NXP Software Brings High Quality Speaker Phone Calling Using LifeVibes VoiceExperience in the Galaxy S5
EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
NXP Software today announced LifeVibes VoiceExperience deployment in Galaxy S5.
Nowadays people want to use their smartphone to have conference calls, while driving or doing other tasks during the call. Samsung Galaxy S5 features a high-quality speakerphone mode using LifeVibes VoiceExperience 4.0 to suppress background noise and to enable full-duplex conversations in both normal calls (circuit switched GSM and VoLTE) as well as OTT VoIP services such as the pre-loaded Samsung ChatON Voice and Video Chat.
Charles Park, Senior Sales Director at NXP Software says, "The new Galaxy S5 offers incredibly rich conferencing features. LifeVibes VoiceExperience removes background noise, like in busy offices or when in traffic, without impacting the speech quality. Voices remain clear and natural. With this Solution in Galaxy S5, people will simply be able to put their smartphone on their desk in speaker mode to enjoy high-quality voice conferencing with full-duplex conversations. Office users are no longer stuck to a classic conferencing phone."
NXP Software is continuously working with mobile device makers, operators and hardware and software platform vendors worldwide to create speech and audio algorithms that exceed global operator standards, and deliver an outstanding experience to consumers. LifeVibes software solutions are being used on all tiers of mobile devices worldwide, and have been deployed in over 2 billion devices today.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit http://www.samsung.com
About NXP Software
NXP Software is the leading global independent software vendor (ISV) for mobile smart devices. Its LifeVibes(TM) software solutions bring differentiation to consumers by providing the best acoustic quality to device makers for use across their platforms. Through expertise, consumer insights and partnerships across the eco-system, NXP Software creates innovative use cases that make calling more personal and consumers aware of their context to support their day to day decisions. LifeVibes speech and sensing software makes smart devices more human, more you.
First to Comply with the High-Speed UHS-II Interface Standard
IRVINE, Calif., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Extending its industry leadership in memory card solutions, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, has introduced the world's fastest() microSD memory cards. The new cards are the first in the industry to comply with the UHS-II( )interface standard, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20. Available in 32GB() and 64GB capacities, Toshiba's new microSD memory cards offer the fastest transfer rates available, are UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled, and allow high-quality 4K video capture at constant minimum write speeds of 30MB/s. This means that 4K2K video, live broadcast and content can be recorded on high-performance cameras.
The 64GB cards offer a maximum read speed of 260MB/s() and a maximum write speed of 240MB/s. The 32GB cards have a maximum read speed of 145MB/s and maximum write speed of 130MB/s, which represents an 8x write speed improvement and 2.7x read speed improvement when compared to Toshiba's current 32GB microSD UHS-I cards(). These faster transfer speeds reduce the time required to download large data movie and music files to smart phones and tablets, and enable camera users to shoot high resolution digital still images in a continuous high speed shooting mode.
Toshiba, the inventor of flash memory, offers a broad selection of memory cards that can be used in a variety of applications including, smart phones, digital still and video cameras, audio players, tablets, and many other portable consumer electronics devices. The entire memory card line features cryptographic security and high-level copyright protection functions. Looking to the future, Toshiba will continue to meet market demands by enhancing its line-up of UHS-II compliant microSD memory cards.
 As of April 16, 2014. Toshiba survey.
 UHS-II is the ultra high speed serial bus interface in SD Memory Card Standard Ver4.20 that delivers data at 156MB/s by single lane access and 312MB/s by dual lane access.
 Product density is identified based on the density of memory chip(s) within the Product, not the amount of memory capacity available for data storage by the end user. Consumer-usable capacity will be less due to overhead data areas, formatting, bad blocks, and other constraints, and may also vary based on the host device and application. For details, please refer to applicable product specifications.
 Maximum data writing/reading speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write conditions, and file size. For purposes of measuring read and write speed in this context, 1 megabyte or MB = 1,000,000 bytes.
 microSDHC EXCERIA MUH-A032G (32GB).
Read Speed: 95MB/s, Write Speed: 30MB/s
*SDHC memory cards (32GB) can be used only in SDXC or SDHC compliant devices integrating the FAT32 file format.
*SDXC memory cards (64GB) can be used only in SDXC compliant devices integrating the exFAT file format.
*About Toshiba Corp. and TAEC
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make possible today's leading smart phones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's sixth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2013 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue, December 2013). Toshiba Corporation was founded in 1875 and today has over 554 subsidiaries and affiliates, with 206,087 employees worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at http://www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
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MegaChips and Vidatronic execute Joint Development Agreement
MegaChips Corporation announces the MegaChips new generation LDO, a new line of products jointly developed with Texas-based semiconductor company, Vidatronic, Inc.
OSAKA, Japan, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MegaChips, one of the world's largest application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solution providers, introduces MegaChips' new generation LDO, a new line of low dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulators offering superior performance over traditional LDO products.
MegaChips new generation LDO features unparalleled dynamic performance and power supply noise rejection with or without an output capacitor. When used without an output capacitor, this LDO will save approximately 25% of the PCB board area making this an ideal solution for space sensitive applications such as smartphones, tablet PCs and the latest wearable devices.
MegaChips has been expanding lines of standard products, in addition to ASIC solutions, through partnerships and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). MegaChips merged with Kawasaki Microelectronics, Inc. last year to expand ASIC solutions for printers and networks in addition to application-specific standard products (ASSP). In May of 2013, MegaChips and Vidatronic entered a strategic partnership focused on LDO product line development.
The partnership with Vidatronic, a leading provider of power management intellectual property (IP) solutions with analog and mixed signal circuit design expertise and a proprietary, industry-revolutionizing LDO architecture, enables MegaChips to enter the power management integrated circuit (PMIC) market. MegaChips has a broad range of customers in the gaming, printing, and telecommunications industries and expects the addition of this new product line to appeal to a wide variety of new and existing ASIC customers. The partnership with Vidatronic is a powerful addition to MegaChips ASIC solutions. "Our Partnership with Vidatronic allows MegaChips to enter the PMIC market, and provide broader solutions to our customers." said Akira Takata, CEO MegaChips.
This MegaChips new generation LDO family of products combines MegaChips' expertise in semiconductor development with Vidatronic's semiconductor design expertise & revolutionary Noise Quencher architecture that provides best-in-class transient performance, power supply noise rejection, and smallest size all without using output capacitance. "We are extremely excited to partner with MegaChips to bring to market some truly revolutionary products," said Moises Robinson, Ph.D., Vidatronic's President. "We see tremendous synergy from this partnership, which will provide our customers with previously unheard of benefits in cost, performance, size and reliability from the Noise Quencher based LDO and load switch products." (http://www.vidatronic.com/).
About Vidatronic, Inc.:
Vidatronic is a fabless semiconductor and systems company specializing in developing high-performance power management design solutions that assist in the creation of innovative and intelligent devices people use every day. Vidatronic focuses on providing superior technology that has a positive impact on customers, end-users, and ultimately, even the environment. The company's unique solutions minimize overall system costs for customers, while providing world-class performance characteristics. Vidatronic offers a comprehensive selection of intellectual property (IP) blocks for embedded applications, including low dropout linear regulators (LDOs), DC-DC switching converters (Buck and Boost) and combination switching converter + LDOs. Find out more about Vidatronic at their company website: http://www.vidatronic.com
MegaChips Corporation (1st section of the TSE (Tokyo Stock Exchange): 6875) was established in 1990 as an innovative fabless company dedicated to ASICs and system LSIs with the goal of integrating LSIs and systems knowledge and solutions. Its focus is on the development of cutting-edge system LSIs and systems products incorporating original algorithms and architecture in the areas of imaging, audio, and telecommunications, and using the advances it achieves to offer outstanding products and solutions that meet the needs of its clients. For additional information, please visit: http://www.megachips.co.jp/english/index.html
About MegaChips Technology America
MegaChips Technology America Corporation, a fabless company, focuses on the development of system LSIs and systems products that incorporate original algorithms and architecture. Customers use MegaChips solutions for their office automation, networking and storage needs in a wide range of areas, including imaging, audio, home networking, power management, security and communications environments. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with design centers in Osaka, Tokyo, Makuhari, and Bangalore. For additional information, please visit: http://www.megachips.us/
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Bang & Olufsen launches next-generation retail concept in North America
First USA flagship showroom will celebrate sound, design and sensory experiences, and will premiere in New York City
NEW YORK and DEERFIELD, Ill. and STRUER, Denmark, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bang & Olufsen unveils today its first newly redesigned store concept in North America, at the new Madison Avenue showroom location in New York City. The new store design is significant as it presents a breakthrough retail concept that evokes a true sensory experience and demonstrates Bang & Olufsen's commitment to providing extraordinary consumer experiences. The iconic Danish brand will debut the new showroom concept on Wednesday, April 16 to media, customers, and brand enthusiasts in a grand opening celebration hosted by CEO Tue Mantoni and new President of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc., Kathy Thornton-Bias.
The 1400 square foot showroom, located on 600 Madison Ave, marks the very first USA showroom to implement the new store design layout, its sister showrooms in New York City will follow suit, as well as a handful of additional locations across the United States next fiscal year.
A dedicated team of retail, brand and creative designers from Bang & Olufsen- is behind the store concept. "The Bang & Olufsen store is where existing customers and a new generation of discerning consumers will hear, see and feel the Bang & Olufsen brand and be able to interact and play with our products," says Bang & Olufsen CEO Tue Mantoni.
"The new store concept features a luxurious and welcoming atmosphere, and the interior has been designed to captivate curiosity as you move through the store," states Kathy Thornton-Bias, President of Bang & Olufsen America, Inc. "This store concept will provide the perfect platform to interact and engage in the Bang & Olufsen universe of magical experiences."
Three zones to evoke the senses
At the heart of the new retail concept is a dedicated speaker wall that showcases all of Bang & Olufsen's best-selling speakers. You can listen to any kind of music, including your own playlist streamed from your smartphone and check out the sound of everything from the smallest cube speakers to the largest floor models.
A B&O PLAY zone invites you to listen to the brand's range of innovative designs created for more mobile lifestyles, comparing everything from the latest headphones to award-winning portable sound systems.
A more private area lets you settle in and immerse yourself in some of Bang & Olufsen's top-of-the-line viewing and listening combinations. Here, you can view films on the latest flatscreen technology with sumptuous surround sound, or discover the near-magical convenience of linking rooms and multiple entertainment sources through BeoLink system integration.
The scalable retail concept has been designed for spaces from 540 feet up to 2200 ft. and above, and will continue to be implemented in select Bang & Olufsen showrooms in major cities around the world.
Bang & Olufsen was founded in Struer, Denmark, in 1925 by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, two innovative, young engineers devoted to high quality audio reproduction. Since then, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development.
Still at the forefront of domestic technology, Bang & Olufsen has extended its comprehensive experience with integrated audio and video solutions for the home to other areas such as the hospitality and automotive industries in recent years. Consequently, its current product range epitomizes seamless media experiences in the home as well as in the car and on the move.
