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Designing Better ThinkPads

December 14, 2011 3:35 am | by Nick O’Donohoe, a science and technology writer in Providence, RI | Blogs | Comments

The Lenovo ThinkPad line of laptops is known for its striking aesthetics. The shape of the original IBM design was inspired by Japanese bento lunch boxes (a form still used in ThinkPads today).

Scalable One-piece Board-to-Board Connector Touts Design Flexibility

December 13, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity introduced a sleek, one-piece compressive board-to-board connector that enables connecting to a gold-plated secondary board by compression of the contacts. This connector is scalable in a number of positions, height and pitch, to enhance design

BLDC Fan Motor Driver Features Resistor-Programmable, Sensorless Sinusoidal Architecture

December 13, 2011 7:39 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its sinusoidal, sensorless, 3-phase BLDC fan motor driver portfolio with the MTD6505 — a standalone, resistor-programmable driver that enables

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Low Forward Voltage Schottky Rectifiers Offer Improved Switching Efficiency

December 13, 2011 7:16 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced a family of 100-V trench-based low forward voltage Schottky rectifiers (LVFR) for applications such as switching power supplies for notebook adapters or flat panel displays, reverse battery protection circuits, and

Hot consumer technologies in 2012

December 12, 2011 7:53 am | by Jerry Kolbe, Director of Technology and Marketing Communications, Murata Electronics North America, www.murata-northamerica.com | Articles | Comments

This is the time of the year when I am always asked to give my prediction on the next killer consumer product for the new year. Since I am not Zoltar or don’t own a crystal ball, this is a difficult question to answer as it depends...

Motorola wins German patent case ruling vs Apple

December 12, 2011 7:43 am | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility won a preliminary injunction against Apple Inc in Germany, which could bar the sales of iPhones and iPads in the country.

Samsung says sells over 300 million mobile handsets in 2011

December 12, 2011 7:40 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd said on Sunday its annual mobile handset sales this year had exceeded 300 million units for the first time in the company's history.

Intel Q4 hit by hard disk drive supply shortage

December 12, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

Intel Corp warned that fourth-quarter results would miss its previous forecast due to hard disk drive supply shortages caused by floods in Thailand.

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Film Capacitors Tout Low Insertion Height

December 12, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a wide range of EPCOS MKP and MKT film capacitors with low insertion heights. The new capacitors with a lead spacing of 37.5 mm feature insertion heights of only 15 mm or 19 mm. These components are designed for

Digital 3-Axis Gyroscope Touts Tininess

December 9, 2011 6:31 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The L3G3200D from STMicroelectronics enables advanced motion sensing in ever-shrinking form factors by reducing the package size by almost half over current-generation sensors.

Winners Announced for the Visit Me At CES 2012 Exhibitor Video Contest

December 9, 2011 4:15 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today that Cherple, Dotz in a partnership with Paris Business Products, Sonomax Technologies Inc., Urban Green Energy Inc. and Wilson Electronics Inc. are the winners of the third annual Visit Me at CES 2012 exhibitor video contest.

Verizon Wireless blames technical issue for outage

December 8, 2011 7:40 am | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless blamed technical problems for an outage on its recently launched high-speed, 4G network, which prevented some U.S. customers from accessing the Internet for about 24 hours.

Samsung's November TV sales hit record

December 8, 2011 7:39 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday its television sales hit a record 5.7 million units in November, helped by strong U.S. sales during the long Thanksgiving weekend.

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Sharp: Big-screen TV sales likely to top 1 million in N.America

December 8, 2011 7:37 am | News | Comments

Sharp Corp said on Thursday it will likely sell more than 1 million large-screen TVs of 60-inches and above in North America in the year to March 31, and expects the burgeoning market to push sales higher next business year.

French court denies Samsung request for iPhone 4S ban

December 8, 2011 7:22 am | News | Comments

A French court on Thursday rejected Samsung's request for an injunction to prevent Apple from selling its iPhone 4S in France, sought on the grounds it copied elements of Samsung's Galaxy line of mobiles.

Sharp Expands Its LCD Line-Up

December 8, 2011 4:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp is starting the new year with three new models from its range of Memory LCDs to include 13 different types with diagonals of 1.17" (2.97 cm) to 6.02" (15.3 cm).

The Apple TV won't be AppleTV

December 8, 2011 4:14 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The growing relationship between Sharp and Apple that was revealed last week put to bed conjecture whether Apple's next leap might be into television.  It is.  And that leaves an open question:Has Apple gone mad?

Color Modeling in Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 10:26 am | by Thomas Davenport, Systems Engineer, Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys (www.synopsys.com) | Blogs | Comments

Often with traditional, non-LED sources (e.g., incandescent, fluorescent tubes, or CFL) the source color is not the largest design challenge faced.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Peter Green of International Rectifier on Driving Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 5:46 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Peter Green of International Rectifier about solid-state lighting and the circuits needed to drive them.

A Hybrid GPS-Wireless Positioning Technology Addresses Security Issues

December 6, 2011 12:11 pm | by Carl Fenger, u-blox, www.u-blox.com | Articles | Comments

Due to the extremely weak strength of GPS satellite signals, relying on GPS alone for mission-critical security applications is not enough. Global positioning performance can be augmented through the hybrid combination of GPS receivers together with 2G/3G wireless modems that can identify and report visible GSM or UMTS cell attributes.

Verizon blocks Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus

December 6, 2011 7:18 am | News | Comments

Wireless service provider Verizon Wireless will not include Google Inc's payments app Google Wallet on its latest smartphone Galaxy Nexus this month.

Chinese court rejects Apple lawsuit over iPad name

December 6, 2011 7:15 am | News | Comments

A court in southern China has rejected a lawsuit by Apple Inc, accusing a Chinese technology company of infringing its iPad trademark, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, the latest move in a protracted tug-of-war over the name.

Thank an Engineer - Bob Moog and the Mog Synthesizer

December 5, 2011 9:59 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Texas Instruments' "Thank an Engineer" series, Tyler Pate takes a look at the father of modern electronic music and showcases some super sweet theremin impersonation skills.

Google in talks to take on Amazon in retail: report

December 2, 2011 6:24 am | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Google Inc is pondering an Internet service to help consumers shop online and take advantage of same-day delivery, hoping to stanch the loss of Web traffic to Amazon.com Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Berlin's fears over T-Mobile's U.S. disposal grow: FT

December 2, 2011 6:20 am | News | Comments

The German government, Deutsche Telekom AG's biggest shareholder, is growing increasingly worried the company's disposal of its T-Mobile USA subsidiary may run aground over antitrust concerns, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

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