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CES 2012 and consumer robotics: Informative yet confusing...and bad food!

January 20, 2012 11:35 am | by Frank Tobe, Editor, The Robot Report, | Blogs | Comments

CES 2012 was a mammoth display of the trend toward smart, connected devices for every form of consumer activity: toys, appliances, entertainment, health, mobility, etc.

Fairchild Semiconductor Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011

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

Fairchild Semiconductor announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 25, 2011. Fairchild reported fourth quarter sales of $339.4 million, down 16 percent from the prior quarter and 15 percent lower than the...

Nissan, ABB Link to Evaluate Second-Life Storage Applications for Nissan LEAF Battery Packs

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

Nissan North America, Inc. and ABB, along with 4R Energy and Sumitomo Corporation of America, have formed a partnership to evaluate the reuse of lithium-ion battery packs that power the Nissan LEAF, the world’s...


Alpha Technologies Receives TL 9000 Certification

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

Alpha Technologies Ltd. (ATL), a specialist in the design, manufacture, service and installation of powering solutions for the Telecom, CATV, Traffic, Security, Industrial and Renewable Energy industries, has had its Quality Management System approved...

AFE for Femtocell Base Stations and Portable SDRs is Presented as Industry’s Fastest

January 20, 2012 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced what it asserts is the industry’s fastest, highest-performance analog front end (AFE) for femtocell base stations and portable software-defined radio (SDR) applications. The low-power, 12-bit AFE7225 integrates

Perfect Image Solutions Topical Hair Regrowth Products: Recall - Unapproved Drugs, Risk of Health Hazards

January 20, 2012 10:20 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Systemic absorption of topically administered Minoxidil could cause low blood pressure, heart palpitations and associated cardiac symptoms.

Electric-powered DeLorean comes back from the future...

January 20, 2012 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

Although the last official DMC 12 left the production line in the early 80's, a company in Texas have all the original factory presses and parts to start making 'as new' cars again in 2013, one option will be an Electric model.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bart Giordano of Marvell on Wireless Systems

January 20, 2012 7:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Bart Giordano, Director of Product Marketing for Wireless at Marvell about wireless architectures, industry standards issues, and the rise of older tech in new places like beamforming in smaller systems.


Miniature Enclosures House Personal Electronics

January 20, 2012 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has added more versions and accessories to its ‘MINITEC’ range of miniature enclosures. These multi-colored housings are designed for personal electronic devices which are carried in the hand, on a key ring, wrist strap, or lanyard. Typical applications

Rugged 750-W DC-AC Inverter Suits Rail and Industrial Applications

January 20, 2012 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer announced the PRP-750 Series of highly efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 750 VA of power in a chassis mount package. The series has versions that meet industrial (EN60950) or rail (EN50155) standards. Standard input voltages of

Fanless Embedded Computer Touts Enhanced Wireless Optimization for 3G-WiFi-BT-GPS Support

January 20, 2012 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. announced the release of the new Matrix MXE-5300 Series of rugged, quad core, fanless computers, based on the high performance 2nd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor and QM67 chipset. It is presented as offering

Digi Makes Developing Wireless, Cloud-Connected Medical Devices Easy

January 19, 2012 1:20 pm | by Digi International | News | Comments

New iDigi® Telehealth Application Kit features Freescale Home Health Hub reference design

Digi International Reports First Fiscal Quarter 2012 Results

January 19, 2012 1:20 pm | by Digi International | News | Comments

Thirty-Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Profitability, Despite Thailand Flooding Impact


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%...

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