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Low-Profile SiC MOSFET Modules Features Multiple Circuit Topologies

January 27, 2012 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Created with a low profile and multiple circuit topologies, including independent; dual; in parallel; common collector; and common emitter, two new Powerex split dual SiC MOSFET Modules (QJD1210010 and QJD1210011) are designed for

The Tinker's Toolbox - Melissa Chee of Fresco Microchip on Consumer Product Design

January 26, 2012 4:56 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Melissa Chee of Fresco Microchip, a leader in RF, analog and digital semiconductors, about consumer product design.

Capacitive and Resistive Touch Sensing Platform

January 25, 2012 11:40 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows the Xtrinsic capacitive and resistive touch sensing platform (CRTOUCH) running graphic apps on a resistive screen.

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AFE Devices Tout High Measurement Accuracy for Smart Grid Apps

January 24, 2012 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cirrus Logic Inc.’s CS5484/80/90 family of analog front end (AFE) ICs features the highest energy measurement accuracy in the industry, according to the company, to give designers of single and polyphase utility meters and smart energy products a desirable

Fast Nonvolatile Memory Draws 1,000th the Energy of EEPROM

January 24, 2012 4:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ramtron International presenteed the FM25P16, claimed as the world’s lowest energy nonvolatile memory product with a power draw 1/1,000th the energy of Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM) devices.

Epic clash: Silicon Valley blindsides Hollywood on piracy

January 23, 2012 11:07 am | by Sarah McBride and Lisa Richwine, Reuters | News | Comments

The massive online protest last Wednesday, in which Wikipedia and thousands of other websites closed down or otherwise protested and helped to kill controversial online piracy legislation, was widely heralded as an unprecedented case of a grassroots uprising overcoming backroom lobbying.

Korean research a first step toward Dr. Smartphone?

January 23, 2012 11:05 am | News | Comments

Tired of long waits at the hospital for medical tests? If Korean researchers have their way, your smartphone could one day eliminate that -- and perhaps even tell you that you have cancer.

Best of CES 2012

January 23, 2012 6:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show was a colossal disappointment...though I believe it's endemic of the event's declining importance. Still, CES is always a fun show, and it's always worth the trip. Enjoy these highlights!

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Survey Forecasts 2015 Worldwide Pico Projector Market Size of 58 Million Units

January 23, 2012 5:08 am | News | Comments

Pacific Media Associates (PMA) has released the findings from their annual survey of manufacturers of projectors, optical engines, and components showing a worldwide pico projector market forecast of 58 million units by 2015, up from about 3 million units in 2011.

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

January 20, 2012 11:35 am | by Frank Tobe, Editor, The Robot Report, www.therobotreport.com | 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.

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

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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.

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.

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

MPEG Surround: Improving Music Streaming Quality to Meet Consumer Expectations

January 19, 2012 6:13 am | by Jan Nordmann, Fraunhofer IIS, www.iis.fraunhofer.de; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

As HD audio and speaker quality continue to evolve, the demand for higher quality audio increases. Audio streaming will compete with other types of media, including HDTV, video streaming and games. To help meet these HD-quality expectations, MPEG Surround enhances the streaming experience.

Wireless ICs Simplify WiFi Integration

January 18, 2012 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 solution from Texas Instruments is a flagship device family aimed at expanding the “Internet of Things” with easy-to-implement, proven Wi-Fi technology.

Fake iPad 2s Made of Clay Sold at Canadian Stores

January 18, 2012 5:38 am | News | Comments

As many as 10 fake iPad 2s, all made of slabs of modeling clay, were recently sold at electronic stores in Vancouver, British Columbia. Best Buy and Future Shop have launched investigations into how the scam was pulled off.

CES 2012: Wilocity Announces Marketing Strategy and Product Availability

January 16, 2012 9:39 am | by Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat | Blogs | Comments

Wilocity is an Israel-based start-up that has been aggressive in pursuing the WiGig or 802.11ad silicon market. At CES, it has announced a marketing strategy for its 60 GHz solution that emphasizes the ability to use the technology at work, on the go, or at home.

CES 2012: Qualcomm mirasol on Two More E-Readers

January 16, 2012 9:35 am | by Jennifer Colegrove in DisplaySearch, Display Technology | Blogs | Comments

At CES 2012, Qualcomm announced two more e-readers using its 5.7” mirasol display; these will be from Chinese companies Shanda and Hanvon. In November, Korea-based Kyobo released the first e-reader with mirasol display technology.

CES 2012: Microsoft goes out with a whimper

January 16, 2012 8:29 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Special thanks to ECN's photographer, Andrew Maiman | Articles | Comments

For a company that changed the world with its PC operating systems and dominated CES for over a decade, Microsoft left a mute impression in its swan song at the world’s largest consumer electronics show. Even the star power of American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest

The Teardown - The Droid RAZR

January 16, 2012 4:09 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The Droid RAZR calls on state-of-the-art space-saving technology as well nostalgia, claiming once again to be the thinnest phone in the universe.

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