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Scientists teach computers to assess psychiatric risk

February 16, 2012 6:01 am | by Kate Kelland, Reuters | News | Comments

Computer programs can be taught to select between brain scans of healthy young people and scans showing adolescents who are at higher risk of developing mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, scientists said Thursday.

EU court: Social networks can't be piracy brakes

February 16, 2012 5:44 am | by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters | News | Comments

Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe privacy, Europe's highest court said on Thursday, adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing.

Farnell receives European Distributor of the Year award from VARTA Microbattery GmbH

February 16, 2012 5:35 am | News | Comments

Farnell has been presented with the European Distributor of the Year Award for 2011 by VARTA Microbattery GmbH, the global manufacturers and designers of rechargeable and primary battery systems. The award, presented to Robert Rospedzihowski...


Pickering Interfaces on Course for Expansion

February 16, 2012 5:25 am | News | Comments

Pickering Interfaces GmbH has reorganised its sales region for Eastern Europe. The sales office, located in T?inec/CZ, which supported the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Poland, will expand its sales region to support Romania, Hungary, the Republic of Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Serbia.

Cisco appeals EU's approval of Microsoft-Skype deal

February 15, 2012 9:05 am | by Nicola Leske and Foo Yun Chee, Reuters | News | Comments

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc has challenged the European Commission's approval of Microsoft Corp's acquisition of Internet voice and video service Skype, saying the commission should have put tougher conditions on the deal.

6WIND Announces Support for Software-Defined Networking Based on Next-Generation Communications Platform from Intel

February 15, 2012 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

6WIND today announced support within the 6WINDGate software solutionfor the next-generation communications platform from Intel, code name “Crystal Forest.” 6WIND will showcase this support at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona...

Aegis Manufacturing Operations Software Deployed Factory-Wide by Pactron

February 15, 2012 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pactron has recently purchased an Aegis Manufacturing Operation Software (MOS) system to improve efficiency across their facility. This system comprises Aegis’ iLaunch, iView, iTrac, IQ and XLink software modules.

Get your face into space with element14's innovative Icarus design challenge

February 14, 2012 5:52 am | News | Comments

With the aim of boosting innovation in the electronics industry, element14 has launched the Icarus Design Challenge for engineers to develop a two-way communication system between the ground and a weather balloon high above the Earth.


Swissvoice Selects DSP Group's IC for Its First Certified CAT-iq 2.0 Handset

February 14, 2012 5:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

DSP Group announced today that its cordless chipset solutions are powering the first CAT-iq 2.0-certified handset offered by Swissvoice, a leading European provider of innovative telecommunications systems.

Protests erupt across Europe against web piracy treaty

February 13, 2012 10:21 am | by Erik Kirschbaum and Irina Ivanova, Reuters | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of protesters took part in rallies across Europe on Saturday against an international anti-piracy agreement they fear will curb their freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage Internet surveillance.

Imec announces world's first 300mm fab-compatible directed self-assembly process line

February 10, 2012 5:30 am | News | Comments

At next week's SPIE Advanced Lithography conference (San Jose, CA), imec announces the successful implementation of the world's first 300mm fab-compatible Directed Self-Assembly (DSA) process line all under one roof in imec's 300mm cleanroom fab.

20 GW of PV Manufacturing Equipment To Be Replaced By 2016

February 10, 2012 5:20 am | News | Comments

Despite the outlook for the PV manufacturing equipment market remaining bleak in 2012, a new report from IMS Research forecasts that there could be a 20 GW opportunity for the upgrade or replacement of existing capacity over the next four years.

ESA's Mars Express radar gives strong evidence for former Mars ocean

February 10, 2012 4:53 am | News | Comments

ESA's Mars Express has returned strong evidence for an ocean once covering part of Mars. Using radar, it has detected sediments reminiscent of an ocean floor within the boundaries of previously identified, ancient shorelines on Mars.


Sofradir grabs top spot as supplier of a key class of advanced infrared products to military and space

February 9, 2012 10:33 am | News | Comments

Sofradir announced today that it has secured the world market leadership with more than 25 per cent market share in volume for supplying second generation Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT/HgCdTe) infrared detectors to the military and space...

Paralan Offers EKF Elektronik GmbH Product Line

February 9, 2012 10:23 am | News | Comments

Paralan ( today announced that they are now offering Compact PCI, CompactPCI Serial Boards and PMC boards from the German manufacturer EKF. EKF provides complete solutions for industrial applications by using the latest in technology...

Molex announces distribution agreement with Routeco in UK

February 8, 2012 10:30 am | News | Comments

Molex Interconnect GmbH announced the new distribution agreement with Routeco Limited located in Milton Keynes. Routeco will promote and sell the Brad industrial product range from Molex particularly the software and electronics products including the well-known product lines applicom, SST and Direct-Link.

SMPS Controller IC Enables Ultra-low Standby Power at No Loads and Enables EuP Lot 6 Compliance

February 8, 2012 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. unveiled the GreenChip SPR TEA1716 switched-mode power supply (SMPS) controller IC. Designed for use in 90-W to 500-W power supplies, the smart power resonant (SPR) TEA1716 combines

News Corp reaches more phone hacking settlements

February 8, 2012 9:22 am | News | Comments

A further 15 politicians, sportsmen and celebrities reached settlements with the British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp on Wednesday over a phone hacking scandal that has rocked his global media empire.

Inmarsat has not received bid approaches: source

February 8, 2012 9:21 am | by Paul Sandle and A. Ananthalakshmi, Reuters | News | Comments

British satellite operator Inmarsat has not received any takeover approaches, a source close to the company said on Wednesday, after speculation had driven the shares up as much as 10 percent.

Google to pledge not to favor Motorola over rivals

February 8, 2012 9:14 am | News | Comments

Google will pledge to license on fair and reasonable terms the patents it acquires through buying Motorola Mobility, said a person familiar with the matter, in a bid to allay regulatory and users' concerns.

PV Inverter Market Achieves Record Shipments in 2011

February 8, 2012 5:49 am | News | Comments

The PV inverter market achieved a new record in 2011 with shipments exceeding 26 GW for the first time according to preliminary results from IMS Research. The research firm found that inverter shipments grew by more than 10% in 2011...

The Duke of York visits Symetrica

February 7, 2012 10:10 am | News | Comments

The Duke of York today visited UK technology company Symetrica, which was spun out of the University of Southampton and is based at the University of Southampton Science Park. Symetrica is a highly innovative company providing next generation radiation detection and identification solutions for the US Homeland Security Market.

Wolfson expects another weak quarter before recovery

February 7, 2012 7:14 am | News | Comments

British chipmaker Wolfson Microelectronics plc expects another weak quarter before customer additions and product launches boost revenue this year.

German police use Facebook pictures to nab crooks

February 7, 2012 6:59 am | by Alice Baghdjian, Reuters | News | Comments

Police in the German state of Lower-Saxony will soon use their networks of Facebook "friends" to find missing persons and hunt out suspected criminals, according to the state's interior minister.

Power Technology Expands into Europe

February 7, 2012 6:13 am | News | Comments

Power Technology has established a European Sales Office to improve its service to customers in Germany and throughout Europe. The European Sales Office will be headed by Tony Pope and Damon Cookman who founded Photonic Products Ltd in 1995 (now ProPhotonix).

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