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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.

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...

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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.

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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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.

Sharp unveils seven-inch tablet with power-saving IGZO panel

October 17, 2012 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. unveiled a 7-inch tablet computer Wednesday equipped with its state-of-the-art IGZO power-saving liquid crystal display in a bid to recover its flagging earnings performance. The Aquos Pad SHT21 with high image quality consumes only one-tenth the power...

Chinese Gov't Backs Clearwire TD-LTE Band

October 16, 2012 12:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The Chinese government is backing the use of the 2.6 GHz band for TD-LTE, the same band Clearwire plans to use for its TD-LTE network in the United States. The announcement is a victory for Clearwire, which has been working with China Mobile to build global support for TD-LTE in the band through the Global TD-LTE Initiative.

ZTE Lands China Mobile LTE Contract

October 16, 2012 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

ZTE announced that it has won the contract for China Mobile’s TD-LTE rollout in five major Chinese cities. According to the contract, ZTE will construct China Mobile’s TD-LTE networks in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shenyang, with more than 13,000 carrier frequencies...

Freezing electrons in flight

October 16, 2012 10:12 am | by University of Arizona | News | Comments

Using the world's fastest laser pulses to freeze the ultrafast motion of electrons and atoms, physicists have caught the action of molecules breaking apart and electrons getting knocked out of atoms. Their research helps us better understand molecular processes and ultimately be able to control them in many possible applications.

Frontier Silicon and iPhone 5 at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair

October 15, 2012 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of Digital Radio and Network Audio technology, today announces the launch of Venice 6.5, its most cost-effective module for network audio devices. Following the launch by Apple last month, the module supports iPhone 5 docking using the new Lightning connector...

Making a layer cake with atomic precision

October 15, 2012 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team has used individual one-atom-thick crystals to construct a multilayer cake that works as a nanoscale electric transformer. Graphene has been isolated for the first time, potentially revolutionizing diverse applications such as smartphones, ultrafast broadband, drug delivery, and computer chips.

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