How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality?

Do you recall the original Terminator movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying a cyborg sent from the future to kill someone in our time? On a number of occasions during the movie, we saw the world through the cyborg's eyes, with additional information being overlaid on the scene he was observing. This was an early depiction…

Check Your Passives First

Mislabeled passive components (reels of resistors and capacitors) are surprisingly common in the supply chain. Testing SMT passives first can be the best option. Once placed on boards, the wrong part is very hard to detect and expensive to correct. We buy reels of SMT passives by the thousands for our contract manufacturing business, usually…

Aussies Cut Huawei Off $38B Broadband Project

Australia is shutting China's {complink 2430|Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.} out of the largest infrastructure program in the country's history. Citing national security concerns, the Australian government says it won't allow Huawei to bid for any part of a $38 billion telecommunication project “intended to connect 93 percent of homes and workplaces with fiber-optic cable, providing…

Is IPv6 Key to Seamless Communication?

IPv4, the most widely deployed Internet layer protocol, is running out of space. This is not an opinion, but a fact. Several forecasts see 2011 as the year during which IPv4 space address will be depleted. Although the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), responsible for the global coordination of IP addressing (and much more), is…

Return of Fiber Good News for Components Biz

Despite the benefits of fiber optic networking, widespread implementation of the technology hasn't occurred as quickly as many expected. Fiber optics have been adopted by the telecom industry in long-haul applications, but wide market adoption in additional market segments has stumbled, due primarily to expense. However, demand for more and faster data access is spurring…

Vishay Hosts 3DTV Webinar

MALVERN, Pa. — A video webinar detailing how infrared receivers work in 3DTV active shutter glasses was recently added to the website of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH). The infrared receiver is used in 3DTV glasses where it receives a synchronization signal from the 3D television set and opens and closes LCD shutters in each…

Panduit Enables 100 Gigabit Ethernet Transmission Over 275 Meters of Multimode Fiber

TINLEY PARK, Ill.–Panduit, a world-class developer and provider of Unified Physical InfrastructureSM (UPI) based solutions, participated in the recent interoperability event that occurred at Ixia Corporation’s iSimCity lab in Santa Clara from September 14 – 16, 2010. This event tested interoperability of 40 Gbps and 100Gbps Ethernet equipment compliant with the recently published standard by…

Fairchild Semiconductor to Focus on Smart Grid Technology at electronica 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif.–Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS), a leading global supplier of high performance power and mobile products, will demo its latest technological advancements for mobile applications, as well as power solutions that focus on the smart grid at electronica 2010. Held in Munich, Germany, 9-12 November, Fairchild’s booth (Hall A4, #506) will feature technology demonstrations…