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Power-Supply Controller Touts Desirable Efficiency and Power Density Characteristics

February 6, 2012 9:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics’ L6699D controller for LLC resonant voltage converters is believed to be the first of its type to combine anti-capacitive protection, auto-adaptive dead-time and enhanced safe-start operation. These features are

No ''Facebook fatigue'' for longtime users: survey

February 3, 2012 6:43 am | by Ian Simpson, Reuters | News | Comments

A survey released on Friday shows that people who have used the social networking site over a long period - since its founding in 2004, say - show no sign that they are tired of posting pictures, updating weekend plans or just relaying random thoughts.

Sprint investors in purgatory until 2013

February 3, 2012 6:36 am | by Sinead Carew, Reuters | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel (S.N), like its bigger rivals, is expected to report a steep decline in fourth-quarter profit margins due to its launch of the costly Apple Inc (AAPL.O) iPhone.

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Siemens on look-out for new CEO for NSN

February 3, 2012 6:34 am | News | Comments

Siemens is on the look out for a new Chief Executive for its mobile phone network equipment joint venture unit Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Siemens supervisory board member Sibylle Wenkel said on Friday.

Apple stops selling some devices online in Germany

February 3, 2012 6:33 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc stopped offering older models of its iPhone and 3G-based iPads at its German online store on Friday in a response to an injunction won by Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc in December.

Plastic Enclosures Use Renewable Raw Materials

February 3, 2012 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

On request, OKW now offers its design-oriented standard plastic enclosures in a bioplastic material. This biomaterial is entirely manufactured from renewable raw materials and is formulated to replace the fossil plastics currently being used. Bioplastics are

Miniature Audio Hub Minimizes Power Consumption, Maximizes Volume for Tablets and Smartphones

February 2, 2012 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics plc has announced the WM1811, the company’s loudest, smallest Audio Hub. This new ultra-low power stereo audio hub is designed to deliver

Apple hires Dixons chief to drive global retail

February 2, 2012 7:31 am | by James Davey and Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc has hired Dixons Chief Executive John Browett, who revived the British electronics retailer by emphasizing customer service, to lead the iPad maker's global retail expansion.

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Hi-Speed USB Protectors Deliver Automotive-Grade Protection for Mobile Connectivity

February 1, 2012 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX16919/MAX16969 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 automotive-grade protectors with iPod/iPhone fast-charge detection and USB host-charger detection for all USB gadgets. The protectors’ fast-charge detection supports

February 2012: Consumer

February 1, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue of ECN delves into consumer electronics -- in particular, the recent Consumer Electronics Show. Technical Editor Jason Lomberg discusses Microsoft’s recent departure from CES and its implications for the celebrated trade show.

Panel Mount Indicators Feature 120 VAC LED That Eliminates Need for AC-DC Transformers

January 31, 2012 11:19 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

Lumex launched the QuasarBrite family of panel mount indicator LEDs with hundreds of standard technologies and expedited custom capabilities. The family features a 120V-AC LED that eliminates the need for AC to DC transformers, since

Customizable Clock ICs Are Presented as the Industry’s Smallest

January 31, 2012 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories Inc. introduced what are said to be the industry’s smallest and lowest power customizable clock generators. Available in a 1.7 mm-squared package, Silicon Labs’ new Si512xx clock generator family offers up to

Steve Jobs told Google to stop poaching workers

January 30, 2012 9:35 am | by Dan Levine, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple's Steve Jobs directly asked former Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt to stop trying to recruit an Apple engineer, a transgression that threatened one junior Google employee's job, according to a court filing.

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Super Bowl advertisers seek buzz on social media

January 30, 2012 9:08 am | by Yinka Adegoke, Reuters | News | Comments

In the age of Twitter and Facebook, many Super Bowl viewers will use the commercial breaks to go online and see what people are saying about the game. This year, advertisers want them to tweet about their favorite commercials as well.

Philips swings to loss as Europe's economy falters

January 30, 2012 7:56 am | by Roberta Cowan, Reuters | News | Comments

Philips swung to a fourth-quarter net loss as government cuts ate into its healthcare equipment business and a slowdown in European construction activity and consumer spending hit its lighting operations.

Beach Lighting that Helps Nesting Turtles Will Soon Help Consumers

January 30, 2012 7:06 am | News | Comments

TBSS International announced  they had purchased the patents, inventory and molds of a highly efficient and environmentally-friendly neon lighting system that was created initially for the nesting of sea turtles.

LG Display to Unveil Latest in Public Display Technology at ISE 2012

January 30, 2012 4:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

LG Display today announced that it will showcase a lineup of next generation public display products including a Super Narrow bezel, 55-inch multi-vision public display panel with FPR 3D at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012.

PWM Motor Driver IC Touts Reduced Quiescent and Switching Power Losses

January 27, 2012 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announced the release of a new dual, full-bridge PWM motor driver IC targeted at the office automation, automotive, industrial and consumer markets. The A4970 motor driver IC uses

Investors tune in to Philips outlook, TV sale

January 27, 2012 8:28 am | by Roberta Cowan, Reuters | News | Comments

When Philips Electronics reports earnings on Monday, investors will be bracing themselves for developments on restructuring, costs cuts and whether the TV business will be sold in the first quarter.

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.

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.

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