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NIST on road to perpetual motion with 'superfluidity' demo
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11/29/2007   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated a "persistent motion" machine that harness the quantum effects of a Bose-Einstein condensate, or superfluid.
Acal results hit by component industry downturn
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11/29/2007   Post a comment
Electronic components and parts services group Acal plc has been held back in the first part of its financial year ended September 2007 due to tough market conditions, with revenues at Ł77.6 million from on-going activities 1.8 percent lower than for the corresponding period last year.
Modbus side tank indicator debuts for liquid-level sensors
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
MTS Systems Corp.'s Sensors Division has developed a display meter to work with the Level Plus MG transmitter with Modbus interface.
Solid-state switching matrix sustains surge currents up to 0.75-A
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Available in 2, 4 and 8 slot BRICs, these solid state matrices from Pickering Interfaces are suitable for applications requiring hot switching since they can sustain short term inrush currents and full load operation without any degradation in operational life.
Loudspeakers lecture by Linkwitz follow-up
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/27/2007   Post a comment
Listen to an MP3 of a recent AES lecture by loudspeaker designer Siegfried Linkwitz on room-optimized stereo sound reproduction through proper loudspeaker design and placement, or read the summarized lecture report.
Illuminated tactile switch suits circuit reset apps
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11/26/2007   Post a comment
C&K Components offers the K5AT series of surface-mount tactile switches with LED illumination for circuit reset applications.
Tactile switches target broad range of apps
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11/23/2007   Post a comment
E-Switch Inc. has introduced its TL3340 series tactile switches for a variety of applications including telecommunications, consumer electronics, audio/visual, medical equipment, computers/peripherals, and servers.
Capacitive sensing builds a better water-cooler control
Design How-To  
11/19/2007   Post a comment
Using a capacitive-sensing switch instead of a conventional valve control offers both immediate benefits, and opens options to new features and benefits.
Tunable switches enable fully controlled sound intensity
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11/19/2007   Post a comment
C&K Components has developed a series of sound tunable tactile switches that deliver additional sound effects in automotive, medical, industrial, and consumer applications.
Electronics play noteworthy role in self-tuning guitar
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
Electronics help Gibson's robot guitar tune itself, as a limited edition of 4000 Les Pauls are made available in time for Christmas.
Ultra-mini tact switch delivers longer operational life
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11/16/2007   Post a comment
C&K Components has developed a series of ultra-miniature, low-profile top actuated tactile switches with a 50 percent longer operational life.
Power rocker switches offer environmental sealing
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11/13/2007   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics has introduced the PRC series of power rocker switches with an IP66 rating for protection against dust and liquids.
Distribution panel offers front connections
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
UNIPOWER's DPGF1U series of distribution fuse panels with front-panel connections handles up to 160 A in a 19- or 23-inch rack. It provides distribution and overload protection for six or 12 circuits.
PCB relay targets high-density applications
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11/12/2007   Post a comment
Omron Electronic Components has introduced the G5T series of slim power PCB relays in a 7.0 x 20.4 x 15.0-mm footprint.
Linkwitz on loudspeakers and room interaction
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/10/2007   Post a comment
Loudspeaker and crossover designer Siegfried Linkwitz offers his thoughts on room-optimized stereo sound reproduction in a lecture and online presentation.
ON Semi buys PC component lines from ADI
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11/9/2007   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor Corporation is buying, for $185 million in cash, Analog Devices Inc's voltage regulation and thermal monitoring product lines. As part of the deal, ON also gests access to some of the IP related to the business, and will enter into a one-year manufacturing supply arrangement.
Mini snap-action switches deliver more than 100,000 cycle life
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11/8/2007   Post a comment
The single-pole/double-throw LCS series of miniature snap-action switches from C&K Components are offered in a range of operating forces, ratings, actuators and termination styles.
Mechatronic violin gives master class
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11/7/2007   Post a comment
An embedded robotic violin developed by three University of Adelaide mechatronic engineering students had its debut in a masterclass with the Sydney Youth Orchestra in Australia earlier this month.
Low-power audio codecs support analog/digital microphones
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11/5/2007   Post a comment
Three new low-power stereo audio codecs for portables from Texas Instruments are capable of interfacing directly to digital or analog microphones.
3U VPX backplane features twisted-ring topology
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11/2/2007   Post a comment
Elma Bustronic Corp. has expanded its VPX backplane product line with a 3U version. The company now offers VPX backplanes in 3U, 6U, and 6U Hybrid (VPX/VME mix) sizes.
Resettable protection device housed in small package
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11/2/2007   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics has expanded its PolySwitch resettable PPTC product family with the introduction of the picoSMD035F in a 0805 (2012 mm) EIA compliant package.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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