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Intel sees more than 10 percent sales boost in Germany

March 6, 2012 7:34 am | News | Comments

Chipmaker Intel expects its German sales volumes to rise more than 10 percent this year as it launches new energy-saving processors and as Microsoft launches a new version of its Windows computer operating system.

Imec releases industry's first 14nm process development kit

March 6, 2012 5:02 am | News | Comments

Imec has announced that it has released an early-version PDK (process development kit) for 14nm logic chips. This PDK is the industry's first to address the 14nm technology node. It targets the introduction of a number of new key technologies...

Asteelflash Appoints New Vice President of Business Development for the Americas

March 5, 2012 6:49 am | News | Comments

Asteelflash has appointed Chuck Thistle as Vice President of Business Development for the Americas. Mr. Thistle will be responsible for developing and implementing the company's sales initiatives...

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Nokia unveils cheaper Windows smartphone

February 28, 2012 6:17 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia unveiled a cheaper smartphone using Microsoft's Windows Phone software on Monday, aiming to win back market share by targeting a wider audience.

Vodafone offers to co-build European fast networks

February 28, 2012 6:14 am | by Kate Holton, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile operator Vodafone (VOD.L) has offered to join forces with rival firms to share the 30 billion euro ($40 billion) bill to build out new superfast fiber networks in Europe, in a sign of the increasing demands being placed on operators.

Facebook offers olive branch to mobile carriers

February 28, 2012 6:13 am | by Georgina Prodhan, Reuters | News | Comments

Facebook said it could team up with mobile operators on payments, in an offer that would give them back part of the revenue and influence they have lost in recent years to Apple (AAPL.O) and Google (GOOG.O).

Microsoft, others in Google+ complaint to EU: sources

February 28, 2012 6:09 am | News | Comments

Microsoft and several other firms have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google's social networking tool, two people familiar with the matter said, in a move that may prompt the EU to broaden its ongoing investigation into Google.

4-GHz Oscilloscope is Presented as Offering the Highest Precision, Acquisition Rate in its Class

February 28, 2012 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new 4 GHz high-performance oscilloscope from Rohde & Schwarz with its 20 Gsample/s sampling rate addresses a wide variety of applications: The R&S RTO1044 is appropriate for analyzing

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HiSilicon and imec collaborate on reconfigurable RF transceivers

February 27, 2012 6:14 am | News | Comments

HiSilicon and imec have signed a strategic research collaboration to develop innovative RF transceiver architectures for next-generation mobile terminals. With the partnership, HiSilicon joins imec's R&D program on cognitive reconfigurable radio...

PXI Power Matrix Series Adds 5-A and 10-A Models

February 27, 2012 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI power matrices with the introduction of the 40-549 and 40-551. The 40-549 5-A matrix is available in a variety of 32 and 64 crosspoint configurations with

Inductive boost converters enable 90% peak efficiency

February 27, 2012 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems has announced the AS3674 and AS3490 LED backlight drivers for smartphone LCD displays. These new LED drivers enable the industry’s best application efficiency at a peak level of 90%, including the DC-DC converter and the current sources.

Philips says police investigating its cyber attack

February 24, 2012 4:41 am | News | Comments

Philips Electronics said on Thursday it is cooperating with the police in connection with an investigation into a possible criminal cyber security breach discovered at Philips earlier this month.

Enhanced Bass Technology Asserts to Double the Effective Air Volume in Mini Loudspeaker Systems

February 23, 2012 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Knowles Sound Solutions has launched a sound enhancing technology to increase the acoustic performance in consumer devices with small form factors. N‘Bass stands for “enhanced bass,“ and it is said to enable

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Energy Micro introduces first energy friendly ARM Cortex-M4 products

February 23, 2012 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro today announced that it will extend its EFM32 Gecko range of microcontrollers with the addition of products based on the ARM Cortex-M4F core.

Fraunhofer IIS Premiers Extended HE-ACC at Mobile World Congress 2012

February 23, 2012 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fraunhofer IIS will premiere Extended HE-AAC, the latest upgrade to the MPEG AAC family. Extended HE-AAC significantly improves the audio quality of music and speech particularly at very low bit rates of 8 kbit/s and more, and is compatible with HE-AAC streams.

European project reaches milestone bidirectional communication for thin-film RFIDs

February 23, 2012 5:23 am | News | Comments

Imec, Holst Centre and their partners in the EU FP7 project ORICLA have fabricated the world's first RFID (radio frequency identification) circuit made in low-temperature thin-film technology that allows reader-talks-first communication.

Powerstax Appoint Wavelength Electronics as UK Manufacturers Representative for MIL Power Solutions

February 22, 2012 10:00 am | News | Comments

Powerstax, one of Europe's leading value-added power solutions manufacturers, has added Kent based Wavelength Electronics Limited to its global network of sales representatives to ensure its UK customers get a fast response to all their power conversion requirements from a highly experienced and technically able source. Established in 1992 Wavelength Electronics is a 

Bluetooth Low Energy SoC Targets Smart Tags and Accessories

February 22, 2012 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nordic Semiconductor launched the µBlue nRF8002 single chip solution for Bluetooth Smart tags and accessories. Adding this SoC to a product design demands no specialist understanding of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology

Google offers live London stock prices for free

February 21, 2012 9:45 am | by Georgina Prodhan and Luke Jeffs, Reuters | News | Comments

Google is to bolster its Google Finance service by giving retail investors free access to real-time London Stock Exchange share prices.

Ericsson buys BelAir to boost WiFi offering

February 21, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

Swedish telecoms gear maker Ericsson is to buy privately held WiFi technology company BelAir Networks to boost its mobile broadband offering. Demand for wireless connectivity has boomed in the last couple of years with the proliferation of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

XJTAG and Pico Technology announce world's first integrated JTAG boundary scan oscilloscope test solution

February 21, 2012 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

XJTAG and Pico Technology will be launching the world's first portable boundary scan and oscilloscope solution at Embedded World 2012. The two companies have worked together to produce XJTAG Expert...

Swarm constellation heads north

February 17, 2012 5:52 am | News | Comments

The three satellites that make up ESA's Swarm magnetic field mission were presented to the media today. Following a demanding testing programme, the satellites were displayed in the cleanroom before they are shipped to Russia for their July launch.

Study finds one percent of human genes switched off

February 17, 2012 5:35 am | by Kate Kelland, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists studying the human genome have found that each of us is carrying around 20 genes that have been completely inactivated, suggesting that not all switched-off genes are harmful to health.

Telcos want higher network charges in EU

February 17, 2012 5:30 am | News | Comments

Telecoms providers should be able to raise prices charged to rivals for using their networks to help spur investment in faster fiber optics, industry body ETNO said on Thursday.

Imec and Holst Centre present 14 key achievements at International Solid-State Circuits Conference

February 16, 2012 7:00 am | News | Comments

At next week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference (February 19-23, 2012, San Francisco, USA), imec and Holst Centre present 14 papers on low power design for wireless communication and wireless sensor networks, and organic electronics.

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