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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

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

The Teardown - Amazon Kindle Fire

January 16, 2012 3:57 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The Kindle Fire is Amazon's new 7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" tablet, with a 7" multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixel at 169 ppi with 802.11b/g/n WiFi and the Amazon Silk cloud-accelerated browser.

CES 2012: Conexant Systems' low-power video encoder

January 16, 2012 3:43 am | Videos | Comments

Ken Chuang, Marketing Director at Conexant Systems, discusses their new low-power, high-compression video encoder.

Four Things to Watch for on Smartphones

January 13, 2012 5:18 am | by Majeed Ahmad | Blogs | Comments

The year 2011 has unmistakably been the year of smartphone and ecosystems housing this magic gizmo.

Smart-Home Service Opportunities Leveraging App Store Ease of Use

January 13, 2012 4:42 am | News | Comments

A new breed of app could soon be finding its way onto mobiles or set-top boxes, taking advantage of a new open platform for smart buildings put forward by STMicroelectronics. ST's GreenNet Wireless Sensor Networking technology addresses the challenge to most efficiently use energy and for increase consumer safety via monitoring of their environment.

Capacitive Coupling Device Enables Wireless Charging Systems

January 12, 2012 11:14 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics North America introduced its new wireless power transmission module at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. The higher power capability of the LXWS Series enables wireless charging systems for

HD DIFT JPEG-MJPEG Encoder Targets Video Surveillance and Monitoring Apps

January 12, 2012 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. announced the CX93610, a low power DIFT JPEG encoder that includes a 656 camera interface and optional microphone input. A monolithic mixed signal Application-Specific Standard Product (ASSP), the CX93610 is designed for monitoring and surveillance camera applications, including

Smart Voice Processors Present New Clarity to Mobile Conversations

January 12, 2012 10:44 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a digital audio processor for multi-microphone applications. ST’s new Smart Voice product family combines exceptional processing performance with desirable scalability and programmability to bring

CES 2012: Hillcrest Labs' motion control products

January 12, 2012 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Videos | Comments

Dan Simpkins, CEO of Hillcrest Laboratories, discusses the company's motion technology products including the Scoop Pointer along with several new partnerships.

CES 2012: Atmel's maXTouch S Series capacitive touchscreen controller

January 12, 2012 10:35 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Videos | Comments

Sherif Hanna, Product Marketing Director at Atmel, goes over their maXTouch S Series, their capacitive touchscreen controllers introduced at CES 2012.

CES 2012: Corning Gorilla Glass 2

January 12, 2012 10:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Videos | Comments

Jaymin Amin, Program Director at Corning, demos the second iteration of the company's award-winning Gorilla Glass.

CES 2012: Murata's capacitive wireless charging technology

January 12, 2012 10:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Videos | Comments

Sarah Book, Application Engineer with Murata Electronics North America, demonstrates their capacitive wireless charging technology.

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