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"Granny Nav" to guide elderly drivers on the road

April 23, 2012 11:09 am | by Li-mei Hoang, Reuters | News | Comments

Older drivers may now be able to stay on the road for longer thanks to new technology being developed by scientists that uses pictures of mail boxes or pubs as visual turning cues. Nicknamed "Granny Nav", the technology is being developed as part of a 12 million pound ($19.34 million) program by the UK's Research Council...

Zytronic expands R&D team for advanced touchscreen development

April 23, 2012 6:57 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Zytronic has expanded its research and development (R&D) team with the addition of two experienced electronics engineers. The additional resources will be used to advance our touchscreen development addressing the rising demand for the company’s product range.  Phil Rudland, software … Continue reading →

Digia announces Qt training for embedded applications

April 23, 2012 6:56 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Digia, Qt Commercial is now offering an in-depth training course in London, UK on the use of Qt and the QML modelling language for embedded applications. Qt is an established UI and application framework used in the automotive, medical, aerospace … Continue reading →


RS/Microchip European seminars will focus on controlling the cost of electronics design

April 20, 2012 5:21 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

RS Components is to host a series of one-day seminars in conjunction with Microchip Technology. Designed to provide electronics engineers with the tools and knowledge required to control the cost of electronics design, sessions will focus on practical information and … Continue reading →

Acal BFi extends franchise agreement with laser manufacturer Klastech

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

Acal BFi has extended its franchise agreement with German laser manufacturer Klastech, allowing Acal BFi to support customers in Italy, in addition to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition to providing specialist technical … Continue reading →

Evaluation board enables power-efficient design of Twisted Pair building automation networks

April 19, 2012 1:54 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors N.V. have introduced an evaluation board and complete reference design for power efficient Twisted Pair (TP) networks. The evaluation board, which will be available in May, is undergoing the final phases of formal KNX certification.

Dialog powers Epson 3D mobile viewer

April 19, 2012 5:57 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor has announced its DA9052 configurable power management IC is being used by Epson to deliver approximately six hours of video playback from its new Moverio BT-100 standalone type 3D see-through mobile viewer. The Moverio BT-100 standalone type 3D … Continue reading →

First ISO/IEC wireless standard optimised for energy harvesting

April 19, 2012 5:51 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard – ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 – for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption. It is the first and only wireless standard that is also optimised for energy harvesting solutions and, therefore, for … Continue reading →


ITT invests in new European MIL-DTL-38999 connector assembly facility

April 18, 2012 1:50 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions has announced a major investment at its Basingstoke, UK facility which will enable the connector manufacturer to deliver assembled MIL-DTL-38999 connectors with competitive lead times and pricing. The company sees this move as part of a wider … Continue reading →

Mouser stocking Embedded Artists Android dev kit

April 18, 2012 1:49 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics is stocking the Embedded Artists Android Open Accessory Application (AOAA) kit, including the LPC11C24 and LPC1769 LPCXpresso boards and the LPCXpresso Base board. Embedded Artists’ AOAA Kit is a stand-alone platform for evaluation and prototyping electronic accessories for...

Magnetic rotary encoder IC offers reliable measurements in noisy industrial environments

April 18, 2012 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems released the AS5048, a 14-bit magnetic encoder IC offering new features which make it easier than ever to achieve accurate, reliable angle measurements in microcontroller-based applications. The AS5048, which provides a PWM output and either an SPI or I2C interface...

First Raspberry Pi boards leave RS warehouses

April 17, 2012 9:15 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

RS and Allied have started shipping Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer board designed to seed a new generation of programmers.  The shipments are being sent to the first group of customers from around the world, all of whom registered … Continue reading →

Zytronic extends sales and support in USA

April 17, 2012 9:14 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Zytronic, the public use touch sensor specialist, has extended its sales and support network in North America with the appointment of Sigma Sales Corp as its representative centered on New York State. Sigma will promote Zytronic’s innovative Projected Capacitive Technology … Continue reading →


austriamicrosystems launches ambient light sensor for intelligent daylight harvesting

April 16, 2012 12:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems  today introduced the TSL4531 ambient light sensor family at the Light+Building exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, which enables sophisticated daylight harvesting for intelligent lighting systems and luminaires. The sensor family – developed by TAOS...

