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Creating a New Natural User-Interface Paradigm

August 18, 2011 5:49 am | by Guillaume Largillier, Co-Founder and CSO, Stantum (www.stantum.com) | Blogs | Comments

Multi-modal interfaces allow us to choose the input technique that looks the most appropriate for a given task or context: the tip of our finger to flip the pages of a book, a stylus for drawing or annotating it.

SMT LED Displays Go Ultrathin

August 17, 2011 2:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Opto Plus LED Corp is producing ultrathin LED Displays that are 1 mm or less in reflector thickness. This technology allows compact product design and utilization of LED displays in products that failed to have sufficient room in the past, according to the company. This capability also allows

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jonathan Chien of Conexant on Audio Systems in Smart Devices

August 17, 2011 5:06 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jonathan Chien, Audio Marketing Director of Conexant about audio management in home telepresence and speech recognition applications as well as next-generation Smart TV and video game consoles.

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Power Factor Correction Techniques in LED Lighting

August 16, 2011 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

High power LED based light fixtures are replacing fluorescent and HID light sources in many general lighting applications. Since LED lighting represents a green technology, the issue of power factor is very important. Power factor is defined as

The Tinker's Toolbox - Tim Colleran of Qualcomm Atheros on the Smart Grid and the 'Internet of Things'

August 15, 2011 11:23 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Tim Colleran, Director Internet of Things, Qualcomm Atheros. The 'Internet of Things' is the idea that everyday objects can be readable, recognizable, locatable, addressable, and controllable via the Internet.

Novel Dessicant Bag Rescues Wet Gadgets

August 12, 2011 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bheestie Bags are the ultimate gift for any tech lover, as it actually dries out small electronic devices when they get wet.

Single and Dual Comparators Enable Different Audio Jacks to be Used in Same Device

August 11, 2011 10:55 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild’s FAN156 and FAN256 low power comparators typically consume less than 10 µA of supply current. They operate at a low voltage of 1.6 V and are fully operational up to

Caution marks mobile device market in H2: Gartner

August 11, 2011 8:49 am | News | Comments

Uncertainty in global financial markets will likely take its toll on the market for mobile devices in the second half as growth slows in Western Europe, according to research firm Gartner.

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MaxLinear Low-Power Tuners Chosen for InfiniTV

August 11, 2011 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

MaxLinear announced that Ceton has chosen its MxL241SF cable TV tuners for its InfiniTV multi-tuner digital cable TV product line for the PC.

Home Gateway Initiative Announces Major Boost to its Asian Membership

August 11, 2011 6:37 am | News | Comments

Asian technology vendors Sumitomo Electric, Hitachi, Shenzhen GongJin and Ralink have recently joined the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI), the world’s leading organisation for publishing requirements for key components of the digital home.

Optimize Color Management Capabilities in LED Lighting Fixtures

August 10, 2011 1:21 pm | by Irene Signorino, Microsemi Corporation, www.microsemi.com | Articles | Comments

Improved cost of ownership and improved light quality can only be enabled if optimized drivers are used. These drivers take into consideration the unique characteristics of the LED semiconductor (i.e. color shift over temperature and age, life expectancy over temperature etc) and enable

Mobile DNA Service Offers Marketers Immediate Insight Into Customers' Preferences

August 10, 2011 12:13 pm | News | Comments

The company is launching its mobileDNA service as part of a package to help marketers that do not yet have a mobile strategy to get campaigns up and running in a matter of days.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Cejer of Keithley on Solid-State Lighting Test

August 9, 2011 11:13 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Mark Cejer of Keithley about high-power semiconductor testing, with an emphasis on solid state lighting.

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u-blox GPS Chip Selected for Samsung 3D Navigator Family

August 9, 2011 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox’ latest-generation GPS chip UBX-G6010-ST has been chosen for the entire line of the award-winning Samsung SEN car navigation devices.

Return to Zero - Switcheroo

August 5, 2011 4:24 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Hot Topic: Prevent Thermal Runaway Damage in Power Electronic Systems

August 4, 2011 12:45 pm | by Matt Williams, TE Circuit Protection, www.te.com | Articles | Comments

There are a number of innovative technologies that have been designed to assist in protecting the application and end-user from catastrophic thermal events...

How to make 3D glasses

August 4, 2011 5:23 am | Videos | Comments

This is how to make 3D glasses out of some older glasses and some markers.

PCI Express Gen3 Switches Include Native x2 Port Interfaces

August 2, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

PLX Technology, Inc. announced two new PCI Express 3.0 (PCIe Gen3) switches for emerging applications, including solid-state disks (SSDs), high-end workstations and enthusiast gamer desktop computers. The PLX ExpressLane PEX8713 (12 lanes, 10 ports) and PEX8717 (16 lanes, 10 ports) PCIe Gen3 switches are capable of

25th-Anniversary Version of System Design Software Features Exceptional Hardware Integration

August 1, 2011 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments unveiled NI LabVIEW 2011, the 25th-anniversary version of its system design software. The software is positioned to accelerate the productivity of engineers and scientists who develop and deploy measurement and control systems to

128-Mbit, 64-Mbit and 32-Mbit Low Power Asynchronous SRAMs Have 32-bit Bus Widths

August 1, 2011 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced 128-Mbit, 64-Mbit and 32-Mbit MoBL (More Battery Life) Asynchronous SRAMs with 32-bit bus widths. The SRAMs cater to applications in telecommunications, computers, peripherals, and consumer, medical and military domains to

Fuel Cells Rescued by Batteries

August 1, 2011 6:24 am | Blogs | Comments

Fuel cells were originally considered to be replacements for internal combustion engines used in traditional vehicles and replacements for traction batteries used in pure electric vehicles.

Modder Master Ben Heck Morphs His Apartment Into a Smart Home

August 1, 2011 5:49 am | News | Comments

In the latest episode of the “The Ben Heck Show,” modding guru Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck, morphs average household products into time-saving and convenient solutions.

MEMS Module Provides Six Degrees of Freedom in Advanced Motion-Sensing Applications

July 29, 2011 6:56 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has expanded its portfolio with a new device that combines three-axis sensing of both linear and angular motion.

LED Lighting Trends

July 28, 2011 8:31 am | by Douglas A. Toth, PE, Wurth Electronics Midcom | Blogs | Comments

Any new innovation experiences obstacles. In LED lighting, one problem is the issue of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), or unwanted noise signals.

Nokia Siemens says still has deal with LightSquared

July 28, 2011 6:32 am | News | Comments

Nokia Siemens Network said it will still build a core network for telecom start-up LightSquared, despite speculation their deal will be called off after a new pact between LightSquared and U.S. carrier Sprint Nextel (S.N).

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