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China's challenge to the iPad raises a red flag

January 19, 2012 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

China Communist Party members can now carry a tablet PC to verify identification cards, read the blogs of cadres and manage state-owned firms without fretting that using a bourgeois Apple Inc iPad will ruin their street cred.

Emerging Smart Gas Meter Markets in Europe and Asia Expected to Drive the Global Market to over 1 Billion Dollars by 2016

January 11, 2012 1:00 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

IMS Research predicts that by 2016 annual revenues from the smart gas meter market will reach over $1 billion, roughly four times the 2011 market estimate. This is a key finding from the recently published report, “The World Market for Gas Meters – 2011 Edition”. Growth is anticipated to be strong mainly due to the emergence of new markets for advanced gas meters in Europe and Asia. 

ZLG Partners with Energy Micro in China

January 11, 2012 12:55 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Energy Micro, the energy friendly microcontroller and radio company, has today announced the appointment of ZLG as an approved distributor of its ultra low power ARM Cortex based Gecko MCU and EFR4 Draco radio devices in China. 


Lumiotec and Universal Display Announce Technology License Agreement for OLED Lighting

January 10, 2012 1:29 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Lumiotec Inc., founded by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Rohm Co., Ltd., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 2008 to develop, manufacture and sell OLED lighting panels, and Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL), enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED technology and materials, today announced that the companies have

Chinese Tier 2 PV Module Utilization Fell To Record Low in Q4 of 2011

January 10, 2012 4:59 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

The average production capacity utilization rate of Chinese Tier 2 crystalline PV module manufacturers fell to just 35 percent in Q4'11 according to the latest quarterly report from IMS Research and is forecast to fall even lower in Q1'12. As a result of high inventory levels and a weak outlook for demand in 2012, many suppliers closed down production lines, or suspended production entirely, resulting in

Industry Leaders Aim to Redefine Power as Smart and Wireless, Form Power Matters Alliance

January 9, 2012 12:00 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

IEEE, the world's largest professional association for advancing technology for humanity, today announced a community of global industry leaders are joining forces with the intention to form the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) under the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections Program. The PMA is dedicated to remaking consumers' daily interaction with power as wireless, environmentally sound, and smart. 

Smartphones power Samsung to record quarterly profit

January 6, 2012 7:34 am | by Miyoung Kim, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics, the world's top maker of memory chips and smartphones, reported a record quarterly profit on Friday, aided by one-off gains and best-ever sales of high-end phones.

MANA Research Highlight: High-performance thin film boost for electronics research

January 4, 2012 4:35 am | News | Comments

MANA researchers have developed the world's highest performance thin-film capacitors using a new high-permittivity (high-k) dielectric sheet with molecular-level thickness (~1 nm). This technology may revolutionize the next-generation electronics.


Samsung seeks to re-enter Japan TV market: report

January 3, 2012 8:47 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning to re-enter the Japanese flat-panel television market next year, the Nikkei business daily reported on Tuesday, without citing sources.

Enpirion Announces Manufacturing Partnership Agreement for Silicon Magnetics

January 3, 2012 5:27 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Enpirion, Inc. is announcing that it has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with JiangyinChangdian Advanced Packaging Co., Ltd. -- JCAP -- for the manufacturing of silicon-based magnetics utilizing Enpirion's proprietary MEMS (Micro-electronic Magnetic Silicon) technology. Earlier in 2011, Enpirion demonstrated that its MEMS technology achieved all necessary application performance figures-of-merit at record frequencies of 18 MHz in its DC-DC power system-on-chip (PowerSoC). This announcement marks

New satellites to extend China's military reach

December 29, 2011 6:17 am | by David Lague, Reuters | News | Comments

China this week reached a milestone in its drive to master the military use of space with the launch of trials for its Beidou satellite global positioning network, a move that will bring it one step closer to matching U.S. space capabilities.

Was Lead-Free Solder Worth the Effort?

December 28, 2011 7:28 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Lead-free solder has yet to yield documented benefits.

China tests 500 kmph super high-speed train

December 28, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of travelling 500 kilometers per hour, state media said on Monday, as the country moves ahead with its railway ambitions despite serious problems on its high-speed network.


LG Display plant in eastern China hit by strike

December 28, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

Workers at an LG Display factory in eastern China have gone on strike, halting some production, the company said on Wednesday, in the latest action by China's increasingly assertive workforce.

China hackers breached U.S. Chamber of Commerce: report

December 21, 2011 6:07 am | News | Comments

Hackers in China broke through the computer defenses of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last year and were able to access information about its operations and its 3 million members, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

China tops U.S, Japan to become top patent filer

December 21, 2011 6:06 am | by Lee Chyen Yee, Reuters | News | Comments

China became the world's top patent filer in 2011, surpassing the United States and Japan as it steps up innovation to improve its intellectual property rights track record, a Thomson Reuters research report showed on Wednesday.

Power Line Communications Used in Chinese Smart Grid Meter Deployments

December 20, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor announced that its GS18 power line communications (PLC) semiconductor is now deployed in volume in LangFang Gao Shan smart meters installed on the China State Grid in Hebei Province.

Information black hole as North Korean leader dies

December 19, 2011 5:45 am | by Jonathan Hopfner, Reuters | News | Comments

Few national leaders die these days with no one outside their country knowing about it. For more than 48 hours. Not even a mention on Twitter.

Beijing International Building Technology show makes its debut

December 19, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

The Beijing International Building Technology show will make its debut 2 – 4 April 2012 at the New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China, to support China’s fast-growing trend for energy-saving, comfortable, safe and sustainable buildings.

Samsung says sells over 300 million mobile handsets in 2011

December 12, 2011 7:40 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd said on Sunday its annual mobile handset sales this year had exceeded 300 million units for the first time in the company's history.

Nissan, Microsoft to brief on strategic partnership

December 12, 2011 7:35 am | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co said on Monday that it will brief on a tie-up with Microsoft Corp in Tokyo at 4 p.m. (0700 GMT).

Intel Q4 hit by hard disk drive supply shortage

December 12, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

Intel Corp warned that fourth-quarter results would miss its previous forecast due to hard disk drive supply shortages caused by floods in Thailand.

South Korea's net nirvana spawns good, bad and ugly results

December 6, 2011 7:24 am | by Jonathan Hopfner, Reuters | News | Comments

On a single, dimly-lit floor in the towering central Seoul headquarters of Korea's National Police Agency, dozens of hard drives and mobile phones sit on shelves awaiting dissection.

Samsung plans flash chip line in China

December 6, 2011 7:22 am | by Hyunjoo Jin, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it plans to build a flash memory chip plant in China, seen costing some $4 billion, as a boom in smartphones and tablet computers is set to fuel the $22 billion chip industry's growth next year.

Chinese court rejects Apple lawsuit over iPad name

December 6, 2011 7:15 am | News | Comments

A court in southern China has rejected a lawsuit by Apple Inc, accusing a Chinese technology company of infringing its iPad trademark, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, the latest move in a protracted tug-of-war over the name.

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