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Sharp cuts outlook as TV sales slide

October 27, 2011 8:53 am | News | Comments

Sharp Corp cut its full-year operating profit forecast by 12 percent, hit by sliding domestic television sales but the cut was not as bad as the market had feared.

Virgin Media reassures with solid third quarter growth

October 27, 2011 8:51 am | News | Comments

Britain's Virgin Media added 6,300 net new cable customers in the third quarter, reassuring investors after a disappointing second quarter, as subscribers showed a willingness to pay for higher quality services.

Sony buys Ericsson out of mobile phone venture

October 27, 2011 8:48 am | by Tarmo Virki, European Technology Correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

Sony Corp is to take over its mobile phone joint venture with Ericsson for 1.05 billion euros ($1.5 billion), as it seeks to exploit its music and video to help it catch smartphone leaders such as Apple Inc.

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Nintendo to post its first ever annual net loss

October 27, 2011 8:44 am | by Yoshiyuki Osada and Isabel Reynolds, Reuters | News | Comments

Nintendo Co Ltd said on Thursday it would make its first ever annual net loss this financial year, cutting earnings guidance for a second time as the soaring yen and weak software sales dealt fresh blows to the former games industry champion.

LEDs Provide High Luminous Intensity to 1400 mcd

October 27, 2011 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology announced the release of a series of power MiniLEDs in 2.3-mm x 1.3-mm x 1.4-mm SMD packages. Using advanced AllnGaP technology to increase light output by a factor of

STM32F4 Discovery Kit Now Available

October 27, 2011 8:24 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has begun shipping the STM32F4 Discovery Kit to appointed distributors worldwide. The kit provides an ultra low-cost development environment enabling fast, convenient design starts using the new devices.

Freescale-based Desktop Platform Offers Optional Wi-Fi Support

October 27, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

WIN Enterprises announces the PL-80380, a compact network platform designed for Internet security applications. The compact platform is just 9.4 inches wide and is suitable for the SOHO (Small Office, Home Office), SMB (Small Medium Business), and ROBO (Remote Office, Branch Office) markets. Optional Wi-Fi support is provided.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing

October 27, 2011 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing and the challenges it presents to the design engineering community.

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40-W LED Driver for Street light Fixtures Eliminates Step-down Transformers

October 27, 2011 7:47 am | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation unveiled a new LED driver designed for North American street light installations. The efficient LXMG221D-0700040-D2F LED driver eliminates bulky step-down transformers typically used in street light fixtures in

CooperVision Avaira Toric Soft Contact Lenses: Class 1 Recall- Unintended Residue on Lenses

October 27, 2011 7:35 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Presence of a silicone oil residue on lenses from certain lots of may cause range of symptoms such as hazy, blurry vision, discomfort to eye injuries requiring medical treatment.

SiC, EVs, HAN and Wi-Fi Featured in Smart Grid Electronics Forum Plenary

October 27, 2011 7:35 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

The extended plenary session at this week’s second-annual Smart Grid Electronics Forum in San Jose, featured speakers from Fairchild Semiconductor, TDI Power, Qualcomm Atheros and Redpine Signals addressing a broad array of advanced technology...

Freescale Semiconductor Announces Third Quarter 2011 Results

October 27, 2011 7:34 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor Holdings I, Ltd. announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. "Despite challenging macroeconomic environment conditions, Freescale continued to generate solid gross margins and overall profitability," said Rich Beyer, chairman...

Mouser Electronics Now Delivering National Products From Texas Instruments

October 27, 2011 7:34 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announced that it is an authorized global distributor for the complete portfolio of National products from Texas Instruments (TI). Building upon record sales and an ongoing commitment to global expansion, the addition...

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Two-Piece Battery Connector Features Two-Way Insertion Capability

October 27, 2011 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokowo’s new two piece battery connector allows both horizontal and vertical blade insertion, as well as increased flexibility in designs. For reliability, the receptacle side features dual beam contact...