Biometric Company NXT-ID, Inc. Announces CNBC Ad Campaign for Wocket(TM), its Next Generation Smart Wallet, to Start in May
Wocket(TM) Ad Campaign to Roll Out Prior to the Marketing and Press Conference at the Plaza Hotel in New York May 28th
SHELTON, Conn., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NXT-ID, Inc., (OTCQB: NXTD) a biometric authentication company focused on the growing m-commerce market, announced today that it will be featuring its next generation smart wallet, Wocket(TM), designed to replace all the cards in your wallet in a CNBC ad campaign starting in May. The add roll-out will commence prior to the previously announced May 28(th) press conference and marketing event to held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
The ad campaign will focus on Wocket(TM)'s launch and its potential to revolutionize the payment industry.
Wocket(TM) is a smart wallet in the same vein as the smart phone and smart watch. NXT-ID is introducing its innovative, patent-pending Wocket(TM) as the next natural step in the evolution of smart devices. Wocket(TM) is a next generation smart wallet designed to replace all the cards in your wallet, with no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval.
Credit, debit, ATM, loyalty, gift, ID, membership, insurance, ticket, emergency, medical, business, contacts, coupon, and virtually any card can be protected on Wocket(TM). More than 10,000 cards, records, coupons, etc. and 100 voice commands can also be stored on Wocket(TM).
Mr. Gino Pereira, CEO of NXT-ID, Inc. said in regards to the upcoming ad campaign, "According to Travelers Insurance Company, 44% of all identity theft in the United States stems from a lost or stolen wallet. Approximately 12 million people a year fall victim to identity fraud. Wocket(TM) is the solution to this epidemic. Wocket replaces your existing wallet and stores all the cards that you own in a secure environment and utilizes one dynamic card to represent all your cards."
Starting dates and air times for the ad campaign on CNBC will be announced shortly. The May 28(th) event will introduce Wocket(TM), its new brand identity and marketing roll out.
Media and shareholders wishing to attend the May 28(th) event can email email@example.com.
Wocket Consumer FAQ:
"What is Wocket (TM)?
Wocket(TM) is a smart wallet. Like the smart phone and smart watch, NXT-ID is introducing its innovative, patent-pending Wocket(TM) as the next natural step in the evolution of smart devices.
"What does Wocket(TM) do?
Wocket(TM) locks all of your private information in an electronic "vault", where only an authenticated owner can authorize access to the data. Thus, you can "lock it with Wocket(TM) in your pocket", protecting your private information from unauthorized access.
"What makes Wocket(TM) smart?
Wocket(TM) smart wallet protects all of your private information inside an electronic vault while reducing the number of cards in your wallet. Dynamic pairing for authentication and encrypted data transfer with other secondary devices along with a plethora of new, innovative features makes Wocket(TM) the smartest wallet ever devised.
"How is Wocket(TM) different from other smart card solutions?
Wocket(TM) is not a smart card - it is a smart wallet. Thus, it can communicate with smart cards, but is not limited in the number, type, or method of communication of private information that typically restricts the use of a smart card. Furthermore, Wocket(TM) is not dependent on proximity or any other external factors to secure and choose soft-cards containing private information.
"How is Wocket(TM) different from other digital wallet solutions?
Rather than replace a wallet as many "digital wallet" technologies attempt to do, we chose to improve the wallet. Unlike other digital wallet solutions that depend on connectivity to choose a payment account, Wocket(TM) does not depend upon the cloud to select or make a payment.
"Does Wocket(TM) require another device, such as a cell phone?
No. Although Wocket(TM) does not require any other peripheral for security or "proximity sensing", Wocket(TM) can authenticate with secondary devices prior to transaction as an additional step in security as well as utilize a Wocket(TM) app on other devices to select or manage a soft-card, all without revealing private information.
"How do I access my private information?
A combination of biometrics, personal PIN or pattern provides multi-factor security for your Wocket(TM). Once Wocket(TM) verifies your identity, you can simply select whatever soft-card or information you want from the touch screen display, or in some configurations, your voice command.
"How many cards can be securely stored on a Wocket(TM)?
Up to 10,000 cards, records, coupons, etc. and up to 100 voice commands can also be stored on Wocket(TM). More can be supported with optional additional memory.
About NXT-ID, Inc. -Mobile Security for a Mobile World
NXT-ID, Inc.'s (OTCQB: NXTD) innovative MobileBio(TM) solution mitigates consumer risks associated with mobile computing, m-commerce and smart OS-enabled devices. The company is focused on the growing m-commerce market, launching its innovative MobileBio(TM) suite of biometric solutions that secure consumers' mobile platforms led by the Wocket(TM); a next generation smart wallet designed to replace all the cards in your wallet, no smart phone required. The Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval. http://www.thewocket.com/,http://www.wocketwallet.com/
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DeLorme Announces inReach Explorer, the World's First Satellite Communicator with Built-In Navigation
inReach Explorer Integrates Route Planning, Waypoints and Navigation with Global Two-Way Text Messaging, GPS Tracking and SOS Alerting - All in One Rugged Handheld Device
YARMOUTH, Maine, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DeLorme, the innovation leader in personal satellite communications and navigation technology, has announced the upcoming launch of its newest product, inReach Explorer, incorporating a new range of navigation functions. The latest generation of inReach will be available in stores in early May and builds on DeLorme's award-winning technology to keep outdoor adventurers, offshore boaters, hunters, aviators, travelers and workers connected wherever they go.
In addition to the messaging, tracking and SOS capabilities, users of the inReach Explorer can view, create or navigate routes and waypoints. An easy-to-follow map view displays routes, waypoints, tracks and messages geo-located onscreen for backtracking or self-rescue. The built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors ensure accuracy and provide heading and bearing information, accurate elevation readings, speed and other useful trip statistics.
The company also recently announced the launch of Freedom subscription plans for all inReach products, allowing users to pay for satellite service only when they need it, on a monthly basis.
"inReach Explorer is the first personal satellite communicator to bring together the power of navigation with truly global SOS alerting, GPS tracking and two-way text messaging in one rugged, waterproof device," said Michael Heffron, CEO of DeLorme. "For people whose recreational activities or work takes them to remote locations without reliable cellular coverage, inReach Explorer is a single, lightweight device that can help them navigate, communicate and seek help in the event of an emergency."
Using the company's online Explore portal, inReach owners can also plan their routes and waypoints ahead of time and share their trip details with family and friends to follow along online with the user's MapShare page or via social media posts. The dedicated MapShare page provides peace of mind by letting others ping an inReach user's location between tracking intervals and exchange messages. Tracking intervals can be adjusted from 10 minutes to four hours, with two-minute tracking available to subscribers of the company's highest level Extreme service plan.
Using DeLorme's Earthmate App, inReach Explorer also pairs wirelessly with iOS and Android devices to access map data and make text messaging even more convenient. When paired with a mobile device, inReach owners get exclusive, unlimited access to DeLorme's topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts, which can be downloaded via an Internet connection prior to departure and remain available in the Earthmate app, even when beyond cellular coverage.
In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to communicate via text back and forth with responders at the international 24/7 search-and-rescue monitoring center, ensuring prompt response with the appropriate resources.
inReach communicates over the Iridium satellite network, providing truly global two-way satellite connections, high network reliability and low-latency data links (less than 60-second delivery of messages end-to-end) anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas. inReach has the ability to maintain a satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments, such as in a steep canyon or under a heavy forest canopy.
"inReach Explorer offers tremendously more value when compared to other tracking and emergency satellite communication devices on the market today. Whether it's used for self-rescue or the convenience of marking a favorite campsite, fishing reef or remote airfield, inReach is like the pocketknife of communication tools," said Heffron. "Only inReach Explorer offers the combination of two-way communications, 100 percent global satellite coverage, built-in navigation functions, message delivery confirmation, interactive SOS, high-detail track logging and access to DeLorme's renowned global topographic map data when paired to a mobile device. And when you add in the convenience of DeLorme's new, affordable, contract-free Freedom Plans, you have an unbeatable combination."
Suggested retail price for inReach Explorer is $379, with a choice of annual satellite subscriptions or no-contract Freedom plans with only a minimum 30-day commitment. Freedom Plans start at $14.95 per month for the safety service and go up to $99.95 per month for the highest service level. Perfectly suited for the year-round user or for consistent peace of mind, the company's standard annual contract plans offer a lower monthly cost ranging from $11.95 to $79.95 per month.
inReach Explorer is designed and manufactured in the U.S. and will be available at most major retail and online outlets in early May. A list of retailers is available at http://www.inreachdelorme.com.
DeLorme is the innovation leader in personal satellite tracking, messaging and navigation technology. The company's flagship product, inReach, is the most affordable satellite communicator that sends and receives 160-character text messages, provides GPS journey tracking/sharing with family and friends, and offers interactive SOS capabilities anywhere in the world through the Iridium satellite network. When paired with a mobile device, the seamless inReach experience provides unlimited access to free downloadable topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts. Founded in 1976 and recognized as a pioneer in mapping products, DeLorme is headquartered in Yarmouth, Maine, and is home to Eartha, the world's largest revolving globe. To learn more, visit http://www.delorme.com.
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Oakland-Based Startup Launches Kickstarter For First-Ever Wireless Wood Headphones
OAKLAND, Calif., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Accidentally Extraordinary, the headphone startup behind the highly-rated 51st Studios over-ear walnut headphones is raising funds for the release of the first ever production wood headphone featuring BluetoothÂ® on Kickstarter, the AE 51st Studios Unplugged.
Accidentally Extraordinary is an Oakland, CA-based headphone brand that launched in September of 2013 with a commitment to bringing real, high-quality materials to headphone design. AE has already successfully launched their first over-ear headphone--the AE 51st Studios--to rave reviews. Based on that popular design, AE hopes to raise $60K on Kickstarter to begin production of the 51st Studios Unplugged, the world's first wood headphones featuring BluetoothÂ® put into production.
"This launch is important for us," says Founder and CEO Kunal Dalal. "We were thrilled with the love our first headphones received, and now we are trying to build on that success in market as seemingly crowded as this." He added, "...because, actually, when it comes to headphones like ours at this price-point, I don't think there's that much in the way of competition." As of April 15th, the Kickstarter campaign had raised over 50% of their goal with 23 days remaining.
In an era of large marketing budgets determining the success or failure of headphone brands, Accidentally Extraordinary is looking to Kickstarter to help build a new kind of headphone company. Beyond making uniquely designed and sourced headphones, Founder Dalal says, "AE maintains, as a fundamental business practice, deep connections with local artists, writers, teachers, community leaders and much more. Because building a business is supposed to be good, it's supposed to involve people and youth in the community. That is why this is so important."
If the Kickstarter funding goals are reached, AE hopes to offer a look into their next over-ear designs. "I'm really excited for these next designs, I can't wait to put them on my head," said designer Amber Lester. "You'll never look at those ugly plastic things on your friend's head the same again."
