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New British technology will cut the cost of LED lighting

February 7, 2012 4:51 am | News | Comments

Plessey has acquired CamGaN Limited, a University of Cambridge spin-out formed to commercialisenovel technologies for the growth of gallium nitride (GaN) high-brightness LEDs on large-area silicon substrates.

Top gear: China's Huawei outmuscles Swedish rival

February 3, 2012 6:38 am | by Lee Chyen Yee, Reuters | News | Comments

When Huawei Technologies posts its annual results in April, they will likely show the unlisted Chinese firm has overtaken Sweden's Ericsson as the world's top-selling telecoms equipment maker.

Siemens on look-out for new CEO for NSN

February 3, 2012 6:34 am | News | Comments

Siemens is on the look out for a new Chief Executive for its mobile phone network equipment joint venture unit Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Siemens supervisory board member Sibylle Wenkel said on Friday.


Apple stops selling some devices online in Germany

February 3, 2012 6:33 am | News | Comments

Apple Inc stopped offering older models of its iPhone and 3G-based iPads at its German online store on Friday in a response to an injunction won by Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc in December.

UK police probe claim that hackers hacked FBI call

February 3, 2012 6:29 am | News | Comments

British police said on Friday they were investigating reports that the activist hacker group Anonymous had hacked into a conference call between FBI agents and London detectives to discuss action they were taking against hacking.

ON Semiconductor Names Its 2011 Distribution Partner Award Winners

February 3, 2012 6:05 am | News | Comments

ON Semiconductor has announced its top 2011 distribution partners. These awards honor the distributor in each region that led overall channel sales, grew market share, captured increased sales of products from acquisitions made by ON Semiconductor, and scored high on overall process excellence.

Fraunhofer MPEG Surround Format chosen for BBC Radio Drama download

February 3, 2012 6:00 am | News | Comments

Fraunhofer IIS announces its continuing online experiments with the BBC and MPEG Surround Codec. After the success of the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” MPEG Surround streaming experiment during Christmas 2011, the BBC is offering a radio play for download in 5.1 MPEG Surround for the first time.

Return to Zero - Freezing Cold

February 2, 2012 12:06 pm | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 


VARTA Microbattery Wins “Top Innovator 2011" in Prestigious, German Competition

February 2, 2012 11:30 am | News | Comments

As a result of intense research efforts, VARTA Microbattery succeeded in developing new Lithium-Ion cells that were both small in size and 30% higher in energy density than comparable products. “The Li-Ion cells in this format offer a reliable and robust energy source and are superior to conventional Li-Ion cells”, Herbert Schein CEO VARTA Microbattery states.

Rechargeable Li-Ion cells feature high energy density and extended battery life

February 2, 2012 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

VARTA Microbattery GmbH has announced a new line of rechargeable Lithium ion batteries. The new CoinPower family of cells deliver 3.7V with available capacities ranging from 40mAh to 80mAh at 1C rate. The smallest cell measures only 12mm in diameter, 5mm in height and weighs in at a mere 1.4 grams.

Miniature Audio Hub Minimizes Power Consumption, Maximizes Volume for Tablets and Smartphones

February 2, 2012 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics plc has announced the WM1811, the company’s loudest, smallest Audio Hub. This new ultra-low power stereo audio hub is designed to deliver

OHB confirms won Galileo satellite contract from EU

February 2, 2012 7:32 am | News | Comments

Germany's OHB AG confirmed it won a 250 million euro ($330 million) contract to build eight satellites for the European Union's Galileo navigation system.

Apple hires Dixons chief to drive global retail

February 2, 2012 7:31 am | by James Davey and Poornima Gupta, Reuters | News | Comments

Apple Inc has hired Dixons Chief Executive John Browett, who revived the British electronics retailer by emphasizing customer service, to lead the iPad maker's global retail expansion.


Exclusive: Europe sets sights on deeper mobile roaming cuts

February 2, 2012 7:28 am | by Claire Davenport and Leila Abboud, Reuters | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers are seeking to further ratchet down the fees mobile operators charge users when they travel abroad, according to a draft plan seen by Reuters, taking aim at a lucrative source of industry profit.

Nokia revamp will hurt most of 2012 results: Chairman

February 2, 2012 7:19 am | by Tarmo Virki, Reuters | News | Comments

A major revamp at Nokia that includes a deal to use Microsoft Corp software in its smartphones will impact the earnings of the Finnish handset maker throughout most of this year, Chairman Jorma Ollila said on Wednesday.

IBM planning major job cuts in Germany: union

February 2, 2012 7:17 am | News | Comments

International Business Machines is sounding out plans to cut thousands of jobs in Germany and other countries to reduce costs and raise earnings, a German union official said.

LED Lighting to Drive $10bn Power Supply Market in 2016

February 2, 2012 4:58 am | News | Comments

The global market for power supplies used in LED lighting is forecast to reach $10 billion in 2016, according to a new report from IMS Research, a leading independent provider of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.

Novaled receives ISO 9001certification

January 31, 2012 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Novaled has passed the DQS certification audit with flying colors. External auditors from DQS GmbH (the German agency in charge of certifying management systems) reviewed all of the company’s quality-related aspects as to compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 international quality management standard...

Micro-Sized Intelligent Drive Promises Fast Assembly and Installation

January 31, 2012 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Technosoft announced a new, micro-sized pluggable servo drive: iPOS3602 MX. Particularly developed for motion control applications where space is critical, this drive can be integrated

Philips swings to loss as Europe's economy falters

January 30, 2012 7:56 am | by Roberta Cowan, Reuters | News | Comments

Philips swung to a fourth-quarter net loss as government cuts ate into its healthcare equipment business and a slowdown in European construction activity and consumer spending hit its lighting operations.

AFE Combines Codec, Embedded Signal Processing and Auxiliary System Support

January 30, 2012 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CMX7861 ‘FirmCODEC’ is a full featured analog front end for DSP/FPGA/Microcontroller based systems. The device is a combination of codec, embedded signal processing and auxiliary system support functions, allowing

SAP may license HANA to Oracle in future: co-CEO

January 30, 2012 5:48 am | News | Comments

SAP, the world's largest maker of business software, may license its HANA offering to main rival Oracle in the future, its co-chief executive told a German newspaper.

ERNI Electronics Enters the COM Market

January 30, 2012 5:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

ERNI Electronics announced its entry into the growth market of computer-on-modules (COM). At Embedded World in Nuremberg (28 February to 1 March 2012), the company is presenting the first products of the new WHITEspeed family.

Think you can’t code? Think again...

January 30, 2012 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

element14 has teamed up with Microchip and Matrix to introduce the new PIC18 Flowcode Developers Kit. This innovative development and demonstration kit is designed to offer a hands-on, easy approach to electronics design using Flowcode...

LG Display to Unveil Latest in Public Display Technology at ISE 2012

January 30, 2012 4:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

LG Display today announced that it will showcase a lineup of next generation public display products including a Super Narrow bezel, 55-inch multi-vision public display panel with FPR 3D at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012.

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