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Buck Regulators Offer 96 Percent Efficiency, Advanced Power Management

October 17, 2011 1:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Summit Microelectronics’ SMB220 and SMB221 integrated 10-A and 20-A buck regulators offer built-in MOSFET’s, digital programmability and non-volatile configuration. Applications include

Return to Zero - A Tribute

October 17, 2011 8:06 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. 

7.0” TFT-LCD Includes Touch Screen

October 17, 2011 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSD Displays introduced a new 7” WVGA 800 x RGB X 480 TFT LCD with resistive touch screen technology and LED backlighting. The OSD070T1141-35TS offers a

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MagnaChip Supplies Display Driver ICs for Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE Smartphone

October 14, 2011 7:21 am | News | Comments

MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced that it will begin supplying display driver ICs to be used in the new AMOLED display panels for Samsung’s Galaxy S2 LTE smartphone.

Fans queue for Steve Jobs' last iPhone

October 14, 2011 7:18 am | by Mayumi Negishi and Michelle Martin, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc's new iPhone went on sale in stores across the globe on Friday, prompting thousands to queue around city blocks to snap up the final gadget unveiled during Steve Jobs' life.

Olympus fires British CEO, a self-confessed loud-mouth

October 14, 2011 7:09 am | by Tim Kelly and Isabel Reynolds, Reuters | News | Comments

Japan's Olympus Corp fired its CEO and president over the Briton's management of the camera and endoscope maker, sparking a 17 percent plunge in the firm's share price on Friday.

Sony Ericsson shifts to smartphones amid Sony buyout talk

October 14, 2011 7:02 am | by Simon Johnson, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson will focus entirely on the booming smartphone market, going head to head with rivals like Apple and underlining the importance of a tie-up with Sony amid reports the electronics giant is preparing a buyout.

Google to gain from growing mobile focus: analysts

October 14, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

Google Inc is likely to emerge as a "top mobile play," according to Wall Street analysts, with several raising their price targets on the stock, some by as much as 10 percent.

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Samsung loses Dutch bid to ban Apple products

October 14, 2011 6:54 am | by Greg Roumeliotis and Gilbert Kreijger, Reuters | News | Comments

A Dutch court on Friday turned down Samsung Electronics' request for an injunction against all of Apple's mobile products that use 3G telecommunications technology, denying it revenge over a similar move by Apple.

Connectivity Platform Touts Lower System Cost, New Music Streaming Features

October 13, 2011 1:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SMSC announced its latest generation JukeBlox 2.2 (JB2.2) platform with enhanced audio streaming features including up to a four-times faster boot time, improved WiFi performance leveraging the new WiFi Multimedia (WMM) standard, low power standby modes and

Reference Design Enables Flicker-Free TRIAC Dimming for LED Downlights

October 13, 2011 10:07 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations introduced a new reference design detailing an 85%-efficient, 15 W PAR38 downlight driver that delivers flicker-free dimming without the use of unreliable high-voltage electrolytic bulk capacitors.

Rovi and ASUS Work Together to Integrate DivX Plus HD in High-End Blu-ray Disc Players

October 13, 2011 5:08 am | News | Comments

Rovi Corporation announced the signing of a new multi-year licensing agreement for DivX technology with ASUS. Through the agreement, ASUS plans to integrate DivX Plus(R) HD, the premium level of DivX Certification...

ST Collaborates with Enel for Smart, Energy Saving Appliances

October 12, 2011 2:04 pm | News | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced that Enel has selected ST to be its key semiconductor partner in the Energy@Home consortium

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Watertight Miniature Switches Suit Harsh-duty, Wash down Areas

October 12, 2011 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell’s MICRO SWITCH Basic Switch line has been expanded with the addition of the V15W Series of Watertight Miniature Switches. With an IP67 waterproof seal rating and as the only V-switch in the industry rated up to 10 A, according to the company, the new switches can

Motion Everywhere: New Roles and Functions for CE Devices

October 12, 2011 11:25 am | by Dave Rothenberg, Movea, Inc., www.movea.com | Articles | Comments

Motion is the latest trump card available to CE manufacturers, enabling the ability to create a new generation of products to operate how people naturally interact. Enabling this trend is a unique class of motion-sensing chips, referred to as MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).

Mitigating Strategies for Smart Phone Signaling Overload

October 12, 2011 7:49 am | by Deepak Kataria, IP Junction Inc, www.ip-junction.com | Articles | Comments

This article discusses the impact of increased signaling traffic fueled by growing mobile broadband and machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity on networks, systems and network processors. While data offload strategies have received considerable attention in industry, the impact of signaling overload and mitigation strategies have not been widely addressed. A good understanding of the reasons for signaling traffic increases, its impact at the network level, system level and network processor level is needed to clear misnomers prevailing in the industry.

Polyacene Capacitors Target LED Flash Used in Compact Mobile Devices

October 10, 2011 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden introduced the Polyacene Capacitors (Supercap) PAS2126FR2R5504, measuring 26 mm x 20 mm with a maximum height of 0.9 mm. At 0.9 mm thin, the Polyacene Capacitor realizes a high capacitance of 0.5 F. This product is

PMIC Devices Target Li-Ion Battery Based Mobile Products

October 10, 2011 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems announced two new members of its Power Management IC (PMIC) family. According to the company, these devices feature essential power management building blocks and flexibility to provide a complete power solution for the next generation of

Middleware Connects Android Apps to Any Platform

October 10, 2011 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Solving the problem of Android apps communicating with other devices, application developers can now use ORBexpress from Objective Interface Systems to connect their Android apps to any platform while also solving the Android device fragmentation problem by using a standard interface.

Analysis: Apple's iPhone is still the hottest ticket around

October 7, 2011 9:25 am | News | Comments

The iPhone 4S wasn't exactly Apple's brightest moment. Yet it will probably still outshine the competition this holiday season.

Integrated Silicon-Based EMI Suppression Devices Help Move Smartphone Design Forward

October 7, 2011 6:09 am | by Tim Micun, ON Semiconductor, www.onsemi.com | Articles | Comments

While form factor and electromechanical interference (EMI) remain a primary concern for smartphone designers, provisioning all of the high end peripherals in a format which is comfortable to hold and carry, creating a clean EMI ecosystem and not interfering with the wireless transmit and receive functions remains a complex challenge.

Accelerometers, Fantasy and Reality

October 5, 2011 2:16 pm | by Harvey Weinberg, Analog Devices, www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

As applications engineers supporting ADI’s compact, low-cost, gravity-sensitive iMEMs accelerometers, we get to hear lots of creative ideas about how to employ accelerometers in useful ways; but sometimes the suggestions violate physical laws! We’ve rated some of these ideas on an informal scale, from “real” to “dream land”:

5 Questions - Leyden Energy

October 5, 2011 11:58 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this first edition of 5 Questions, I'm joined by Marc Juzkow, vice president of R&D and engineering at Leyden Energy, and Noam Kedem, vice president of marketing at Leyden energy. The company's Lithium-ion battery technology touts exceptional thermal properties so the battery can operate and cycle at

Samsung targets iPhone 4S sales ban in France, Italy

October 5, 2011 6:51 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said it will file patent-infringement claims in France and Italy to ban the sale of Apple's new iPhone less than a day after it was unveiled, intensifying a legal battle between the two top brands.

There's more to life than OLEDs and Electrophoretic Displays...

October 4, 2011 12:56 pm | by Dr Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

At the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA in Santa Clara, there will be a focus on technologies such as OLEDs and electrophoretic displays. But there are other display technologies emerging that promise new possibilities.

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