September 18, 2014
Amazon, the online retail giant, has announced a complete refresh of its tablet computer and e-reader devices, including a special child-friendly version of their Fire HD tablet. The Seattle-based firm announced new two versions of their e-reader device - the Kindle - will start shipping in October, as well as a new Fire HDX tablet that is designed to compete with the iPad Air. The announcement in New York completes an impressive round of hardware news from the e-commerce firm, after already confirming plans to bring both their TV streaming box, Fire TV and the company's first smartphone - the Fire Phone - to the UK for the first time.

Lockheed Martin and AEC to Establish Sniper Pod Support Facility in Saudi Arabia
September 18, 2014
Lockheed Martin and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) will establish a Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) Expanded Repair Capability facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - the first Sniper support facility established outside the United States.

Toshiba Introduces CMOS Image Sensor for Mobile Handsets and Smartphones
September 18, 2014
Toshiba America Electronic Components reported its newest 1.12-micron CMOS image sensor for mobile handsets and smartphones with 20-megapixel resolution.

NASA Invites Media to Mars Orbit Insertion Activities
September 18, 2014
NASA reported that media representatives are invited to the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center on Sept. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT, for local coverage and interviews of the orbit insertion countdown activities for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission

New Research Proves Whiteness and Color Rendering Has a Strong Effect on LED Lamp Preference; While Most LEDs Just Illuminate, Soraa's Full Visible Spectrum Lamps Make Colors and Whites Pop;
September 17, 2014
Soraa, the world leader in GaN on GaN(TM) LED technology, announced today new psychophysical research proving that whiteness and color rendering have a strong effect on the perception of energy-efficient LED lighting. The study was approved by an Institutional Review Board and led by Kevin Houser at Penn State University. Because all of Soraa's lamps render the entire visible spectrum, white fabrics and paper goods pop, plastics are brilliant and people's smiles are whiter, and colors are more natural and beautiful. (Photo: Business Wire)

Philips EvoKit LED Retrofit Kits Now Available at Bulbs.com Risk-Free; Leading online lighting distributor now carries the new Philips EvoKit LED Retrofits - ideal for upgrading your traditional fluorescent troffers to LED in just 5 minutes.
September 17, 2014
 Bulbs.com, one of the nation's largest Philips Lighting distributors announced today that it is adding the new Philips EvoKit to its product assortment.  The new Philips EvoKit LED Retrofits are an affordable and convenient way to convert your existing fluorescent troffers into highly efficient energy saving LED luminaires. The Philips EvoKit has also been added to the Bulbs.comBUY 'N' TRYprogram. Commercial customers can now try the retrofit kit risk-free before making their full investment.

Cree Wins 2014 Lighting for Tomorrow Award in Solid State Lighting; Design Featuring XLamp CXA1310 High Density LED Achieves 100-Watt PAR38 Performance in MR11 Size
September 17, 2014
Cree, Inc. ( Nasdaq: CREE ) has won the 2014 Lighting for Tomorrow Award for Solid State Lighting design in the directional lighting category with the Mini CXA HD Punch, a groundbreaking concept design that redefines what can be accomplished with LED lighting by achieving 100-watt PAR38 performance in the size of an MR11. Cree accepted this award on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the American Lighting Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Cree designed the Mini CXA HD Punch to demonstrate new innovations using the Cree XLamp® CXA1310 High Density LED Array, emitting a beautiful, smooth beam with exceptional color rendering. Currently in review for ENERGY STAR® qualification, the concept design Mini CXA HD Punch delivers 3000K color temperature with a 40-degree beam angle and is designed to support a wide range of decorative colors. Cree® High Density (HD) LEDs deliver the industry's highest optical control factor (OCF), redefining the performance, cost and size of LED lighting and enabling new lighting solutions that were not previously possible.

Silicon Motion Announces the World's Fastest Single-Channel UHS-II SD Card Controller Solution; SM2704 Enables the Highest Performance and Cost Effective UHS-II SDHC/SDXC Designs
September 17, 2014
Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO) ("Silicon Motion"), a global leader in designing and marketing NAND flash controllers for solid-state storage devices, today introduced the SM2704, the world's fastest single-channel UHS-II SD card controller solution.  The SM2704 supports the highest-level SD card standards: UHS-II bus interface & UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) featuring a maximum data read speed of up to 280MB/s along with a maximum data write speed of up to 260MB/s.  By supporting the new U3 Speed Class, the SM2704 delivers ample performance to handle the needs of professional photography, high-definition video recording and compressed 4K video capture and playback. "Silicon Motion is the number one merchant supplier of UHS-I/II card controllers, which are the majority of our overall SD card controller sales.  The SM2704 extends the company's leadership with the highest performance UHS-II controller while utilizing a cost-effective, single-channel design," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion.  "We are pleased to partner with Micron in enabling the world's fastest UHS-II SD cards in the market today."

Montage DDR4 RDIMM and LRDIMM Chipset Validated on Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor E5-2600 v3 Platforms
September 17, 2014
SHANGHAI, China, Sept. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Montage Technology Group Limited ("Montage") (Nasdaq:MONT), a global fabless provider of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the home entertainment and cloud computing markets, today announced the successful validation of its DDR4 RDIMM and LRDIMM chipset on Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3 based enterprise server platforms. Montage's DDR4 chipset includes DDR4 Registering Clock Drivers (RCD) and DDR4 Data Buffers (DB) for use on the RDIMMs and LRDIMMs. The RCD and DB are fully compliant with the latest JEDEC DDR4 specifications, which employ innovative memory architectures and technologies to deliver high capacity and energy efficient memory solutions for the compelling data center and cloud computing services. With Montage's DDR4 chipset, consumers will enjoy reduced power consumption and increased data rates over previous generation systems.

Linde boosts ultra-high purity nitrogen supply to semiconductor customers in Oregon and Washington; Addition increases ability to meet rapidly growing demand
September 17, 2014
 Linde Electronics and Specialty Gases, a division of Linde Gas North America LLC, has completed the capacity expansion to supply ultra-high purity (UHP) gaseous nitrogen and UHP oxygen to its customers in the Hillsboro, Oregon area.


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