Friday, July 15, 2011

Immersion Hits New 52 Week High, Achieves New Product Wins

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>>Time for an update, since our last article on Immersion Corporation (IMMR).

The stock recently hit a new 52 week high, and has been trading within a nice uptrend since the beginning of the year, as you can see from the following chart:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mophie Pulse To Bring ViviTouch Haptics To Your iPhone, iPod Touch

from (HT to jedi767 on the IV MB):

>Your iPhone and iPod touch may soon become the ultimate portable gaming machine with the Mophie Pulse case featuring ViviTouch haptics technology. The new case promises to bring “bone-shaking” vibrations and “pulse pounding” stereo sound that transfers what’s happening in your games into a more immersive experience.

Morgan Joseph Analysts Raise Price Target on Equinix, Inc. (EQIX) to $125.00


>Equities research analysts at Morgan Joseph boosted their price target on shares of Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX) from $110.00 to $125.00 in a research note to investors on Wednesday. The analysts currently have a "buy" rating on the stock.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2 More Trading Platforms Move to Equinix

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>>Just a few days ago we noticed that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the largest U.S. options exchange, had announced that it was moving its operations from Chicago to the Equinix (EQIX) NY4 data center, already home to other trading exchanges like the Boston Options Exchange Group, etc.

Touch Panel Demand Soars; 2011 Revenues to Grow by 90% Y/Y


>>In the recently released Touch Panel Market Analysis, DisplaySearch reported that total touch screen module revenue will reach $13.4 billion in 2011, and nearly double in six years, reaching $23.9 billion by 2017.

“Touch screen penetration has rapidly increased in mobile phones, handheld games, game consoles, and tablet PC applications, which collectively will account for more than $10.5 billion in touch screen revenues this year,” noted Jennifer Colegrove, PhD, Vice President of Emerging Display Technologies at DisplaySearch.“In addition, we see strong touch screen growth over the next several years driven by demand in larger display applications such as all-in-one PCs, notebook PCs, and consumer gaming.”

Figure 1: Touch Screen Module Revenue Forecast

Source: DisplaySearch 2011 Touch Panel Market Analysis

BATS Europe Joins Platform Equinix and Its Global Financial Ecosystem

Pan-European Stock Market plans October relocation of its trading book and dark pool trading platform to Equinix’s LD4 data center in London

LONDON—July 13, 2011—Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that BATS Trading Limited (BATS), a global operator of securities and derivatives markets, has signed a long-term deal to relocate the BATS Europe trading platform to Equinix’s London LD4 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center. Scheduled for October 2011, the switchover will provide a secure, low-latency, high-performance trading environment for BATS Europe’s integrated and dark electronic trading books.

BATS Europe’s relocation to Equinix will further strengthen the rich financial ecosystem at LD4, attracting new trading participants and complementing the existing equities, foreign exchange and fixed income trading venues already housed in the data center. The presence of this significant trading venue will also increase market opportunities for more than 250 financial services customers interconnected across the rich European financial trading communities within Zurich, Frankfurt and London.

As one of Europe’s largest pan-European trading platforms, BATS Europe caters to the needs of the broker-dealer and trading community. Currently, a dedicated ultra-fast link between the current BATS Europe site and Equinix LD4 IBX is being installed. To ensure a smooth transition and minimize risk and disruption, extensive network and operational testing will be conducted before going live.

“As a recognized leader in financial IT infrastructure, Equinix provides the type of high quality hosting foundation that we require as we continue to grow our market share and operate in the top global financial markets,” said Paul O’Donnell, chief operating officer, BATS Europe. “We’re confident that our trading platform, housed in Equinix’s world-class facility, will deliver a compelling and attractive offering to our existing and potential customers.”

“Equinix is delighted to welcome BATS Europe to Platform Equinix and our LD4 facility, delivering innovative electronic trading services to the Equinix financial ecosystem,” said Russell Poole, general manager, Equinix UK. “This announcement reflects Equinix’s ongoing commitment to meeting the growing demands of the trading community. Through high performance standards, consistency of service and the ability to attract key participants, Equinix continues to cement its position as the destination of choice for the financial services sector. Equinix looks forward to working closely with BATS Europe over the coming months to ensure a smooth switch over, and to developing our relationship in the future.”

