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STMicroelectronics reveals world’s first Independent Calypso Revision 3 Smart-Card IC

August 10, 2011 12:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

STMicroelectronics has unveiled a new secure IC supporting the latest version of the popular Calypso ticketing open standard. The chip supports extra services, and is unique in offering backward compatibility with legacy Calypso readers, allowing operators to introduce next-generation...

Monitoring Transformers is a Key to Predictive Maintenance

August 9, 2011 8:08 am | by Mike Dickinson, Director New business Development, Pacific Crest Transformers ( | Comments

Recently monitoring transformers has taken a great leap forward, as energy-production sites seek solutions to lower maintenance costs.


Vector Fabrics and Imagination Technologies tapping the power of multi-pipe and multi-core PowerVR GPUs

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

Vector Fabrics is demonstrating the initial results of its collaboration with Imagination Technologies at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver between 9 and 11 August. Vector Fabrics’ vfEmbedded tool makes it easy to analyse and parallelise software making full use of OpenCL …


Seismic sondes checking out UK Eden Project’s Deep Geothermal Project

August 9, 2011 12:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Seismic sondes made by DJB Instruments are being put to work at The Eden Project’s Deep Geothermal Development. The Development, being undertaken by EGS Energ, involves building one of the UK’s first geothermal power plants, producing heat and generating electricity. …

Infineon introduces smallest integrated receive Front-End Modules for GPS and GLONASS Applications

August 9, 2011 12:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Infineon has introduced a new series of Receive Front-End Modules for implementation of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) functionality in smartphones and other handheld devices. The new BGM103xN7 Series devices are the first modules available that support separate or simultaneous...

Feeling the Heat... From My TV Set

August 8, 2011 11:26 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

How many light bulbs does it take to equal the power output of a TV set? Or is it the other way around?


Zigbee Smart Energy 1.1 test suite ready at TRaC as standard is released

August 8, 2011 4:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

European test house TRaC has announced that within days of the release of the latest version of the ZigBee wireless data standard for Smart Energy products, it has already concluded a comprehensive product test programme for a leading European manufacturer. …

Nordic Semi and Broadcom collaborate on Bluetooth proximity fob prototype

August 8, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Oslo, Norway based ultra-low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor has created a prototype design for a small, low-cost Bluetooth low energy proximity fob, and has successfully tested wireless communications between the prototype fob and Broadcom’s BCM4330, the industry’s first combo...


Touch sensation adds consumer appeal to interfaces in electronic products

August 8, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

HiWave Technologies has launched its first haptics controller IC. The device is designed for use with the company’s haptic exciters to deliver real-time touch feedback to users’ fingertips. HiWave’s haptic solutions use the company’s patented bending wave...

Arrow Electronics to distribute Zenaro lighting solutions

August 5, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Arrow Electronics and Zenaro Lighting GmbH have entered into a distribution agreement for the EMEA region. Founded in 2010 and with headquarters in Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, Zenaro develops LED lighting and lighting systems, power supplies and light engines. The company services …

New USB to Digital Level Interface Cabling Solutions from FTDI

August 5, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

FTDI has added two new cables to its USB to digital level serial interface portfolio. The new C232HM-DDHSL-0 (3.3V output power) and C232HM-EDHSL-0 (5V output power) USB 2.0 Hi-Speed to Digital Level Multi-Protocol Synchronous Serial Engine (MPSSE) cables offer a …


New LTE antennas make the perfect connection even with weak signals and inside buildings

August 5, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Funkwerk Dabendorf has developed an LTE antenna which gets the full performance out of the network even in places where conventional routers or sticks come up against their limits. Depending on the provider and tariff, LTE promises data volumes of …

Have You Seen Our New Interactive Facebook Promotions?

August 4, 2011 3:27 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

If you haven't seen the Energy Savers Facebook page in a while, you'll want to check it out.


mimoOn integrates LTE PHY software onto TI SoCs for small cell base stations

August 4, 2011 12:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

mimoOn is collaborating with TI on 3GPP compliant LTE PHY software. TI will offer complete PHY software for LTE Release 8 and 9 for its KeyStone multicore architecture, with a specific focus on the newest TMS320TCI6612 and TMS320TCI6614 SoCs which …

Nexeon scales up to production capacity with £40 million investment

August 3, 2011 11:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Nexeon, the company pioneering the use of silicon anodes instead of carbon in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, has received Series C investment of £40 million. This latest round of investment was led by existing investor Imperial Innovations Group and included Invesco …


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