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America II Electronics Kicks Off Quality Symposium

August 2, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

America II Electronics, is hosting the first two Quality Symposium conferences of the year in Los Angeles and San Jose California. Throughout the event, attendees will hear from America II senior management, industry experts, and executives from organizations such as IDEA (Independent Distributors of Electronics Association) and Premier Semiconductor Services.

Atmel maXTouch mXT224E Powers Touchscreen for Samsung Galaxy S II Smartphone

August 2, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

Atmel Corporation announced Samsung has selected the Atmel maXTouch mXT224E controller to power its next-generation Galaxy S II touchscreen. The mXT224E, a device in the new maXTouch E-series, offers advanced noise rejection and suppression to enable thinner touchscreen stacks, such as “on-cell” where a touch sensor is patterned directly on the color filter of the display.

Xero Touch Mobile App Launched

August 1, 2011 11:49 am | Comments

Xero accounting software has released its new mobile application that’s now available worldwide from Apple’s App Store. Xero Touch is a mobile version of Xero for small businesses to manage their finances ‘on the go’ and is available for both iPhone and as a tablet version for iPad. “With the world’s best online accounting platform we're now changing the accounting category, breaking accounting out of the back office with employees being able to do their expense claims on the fly and invoice on the road,” says Xero MD Gary Turner.


ISCO Describes Positive Impact of Spectrum Conditioning on Mobile Data Traffic Rates in White Paper

August 1, 2011 11:42 am | Comments

ISCO International has issued a new white paper, "It’s All About SPEED - Data Performance and Spectrum Conditioning," that describes how mobile data traffic rates can improve dramatically by using spectrum conditioning to improve SNR. The paper, now available on the ISCO website at , examines the expected exabyte level growth in mobile data traffic over the next few years in the context of conditioned and unconditioned spectrum environments.

Semafone and Commidea Reduce Payment Risks for Contact Centres

August 1, 2011 7:41 am | Comments

Commidea announced the integration of Semafone’s contact centre software with Commidea’s payment gateway. The combined solution increases the safety of payment processing for contact centres without compromising customer service. The combined solution ensures contact centre agents do not come into contact with any customer card payment details, by masking them as they are entered and sending them directly through to Commidea’s PCI DSS level 1 certified processing infrastructure for processing.

Mouser Secures Honeywell Sensing and Control's Global Distribution Agreement

August 1, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

Mouser Electronics, announced it has signed a new global contract with Honeywell Sensing and Control. The new global agreement builds upon the two companies' current distribution partnership, which has been in place since 2007. Across the globe, design engineers and buyers will continue to have a trusted source for the latest electronic sensing and control solutions.

Modder Master Ben Heck Morphs His Apartment Into a "Smart Home"

August 1, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

In the latest episode of the “The Ben Heck Show,” sponsored by element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, modding guru Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck, morphs average household products into time-saving and convenient solutions.

Fuel Cells Rescued by Batteries

August 1, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Fuel cells were originally considered to be replacements for internal combustion engines used in traditional vehicles and replacements for traction batteries used in pure electric vehicles. Unfortunately, they have proved woefully incapable of efficiently and economically supporting the frequent load changes of vehicle traction.


ParkerVision Ranks Among Top 50 Innovators in The Patent Board's Telecom & Communications Industry Patent Scorecard

August 1, 2011 5:30 am | Comments

ParkerVision, announced it ranked 25th among The Patent Board's top 50 list of telecom and communications industry companies, based on the strength of its intellectual property portfolio. The Patent Scorecard is a quarterly assessment of patent activity and is primarily ranked by a combined measure of the quality and quantity of a company's patent portfolio.

FERC Reforms Transmission Planning and Cost-Allocation Requirements to Spur Development

July 29, 2011 7:38 am | Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today reformed its transmission planning and cost allocation requirements to benefit consumers by enhancing the grid’s ability to support wholesale power markets and ensuring transmission services are provided at just and reasonable rates. Order No. 1000 requires public utility transmission providers to improve transmission planning processes and allocate costs for new transmission facilities to beneficiaries of those facilities.

Tablets to Power Growth of Mobile Broadband Market in 2011

July 28, 2011 11:09 am | Comments

Booming sales of tablets in 2011 will help drive a sizzling 57.8 percent increase in the shipments of mobile broadband devices that provide high-speed wireless connectivity while on the go, according to a new IHS iSuppli Wireless Communications topical report, from information and analysis provider IHS.

Stanford Engineers Create Nanoscale Device for Brain-Inspired Computing

July 28, 2011 10:51 am | Comments

 ( Stanford Report ) - If you doubt the power of the human brain, ponder this for a moment: It takes today's state-of-the-art supercomputer eight-and-a-half minutes to simulate just five seconds of normal human brain activity. Meanwhile, that supercomputer will consume 140,000 times as much electricity as the brain – 1.

IEEE ComSoc Training to Hold Five-Day "Virtual Intensive Course on Wireless Communications"

July 28, 2011 10:43 am | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society will hold its next “Virtual Intensive Course on Wireless Communications” from 22-26 August 2011. The online tutorial was specifically designed by IEEE ComSoc Training to provide communications engineering professionals with a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in wireless communications, including network operations, technology implementations and overall system design.

Stonestreet One Provides Software for TI's Bluetooth Wireless Kit

July 28, 2011 9:17 am | Comments

Stonestreet One, a leading provider of Bluetooth software solutions since 2000, has licensed its Bluetopia Bluetooth protocol stack to Texas Instruments Incorporated for incorporation in TI’s newly announced Stellaris 2.4 GHz CC2560 Bluetooth Wireless Kit (DK-EM2-2560B). Designed for portability and scalability across multiple operating systems and processors, Bluetopia is Stonestreet One's implementation of the upper layers of the Bluetooth protocol stack.

Power Modules for Fast Switching Motor Drive Applications

July 28, 2011 8:11 am | Comments

Most of the current high power semiconductors are optimized for switching frequencies between 4 and 8 kHz. Today, however, more and more applications require frequencies of 10 kHz and higher. New power modules specifically designed for higher frequencies can now fill that gap. For a powerful, reliable and cost effective motor drive, the right choice of power semiconductors is very important.


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