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Calif jobless rate dips to lowest level since 2009

March 9, 2012 5:05 pm | by DON THOMPSON - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Word that California's unemployment rate dipped below 11 percent for the first time in three years provided just a small sliver of hope - but a sliver nonetheless - for people who in some cases have been making weekly trips to the unemployment office for years.The jobless rate of 10.9 percent...

Vishay Announces Acquisition of HiRel Systems, a Specialty Inductor Company

March 9, 2012 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology announced the acquisition of HiRel Systems LLC, a supplier of transformers, inductors, coils, and power conversion products. The purchase price was approximately $85 million, including repayment of HiRel debt, and subject to...

Modular, functionally versatile, and economical TPMS systems

March 9, 2012 5:58 am | by Ivan Zagan, Product Line Manager, Melexis | Articles | Comments

Today, feature-rich automobile electronic systems manage safety and control functions. Airbags, antilock brakes, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMSes), navigation and infotainment features are governed by burgeoning numbers of microcontrollers (MCUs).


2.4GHz technology enables thumbnail-sized hearing aid to stream audio direct from TVs

March 9, 2012 2:24 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Nordic Semiconductor’s proprietary 2.4GHz wireless technology is being employed by world-leading Danish hearing solutions company, GN ReSound, in its ReSound Alera hearing aid product, which enables users to wirelessly stream audio from common consumer electronics devices such as TVs and...

Connectors Tout Desirable Contact and Cleaning

March 8, 2012 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated introduced SlimStack B8 connectors, featuring a robust housing and unique CleanPoint contact for removing flux and other contaminants to provide desirable electrical reliability. These 0.40-mm pitch SMT board-to-board connectors, with a 0.80-mm height and

Ruggedized USB Isolators Stand Up to Tough Industrial Environments

March 8, 2012 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics has expanded its family of USB isolators. Designed to isolate and protect connected equipment from surges, spikes and electrostatic discharges carried on USB cable, the new one-port Ulinx UHR401 and two-port Ulinx UHR402 USB isolators also protect

CEVA extends Bluetooth portfolio with Bluetooth 4.0 IP

March 7, 2012 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEVA announced the availability of its low energy CEVA-Bluetooth 4.0 IP, for both single mode and dual mode applications. Building on more than a decade of experience in designing and licensing Bluetooth technology for embedded applications...

Nuance Communications to buy Transcend Services

March 7, 2012 8:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Speech recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. said Wednesday that it will buy medical transcription company Transcend Services Inc. for about $300 million, helping it push further into the health care business.Shares of Transcend Services surged nearly 40 percent, and Nuance...


Brookhaven's Gibbs elected to NSBRI Board of Directors

March 6, 2012 11:22 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

The Board of Directors of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has added Dr. Doon L. Gibbs, the deputy director for science and technology at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.

Study Reveals How Protein Machinery Binds and Wraps DNA to Start Replication

March 6, 2012 7:21 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists have deciphered molecular-level details of the complex choreography by which intricate cellular proteins recognize and bind to DNA to start the DNA replication process. The research may point to ways to block unwanted cell division.

The World's First Sterilizable Flexible Organic Transistor

March 6, 2012 7:21 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

international research team has succeeded in manufacturing the world's first flexible organic transistor that is robust enough to withstand the high temperature medical sterilization process, making it a step toward the development of implantable electronic medical devices.

Linear Hall-effect Magnetic Position Sensor ICs Come in SOT-23 Package

March 6, 2012 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell is extending its linear Hall-effect sensor integrated circuits (IC) product line with the addition of the new SS39ET Series. The SS39ET Series are designed to monitor magnetic fields from a permanent magnet or an electromagnet. All packages can be

Rugged Power System Serves Smart Washroom Applications

March 6, 2012 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing the increasing demand for automated washroom functionality driven by sensor-based convenience systems, GlobTek’s Level V GT-41076-0609-2.5-IS-P2 family of inline encapsulated power supplies has IP64 ingress protection and


New FMC preserves value of legacy DSP code for developers

March 6, 2012 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new FPGA Mezzanine Card for Software Defined Radio applications has been launched by 4DSP LLC. The FMC645, based on the emerging FMC form factor and supported on Xilinx development kits, comprises a Texas Instrument TMS320C6455...

Tornado victims flock to Facebook for helping hand

March 5, 2012 6:51 am | by Mary Slosson, Reuters | News | Comments

Residents of the storm-ravaged communities in the Midwest are reaching out to each other, neighbor to neighbor, through social media sites to coordinate disaster relief and share information.

Personal Income and Outlays, January 2012

March 5, 2012 3:23 am | by U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis | News | Comments

Personal income increased $37.4 billion, or 0.3 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $14.1 billion, or 0.1 percent, in January, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $23.2 billion, or 0.2 percent. In December,...

Cardiac Science Powerheart, CardioVive, CardioLife; GE Responder and Responder Pro; and Nihon-Kohden Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs): Class I Recall - Defective Compo...

March 2, 2012 2:21 pm | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Unexpected component failure may lead to AEDs not delivering defibrillation therapy, causing serious adverse health consequences, including death.

Differential tuition enhances Engineering Design Graphics program

March 2, 2012 7:21 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. Paul Schreuders has joined the faculty of the Engineering Design Graphics Program in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution -- thanks to funds...

First WiFi module for Linux and Windows at single-digit price

March 2, 2012 6:24 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Connect One has announced Nano WiReach USB, a miniature WiFi module that immediately brings wireless connectivity to consumer devices not originally intended to support wireless functionality. Because integrated CPU and memory manage the wireless LAN functions on module, Nano WiReach...

VPX: The state of the ecosystem

March 1, 2012 10:22 am | by Gregory Powers, Market Development Manager, Aerospace, Defense & Marine, TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

High-speed processing requires generous bandwidth from the board level to the I/O. VPX, with a backplane connector system supporting 6.25 Gb/s in a switched fabric architecture, is the latest generation of embedded computer systems.

Honeywell Upgrades Zephyr Flow Sensors for Medical and Industrial Applications

March 1, 2012 5:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell announced that it has added new flow ranges to its Zephyr Analog and Digital Airflow Sensor portfolio to provide high sensitivity at very low flows – making the sensor portfolio ideal for use in a variety of medical equipment and industrial applications.

March 2012: Medical

March 1, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue discusses medical electronics including wireless healthcare opportunities and challenges and next-gen device design. The Brainstorm Q&A section asks about transflective displays, while former Editor-in-Chief Alix Paultre says a fond farewell.

Real-time clocks based on a 32.768 kHz quartz crystal

February 29, 2012 4:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Components is introducing a four-part series of Real Time Clocks (RTC’s) numbered CS-1302, 1307, and CT-1380, along with series C-8563, all based on a Cardinal 32.768 kHz quartz crystal.

SMD Fuse is Quick-Acting

February 28, 2012 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter expanded its line of surface-mount fuses with the introduction of the Universal Modular Fuse, UMF 250. Its quick-acting characteristic according to IEC 60127-4 complements the UMT Series, according to the company, in providing

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