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2010-05-27 Wi-Fi finds growing market in consumer electronics
Wi-Fi is fast becoming a must-have feature across a range of devices, as network connectivity migrates into the living room.
2010-05-25 Alliance pushes tighter RoHS in consumer electronics
Sony Ericsson joins forces with an alliance of public interest organizations and tech brands to persuade the European Parliament to ban the use of hazardous substances in consumer electronics.
2010-03-10 Emerging markets drive consumer electronics
For the first time in history, emerging markets have zoomed past mature markets as the primary engine driving consumer electronics technology consumption.
2009-11-13 Consumer electronics boom to drive IC recovery
As the semiconductor industry rebounds from a sharp and painful downturn, it will be aided by high growth rates in five consumer electronics categories.
2009-09-16 Wi-Fi products invade consumer electronics
In-Stat says over 1,000 Wi-Fi enabled products were launched in 2008, and even more will come in 2009.
2009-04-07 HD consumer electronics set for triple growth
As high definition (HD) becomes the ubiquitous video standard worldwide, global shipments of HD STBs, camcorders, DVD players and video-game consoles are expected to triple from 2008 to 2012, according to iSuppli Corp.
2009-02-04 consumer, mobile electronics propel MEMS market
iSuppli Corp. has projected that global revenue from consumer and mobile electronics shipments of MEMS will rise to $2.6 billion in 2012, up from $1.1 billion in 2006.
2009-01-14 Philips shapes intelligent consumer electronics
Peter Wierenga, CEO of Philips Research, shared the company's research philosophy, and explained that to grow in the highly competitive world of CE, it is important to combine new technologies with new products.
2009-01-08 Energy consumption in consumer electronics
As consumers buy more, it is even more imperative that the energy efficiency of these devices continues to improve.
2008-11-21 consumer electronics with a twist
One good thing that could come out of this economic downturn is an explosion of innovation in consumer electronics.
2008-10-14 Semicast: consumer electronics to achieve steady growth
The market for 32-/64bit MCUs, embedded microprocessors and general purpose DSPs will show steady and on-going growth despite the current economic uncertainties, particularly affecting confidence in the United States, Europe and Japan.
2008-09-24 ARC is up for reorganization
ARC International will be reorganizing its operations, enhancing and accelerating the deployment of its new multimedia product range to high-growth consumer electronics markets
2008-09-18 Selecting the correct IC for power supply applications
Selecting the proper IC for a power supply application may seem like an easy task. However, as newer consumer electronics come out that require multiple voltage rails, the task becomes more complex
2008-09-05 Slowdown becomes boon for consumer electronics
While tighter budgets may be affecting the travel and tourism businesses, consumers are continuing to purchase electronics for the home and personal use, as many families are likely more inclined to take "staycations" rather than vacations
2008-09-05 Wind River platform for consumer devices, VxWorks Edition 3.6
consumer electronics is a low-margin, high-risk industry where customers have come to expect a single device to perform multiple functions at optimal levels
2008-09-03 Defective HD TVs spell legal woes for Hitachi
The U.S. subsidiary of Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Hitachi Ltd is being sued over alleged defects in the company's high-definition TV sets
2008-09-03 CE, wireless devices drive market growth for MEMS
Driven by new demand from consumer electronics and wireless applications, the global market for MEMS will expand to $8.8 billion in 2012, up from $6.1 billion in 2006, forecasts iSuppli Corp
2008-09-01 Components continue shrinking
Passive component miniaturization prevails for a growing number of portable electronics designs. If you can squeeze a higher capacitance or voltage in a smaller case size, that's even better. With resistors, there is a push for the same or better performance in smaller packages, particularly for consumer devices such as multimedia phones
2008-08-28 Will Canmore finally bring Internet TV to reality?