AgileSwitch Receives BFTP Funding For Solar Inverter Power Modules

October 27, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

AgileSwitch, LLC announced today that it has received funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners (“BFTP”) of Southeastern Pennsylvania for design, development and testing of Advanced Power Conversion Assemblies (APCA) modules to be delivered to potential customers...

Noise cancelling ICs enable improved clarity in Bluetooth and wired mono headsets

October 27, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems today announced two new additions to its active noise cancellation (ANC) IC family for improved hearing in noisy environments. Both the AS3400 and AS3420 feature the lowest power available...

High-Brightness WVGA Color TFT-LCD Module Suits Rugged Outdoor Apps

October 27, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric is introducing a 5.0” WVGA color TFT-LCD module for industrial use. The product, AA050MG01, features a high brightness of 800 cd/m2. The improved backlight structure reduces the thickness of the module to

Molex Unveils its High-Performance, Cost-Effective MediSpec™ Medical Plastic Circular (MPC) System at MD & M Minneapolis

October 27, 2011 6:24 am | News | Comments

LISLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Molex Incorporated introduced today the MediSpec™ Medical Plastic Circular (MPC) Connector and Cable System featuring the world-class LFH™ (low force helix) contact design for a high-performance and affordable alternative to typical medical circular connectors. The MediSpec MPC system, which will be showcased at MD&M Minneapolis, MN, November 2 – 3, booth 445,

Medtronic probes insulin pump risks

October 27, 2011 6:15 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Medtronic Inc has asked software security experts to investigate the safety of its insulin pumps, as a new claim surfaced that at least one of its devices could be hacked to dose diabetes patients with potentially lethal amounts of insulin. While there are no known examples of such a cyber attack on a medical device, Medtronic told Reuters that it was doing "everything it can" to address the security flaws.

Reused pacemakers safe option in poor countries

October 27, 2011 6:09 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Recycled pacemakers donated from U.S. funeral homes could offer a safe way to get the heart devices to people in the developing world who otherwise might not be able to afford them, a U.S. study said. An estimated 1 million to 2 million people around the world die...

Anritsu MasterClaw Being Used at 2011 Pan Ameican Games

October 26, 2011 2:44 pm | News | Comments

Anritsu Company announces that it is working with the two largest providers of mobile communications services in Mexico to ensure high-quality, reliable voice and data for spectators, organizers, and competitors in the 2011 Pan American Games, which are being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 14-30. Anritsu’s MasterClaw and Professional Services are working with the providers to ensure

Different Solutions, Same Questions

October 26, 2011 2:32 pm | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International, www.digi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

I come from a generation that didn’t do much radio. I’ve met relatively few other RF Engineers around my age. Most are older than me, though at work we frequently mentor new RF Engineers from scratch. When I started in radio you had to build a

MEMS-Based Differential Oscillators Tout 10 PPM Stability, Only 500 fs Jitter

October 26, 2011 2:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime’s SiT9121 and SiT9122 MEMS-based differential oscillators feature a high stability of up to ±10 ppm and 500 fs of integrated RMS phase jitter. They are suited for use in centralized and edge routers, SATA / SAS / Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters

Choosing the Right Sensor Signal Conditioning IC

October 26, 2011 1:48 pm | by David Grice, ZMDI, www.zmdi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Designing and implementing sensor interface designs for nonlinear, temperature-dependent transducers presents some difficult challenges. The advent of dedicated and powerful Sensor Signal Conditioning (SSC) ICs has made the job easier, but choosing the right IC for a particular sensor and application is critical for

200-Watt AC-DC Switchers Can Withstand Condensing Atmospheres

October 26, 2011 1:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Abbott Technologies Inc. has extended its AM military power supply product line, and now offers a family of AC-DC switchers that can withstand condensing and other extreme environments. The new products, designated the AM200EC family, employ light-weight circuit board coatings and

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