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Low cost laser distance sensor offers high reliability

February 28, 2011 3:21 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

The new optoNCDT ILR 1030 complements Micro-Epsilon’s existing range of economical, low cost distance measurement sensors. The new sensor offers a measuring range between 0.2m and 8m on diffuse reflective surfaces, even as high as 50m when using a reflector …

Display and Input Unit with CAN interface

February 28, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Simple control applications often require small and easy to use display and input units. For these type of applications Graf-Syteco offers the ARGOS K 1010 unit. The display and input unit is also ideally suited as additional unit in more …

A world without bees?

February 25, 2011 10:41 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

Beekeepers are facing a sharp drop in the number of bees they keep. In the United States nearly 25% of honeybees vanished in 2006 and 2007. In France, beekeepers have detected a loss of even 50% of their colonies. This phenomenon is called Colony Collapse Disorder and has serious...


AdvancedMC processor module AM5020 with Intel Core i7(5)

February 24, 2011 5:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Kontron announced today the introduction of its powerful double-width AdvancedMC processor module AM5020. Equipped with an Intel Core i7 Mobile processor and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, the new Kontron AM5020 can produce an amazing amount of computing power, with up to …

Ultra-compact photocoupler(3)

February 24, 2011 4:23 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has launched an ultra-compact, high-speed inverter-type photocoupler that features guaranteed extended temperature performance while complying with the reinforced isolation class requirements of international safety standards. The TLP708 is ideal for home...

Hardware-based IEEE 1588v2 PTP IEC 61850-3 Ethernet Switches

February 24, 2011 3:28 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Accurate timing and synchronization is essential to achieving next-generation Smart Grids technologies for the power industry. Moxa’s PT-7728-PTP series switches, which support the IEEE 1588v2 protocol with hardware time stamping to deliver nanosecond-accurate synchronization over...

Coagent selects u-blox as primary source of GPS technology

February 24, 2011 4:16 am | News | Comments

u-blox has entered into an agreement with Guangdong Coagent Electronic & Science Technology Co. Ltd, China’s largest supplier of In-Car Navigation and Entertainment systems.

Biomedical Signal Processor

February 23, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

At the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC2011), imec, Holst Centre and NXP presented a versatile ultra-low power biomedical signal processor, CoolBioTM, meeting the requirements of future wearable biomedical sensor systems. The biomedical signal processor consumes only...


Energy efficiency, reliability and productivity

February 23, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division will be using this year’s Hanover Fair as a platform to showcase the considerable progress made in its strategic three-pronged integration approach. “We are creating a seamless drive train, integrating it into the Siemens automation …

QTouch Architecture for Touch Application-Specific Devices

February 23, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, today announced a new family of QTouch® capacitive touch controllers for implementing button, slider and wheel (BSW) functionality on application-specific devices. The new Atmel AT42QT1070 and AT42QT2120...

Put Your Solar Cells in the Oven

February 22, 2011 11:50 am | by Philip Pieters, PhD, business development director Energy, imec, | Blogs | Comments

A less known member of the solar-cell family is the thermo-photovoltaic cell. Nevertheless this piece of technology can be very useful for industries and for households to save on their electricity bill.


February 21, 2011 12:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Computer Simulation Technology (CST) announces shipping of CST STUDIO SUITE version 2011 has commenced. CST STUDIO SUITE comprises CST’s simulation software offering. It includes the technology leading high frequency 3D EM simulator CST MICROWAVE STUDIO. Researchers and engineers...


February 21, 2011 12:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has launched a new “power-and-go” radio frequency (RF) platform that replaces IR (infrared) and RF discrete designs with an integrated, easy-to-use, low-power, cost-effective radio solution for...


Cyber crime costs UK $43.5 billion a year: study

February 18, 2011 5:40 am | News | Comments

Cyber crime costs the British economy some 27 billion pounds ($43.5 billion) a year and appears to be "endemic," according to the first official government estimate of the issue published on Thursday. The study by Britain's Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance concluded digital crime is a growing, widespread problem...

Vimpelcom comes west: genius or insanity?

February 18, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

As the cream of the telecoms industry debates how best to make money from mobile data, Vimpelcom's Alexander Izosimov is alone in betting his balance sheet on it in unfashionable western Europe. Izosimov aims to make Vimpelcom the world's fifth-largest mobile phone company...

Finnish startup merges social networks, core games

February 18, 2011 5:28 am | News | Comments

Finnish startup Supercell aims to build success on combining social games with elements from traditional console games. "Such a combination is not on the market yet," Ilkka Paananen, chief executive of Supercell, told Reuters.

Nokia sees Windows phone prices dropping fast

February 18, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

Prices of smartphones using Microsoft's Windows Phone software platform will fall fast, Nokia's chief executive Stephen Elop said on Friday. Last week Nokia, the world's largest phone maker by volume...

Tap, trace, doodle: choices abound for phone users

February 18, 2011 5:19 am | News | Comments

Consumers have more choices than ever before of how to tell their mobile phones what they want to do, and are likely to change their habits faster than they expect as distribution speeds up. Handwriting, tracing and plain speaking to your device are some of the alternatives to typing that are now on the market...

So much data, so little money for mobile operators

February 18, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

Telecom operators can hardly curb their enthusiasm about surging mobile data usage while at the same time casting around for ways to make money from it. Operators are struggling to manage capacity and pricing so that a few heavy users do not clog up networks...

TomTom faces squeeze from rivals' free services

February 18, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

Dutch navigation firm TomTom, squeezed by cheap or free navigation services from rivals Google and Nokia, said revenue and earnings per share would be flat in 2011, dealing a heavy blow to its share price. The company made its name with its personal navigation devices (PND)...

Ultra-compact optical-coupled MOSFET

February 17, 2011 11:21 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

German distributor MSC now offers the new optical-coupled MOSFET PS7901D-1A from Renesas Electronics. Key features of this device are an output capacitance of 0.75 pF and a leakage current of 30 pA. The PS7901D-1A comes in a 4-pin flat-lead package …

4th Developer Forum shows the latest battery trends and technologies

February 17, 2011 11:21 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

The 4th Entwicklerforum Akkutechnologien (Developer Forum Battery Technologies), hosted by the, takes place on March 23 and 24, 2011 in the “Stadthalle Aschaffenburg”, Aschaffenburg, Germany. Attendees are offered more than 30 presentations by leading...

Cofluent Design Joins Cadence’s EDA360 System Realization Alliance And Supports The INCISIVE Platform

February 17, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

CoFluent Design, a leading Electronic System Level (ESL) company that provides system-level modeling and simulation to accelerate innovation in embedded devices, today announced that the company joined Cadence’s System Realization Alliance. System architects and engineers already use...

ST-Ericsson’s High-Performance Modems Pave the Way for Global LTE Devices

February 17, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, today launched two of the first modems based on its new groundbreaking architecture, which will enable manufacturers to develop sleek and power-efficient devices that can connect to LTE and HSPA+ networks …

Ultra-compact optical-coupled MOSFET with only 30 pA leakage

February 17, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Blogs | Comments

MSC now offers the new PS7901D-1A optical-coupled MOSFET from Renesas Electronics. Key features of this device are an output capacitance of only 0.75 pF and a low leakage current of just 30 pA. The PS7901D-1A comes in an ultra-compact 4-pin …

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