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Italy's antitrust chief warns on Google "monopoly"

June 26, 2012 9:09 am | by Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Google risks becoming a publishing monopoly within a few years, Italy's antitrust chief said on Tuesday, adding that social networks should be subject to antitrust limits.

Hi-rel connector company in TTI’s Top Ten performing suppliers

June 26, 2012 7:26 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Harwin has once again earned a TTI Supplier Excellence Award. TTI’s Supplier Excellence Awards have come to be regarded as the most prestigious performance indicators of their type in industry as they are based on a set of strictly-measured quality … Continue reading →...

Arduino shield makes low power radio modules even easier

June 26, 2012 7:23 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Rick Winscott of US company Quilix has married together two ‘easy’ technologies by  developing an Arduino shield for the LPRS easyRadio Advanced low power radio modules. Winscott comments: “All you need is power, ground, and two serial-capable pins and you … Continue reading U...

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Wikipedia founder demands UK block extradition of student wanted in US over file-sharing site

June 25, 2012 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of Wikipedia has called on British officials to block the extradition of a 24-year-old British student wanted in the United States over alleged copyright offenses.

Spectrum analyser now caters for new WLAN bandwidths

June 25, 2012 7:08 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz’ FSW signal and spectrum analyser is offering new options for analysing WLAN signals. The 20/40/80/160 MHz bandwidths defined in IEEE 802.11ac based on the proven orthogonal frequency division multiplying process are now supported. With the 256QAM modulation … Continue reading

Rugged, panel-mount trackballs are plug-and-play

June 25, 2012 7:07 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

ITAC Systems has announced a range of 38mm and 50mm rugged, panel-mount trackballs. The products, which are designed for installation into OEM enclosures, are plug-and-play, requiring no software or drivers. They can be used with all common communications protocols including … Continue reading

Latest PAs and LNAs from Avago target femtocells

June 22, 2012 7:34 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Avago has released several new wireless products targeted at macrocell and small cell base stations and portable GPS systems. Power amplifiers in the MGA-43×28 series provide final stage gain for Picocell and Enterprise Femtocell systems, offering 34 to 40 dB … Continue reading U...

New 10 gigabit interconnect meets harsh-environment specs

June 22, 2012 7:32 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

TT electronics has extended its rugged interconnect portfolio with new products offering data rates up to 10Gbit/s in harsh industrial and military environments. Developed in response to customer requests, the mil spec high speed RJ45 & USB connector systems incorporate … Continue reading

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Insight: Look, no hands! Augmented reality gets a grip

June 21, 2012 3:27 pm | by Harro Ten Wolde and Tarmo Virki | News | Comments

One day in March 2000, just days before the dot-com bubble began its journey back to earth, German engineer Thomas Alt first glimpsed the future of technology.

Logic IC couplers for industrial applications support 5Mbps data rates

June 21, 2012 12:10 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced two new optocouplers that will support data rates up to 5Mbps while saving board space and reducing power consumption in industrial designs. Offering buffer logic and inverter logic configurations respectively, the TLP2355 and TLP2358 logic … Conti...

Raspberry Pi peripherals use optimised USB interface ICs

June 21, 2012 12:09 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

FTDI has added to its range of connectivity offerings with two new products that address the rapidly growing popularity of the Raspberry Pi (RPi) computing platform. The TTL-232R-RPi is a USB-to-TTL Serial UART debug cabling solution that incorporates the company’s … Continue reading

JTAG module addresses analogue testing

June 20, 2012 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

JTAG Technologies has introduced the JT 2149/DAF, a compact, mixed-signal (Digital/Analogue/Frequency) measurement module. The JT 2149/DAF is the first unit of its type to offer both digital and analogue test access to PCBs via JTAG Technologies’ widely-used QuadPod signal conditioning interface.

50 hydrogen filling stations for Germany: Federal Ministry of Transportation and industrial partners build nationwide network of filling stations

June 20, 2012 11:14 am | News | Comments

The German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and several industrial companies today signed a joint Letter of Intent to expand the network of hydrogen filling stations in Germany. By 2015, Germany will have a supply network of at least 50 public filling stations.

