesday. In addition to the world's biggest online social network, the group includes South Korean electronics giant Samsung...

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New Samsung 'Mega' phone nearly tablet-sized

August 19, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.

China in big push against opinion-leading blogs

August 19, 2013 9:42 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bestselling Chinese author Murong Xuecun had nearly 4 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog. One day in May his account disappeared. So did his profiles on several other social media sites. No explanation was given, but one is starting to emerge.

Malware bites and how to stop it

August 15, 2013 11:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Antivirus software running on your computer has one big weak point - if a new virus is released before the antivirus provider knows about it or before the next scheduled antivirus software update, your system can be infected. Such zero-day infections are common.

SyncE-compliant clock touts very low jitter

August 14, 2013 7:10 pm | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs introduced what it claims is the industry’s lowest jitter, lowest power and most frequency-flexible timing solution for high-speed networking equipment based on the Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) standard. Offering a combination of any-frequency synthesis and desirable jitter performance (as low as

NTC thermistors tout precise temperature measurement

August 14, 2013 6:30 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces two new series of narrowly toleranced EPCOS NTC thermistors in EIA 0402 and 0603 SMD case sizes. These components have a rated resistance of 10 kΩ in tolerance classes ± 1 percent, ±3 percent and ±5 percent. The narrow tolerances were achieved with a

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Memory breakthrough could bring faster computing, smaller memory devices and lower power consumption

August 14, 2013 11:45 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Memory devices like disk drives, flash drives and RAM play an important role in our lives. They are an essential component of our computers, phones, electronic appliances and cars. Yet current memory devices have significant drawbacks. Increasingly, memory devices are a bottleneck limiting performance...

Advancing resistive memory to improve portable electronics

August 14, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team has developed a novel way to build what many see as the next generation memory storage devices for portable electronic devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops and digital cameras. The device is based on the principles of resistive memory, which can be used to create memory cells that are smaller...

Scientists find asymmetry in topological insulators

August 14, 2013 10:51 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

New research shows that a class of materials being eyed for the next generation of computers behaves asymmetrically at the sub-atomic level. This research is a key step toward understanding the topological insulators that may have the potential to be the building blocks of a super-fast quantum computer that could run on almost no electricity.

Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique

August 14, 2013 10:47 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

Temp sensors offer 1.8V SMBus and I2C Interface for the latest smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets

August 13, 2013 6:53 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a six-member family of temperature sensor ICs called the EMC118X. The family is presented as the world’s first family of temp sensors with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications, which is required for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet

Carrier card allows users to connect multiple I/O boards

August 13, 2013 10:33 am | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Robinson, creator of PiFace Digital, have launched the PiRack, an exclusive carrier card allowing users to connect multiple I/O boards, including Embedded Pi and PiFace Digital, to the Raspberry Pi. PiRack’s ability to connect up to four expansion boards makes it ideal for the classroom and offers users increased flexibility in their development projects.

Tibetan government-in-exile's site hit by hackers

August 13, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Security researchers say the website of Tibet's government-in-exile has been rigged to infect the computers of Chinese-speaking visitors, the latest in a series of cyberattacks against Tibetan activists. Kaspersky Lab said Tuesday that attackers modified the Chinese-language website of the Central Tibetan Administration to infect visitors with rogue software.

Power modules are compliant with Intel’s DrMOS specifications

August 12, 2013 1:20 pm | Alpha And Omega Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor introduced AOZ5066, the first of a new generation of high efficiency power modules which are fully compliant with Intel’s DrMOS specifications. The AOZ5066 is housed in a 40-pin 6mm x 6mm QFN package that integrates a dual gate driver and two optimized MOSFETs....

Gardening tools go mobile

August 12, 2013 12:23 pm | by DEAN FOSDICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Smart phones that respond to signals from plants? Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts? Many commercial growers are using laptops, tablets or smart phones to keep costs down and production up. Home gardeners too, if they can afford it.

This is what happens in one SECOND on the internet

August 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet? Luckily, Designly.com shares your love of information

Use digital signal processing engineering to prevent a flash crash, says NJIT prof

August 9, 2013 11:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NJIT Professor Ali Akansu, PhD, wants to prevent another flash crash on Wall Street. An electrical and computing engineer who is an expert in the relatively new field of adapting signal processing to strengthen the security of finance markets, he fights to be heard. Among his weapons are frequent talks to colleagues at IEEE events.

Review: Google Glass could be peek at tech future

August 9, 2013 10:43 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains digital wizardry.

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