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Volume 3  |  Issue 11
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Trends and Issues Affecting the Electronics Industry

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In Japan, Testing the Market for All-Electric Cars
06/05/2009 - via Time

As Japan's top automakers, Toyota and Honda, battle it out for supremacy in the hybrid car market, Japan's smaller car companies are taking a different eco-car road. Mitsubishi Motors on June 5 presented its zero-emissions i-MiEV Japan's first fully electric vehicle (EV) for the global market.

TV manufacturers power down
06/08/2009 - via EDN

TV manufacturers have made great strides in reducing the power consumption of their products over the last couple of years. But the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program, as well as at least one state, is pushing them to cut consumption even more.

IMS 2009 to Highlight Latest RF/Microwave Technologies, Applications and Trends
06/03/2009- via EDN Asia

In an email interview, Fred Schindler, Chairman, IMS 2009, and Director, RF Micro Devices Boston Design Center, discusses with EDN Asia some of the key trends in the microwave industry worldwide, as well as some of the new technologies that will be presented at the upcoming International Microwave Symposium 2009, which will be held on June 7-12 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Excerpts:

Hitachi Splits LCD Business From Company
05/26/2009 - via Channel Web

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi Tuesday finalized plans for a corporate split and is breaking out its Consumer Business Group into a wholly owned subsidiary called Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.

Plane Disappearance Prompts Call for Better In-Flight Tech
06/04/2009 - via Tech News World

The disappearance of Air France Flight 477 has aviation experts wondering whether better satellite technology could have made a difference. Currently, air traffic controllers use radar to track transcontinental flights, but when a plane is flying over the middle of the ocean, nobody knows exactly where it is. Things like GPS systems and satellite-based weather maps could help.

Intel Agrees to Acquire Wind River for $884 Million
06/04/2009- via Bloomberg

Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of semiconductors, agreed to buy software company Wind River Systems Inc. for about $884 million, a bid to get its chips into more consumer electronics and wireless devices.

Sony Ericsson plans to make all phones green
06/04/2009 - via CNET

Swedish-Japanese phone maker Sony Ericsson on Thursday announced targets for reducing CO2 emissions.
The initiative, part of its pre-existing GreenHeart program launched in September 2008, is intended to reduce emissions by 20 percent across internal operations and by 15 percent over the full life cycle of its products by 2015.

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