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UK government report backs open access science publishing

June 20, 2012 8:57 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The shift toward open access to publicly funded scientific research should be supported with an extra 50 million to 60 million pounds a year in public money, according to a UK government-commissioned report.

LED power supplies offer lowest profile in IP67 package

June 20, 2012 5:42 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Excelsys Technologies has introduced two new models into its Xled series of LED power supplies. The LDB 150 LED and LDB 200 power supplies provide 150 watts and 200 Watts of Constant Current/Constant Voltage power respectively in an IP67 rated, … Continue reading →

Extra-small bore contact added to Datamate hi-rel connector range

June 20, 2012 5:39 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Harwin has added an extra-small bore crimp contact to its Datamate family of high reliability 2mm pitch connectors, designed for use in challenging applications. Adding to Datamate’s existing wire sizes of 22awg (large bore) and 24-28 awg small bore, the … Continue reading

RF power LDMOS transistors feature high-power density and ruggedness for pulsed applications

June 19, 2012 2:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

At the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium today, Infineon Technologies introduced a family of high power transistors for pulsed applications in commercial avionics, radar systems and other types of industrial amplifiers. Based on a new 50V LDMOS process technology, the new devices offer high power density, for compact and efficient system design, and industry leading specifications for ruggedness.

Apple supplier Imagination hit by competition fears

June 19, 2012 9:42 am | by Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Booming sales of Apple's iPhones and iPads were not enough to ease concerns on Tuesday that British supplier Imagination Technologies is overly reliant on one customer as rival smartphone and tablet companies snap at the U.S. giant's heels.

Spotify jumps into free online radio with mobile offering; joins Pandora, Slacker, Songza

June 19, 2012 8:54 am | by Ryan Nakashima, Business Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The music-subscription company Spotify is joining Pandora, Slacker and Songza in offering a free radio service for mobile devices in the U.S.

HiWave’s 9mm exciters adopted in touch screen Recipe Reader

June 19, 2012 7:01 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Key Ingredient has adopted HiWave’s 9mm exciters, part number HiHX09C005-8, for its touch screen Recipe Reader. Key Ingredient, which runs the social recipe sharing website www.keyingredient.com, created the Digital Recipe Reader as a more kitchen friendly and hygienic tablet that … Continue reading ...

Breakthrough in resistive-switching RRAM presented at VLSI

June 19, 2012 6:59 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

At the VLSI Technology Symposium, imec presented significant improvements in performance and reliability of RRAM cells by process improvements and clever stack-engineering, and introduced a new modelling approach to increase fundamental understanding of RRAM process technology. RRAM is a promising … ...

Avnet Embedded to show off digital signage solutions at IN-STORE Show 2012

June 18, 2012 11:43 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Avnet Embedded will be exhibiting simplified digital signage solutions for in-store applications at the upcoming IN-STORE Show in London, UK on 27th and 28th  June. This year, at stand G125, Avnet Embedded will be concentrating on a simple platform that … Continue reading

Nujira pushes the envelope with ET Surface Explorer

June 18, 2012 11:42 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Nujira has launched Envelope Tracking (ET) Surface Explorer, a measurement and data visualisation tool for characterizing RF power amplifiers (PAs) in ET mode. ET Surface Explorer is a software upgrade to Nujira’s existing NCT-T9102 RF PA characterisation system. It accelerates … Continue reading

Vodafone gets go-ahead for $1.6 billion takeover of CWW

June 18, 2012 11:15 am | by Paul Sandle, Reuters | News | Comments

Mobile phone group Vodafone's 1.04 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) agreed offer for Cable & Wireless Worldwide looked certain to succeed on Monday after the British fixed line network operator's biggest shareholder dropped its opposition.

Digital revolution bypassing UK education

June 18, 2012 11:10 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Students need skills as digital collaborators and communicators in order to be successful, UK's Technology-Enhanced Learning Research Programme unsurprisingly concludes.

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