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Oh, the Joys of Energy-Inefficient Smartphone Ownership!

August 22, 2011 10:27 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

So, I recently purchased my first smartphone. For the most part, I love the daylights out of it. But you know what? Its battery life is horrible

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Solid State Supplies cuts the cost of public mobile radio (PMR) with dual-mode baseband system-in-chip

August 22, 2011 8:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Solid State Supplies has announced a low-cost baseband processor that combines analogue and digital PMR processing in a single chip. The CMX8341 is designed for license-free digital PMR (dPMR) radios and implements a half-duplex dPMR air interface together with physical, …

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Renesas Mobile and Anritsu deliver first MIMO Test cases approved by 3GPP

August 22, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Renesas Mobile and Anritsu have announced that their collaboration has developed and validated MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) test cases which have been accepted by 3GPP (RAN5). Whilst MIMO has been available in the networks and some initial products are …

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Examining the MicroSIM Slot

August 22, 2011 5:54 am | by Andrew Stewart, Sales Manager, GradConn USA (www.gradconn.com) | Comments

With the catapulting of Micro SIM from a ‘parked’ format into the market due to inclusion in high profile Apple consumer devices other manufacturers in the consumer section are taking a look at the advantages using the smaller form factor might bring.

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The benefits of solid state lighting

August 19, 2011 6:18 am | by Irene Signorino, Director of Marketing, Microsemi Corporation (www.microsemi.com) | Comments

The benefits of LEDs are driving adoption in a wide range of general illumination applications due to the unique characteristics of this novel light source. The reasons for choosing LED are many, but the deciding factor is strongly dependent on where the fixture is used.

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Farnell receives Outstanding Sales Growth 2010 Award from MTL Instruments

August 19, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Farnell has been awarded the Outstanding Sales Growth 2010 award from MTL Instruments, a developer and supplier of system infrastructure products and protection equipment to the Process Industries. The award, presented to Jamie Scott, Farnell Product Manager, by Andy Tither, …

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Two senior appointments at MPS’ Milton Keynes HQ

August 19, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has made two senior appointments at its Milton Keynes, UK facility. Paul Lee will take on the role of Director of Business Development for low power and magnetic products, taking responsibility for all product management and business …

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Leoni reduces weight of vehicle’s cables by 3kg

August 19, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Cable provider Leoni now offers a solid aluminium conductor for the motor vehicle industry to wire the battery as an alternative to the common copper cable. It can be shaped in three dimensions and weighs only about half as much …

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Creating a New Natural User-Interface Paradigm

August 18, 2011 5:49 am | by Guillaume Largillier, Co-Founder and CSO, Stantum (www.stantum.com) | Comments

Multi-modal interfaces allow us to choose the input technique that looks the most appropriate for a given task or context: the tip of our finger to flip the pages of a book, a stylus for drawing or annotating it.

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Have You Taken Advantage of These Incentives Yet?

August 18, 2011 5:26 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, Andrea showcased the new Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) incentive search widget, which people can use to quickly find rebates and other incentives for purchasing renewable energy or energy-efficient items for their homes and businesses....

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From the Fire into the Frying Pan

August 18, 2011 5:25 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Summer in Texas is always hot, but this year has been especially so. We're closing in on the all-time record of 63 days of 100 degree temperatures, and it's been 24 straight days since we've seen a high of 99 or less. Yep - it's summer in Texas and the heat will likely stay with us for a...

Let's Create More Efficient Electronic Systems Together

August 18, 2011 5:17 am | by Eric Persson, Executive Director FAE, International Rectifier (www.irf.com) | Comments

IR was founded on the principles of energy efficiency back in 1947, and our founder’s 1912 Baker electric car (which IR modified to become the world’s first solar-powered car in 1958) is still on display at our Temecula wafer Fab.

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Avago debuts market’s First 16 Gigabit fibre channel transceiver for storage networking

August 18, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Avago Technologies’ 16 Gigabit Fibre Channel transceiver with industry-standard signalling rates up to 14.025GBd is now available. The new AFBR-57F5PZ SFP+ transceivers support high-speed serial links over multimode optical fibre with double the data throughput of existing 8 Gigabit fibre...

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3A step down converter with efficiency up to 96%

August 18, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Austriamicrosystems has announced the AS1328 high-efficiency 1.5 MHz synchronous DC-DC step-down converter. This buck regulator features efficiencies up to 96%, excellent light load efficiencies and a quiescent current of only 25?A. The AS1328 DC-DC can deliver up to 3A of …

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AVX develops smallest dual element mulitlayer varistor with exceptionally high ESD value

August 18, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

AVX has expanded its rugged automotive portfolio to include a miniature, dual element AC multilayer varistor designed for use in automotive low power AC circuits. Designated the MAV Series, the AEC Q200-qualified MLV not only has the ability to clamp …

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