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GE Energy Launches New Power Conversion Business

January 19, 2012 11:21 am | by | News | Comments

GE Energy announced the next step in the integration of its acquisition of Converteam by renaming the business Power Conversion. Power Conversion’s technologies in process controls, automation systems and high-efficiency power electronics, motors and...

Green Automotive to Join Forces with Niyato Industries

January 19, 2012 11:21 am | by | News | Comments

Green Automotive Company and Niyato Industries jointly announced that they have signed a Letter of Intent in an effort to accelerate the plans of both companies to bring domestically manufactured all-electric vehicles to the...

Vishay Announces Acquisition of HiRel Systems

January 19, 2012 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology announced the acquisition of HiRel Systems LLC, a supplier of high reliability transformers, inductors, coils, and power conversion products. The purchase price was approximately $85 million, including repayment of HiRel debt, and...


LED Programmable Dimmable Driver Covers Wide Range of Output Current and Voltages

January 19, 2012 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with a programmable function, NMB’s new LED driver offers high efficiency, 10-W to 20-W power rating, and a 0 to 10W voltage dimming function. The programming function presents the opportunity to program a wide range of output current with

Can VIZIO Cross Over from TVs to PCs?

January 19, 2012 10:56 am | by Chris Connery, DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

News that VIZIO plans to enter the PC market caught quite a few CES attendees off-guard, and it was a common topic of conversation at the show this week. The company announced plans to market all-in-one (AIO) and notebook PCs.

Frequency Synthesizer Operates at 39.5 GHz Ka-Band

January 19, 2012 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The KB-39500 Frequency Synthesizer from EM Research operates fixed at 39.5 GHz, features low phase noise (<-80 dBc/Hz MAX at 10 kHz) and +18 dBm output power. The unit locks to an external 10 MHz reference. It is available in

Apple jumps into digital textbooks fray

January 19, 2012 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Apple Inc unveiled a new digital textbook service called iBooks 2 on Thursday, aiming to revitalize the U.S. education market and quicken the adoption of its market-leading iPad in that sector.

EU to decide on Google, Motorola Mobility deal Feb 13

January 19, 2012 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

EU regulators set on Thursday a new February 13 deadline to decide whether to clear Google's takeover of U.S. handset maker Motorola Mobility after the Internet search engine came forward with new documents to support its case, the EU Commission said.


16-bit sensor signal conditioner provides energy-efficient high accuracy amplification and high resolution output

January 19, 2012 9:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (ZMDI) today introduced a class-leading 16-bit sensor signal conditioning IC (SSC) for calibrated resistive sensor modules. The ZSSC3016 combines high accuracy amplification, 16-bit precision analog-to-digital conversion...

High Mating Cycle Crimp Terminals Feature Proprietary High-Current Alloy

January 19, 2012 8:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated introduced today the Mini-Fit Plus HMC (High Mating Cycle) crimp terminals for applications that require a high number of mating cycles including medical devices, consumer appliances, networking and telecommunications equipment and

Protocol Converter Is Presented as Smallest Way to Add USB to Existing Designs

January 19, 2012 7:33 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the HID-class MCP2210 USB to SPI protocol converter — the simplest, smallest-footprint and most cost-effective option for adding USB-Certified connectivity to SPI-based systems, according to the company. Microchip also

Does Amdahl’s law really help?

January 19, 2012 7:29 am | by Juergen Mathes, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

One of the first topics you stumble over when discussing multicore and performance is Amdahl's law. This law is often used in parallel computing to calculate the theoretical maximum multicore performance. For example, if your code is serial to 50%...

What is in a Cloud?

January 19, 2012 7:20 am | by Debbie Greenstreet, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

As I look out of the airplane window upon my return from the two day, Linley Carrier Conference in San Jose, with clouds in view, above to the side and below us, I am reminded of my own presentation at this conference: Cloud base stations, Revolution or Evolution?


Observations of High Performance Computing

January 19, 2012 7:12 am | by Arnon Friedmann, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Being relatively new to the high performance compute market, I thought I might take some time to share some of my observations with others who might also be trying to understand the market and what's going on in this area.

MPEG Surround: Improving Music Streaming Quality to Meet Consumer Expectations

January 19, 2012 6:13 am | by Jan Nordmann, Fraunhofer IIS,; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

As HD audio and speaker quality continue to evolve, the demand for higher quality audio increases. Audio streaming will compete with other types of media, including HDTV, video streaming and games. To help meet these HD-quality expectations, MPEG Surround enhances the streaming experience.

Renesas Electronics Introduces New V850E2P Microcontroller Series with Built-In Resolver Sensor Interface

January 19, 2012 5:45 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics today announced that it has developed a new 32-bit microcontroller (MCU), the V850E2/PJ4-E, which incorporates an on-chip resolver sensor interface. The new MCU realizes both higher performance and lower system cost for automotive control systems...

TFT-LCD Modules Intended for Industrial Applications

January 19, 2012 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric is introducing new 8.4” VGA (AA084VJ01) and 10.4” VGA (AA104VJ02) color TFT-LCD modules for industrial use. The new modules feature high brightness and high contrast ratio, wide viewing angle...

Wide Viewing Angle LCD Technologies Gain Share Due to Tablet PC Demand

January 19, 2012 3:21 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

With the increasing use of tablet PCs and smart phones to view and share video, wide viewing angle performance is becoming a requirement in TFT LCDs.

Plexus 1Q profit slides 29 percent as sales fall

January 18, 2012 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronic manufacturing services company Plexus Corp. said Wednesday its profit fell 29 percent in its fiscal first quarter as sales at its networking and communications business dropped.The company said its income declined to $17.9 million, or 51 cents per share, in the three months ended...

Wireless ICs Simplify WiFi Integration

January 18, 2012 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution from Texas Instruments is a flagship device family aimed at expanding the “Internet of Things” with easy-to-implement, proven Wi-Fi technology.

Varentec Receives $7.7 M Series A Round Funding

January 18, 2012 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

Varentec, an emerging green technology company, closed a $7.7M Series A funding round in late 2011 led by Khosla Ventures, a clean tech venture capital firm. Varentec also announced that Dr. Deepak Divan will...

Digi-Key and Vicor Announce Global Distribution Agreement

January 18, 2012 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

Digi-Key Corp. and Vicor Corp. announced that the two companies have signed a global distribution agreement. Vicor offers a comprehensive portfolio of high efficiency, high density power distribution architectures that enable customers to efficiently convert...

Key Technology Innovation Makes New Safety Systems Affordable in Automobiles

January 18, 2012 9:30 am | News | Comments

ZMD AG (ZMDI) and edacentrum today announced the results of the SyEnA (synthesis-supported design of analog circuits) research project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Simplify AISG Control Systems by Integrating the Hardware Discrete Transceiver

January 18, 2012 7:48 am | by Maurizio Gavardoni, Applications Manager, Maxim Integrated Products | Articles | Comments

The latest generations of wireless networks have been developed to provide the high-speed data services required by data-intensive smartphone applications. Yet, deployment of this infrastructure has been costly, and coverage has been notably inadequate in some areas.

Charging without Wires

January 18, 2012 6:31 am | by Isidor Buchmann, CEO & founder of Cadex Electronics Inc.,; | Articles | Comments

Wireless charging may one day replace plugs and wires similar to how Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have modernized personal communication. Wireless charging with inductive coupling uses an electromagnetic field that transfers energy from the transmitter to the receiver.

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