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KeyPoint Technologies Launches Adaptxt 3.0 for Android Keyboards
Users Can Now Message More Accurately with Location and Application-Based Suggestions
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/-- KeyPoint Technologies, an award-winning world leader in user interface technology, today announced the Adaptxt 3.0 smart keyboard app is now out of beta and available for download in the Google Play store. Adaptxt replaces user's standard smartphone keyboards enabling them to interact effortlessly with their apps, emails and text messages with a keyboard that is practical, personalized and engaging. Adaptxt 3.0 not only understands what users are typing, but it identifies the location of the user and what application they are running to provide more accurate and contextual word predictions.
Adaptxt's new features and improvements are based on requests and suggestions from users. Adaptxt is now the first keyboard where users are able to set preferred locations on their device or turn on auto-location, allowing the built-in Adaptxt dictionary to populate nearby street names, landmarks and relevant addresses. Using the localization feature, the ongoing frustration with autocorrect is significantly reduced, as it predicts and suggests names and words associated with the user's location.
"It's our goal to make messaging as simple and easy for consumer as possible. We used consumer input to take word prediction to a whole new level with keyboards that know you better than you know yourself," said Sumit Goswami, CEO at KeyPoint Technologies. "With Adaptxt 3.0, users will save even more keystrokes as the keyboard intuitively provides location and app-based word suggestions in real-time."
By adding pinpointed suggestion features to the app, Adaptxt is more aware of the context in which users are writing. Unlike other keyboards, Adaptxt knows what application is being used and will provide word suggestions according to the user's writing and texting style and habits. It's able to detect whether the user is having a casual conversation using Facebook Messenger or drafting something formal in Gmail and adjust its word predictions accordingly.
Other keyboard enhancements include 12 new languages, five specialized dictionaries and two embedded themes. In addition to missing space corrections, automatic backup of personal dictionary and new customization options, all based on relevant user feedback.
Pricing and Availability
Adaptxt 3.0 for Android is available for immediate download for a $2.99 flat fee in Google Play or as 30-day free trial here.
About Adaptxt, a KeyPoint Technologies Innovation
KeyPoint Technologies, the creator of Adaptxt, is an award-winning global linguistics innovator on the forefront of human-device interaction. KeyPoint Technologies was founded in 2004 in Glasgow Scotland, an epicenter of linguistics. The company has additional offices in India, Japan, China and the U.S.; and is a trusted partner for OEMs, platform providers and developers. Its revolutionary text input application - Adaptxt - represents the leading use of predictive computer input technology in the market today.
VIZIO Celebrates Moms, Launching "This One's For Mom" Contest, Rewarding A Special Mom With Ultimate Mother's Day Gift
Contest Allows Families the Chance to Win Mom a VIZIO Home Theater Prize Package and Tickets to Visit the DreamWorks Animation Campus
IRVINE, Calif., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO--America's #1 Smart TV(1)and Sound Bar company(2)-- in partnership with Walmart, announced today the "This One's For Mom" contest, giving family members the chance to pay tribute to their moms this Mother's Day. People across the country are encouraged to visit http://www.VIZIO.com/mom to upload a video or photo nominating their mom and sharing their personal story of appreciation. The mom recognized in the winning submission will receive a VIZIO Home Theater Gift Package. Entries can be submitted now through April 22(nd). Consumers are then invited to help VIZIO determine winners by voting for their favorite story from April 23(rd) through April 30(th).
With the focus of Mother's Day to celebrate moms everywhere, VIZIO is committed to delivering an experience unlike any other to the winning mom. In addition to a complete VIZIO home theater - which includes a 60" E-Series Smart TV and 54" 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar - the Grand Prize winning mom will receive a $500 Walmart gift card, $250 VUDU credit and, to top it all off, an expense paid trip for two (travel and lodging not to exceed $1,500) to the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale, CA.
"This Mother's Day, we are encouraging everyone to celebrate the women who go above and beyond each day and awarding the winning mom with the surprise of a lifetime," said Lily Knowles, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIZIO. "We're excited to be teaming up with Walmart to pay tribute to moms across the country and can't wait for our VIZIO fans to help determine which mom is most deserving of the Ultimate Mother's Day Home Theater Package."
One Grand Prize winner will receive the following prize package:
-- VIZIO 60" Class Full-array LED Smart HDTV (E600i-B3)
-- VIZIO 54" 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar (S5430W-C2)
-- $500 Walmart Gift Card
-- $250 VUDU Movie Credit
-- Trip for two to the DreamWorks Animation Campus in Glendale, CA
Eleven Runner-Ups will receive:
-- $100 Walmart gift cards
The individual who nominates the Grand Prize winning mother will also win a VIZIO 32" Class Full-array LED Smart HDTV (E320Fi-B2), a $100 Walmart gift card as well as a $50 VUDU movie credit to be used at VUDU.com or the VUDU app on internet-enabled devices.
VIZIO will also donate a 60" class HDTV (E600i-B3), 54" 3.0 Sound Bar (S5430W-C2) and a DreamWorks Blu-Ray package consisting of 12 popular movie titles to Orange County, CA-based Miracles for Kids organization. The non-profit's mission is to improve the lives of children and families affected by childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Members of the VIZIO Fandemonium program have the opportunity to earn points by submitting stories about their moms and voting for their favorite submissions. More information about VIZIO Fandemonium can be found at http://www.VIZIOFanZone.com.
The "This One's For Mom" contest will also be promoted via VIZIO social channels. Submitters are encouraged to share on their own social networks using the hashtag #ThisOnesForMom to promote their unique story. Once a winner is selected, the winning submitter will be notified and the stage will be set to "surprise" the Grand Prize winning mom.
VIZIO, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. In Q2 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 shipping brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and in Q3 2007 became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in North American LCD HDTV shipments. VIZIO was #1 in North America LCD for 2010(1). VIZIO is now also America's #1 Smart TV company(4) and large size LCD company(2) as the leading seller of 60" and larger HDTVs in the U.S. VIZIO is also the #1 Sound Bar Brand in the U.S(3). For over a decade, VIZIO has remained committed to what it does best -- focus on the consumer to deliver visionary products at a great value. The brand is consistently recognized for excellence in customer service, and was awarded 19 Stevie Awards, including the Grand Stevie Award in the 8(th) Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics that now include PCs and mobility products. VIZIO's products are found at Amazon, Best Buy, BJ's Wholesale, Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide. VIZIO has won numerous awards including 2014 Editor's Choice by Reviewed.com, "Best of CES 2014" by IGN, "Best of CES 2014" by PC Magazine and "Best of the Best 2014" by UltraHDTV Magazine for its Reference Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV. VIZIO's P-Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV also captured Reviewed.com's 2014 Editor's Choice award and was also recognized by The Verge as "Best TV of CES" for 2014 as well as awarded "Best of CES" by Complex and "Best of Show" by Wired for 2014. VIZIO also earned #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics and made the lists of Ad Age's Hottest Brands, CNET's Editor's Choice, CNET Best of CES 2011 - Television, CNET Best of CES 2013 - Home Theater and Audio, Sound & Vision's Top Picks, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, PC World's Best Buy and Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice among many other prestigious honors including "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs Less Than 50 Inches in a Tie" from J.D. Power(5). For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit http://www.VIZIO.com.
(1)Source:( ) DisplaySearch Market Tracker Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.
(2)Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service Based on Units Sold January - October 2013.
New Fluke 750P Series Pressure Modules provide more options and premium measurement accuracy
48 new modules deliver reference class performance for a wide range of pressure calibration needs
EVERETT, Wash., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet the requirements of evolving pressure calibration standards and reference class accuracy pressure instrumentation, Fluke Corp. introduces the 750P Series Pressure Modules. The 48 precision modules enable gage, differential, dual range, absolute, and vacuum pressure measurement with Fluke 750 and 740 series Documenting Process Calibrators and 725, 726 Multifunction Process Calibrators.
The 750P Series is designed for the different use models specified in new calibration requirements. For applications in pharmaceuticals or custody transfers in oil and gas, there are 11 new modules with two-times more accuracy than standard modules. For industries like nuclear and pharmaceutical that now require calibration every six months, the 750P Series offer a six month specification that provides better accuracies between these shortened calibration cycles.
The new modules cover pressure calibrations from 0 to 1 in H(2)0 to 10000 psi (2.5 mBar to 690 bar) with a 0.025 percent reference uncertainty. Digital communication to calibrators eliminates errors due to poor connections and electrical interference.
Gage pressure modules have one pressure fitting and measure the pressure with respect to atmospheric pressure. Differential pressure modules have two pressure fittings and measure the difference between the applied pressure on the high fitting versus the low fitting. Each module is clearly labeled for range, overpressure and media compatibility. All modules include NPT, metric (BSP) and M20 adapters.
For information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of your nearest distributor, contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206, call (800) 44-FLUKE (800-443-5853), fax (425) 446-5116, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Fluke Web site at http://www.fluke.com.
Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes.
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Microsoft selected by Emirates for #AllTimeGreats global football ad campaign
All-time great footballers' video campaign deployed at scale across PC, TV, tablet and mobile in 25 markets.
LONDON, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Advertising announced Tuesday that it has been chosen by Emirates Airline and its media agency Havas Media Group as one of the key partners for its global brand campaign. The large-scale campaign spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). The campaign aims to raise brand awareness among a target audience of football fans by driving views of the hero video -- created by BBDO -- featuring footballing legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele aboard Emirates' flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380.
This new campaign, which launched on March 28 at an event in Madrid and will run until April 21, leverages a variety of ad formats and interactive technologies, such as touch and Kinect, to offer the optimal brand experience on the screen and service the consumer is enjoying. The campaign will deliver over 400 million impressions around the globe.
As part of the deal Microsoft will design the Emirates Airline page on the MSN World Cup channel in the majority of markets involved in the campaign, featuring specially designed page skins and takeovers. Other key value-ads offered by Microsoft include building out the creative, translation, and investing in research of the campaign effectiveness.
"For this digital campaign, we were looking at reaching as many customers across as many platforms as possible. We chose Microsoft as one of our partners for this campaign because of the multiple touch points it was able to offer," said Christopher Galanto, Emirates senior vice president, Advertising. "As a global airline, we wanted a partner with a truly global reach to emphasize our global brand presence. We were also attracted to Microsoft's ability to offer consistent formats across markets with the reassurance of a brand-safe environment."
"Emirates came to us with the challenge of opening up its premium brand to a wider audience, both for this brand campaign and beyond," said Frank Holland, CVP Microsoft Advertising & Online. "Specifically, through views of the hero video it wants to raise brand awareness among a younger, tech-savvy demographic increasingly accustomed to frequent traveling: the business travelers of tomorrow. Microsoft's ability to offer a seamless experience for these consumers across platforms, screens and markets means that we are able to provide a valuable brand connection to the target demographic wherever they are and on whatever device they are using."
