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Western Digital cleared to buy Hitachi disk drive business

November 23, 2011 3:44 am | by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters | News | Comments

Western Digital has secured conditional approval from the European Union's competition regulator to purchase Hitachi's hard disk drive business for $4.3 billion, after it agreed to sell several production operations.

Mark Frauenfelder Presents Maker Faire

November 22, 2011 8:40 am | Videos | Comments

MAKE editor-in-chief Mark Frauenfelder would like to introduce you to some of his favorite makers, and the projects they've brought to Maker Faire.

Robust Mini-B-USB Receptacle Serves both Consumer and Industrial Applications

November 22, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

SUYIN’s 020200MA005XX56XX series is specially designed to meet the requirements of consumer products. At the same time, however, due to its particularly robust construction, it is also well suited for use in industrial automation tasks.

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Video game deals to steal Black Friday spotlight

November 22, 2011 6:30 am | by Liana B. Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

Retailers are saving some of their deepest discounts on Black Friday for video game products, with large chains Wal-Mart and Best Buy putting some rock-bottom prices tags on hot games to lure shoppers into stores.

EU regulator ''concerned'' over cellphone patents war

November 22, 2011 6:27 am | by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters | News | Comments

EU regulators investigating Apple and Samsung Electronics over their patents dispute are worried intellectual property rights may be unfairly used by some firms against their rivals, the EU antitrust chief said on Tuesday.

LIGHTFAIR International 2012 Conference Program Announced

November 22, 2011 6:13 am | News | Comments

LIGHTFAIR International 2012 will again cover a broad range of today’s most relevant topics, presented by the industry’s leading experts at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Alan Grau of Icon Labs on Embedded System Security

November 21, 2011 10:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Alan Grau, President and CEO of Icon Labs on the issues of security in embedded systems.

JEDEC to Host Mobile Memory Event at 2012 International CES

November 21, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association today announced its participation in the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 12. CES, produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, is the preeminent showcase for the worldwide consumer electronics industry.

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New lighting and energy plan to save Village of Lynbrook more than $4.4 million over next 15 years

November 21, 2011 8:57 am | News | Comments

Lynbrook, N.Y. has announced plans to implement lighting and other infrastructure improvement measures at its public facilities allowing the village to cut energy consumption by 32 percent and save $4.4 million over 15 years.

Retailers adapt as mobile holiday shopping booms

November 21, 2011 5:53 am | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

When it comes to holiday shopping, more people are phoning it in, forcing retailers to embrace new ways to connect or else lose sales. Lowe's Companies, Best Buy and Toys R Us are among retailers making big changes...

Kindle Fire may change the game… but not for Apple

November 21, 2011 3:10 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The web is awash with reviews of the Kindle Fire, many positive (some scathingly negative), and the comparisons to the iPad are just as plentiful.  The question that keeps coming up, however, is the Fire a game changer in the tablet war?

Stan Lee dreams up new heroes for the Web

November 18, 2011 6:22 am | by Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters | News | Comments

Stan Lee is aiming his powers at the Web, where the legendary creator of Marvel comic characters such as Spider-Man plans to take on the superhuman task of making profitable shows for an online audience.

Branson's Virgin eyes Mexican phone market

November 18, 2011 6:17 am | News | Comments

Richard Branson's Virgin group has got the green light to tap mobile phone services in Mexico, a market with high penetration that would require big money to attract customers and build brand recognition.

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Logitech says was too bullish on Google TV

November 18, 2011 6:03 am | News | Comments

Logitech, which lost tens of millions of dollars building set-top boxes for Google TV, would back the project again, but would be much more cautious, its chief executive said.

Amazon may launch a smartphone in Q4 2012 - Citi

November 18, 2011 6:00 am | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc may launch its own smartphone in the fourth quarter of 2012, Citigroup said, citing its supply-chain channel checks in Asia. In a research note dated November 17, the brokerage said it believes the online retail giant is now jointly developing the phone with the world's top contract cellphone maker Foxconn International...

Advanced Flex Connectors Aid Assembly, Speed Time to Market

November 17, 2011 10:36 am | by Andy Kotas, AVX Corporation, www.avxcorp.com | Articles | Comments

Connectors have aided the acceleration in speed-to-market for several technologies. There have been advances in flex connector technology, enabling additional features that make engineering more efficient. Of course, reduction in size continues to

Finnish iPad app aims to help guitarist wannabes keep at it

November 17, 2011 6:27 am | News | Comments

Finnish startup Ovelin is launching a game in the United States and Britain that is designed to help people stick with their music lessons, with the first version of the game playable on Apple's iPad.

U.S. software company sues RIM over ''BBX''

November 17, 2011 6:24 am | News | Comments

New Mexico firm Basis International Ltd filed a motion against Research In Motion to stop the BlackBerry maker from using Basis' trademark, BBX.

Samsung says alters tablet design to avoid German sales ban

November 17, 2011 6:22 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday that it would launch a redesigned version of its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab model in Germany as early as this week to avoid a sales ban on the tablet, which a German court said violated Apple's patents.

Serial Flash Memories Tout the Industry’s Smallest Packages per Density

November 16, 2011 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Winbond Electronics Corp. announced a family of new SpiFlash Serial Flash memories with the industry’s smallest packages per density, according to the company. The small form factors make them appropriate for space-critical designs, such as smart phones,

Tony Valentino of Quickfilter Technologies on Signal Management

November 16, 2011 5:06 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Tony Valentino, Quickfilter Technologies COO, about signal managment issues and the challenges facing the designer.

UK Blackberry users pass 8 million mark

November 15, 2011 9:38 am | News | Comments

Research In Motion Ltd (RIM), the maker of Blackberry smartphones, said its subscriber base in the UK had passed the 8 million milestone as it unveiled a new cloud-based music service in the country.

Enpirion's PowerSoc Technology

November 15, 2011 9:28 am | Videos | Comments

ECN recently visited Enpirion's offices and sat down with Mark Cieri, Director of Marketing and Business Development, and Ahmed Abou-Alfotouh, Ph.D., manager Systems Architect Group. In this video, Mark and Ahmed discuss the company's PowerSoC technology and the newly released EN5339 DC-DC converter which touts very high power density, efficiency, and reliability, while simplifying design flow and reducing total solution cost. 

IP Core Approved for Dolby MS11 Multistream Decoder

November 15, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEVA announced that the CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP has become the industry’s first IP core approved by Dolby for the MS11 Multistream Decoder - the latest Dolby audio technology for enabling multi-format world-wide broadcast in home entertainment products.

Power SoC Combines Increased Power Density, Reliability and Fast Time-to-Market for SSD Apps

November 15, 2011 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enpirion announced a new member of its power IC portfolio targeted at solid-state drives (SSDs) as well as industrial embedded applications. The EN5339 3A PowerSoC integrates the controller, power MOSFETs,

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