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Electronics suppliers revel in Raspberry Pi demand

March 12, 2012 6:57 am | by Neil Maidment, Reuters | News | Comments

Electronic parts suppliers Premier Farnell and Electrocomponents said huge demand for a British-designed credit card-sized computer, which aims to make programming easy for children, had helped them access new customers around the world.

Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors Come in a Variety of Configurations

March 12, 2012 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET has introduced its new line of surface mount and miniature radial aluminium electrolytic capacitors. These capacitors are available in a variety of configurations, and are well-suited for common applications in the

Connectors Tout Desirable Contact and Cleaning

March 8, 2012 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated introduced SlimStack B8 connectors, featuring a robust housing and unique CleanPoint contact for removing flux and other contaminants to provide desirable electrical reliability. These 0.40-mm pitch SMT board-to-board connectors, with a 0.80-mm height and


Former top Microsoft exec says world is over the PC

March 8, 2012 7:38 am | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

Ray Ozzie, the man who succeeded Bill Gates as Microsoft Corp's tech visionary, believes the world has moved past the personal computer, potentially leaving behind the world's largest software company.

Nokia maps fightback against cheap Android phones

March 8, 2012 7:24 am | News | Comments

Finnish group Nokia aims to revamp its feature phone offering this year and add more and cheaper Windows smartphones to fight back against the fast-rising popularity of Google's massmarket Android phones.

Apple addiction drives sales, hits retail margins

March 8, 2012 7:22 am | by Dhanya Skariachan, Reuters | News | Comments

For U.S. consumer electronics chains Best Buy and RadioShack, selling Apple products is at best a bittersweet experience. Every new Apple gadget, such as the 4G iPad unveiled on Wednesday, helps bring more people into stores of the two chains. At the same time, they are making less money with every Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod they sell than they would selling a comparable device.

Miniature High-Speed Switching Diodes Offer PCB Size Reduction

March 6, 2012 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Diodes Incorporated has introduced a family of high-speed switching diodes in a choice of small footprint, low-profile packages, enabling significant reductions in component count and PCB area, according to the company. Featuring breakdown voltage ratings of

Simplifying appliance design with capacitive touch sensing using SoC architectures

March 6, 2012 5:21 am | by Robert Jania, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Articles | Comments

In small home appliances such as microwave ovens, coffer brewing systems, rice cookers and induction cookers, there has been a growing demand for capacitive sensing interfaces. These interfaces, typically buttons and sliders, can help differentiate a product...


SMD Fuse is Quick-Acting

February 28, 2012 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter expanded its line of surface-mount fuses with the introduction of the Universal Modular Fuse, UMF 250. Its quick-acting characteristic according to IEC 60127-4 complements the UMT Series, according to the company, in providing

Nokia unveils cheaper Windows smartphone

February 28, 2012 6:17 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia unveiled a cheaper smartphone using Microsoft's Windows Phone software on Monday, aiming to win back market share by targeting a wider audience.

Microsoft, others in Google+ complaint to EU: sources

February 28, 2012 6:09 am | News | Comments

Microsoft and several other firms have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google's social networking tool, two people familiar with the matter said, in a move that may prompt the EU to broaden its ongoing investigation into Google.

Electronics Industry, Green Group Team Up With Crowd-Sourcing Pioneer to Address Important E-Waste Recycling Challenge

February 28, 2012 5:09 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and InnoCentive today announced the winners of an Eco-Challenge to develop compelling economic and environmentally preferable solutions for recycling old cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and monitors.

COM Express Module Features 1.2-GHz Dual Core Processor

February 24, 2012 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies announced the latest VIA COMe-8X90 module, featuring a 1.2 GHz VIA Nano X2 E-Series dual core processor and the VIA VX900H media system processor (MSP). The ruggedized module targets industrial PC and large OEM customers focused on


Enhanced Bass Technology Asserts to Double the Effective Air Volume in Mini Loudspeaker Systems

February 23, 2012 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Knowles Sound Solutions has launched a sound enhancing technology to increase the acoustic performance in consumer devices with small form factors. N‘Bass stands for “enhanced bass,“ and it is said to enable

Supercapacitors Are UL 810A Recognized

February 23, 2012 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tecate Group’s RoHS-compliant CAP-XX supercapacitors are UL 810A Recognized under the Components Recognition Program of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. The UL 810A standard covers

Bluetooth Low Energy SoC Targets Smart Tags and Accessories

February 22, 2012 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nordic Semiconductor launched the µBlue nRF8002 single chip solution for Bluetooth Smart tags and accessories. Adding this SoC to a product design demands no specialist understanding of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology

20-MHz Buck Regulator Lets Designers Draw Their Own PC Board Inductors

February 21, 2012 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation launched the first device in a platform of high-frequency switchers. The SC220 is said to be the industry’s first buck regulator that enables designers to draw their own inductors directly on the PC board (PCB). This device offers

Renesas Mobile Introduces First Integrated LTE Triple-Mode Platform Optimised for Full-Featured, High Volume Smartphones

February 17, 2012 11:28 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation and its subsidiary, Renesas Mobile Corporation announced the availability of the MP5232, the first single-chip, high-performance, scalable smartphone platform optimized to address the US$150-300 range device market.

Smart Reset Chips Cure Frustration from Frozen Gadgets

February 17, 2012 5:03 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced a new generation of its Smart Reset chips to provide a safe, convenient and intuitive means of resetting ‘frozen’ gadgets.

Mobile Devices Able to add Features, Capacity, and Power with SanDisk iNAND

February 16, 2012 8:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

SanDisk announced that the iNAND Ultra line of products will be the first of its embedded flash memory products to move to 19 nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology, the industry’s most advanced chip making process.

Sharp Expands High Brightness Display Line-Up

February 16, 2012 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new 12.1'' (31 cm) industrial TFT LCD with 800 cd/m² expands Sharp's series of high brightness displays with a very robust model.

Zynga warning on player spending hits shares

February 15, 2012 11:39 am | News | Comments

Zynga Inc's shares fell 16 percent on Wednesday, amid heavy volumes, after the social gaming company warned of a slowdown in bookings, indicating paying players may be spending less than expected.

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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