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Enabling simplicity: How sophisticated MCU solutions can help reduce the complexity of consumer electronics designs

April 30, 2012 11:10 am | by Mike Salas, Vice President and General Manager, Microcontroller Products, Silicon Labs | Blogs | Comments

Innovation continues to flourish at the individual product-level as consumer electronics companies continue to find ways to add more appealing features and functions for end users in everything from thermostats and washing machines to wireless headsets and wristwatches. Clearly the push is on to “IP-enable” the entire consumer electronics industry...

IC detects lightning up to 40 km away, targets portable apps

April 30, 2012 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems introduced what it asserts is the world’s first lightning sensor IC, the AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor with an embedded intelligent algorithm. The IC provides people with advanced warning of approaching electrical storms giving them additional time to take shelter.

LCD TV panel shipments to Chinese TV makers recovered in February

April 30, 2012 10:20 am | by Deborah Yang, NPD DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

After peaking in December 2011, LCD TV panel shipments to Chinese TV makers fell sharply in January. They soon recovered in February, as forecast in the monthly NPD DisplaySearch MarketWise-LCD Industry Dynamics report. In February, shipments to Chinese TV makers from the panel makers surveyed reached 3.75M...

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Analysis: As technology shifts, Asian giants wrestle for TV control

April 25, 2012 9:14 am | by Tim Kelly and Clare Jim, Reuters | News | Comments

LG Electronics will steal a march on its rivals by bringing forward the launch of a 55-inch flat TV using next-generation technology, raising the stakes in a cut-throat battle for the living room between Asia's top tech powerhouses.

Still in the frame, the camera defies smartphone onslaught

April 25, 2012 9:12 am | by Jeremy Wagstaff, Asia chief technology correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

While most attention in the gadget world is on the breakneck pace of innovation in mobile phones, tablets and computers, another device has resolutely refused to die: the camera. Despite the onslaught of camera phones — the iPhone 4 has this year become the most popular device for posting snaps to the photo-sharing website Flickr — cameras are still being sold.

FDA says nanotech may need extra safety tests

April 24, 2012 12:41 pm | by Anna Yukhananov, Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators said consumer products that use nanotechnology may have unknown effects on the human body, and advised food and cosmetic companies to further study the safety of these tiny particles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two draft guidelines on Friday calling for more studies, putting, for now, much of the onus for safety on companies.

Options market sees big earnings move for Apple

April 24, 2012 12:29 pm | by Angela Moon and Doris Frankel, Reuters | News | Comments

The wild ride in Apple shares this year could get even more interesting when the company reports quarterly results after the bell on Tuesday. Judging by trade in the options market, investors expect Apple shares to jump or fall by about 7.5 percent...

Low VCE(SAT) transistors come in ultra miniature TLM621 package

April 24, 2012 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp., announced the CTLT3410-M621 (NPN) and CTLT7410-M621 (PNP) transistors in the space saving, low profile TLM621 surface mount package. These new devices are rated at 1.0 A of continuous collector current, 25-V collector-to-emitter voltage and have an

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Low-power USB 3.0 hub controller suits next-gen Ultrabook designs

April 24, 2012 11:24 am | by VIA Labs, USB 3.0, hub controller, VL812 | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Labs, Inc. announced its 3rd generation USB 3.0 hub controller, the VIA Labs VL812. The controller uses a new low-power design and features an integrated 5V DC-DC switching regulator, offering a single-chip solution that

Power jack line is panel mount and allows for flexibility

April 24, 2012 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kycon added a high-current panel mount DC power jack option to their current series of power jacks.  The expansion of the power jack line allows for design flexibility, with reliability in high-current and repetitive applications such as

Apple announces 500 new jobs in Ireland

April 20, 2012 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Apple is to hire 500 people in Ireland in the latest boost to the indebted euro zone country's multinational sector, one of the few bright spots in a struggling economy. The consumer electronics giant will increase the headcount at its European headquarters in the southern city of Cork over the next 18 months from 2,800 at present, a spokesman for the company said.

Global mobile media revenues to touch $150 billion in 2012

April 20, 2012 11:06 am | News | Comments

2011 was the first year that global consumer spending on media content, apps and services for mobile phones broke through the $100 billion barrier. According to the latest Global Mobile Media Forecast from Strategy Analytics, consumers are expected to increase this spend on mobile media by a further 13.4 percent from $121.8 billion in 2011 to $138.2 billion in 2012.

