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LED Driver Handles Higher Voltage Off-line Illumination

February 9, 2011 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in standard SO-8 and high power dissipation exposed pad SO-8 packages, the AL9910 high brightness LED driver from Diodes Incorporated will support universal AC input voltages from 85 V to as high as 265 V. For interior and exterior off-line lighting products, the exposed pad SO-8 variant in particular helps

LED Driver ICs Deliver Flicker-Free Dimming, Hot-Plug Support

February 9, 2011 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt, Inc., announced two primary-side-regulated, leading- and trailing-edge-dimmable, AC/DC digital PWM controllers targeting 100 V/230 VAC offline LED lighting applications. Designed for isolated or non-isolated LED drivers used in incandescent replacement lamps including

Pelican Imaging Unveils Revolutionary Approach to Smartphone Cameras

February 9, 2011 7:16 am | News | Comments

Pelican Imaging Corporation announced that it has developed the first prototype array camera for mobile devices. In addition, the company has announced its Technical Advisory Board that is comprised of three leading experts in computational imaging. The members are

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Atmel Tablet-Ready Single-Chip Touchscreen Controllers

February 8, 2011 9:43 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Sherif Hanna of Atmel about their the maXTouch E Series of single-chip capacitive touchscreen controllers for touchscreens from 2 to 12 inches, a sweet spot in the tablet device category.

AC-DC Open Frame Power Supply Series Adds 6-W Model

February 7, 2011 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

CUI, Inc. added a 6 W model to its open frame AC-DC power supply line. With the latest offering, the VOF Series covers a range of power from 6 W through 80 W. The series is suited for consumer, industrial, and ITE applications. All units are

LED Driver ICs for General Lighting Are up 88 Percent Efficient

February 4, 2011 11:04 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations announced seven new members of its LinkSwitch-PH family of LED driver ICs. Optimized for industrial and commercial settings where high efficiency and system longevity are dominant requirements, the new devices

The Tinker's Toolbox - a Chat with Knovel CEO Chris Forbes

February 3, 2011 5:20 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Chris Forbes, CEO of Knovel.

Printed Electronics Enters Fast Growth Phase

February 2, 2011 5:15 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Printed electronics is associated with some orders, investments and acquisitions that are one hundred times as big as the largest two years ago.

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iSuppli confirms STMicroelectronics lead in Consumer MEMS space

January 27, 2011 9:50 am | News | Comments

Market analyst iSuppli has reported that STMicroelectronics consumer MEMS sales grew 63% in 2010 to reach $353 million - almost twice the revenue of its closest competitor. ST has become the leading supplier to mobile and consumer manufacturers for both motion-sensor types...

Movidius heralds 2011 “The year of mobile 3D” with autostereoscopic demos

January 26, 2011 5:26 am | News | Comments

Movidius today announces that it will be demonstrating the world’s most advanced mobile 3D technology at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona, 14-17 February 2011. Movidius, producer of the world’s most advanced 3D coprocessors and the first company in the world to produce a full HD 3D platform for mobiles...

RGB LED Features Miniature Package

January 25, 2011 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announced the global launch of the surface mounted QuasarBrite 0404 RGB LED. Its 1.0 mm x 1.00 mm x 0.25 mm package size is asserted to be the smallest RGB LED package available today, and it is suited for multicolor LED indicator applications in

Smoke Detector IC Offers Low-Voltage Operation, Programmable Calibration

January 24, 2011 12:38 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., announced the RE46C190 3V photo smoke-detector IC with horn driver and boost regulator. Said to be the world’s first smoke-detector IC to offer

Kit Enables Rapid Development of USB-powered Consumer Audio Systems

January 24, 2011 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

HiWave Technologies’ DyadUSB Development Kit comprises two 12W RMS balanced mode radiator (BMR), full-range speaker drivers in tuned and sealed enclosures, plus a DyadUSB amplifier module featuring

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Cambridge Consultants Helps in Bringing Simplified DECT Phone to Market

January 19, 2011 8:17 am | News | Comments

Cambridge Consultants, a leading technology product design and development firm, has helped Punkt, a Swiss consumer electronics start up to develop the DP 01 phone. Designed by leading industrial designer Jasper Morrison, the DP 01 is a DECT phone re-invented for simplicity and intuitive functionality.

Chip Filters Suit Cellular Band Apps

January 19, 2011 7:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden announced its latest lines of chip filters. The compact EIA 0603 size multilayer dual low pass filter is designed for use with multi-band smartphones, while two new optimized EIA 0805 size multilayer diplexers were developed for

3D: The panacea no one wants

January 13, 2011 12:22 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

To paraphrase David Farragut, damn the sales figures; full speed ahead! If CES 2011 signaled anything, it was the industry’s intent on shoving 3D down our throats. The most vocal proponent, Sony, claims they’ll “lead the industry’s charge for 3D.” Yet for the industry, it’s more like a holy crusade.

DKN Research Develops a Low Cost Flexible EL System Using a Screen-Printing Process

January 13, 2011 7:26 am | News | Comments

DKN Research, a leading engineering firm specializing in microelectronics and packaging technology, now carries a variety of flexible devices and materials for printable & flexible electronics.

CES 2011 Oddities: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 10, 2011 12:01 pm | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every tradeshow has these: the strange products, human snafus, and general quirkiness that characterizes a large organized event. CES 2011 was no exception. From the "Kegputer" to "eyes-only" video gaming, there was plenty of uniqueness on display. Enjoy!

CES 2011: A Photoblog

January 10, 2011 7:59 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While CES 2011 saw no big product launches (sorry, no Verizon iPhone), there was still plenty to see. Here's a short sampling of the highlights.

CES 2011: 3M's New Multi-Touch Display

January 8, 2011 10:35 am | Videos | Comments

Jenni Balthrop with 3M Touch Systems demos a 23" Multi-Touch Display incorporating 3M's Projected Capacitive Technology.

CES 2011: Hillcrest Labs' Kylo TV Browser

January 8, 2011 9:40 am | Videos | Comments

Chad Lucien with Hillcrest Labs demos the Loop Pointer coupled with the Kylo TV internet browser. Download Kylo for free at http://kylo.tv/.

Nuvation Engineering Designs Advanced Battery Management System for Electric Vehicles

January 8, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nuvation Engineering has developed a custom battery management system, fuel gauge and driver interface for electric vehicles. The innovative system is currently featured on the OptaMotive 'E. Rex'. The OptaMotive 'E. Rex' is on display at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week at Maxim's booth 30869. Through a close partnership with Maxim, Nuvation engineers designed the

Silicon Hive Introduces Next Generation Scalable Solution for High-Performance Multi-Format Video Decoding

January 8, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Hive B.V. announced the availability of HiveGo VSS3240, a complete video system solution IP product enabling Full HD 1080p multi-format video decoding for various standard and proprietary video coding formats up to 60fps and 62.5Mbps as used in connected HDTV, optical disks and Digital Media Adapters. The VSS3240 advanced multi-core architecture offers 

Picochip Shares Femtocell Roadmap to Enable Complete 3G Basestation on a USB Dongle

January 8, 2011 7:55 am | News | Comments

Picochip unveiled its vision for next-generation femtocells, including picoXcell(tm) technology that will allow its customers to create an entire 3G cellular basestation in an ultra-small form factor such as a USB dongle. The concept of a basestation on a USB dongle is one of several Picochip developments in the spotlight at CES 2011

USB 3.0 Connector Meets All Standards of USB-IE

January 7, 2011 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics released a new USB 3.0 connector, which has retained all the great features of previous generations of USB interconnects while improving upon them in the areas of performance and power management. This USB 3.0 connector

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