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electronica 2012 – facts & figures

November 13, 2012 10:54 am | News | Comments

Today, the world’s largest industry gathering for the electronic industry, electronica 2012, is starting with 2,669 exhibitors from 48 countries. The exhibitors present intelligent technologies for a powerful future. This year’s international trade fair revolves around smart energy solutions, e-mobility, embedded solutions and power electronics in general.

Electronica 2012: ECN’s interview with Standex Electronics

November 7, 2012 1:37 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

The 25th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems, and Applications (i.e., electronica 2012) starts next week (or now, depending on when you see this), so ECN thought it fitting to interview one of the leading OEM vendors, Standex Electronics about industry trends, especially as it relates to sensors.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II hits 3 million sales

November 2, 2012 4:22 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday it has sold more than 3 million Galaxy Note II smartphones in a little over a month after its launch, as the company vies to keep its lead over rivals during the crucial holiday quarter. The South Korean firm, which was the world's largest maker of smartphones...

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Apple must apologize again over copycat claims

November 1, 2012 5:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British judges say Apple needs to apologize once more for falsely claiming that South Korea's Samsung copied its iPad, the latest embarrassing episode in the tech rivals' world-spanning patent battle. Apple Inc. was ordered to print an apology on its website after British judges repeatedly rejected its claim that Samsung Electronics Co. ripped off its designs...

Sony reduces loss on sales recovery, restructuring

November 1, 2012 5:04 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. reported Thursday a smaller flow of red ink for the fiscal second quarter on a sales recovery and restructuring efforts and stuck to its full year forecast for a return to profit from its worst loss in company history the previous year.

Panasonic earnings update

October 31, 2012 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday it expects to book a group net loss of 765 billion yen for the current business year through March, incurring a hefty loss for the second straight year due to massive restructuring costs amid a continued slump in its mainstay electronics operation.

Fujitsu announces new ARM cortex-based bridge SoC

October 31, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor America today introduced an Interface Bridge SoC that incorporates 10 different interfaces, more than any other similar single device. Designed for advanced Wi-Fi television tuner applications, the new MB86E631 combines a dual-core ARM@ CortexT-A9 processor and multiple interfaces, including...

Multi-walled carbon nanotubes

October 30, 2012 5:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using a new method for precisely controlling the deposition of carbon, researchers have demonstrated a technique for connecting multi-walled carbon nanotubes to the metallic pads of integrated circuits without the high interface resistance produced by traditional fabrication techniques.

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Google unveils another phone, larger Nexus tablet

October 29, 2012 3:44 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is adding a few more gadgets to holiday shopping lists. The devices announced Monday include the latest in Google's line of Nexus smartphones and a larger version of the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet that the company began selling in July under the Nexus brand. The Nexus 4 smartphone is being...

Future of Nokia hangs on Windows Phone 8 rollout

October 29, 2012 9:35 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN - Associated Press | News | Comments

For Nokia, it comes down to this: Is Microsoft's new phone software going to get it back in the smartphone race, or is it going to be too late? After being the top seller of cellphones in the world for 14 years, Nokia failed to meet the challenge when Apple in 2007 introduced the dazzling iPhone...

Poll: Little demand for Microsoft's Windows 8

October 29, 2012 1:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft bills Windows 8 as a "re-imagining" of the personal computer market's dominant operating system, but the company still has a lot of work to do before the makeover captures the imagination of most consumers, based on the results of a recent poll by The Associated Press and GfK. The phone...

Taiwan's HTC reports 79 percent drop

October 26, 2012 4:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC Corp. on Friday reported a 79 percent drop in third quarter profit as intensifying competition from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. hurt sales. HTC said its profit totaled 3.9 billion New Taiwan dollars ($99 million) on revenue of NT$70 billion in the three...

Samsung logs record-high profit

October 25, 2012 8:52 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co.'s third-quarter net profit nearly doubled over a year earlier to a record high propelled by strong sales of Galaxy phones that helped widen its lead over rivals. The South Korean company said Friday its July-September net income totaled 6.56 trillion won ($5.97 billion),...

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Now the mobile phone goes emotional

October 25, 2012 3:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mobile devices include an increasing number of input and output techniques that are currently not used for communication. Recent research results by Dr Eve Hoggan from HIIT / University of Helsinki, Finland, however, indicate that a synchronous haptic communication system has value as...

Nokia launches $980 million bond offering

October 23, 2012 5:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. is planning to raise €750 million ($980 million) via an issue of bonds as part of an effort to build up its reserves ahead of next month's launch of phones running Microsoft's new Windows 8 software. The launch is a hugely important event for the struggling cellphone maker, which has...

High-tech product announcements this fall

October 22, 2012 4:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's high season for consumer electronics. Manufacturers of various gadgets are unveiling their holiday lineups. Add to that products surrounding a new version of Windows coming out Friday. Here's a recap of the announcements so far: — Sept. 4: Microsoft Corp. releases the first major update to...

Early Look at Windows 8 Baffles Consumers

October 22, 2012 12:40 pm | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The release of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is a week away, and consumers are in for a shock. Windows, used in one form or another for a generation, is getting a completely different look that will force users to learn new ways to get things done.

Tokyo court finds Apple doesn't infringe Samsung patents

October 22, 2012 12:09 pm | by CNET | News | Comments

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported over the weekend that Apple won a pair of cases against Samsung over the last several weeks. The first, which came down in mid-September, found that Apple did not infringe a Samsung patent...

Samsung kicking Apple to curb for LCD panels

October 22, 2012 11:56 am | by CNET | News | Comments

The Korea Times says Samsung will replace the lost Apple business with more display orders from Samsung's handset business and Amazon. Samsung's display business plans to end its LCD panel supply agreement with Apple...

Renesas Electronics releases new power supply

October 19, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renesas Electronics releases new power supply ICs that cut microcontroller power supply system component counts by 50 percent and significantly reduce standby mode power. Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions...

Sony to close factory, cut workforce by 2,000

October 19, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. says it plans to close a factory in central Japan, tweaking its restructuring plan by cutting 2,000 jobs from its workforce in moves expected to save it $385 million. The company's Minokamo factory, in Gifu prefecture, employs 840 people making lenses for digital cameras, lens blocks...

Apple Loses Appeal in Tablet Patent Dispute With Samsung

October 18, 2012 12:27 pm | by Stan Schroeder | News | Comments

Apple lost its appeal of a UK court’s ruling that Samsung did not copy the iPad with its Galaxy tablet, Reuters reports. In July, Britain’s High Court ruled in favor of Samsung, explaining that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet, despite certain similarities, is simply “not as cool.”    

Magnetic properties of silicon nano-ribbons

October 17, 2012 4:42 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Nano-ribbons of silicon configured so the atoms resemble chicken wire could hold the key to ultrahigh density data storage and information processing systems of the future. This was a key finding of a team of scientists led by Paul Snijders of the Department of Energy...

element14 drives the Raspberry Pi revolution forward

October 17, 2012 10:58 am | News | Comments

element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts announced its continued partnership with Raspberry Pi with the launch of a new 512MB board version of the revolutionary, credit-card sized computer...

KDDI to sell nine new smartphones

October 17, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KDDI Corp. said it will launch nine new smartphone models capable of a high-speed data communication service in Japan, a move likely to further intensify competition among mobile phone carriers to pursue better infrastructure. Of the nine models that are capable of using the LTE high-speed network, eight will hit the market on Nov. 2.

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