Have you heard of smart meters? Do you understand them? If so, you've had a leg up on me until now. I've heard of smart meters here and there from the odd news article or website, but to me the grapevine has been more like an invisible beehive: all buzz and no honey. Where are they? Why don't I have one yet, and will I have to buy it to be part of the system? Do they really save energy? Is Big Brother counting my kilowatts for me now, or what? These are the questions that don't keep me up at night, but I suspect more and more people are asking.
Avnet Embedded Americas, part of Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), introduces Performance Matched Kits , a complete portfolio of motherboard, display, peripheral and support products from world-class manufacturers that eliminates the need to source individual components, develop cables and spend precious time and resources validating hardware.
Taking energy efficiency in electronic devices a step further, the 3M Optical Systems Division today provided a sneak preview of its energy efficiency exhibit highlights that will be featured during SID Display Week 2011, to be held May 16-20 in Los Angeles, Calif. Demonstrating how the company's films make today’s electronic devices more efficient, without sacrificing display performance, 3M will showcase its latest energy efficiency films for tablets, handheld devices, notebooks, monitors and LCD TVs.
Texas Memory Systems, maker of The World’s Fastest Storage®, introduces the new high-performance RamSan-70, a 900-GB half-length PCIe card featuring Toshiba’s newest 32nm SLC Flash. The RamSan-70 carries on Texas Memory Systems’ tradition of delivering a complete integrated RamSan® storage solution on a single board.
As part of the Home Gateway Initiative’s (HGI) forward looking work, exciting plans for the analysis of next generation (NG) communications in the connected home have been drawn up in Paris by broadband service providers (BSPs) and manufacturers. Ideas were brought to the table by Samsung and France Telecom that will lead to integrated communications that enhance the end user experience.
For two months, 27 hackerspace teams across the globe have been working on their projects for “ The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge ,” and today global electronics community element14 announced three semi-finalists: BuildBrighton, Hackerspace Charlotte and Pumping Station: One. These three teams will present their projects at Maker Faire Bay Area on May 22 to an esteemed panel of judges, including Benjamin J.
Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, demonstrated a development platform which can be used to design and optimize motor control systems with any type of motor. By coupling the power efficiency of the Analog Devices’ Blackfin processor with the flexibility of Matlab, a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, and Simulink, a model-based design environment, the development platform embraces the key objectives for reducing power consumption, development time and costs.
Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG; "Imagination"), a leading multimedia and communications technologies company, is debuting FlowWorld, a key component of its Flow Technology cloud connectivity platform, at ESC Silicon Valley 2011. FlowWorld is a configurable portal technology enabling the connection of devices to the cloud.
Half of mobile operators planning to launch LTE networks will do so initially in the 2.6GHz band A recent survey conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media of more than 150 operators and 50 national regulators in the world’s major markets, indicates that eight core LTE bands are emerging as the most popular choice for initial LTE launches.
With scores of smartphones available, one obvious way for them to stand out is with size. Two new phones take that to extremes: HP's tiny Veer 4G and Samsung's massive Infuse 4G. Both have the foundations of good smartphones, including great operating software and the ability to run on AT&T's high-speed "4G" network.
Fraunhofer IIS Expands "AudioLabs" International Research Center for Audio & Multimedia TechnologiesMay 12, 2011 6:56 am | Comments
Fraunhofer IIS, the world's renowned source of audio and multimedia technologies, today announced the expansion of the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen (AudioLabs), an international research center focusing on digital processing of audio and multimedia signals. To help drive the organization's key initiatives for the next decade, three professors were newly appointed to the joint institution between Fraunhofer IIS and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Rogers Corporation’s (NYSE:ROG) Advanced Circuit Materials Division (ACMD) opened a new production facility in Asia, one of its largest market regions. Rogers’ new ACMD Suzhou, China manufacturing facility represents a major investment in the modern China Suzhou Innovation Park (http://www.csibi.cn).
4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing the 3GPP family of technologies, and AHCIET, the Ibero-American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises, a non-profit organization of more than 50 Latin American and Spanish telecommunications companies with the purpose of contributing to telecommunications development, have announced a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual cooperation regarding wireless communications activities in Latin America.
InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile ad network, today announced the launch of InMobi SmartPay, a performance based global mobile payments solution. InMobi SmartPay will enable app developers, game companies, and content providers in the US $200bn mobile content and virtual goods space to expand their business and monetize their users quickly and easily into new markets by providing a one-time, no-cost, single point of integration across multiple countries.
Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment,and radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) manufacturer Peregrine Semiconductor today announced the two companies have finalized a global distribution agreement involving Peregrine's UltraCMOS™ RFIC products.