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Exclusive: Proview says any ban of iPad exports hard to impose

February 15, 2012 11:37 am | by Lee Chyen Yee and Clare Jim, Reuters | News | Comments

A debt-laden Chinese technology firm seeking to ban all shipments of Apple's popular iPad tablet into and out of the country has been told that China's customs authorities are unlikely to intervene in the trademark battle.

Taiwan's Acer Q4 net below forecast

February 15, 2012 11:36 am | News | Comments

Taiwan's Acer Inc reported on Wednesday a worse-than-expected net profit in the fourth quarter, though the result was a turnaround after two consecutive quarters of losses and the company said its current business was stable.

Apple iPad plant conditions better than the norm: agency

February 15, 2012 11:34 am | by Terril Yue Jones, Reuters | News | Comments

Working conditions at Chinese manufacturing plants where Apple Inc's iPads and iPhones are made are far better than those at garment factories or other facilities elsewhere in the country, according to the head of a non-profit agency investigating the plants.

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Samsung says considering spinning off LCD business

February 15, 2012 9:07 am | by Miyoung Kim, Reuters | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday it was considering spinning off its loss-making LCD flat-screen business in a surprise move as it seeks to orient its components business towards OLED displays, touted as the next-generation technology that will replace LCD TVs.

Five Reasons You Need Effective WAN Optimization For Cloud Storage

February 15, 2012 5:25 am | by Robert MacIntyre, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, NetEx | Blogs | Comments

Cloud storage is positioned to be one of the hottest IT trends of 2012. At the same time network WAN performance has been identified as a key inhibitor to cloud storage adoption, according to NetEx...

The ECN Roundtable - Adoption Issues of Solid-State Lighting

February 15, 2012 3:12 am | Articles | Comments

Our question this month is: "What do you think is keeping Solid-State Lighting from gaining greater acceptance in the marketplace?"

5G WiFi SoC for Enterprise Enables Fast On-the-Go Gigabit Connectivity

February 14, 2012 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom Corporation launched the BCM43460, a 5G WiFi system-on-chip (SoC) designed to address the growing demand for Gigabit speeds in enterprise, wireless cloud networks and carrier access. Based on the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, the BCM43460

VTT Converter Rivals Traditional DDR Power Solutions

February 14, 2012 6:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enpirion announced a new member of its power IC portfolio targeted at DDR memory termination power. The Enpirion EV1320 is a 2-A sink/source DDR termination converter that offers a peak efficiency of

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Silicon ESD Devices Are Asserted to Offer the Lowest Capacitance for High-Data-Rate Apps

February 13, 2012 11:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

TE Circuit Protection announced a family of eight new single-channel and multi-channel silicon ESD (SESD) protection devices offering what it asserts are the lowest capacitance

Apple subjects Foxconn, partners to labor scrutiny

February 13, 2012 10:19 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc said on Monday that a U.S. non-profit labor group has begun an "unprecedented" inspection of working conditions at its main contract manufacturers, including Foxconn's plants in southern China, as the maker of the IPhone continues to grapple with persistent image problems there.

ICs Reduce Switching Regulator Output Ripple and Harmonics by 60 dB at High Frequencies

February 9, 2012 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ground-breaking new MIC94300 /MIC94310 were developed to provide more efficient noise suppression for today's highly sensitive data and image capturing systems. The MIC94300 integrates a low-R DS(ON), current-limit switch and a low-pass filter that

SMPS Controller IC Enables Ultra-low Standby Power at No Loads and Enables EuP Lot 6 Compliance

February 8, 2012 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. unveiled the GreenChip SPR TEA1716 switched-mode power supply (SMPS) controller IC. Designed for use in 90-W to 500-W power supplies, the smart power resonant (SPR) TEA1716 combines

Google to pledge not to favor Motorola over rivals

February 8, 2012 9:14 am | News | Comments

Google will pledge to license on fair and reasonable terms the patents it acquires through buying Motorola Mobility, said a person familiar with the matter, in a bid to allay regulatory and users' concerns.

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Kindle-wielding Amazon dips toes into physical world

February 7, 2012 7:17 am | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc is dipping its toes into the physical world as the largest online retailer offers more products in stores that may benefit from hands-on interaction with shoppers.

ON Semiconductor Showcases Products for Reducing Energy Consumption in Standby Mode

February 6, 2012 12:13 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor's latest AC-DC controllers, shunt regulators and Schottky rectifiers will be demonstrated at the industry’s leading power electronics show.

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.

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.

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.

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