MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation (“MagnaChip”) has announced a new e-Compass sensor product, the MXG1300, based on MagnaChip’s low noise 0.18 micron technology. The MXG1300 targets the growing market for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in the tiny transistors that control the flow of electricity across silicon chips, enabling faster, more powerful computing devices.
The new R&S BTC broadcast test center from Rohde & Schwarz provides a complete testing environment for nearly all audio, video, and multimedia applications – in a single device. The RF reference signal generator generates RF signals for all global TV and broadcasting standards and simulates transmissions.
Samsung plans to plow a record pile of cash into its semiconductor and display panel businesses, hoping to reduce reliance on sales of high-end Galaxy smartphones that are poised to peak after two years of blistering growth. Samsung's division that makes and sells handsets, smartphones, and tablet computers has been the motive force behind the South Korea company's run of bumper profits.
Apple sold 31.2 million iPhones in the April-to-June period, according to ABI, up from 26 million in the same period a year ago. But the company's sales growth isn't keeping pace with the overall smartphone market, which grew 52 percent from last year.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we're giving amphibious airplanes a new angle of attack, flying self-assembling super copters, building rocket engines that breathe, and planning the hyperloop to prepare ourselves for tube transportation technology.
W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE Protective Vents with a new product specifically engineered to increase the reliability of outdoor electronic enclosures that are commonly exposed to changing weather and environmental conditions.
A doctoral candidate at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a magnetically driven pen interface that works both on and around mobile devices. This interface, called the MagPen, can be used for any type of smartphones and tablet computers so long as they have magnetometers embedded in.
Operators of New York City's bike-sharing program say a software glitch accidentally revealed personal and financial information of more than 1,000 of its account holders. The Citi Bike program notified affected members of the problem in a July 19 letter, according to The Wall Street Journal, which reviewed the letter.
Google and a San Francisco supervisor announced a partnership on Wednesday to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks, plazas and open spaces. The Internet giant has agreed to provide a $600,000 grant to fund the initiative, Supervisor Mark Farrell said.
Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground — the mobile computing market.
Over the past few weeks, three major U.S. wireless providers unveiled plans to combat phone envy: Let's say you just bought a phone, and then one with better features comes out a month later. You no longer have to wait a full two years to get it. Instead, you pay a monthly fee.
EnOcean has announced the availability of its new developer kit, EDK 350U, for the North American market. The kit covers the entire product range in 902 MHz, from energy harvesting and wireless modules to ready-made product solutions.
This week on Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, a robotics team create two versions of a single-use UAV; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology develops a new fish for educating 10 to 18 year olds about technology and biology; and a robotic pen that tracks spelling errors.
The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, has announced that an update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is fully interoperable with the earlier versions of the standard.
Ultrasonic waves can find bubbles and cracks in adhesive bonds holding airplane composite parts together, and now aerospace engineers can select the best frequencies to detect adhesive failures in hard-to-reach places more quickly, thanks to Penn State researchers.
Videoconferencing equipment maker Polycom said Tuesday that its CEO has resigned after the board found "irregularities" in his expense submissions. Polycom said that Andrew Miller resigned on Friday and accepted responsibility for the expense reports, which the company did not detail.
Germany has urged fellow European Union member states to support its drive for a new global charter protecting personal privacy online. A letter sent by Germany's foreign and justice ministers to their EU counterparts cites the debate over U.S. intelligence-gathering on the Internet as a reason to expand a 1966 U.N. treaty guaranteeing privacy.
The new devices are likely to be the main attraction at a San Francisco event being hosted by Google executive Sundar Pichai, who oversees the company's Android and Chrome operating systems. The Nexus line of tablets that came out a year ago all run on the Android software that also powers hundreds of millions of smartphones.
The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency's surveillance program warn that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack.
The 250 Series RF transceiver module from Linx Technologies is designed for reliable bi-directional transfer of digital data over distances of up to 4 miles (6.4 km), line of sight. Operating in the 902 to 928 MHz ISM (Industrial Scientific and Medical) frequency band, the transceiver module is capable of generating +23.5 dBm into a 50-ohm load.
Silicon Labs has introduced the industry’s most highly integrated MEMS-based oscillators designed to replace general-purpose crystal oscillators (XOs) in cost-sensitive, low-power and high-volume industrial, embedded and consumer electronics applications.
Parents will try anything to ensure their baby’s health – even if that means scanning their infant’s backside with their smartphone. At least that’s the idea behind Pixie Scientific’s “Smart Diaper” concept, which transmits health data via QR codes.
Switzerland's leading telecommunications company says its chief executive has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Swisscom says the body of 49-year-old Carsten Schloter was found Tuesday morning at the CEO's home in the Swiss canton (state) of Fribourg.
Littelfuse has introduced the SRDA3.3 Series TVS Diode Array – SPA Diodes. The SRDA3.3 Series integrates low-capacitance steering diodes with an additional zener diode to protect data lines against electrostatic discharge (ESD) and high surge events.