Israel, Barcelona, & High-Tech Glory

As I've previously mentioned, I'm curious about what seems to have become an international obsession with finding the next great Silicon Valley. I don't understand the need for an over-the-top branding effort to give one's city, province, or country a special high-tech tag. Nevertheless, I like watching how innovation moves across regions, wins financial investment,…

Nokia Reports Q2

ESPOO, FINLAND — This is a summary of the second quarter 2011 interim report published today. The complete second quarter 2011 interim report with tables is available at http://www.nokia.com/results/Nokia_results2011Q2e.pdf. Investors should not rely on summaries of our interim reports only, but should review the complete interim reports with tables. Read the full press release. {complink…

Avnet Introduces Bluetooth With Bluegiga

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet Memec, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has inked a distribution agreement with Bluegiga Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of Bluetooth-based wireless module and access device products, including new Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy offerings. Bluegiga’s entire line of products is available from Avnet Electronics…

Notable Products From Freescale Technology Forum

The annual Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) was held in San Antonio recently, June 20 to 23, 2011. {complink 2134|Freescale Semiconductor Inc.} is a leading chip vendor focused on embedded control. Once again the event drew a large number of attendees, about 2,000. This is roughly the same as last year and is quite impressive considering…

Can Nokia’s App Contest Boost Sales?

With surprising speed, {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} has come out of the gate with a worldwide marketing campaign for its new mobile phone. Nokia's Create for Millions contest, launched June 28, is targeted at uniting global consumers and developers around the Nokia Series 40. The company is offering cash and prizes for submissions of Java or…

The Cloud Hits a Cold Front

In spite of the benefits touted by proponents of cloud computing, potential users, including small businesses, aren't convinced the cloud lives up to its hype. Of more than 1,000 small businesses polled in June by Newtek Business Services, The Small Business Authority, nearly half (48 percent) said they do not believe the cloud will reduce…

Harris & Tektronix Establish Strategic Partnership

BEAVERTON, Ore. — International communications and information technology company Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) and Tektronix Component Solutions, a custom microelectronics services provider, announced the strengthening of their long-standing relationship via the establishment of a strategic partnership agreement. The mutually beneficial relationship is intended to enhance both organizations' ability to deliver greater value to mutual customers…

Zoosh: An Alternative to Google Wallet & NFC

The guys behind the Silicon Valley startup Naratte have been creating buzz with an inaudible signal that gives application developers the benefits of Near Field Communication (NFC) using the simple speaker and microphone found in mobile devices. Pitched at a frequency commonly used by dolphins, frogs, and other animals, the signal is inaudible to humans.…

Design Challenge: Connected & Secure Vehicles

Today's car is moving a great deal of data between its embedded processors and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to deliver the creature comforts, safety, and performance features we all have come to demand when driving a late-model vehicle. However, all these features come with a price — higher data flows and more complex semiconductors to…