The campaign will use the following activations to reach consumers across the Microsoft network:
-- On MSN, the campaign features a full homepage takeover in all markets
-- On Skype, there is a masthead-format homepage takeover featuring a
10-second sneak peek of the video, where the user can click through to
view the full film.
-- On Xbox the in-banner video is activated by a user-initiated action and
can be expanded to full video when selected.
-- On Skype, the campaign will be featured through a mobile banner that
will take the user to the full video when clicked upon.
-- On Windows 8, the campaign will be featured throughout key apps
including Skype, Xbox, Bing News, Bing Sports, Bing Weather, Bing Food &
Drink, Bing Travel, Bing Finance, and Bing Health & Fitness.
The campaign is running in 25 markets: Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt and Oman and has been translated into 12 languages. Once users have watched the video they are prompted to click through to the Emirates World Cup microsite featuring an extended feature with the two footballing stars and a visual walk-through of the new Airbus A380.
Efficacy of the campaign will be investigated by two research projects: Nielsen will research the uptick in brand awareness, favorability and purchase intent in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and Microsoft's own Consumer Insights team will undertake an engagement study in the United States.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
DSK International Campus Revolutionizing the Future and Scope of Video Gaming Industry in India
PUNE, India, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Video Gaming Industry: Standing on the Brink of Change
DSK International Campus is undoubtedly the pioneer in offering holistic courses to
the students interested in creating and designing video games and are looking forward on
having a successful career in this sector. Although the gaming industry is a billion
dollar industry and is projected to grow in India itself by 22.4% annually as per research
experts, career in this sector is often misunderstood. This clearly depicts people's
unawareness of the game design industry and its potential. DSK International Campus has
opened the doors for gaming enthusiasts to explore new avenues of this one of its kind
creative yet competitive industry.
The DSKIC's video game curriculum follows an industry renowned process while offering
international masters to the aspirants. With specialized programs in game design, game art
and game programming, the course consists of comprehensive knowledge of the game-play
theory. The course actively promotes and attempts to evoke imaginative and creative
thinking as a talent development process. The application-based teaching methodology has
enabled their students to actually achieve hands-on knowledge, thus establishing
themselves as gaming experts, designers and professionals. What gives them an edge over
existing gaming talent pool is the art of storytelling inculcated within the program,
which enhances their narrative skills and greatly improves the delivered gaming
Following such innovative course structure, DSKIC students have been constantly
marching towards success through an array of national and international awards in this
sector. Video game students from DSKIC were recently nominated for the celebrated BAFTA
Awards in London for their project Heera, which has also won the DARE TO BE DIGITAL
contest at Scotland. Also, their students have made it a habit to bag major awards at the
prestigious annual NASSCOM-GDC event, BYOG which is attended by eminent personalities and
famous gaming studios across the world. DSKIC's rigorous efforts and their exceptional
study model have gained them an incomparable alumni network, which is quite complex to
achieve in such a niche yet cut-throat competitive industry. Their alumni network includes
the likes of Gameloft, Disney, Ubisoft, Zynga, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, and many more.
In response to the regular enquiries, DSKIC has once again announced the date of
online entrance test for their upcoming batch, scheduled on 3rd May 2014, which will be
followed by studio test at DSKIC Pune Campus. This initiative will facilitate the
prospective students across India to appear and enrol for creative careers in video games,
animation and industrial design which includes product, transport and digital design. To
enrol for this exam, please visit the given link for more details:
Established in 2008, DSK International Campus (DSKIC), a joint venture between the DSK
Group and globally recognized French Institute Rubika run by Chamber of Commerce and
Industry of Grand Hainaut (CCI), is one of India's premiere educational destinations.
Offering an array of professional courses in the promising fields of animation, game
design and industrial design, DSKIC has endeavoured to instil and nurture creativity in
talented individuals. The educational brand has a vision of being an international center
of creative excellence, shaping talent, and a destination to develop and nurture the
global creative thought-leaders of tomorrow. They are enablers of an environment of
creative freedom generating the foundations for boundless possibilities across animation,
video gaming, and industrial design.
Faraday Delivers a Complete Set of UMC 28nm Cell Libraries and Memory Compilers
Patented Techniques to Minimize the Die Area, Optimize the Performance, and Raise the Yield Rate
HSINCHU and SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Faraday Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035), a leading fabless ASIC/SoC and IP provider, today announced the availability of its complete set of cell libraries and memory compilers in UMC 28nm HPM (High Performance for Mobile) and HLP (High-Performance Low Power) processes. Faraday's complete set of 28nm solutions satisfies a wide range of application market requirements featuring low-power, high-density, high-speed, and high yield rate with Faraday's mature methodology. Since launched, they have been recognized and adopted by customers in the market.
Faraday's 28nm cell libraries include 3 series, the 7-track miniLib(TM), the 9-track generic libraries, and the 12-track UHS-Lib(TM). These cell libraries are equipped with the low power management of PSK cells, and multi-Vt and multi-channel length options. Apart from the complete cell library offerings, Faraday's miniLib(TM) series takes care of one of the most critical concerns of designers by guaranteeing the same routability while reducing the die size by about 20%. Also, the 12-track UHS-Lib(TM) series is developed for optimizing the performance of ARM CPU cores for up to 1.5GHz clock rate.
To mitigate the challenges of process variation associated with advance nodes such as 28nm, Faraday's memory compilers provide users the configurability with different types of assist circuits in order to increase production yield and strengthen chip performance. To improve the write ability for memory cells at low Vcc (supply voltage), a patented and silicon proven NBL (Negative BitLine) technique developed by Faraday is applied. By improving the write ability, NBL is able to increase the production yield even at the worst corner of 28nm HPM process. Furthermore, to increase read margin and improve Vcc-min tolerance by about 200mV, a proprietary tracking control scheme of sensing-margin and a DPRAM cell current booster technique are deployed. Another patented WLUD (Word-Line Under-Drive) technique proves to mitigate the read-disturbance effectively. For ROM memories, Faraday's bit-line leakage suppression and adaptive word-line boost techniques help to increase more read margins.
"From the 20-plus years of dedicated collaboration with UMC in fundamental IP development covering processes from legacy to advanced nodes, Faraday has built a knowledge base second to none with UMC process technologies. This abundant knowhow has always contributed to Faraday's ability to develop highly competitive IP and to attract both IP and ASIC customers, in terms of cell size, performance, power consumption, and yield enhancement," said Eliot Chen, Senior Associate Vice President of RD at Faraday. "With our advantageous partnership with UMC on 28nm solutions, we will keep assisting customers to seize opportunities the moment when they come up in the market," he added.
Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading fabless ASIC and silicon IP provider. The company's broad silicon IP portfolio includes I/O, Cell Library, Memory Compiler, ARM-compliant CPUs, DDRI/II/III, MPEG4, H.264, USB 2.0/3.0, 10/100 Ethernet, Serial ATA, and PCI Express, etc. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday has service and support offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and China. Faraday is listed in Taipei Stock Exchange, ticker 3035. For more information, please visit: http://www.faraday-tech.com
886.3.5787888 ext. 4047
King and Tencent Announce the Launch of Candy Crush Saga in China
LONDON, STOCKHOLM and BEIJING, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Chinese version of the popular game coming to China's Tencent platform this summer
King Digital Entertainment plc (NYSE: KING), the leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, today announced it will launch a Chinese version of its wildly popular Candy Crush Saga game for the Chinese market exclusively with Tencent Holdings Limited ("Tencent", SEHK stock code: 00700), a leading provider of comprehensive Internet services in China.
This agreement further extends King's presence in key Asian markets. It follows the successful launches of Candy Crush Saga in Korea and Japan in 2013. The Chinese version will be available via Tencent's Mobile QQ and Weixin Game Centers.
Riccardo Zacconi, CEO of King commented:
"I am thrilled to be launching Candy Crush Saga with Tencent in China. Tencent has the largest mobile social network in China and is a great partner to work with. I look forward to working together to make Candy Crush Saga as popular in China as in the rest of the world."
Steven Ma, Senior Vice President of Tencent said:
"Tencent always hopes to bring global premier mobile games to China, and Candy Crush is one of the best. We are excited that our collaboration will combine King's enjoyable mobile gaming experience and Tencent's strong game publishing and operation capabilities in China. We are looking forward to bringing great moments of fun to Chinese users soon."
King Digital Entertainment plc (NYSE: KING) is the leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world. It has a network of 324 million monthly unique users as of December 2013 and offers more than 180 exclusive games in 14 languages through its king.com and royalgames.com websites, Facebook, and mobile distribution platforms such as the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore. King has seven game studios in Stockholm, Bucharest, Malmo, London, Barcelona and Berlin along with offices in San Francisco and Malta.
Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information, seek entertainment, and shop online through its integrated platforms. Tencent's diversified services include QQ, Weixin and WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; and QQ.com for information.
Tencent was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited in 2004. Tencent has been one of the 50 constituent stocks of the Hang Seng Index since June 10, 2008, under stock code 00700. Tencent seeks to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a hospitable environment for its partners, and staying close to its users.
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding King Digital Media's future business expectations, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors including: our ability to attract new users in this new market and to achieve significant engagement and monetization levels; intellectual property concerns; competition; privacy and regulatory concerns; security breaches; and general economic conditions. These and other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted are more fully detailed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our final prospectus filed with the SEC on March 27, 2014, which is available on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov. We undertake no obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events.
Idea Partners With Acotel Interactive India to Launch Skill-based Mobile Gaming Service
MUMBAI, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Acotel Interactive India Private Ltd. and Idea Cellular, India's 3rd largest telecom
operator, have partnered to launch skill-based mobile gaming service to mobile users in
The first product that is being launched in India is called 'SkillDerby', which will
allow over 130 million Idea users to play and enjoy high quality and challenging games on
their smartphones, without having to download them. Android and iOS users on the Idea
network can enjoy playing these exciting games on their mobile browser. Both prepaid and
postpaid users can access the service on all 2G and 3G enabled smartphones.
According to Mr. Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular, "Idea has
always innovated to offer unique products and services to our customers while keeping in
mind convenience and affordability. We find the gaming concept of SkillDerby very
innovative and foresee its strong potential in the Indian market."
"Acotel Interactive India Private Limited is dedicated and excited about this product
launch with Idea Cellular and looks forward to a successful partnership," said Acotel
Interactive India CEO Cristian Carnevale.
SkillDerby is a skill-based fun and exciting portal of HTML5 games for Idea Cellular
smartphone users. SkillDerby offers a catalog of games such as Jelly Slide, Bank Bandit,
Fish Foodies, Maniac Traffic etc., which have enjoyed a great success worldwide. Idea
users can subscribe to the service through http://landing.skillderby.in/l1/ and enjoy
playing the exciting portfolio of games offered on their smartphones.
This product has achieved milestone success in other markets with Acotel Interactive
Based out of Mumbai, Acotel Interactive India Private Ltd. focuses on providing
digital entertainment services starting with casual skill-based mobile gaming services.
