Qualcomm Unveils Auto Game Plan at CES

It's official. Qualcomm's next trip — beyond smartphones and tablets — will be in a car. The San Diego-based cellular chip giant has come to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week to unveil the company's automotive strategy. In an interview with EE Times, Kanwalinder Singh, senior vice president of business development for Qualcomm…

Avnet Distributes Panasonic Toughbooks in Australia

SYDNEY — Panasonic Australia has announced the appointment of Avnet Technology Solutions, a global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE: AVT), as a key distributor of its range of Toughbook laptops, tablets, and tough accessories in Australia. Marc Amelung, Toughbook Group Manager, Panasonic Business Systems Group, said, “We’re pleased…

Solid State Memory Gains on HDDs

Flash memory is starting to be used in equipment that's not necessarily mobile or small, specifically challenging the hard disk drive in PCs and even enterprise servers in the datacenter. As mobile technology has gained steam, it raised the profile of solid state memory. The use of NAND flash chips in mobile phones and other…

The Stigma of Chinese Brands

Even though most electronics and consumer goods production has moved to China, a third of Americans surveyed said they would not buy a brand if they knew it was Chinese-owned. There are two twists that make this survey point ironic, if not slightly amusing: A majority of Americans probably can't name a Chinese brand, and…

Lenovo Eyes the Mobile Market

After securing its place in the PC market, Lenovo Group is now hoping to establish similar clout in the mobile market. The China-based company is looking to aggressively build its reach beyond computers and laptops, and become “PC Plus” leader. Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo chairman and CEO, boasted about the company's progress last week in a…

When the Innovation Train Derails

New-product innovation is as relentless and unforgiving as it can be rewarding. Apple's learning that big time these days. That its stock has fallen significantly in recent months isn't the point (unless you've taken a bath on your Apple investment). The point is its innovation train has derailed. Once hip, now uncool? Co-founder Steve Wozniak…

Manufacturing Tablets for Kids & Education

In the last couple of years, tablets have been widely spread around the globe. More precisely, the tablet fever started when Apple launched its first iPad back in April 2010. Since then, Google's Android tablets, and most recently, Microsoft, have flooded the market with diverse offers and price ranges. Three years, and almost five iPad…

Mobile Device Market Eludes HP

Hewlett-Packard Co. is taking another stab at the tablet market. This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the company unveiled the HP Slate 7, a low-end tablet powered by the Android operating system and priced at $169. The product provides an affordable entry point for consumers looking to buy a tablet under…