Can Neil Young's studio-quality audio format curtail music piracy?

April 19, 2012 4:52 pm | by Ron M. Seidel, Editorial Intern | Articles | Comments

Young, who has been releasing albums since the 1960s, has his own ideas about innovating the way we consume music. In June, he filed six trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for names involving a new high-fidelity audio format. It appears the 66-year-old is on a crusade to bring the full sonic capacity of studio master recordings to the digital frontier.

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Stereo spatial array IC promises immersive audio experience

April 18, 2012 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) introduced an integrated circuit (IC) that, according to the company, converts a smartphone or tablet computer’s narrow soundstage into a much wider and exciting audio experience for consumers. The LM48903 stereo Class D spatial array IC

The human price point for electronics

April 16, 2012 9:51 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

“Americans will buy American products when they’re willing to pay for American work.” Those words came from one of my PR contacts a couple of years ago as we discussed bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. While a return to those standards seems light years away, a more pertinent question we should ask ourselves is “what price are we willing to pay to reclaim our humanity?”

Barrier films in e-readers: Their form and function

April 13, 2012 10:27 am | by Eric Barker, Application Development Engineer with FLEXcon’s Flexible Electronics Division | Articles | Comments

There is no question that among the most popular and more affordable hand-held electronic devices to hit the market in recent years are e-readers based on e-paper. They go by various names and several brands (Nook, Kindle, Sony, etc) but they all function in the same manner.

CE Week partners with ShowStoppers for CEA Line Shows press preview

April 10, 2012 2:07 pm | News | Comments

CE Week, the consumer electronics and technology industry's annual mid-year event, is partnering with ShowStoppers to produce a press preview event for CEA Line Shows. Attendees will get a sneak-peek at product debuts and see who will be making news headlines before the show officially opens.

Best Buy CEO out as shoppers move online

April 10, 2012 2:02 pm | by Dhanya Skariachan, Reuters | News | Comments

Best Buy Co Chief Executive Brian Dunn has left the world's largest consumer electronics chain, which has struggled against stepped-up competition from internet retailers and discounters.

Sony sees record $6.4 billion loss on tax hit

April 10, 2012 10:05 am | by Tim Kelly, Reuters | News | Comments

Japan's Sony Corp flagged a record $6.4 billion annual net loss, double an earlier forecast and a fourth straight year of red ink, as it writes off deferred tax credits, heaping more pressure on its new CEO to turn around the electronics giant.

New rumors of smaller Apple tablet continue to surface

April 5, 2012 5:42 am | by Ron M. Seidel, Editorial Intern | Articles | Comments

Stories about an “iPad mini” started receiving attention March 13 when 9to5Mac posted a link to a Korea Times report in which an unnamed Samsung official told the newspaper that Apple will be building a 7.85-inch version of the iPad utilizing Samsung displays.

Apple shares to soar to $1,001, says analyst

April 3, 2012 8:51 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc shares are set to rocket to $1,001 within the next 12 months as it branches into new markets and expands its footprint in China, predicted Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White.

Wealthy smartphone users less likely to play games, tweet

April 2, 2012 9:26 am | by Natasha Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Wealthier smartphone users are less likely to play games or tweet and will opt for news, travel or finance apps, according to a new study. The research by The Luxury Institute focused on app usage among wealthy consumers, who earn an annual income of $150,000 or more.

Microsoft shuts German distribution centre in patent dispute

April 2, 2012 9:15 am | News | Comments

Microsoft is moving its European software distribution to the Netherlands from Germany after being caught up in patent disputes with mobile phone and tablet maker Motorola Mobility.

LG Display begins mass production of world’s first plastic E-Paper display

March 29, 2012 6:40 am | News | Comments

LG Display announced that it has started mass production of the world’s first plastic electronic paper display (EPD) for use in E-Books. The 6” XGA (1024x768), e-ink, plastic EPD is expected to revolutionize the E-Book market...

LED Controller Provides Near-100 Percent TRIAC Dimmer Compatibility

March 28, 2012 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cirrus Logic Inc. announced a digital LED controller that directly addresses dimmer compatibility issues that have been a major barrier to consumer adoption of LED retrofit bulbs. Featuring the company’s

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