Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with LeCroy, a leading provider of test and measurement solutions. “LeCroy is a welcome addition to our expansive selection of quality suppliers,” said Jeff Shafer, vice president, global interconnect, passives, and electromechanical product, Digi-Key Corporation.
On its face, matching iPad textbooks with college students seems almost perfect. But Apple’s plans for its new iBookstore, from the way it has structured book purchases to its development strategy for multimedia e-books, doesn’t seem like it’s well suited for the college textbook market at all — if it even has that target in mind.
From the highway, one of the biggest landfills in the US doesn’t look at all like a dump. It’s more like a misplaced mesa. Only when you drive closer to the center of operations at the 700-acre Columbia Ridge Landfill in Arlington, Oregon, does the function of this place become clear. Some 35,000 tons of mostly household trash arrive here weekly by train from Seattle and by truck from Portland.
Ixia announced that its LTE service validation solution was named a finalist for the 2012 Global Mobile Awards in the “Best Infrastructure Technology” category. Ixia’s solution was chosen from six hundred applicants, and the recognition validates the critical need for service providers to test their LTE networks prior to deployment.
Cortus S.A., and Silicon Storage Technology will be showing their low power IP products for embedded system on chip (SoC) designs at Embedded World 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany. The exhibit will combine Cortus’ silicon efficient, ultra low power 32 bit microcontroller cores with SST’s low power, ultra high endurance embedded flash non-volatile memory (NVM) technology.
An innovative IC from STMicroelectronics will enable compact digital cameras and cameraphones to satisfy demands for increased power from the built-in flash unit while supporting more sophisticated user controls. ST’s new chip, the STCF04, is an integrated camera flash and torch controller that raises the maximum power of an LED flash module from a few Watts, typical of today’s designs, to over 40 Watts, producing the brightness equivalent to an outdoor security floodlight.
Near-field communication will help shorten wait times at the airport, as companies continue to experiment with the capabilities of the technology in mobile devices. Orange Business Services and the air transport research lab SITA are integrating NFC into SIM cards for mobile devices, which will allow users to check-in, open gates and more easily access airport lounges by placing their phone on an electronic reader.
SITA has taken the air transport industry a step closer to introducing near field communication (NFC) technology with the unveiling of the first proof-of-concept which uses the NFC chip inside smartphones. This SIM-based proof-of-concept demonstrates how passengers’ journeys through the airport can become much smoother as they use their NFC-enabled phone to simply “tap and check-in” or “tap and board” their flight.
You’ve seen Earth, but you’ve never seen it like this. Suomi NPP, NASA’s newest Earth-watching satellite, has taken a high resolution image of Earth, one of the most beautiful such images ever created. It’s available in 8000×8000 pixel resolution, and it takes a while to download, but it’s definitely worth it.
Cisco announced that it has updated the CCNA Wireless and CCNP Wireless Exams and Courses, which provide job ready practical skills and knowledge to address the latest advances in the wireless networking industry. Leading industry analysts are predicting wireless and mobility to be high growth areas in 2012, increasing the demand for a properly trained wireless LAN (WLAN) workforce.
At APEC 2012, February 5-9, 2012, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Fairchild Semiconductor(R), FCS +2.43% a leading global supplier of high performance power and mobile products, will address the real energy challenges designers face every day, and will demonstrate power supply solutions featuring mWSaver(TM) technology, including energy efficient controllers for flyback designs.
In the latest brand video from TTI, The Specialist meets Agent Molex in the NTI lab and is briefed on the Molex Mini-Fit family of products and its benefit offering. Agent Molex introduces The Specialist and T to the small connector family of four that packs a wallop when it comes to delivering power.
In some instances, it’s a good thing when a robot can replace you at work. A team of professors and student researchers are exploring ways robots can be used instead of humans for dangerous missions, like deep-sea diving in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of an oil spill. Mathematician and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University Michael Malisoff and the team he is working with are creating robots that can act somewhat autonomously, working in the place of humans in harmful places — oil spills and mosquito-infested lagoons.
The IPhone 4S will soon control thermostats, lights and home theater systems, as Apple’s voice assistant Siri debuts in the “smart home.” Custom home automation installer Carnes Audio Visual released a YouTube video showing Siri communicating with various home appliances and systems. The video features Siri dimming lights to 50 percent, setting the thermostat to 70 degrees and turning on a home theater system using voice commands.
A huge eruption on the Sun has caused the strongest radiation storm since 2005, which is due to hit Earth on Tuesday, Jan 24, possibly causing widespread communications interference. The eruption occurred late on January 22, 2012 sending a burst of energized solar particles towards Earth at about 5 million miles an hour (2,000 km per second).