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Ready for the American dream?
December 20, 2014
Xiaomi Corp - the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer - plans to launch its new handset at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next year, marking the US market debut for the fast growing Chinese IT company. Xiaomi is poised to enter the US scene. However, a patent row in the Indian market has cast a shadow over the company's overseas prospects. Gladdy Chu reports.

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Oregon (Dec. 19)
December 19, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 19 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Oregon. *** NIKE Assigned Patent for Ball Incorporating Element ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 19 -- NIKE, Beaverton, Oregon, has been assigned a patent (8,905,861) developed by Derek A. Fitchett, Beaverton, Oregon, for a "ball incorporating element to remove cover." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2012 (13/405,868). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8905861.PN.&OS=PN/8905861&RS=PN/8905861 Written by Merly Lapig; edited by Marlyn Vitin.

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 19)
December 19, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 19 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California. *** Edge3 Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 19 -- Edge3 Technologies, Phoenix, and Honda Motor, Tokyo, have been assigned a patent (8,914,163) developed by four co-inventors for a system and method "for incorporating gesture and voice recognition into a single system." The co-inventors are Pedram Vaghefinazari, Long Beach, California, Stuart Masakazu Yamamoto, Hacienda Heights, California, Tarek El Dokor, Phoenix, and Josh Tyler King, Phoenix. The patent application was filed on May 1, 2014 (14/267,690). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8914163.PN.&OS=PN/8914163&RS=PN/8914163 Written by Merly Lapig; edited by Marlyn Vitin.

The Retail Automation Market to see 16.7% CAGR to 2020: Detailed Segmentation by Product Type, and Industry Vertical
December 19, 2014
ReportsnReports.com adds Retail Automation Market by Product Type, Industry & Geography - Analysis & Forecast to 2014 - 2020 global research report in the semiconductor and electronics business intelligence collection of its store. The global Retail Automation market is expected to reach $275.43billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 16.7% between 2014 and 2020. The lucrative growth rate of the retail market in future is the major factor driving the Retail Automation market. Retail Automation has not only made the shopping experience easy and convenient for shoppers but has also enhanced their expectation for better quality of service. The stationary/fixed point of sale (POS) terminal is expected to have a higher market size as compared to the mobile/portable POS terminal and contactless POS terminal, in the physical electronic POS terminal category. The major reason behind its market size is due to the low adoption rate of mobile and contactless POS terminal among retailers. The food/non-food industry holds the highest market share in Americas Retail Automation market, due to the rise in the income level of shoppers, and the convenience provided by retail automated products to the shoppers, during shopping. However, Europe is estimated to grow at the highest growth rate between 2014 and 2020. Complete report on Data Retail Automation Market by Product Type (Physical Electronic POS and Unattended Terminal), Industry (Food/Non-food, Oil & Gas, Transport & Logistics, Healthcare & Personal Care, and Hospitality), & Geography - Analysis & Forecast to 2014 - 2020 is available athttp://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/268527-retail-automation-market-by-pos-products-kiosk-sco-cash-register-receipt-printer-currency-counter-weight-scale-barcode-reader-supply-chain-products-belt-conveyor-scissor-lift-electronic-shelf-label-geography-2013-2018-.html.

A year ago, SmartCompany listed the top new technologies set to race into 2014.
December 19, 2014
FULL TEXT A year ago, SmartCompany listed the top new technologies set to race into 2014. Well, another year has come and gone, and a new group of technologies are emerging over the horizon. So what new technologies should you look out for in 2015? It's time to gaze again into the crystal ball and take a look at six technologies you should keep an eye on in 2015:1. Make-or-break time for smartwatches Over the past year, both in the form of devices running Google's Android Wear platform and the Apple Watch, the tech giants have made big bets on smartwatches. However, so far consumers have been a bit ambivalent. Sure, smartwatches can bring notifications to your clockface and apps on your wrist, and being able to do a voice search with Google without pulling out your phone or tablet is nifty.

IXYS Introduces an Opto-Isolated Fast Gate Driver for Power MOSFETs and IGBTs
December 19, 2014
The IX3180 is a 2.5A Fast Driver IC  with a Wide Voltage Range of 10V to 20V Beverly, Massachusetts, USA — IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (ICD), (NASDAQ: IXYS), announces the immediate availability of the IX3180 2.5A Gate Drive Optocoupler.  The IX3180 combines IXYS ICD’s optocoupler expertise from its OptoMOS product line with its popular 600-Series of high current gate drivers.  The optocoupler input is a  light emitting diode which is then optically coupled to an integrated circuit containing a photo diode and high-speed, high current, push-pull power output.

United States : Imec Presents Ultralow Power RFID Transponder Chip in Thin-Film Transistor Technology on Plastic at IEDM 2014
December 19, 2014
At this week s IEDM 2014, held in San Francisco, California, nanoelectronics research center imec demonstrated an ultra-low power RFID transponder chip. Operating at sub 1V voltage and realized in thin-film transistor technology (TFTs) on plastic film, the chip paves the way for universal sensing applications, such as item level RFID tagging, body area networks (BAN) and environmental monitoring, that require prolonged remote autonomy, and ultimate thinness, flexibility and robustness.

School districts OK tax breaks for tech firm Breaks: High-paying jobs, younger residents a draw
December 19, 2014
Two school districts have agreed on property tax breaks for Akhan Semiconductor Inc. as part of a larger proposed incentive package to bring the technology company to Gurnee. Board members who gathered in separate meetings Tuesday at Woodland Elementary District 50 and Warren Township High School District 121, both based in Gurnee, approved Akhan's financial incentives at varying levels. Akhan intends to bring all 54 employees from Hoffman Estates and California to Gurnee if a deal is struck, with a pledge to create up to 80 jobs within two years because of explosive growth projected from manufacturing semiconductors with new diamond film technology.

School districts OK tax breaks for tech firm
December 19, 2014
Two school districts have agreed on property tax breaks for Akhan Semiconductor Inc. as part of a larger proposed incentive package to bring the technology company to Gurnee. Board members who gathered in separate meetings Tuesday at Woodland Elementary District 50 and Warren Township High School District 121, both based in Gurnee, approved Akhan's financial incentives at varying levels.

United States : MACOM acquires BINOPTICS in $230m deal
December 19, 2014
On 18 November, M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc (MACOM) of Lowell, MA, USA which deals in production of semiconductors, components and subassemblies for analog, RF, microwave and millimeter-wave applications, announced completion of its acquisition of BinOptics Corp of Ithaca, NY, USA, which is an ISO-certified merchant provider of indium phosphide lasers for data centers, mobile backhaul, silicon photonics and access networks.


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