The start of 2011 marked the moment that “innovation” arrived as the buzzword on lips of everyone from the president of the Consumer Electronics Association to the president of the United States. Invoked in totemic tones in one speech after another, business leaders have stressed “innovation” (often in contrast to “regulation”) as the cure for the world’s economic and cultural ills.
Online accountancy firm, Crunch.co.uk, introduced a Skype button to its website so its UK SME & freelance customers can get free calls and accountancy advice using any online device with Skype access - even when their accountant is out of the office or just away from their computer. Developed by IP and communications specialist, Foehn, the button aims to improve accountant accessibility, help customers avoid costly call charges and aid customer service.
There’s been gnashing of teeth between Apple and Samsung in courts across the globe for a while now, but Australia’s temporary injunction against the sale of a Samsung tablet is a huge win for Apple, and could be very bad for the Android platform. A court in Australia ruled today that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.
Wired.com - iPhone 4S owners are poised to become members of an elite class. Their new phones boast an improved camera, dual antennae and an unpaid personal intern named Siri — all relevant talking points in “Who’s got the real iPhone?” one-upsmanship battles. Luckily, though, even 4S have-nots can enjoy the benefits of iOS 5, one of the new phone’s best features.
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation announced that it will begin supplying display driver ICs to be used in the new AMOLED display panels for Samsung’s Galaxy S2 LTE smartphone. MagnaChip’s display driver ICs will be used in AMOLED panels that support WVGA (480X800) level resolution and 16M (24bit) colors.
Fractal Antenna Systems disclosed a patent filing for a novel approach to better wireless antennas . Called ‘fractal plasmonic surfaces’ (FPS), the new antenna technology promises to provide wideband ability at low cost along with other unique features. The technology exploits the use of fractals, intricate geometric figures made from scaling and applying a simple pattern.
For the fifth year in a row, DYMAX Corporation has been identified by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Inc. 5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.
El Segundo, Calif., October 12, 2011—Shipments of storage devices for computers rose across the board during the second quarter, resulting from the March earthquake in Japan after panicked manufacturers strove to replenish stockpiles, according to a new IHS iSuppli Storage Market Tracker from information and analysis provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
Geneva, October 12, 2011 - STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a world leader in power applications, today announced that Enel has selected ST to be its key semiconductor partner in the Energy@Home consortium launched by Electrolux, Enel, Indesit and Telecom Italia in October 2009, with the objective of helping private home owners and customers use electricity in a more efficient way.
There has been a new addition to the executive team at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. As of October 1, 2011, Frank Tillner has succeeded Elke Eckstein as Chief Operating Officer at the company’s headquarters in Regensburg, Germany, taking over responsibility for the chip and LED production plants in Regensburg and Penang, Malaysia.
What if every device in your home had its own Internet IP address? You could remotely control when your lights, appliances, heating and air conditioning turn on and off; receive alerts from your security system when you are away from home; and effectively manage energy usage throughout the day. Your “smart home” could have dozens or even hundreds of appliances connected through a secure wireless network designed for two-way communication – so you can monitor your home environment and power consumption levels, and also control individual devices or groups of devices as needed.
What : AWR Corporation, the innovation leader in high-frequency EDA, issued a University Success story that highlights how its microwave/RF design software helps students at Atilim University correlate theory to real-world applications. Under the direction of Associate Professor Dr. Elif Aydin, the curriculum for RF and Microwave engineering is structured to strike a balance between theory and laboratory exercises - specifically modeling, design and simulation of microwave components with AWR's Microwave Office, Visual System Simulator and AXIEM software.
Modelithics announces the addition of John Fisher, as member of the Modelithics management team. Fisher has over 29 years of engineering and management experience, including extensive background in international product development as well as in executive management roles. His experience in process and product management along with previous roles as Director of Engineering and VP of Sales and Marketing will be a valuable asset in Modelithics’ goals to reduce turn-around time for custom modeling projects, to enhance the value of its software model library products to microwave designers, and to continue domestic and international growth.
Mouser Electronics, a design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced a partnership with SEGGER to deliver embedded development tools to design engineers worldwide. With this agreement in place, design engineers will be connected to SEGGER’s highly integrated, cost-effective programming and development tools such as the Flasher (programmer) and the industry leading J-Link/J-Trace family of JTAG emulators with high download-speed into RAM and flash memory and the ability to set an unlimited number of breakpoints in flash memory through a hybrid FPGA-CPU emulation design.
W. L. Gore & Associates announces that Astron Electronics, Gore’s authorized sales representative in Southern California, will now sell Gore’s high-performance line of Test & Measurement Microwave/RF Cable Assemblies. “Astron and Gore have built a strong relationship around Gore’s ePTFE and PTFE material technology, providing solutions for EMI grounding and shielding,” says Mark Mulle, Global Channel Leader for Gore.