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Multi-view 2D/3D display provides enhanced stereoscopic viewing experience

May 14, 2012 3:38 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

NLT Technologies (NLT), together with its sales and marketing channels in the Americas and Europe, Renesas Electronics America and Renesas Electronics Europe GmbH, today announced the successful development of a new autostereoscopic multi-view display with HxDP (Horizontally x times-Density Pixels) technology.

Orangutans at Miami zoo use iPads to communicate

May 9, 2012 12:42 pm | by DAVID FISCHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 8-year-old twins love their iPad. They draw, play games and expand their vocabulary. Their family's teenagers also like the hand-held computer tablets, too, but the clan's elders show no interest. The orangutans at Miami's Jungle Island apparently are just like people when it comes to technology. The park is one of several zoos experimenting with computers and apes...

Real-time apps using multi-threads

May 9, 2012 10:50 am | by Paul Evans, Business Development Manager, Meta CPUs, Imagination Technologies | Articles | Comments

Consumer electronics devices are increasingly high performance, real time applications where high data rates and sophisticated real time event handling are required. Delivering suitable real time performance can be achieved by using a variety of techniques – including multiple processors. A more effective solution (low power, low cost and small silicon area) is hardware multithreading...


Insulated gate bipolar transistors targeted at industrial motor control and consumer products

May 8, 2012 4:19 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor today introduced a new series of Field Stop Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs)  targeted at industrial motor control and consumer products. The NGTB15N120, NGTB20N120 and NGTB25N120 enable high performance power conversion solutions for a wide range of demanding applications...

Single-chip processor platforms deliver on power/performance balance for mobile devices

May 8, 2012 9:14 am | by Carsten Wild, Director Marketing, Mobile Application Platforms, Renesas Mobile Corporation | Articles | Comments

As with every new technology, delivering LTE chipsets presents many technical challenges. Performance, power and price are key concerns. Higher data rates, such as LTE Cat4with up to 150Mbps download speeds, require very high performance computing, which is achieved mostly through higher clock rates...

Redefining time

May 7, 2012 2:46 pm | News | Comments

Atomic clocks based on the oscillations of a cesium atom keep amazingly steady time and also define the precise length of a second. But cesium clocks are no longer the most accurate.

Display controller core family targeted at high-end mobile/portable products

May 4, 2012 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon intellectual property (IP) provider Evatronix SA has announced the release of the first member of its PANTA high performance display controller core family. Developed using ARM technology the PANTA DP20 is targeted specifically at high-end mobile/portable products...

In a Samsung Galaxy far, far away...will Android still rule?

May 3, 2012 8:53 am | by Jeremy Wagstaff, Asia chief technology correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics is the world's largest smartphone manufacturer and biggest user of Google's Android operating system. And, for some, that's the problem. Samsung's meteoric rise - in the first quarter of 2011 it shipped fewer smartphones than Apple, Nokia or Research in Motion, but is now market leader...


The Teardown - Motorola Droid Bionic

April 30, 2012 4:22 pm | Articles | Comments

The Motorola Droid Bionic is the first dual-core smartphone operating on Verizon's 4G LTE network. It’s packing some serious hardware, and is the slimmest 4G LTE phone at 0.43 inches thick.

The Teardown - Apple TV 3rd Generation

April 30, 2012 3:46 pm | Articles | Comments

Less than four inches square and an inch tall (the exact size of the 2nd generation Apple TV), the small but mighty Apple TV 3rd Generation adds the ability to play 1080p HD content.

Enpirion's PowerSoc Technology

April 30, 2012 2:17 pm | Videos | Comments

Here’s another video of Enprion’s Power SoC technology. Here, Mark Cieri, Director of Marketing and Business Development, and Ahmed Abou-Alfotouh, Ph.D., manager Systems Architect Group demonstrate

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...

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

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.

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

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