Acotel Interactive India Private Ltd. is a subsidiary of Acotel Interactive Inc.
headquartered in New York. Acotel Interactive Inc. creates engaging digital products and
services for consumers. Their growing library of brands includes offerings in mobile
entertainment, casual gaming, social network-based dating, skill-based game tournaments
and more. Acotel Interactive Inc. has a strong and successful business presence in more
than 20 countries covering Europe, Australia, Americas, Africa and Asia where each year
new markets are added to their portfolio.
About Idea Cellular
Idea Cellular is India's 3rd largest national mobile operator, with more than 130
million subscribers. With traffic in excess of 1.75 billion minutes a day, Idea ranks
among the Top 10 country operators in the world. Using the latest in technology, Idea
provides world-class service delivery through the most extensive network of customer touch
points. Idea is listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange
(BSE) in India.
Idea Cellular is an Aditya Birla Group Company, India's first truly multinational
corporation. The group ranks number 4 globally and number 1 in the Asia Pacific in the
2011 Top Companies for Leaders (TCFL) study conducted by Aon Hewitt, Fortune (the Global
Business Magazine) and the RBL Group. It operates in 36 countries, and is anchored by more
than 136,000 employees belonging to 42 nationalities. More information on Idea Cellular is
available at http://www.ideacellular.com and on the Aditya Birla Group at http://www.adityabirla.com.
For further information, please contact:
Idea Cellular Limited
Shivanjali Singh, Corporate Affairs, New Delhi,
Acotel Interactive India Private Limited
Priyanka Singh, Country Manager, Mumbai, email@example.com, 91-9167541048
Blancco Scores Highest Rating for Corporate Vision and Growth Potential in Analysis by Compliance Standards
Blancco's data security expertise and strategy earns five-star excellence rating from Compliance Standards analysts for execution, vision and sustainable growth
ATLANTA, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Blancco [http://www.blancco.com ], the global leader in data erasure and computer
reuse solutions, has received the highest rating in an in-depth business analysis
conducted by Compliance Standards LLC, a premium advisory and research provider to IT
asset disposition (ITAD) and enterprise technology stakeholders, including IT departments,
compliance officers, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The firm analyzed Blancco's company structure, management, finances, go-to-market
approach, and products. Blancco received the maximum 5-star rating for execution, vision
and sustainable growth in the assessment relative to its competition and market, earning
an overall score of 91% in the SWOT analysis.
"This groundbreaking, independent analysis of a leading data erasure provider is
critical for customers when assessing technologies," said Kim Vaisanen, CEO and Co-Founder
of Blancco. "The report's excellent results confirm that Blancco is on pace to become a
global one-stop shop for data erasure solutions for all meaningful platforms."
The report praises Blancco's product portfolio and long-term growth potential, noting
that Blancco "tends to be the default data erasure firm used by leading ITAD operators and
electronics recyclers," as polled by Compliance Standards.
"Blancco's products and services are well-introduced within many large organizations
on the end-user side, servicing sectors like law enforcement, the financial industry,
healthcare and other verticals," said David Daoud, Managing Director of Compliance
Standards. Blancco's entire profile is available online [http://compliancestandards.com ]
for Compliance [http://www.compliance-standards.com ] Standards' Premium Customers.
About Compliance Standards
Compliance Standards LLC is a premium advisory and research service that provides
consulting and market intelligence to the ITAD and technology recycling sector and to the
large corporations that use these services. The company covers the critical functions of
consumer and enterprise recycling and sustainability, including, but not limited to IT
hardware, data center recycling, consumer electronics, home appliances and more. Coverage
focuses not only on compliance issues, such as those related to data security, but also on
discovering best practices, efficiency techniques, cost control practices and brand
protection strategies in sustainability and technology end of life management. More
information is available at http://www.Compliance-Standards.com.
Blancco is the proven data erasure solution for millions of users around the globe. As
the global leader in data erasure and computer reuse solutions, Blancco offers the most
certified data erasure solutions within the industry. The company serves users across a
wide range of industries, including banking, finance, government and defense. The
company's products are highly valued by IT asset disposal professionals around the world.
Blancco operates from an extensive network of international offices and partners across
Europe, North America, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and Australasia. More information is
available at http://www.blancco.com.
Heidi Williams, Marketing Manager
Having delivered its March batch of pre-ordered TerraMiners, CoinTerra was able to ship the April batch of orders to retail customers ahead of schedule, and has now begun selling from stock.
As a result of shipping more than 5,000 TerraMiners, CoinTerra's hardware now accounts for 8 petahash of hash power - over 15% of the entire Bitcoin network today. To celebrate the event CoinTerra has announced that the current specification of TerraMiner IV will be available on sale at an incredible price of just $4,799 after a $1,200 instant discount of 20% with the coupon TMIV5K, redeemable at the CoinTerra website with shipping from stock*.
"Deploying eight petahash to the Bitcoin network in just ten weeks is an unprecedented achievement. As well as thanking the CoinTerra team, now that we are shipping from stock I wanted to give a big thank you to the entire Bitcoin community by offering the TerraMiner IV on sale for a limited time at a very special price." said Ravi Iyengar, CEO - CoinTerra, Inc.
With an unbeatable price-per-gigahash for the highest performance standalone Bitcoin miner, the TerraMiner is the best value-for-money Bitcoin mining proposition on sale today. It is designed by a team of silicon engineers with an unequalled pedigree in Bitcoin mining ASIC design.
"In celebration of the accomplishments we have made in such a short time, I will be selecting a lucky customer from the sale to receive a free additional TerraMiner, autographed by the CoinTerra team." said Dr. Timo Hanke, CTO - CoinTerra, Inc.
*Price excludes shipping cost. Orders placed are expected to ship within 1-2 business days of receipt of payment.
Founded in Austin, Texas in mid-2013, CoinTerra is currently one of the fastest-growing technology startups in the world. CoinTerra designs and produces best-in-class ASIC processors and systems for high-performance financial technology applications, with an initial focus on cryptocurrency and the Bitcoin ecosystem. Our state-of-the-art design methodologies and advanced architectures enable the delivery of Bitcoin mining solutions with the highest performance ASICs available on the market today.
Engineered in Austin, and assembled in Central Texas, the TerraMiner is a shining example of the leading-edge innovation and rapid development which are the cornerstone of Austin's "Silicon Hills" technology community.
CoinTerra boasts a highly experienced engineering team of semiconductor architects and designers who have previously designed some of the world's highest performance CPUs, GPUs, SOCs and chipsets for Apple(R), Intel(R), Nvidia(R), Qualcomm(R) and Samsung(R).
(C) 2014 CoinTerra, Inc. All rights reserved. CoinTerra, the CoinTerra logo, TerraMiner and GoldStrike are trademarks of CoinTerra, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Cadence Digital and Custom/Analog Tools Achieve TSMC V1.0 DRM Certification for 16nm FinFET Process
Full certification enables customers to tape out 16nm FinFET designs using Cadence tools
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced its digital, custom and signoff tools have received V1.0 Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE certification for TSMC's 16nm FinFET process, enabling joint customers to begin taping out FinFET-based designs using CadenceÂ® tools. Cadence's digital, custom/analog and signoff tools have been co-optimized with TSMC's 16nm FinFET process to enable higher performance, lower power consumption and smaller area for advanced designs.
The Cadence digital RTL-to-signoff and custom/analog tools receiving the V1.0 DRM certification are: Cadence EncounterÂ® Digital Implementation System, Physical Verification System, QRC Extraction Solution, Tempus(TM) Timing Signoff Solution, Voltus(TM) IC Power Integrity Solution, VirtuosoÂ® Schematic Editor, Virtuoso Layout Suite, Virtuoso Analog Design Environment and SpectreÂ® Simulator.
"To drive the continued adoption of advanced process technologies such as 16nm FinFET, customers must be confident that the design tools and manufacturing process have been tested to ensure they work together seamlessly," said Suk Lee, TSMC senior director, Design Infrastructure Marketing Division. "We worked closely with Cadence to certify these design tools and incorporate them into the TSMC Reference Flows so our customers can meet their time-to-market goals and stay competitive in advanced technology design."
"The combination of our early investment in FinFET technology development and long-term partnership with TSMC enabled Cadence to quickly achieve V1.0 DRM certification," said Dr. Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Cadence. "Several of our customers are already using these tools and flows to design in TSMC's new process technology to deliver innovative new devices."
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available here.
Qi Ecosystem Surpasses 500 Different Commercial Products Worldwide with Launch of Samsung Galaxy S5 Cover
Milestone of 500 Different Qi-Compatible Devices and Accessories Includes Samsung's New Galaxy S-View Flip Cover and Products from Nokia, LG, HTC, Panasonic, Sony, Motorola, Sharp, Fujitsu, NEC, Pantech and others
PISCATAWAY, N.J., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) announced today that the Qi ecosystem has grown to include more than 500 different certified products worldwide, with rapid growth in the past 18 months.
Qi is now integrated into a variety of consumer products from mobile devices, to accessories like Samsung's New Galaxy S-View Flip Cover and even smart basketballs. As the leading wireless charging standard, Qi is the only wireless power solution directly integrated into smartphones, tablets, and automobiles today, with an installed base of more than 50 million units.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 cover is the latest addition to the rapidly expanding Qi ecosystem of mobile devices, charging accessories, charging locations, and consumer electronics, and joins other flagship products like the TYLT VU; LG Google Nexus 4; Google Nexus 7; Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1020; LG Optimus G Pro; and HTC Droid DNA.
"With backing from more than 200 of the world's most innovative companies, Qi is the leading wireless charging standard today because it offers the widest range of features, enabling consumer convenience and choice," said John Perzow, Vice President Market Development for the Wireless Power Consortium. "Companies choose Qi because it simply works, is easy to integrate and will always represent the most up-to-date wireless charging technology."
Qi is an open, flexible standard that is continually evolving to offer the best user experience while maintaining compatibility with any products that have the Qi logo. Compatibility with the largest growing ecosystem of wireless charging products, price and technology choices are key to delivering the convenience of easy Qi charging anywhere, everywhere. Qi is integrated in more than 60 smartphone models today, is the clear choice for the auto industry and is finding its way into aviation and public areas like airports and restaurants and schools.
Qi can be found in public venues in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific. In Japan, there are thousands of Qi charging locations, including train stations, cafes, and schools. Qi is also integrated into cars like the 2014 Jeep Cherokee; the Toyota Avalon, Prius, and Harrier; and Ssangyong Chairman.
Recently, Audi unveiled its updated Phone Box center console featuring Qi. Daimler has also announced that Mercedes-Benz will be introducing Qi compatible charging for phones and tablets its cars. CE4A, a working group of leading automobile manufacturers made Qi the wireless charging choice for Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, and Porsche.
Qi is backed by more than 200 leading companies of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), including ConvenientPower, Delphi Automotive Systems, Energizer, Haier Group, Hitachi Maxell HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Royal Philips, Sony, TDK Corporation, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and Verizon Wireless.
