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Extended safety functions in TwinCAT 3

April 5, 2011 5:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

With the introduction of the new TwinCAT 3 software generation, Beckhoff now offers a pure software safety technology which features additional functions for engineering and runtime. The new concept offers a choice of programming languages and therefore increases the flexibility …...

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Colour sensors from Micro-Epsilon

April 5, 2011 5:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

As of 1st April the company Eltrotec Sensor GmbH will be operating as Micro-Epsilon Eltrotec GmbH. Therefore, Eltrotec is now much closer to the company group Micro-Epsilon. The company Eltrotec will focus on non-contact sensors, its core competency. The company …

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Miniature M5 and M6 sensors

April 5, 2011 5:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Compact integrated-amplifier photoelectric sensors with M5 and M6 cylindrical housings are the latest additions to the Omron sensor range, and their introduction means that the company now offers one of the most comprehensive, convenient and versatile families of cylindrical photoelectric...

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Globalfoundries enters a broad strategic partnership with Imec

April 5, 2011 5:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Globalfoundries, one of the world’s leading semiconductor foundries, has signed a strategic long-term partnership on sub-22nm CMOS scaling and GaN-on-Si technology with the nanoelectronics R&D center Imec. Globalfoundries becomes a full imec core CMOS partner. Imec’s sub-22nm core...

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Osram and US company Cree Inc. enter into a patent cross license agreement

April 5, 2011 5:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Comprehensive patent cross license agreement sends a signal across the patent landscape for LEDs. The LED and lighting manufacturers Osram (www.osram.com) (Munich, Germany) and Cree Inc. (Durham/USA) have entered into a comprehensive agreement about the cross licensing of patents. The...

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TI’s Acquisition of National Semiconductor - What this means for you

April 5, 2011 5:53 am | by Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO, Texas Instruments | Comments

I am excited to let you know that TI has signed a definitive agreement to purchase National Semiconductor, uniting two industry leaders that have a common commitment to solving your analog needs. I want to reinforce TI's commitment to you...

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The America Invents Act Will Not Encourage Innovation or Job Creation

April 4, 2011 9:25 am | by Dr. Alexander I. Poltorak, General Patent Corporation | Comments

Recently American Innovators for Patent Reform joined eight other national organizations in a letter sent to the House of Representatives and House Judiciary Committee Staff that details objections to the House’s version of Senate bill S. 23, the America Invents Act, H.R. 1249.

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NXP Launches its First Data Sharing App for Android

March 31, 2011 3:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP Semiconductors launched a new application which allows Android smartphone users to use their NFC-enabled handset to create their own NFC tags. These tags can then be used in multiple environments to share details and launch applications with other NFC …

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ESA uses Yokogawa’s oscilloscopes and ScopeCorder to test high-power laser diodes

March 31, 2011 3:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The European Space Agency (ESA) is using Yokogawa digital oscilloscopes, including the recently launched DL850 ScopeCorder, at its European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to carry out key evaluation tests on different high-power laser systems...

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Gaming’s Critics Wave the White Flag

March 31, 2011 11:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Gaming is a dependable scapegoat for all that’s wrong with the world—violence, sexism, teenage truancy, and even global warming. And while psychologists, critics, and politicians lobbed wildly-uninformed charges, gamers, ironically, played a game of non-violent resistance.

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EnOcean alliance keeps growing

March 30, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The EnOcean Alliance, a consortium of companies working to standardize and internationalize energy harvesting wireless technology for green intelligent buildings is one of the fastest growing member organizations of its kind. EnOcean Alliance is proud to be adding such market …

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New management for Osram’s IPO

March 30, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Leading up to the company’s planned Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the Fall of 2011, the Supervisory Board of OSRAM GmbH has nominated Wolfgang Dehen (57) as new Chief Executive Officer and Martin Goetzeler (48) to assume the position of …

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Lauterbach supports Sysgo

March 30, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

SYSGO, a supplier of embedded software solutions for the world’s most demanding safety and security applications, is announcing the integration of the new version of its certified real-time operating system PikeOS with Lauterbach’s TRACE32 Debugger tools. PikeOS is based on...

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Ohio State University EcoCAR Improves Emissions Controls - The EcoCAR Spring Workshop

March 30, 2011 12:14 pm | by Eric Schacht | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams competing to build the best hybrid vehicle in the EcoCAR Challenge Competition. However, the EcoCAR Competition is not a simple “build the car and compete” type of competition. Each EcoCAR vehicle must

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Gaming’s Entitlement Mentality

March 29, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

At the Games Developer Conference 2011, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed the figurative “race to the bottom”, wherein the low-ball pricing structure of iOS (iPhone Operating System) apps erodes the perceived value of AAA games.

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