The marriage of TV and the Internet has tickled the fancy of engineers and marketers at consumer electronics and computer companies for more than 15 years. The concept is intuitive, yet everyone's still waiting for the first Internet TV product to take the consumer market by storm
2008-08-25 Intel, Yahoo! spice up TV viewing
Intel Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. have previewed plans for the Widget Channel, a TV application framework optimized for TV and related consumer electronics (CE) devices that use the Intel architecture
2008-08-25 Device controls mobile displays
With an eye on the consumer electronics market, particularly higher-resolution displays for smartphones, silicon foundry provider Silterra Malaysia is promoting its 0.13��m high-voltage technology
2008-08-22 Buzz: Intel to drive stereo 3D to TVs
Though details remain unclear, early reviews hold that Intel has taken a "great leap ahead" in extending its x86 jewel into consumer electronics
2008-08-15 Virtus' MEMS motion sensing devices debut
Virtus Advanced Sensors, a developer of multi-axis inertial sensor technology has introduced its first sensor product, an analog 3-axis accelerometer for low-cost consumer electronics applications
2008-07-29 HDMI reigns as king of high-definition interface
As high-definition technology continues to advance in the consumer electronics and display arenas, so does the penetration of the High Definition Multimedia Interface technology for connecting HD devices
2008-07-25 Update: CEA to look into 3DTV spec proposal
The consumer electronics Association (CEA) will explore the possibility of setting standards for 3DTV, seen by many observers as the next big thing in home entertainment
2008-07-21 Sony seeks alliance toward standardized UWB tech
Sony has rallied a group of 14 companies��mainly large Japanese consumer electronics firms��around an ad hoc effort to standardize proprietary UWB technology it first demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in January
2008-06-30 Fast Cycle RAM aims at CE apps
Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd has developed a 256Mbit consumer FCRAM product for digital consumer electronics, the MB81EDS256545
2008-06-27 LG opens new design center in Europe
LG electronics, a leader in consumer electronics and mobile communications, has announced the opening of its new European Design Centre in Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
2008-06-16 Ensure HDMI interoperability of consumer electronics
HDMI has become the de facto digital interface standard for the high-definition CE market. This article discusses product interoperability issues faced by manufacturers and explains how a strong and well-defined program of interoperability performance testing addresses these issues.
2008-06-09 Zoran acquires video frame conversion provider
Zoran Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire for $27.6 million Let It Wave, a fabless company that delivers technology for video frame rate conversion and image enhancement capabilities for flat panel TVs and other consumer electronics products
2008-06-02 MEMS makeover consumer electronics apps
Motion sensing technologies for mobile and gaming devices come in a variety of flavors, ranging from IR sensors and inertial sensors to combo devices that integrate accelerometers and gyros. Thanks to the Nintendo Wii and Apple iPhone--and the limitless imagination of designers--motion sensing technologies are enabling a host of novel applications.
2008-05-30 Mature devices shape Rolly's dancing feet
The consumer electronics Show in January was rocked by the "dancing" MP3 player��Sony Rolly
2008-05-29 Sony, Sanyo, Exceed, Lucky Light settle LED suit
Four consumer electronics companies including Sony Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co Ltd, Exceed Perseverance Electronic Ind. Co Ltd and Lucky Light Electronics Co Ltd, have agreed to license patents owned by a Columbia University Professor Emerita that cover basic semiconductor technology used in Blu-ray video players as well as mobile phones, digital cameras and other devices
2008-05-01 Touch sensors target transparent user interfaces
Synaptics has released its ClearTouch product portfolio ClearPad and ClearArray sensors for a wide range of consumer electronics that require transparent touch-sensitive user interfaces
2008-04-10 Philips licenses North America TV biz to Funai
Royal Philips electronics and Funai Electric of Japan have entered into a brand licensing agreement under which Funai will assume responsibility for the sourcing, distribution, marketing and sales of all Philips' consumer TV activities in the United States and Canada
2008-04-07 Is Videocon yearning for Moto's handset biz?