In December 2008 a group of leading consumer electronics companies created the Wireless Power Consortium to establish Qi as the interoperable global standard for wireless power. The more than 200 members of the WPC include Blackberry, ConvenientPower, Energizer, Formica, Foxconn, Haier, HTC, IKEA, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, PowerByProxi, Qualcomm, Royal Philips, Samsung, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Verizon Wireless, ZTE and infrastructure providers such as wireless operators, furniture, and automotive parts companies. As the leading wireless charging standard worldwide, Qi has brought more than 400 new wireless charging products to market. Qi products are available in North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Europe, India, Africa, and Australia.
National Instruments Introduces USRP RIO Next-Generation Wireless Prototyping Platform
Prototype wireless systems faster, significantly shorten time to results with USRP RIO
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced an integrated software defined radio solution for rapidly prototyping high-performance, multichannel wireless communication systems. The NI USRP RIO platform is built on the NI LabVIEW RIO architecture and combines a high-performance 2 x 2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) RF transceiver capable of transmitting and receiving signals from 50 MHz to 6 GHz with an open LabVIEW programmable FPGA architecture.
Wireless engineers can use this technology to rapidly prototype real-time wireless communications systems and test them under real-world conditions. They can also prototype more capable wireless algorithms and systems faster and reduce time to results using the only complete platform to take full advantage of a graphical system design approach. The USRP RIO family delivers high-performance, real-time processing capability with the Xilinx Kintex-7 Series FPGA, low latency with the PCI Express connection to a host computer and small size (1U half wide, 19 in. rack mountable).
USRP RIO is ideal for a wide range of application areas including 5G wireless communications research, active and passive radar development and exploration, communications intelligence, connected smart devices and more. NI USRP((TM)) (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) is already a popular platform for research spanning industry and academia as it empowers researchers to rapidly iterate on designs via programmable software. For example, a recent Lund University announcement highlights a 5G research application focusing on massive MIMO - a technology being considered for 5G communication.
About National Instruments
Since 1976, National Instruments (http://www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI's graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company's long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.
LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI, ni.com and USRP are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
BlueNRGY, LLC Releases First Major Software Upgrade Of Its Global Energy Monitoring Solution
Next-Generation Solution Monitors Virtually Limitless Amount of Power Plants and Data Points in Real-Time
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --BlueNRGY, LLC, a global energy monitoring solutions provider, today announces the release of BlueNRGY Monitoring 2.0, a redesigned and revamped version of its renewable energy monitoring platform. The new software release includes a refreshed user interface, fast custom reporting, easy-to-use analytical tools, full site data configuration, global weather displays, and a number of other feature enhancements.
The biggest change that renewable energy owners, operators and asset managers can expect from BlueNRGY Monitoring 2.0 takes place on the infrastructure layer with significant upgrade to the system's architecture, which enables BlueNRGY to monitor a virtually limitless amount of power plants globally, each with thousands of monitored data points in real-time.
Site Data Configuration - Users now have a new interface for setting up and managing a portfolio of power plants, showcasing a multitude of data points on an aggregated dashboard portfolio view down to a specific site's connected devices.
Multi-language Support - BlueNRGY's global customer base can benefit from a culturally appropriate experience with the system's capability to translate interface text, metrics and currency to their desired language. Languages supported include English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
Performance Yield Analysis - It's easier than ever to analyze performance yield for one site or across a fleet of power plants. The improved analysis engine allows users to select sites, devices and other available data points, and then graph or download calculated performance data quickly.
Custom Reporting Enhancements - The new reporting template module allows users to create their own custom reports, as well as share and comment on report sections, based on business need.
About BlueNRGY, LLC
BlueNRGY, LLC is a global energy monitoring solutions provider, delivering an integrated solution consisting of web-based energy monitoring software and industrial grade data acquisition hardware for renewable energy power plants around the world. Founded in 2012, BlueNRGY, LLC is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with an engineering lab in Seattle, WA, and local presence in New York, NY, Paris, France, and Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about BlueNRGY, LLC visit http://www.BlueNRGY.com.
Newest Premium Headset From LG Is Fashionable And Hitting Store Shelves
LG's Award-Winning Accessory Line Adds LG TONE PRO - Now Available Nationwide
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bringing more choice to smartphone owners considering premium, mobile stereo headsets,LG Electronics - the makers of the acclaimed LG G2 smartphone, LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet and innovative curved LG G Flex - is shipping LG TONE PRO(TM) to retailers and mobile network providers nationwide.
"The premium headset market is defined by fashion as much as it is by sound quality," said Bruce Tripido, director of accessories, LG MobileComm USA. "That is exactly what consumers find in the LG TONE PRO, a well-designed headset that threads together style, comfort and quality."
LG owns more than half of the rapidly growing, in-ear Bluetooth stereo headset market. As more smartphone users look for accessories that are functional across multiple devices, in-ear Bluetooth headsets are at the forefront of consumer demand. According to Strategy Analytics, more than 7 million stereo headsets are expected to ship in 2017, double the units shipped in 2013.
Award-Winning 3D NeckBehind Style and Comfort
The LG TONE accessory lineup - that also includes TONE(TM), TONE+(TM) and the premium TONE ULTRA(TM), the latter boasting JBL Signature Sound and Ambient Noise Cancellation for an MSRP of $129.99 - is recognized for ergonomic style and comfort, having earned three prominent global design awards and recognition from influential industry body, RedDot.
LG's all-new TONE PRO headset features this award-winning, ergonomic around-the-neck wearing style that provides a comfortable, fashion-forward fit. Pairing LG TONE PRO with any Bluetooth-enabled device makes it the ultimate hands-free audio solution, and with Advanced Multipoint users can pair the headset with two devices simultaneously. LG TONE PRO is lightweight, boasts extended talk and music play times, and includes new features for audiophiles such as HD voice and enhanced bass response.
Pricing and Availability
The LG TONE PRO is now available in stores and online at Verizon Wireless and Best Buy, and is coming soon to Amazon, Radio Shack, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The LG TONE PRO is available in white, black, red (Verizon only) and blue (Best Buy only), retailing for an MSRP of $69.99.
Key Technical Specifications
-- Bluetooth Specification: version 3.0
-- Supported Bluetooth Profiles: Headset (HSP), Hands-Free (HFP)
-- Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control (AVRCP)
-- Talk Time: up to 15 hours
-- Music Listening Time: up to 10 hours
-- Standby Time: up to 21 days
-- Charging Time: less than 2 hours
-- Dimensions: 5.45" (W) X 6.81" (H) X 0.69" (D)
-- Weight: 1.23 oz.
For more information about LG TONE PRO and the complete line of premium headsets, please visit http://www.lg.com. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About LG MobileComm USA
LG MobileComm USA, based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the U.S. sales subsidiary of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, a global innovator and trend leader in the global mobile communications industry. LG is driving the evolution of mobile forward with its highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery and camera optics and strategic partnerships with noted industry leaders. LG's consumer-centric products ? including the flagship premium G Series models ? incorporate unique, ergonomic designs and intuitive UX features that enhance the user experience. The company remains committed to leading consumers into the era of convergence, maximizing inter-device connectivity between smartphones, tablets and a wide range of home and portable electronics products. For more information, please visit http://www.LG.com.
ACL Introduces Audit and Financial Control Solution to Solve SAPÂ® Data Access Challenges
New Offering and Updated Data Extraction Tool Allow Audit, Risk, and Compliance to Analyze Data Goldmine in SAPÂ® ERP and CRM
VANCOUVER, Canada, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ACL, the company that is transforming audit and risk, today announced the launch of a pre-packaged solution, ACL(TM) Audit and Financial Control Solution for SAPÂ® ERP. The solution assists audit, risk, and compliance teams that are struggling to gain access to transactional SAP data necessary to test controls and ensure regulatory compliance under Sarbanes-Oxley and other financial requirements. In addition, ACL has released a new version of ACL(TM) Direct Link(TM) for SAPÂ® ERP and SAPÂ® CRM, an SAP-certified data extraction add-on for ACL(TM) Analytics (AN) and ACL(TM) Analytics Exchange (AX).
"This release has several enhanced, new features that will prove useful in our SAP environment and help us to be more efficient," said George Gitson, Manager, Audit Analytics at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. "The SAP interface allows auditors and data analysts to tap into their complex enterprise systems with ease and deliver value-added insights more quickly."
Designed for integration with ACL's data analysis and audit and compliance management software, the new Audit and Financial Control turnkey solution includes analytic scripts that leverage Direct Link and data models tailored for SAP ERP. By combining this with consulting services, the burden on IT teams can be reduced through enabling direct self-service, SAP-certified data access to individuals within each department. In addition to empowering productivity via pre-packaged SAP expertise, users are able to:
-- Eliminate roadblocks typically associated with exporting data held
within SAP systems
-- Expand the scope of audits for increased coverage and assurance
-- Uncover key information hidden in SAP data, reducing costs and
-- Generate faster results with less effort
-- Deliver credible governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) by
effectively leveraging analytics
According to ACL's 2013 GRC Technology Pulse Survey of 2,200 audit, risk management, and compliance professionals, 66% of respondents are focused on internally-driven risk exposures for 2014, causing SAP ERP data to be considered a goldmine. Having the ability to easily access and analyze this information in order to identify trends, anomalies, and gaps in business processes helps reduce operational risks, minimize profit erosion, and mitigate fraud risk. However, many teams are unable to effectively extract insightful data due to a lack of expertise or powerful analytics program.
"There are countless barriers to effectively auditing SAP ERP data, such as delays with obtaining IT department assistance, difficulty in determining the most relevant data, and a lack of technology to analyze massive volumes of data," said Keith Cerny, Vice President of Research & Development at ACL. "Our new offerings break down the walls for auditors, risk management, and compliance professionals, allowing them to directly access information that they previously would have had to obtain through IT."
Mentor Graphics Design and Verification Tools Certified for TSMC 16nm FinFET Production
WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that its IC design to silicon solution has achieved certification for TSMC's Design Rule Manual (DRM) and SPICE model version 1.0 for its 16nm FinFET process. The certification includes tools in the CalibreÂ® physical verification and design-for-manufacturing (DFM) platform, as well as the Olympus-SoC(TM) place and route system, the Pyxis(TM) custom IC design platform, and EldoÂ® SPICE simulator. Mentor also successfully demonstrated a complete 16nm FinFET digital flow using the Olympus-SoC and Calibre products and the ARMÂ® CortexÂ®-A15 MPCore processor as the validation vehicle. The Mentor 16nm solutions are available now to support customers as they transition from test chips to full production 16nm FinFET design efforts.
The Olympus-SoC place and route system enables efficient design closure with complete support for all 16nm FinFET double patterning (DP), DRC and DFM rules, fin grid alignment for macros and standard cells, and Vt min-area rules support. The new flow also supports low-voltage hold time fixing, interconnect resistance minimization, signal EM fixing, MiM Cap extraction to address timing impact, and enhanced pin accessibility and routability.
