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Mobile TV for the U.S.

Being early to digital TV meant the U.S. was late to mobile TV. But the waiting is soon to end.

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In June, the vast majority of analog television broadcasting in the United States ended, leaving digital the only game in town. But the digital television standard adopted in 1996, called ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee), left out one potential group of consumers: those who want to watch TV on the go—sitting on a train, perhaps, in a stadium or café, or in the back seat of a car on a long trip.

When broadcasters, manufacturers, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) settled on the technical standard for U.S. digital TV, they believed they needed the entire bandwidth available—6 megahertz per channel—to transmit razor-sharp high-definition pictures to people’s living rooms. They didn’t think they could shoehorn in other features—such as fixing the problem that causes digital pictures to break up once the receiver starts moving at more than a few kilometers per hour.

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Latest Tech Layoff Trends in Three Charts

From barely a ripple to a daunting wave in just four months; could a tsunami be next?

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A bar chart labeled August, September, October, November shows a large spike in November.
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“Twitter slashes nearly half its workforce.”“Meta lays off more than 11,000.”“Amazon reportedly plans to lay off about 10,000.” The November headlines were full of tech companies announcing layoffs. And only the biggest tech employers made the news; small tech startups trimming already lean staffs were hidden in the deluge.

For some companies, layoffs weren’t triggered by an actual drop in revenue. Rather, the action was akin to when a flight attendant warns passengers to make sure their seatbelts are snug in preparation for possibly bumpy skies ahead. The bumps don’t always emerge, but it’s best to be ready. And venture capitalists have been warning their portfolio companies since mid-year to be prepared to tighten their belts.

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How to Stake Electronic Components Using Adhesives

Staking provides extra mechanical support for various electronic parts

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Adhesive staking of DIP component on a circuit board using Master Bond EP17HTDA-1.

The main use for adhesive staking is to provide extra mechanical support for electronic components and other parts that may be damaged due to vibration, shock, or handling.

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Sensitive electronic components and other parts that may be damaged due to vibration, shock, or handling can often benefit from adhesive staking. Staking provides additional mechanical reinforcement to these delicate pieces.

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