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Samsung ranked top filer of patents in Europe
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3/7/2013   7 comments
Electronics and semiconductor companies are plentiful at the top of a ranking of patent filers for 2012 produced by the European Patent Office
New ADD5211 four-string, white LED driver for LCD backlighting
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Analog Devices new boost controller drives an external MOSFET switch for step-up regulation from an input voltage of 4.5 V to 40 V.
Deskew added to Rohde and Schwarz oscilloscope
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Rohde and Schwarz debuts a new deskew fixture on its R&S RT-ZF20 oscilloscope.
Gate drivers target IGBT and SiC FETs
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Texas Instruments' gate drivers to help designers of renewable energy applications by preventing the digital controllers from operating too close to the power circuitry.
Silicon Labs, SIGFOX team on Internet of Things
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Silicon Labs' EZRadioPRO wireless transceivers and SIGFOX's Ultra-Narrowband technology will make possible long-range wireless Internet connectivity.
Silicon Valley execs cautious on jobs
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3/6/2013   7 comments
Fewer Silicon Valley executives are expecting to add jobs this year than last year, according to an annual survey.
PC market to shrink for second year
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3/6/2013   8 comments
Consumers' love affair with tablet computers and resistance to the Windows 8 operating are going to cause the personal computer market to contract for a second year running, says IDC.
Samsung reportedly investing in Sharp
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3/5/2013   2 comments
Troubled Japanese electronics manufacturer expected to accept 10 billion yen investment from Samsung, according to Japan’s economic newspaper.
How Conexant ended up filing for Chapter 11
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3/5/2013   23 comments
Service of company's debt eventually led to its downfall.
Slideshow: Sony’s Stellar Consumer Electronics Stash
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3/5/2013   19 comments
Sony has been overlooked and underestimated, now known as a high-tech geezer whose best innovations are stuck in the 20th century. Really?
Silicon Labs collaborates with SIGFOX to tap the potential of the Internet of Things
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Silicon Labs, a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, and SIGFOX, the first operator of a cellular network fully dedicated to machine-to-machine and Internet of Things (IoT) communications, have announced a first-of-a-kind collaboration for the emerging IoT market.
Z-Wave Alliance focuses on the Internet of Things at CeBIT 2013
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The Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of vendors of wireless home control products and services, will give smart lighting and Raspberry minicomputer applications a build-up at the CeBIT IT show which will take place next week in Hannover, Germany.
First silicon for M2M Weightless applications
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The Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the release of the world’s first transceiver chip for machine to machine (M2M) applications using the Weightless Specification and operating over white space spectrum.
Mentor Graphics expands automotive Linux infotainment business
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EDA software vendor Mentor Graphics has purchased certain related assets from Linux company MontaVista, establishing Mentor Graphics as the number one commercial provider of Linux-based automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions.
Remote controller handles hundreds of functions with just four buttons
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Z-Wave.Me, a member of the Z-Wave Alliance, has developed the Key Fob (KFOB), a compact universal remote controller for use in smart homes and businesses that is able to control hundreds of options with just four buttons.
HomePlug Green PHY powerline communication SoC for LED lighting
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Greenvity Communications expands its Hybrii family of system-on-chip (SoC) connectivity solutions with the Hybrii-Mini GV7013 aimed at cost-sensitive consumer and industrial applications.
Embedded wireless device server speeds serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity
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Lantronix has launched the xPico Wi-Fi module, a 24x16.5mm embedded wireless device server designed for easy and fast serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity.
Ultra-low-power transceiver supports phase-difference technology complementing IEEE 802.15.4 standards
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Atmel Corporation has launched AT86RF233 which is an ultra-power 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 radio transceiver that supports distance measurement between two radios, also known as ranging.
Tessera backs CEO after allegations fly
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3/5/2013   2 comments
Allegations of possible personal misconduct and blackmail have been made in the shareholder battle going on at packaging intellectual property company Tessera Technologies.
8 Hacks to Watch at Design West's Black Hat Summit
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3/5/2013   3 comments
You can learn to hack into someone’s car or smartphone, build an underwater vehicle or tele-presence robot among the interesting DIY projects at Design West 2013.
Micron rolls out SAS SSD
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The 6 Gb/s device achieves 10 drive fills per day for five years.
Xilinx solutions target growing ASIC and ASSP gaps
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Combining SmartCORE IP and ARM processor-based smarts with All Programmable device portfolio addresses ASIC and ASSP gaps for next-gen smarter networks and data centers.
Computer swap on Mars rover
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3/4/2013   7 comments
NASA troubleshoots memory issue on Mars rover.
SparkFun announces 2013 National Education Tour
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SparkFun's Department of Education embarks on a nationwide tour in June; aims to bring mobile teaching unit to every state in the U.S.
Everspin unveils 1-Mb MRAM with Quad SPI interface
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Memory features a 104-MHz clock speed with a 52 MB/s read/write bandwidth.
Chip market starts year brightly
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3/4/2013   4 comments
The Americas region posted its best total since 2001 as three-month average global sales showed year-on-year growth in January, according to numbers released by the SIA.
Mellanox to open source Ethernet software
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3/4/2013   3 comments
The Infiniband leader will support open source Ethernet software in a move aimed to outflank giants such as Cisco and Ericsson.
Solid state lighting LED driver targets commercial dimming apps
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iWatt Inc announced it has introduced a digital AC/DC LED driver platform, and the first device is a two-stage, Flickerless LED driver with output power up to 45W.
ISSCC's backstage duo toasts two big anniversaries
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3/1/2013   1 comment
The work of championing the practice of chip design is not always easy or glamorous, the veteran duo behind the ISSCC conference has found over the years.
Dash cam video: Benefit or distraction?
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3/1/2013   3 comments
In the wake of meteor strike in Russia, will dash cams encourage drivers to drive like videographers looking for good content?
Agilent increases warranty on all test instruments
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3/1/2013   3 comments
New standard warranty as well as extended warranty and calibration plans rolled out.
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