The Calibre nmDRC(TM) platform supports design teams to ensure their designs meet process requirements. The SmartFill capability in Calibre YieldEnhancer, along with the other Mentor DFM products, Calibre LFD(TM) and Calibre CMPAnalyzer, were enhanced to meet TSMC-specified requirements for filling, lithography, and CMP simulations for 16FF.
The TSMC 16nm design kit offering for Mentor provides reliability checks based on the Calibre PERC(TM) product. This enables customers to analyze and correct issues like electrostatic discharge (ESD) and latch-up at both IP and full chip level using a common platform and set of checks regardless of the IP source.
To ensure accurate circuit simulation of FinFET devices, Mentor collaborated with TSMC on enhancement and certification of the high-performance Calibre xACT(TM) 2.5D and 3D extraction product, and FinFET device models in the Calibre nmLVS(TM) product.
The Pyxis custom IC design platform is extended to handle fin grids and provide a fin grid display, and to support guard rings, MOS abutment rules and design rule-driven (DRD) layout. The Eldo simulator has been upgraded to provide accurate FinFET device and circuit level modeling based on the latest BSIM-CMG and TMI models from TSMC.
"We've worked closely with TSMC to ensure our tools are ready for 16nm FinFET technology, including ongoing efforts with TSMC to optimize Calibre rule decks for the best turnaround time," said Joseph Sawicki, vice president and general manager of the Design to Silicon division at Mentor Graphics. "By jointly evolving our products to handle 16nm FinFET requirements, we minimize the learning curve and allow designers to leverage TSMC's offering to create differentiated value in their products."
"The longstanding working relationship between TSMC and Mentor has allowed us to address the design requirements of 16nm FinFET, while continuing to deliver production ready solutions against an aggressive technology roadmap," said Suk Lee, TSMC senior director, Design Infrastructure Marketing Division. "At each new node we are proving once again that ecosystem collaboration under Open Innovation Platform is critical to driving innovation for the semiconductor design industry."
About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year in excess of $1.15 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.
(Mentor Graphics, Mentor, Eldo and Calibre are registered trademarks and Pyxis, Olympus-SoC, LFD, xACT, PERC, nmDRC and nmLVS are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)
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SAN DIEGO, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mind Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB - VOIS), has launched an updated website to better inform shareholders as progress is made and to allow for online purchases of The Company's thought-controlled software applications. The new site is now live and will have ongoing improvements made, including videos and updates on The Company's EEG/ BCI (Brain-Computer-Interface) headset currently in development. The new site can be accessed at http://www.MindSolutionsCorp.com.
The Company is determined to complete the micro EEG headset in development, which is designed to operate mobile smart phones and tablets through the power of your mind. The Company is approximately 80% complete with the device and is expected to fast-track the final stages of completion. Once launched, The Company will begin marketing the micro EEG headset along with The Company's thought-controlled software applications that are currently on the market. Mind Solutions expects to build a portfolio of additional software applications that operate off the proprietary EEG headset to become the premiere BCI platform on the market.
TeamQuest Announces Keynote Speakers for ITSO Summit
Annual conference aimed at helping advance business and career through IT Optimization
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TeamQuest, a global leader in IT Service Optimization, has announced the lineup of keynote speakers for the upcoming ITSO Summit, which is being held April 27 - 30, 2014 in Palm Springs, CA. The ITSO Summit is the industry's only event focused on enabling organizations to achieve unmatched results by optimizing IT service cost, capacity, and performance.
The TeamQuest ITSO Summit creates a collaborative environment for both thinkers and doers in the IT Service Optimization space who strive to make a significant operational impact on the performance of their organizations. The ITSO Summit provides a forum for best practices and insights for successful IT Service Optimization from leading analysts, innovators, and experienced IT operators and gives participants an opportunity to network with industry in?uencers and peers.
Some of the key agenda items that will be discussed during the summit will include:
-- Learning techniques for keeping IT infrastructure running smoothly and
-- Gaining insights from experts and hearing new ideas from industry
-- Discussing how others deal with real-world IT performance challenges and
successes, and seeing innovative new solutions in action.
In addition to the practitioner presentations and case study discussions, the ITSO summit will feature keynote speakers who will share their unique insights into the industry and the vision they have for IT service optimization. This year's keynote speakers include:
-- David J. Cappuccio is a Managing VP and Chief of Research for the
Infrastructure teams with Gartner, responsible for research in data
center design, construction and cost models, data center futures,
servers, power/cooling, green IT, and data center consolidation and
migration strategies. Mr. Cappuccio's experience extends more than 43
years in the technology arena, including financial services, IT
operations, market research and management consulting.
-- Bernd Harzog is the analyst at The Virtualization Practice for
Performance and Capacity Management and IT as a Service (Private Cloud).
Bernd is also the CEO and founder of APM Experts, a company that
provides strategic marketing services to vendors in the virtualization
performance management, and application performance management markets.
Prior to these two companies, Bernd was the CEO of RTO Software, the VP
Products at Netuitive, a General Manager at Xcellenet, and Research
Director for Systems Software at Gartner Group.
-- Mary Johnston Turner, Vice President of Enterprise Systems Management
Software for IDC, drives forecasts and analysis of many IT management
software markets including public and private cloud operations, data
center automation, virtualization management and performance and
availability management. She is a major contributor to IDC's annual IT
industry predictions process.
-- Pete Martinez is the Chairman and CEO of Game Changer Tec, a high tech
innovation collaboratory for advanced health research and services. An
international entrepreneur, he has led numerous high impact initiatives
in the areas of high tech, business consulting, healthcare, and
education. Martinez is a 32 year veteran of IBM, where he was Vice
President of Global Business Services and Senior Executive for IBM South
"We are excited to continue our mission to provide individuals with the tools they need in order to obtain results by optimizing IT service cost, capacity, and performance," said TeamQuest Executive Vice President Terry Wisner. "The ITSO Summit is another example of TeamQuest's commitment to bringing organizations to the intersection of business performance and efficiency."
About TeamQuest Corporation
TeamQuest is the global leader in IT Service Optimization, delivering automated, comprehensive and real-time performance analysis covering everything from apps to servers to storage. TeamQuest software enables organizations to accurately analyze, predict, manage and measure the performance of highly dynamic, multi-vendor environments. Enterprises around the world trust TeamQuest solutions to proactively improve latency, mitigate financial risk, and reduce cost. For more information, please visit http://www.teamquest.com
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Tektronix Announces Enhanced IBIS-AMI, S-Parameters Modeling Support for Oscilloscopes
Enables Fast, Accurate Characterization of On-Chip Silicon Behavior; Improves Correlation with Simulation Results
BEAVERTON, Ore., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tektronix, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes, today announced that it has extended the capabilities of the analysis system on its MSO/DPO70000 Series of Digital and Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes to include modeling of on-chip silicon behavior using IBIS-AMI models and S-parameters. This significantly improves correlation between measurement and simulation for faster, more accurate characterization of on-chip silicon behavior and performance for today's mobile, enterprise, and data communication standards.
As serial data rates increase, most next generation serial technologies require measurements at the far end where the eye is completely closed. Equalization must be done to open the eye before the measurements can be taken. Until now, reference equalizers based on a mathematical model have been used for compliance testing, but these equalizers lack correlation with simulators and fail to represent complex real-world silicon behavior. In contrast, IBIS-AMI models are designed using the architecture of the actual receiver silicon.
"Accurate system characterization requires visibility into on-chip behavior," said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. "Until recently, this has not been available on real-time oscilloscopes for the latest high-speed serial data specifications such as SuperSpeed USB or PCI Express 3.0. The introduction of IBIS-AMI models enables silicon vendors to model chip behavior and those models can be now used on Tektronix oscilloscopes instead of the less accurate reference equalization models."
Support for IBIS-AMI is included as part of the Serial Data Link Analysis Visualizer (SDLA Visualizer) package that provides a complete solution for de-embedding the effects of cables, fixtures and probes for silicon validation, system verification, backplane characterization, and embedded system performance. SDLA Visualizer also supports "what-if" channel analysis through simulating transmitter equalization and S-parameter scaling, enabling designers to predict system performance without the need for a physical channel model.
A significant advantage to using IBIS-AMI models is correlation with simulation results and confidence that the resulting measurements match system behavior. "Since simulations are often done before silicon or physical board are available, correlation between the simulation and oscilloscope measurements has been an ongoing challenge for our customers," said Brian Burdick, IC Analog Validation Engineer of LSI Corporation. "With the addition of IBIS-AMI support, oscilloscopes are now able to go well beyond simple waveform acquisition to can provide a better representation of silicon behavior for significant time and cost savings."
Availability & Pricing
The SDLA Visualizer for Tektronix MSO/DPO70000 oscilloscopes is available now worldwide and can be purchased for $11,000 U.S. MSRP.
Webinar: Addressing Next Generation Design Challenges with EDA and Measurement solutions
Tektronix and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. are teaming up to present a webinar titled, "Addressing Next Generation Design Challenges with EDA and Measurement solutions" on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. PST. This webinar will focus on the methodology of moving from the simulation environment to the lab and vice versa. Presenters will use an example of moving from PCIe Gen 3 to Gen 4 to help participants answer the question of how 8 Gbps hardware will work when the speed doubles. This new methodology will help engineers get the answers they need quickly. To register please visit http://info.tek.com/sdla-webinar-registration.html
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For more than sixty-five years, engineers have turned to Tektronix for test, measurement and monitoring solutions to solve design challenges, improve productivity and dramatically reduce time to market. Tektronix is a leading supplier of test equipment for engineers focused on electronic design, manufacturing, and advanced technology development. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix serves customers worldwide and offers award-winning service and support. Stay on the leading edge at http://www.tektronix.com.
Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
CardFlight Wins Electronic Transactions Association's 2014 Technology Innovation Award
Provider of mobile POS technology recognized as leading innovator by international trade association representing the payments industry.
NEW YORK, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CardFlight has won the 2014 Technology Innovation Award from the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the global trade association representing companies that offer electronic transaction processing products and services. The Technology Innovation Award is presented annually to one company that makes significant advancements for the industry and has demonstrated results with a product that is currently available in the marketplace.
This announcement came on April 9(th) during the President's Dinner & Star Awards Gala in Las Vegas, NV, part of TRANSACT 14, the largest annual event hosted by the ETA. The ETA Star Awards are designed to recognize and showcase individuals and companies that have made a significant difference in the payments industry, whether through innovation, business practices, advocacy, or contributions to the association.
"On behalf of the entire CardFlight team, we're honored to win this award," said Derek Webster, Founder and CEO of CardFlight. "The rapidly growing use of tablets and smartphones creates opportunities across all aspects of commerce. Our company is focused on creating technology that helps others use mobile devices to accept credit card payments. We're grateful for the award and look forward to continuing to innovate in the months and years ahead."