Reports indicate Indian consumer electronics giant Videocon appears eager to buy Motorola Inc.'s loss-ridden handset business, which is being spun off into a separate company
2008-03-28 Samsung renews DivX license deal for CE devices
Samsung and DivX have announced the renewal of a two-year licensing agreement that will allow Samsung to continue to include DivX technology in a variety of consumer electronics devices
2008-03-17 Altera's automotive aspirations
Altera Corp. is entering the automotive electronics space in a big way. Robert Blake, VP of the automotive and consumer business unit, spoke with EE Times Asia about their automotive solutions
2008-03-10 Audio processor delivers high fidelity sound
The TAS3308 audio SoC from TI offers high processing power for audio equipment manufacturers to create demanding applications such as DTV audio subsystems and other consumer audio electronics
2008-02-28 DC/DC converter claims high efficiency in small package
Murata electronics has introduced the low-cost and small MPD6S022S DC/DC converter, aimed at digital consumer home electronics
2008-02-19 A/V, memory glitz and glam at IIC-China
This year's IIC-China will gather over 240 international IC tycoons and local manufacturers to showcase their latest and offerings to satisfy the increasing demand for high-quality and high-definition consumer electronics
2008-02-14 IDC: China semiconductor market to hit $28 billion in 2011
Driven by computing and consumer electronics demand, IDC predicts that the China semiconductor market will top $28 billion in 2011
2008-02-14 Charger ICs for portable CEs optimize Li-ion batteries
A family of Li-ion battery charger ICs that address the need for highly accurate charging current and output voltages for portable consumer electronics has been introduced by Freescale
2008-02-01 It's a full house for digital TV links
consumer electronics companies are asking the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to mandate that their products be given access to applications and services running on the headend systems of cable TV providers
2008-01-17 Digital living room challenge: Make devices talk wirelessly
Since a full suite of HDTVs, DVD players and cameras are now being delivered by consumer electronics companies into the digital living room, the question of how best to connect them wirelessly arises
2008-01-10 Chipset jazzes up ISM radios
This week at the consumer electronics Show (CES), Integration Associates is introducing the EZ Radio Pro chipset
2008-01-10 Low-pin count interface facilitates mobile device-HDTV hook-up
Silicon Image Inc. has revealed at this week's consumer electronics Show (CES) its Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology, which enables mobile phones, digital cameras, media players and other mobile devices to link directly to HDTVs
2008-01-09 Intel debuts 16 Penryn processors
At the consumer electronics Show on Monday (Jan. 7), Intel Corp. has launched 16 new Penryn PC processors made in its 45nm process technology
2008-01-08 CES takes on multipolar world
The consumer electronics Show highlights the rapid growth of the consumer electronics industry in emerging nations, bringing about a multipolar world
2008-01-08 3M, Himax to co-develop mobile projectors
3M and Himax Technologies Inc. have entered an alliance to commercialize LCoS mobile projectors by combining their proprietary technologies to deliver a complete mobile projection solution to consumer electronics manufacturers
2008-01-08 Intel exits OLPC project
Intel has withdrawn from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project a few days before it was scheduled to exhibit prototype computers using its processor at the consumer electronics Show
2008-01-07 MEMS made this pico-projector palm-sized
At this week's consumer electronics Show, Microvision Inc. will showcase a prototype of its pico-projector, which uses micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) to downsize a digital projector to a palm-sized battery-powered unit
2008-01-04 Fujitsu-Sigma Designs team up covers wireless HDAV technology
Sigma Designs and Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. (FMA) will collaborate to deliver Wireless HDAV technology solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers serving the high-definition, A/V, cable-replacement market
2007-12-11 Test system reduces cost of SoC testing
Advantest has introduced a compact test solution designed to lower the cost of testing SoC devices used in digital consumer products and automotive electronics
2007-11-23 MEMS poised to penetrate CE market
After penetrating mass market by enabling air bags to trigger fast enough to catch passengers before they hit the steering wheel, MEMS now has a new target: consumer electronics
2007-11-13 Samsung exits Japan CE market
A Samsung electronics spokeswoman announced that the company has stopped sales of consumer electronics in Japan
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