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Samsung Begins Mass Producing 3D TSV Technology Based DDR4 Modules for Enterprise Servers
September 03, 2014
Samsung Electronics said that it has started mass producing the industry's first 64 gigabyte (GB), double data rate-4 (DDR4), registered dual Inline memory modules (RDIMMs) that use three dimensional (3D) "through silicon via" (TSV) package technology.

Apple looms large at electronics showtech giant to stage mystery unveiling on september 9
September 03, 2014
Agence France-Presse BERLIN Berlin's gigantic IFA consumer electronics fair opens this week, with the shadow of Apple looming large even if the iconic US brand traditionally snubs the event. IFA, one of Europe's biggest showcases of the latest electronic gadgets, is scheduled to open on Friday and run until September 10. But news that Apple will stage a mystery unveiling of its own on September 9 is likely to upstage any of the announcements made by its rivals at the Berlin show, analysts said.

Says Recent Report Shows Consumer Adoption Continues To Be A Struggle For Digital Wallet Providers While Consumers Feel More Comfortable With Using Cards Apple Icloud Data Theft Further
September 02, 2014
SMARTMETRIC INC ("SMME-0") - Says Recent Report Shows Consumer Adoption Continues To Be A - Struggle For Digital Wallet Providers While Consumers Feel More - Comfortable With Using Cards -- Apple Icloud Data Theft Further - Compounds Trust Issue For Mobile Phones SmartMetric, Inc. Lack of trust of the mobile phone is the biggest impediment to the adoption of mobile phone based payments according to a recent survey of USA consumers. This raises the issue of the long term effects of the most recent data breach of Apples iCloud. While Apple prepares to launch its new mobile payments platform for use with its iPhone 6 phone, the data breach of its integrated iCloud service could be severely hurt by the data theft from its servers. Particularly since trust is the biggest concern and single largest issue stopping the adoption of mobile phone based payments.

u-blox launches low-cost Wi-Fi / Bluetooth "Internet of Things" module; Rugged ODIN-W160 supports dual-band Wi-Fi & dual-mode Bluetooth for reliable connectivity
September 02, 2014
 Swiss u-blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning semiconductors and modules, announces theODIN-W160, a rugged multiradio module for demanding industrial, vehicle, medical, and security applications.

Mouser Electronics Signs Global Agreement to Distribute Broadcom Mass Market Products
September 02, 2014
Mouser Electronics , Inc., a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that it has signed a global distribution agreement with Broadcom Corporation . As Broadcom's first eCommerce distributor, Mouser Electronics will offer same-day shipping on a variety of Broadcom mass market products, including the industry-leading Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED(TM)) platform. Broadcom's WICED Wi-Fi and WICED Smart development platforms provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a complete, simplified implementation of wireless connectivity, resulting in faster time-to-market for a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) innovations.

By Switching Catalyst From Silver to Copper, Natcore Finds Additional Solar Cell Savings.; Research is Published in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Journal of Materials Chemistry A.
September 02, 2014
 In making a solar cell, scientists etch nanoscale spikes into a silicon wafer in order to maximize its surface area and consequently to maximize the amount of sunlight to reach it. Metal particles have been used as a catalyst in this process because etching is much accelerated near metal particles. Initially, gold had been the metal of choice. But at nearly $3,000 per troy ounce, gold is an expensive alternative. And so scientists found a way to switch to silver particles, since silver is much cheaper at around $20 per troy ounce. Even though a very small amount of the catalyst is used to make a single solar cell, the cost saving is significant when building, say, a typical 100MW facility.

Kulicke & Soffa Introduces APAMATM - New Thermo-Compression Bonder
September 02, 2014
Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: KLIC) ("Kulicke & Soffa", "K&S" or the "Company") today announced the introduction of APAMA (Advanced Packaging with Adaptive Machine Analytics), the Company's new Chip-to-Substrate (C2S) bonder that answers today's thermo-compression bonding challenges. The APAMA was designed with performance and accuracy in mind, delivering the best-in-class die-stacking solution for 2.5D / 3D or TSV integrated chips.

Presto Engineering Expands RF Capacity; Growing market drives Presto Engineering expansion in RF (including millimeter wavelength) test and production services in its North American and European Hubs.;
September 02, 2014
Presto Engineering, Inc., a world leader in semiconductor back-end turnkey production services, announced today that is has tripled the capacity of its San Jose, Calif.-based engineering hub, and has added new RF (radio frequency) device testing equipment to its Caen, France-based hub.

Opens Australian Office To Serve Marketers Down Under
September 02, 2014
ROCKET FUEL INC ("FUEL-Q") - Opens Australian Office To Serve Marketers Down Under Rocket Fuel, a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) advertising solutions for digital marketers, announced its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region, with a new office based in Sydney, Australia, to address increasing demand for programmatic advertising solutions in the region. With the highest media spend per person in the world, Australia provides Rocket Fuel with an ideal opportunity to enter the market, as a rise in supply-side providers in the past two years has grown with the demand for programmatic offerings.

SmartMetric Says Recent Report Shows Consumer Adoption Continues to Be a Struggle for Digital Wallet Providers While Consumers Feel More Comfortable With Using Cards -- Apple iCloud Data Theft Further Compounds Trust Issue for Mobile Phones
September 02, 2014
SmartMetric, Inc. (OTCQB: SMME) Lack of trust of the mobile phone is the biggest impediment to the adoption of mobile phone based payments according to a recent survey of USA consumers. This raises the issue of the long term effects of the most recent data breach of Apples iCloud. While Apple prepares to launch its new mobile payments platform for use with its iPhone 6 phone, the data breach of its integrated iCloud service could be severely hurt by the data theft from its servers. Particularly since trust is the biggest concern and single largest issue stopping the adoption of mobile phone based payments. A June 2014 consumer survey* found U.S. consumers recognize digital wallets as an alternative to cash-based transactions however usage remains a problem. Security concerns remain the main barrier to adoption (46 percent), followed by lack of usability vs. credit cards/cash (37 percent) and not being top of mind as a form of payment at the time of purchase (32 percent). It has been found amongst survey respondents that when a mobile digital wallet has been used it was used for a sub $50.00 transaction.


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