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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Korean research a first step toward Dr. Smartphone?

January 23, 2012 11:05 am | News | Comments

Tired of long waits at the hospital for medical tests? If Korean researchers have their way, your smartphone could one day eliminate that -- and perhaps even tell you that you have cancer.

Best of CES 2012

January 23, 2012 6:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show was a colossal disappointment...though I believe it's endemic of the event's declining importance. Still, CES is always a fun show, and it's always worth the trip. Enjoy these highlights!

Survey Forecasts 2015 Worldwide Pico Projector Market Size of 58 Million Units

January 23, 2012 5:08 am | News | Comments

Pacific Media Associates (PMA) has released the findings from their annual survey of manufacturers of projectors, optical engines, and components showing a worldwide pico projector market forecast of 58 million units by 2015, up from about 3 million units in 2011.

CES 2012 and consumer robotics: Informative yet confusing...and bad food!

January 20, 2012 11:35 am | by Frank Tobe, Editor, The Robot Report, www.therobotreport.com | Blogs | Comments

CES 2012 was a mammoth display of the trend toward smart, connected devices for every form of consumer activity: toys, appliances, entertainment, health, mobility, etc.

Electric-powered DeLorean comes back from the future...

January 20, 2012 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

Although the last official DMC 12 left the production line in the early 80's, a company in Texas have all the original factory presses and parts to start making 'as new' cars again in 2013, one option will be an Electric model.

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.

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.

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