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What the SiBeam Acquisition by Silicon Image Means

April 21, 2011 8:05 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Blogs | Comments

I've been asked multiple times about the meaning, from a technology and market perspective, of the acquisition of SiBeam by Silicon Image. The answer is very simple – 60GHz is not ready for high volume in consumer products for many years to come. Period.

Power Quality in Military Applications

April 21, 2011 7:17 am | by Ron Demcko, Application Engineering Manager at AVX Corp | Articles | Comments

Military electronics, whether land, air or sea based all require increased amounts of power due to functionality and mission profile expectations. An easy-to-relate example of this is the 20-pound battery load a soldier might carry for a three-day mission.

Achieving SWaP Reductions through Advanced Microelectronic Packaging Solutions

April 21, 2011 7:01 am | by Dave Moore, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, Steve Rosser, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. and Kim Blackwell, Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Today’s military electronics demand increased mobility and extended operational life. This enhanced product viability requires significant SWaP (size, weight, and power) reductions. Through advanced microelectronic packaging solutions available...


Intense Interest in Energy Harvesting for Electric Vehicles

April 20, 2011 8:51 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | News | Comments

Two forthcoming events in Germany reflect the intense interest in energy harvesting for electric vehicles. Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe 2011, 21-22 June covers many forms of harvesting for other applications as well and drills into the technology...

IQRF Wireless Network Systems Now Available from LPRS

April 20, 2011 8:46 am | News | Comments

LPRS has been appointed as the UK technical distributor for the IQRF complete IQMesh wireless network platform, components and systems manufactured by Microrisc.

A Novel Way to Stop a Clicking Hard Disk

April 20, 2011 8:25 am | Videos | Comments

The person in the video shows how to stop a corrupted HD from clicking. Other tools can be used but this very novel solution has the advantage of being simple and directly effective.</

Last Shuttle ride to ISS for ESA astronaut with ‘dark matter’ hunter

April 19, 2011 9:31 am | News | Comments

ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori and the five other astronauts of the STS-134 mission will be launched to the International Space Station on Space Shuttle Endeavour on 29 April to deliver a pioneering scientific experiment.

ESA–NASA collaboration furthers sea-ice research

April 19, 2011 9:20 am | News | Comments

A carefully executed operation to validate data from CryoSat has shown what can be accomplished when ESA, NASA and others join forces to further our understanding of how the fragile polar environment is responding to climate change.


NASA awards funds to develop commercial space taxis

April 19, 2011 6:32 am | News | Comments

NASA divided up more than $269 million on Monday among several companies vying to build commercial spaceships to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, the space agency said.

China stealth fighter ''appears'' to have made second flight

April 19, 2011 6:29 am | News | Comments

China appears to have staged a second test-flight of a new stealth fighter jet, a state-owned newspaper said on Tuesday, which if true could be another step toward narrowing the military gap with the United States.

3D Systems Expands Technical Partnership With Lotus Renault GP Formula One Team

April 19, 2011 6:21 am | News | Comments

3D Systems Corporation announced the expansion of its technical partnership with Lotus Renault GP Formula 1 team following last year's refresh of its SLA(R) production printer fleet at the Advanced Digital Manufacturing (ADM) Centre in Enstone, England.

Cees Links named as Marketing Chair of ZigBee RF4CE

April 19, 2011 6:08 am | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies, a leading fabless semiconductor company, today announced that their CEO and Founder, Cees Links, has been named as the Marketing Chair of ZigBee RF4CE.

iPad app shows US library's Civil War images in 3D

April 19, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

A new iPad app developed from images from the Library of Congress is giving viewers a look at the Civil War in 3D. The app is called "History 3D: Civil War."


Memory module optimized for use in military vehicle applications

April 19, 2011 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Apacer Technology Inc. recently announced the strategic collaboration with Diamond Systems Corporation (DSC) based in the U.S. The move is to develop SODIMM — a specification for rugged SODIMM memory dedicated to DSC’s single-board computers (SBCs).

LED-backlit LCDs Intended for Industrial Applications

April 19, 2011 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Today, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA) announced four new additions to its large format LED-backlit LCD product line. These TFT-LCDs include two panels in the 10.4-inch class, one 12.1-inch panel re-issue, and one 15.0-inch panel.

The Tinker's Toolbox - ADI's Digital PFC Chip with Power Metering

April 18, 2011 11:08 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to  Lawrence McGarry of Analog Devices at the APEC conference about their latest digital PFC chip with power metering capability.

Tiny CMOS Camera Drives Vehicle Vision Applications

April 18, 2011 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a housing volume of just 7 cc, the Sharp CMOS camera is one of the smallest modules suitable for automotive use currently available on the market worldwide.

Switching Regulators are Pin-to-Pin Replacements for 78xx Linear Products

April 18, 2011 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aimtec adds two new series of DC/DC switching regulators to its complete product offering of over 40 non-isolated, switching regulators as pin-to-pin replacement to 78xx linear regulators

RIM studies bid for Nortel wireless patents: report

April 18, 2011 7:27 am | News | Comments

Research In Motion may attempt to top Google Inc's $900 million bid for Nortel Networks Corp.'s wireless technology patents, according to a Bloomberg report citing two people familiar with the plans.

Zuckerberg at Ore. Facebook data center

April 18, 2011 7:23 am | News | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance Friday night in Prineville, Ore., at a community party for the grand opening of his company's new data center.

RTL and Prosieben appeal online TV plan ban: report

April 18, 2011 6:29 am | News | Comments

Broadcasters ProSieben and RTL have filed an appeal against a decision by the federal cartel office to quash their plans for a joint online TV platform.

''Technology can't replace god'': Pope

April 18, 2011 6:25 am | News | Comments

Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.

Philips CEO switches off TV in search for profit

April 18, 2011 6:22 am | by Roberta B. Cowan, Reuters | News | Comments

Philips is hiving off its once leading television business, the first step by new chief executive Frans van Houten to boost flagging profit at Europe's biggest consumer electronics maker.

LED-Backlit LCDs Address Multiple Applications

April 18, 2011 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new 5” diagonal LED-backlit 800×480 resolution TFT-LCD from Optrex has Super Wide View (SWV) technology with viewing angles of 85/85/85/85 and true outdoor readabity.

Compact TFT LCDs features Super Wide View technology

April 18, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leading LCD manufacturer Optrex America has introduced a new family of compact LCDs with a range of advanced features for a variety of industrial, medical and handheld applications.

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