Founded in 2013, CardFlight started when Derek Webster was trying to integrate card-swiping technology into his company's mobile application and realized that there was no easy way to do that. He decided to focus the company's energy to create a developer-friendly, easy-to-integrate software development kit (SDK) for adding swiped, card-present transactions into an app, realizing that there might be a big market given the popularity of mobile payments. Since then, CardFlight has provided technology to over 100 different customers building a wide range of mobile applications that include payment acceptance.
"The pace that mobile technology is evolving at is exhilarating. Our team at CardFlight works tirelessly to stay ahead across the changing landscape of iOS and Android devices," added Webster. "We're excited to be recognized by the ETA as a leading innovator and for our contributions to the payments industry. Creative and innovative technology is where the industry is heading and we are honored to be known as a company that is working to move the industry forward."
CardFlight is a leading provider of mobile POS technology and tools that makes it easy for anyone to accept swiped card-present payments in any mobile app with virtually any merchant account. They offer both turnkey mobile applications and robust software development kits (SDKs) for iOS/Android that can be incorporated into custom applications. CardFlight's platform also includes encrypted card readers and a payment gateway that supports over 20 different processors, to provide clients with complete mobile payments and mobile POS (mPOS) solutions. The company has raised over $1.6 million from leading venture capital firms and angel investors including ff Venture Capital, Payment Ventures, Apostolos Apostolakis, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Plug & Play Ventures, and Great Oaks Venture Capital. http://getcardflight.com
Mohu Dresses Up Free HDTV With New Leaf Metro Antenna
New compact antenna design gives cord-cutters a stylish and inexpensive way to enjoy their favorite over-the-air broadcast television shows
RALEIGH, N.C., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the cord-cutting movement continues to grow, HDTV antenna maker Mohu is pushing the limits of antenna technology and design with the debut of its latest compact antenna model, Leaf Metro. A trendy new addition to the Company's popular Leaf antenna family, Leaf Metro delivers top performance in a stylish, small package. Its reversible black-and-white design dresses up any TV set, whether it's perched up high, hanging out by the window or adorning a wall. Leaf Metro is priced at $24.95 and is available for purchase in the Mohu Store.
Bulky and industrial is out; compact and stylish is in. With a growing number of consumers canceling expensive cable and satellite TV subscriptions, the indoor HDTV antenna is becoming a fixture in the modern home, apartment and dormitory. Traditional unsightly metal grid contraptions often associated with free over-the-air (OTA) TV are being replaced with thin, sleek models. With its latest Leaf Metro version, Mohu engineers are redefining the image of the antenna to suit a new, style-conscious generation of TV viewers.
"We believe in designing high-quality products tailored to the needs of those who are using them. Leaf Metro is an ideal option for our customers, many of whom are young, on a budget, and have limited space," said Mark Buff, president and co-founder of Mohu. "We're bringing them a product that's even smaller, snazzier and more affordable than our top-rated and especially popular Leaf 30 and Leaf 50 HDTV antennas, while delivering the excellent performance that is Mohu's standard."
Using the same advanced U.S. military antenna technology built into the Leaf product line, Leaf Metro provides consumers with free access to over-the-air broadcast TV in full 1080 HD. Its 25-mile reception radius captures uncompressed digital broadcast signals from major networks and local stations, enabling viewers to watch their favorite broadcast TV shows, news and sports for free and without a cable or satellite subscription. In addition to the Leaf Metro, Mohu offers a number of antenna designs with the style-conscious consumer in mind, including the original paper-thin Mohu Leaf and designer edition Mohu Curve.
Consumers interested in further enhancing their cord-cutting experience may combine a Leaf Metro or other Mohu antenna with their preferred streaming services and web video with the soon-to-be-released Mohu Channels, the device that combines OTA TV broadcasts, streaming apps and web video content into a simple, customizable TV channel guide.
To learn more about the best HDTV antenna for individual needs, consumers can visit Mohu's TV-For-Free web tool (http://www.gomohu.com) to discover the free over-the-air channels available in their area, and select the antenna that best meets their taste, location and budget.
Mohu is a consumer electronics manufacturer dedicated to translating technology into common-sense products. Since introducing the world's first and top-selling paper-thin Leaf Antenna in 2011, Mohu has helped to lead the "cord-cutting" movement in the United States, saving customers more than $220 million by reducing or eliminating costly monthly cable and satellite bills. Available at major retailers and ecommerce sites, Mohu offers a full line of high-quality, easy-to-install and cost-effective HDTV antenna products. For more information, visit http://www.gomohu.com.
Sony Electronics Offers a Full 4K Ultra HD Home Entertainment Experience with New BRAVIAÂ® 4K TV Line-Up, Media Player and Content Options
SAN DIEGO, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics continues to expand its robust 4K ecosystem by announcing today pricing and availability for its new BRAVIA 4K Ultra HD TV Line-up, a new 4K media player and new 4K content options. The new line-up of 4K Ultra HD TVs offers a 4K option for virtually any consumer, and are all optimized to support 4K content from Video Unlimited(TM) 4K, NetflixÂ® and more. The new content and hardware offer consumers more 4K choices than ever before.
"We continue to be the only company that offers a complete line-up of consumer 4K products, including TVs, front projectors, cameras and camcorders, while also leading the industry in providing 4K content. Sony's new 4K Ultra HD TVs, 4K media player and new 4K content offerings continue to strengthen our growing ecosystem," said Mike Fasulo, president at Sony Electronics. "We strongly believe 4K is the future for entertainment and we remain committed to leading the 4K movement, from lens to living room, in a way that only a company like Sony can."
About BRAVIA 4K Ultra HD TVs
First launched at CES, Sony's three new series and total of nine models of its 4K Ultra HD TV line-up are available now for pre-sale and will be in market in June. The XBR-X950B series will retail for a suggested price of $7,999 for the 65" class and $24,999 for the 85" class. The XBR-X900B will retail for a suggested price of $3,999, $4,999 and $8,999 for the 55" class, 65" class and 79" class models. Lastly, the XBR-X850B series, which will be available in 49", 55" and 65" and 70" class screen sizes for $2,099 (49" class), $2,999 (55" class), $3,999 (65" class) and $5,499 (70"class).
The new line-up of 4K Ultra HD TVs gives consumers more 4K Ultra HD TV options than ever before. Using a combination of unique Sony technologies, these models offer a superior picture quality than standard 4K resolution. Sony's 4K X Reality(TM) PRO picture engine can upscale a variety of content regardless of source to beautiful 4K resolution, while TRILUMINOS(TM) Display's wide color spectrum works in unison to reproduce lifelike color, a heightened sense of depth and accurate shading to ensure the highest quality picture. Sony's X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology provides a screen with higher peak brightness and deeper blacks to deliver a truly brilliant picture quality.
In addition, each new 4K Ultra HD TV incorporates Sony's ClearAudio+ digital signal processing for improved high-quality audio. ClearAudio+(TM) combines a variety of Sony technologies to create an immersive experience with clear vocals and a wide range of sound. An optional wireless subwoofer (model SWF-BR100) is available to create a richer audio experience, delivering powerful bass from the TV for a simple and stylish home theater experience.
Gamers can bring the immersive world of PlayStationÂ® directly to the TV with PlayStation(TM) Now. Users can discover and play PlayStationÂ®3 games, all streamed directly to the TV and played by connecting a DUALSHOCKÂ®3 controller to the TV.
All new models support HDMIÂ® 2.0 standard, giving them the ability to display 4K/60p content, and incorporate a decoder to support the latest HEVC codec decoding and can playback 4K/60p content and Internet streaming services. The TVs are also compatible with MHL 3.0 which supports 4K output from smartphones and tablets.
The flagship XBR-X950B series comes in 85" and 65" class screen sizes and incorporates all the best of Sony's technologies for an unparalleled picture quality. This model uses X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology, driven by direct LED arrays which are arranged in the backside of the panel, to achieve a much wider dynamic range of brightness, with higher peaks and deeper blacks, using a unique backlighting algorithm to further enhance picture quality.
The XBR-X900B series comes in 79", 65" and 55" class screen sizes and implements X-tended Dynamic Range technology driven by Edge LED arrays arranged along the side of the panel, as well as an innovative structural design with a new, iconic Wedge form factor. The new innovative structural design, with its iconic Wedge shape, increases capacity to incorporate larger speakers, which provide a deeper, more powerful sound, unprecedented for a flat-screen TV. It also maintains a slim profile that works with traditional wall mounts, and the slim, adjustable TV stand accommodates large or small tables.
This year Sony is also launching an entry-level 4K Ultra HD TV, the XBR-X850B series.
About 4K Ultra HD Media Player
The largest collection of 4K feature films and TV episodes for the home is now available on the new 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X10). The 4K Ultra HD Media Player gives consumers the ability to download, stream and store the latest 4K content in one future-ready box. Users can download hundreds of titles from Video Unlimited(TM) 4K, stream 4K content from NetflixÂ® and playback everything on their Sony 4K Ultra HD TV. The Media Player offers 1 TB of built-in storage and also supports TRILUMINOS(TM) Color for rich and deep color. The Media Player is compatible with any Sony 4K Ultra HD TV, and is ideal for customers looking to upgrade their current 4K TVs to support the latest in 4K technologies. The 4K Media Player with Video Unlimited 4K will be available for purchase this summer.
More 4K Content than Ever Before
Video Unlimited 4K, the world's largest library of 4K content for the home, now offers over 200 titles.
The Video Unlimited 4K service offers a wide variety of fan favorite and new release titles in full 4K resolution from Sony Pictures. This lineup includes recent box office successes such as American Hustle and The Monuments Men, as well as future titles like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Annie (2014)--which are planned to be available on the service following their upcoming theatrical releases. In addition to the latest theatrical titles, Video Unlimited 4K also features ongoing episodes of the hit TV series The Blacklist in full 4K. Over 50 titles are available to consumers at no charge.
Sony's new 4K Ultra HDTVs will also be able to easily access new 4K content from Netflix, the world's leading internet television network with over 40 million members in more than 40 countries worldwide. 4K content available from Netflix will begin with Netflix original "House of Cards" season 2.
Sony and FIFA are collaborating on a range of 4K initiatives at the 2014 FIFA World Cup(TM) including producing three full matches in 4K. Sony and FIFA will jointly produce the Official 2014 FIIFA World Cup Film in 4K, which will include a selection of games, including the final match. US viewers will be able to enjoy the 4K/60p promotional trailers for the Official 4K Film on Sony's 4K Ultra HD TVs at Sony stores and retailers nationwide.
The new TVs also have access to PlayMemories Online(TM) and 500px. Photos uploaded to PlayMemories from your smart phone, tablet, and PC are automatically organized so that you will be able to access them easily and enjoy them in clear and beautiful 4K quality. With 500px, a premier photo community, customers can access and enjoy high-quality 4K photos from around the world easily, through their TV.
Sony's is also enhancing the new 4K Ultra HDTVs' user experience with "One-Flick Entertainment," a new way to view content. With the number of shows and movies customers can view on TV consistently increasing, "One-Flick Entertainment" offers a new style of viewing which allows anyone to quickly select and enjoy content, including TV shows, movies, network content and personal photos.