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LED Backlight Costs Falling Faster than Conventional LCD Backlights

February 22, 2010 9:35 am | News | Comments

Most LCD panel and set makers are focusing on development of LED (light emitting diode) backlight units for improved visual performance, thinner form factor, and lower power consumption. The key issue has been reducing cost, in absolute terms and relative to the conventional CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent) backlights. The newly-released DisplaySearch Quarterly LED & CCFL Backlight Cost Report, which is the only report to analyze and forecast the cost structure of CCFL and LED backlight costs, disclosed that the average cost of 40” edge LED backlight unit in Q1’10 is $118, and will fall to $100 by Q4’10 (see Figure 1). Cost reduction is driven by increasing production volumes, which affects LED and material costs, and by improvement in LED luminous intensity, which enables the use of fewer LED chips.

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Epic Data Announces Closing of $595,000 Private Placement

February 22, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epic Data International Inc. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: EKD), a provider of manufacturing operations management and real-time data collection solutions, is pleased to announce that it has closed its non-brokered private placement (the "Private Placement") of 4,576,923 common shares (the "Common...

Envelope-tracking modules optimise system power consumption

February 22, 2010 9:25 am | News | Comments

Nujira announced that the company’s Coolteq.h family of Envelope-Tracking modules now directly interface with Texas Instruments’ GC5322 and GC5325 digital predistortion (DPD) transmit processors and development boards.

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Zigbee Offers More Options

February 22, 2010 9:22 am | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer electronics applications, today announced it is now offering certification for ZigBee platforms designed to operate in the regional sub-1 GHz unlicensed frequencies. The move ensures original equipment manufacturers a source of tested platforms for use in sub-1 GHz applications.

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Get Fired Up with Energy Empowers

February 22, 2010 8:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The beauty of empowering another human being is that we never lose our own power in the process.Barbara Coloroso

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Open Text enters agreement to buy Nstein Technologies for $35 million

February 22, 2010 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) is offering to buy digital content manager Nstein Technologies Inc. in a deal that values the Montreal-based company at $35 million — nearly double Nstein's recent market price.The Waterloo, Ont-based software firm said Monday that Nstein (TSXV:EIN) shareholders would...

Maine's L.L. Bean lauded for its customer service

February 22, 2010 4:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine-based L.L. Bean has taken the top spot in an annual ranking of the nation's leading companies for customer service.The fourth annual Bloomberg BusinessWeek "customer service champs" rankings gave the No. 1 position to the Freeport outdoor gear and apparel company, ahead of USAA insurance...

CU physicists use ultra-fast lasers to open doors to new technologies unheard of just years ago

February 22, 2010 12:21 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Colorado at Boulder) For nearly half a century, scientists have been trying to figure out how to build a cost-effective and reasonably sized X-ray laser that could, among other things, provide super high-resolution imaging. And for the past two decades, University of...

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Apple’s iPad is Impressive, but Kindle Not Dead Yet

February 22, 2010 12:21 am | by In-Stat | News | Comments

Apple’s iPad announcement is big news. It’s a robust tablet form factor that is a half-inch thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display that supports 1024x768 VGA video.

Opera Software posts 87 pct slump in Q4 profits

February 21, 2010 11:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Norway's Opera Software ASA reported Monday an 87 percent drop in fourth quarter profits, due to increased operating costs and a dip in revenue.The Oslo-based company said net profit for the quarter tumbled to 3.7 million kroner ($625,000) from 29.3 million kroner the year before.Revenue for...

Researchers Explain How Rotifers Thrive Despite Forgoing Sex

February 21, 2010 3:20 pm | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Bdelloid rotifers haven’t had sex for at least thirty million years. Most asexual animals are doomed to extinction. The excellent show, Science Friday, looks at the extraordinary adaptations that allow rotifers to thrive sex-free. For millions of years, the rotifers have reproduced...

Micron, Nanya Unveil 42-Nanometer DRAM Process Technology – Reduces Memory Power Consumption, Increases Performance

February 21, 2010 1:22 pm | by Micron | News | Comments

Boise, Idaho, and Taoyuan, Taiwan , Monday, February 08, 2010 – Micron Technology, Inc. and Nanya Technology C

California Micro Devices Reports December Quarter Results

February 21, 2010 1:22 pm | by California Micro Devices | News | Comments

California Micro Devices Reports December Quarter Results

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Intel and Nokia Merge Software Platforms for Future Computing Devices

February 21, 2010 1:22 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

ESPOO, FINLAND, and SANTA CLARA, CALIF., Feb. 15, 2010 – In a significant development in the convergence of communications and computing, Intel Corporation and Nokia are merging their popular Moblin and Maemo software platforms.

Fairchild Semiconductor Expands 3.3V Optocoupler Selection

February 21, 2010 1:21 pm | by Fairchild Semiconductor | News | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS), in response to growing market demand for 3.3V optocoupler solutions, has developed 3.3V optocoupler products that offer excellent isolation, strong noise immunity and superior performance over a wide temperature range (up to 110°C).

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