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CES 2011 Oddities: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 10, 2011 12:01 pm | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every tradeshow has these: the strange products, human snafus, and general quirkiness that characterizes a large organized event. CES 2011 was no exception. From the "Kegputer" to "eyes-only" video gaming, there was plenty of uniqueness on display. Enjoy!

LDK Solar Agrees to Acquire 70% of Solar Power, Inc. for $33 Million

January 10, 2011 11:21 am | by | News | Comments

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. a manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, high purity polysilicon and PV products, and Solar Power, Inc. (SPI) announced that LDK Solar agreed to acquire a 70% interest in SPI for...

GE Technology to Empower the Connected Home of the Future

January 10, 2011 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

GE unveiled its smart home technologies. These ecomagination(SM)and healthymagination technologies – including Nucleus™ energy manager with Brillion™ technology, the GE WattStation™ electric vehicle charging station, an advanced small wind turbine, and more –...


50 Most Read Power Electronics Stories of 2010: 10 to 1

January 10, 2011 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

This is the final installment of a listing (with links for the full story) of the most read stories on PowerPulse.Net for 2010, thus providing a window into the "pulse" of the trends and...

Floating-point MCUs Offer VCU and Control-oriented Peripheral Options

January 10, 2011 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced its TMS320F2806 Piccolo floating-point MCUs. These MCUs offer an enhanced math engine designed to simplify programming in real-time control applications that may require integrated communications. Developers of energy-efficient motor-control and renewable energy applications can

Video Display Corp. selling Fox Intnl service unit

January 10, 2011 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Video Display Corp., which makes computer monitors for military, medical and industrial use, said Monday that it will sell its Fox International Ltd. subsidiary in a sealed auction.It says the subsidiary, which operates a customer service center for consumer products, is worth $10 million to...

CES 2011: A Photoblog

January 10, 2011 7:59 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While CES 2011 saw no big product launches (sorry, no Verizon iPhone), there was still plenty to see. Here's a short sampling of the highlights.

Nanoscoops Could Spark New Generation of Electric Automobile Batteries

January 10, 2011 7:43 am | News | Comments

An entirely new type of nanomaterial developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could enable the next generation of high-power rechargeable lithium (Li)-ion batteries for electric automobiles, as well as batteries for laptop computers, mobile phones, and other portable devices. 


The Tinker's Toolbox - Ralink Mobile Wi-Fi Products

January 10, 2011 7:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk with David Borison of Ralink about their mobile Wi-Fi product line for cell phones and portable consumer Electronics

Circuit Board Shields Offer Interference Solution for Existing Devices

January 10, 2011 7:25 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

Leader Tech’s Slot-Lok circuit board shields offer the perfect solution for manufacturers that need a flexible, low-cost shielding option that can fit seamlessly within an established footprint.

LCD Equipped With Advanced Black Nematic Technology

January 10, 2011 7:25 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

LCDs with ABN technology provide higher contrast ratios and wider viewing angles than conventional passive matrix displays, with true black levels, no performance shift over wide temperature ranges, and virtually no color shift.

Miniature, Metric PCB Screw Terminal Rated 15 Amps

January 10, 2011 6:26 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

Rated 15 Amps, this compact, low profile design facilitates a broad range of capabilities for a number of applications with space-saving, cost-effective versatility.

Early investigations promising for detecting metastatic breast cancer cells

January 10, 2011 6:26 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Virginia Tech) Research by engineers and cancer biologists at Virginia Tech indicate that using specific silicon microdevices might provide a new way to screen breast cancer cells' ability to metastasize.


Ziptronix accuses TSMC / Omnivision of Patent Infringement Over Oxide Bonding Technology

January 10, 2011 5:25 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

In December 2010 Ziptronix filed a complaint against TSMC and Omnivision in US District Court alleging ?willful and deliberate? infringement of several Ziptronix patents pertaining to low temperature oxide bonding.

Latched Comparators come in Plastic SMT Packages

January 10, 2011 4:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in plastic SMT packages, the HMC674LP3E, HMC675LP3E and the HMC676LP3E provide lower power consumption compared with traditional comparator solution and are optimized for high performance, high volume applications.

ESA offers the Sun to the world

January 10, 2011 4:22 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The European Space Agency (ESA) has developed innovative software that makes it easy for people, regardless if they are experts or not, to access the entire library of images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) with a click of a mouse. The 'JHelioviewer' is ESA's...

OE Automotive Semiconductors to Grow to $39 billion in 2017

January 10, 2011 4:03 am | News | Comments

Findings from the Semicast report "Automotive Market for Semiconductors - 2011 Edition" show sales of OE automotive semiconductors grew by almost twenty per cent in 2010, to USD20 billion.

CES 2011: 3M's New Multi-Touch Display

January 8, 2011 10:35 am | Videos | Comments

Jenni Balthrop with 3M Touch Systems demos a 23" Multi-Touch Display incorporating 3M's Projected Capacitive Technology.

Piezo Motor Linear Stage Includes Closed-loop Controller and Driver

January 8, 2011 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Newport Corporation introduced the newest member of the CONEX integrated stage and controller product series. The CONEX-AGP controller is preconfigured with an Agilis AG-LS25-27P linear stage that includes a miniature, built-in, direct-read linear encoder. The CONEX-AG-LS25-27P, which integrates both products, offers

CES 2011: Hillcrest Labs' Kylo TV Browser

January 8, 2011 9:40 am | Videos | Comments

Chad Lucien with Hillcrest Labs demos the Loop Pointer coupled with the Kylo TV internet browser. Download Kylo for free at

Complex Sensing and Fluidic Control Systems Suit Medical, Industrial Industries

January 8, 2011 9:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensortechnics offers complex custom sensing and fluidic control systems for assembly into medical devices, instrumentation equipment and demanding industrial machines. These modules can

Passive Intermodulation Analyzer Incorporates Distance to PIM Technology

January 8, 2011 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduced the MW8219A PIM Master, a field test solution that can locate the source of passive intermodulation (PIM), whether it is at the base station or in the surrounding environment. Covering the PCS and AWS cellular frequency ranges, the analyzer provides

PCB Screw Terminal Suits 22-15 AWG Wire

January 8, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keystone Electronics’ new, miniature, screw terminal type binding post is suited for 22-15 AWG wire and used in high density PCB packaging. Rated 15 A, this compact, low profile design facilitates a broad range of capabilities for

Nuvation Engineering Designs Advanced Battery Management System for Electric Vehicles

January 8, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nuvation Engineering has developed a custom battery management system, fuel gauge and driver interface for electric vehicles. The innovative system is currently featured on the OptaMotive 'E. Rex'. The OptaMotive 'E. Rex' is on display at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week at Maxim's booth 30869. Through a close partnership with Maxim, Nuvation engineers designed the

Silicon Hive Introduces Next Generation Scalable Solution for High-Performance Multi-Format Video Decoding

January 8, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Hive B.V. announced the availability of HiveGo VSS3240, a complete video system solution IP product enabling Full HD 1080p multi-format video decoding for various standard and proprietary video coding formats up to 60fps and 62.5Mbps as used in connected HDTV, optical disks and Digital Media Adapters. The VSS3240 advanced multi-core architecture offers 

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