ViviTouch™ Offers a New Sensory Dimension to Mobile Gaming

Bayer MaterialScience LLC's technology boosts tactile sensitivity and responsiveness in mobile gaming devices
July 11, 2011 10:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--With the explosive growth of the mobile gaming market, device manufacturers will be looking for ways to differentiate their products. By providing a platform that integrates ViviTouch™, a next-generation technology from Bayer MaterialScience LLC, device makers now have the potential of reaching even more consumers in the gaming market by creating a mobile gaming experience that can rival console gaming.

ViviTouchTM, pioneered by Artificial Muscle Inc., a Bayer MaterialScience LLC company, brings a completely new level to the mobile gaming experience by synchronizing realistic tactile feedback with the sight and sound of gaming applications. This creates a brand new vector for innovation in the design of both mobile devices and the games themselves. Players will soon be able to feel the difference between hundreds of sensations, not just the one-buzz-fits-all vibration from before. A rolling pinball will feel different than a revving motor, a big explosion or even a sharp blade slicing through fruit. The possibilities are endless. The jump from traditional rumble to ViviTouchTM is like the leap from black-and-white to color TV.

"This level of sensitivity and responsiveness hasn't been seen before on a mobile device," said Dirk Schapeler, CEO, Artificial Muscle Inc. "The technology vividly captures the full spectrum of high-fidelity movement, far beyond what has been experienced."

ViviTouch™ is made possible through advances in Electroactive Polymer (EAP) technology. As a result, ViviTouch™ creates the most realistic tactile feelings (50-300 Hz frequency range) that can be felt immediately (within 5 milliseconds). Additionally, the technology's customizable design and performance options consume significantly less battery life than other technologies in the market.

Currently, there are several integrations of the ViviTouch™ actuator that are available. For example, the Device Shaker Design uses ViviTouch™ to precisely move an inertial mass to provide an incredible level of feedback that can be felt in a user's hand. The Moving Touch Screen Design also uses the same actuator to provide a direct tactile response to the user by moving the touch surface, such as a smartphone screen. A technology license to Immersion's TouchSense® can be bundled with ViviTouch™.

The time is right for this next-generation technology. In fact, a survey conducted by Information Solutions Group shows that the mobile phone has now become the primary gaming device of choice. Nearly 60 percent of respondents said playing mobile games had become a part of their daily activity. Among all mobile phone gamers, nearly a quarter (23 percent) of their mobile phone usage time was spent on gaming. Most of all, nearly half of the gamers in ViviTouchTM's national focus groups indicated they would pay more for this new sensory technology.

ViviTouch™ intensifies the mobile gaming experience by immersing players with a revolutionary type of tactile feedback. It brings High Definition feel to a world of High Definition audio and video. This innovative technology is ideal for gaming devices like smartphones, tablets, console controllers, gaming peripherals, and other touch interface products. The first commercial application of ViviTouch will arrive later this year via the mophie® pulse for iPod touch. Visit to learn more.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Web Security Start-Up CloudFlare Lands $20 Million Funding Round


>>Hosted in 12 Equinix data centers around the world, it has the computing muscle to keep its customers’ sites online when a server crashes or a hacker with a botnet attacks. Pretty much anyone who operates a Web site can have it up and running in minutes. On top of its free service, CloudFlare offers a Pro account for $20 a month. A more powerful offering aimed at enterprises is coming in the fall, Prince says. But there’s more to it than just security. It turns out, through an unexpected benefit of programming, that CloudFlare also has a tendency to make sites load faster than they do from their main servers.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Amazon to open local data centre in Australia


>>The company is expected to partner with a local player, tipped to include Equinix which has an alliance with AWS in other markets.

The data centre firm declined to comment on its AWS relationship, but Equinix global chief executive Steve Smith recently said its strength lay in bringing global companies to local markets quickly.

"If any company wants to deal with a single supplier on a global basis, we are it," Mr Smith said.

Equinix has set up a new $100 million-plus data centre in Sydney and plans to investigate opportunities in Melbourne.

AWS Asia-Pacific spokeswoman Regina Tan said: "We do not comment on rumours or speculations. Over time, we plan to have more data centres in different countries and regions around the world.

"Our Australia-based customers are successfully using data centres in the US, Ireland, Singapore and Tokyo."

Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse sneaks out


>>The device comes with the company's proprietary BlueTrack Technology, allowing it to read and track its positioning on pretty much any surface - including the leg of a pair of jeans (as we discovered). It has five customisable buttons, which can be configured for right or left-hand use, and borrows the same kind of haptic touch scroll pad as the Arc Touch, which lightly vibrates in use so that you can feel what you're doing (you can also turn the feedback function off, if it freaks you out).