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Current sense resistors are offered in 44-A, Zero Ohm and 1-W, 2010 versions

May 23, 2014 9:42 am | Koa Speer | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduced two current sensing resistors, the zero Ohm SLZ  and the 1W/2012 SLW07. The high current SLZ1 jumper chip offers a rated current of 44 A in a 2512 size. The SLW07 has an enhanced high power rating of…

Cutting the cable for digital signage

May 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by Stephanie Lubrano, Marketing Communications Specialist, Laird | Blogs | Comments

In response to the worldwide growth in technology, the signage industry is no longer limited to just static implementations. In order for a company to remain relevant, competitive signage needs to be easily updated for the latest news, advertisements, and promotions. Traditional methods of running cable to signs and billboards are not always ideal....

Smart sensors prepare NFC for patient monitoring applications

May 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

There’s no question that cell phones have made our lives more convenient. Whether our phones are used for making calls, uploading photos and streaming music, we rely on our smart phones for dynamic data transfer. In the last few years, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology has become available in an increasing number of smart phones....

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Improving battery life for wearable electronics

May 22, 2014 8:32 am | by Yogesh Ramadass, Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The wearable electronics market is seeing a tremendous growth with a variety of products ranging from smart watches and medical patches to fitness monitors being introduced by multiple companies. The dimensional constraints of these devices give special meaning to the ever-present concerns of battery life....

Space-based solar farm

May 20, 2014 1:34 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), have created a technology road map for a space-based solar power system that will include a 1-gigawatt commercial system, man-made island studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, and a microwave beam....

Deal negotiation: How chip makers can stem revenue erosion

May 20, 2014 1:12 pm | by Chanan Greenberg | Blogs | Comments

Consumers expect more performance from their computing devices, whether it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It needs to have more capabilities, be faster and use less power. But, there’s a catch – it needs to cost the same or less than last year’s model....

Multi-cell battery monitors increase safety, protection for 12-V to 48-V industrial Li-ion batteries

May 20, 2014 10:57 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the first scalable, multi-cell battery monitors that significantly improve battery pack safety and reduce design time of 12-V to 48-V lithium-ion and lithium-iron phosphate batteries…

Technologies to watch in the rapidly evolving white box tablet market

May 20, 2014 8:04 am | by Robert Wang, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

The white box tablet market has been booming for the past three years. Although this rapid pace has slowed somewhat, with white box tablet shipments projected for modest growth in 2014, innovative OEMs and forward-looking chip companies both see significant market opportunities....

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Kim Jong-un rides unicorns, defeats United States military

May 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Political statements take many forms. Sometimes, they’re a modest sit-in, a protest, or an op-ed agitating for change. And sometimes, they’re a farcical video game starring North Korea’s “glorious leader,” Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly taking down the United States with the help of unicorns and Dennis Rodman. Seriously....

Nanopower anisotropic magnetoresistive sensor ICs are presented as industry’s first

May 19, 2014 11:14 am | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs. They are said to provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA).

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials

May 16, 2014 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As smartphones get smarter and computers compute faster, researchers actively search for ways to speed up the processing of information. Now, scientists at Princeton University have made a step forward in developing a new class of materials that could be used in future technologies....

Politician proposes hoverboard lanes in city budget

May 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Though it seems like transportation talk of future is looking only towards improved public transportation and driverless cars, Washington D.C. councilwoman Mary Cheh things we should be investing in a different type of transport option: hoverboards.

Russian diplomat's tweet dooms the International Space Station

May 16, 2014 7:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Lest you think Twitter breakups are just for the younger generation, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin let fly with a tweet that confused a lot of people on Tuesday. After a press conference with the media, Rogozin tweeted, “@fka_roscosmos doesn’t plan

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Engineering Update 58: Ground-based laser burns through enemy boats

May 15, 2014 10:35 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We've previously discussed the Navy's Laser Weapon System (or LaWS), a solid-state laser capable of burning through drones and small enemy boats with the lethality of a blowtorch. But in the meantime, Lockheed Martin has been hard at work developing a prototype ground-based laser....

Smithsonian to fly drones for 'Future' festival

May 15, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is getting some competition from the Smithsonian Institution in testing personal delivery drones for the future. Smithsonian magazine is hosting its second "The Future is Here" festival this weekend and plans to test fly drones and a human jetpack near the National Mall....

Teen invents, sells medical devices

May 14, 2014 12:18 pm | by Amy Nile, The Daily Herald | News | Comments

He isn't old enough to drive, but a Snohomish entrepreneur already is gaining national attention for his inventions. Suman Mulumudi, 15, showed off the digital stethoscope he invented on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" last Thursday. Mulumudi, a freshman at Lakeside School in Seattle, is developing that device and another medical tool he invented last summer.

New implanted devices wrap around tissues

May 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by LaKisha Ladson, UT Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tokyo have created electronic devices that become soft when implanted inside the body and can deploy to grip 3-D objects, such as large tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. These biologically adaptive, flexible transistors might one day help doctors learn more about what is happening inside the body, and stimulate the body for treatments.

Virginia Tech updates football helmet ratings, 5 new helmets meet 5-star mark

May 14, 2014 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Virginia Tech has updated results of its adult football helmet ratings, which are designed to identify key differences between the abilities of individual helmets to reduce the risk of concussion. All five of the new adult football helmets introduced this spring earned the five-star mark, which is the highest rating awarded by the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings™.

Sony sinks to $1.3B quarterly loss on PC expenses

May 14, 2014 9:08 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. sank to a 138 billion yen ($1.3 billion) quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround. The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 game machine, Bravia TVs and Walkman digital player also reported...

Samsung apologizes to sickened chip workers

May 14, 2014 8:59 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account.

Netflix's share of peak Internet traffic rises

May 14, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Internet traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013. That's according to a new report from Sandvine Inc., a Canadian networking services company.

GM recall shows gaps in air bag knowledge

May 13, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars has shed light on an unsettling fact: Air bags might not always deploy when drivers — and federal regulators — expect them to. Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars...

Teaching robots right from wrong

May 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Alexander Reid, Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers from Tufts University, Brown University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are teaming with the U.S. Navy to explore technology that would pave the way for developing robots capable of making moral decisions. In a project funded by the Office of Naval Research and coordinated under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative...

Motherboard is based on AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform

May 13, 2014 11:23 am | Congatec, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

congatec AG (Deggendorf, Germany) introduced an industrial Mini-ITX motherboard. The new embedded motherboards will meet the same standards and quality as the established Computer-On-Modules from congatec. This Mini ITX board is…

Photos of the Day: Washington Monument reopens after 3 years

May 13, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | Blogs | Comments

In this Saturday, May 10, 2014 photo, Bob Vogel, superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks, points out a repaired crack inside the Washington Monument during a press preview prior to the re-opening of the monument, in Washington. With more than 150 cracks patched and repaired in its white marble, the Washington Monument is set to reopen for the first time since a 2011 earthquake caused widespread damage. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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