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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

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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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Analysis: Stores gear up for ''dogfight'' in TV aisles

November 8, 2011 5:31 am | by Dhanya Skariachan, Reuters | News | Comments

It may not be a blood bath, but it will definitely be a dogfight. The television aisles of top U.S. retailers are poised for a hard-fought contest this holiday season as chains take little chances with budget-conscious shoppers.

Sprint must give documents to AT & T: special master

November 8, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel must give AT&T hundreds of thousands of additional documents that the giant telecommunications company wants for a legal fight with the Department of Justice over whether it can buy smaller competitor T-Mobile USA, a special master in the case has ruled.

Geographic Expansion Propels OTT on CE Devices

November 7, 2011 10:27 am | News | Comments

The use of CE devices in the consumption of OTT video content is increasing rapidly as service providers seek new revenues opportunities, attempt to reach new consumer groups, and look for ways to differentiate their offerings. IMS Research forecasts that in 2016, connected CE devices in the home will account for

EU Commission probes Samsung, Apple over patents

November 4, 2011 9:39 am | by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters | News | Comments

EU regulators are investigating whether Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc may have breached EU antitrust laws with patent infringement claims in their global legal battle over the lucrative smartphone and tablet market.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Steve Canton of iCore on VoPI and Disaster Recovery

November 4, 2011 9:18 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Stephen G. Canton, Chairman and CEO of  iCore Networks  about the benefits of Voice over Private Internet (VoPI) and disaster recovery tools.

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Angry Birds tops 500 million downloads

November 2, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

Mobile gaming firm Rovio said on Wednesday its hit game Angry Birds had reached a record 500 million downloads in less than two years since its launch.

ST-Ericsson breaks Qualcomm Windows Phone monopoly

November 2, 2011 9:18 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

ST-Ericsson won a deal to supply chipsets for future Nokia phones based on Windows software, breaking Qualcomm's monopoly over Microsoft's mobile platform.

MEMS Accelerometers Advance Smart Sensing

November 2, 2011 8:36 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced the industry’s first three-axis high-resolution accelerometer with two embedded finite-state machines.

November 2011: Consumer

November 1, 2011 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The November 2011 issue deals with consumer electronics including integrating silicon-based EMI suppression devices, smartphone signaling overload, and RF-IF amplifiers.  managing power interruption issues and high-reliability passives. The Brainstorm Q&A section asks “How could solid-state lighting benefit the medical device sector?”

Record Number of Automotive Exhibitors to Showcase Technology at the 2012 International CES

October 31, 2011 7:50 am | News | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today its record number of automotive exhibitors at the upcoming 2012 International CES. At least six of the industry’s top ten manufacturers will showcase their latest technologies among CES' enhanced lineup of automotive technology exhibits...

Panasonic sees $5.5 billion annual loss, worst in a decade

October 31, 2011 5:47 am | by Isabel Reynolds, Reuters | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp forecast an annual net loss of 420 billion yen ($5.5 billion), its biggest in a decade, as restructuring costs ballooned, and a soaring yen and weak demand in the United States and Europe eroded income.

Sony starts moves to overhaul struggling TV biz

October 31, 2011 5:40 am | News | Comments

Consumer electronics giant Sony Corp said on Monday it will split its television business into three divisions to make operations more accountable as part of efforts to turn around the loss-making business.

Amazon in talks with China to bring in Kindle: media

October 28, 2011 10:31 am | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc is in talks with Chinese regulators to bring in its popular e-reader Kindle and its recently announced tablet Kindle Fire, local media reported quoting an Amazon executive.

Google takes another shot at the TV market

October 28, 2011 10:07 am | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

Google Inc is making another push to bring its Web savvy to television sets, hoping to tap into a vast new market despite consumers' lukewarm reaction to its initial offering.

After Slow Results of Google TV, Intel Turns Away from Television Semiconductors

October 28, 2011 8:24 am | News | Comments

With little room left to maneuver in the tough TV system-on-chip (SoC) market central to the ambitious Google TV initiative, Google partner Intel Corp. is quietly reshuffling resources away from the connected television semiconductor space and redirecting attention to the more profitable arena of chips for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, according to

Exciter Turns Glass Windows into Loudspeakers

October 28, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

HiWave Technologies PLC, a provider of electronic solutions for audio and haptic touch, has announced a high power, modal exciter that generates high quality audio from high impedance substrates such as glass, metal and wood.

LED Driver Achieves High Accuracy Without High-Side Current Sensing

October 27, 2011 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex, Inc. introduced HV9861A, an open loop, average current mode control, LED driver integrated circuit (IC) designed to drive LEDs using a buck topology. It is suited for a variety of solid-state lighting applications, including

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