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Nujira appoints new VP of Silicon Operations

September 8, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Nujira has appointed Patrick McNamee to the newly created post of VP of Silicon Operations with overall responsibility for taking its Envelope Tracking ICs from design completion to volume production. McNamee has over 25 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry …

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Picochip and ASTRI announce commercial-grade LTE femtocell reference design

September 8, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Picochip and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) today announced that they have successfully completed the design and validation of the PC8609, which according to Picochip is the industry’s first commercial-grade LTE FDD femtocell physical layer …...

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Embedded Software - the Revolution Continues

September 7, 2011 8:30 am | by Peter Thorne, Managing Director, Cambashi (www.cambashi.com) | Comments

I'll admit to having been a software engineer in the late 1970s and early 1980, coding for 4,8 and 16 bit processors respectively.Thirty years on, and the embedded software revolution has transformed design engineering.

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UK electronics industry leaders support initiative to tackle graduate skills shortage

September 7, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Senior executives from the UK electronics industry attended a graduate skills event at the University of Surrey this week which aimed to ensure tomorrow’s electronic engineering graduates have the skills required to meet employers’ expectations. Electronic engineering students were...

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Ofcom approves use of TV White Spaces for new UK wireless networks

September 7, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The UK’s independent communications regulator Ofcom has progressed plans for the introduction of White Space technology in the UK – the first country in Europe to do so. The technology uses gaps in the TV spectrum (typically between 470 and …

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Infineon automotive P-Channel MOSFETS improve energy efficiency

September 7, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Infineon has introduced its latest family of single P-channel 40V automotive power MOSFETs produced using advanced trench technology. The company says its new 40V OptiMOS P2 products set new benchmarks in improved energy efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions and cost savings. …

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Driving on "Green" Electrons

September 6, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

So you’ve decided you want to drive on electricity. You’ve considered your commute, how often you could plug in your car, and whether you want a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) or all-electric vehicle (EV) . But you have one more decision to make – your electricity...

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NXP announces inaugural best supplier awards

September 6, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP presented its first Best Supplier awards at the company’s Supplier Day on September 1. The event drew participation from NXP’s global supply base with over 90 suppliers across 17 countries represented.  The winners were as follows: -    Best Supplier …

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New 5V MCU families provide smooth migration paths for industrial/automotive

September 6, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Freescale has launched two new families of 5V 8-bit microcontrollers with excellent durability and reliability for industrial and automotive applications. Scalable and compatible with existing devices, Freescale says these entry-level MCUs are designed to help OEMs get to market quicker...

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Murata improves acoustic characteristics of thinnest piezoelectric speaker

September 5, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Murata has enhanced the audio characteristics of its ultra-thin piezoelectric speaker. Measuring just 0.5mm in thickness, the VSLBP2115E1100 series is believed to be the world’s smallest piezoelectric speaker. By optimising the product’s structure and the use of new materials...

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Freescale announces automotive sensor modules for its Tower system

September 5, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Freescale has announced new automotive sensor modules for its popular Tower System development platform. The new modules are designed to help engineers rapidly design and build innovative automotive applications, such as airbags, electronic stability control, electric parking brakes, tilt...

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Mouser and MikroElektronika partner to deliver advanced development systems

September 5, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Mouser has partnered with Belgrade, Serbia-based MikroElektronika to help grow the company’s North American market and bring their line of development systems and compilers to Mouser customers across the world. MikroElektronika produces a wide range of microcontroller development systems,...

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u-blox’ GPS chip used in Android phone for Chinese market

September 2, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

u blox’ ultra-sensitive GPS chip UBX-G6010-ST powers the GPS functionality in Meizu’s latest M9 multimedia smartphone with GPS, for the Chinese market. The M9 includes out-of-the-box GPS features such as navigator, digital compass, and accelerometer. The M9 boasts a 3.54-inch …

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Vertical Micro USB Connectors Rival Right Angle Configurations in Many Applications

September 2, 2011 9:09 am | by Laurence Hill, Global Connector Technology, www.globalconnectortechnology.com | Comments

Customers who choose to use Micro USB connectors are faced with a multitude of connector options in horizontal PCB orientation. Horizontal orientation is perfect for handheld applications where the PCB runs parallel to the device (such as a cell phone)...

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High resolution single-turn encoder is optimised for servo and motor feedback applications

September 2, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Avago’s latest addition is a high-resolution absolute optical encoder for high-performance servo and motor feedback applications. The AEAT-9000 ultra-precision absolute encoder provides excellent accuracy for smooth motor drive performance. The device is available in a modular package...

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