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Wind River & Leadcore develop Android SoC

September 20, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

Wind River and Leadcore Technology announced that they have collaborated to develop a new Android system-on-chip (SoC) smartphone platform.

Image Sensor Targets Video-Centric Smartphones

September 19, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

OmniVision Technologies introduced the OV5680, the first 5-megapixel CameraChip sensor using OmniVision’s new 1.75-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel with best-in-class image quality and sensitivity with high frame rate 1080p high definition (HD) video.

To Swipe or Not to Swipe

September 15, 2011 2:52 pm | by Ahsan Javed, Silicon Laboratories, www.silabs.com | Articles | Comments

Unlike human-to-human gesturing, human-machine gesturing does not have a foundation of thousands of years of history to use as a context. This poses a challenge for human interface system designers. If a user performs a gesture, how does the machine know how to react in a manner that is commensurate with the user’s intentions?

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LLC Converter IC Touts Flexibility for Enhanced Supply Efficiency or Smaller Footprint

September 14, 2011 1:31 pm | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations introduced HiperLCS, a family of high-voltage LLC power supply ICs that incorporate the controller, high- and low-side drivers, and both MOSFETs into a single package. These ICs offer the flexibility to optimize designs either for high

More bling for your ring with solid gold phone

September 14, 2011 6:39 am | by Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, Reuters | News | Comments

It doesn't do email, the internet, have a camera, games or GPS navigation, but a new mobile phone from Denmark is literally solid gold. Danish retailer Aesir said it hopes to sell its $57,400, limited-edition 18-carat gold phones to Moscow's fashion-forward elite.

Dell cautiously optimistic on Europe and Asia

September 13, 2011 9:54 am | News | Comments

Dell is cautiously optimistic that its strong performance in Europe and Asia will continue, but is concerned about U.S. government spending, an executive said.

Nintendo faces end of era after 3DS flop

September 13, 2011 9:51 am | by Isabel Reynolds, Reuters | News | Comments

Nintendo's attempt to rescue its failed 3DS handheld games gadget failed to dispel market gloom, triggering a 5 percent share slide and stoking deep worries for an iconic brand desperate to win back users.

GaAs Integrated Digital Attenuator Features Low Insertion Loss

September 9, 2011 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions introduced a 1-Bit digital attenuator for CATV and set-top box (STB) front end applications.

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Movea Launches MoveTV Platform

September 9, 2011 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Movea today launched MoveTV, a new SmartMotion solution for the PayTV market that provides entertainment ecosystem players a single platform on which to create a complete motion-enabled end user experience.

ICs Bring Phase-Shifted LED Backlight Drives to Panel for Ultra-Thin Notebooks

September 8, 2011 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech’s SC5010 eight-channel white LED driver with PWM phase-shift dimming control uses very low-profile inductors, allowing LED drivers to be built directly into the LCD panel in Ultrabook PCs and ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC) for displays as thin as 4 mm. It also enables

Nokia suffers as Europeans turn to smartphones: IDC

September 8, 2011 7:21 am | News | Comments

Booming demand for Apple's iPhone and phones using Google's Android software lifted second-quarter smartphone sales in Western Europe by 48 percent year on year, while former market leader Nokia fell further behind.

DirecTV streams NFL games for added sales

September 8, 2011 7:03 am | by Liana B. Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

DirecTV is expanding its NFL Sunday Ticket television package, which lets viewers watch football outside their local markets, to see if it can make some extra money from broadcasting the games on the Internet.

Multi-Line ESD Protection Diode Array Meets IEC 61000-4-2 level 4 Immunity

September 7, 2011 1:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Comchip Technology has developed a 3.3-V unidirectional four-line electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection diode array that meets the immunity requirements of IEC 61000-4-2 level 4 (±20 kV air, ±15k V contact discharge)

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Nvidia up on outlook, analysts skeptical

September 7, 2011 1:07 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Nvidia Corp jumped more than 11 percent on Wednesday, as investors bet on strong sales for the company's chips used in mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Eric Siegel of TI on Haptics Feedback in Touch-Enabled Devices

September 7, 2011 7:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Eric Siegel, product marketing engineer for touchscreen controllers and haptics at Texas Instruments about haptics feedback in touch-enabled consumer electronics devices.

Sprint sues to block AT & T's proposed T-Mobile buy

September 6, 2011 10:48 am | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel (S.N) sued to block AT&T Inc's (T.N) $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA saying the deal would lead to higher prices for consumers and create a duopoly between AT&T and Verizon Communications (VZ.N).

Sony hires former official at U.S. Department of Homeland Security

September 6, 2011 10:46 am | News | Comments

Sony Corp picked a former official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the new post of chief information security officer, months after a massive hacking attack leaked information on 100 million user accounts on its games networks.

Garmin eyes Europe No.1 spot with Navigon

September 2, 2011 6:37 am | News | Comments

Garmin Ltd is looking to challenge rival TomTom's leading position in the European market for portable navigation devices (PNDs) though its acquisition of Germany-based Navigon, its executive said on Friday.

Coming to a Cinema Near You: Wireless Stereo Audio Distribution

September 1, 2011 7:57 am | News | Comments

Cambridge Consultants announced that Doremi Cinema is the first licensee for Salix, its wireless audio distribution system.

The Tinker's Toolbox - David Horn of Switch on Solid-State Lighting

September 1, 2011 4:55 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to David Horn of Switch Lighting about solid-state lighting and how it is impacting the illumination market.

Voltage Regulators Feature Short-Circuit Current Foldback

August 31, 2011 1:09 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. introduced its MCP1754/MCP1754S low dropout regulators (LDOs). The devices feature a high PSRR of 70 dB at 1 kHz (typical), and a maximum output current of 150 mA at +125 degrees Celsius junction temperature. Both LDOs offer

Crypto Solution to Load Payments Applications onto Mobile Handsets in a Secure, Efficient Manner

August 31, 2011 11:53 am | News | Comments

Thales announces the world’s first software for Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) that enables mobile payment issuers to deliver their mobile payment applications to mobile handsets Over-The-Air (OTA) in a simple, efficient and secure manner.

Audio Amplifier for Flat Panel TVs with Digital Power Limit and Selectable Gain

August 31, 2011 10:54 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced the NCS8353 stereo audio amplifier, a Class D device with high efficiency levels (>87%), that climates the need for the inclusion of a heatsink in the system design.

Market for Connected Cars Will Reach 40.5 million Unit Sales in 2017, IMS Research Forecasts

August 31, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

The world market for connected cars will see 650 percent growth from 5.4 million units in 2010, to exceed 40.5 million unit sales in 2017, according to IMS Research.

Battery Holder Accommodates Lithium CR2 Cells

August 31, 2011 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

MPD introduced a new battery holder which accepts a Lithium CR2 battery. The part number for the holder is BH-CR2-PC. CR2 batteries are offered in both standard 3-V lithium (925-mAh) and rechargeable, 3.6-V Li-Ion chemistries

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