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U.S. software company sues RIM over ''BBX''

November 17, 2011 6:24 am | News | Comments

New Mexico firm Basis International Ltd filed a motion against Research In Motion to stop the BlackBerry maker from using Basis' trademark, BBX.

Samsung says alters tablet design to avoid German sales ban

November 17, 2011 6:22 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday that it would launch a redesigned version of its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab model in Germany as early as this week to avoid a sales ban on the tablet, which a German court said violated Apple's patents.

Serial Flash Memories Tout the Industry’s Smallest Packages per Density

November 16, 2011 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Winbond Electronics Corp. announced a family of new SpiFlash Serial Flash memories with the industry’s smallest packages per density, according to the company. The small form factors make them appropriate for space-critical designs, such as smart phones,

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Tony Valentino of Quickfilter Technologies on Signal Management

November 16, 2011 5:06 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Tony Valentino, Quickfilter Technologies COO, about signal managment issues and the challenges facing the designer.

UK Blackberry users pass 8 million mark

November 15, 2011 9:38 am | News | Comments

Research In Motion Ltd (RIM), the maker of Blackberry smartphones, said its subscriber base in the UK had passed the 8 million milestone as it unveiled a new cloud-based music service in the country.

Enpirion's PowerSoc Technology

November 15, 2011 9:28 am | Videos | Comments

ECN recently visited Enpirion's offices and sat down with Mark Cieri, Director of Marketing and Business Development, and Ahmed Abou-Alfotouh, Ph.D., manager Systems Architect Group. In this video, Mark and Ahmed discuss the company's PowerSoC technology and the newly released EN5339 DC-DC converter which touts very high power density, efficiency, and reliability, while simplifying design flow and reducing total solution cost. 

IP Core Approved for Dolby MS11 Multistream Decoder

November 15, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEVA announced that the CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP has become the industry’s first IP core approved by Dolby for the MS11 Multistream Decoder - the latest Dolby audio technology for enabling multi-format world-wide broadcast in home entertainment products.

Power SoC Combines Increased Power Density, Reliability and Fast Time-to-Market for SSD Apps

November 15, 2011 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enpirion announced a new member of its power IC portfolio targeted at solid-state drives (SSDs) as well as industrial embedded applications. The EN5339 3A PowerSoC integrates the controller, power MOSFETs,

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Android Accessory Development with chipKIT MAX32

November 15, 2011 3:37 am | Videos | Comments

This video demonstrates a working application example from Microchip's Accessory Framework for Android running on the chipKIT Development Platform.

Cloud to Service Endpoints - The Missing Link

November 15, 2011 3:30 am | by Paul Anderson, Wind River (www.windriver.com) | Blogs | Comments

I remember as a kid I was fascinated with phones. The idea that you could pick up the phone, dial it, and talk to someone on the other end was pretty neat.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Thirman of Illume on the User Interface

November 14, 2011 10:57 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Mark Thirman of Illume software about smart devices and the user interface.

LTE Deployment and Timing Considerations

November 14, 2011 9:37 am | by Deepak Kataria, IPJunction (www.ip-junction.com) | Blogs | Comments

When considering the deployment and timing considerations for LTE and LTE Advanced, a well thought out migration strategy needs to be in place.

LCD Market Trends - Smartphones vs. TVs

November 14, 2011 5:11 am | by Gyan Tiwary, SVP and General Manager DC/DC Business, iWatt (www.iwatt.com) | Blogs | Comments

This past summer, for the first time in the history of LCDTVs, the average selling price (ASP) of a 42” LCDTV dropped below that of a Smartphone.

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E Ink Wins IET Innovation Award for Electronics

November 14, 2011 4:51 am | News | Comments

E Ink announced that the company has been recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) with an Innovation Award for Electronics for the company's Pearl display.

A'Swiss Army Knife for the Blind' using Freescale Kinetis MCUs

November 11, 2011 10:28 am | Videos | Comments

The Swiss Army Knife is a portable product for blind people, integrating: Notepad, Portable Scan to Braille, and Twitter Communication.

Mini-ITX Mainboard Targets Digital Home Media Enthusiasts

November 11, 2011 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies, Inc. announced the VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard, a platform for DIY enthusiasts to custom build stylish home desktop and media center PCs. Featuring a high-performance 1.4 GHz VIA Nano X2 dual core processor and the VIA VX900 unified all-in-one

1.69-inch Color OLED Features 160x128 Pixel Resolution

November 10, 2011 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OSD Displays’ OSD160128P0907-10 measures in at 1.45” diagonal active-area in a 160x128 pixel resolution. According to the company, similar size color PMOLED displays feature only 128 x128 resolution, which

The Teardown - Apple Thunderbolt Display

November 10, 2011 6:16 am | Articles | Comments

The Apple Thunderbolt Display has features including two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both directions, up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800.

TV System on Chip Achieves Irdeto Security Certification

November 10, 2011 4:47 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced the Freeman Premier family of TV System on Chip devices has been certified for Security Application by Irdeto, a global software security and media technology company.

Ionization Smoke-Detector IC With Programmable Calibration and Feature Selection

November 9, 2011 12:18 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the RE46C180 — said to be the world’s first ionization smoke-detector IC with programmable calibration and programmable feature selection, and the first with horn synchronization and auto alarm locate. This ASIC also

Adobe throws in towel to Apple in Web software war

November 9, 2011 9:13 am | by Jim Finkle, Reuters | News | Comments

Adobe Systems is halting development of its Flash Player for mobile browsers, surrendering to Apple in a war over Web standards, while signaling a strategic about-face that left Wall Street nervous about future growth.

In Microsoft's shadow, Seattle's tech scene surges

November 9, 2011 8:11 am | by Bill Rigby, Reuters | News | Comments

The transformation of Seattle's South Lake Union district stands as a metaphor for this city's emergence as what some would argue is the West Coast's second most important hub of technology and entrepreneurship.

Overcoming Battery-related Design Limitations in Mobile Devices

November 9, 2011 4:50 am | by Marc Juzkow, VP of R&D and Engineering, Leyden Energy, www.leydenenergy.com | Articles | Comments

While mobile technology is racing into the future, lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology is stuck somewhere in the ’90s. Neither consumers nor mobile product manufacturers are happy with its performance and battery life issues. The problem is thermal instability.

Single-Chip PWM Solution Provides Less Than 30-mW Standby Power for Space-Constrained Apps

November 8, 2011 9:37 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FAN6756 PWM controller featuring mWSaver technology, which enables the reduction of standby power loss in the external circuit without using additional support ICs. The single-chip green-mode PWM controller is capable of

Instrumentation Amplifier Offers On-Chip Calibration

November 8, 2011 6:59 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc announced its first instrumentation amplifier, the MCP6N11. The new instrumentation amp features the company’s mCal technology, which is an on-chip calibration circuit that enables

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