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u-blox acquires Fusion Wireless, gains CDMA technology

October 3, 2011 3:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Swiss positioning and wireless chip and module company u-blox has acquired San Diego-based Fusion Wireless, a provider of CDMA wireless modules for consumer and M2M applications in North America. U-blox says this acquisition will expand its reach in the US …

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NXP works with Microsoft to ensure NFC solution supports Windows 8

October 3, 2011 3:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP’s PN544 near field communication (NFC) radio controller will support Windows 8, the company has announced. NXP says it worked closely with Microsoft to develop an NFC driver for Windows 8, enabling a variety of use cases that are triggered …

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Variable gain amplifier modules deliver linearity and space savings

October 3, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Avago Technologies has unveiled a high-linearity variable gain amplifier (VGA) module for base transceiver station (BTS) applications. The new small-footprint ALM-81224 VGA module is suitable for replacing discrete solutions, providing space savings. Operating in a broad frequency band...

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Ericsson extends vertical-mount voltage regulator series for space-critical applications

September 30, 2011 5:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Ericsson has introduced two new vertical-mounting members into its family of 3E digital PoL voltage regulators aimed at space-critical applications. The new 12A BMR462-SIP (BMR4622002) and 20A BMR463-SIP (BMR4632002) complement the recently announced 40A BMR464-SIP (BMR4642002). Ericsson...

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Energy Micro debuts a hundred new low-power microcontrollers

September 30, 2011 5:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Energy Micro has introduced 100 new EFM32 Gecko energy friendly microcontrollers.  Pin and code compatible with the existing Gecko and Tiny Gecko products, the new ARM Cortex-M3 based Leopard Gecko and Giant Gecko microcontrollers bring memory configurations up to 1MB, …

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Industry increases UKESF scholarship support by 70%

September 30, 2011 5:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UKESF) has reported a 70% increase in industry support for the second year of its university scholarship programme. It now receives funding from 12 firms to award 51 UKESF Scholarships to elite electronics engineering undergraduate …

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This Month on Energy Savers: September 2011

September 30, 2011 3:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

September is a month full of changes: it marks the switch from summer to fall, and from vacation to school. But it also means something really exciting - the DOE Solar Decathlon! We've been tracking the event and showing you what's going on over the past couple of weeks. See what's...

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GreenArrays and SchmartBoard Make the GA144 Chip Accessible to Experimenters

September 29, 2011 4:46 am | by M. Simon | Comments

GreenArrays, the makers of the GA144 chip, announces an OEM partnership with Schmart Board that will allow hobbyists and experimenters to get in on the fun provided by playing around with a chip with 144 cores that can do around 90 billion instructions per second...

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ACAL BFi signs a pan-European distribution agreement with OriginGPS

September 29, 2011 4:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

ACAL BFi has signed a pan-European franchise agreement with OriginGPS, a manufacturer of miniature GPS modules. The agreement adds what OriginGPS says is the industry’s smallest integrated GPS antenna module to ACAL BFi’s linecard, in addition to the company’s Noise …

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Digital controller provides real-time adaptive loop compensation

September 29, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Powervation’s new dual phase digital DC/DC controller, the PV3102, features Auto-Control, the company’s real-time adaptive loop compensation technology. Powervation says this technology optimises the trade-off between dynamic performance and system stability on a cycle-by-cycle basis...

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London needs 70,000 small cells for world-class mobile broadband

September 29, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

According to Doug Pulley, CTO of Picochip, for London to offer genuinely world-class, LTE everywhere mobile broadband, it will require the installation of 70,000 small cells across the capital, including 2,000 nodes covering the Underground network by 2015. Dr Pulley …

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Organic PV: Huge Potential, But Industrial Line-up Needed

September 28, 2011 12:07 pm | by Philip Pieters, business development director Energy at imec, www.imec.be. Posted by Chris Warner | Comments

Little by little, organic PV seems to be taking off. Evidence are the many startups popping up worldwide: SolarPress, Eight19, Heliatek etc. These startup companies are often backed up by large (chemical) companies. So clearly there is a belief that

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What Do You Wish You Knew About Home Solar Energy?

September 28, 2011 11:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Solar Decathlon 2011 is in full swing, and the Energy Savers blog is all about home solar energy during the event! If you aren’t familiar with it, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are...

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Power companies team up for new digital reference design

September 28, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Powervation has joined forces with Murata Power Solutions to co-develop a new reference design for Murata Power Solutions’ 45A Power Block. The CEB019 digital DC/DC power reference design uses Powervation’s newly-launched PV3012 dual phase digital synchronous buck controller with...

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Partnership set to develop vehicle-to-vehicle communication processor by 2012

September 28, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe and Autotalks say they will co-operate on Autotalks’ processor for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, to be developed by Autotalks and manufactured by Fujitsu Semiconductor. The communication processor supports the US, EU and Japan specifications, and will be...

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