Industrial Automation: To date no sign of recession News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment At SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg the industrial automation industry shows no sign of a recession. The industry is in a good mood, there is still growth and the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) expects further growth due to extensive bookings.
NXP, Phonak team for enhanced acoustics Product News 11/26/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors and Phonak have jointly developed a single chip ultra low power radio for use in hearing systems that is being integrated into Phonak's forthcoming range of hearing aids and wireless accessories.
Swiss group buys Wilbrecht's LEDCO division News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Custom microswitches specialist Microprecision Electronics (Vouvry, Switzerland) has acquired , for an undisclosed sum, Wilbrecht Electronics Inc's LEDCO Division, which makes a wide range of precision, U.S.-made LED assemblies, metal foil resistors, microswitches and sealed position switches.
Losses widen at CML Microsystems News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Chip design group CML Microsystems plc (Maldon, England) held sales steady for the half year ended September 30 at £8.2 million, compared with £8.5 million for the corresponding period last year, and warned that tough conditions had forced it to start reducing operating costs.
Compact and flexible vision system Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment Xpectia from Omron Electronics is a vision system featuring real-colour sensing, high resolution, 3D functionality and intuitive user guidance to deliver simple operation, no matter how complex the application.
Fast network products debut at SC '08 News & Analysis 11/17/2008 Post a comment At the Supercomputing 2008 conference, QLogic Corp. debuted a range of 40 Gbit/s Infiniband switches based on a new ASIC and Alacritech Inc. launched an upgraded version of its 10 Gbit Ethernet adapter card that can be used for partial offload of TCP processing.
TI, Fulton power up for wireless power News & Analysis 11/17/2008 Post a comment Texas Instruments has started working with Fulton Innovation to accelerate the latter's development of wireless power solutions that can charge portable devices without traditional power cords.
Happy birthday to the PLC Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 11/11/2008 Post a comment The industry's first programmable logic controller went into production in November of 1969, marking this month as the 39th anniversary of its introduction.
Congatec rolls Atom-based automotive starter kit Product News 11/11/2008 Post a comment Aiming at developers of automotive infotainment applications, board computer manufacturer Congatec AG (Deggendorf, Germany) has introduced a starter kit which includes Intel's Atom microprocessor. The kit is the result of a cooperation between Congatec, Xilinx and Wind River Systems.
AMD back on track with Shanghai CPU Product News 11/7/2008 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices is back on track with its latest 45 nm Shanghai processor driving an uptick in sales in high-end server markets, but longer term OEMs expect to see neck-and neck competition in 2009 and beyond.
Telit acquires French M2M startup News & Analysis 11/5/2008 Post a comment Wireless modules for M2M applications specialist Telit Communications SpA announced it has acquired One RF Technology SAS, a French privately-held startup that designs wireless data transmission solutions for M2M and telemetry applications.
Six-core DSP targets wireless broadband basestations Product News 11/5/2008 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor will start sampling in the first quarter of next year to selected customers a six-core device based on its StarCore SC3850 DSP core technology that is designed to dramatically improve the capabilities of wireless broadband base station equipment, including LTE.
Silicon plants 10G Ethernet on motherboard News & Analysis 11/3/2008 Post a comment Mellanox Technologies and Teranetics have teamed up to create what they claim is the first chip to bring 10 Gbit Ethernet over copper to server motherboards, the ConnectX ENt, hoping to accelerate what to date has been a sluggish uptake for the high speed link.
First public European trial of NFC interoperability News & Analysis 11/3/2008 Post a comment StoLPaN, the pan-European consortium driving adoption of NFC near field communication), has announced details of the first public trial of NFC that will integrate this emerging contactless technology in the Dolomite skiing resorts of North East Italy.