Fraunhofer IIS previews DAW Plug-in from Sonnox for “Mastered for iTunes”

April 16, 2012 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

At NAB in Las Vegas, Fraunhofer IIS shows a preview of the new upgrade of the award winning Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-in for digital audio workstations. The new version of the plug-in will come with easy and intuitive tools for mastering engineers to mix their music for the “Mastered for iTunes” program.

Circuit board connectors offer flexibility for automation applications

April 16, 2012 5:32 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Harting has announced that its M12 circuit board connectors will be available in variable custom bodies to complement the existing range. The M12 series features housings/flange sockets and insulating bodies that are kept separate from each other for greater flexibility. … Continue reading →

High-performance 32-bit RISC Secure core is based on CORTUS APS3s

April 16, 2012 5:29 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

StarChip has developed the ARX CPU, a high-performance 32-bit RISC Secure Core based on Cortus’ APS3s CPU. The APS3s is a full 32-bit general purpose CPU specifically designed to meet the requirements of embedded systems. The APS family are modern … Continue reading →

First European samples of the world’s smallest complete GPS receiver

April 13, 2012 12:04 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Acal BFi has announced the first samples of the world’s smallest complete GPS receiver to be available in Europe. The OriginGPS ORG1410 is a complete GPS System‐in‐Package (SiP), which allows high-volume, cost-sensitive applications to achieve high levels of integration and … Continue reading →

Plextek calls for a UK Cyber Attack Prevention Agency at Security & Defence SIG meeting

April 13, 2012 12:00 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Plextek is championing the latest Security and Defence SIG meeting, looking at wireless communications in an increased threat environment. The meeting will look at Critical National Infrastructure defence and Plextek’s view is that the UK needs a Cyber Attack Prevention … Continue reading →

RS completes EMC compliance tests on Raspberry Pi boards

April 12, 2012 12:53 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

RS Components and Allied Electronics have completed testing on the first batch of Raspberry Pi boards, the low-cost credit-card sized computer board designed to enable children and IT enthusiasts to develop programming skills. The first boards have passed emission testing … Continue reading →

Gateway and TDK forge a new UK partnership in passive components

April 12, 2012 12:51 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Gateway has secured a strategic agreement with TDK to distribute its range of EPCOS and TDK products in the UK. Following Gateway’s seven year relationship with EPCOS, when EPCOS was combined with the electronic components business of TDK, Gateway has … Continue reading →

Vector Fabrics opens US office

April 11, 2012 6:13 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Vector Fabrics has opened a US office in San Jose, California, their first regional office to be opened outside the Eindhoven, the Netherlands corporate headquarters. The new facility will provide local field application support for Vector Fabrics’ family of multicore … Continue reading →

Rugged, 2-wire Hall effect sensors meet automotive demands

April 11, 2012 6:11 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Melexis has announced two automotive Hall effect sensors, the MLX92221 and MLX92241, which are designed to deliver the high levels of performance and robustness needed for the stringent requirements of seat positioning systems, seat adjusters, seatbelt buckle switches, wipers and … Continue reading →

Earth, this is Space Station, do you hear me?

April 10, 2012 10:48 am | News | Comments

Are you following Andre Kuipers' mission through his blog, Twitter or Flickr? Astronauts are sharing the privilege of being in space with the people back at home via social media. Communication with space stations has not always been so easy.

Energy Micro EFM32 Gecko MCU minimizes power consumption

April 9, 2012 3:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro announces an agreement with Pervasive Displays Inc. (PDI) for using the EFM32 Gecko MCU to control low power e-paper (EPD) displays. The collaboration between the two companies will enable developers to reduce development time...

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