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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

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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