Wednesday, July 11, 2012

HiWave’s haptic touch panels deliver tactile feedback for improved user interaction with aerospace electronic systems

Complete hardware and software platform enhances safety, reduces cost, and increases robustness in cockpit and passenger entertainment systems
Cambridge, UK, July 9, 2012: HiWave Technologies (LSE:HIW), the provider of electronic devices that deliver innovative sound and touch technologies to user interfaces on electronic display systems, announces the launch of a haptics (touch feedback) platform for control panels and touch displays in aerospace applications. The integrated hardware/software platform enables systems designers to replace conventional mechanical buttons with touch switches and brings haptic feedback to panels and displays so that users perceive the positive experience of mechanical movement, even though none is present.
For cockpit electronic systems, HiWave’s Bending Wave touch/haptics provide greatly improved user feedback and safety than existing touch controls. The company’s force-related haptics enable touch detection and tactile sensation from non-moving touch switch arrays, even with gloved hands. As no mechanical movement is present there is no physical wear, reducing maintenance costs. HOTAS (Hands On Stick And Throttle) functions can be contextually mapped onto sensor arrays, and MHDDs (Multi Function Head Down Displays) can have full multi-level touch and gesture recognition with 3D haptic response. Passenger aircraft in-flight entertainment systems benefit similarly from this patented haptic technology.
The evaluation platform incorporates HiWave’s HIHXC14C02-8 or HIHXC09C005-8 haptic actuators, which attach to the touch interface panel or switch array, and a HiWave haptic controller integrated circuit which resolves touch input and delivers the haptic signals to the actuators.
HiWave’s Bending Wave actuators create waveforms across the touch panel or switch to create any of a range of switch sensations such as the feel of a mechanical switch or button. Additionally, if desired, audio cues can be simultaneously overlaid. A significant benefit of HiWave’s combined touch and Bending Wave Haptics is that the panel can be robustly constructed with no moving or separate parts that would be the case with traditional buttons and switches. No physical movement is necessary as bending waves create the tactile sensation locally in the touch panel. This reduces cost, increases ruggedness and product lifetime. As with HiWave’s other haptic platforms, this is achieved with a high level of mechanical efficiency by HiWave’s patented inertial exciters, resulting in crisp tactile sensation with low power consumption.
HiWave’s algorithms processed in its haptic control chip enable feedback responses to be defined by the designer and implemented by HiWave to replicate a wide range of button or key-press press sensations, or textures to convey information to the user. HiWave’s bending wave technology is the only solution that delivers true wideband haptics for the richest tactile sensation, as well up to 15kHz for audio playback. A range of audio feedbacks – from simple pings and clicks to mp3 files containing spoken instructions and music - can also be delivered without additional speakers by using the touch panel as the sound emitter.
James Lewis, CEO of HiWave said:
“Aerospace and defence is an important market, recognising and adopting the very best solutions for user interface to enhance operational effectiveness and flight safety. But the in-flight entertainment systems in passenger jets also need easy to use robust touch and haptic user interface to give passengers the easiest access to information and entertainment, and save cost caused by system failures. Our haptics and touch solutions bring clear advantages in this environment.”
HiWave continues to patent its haptics and touch technology breakthroughs, and will demonstrate its solutions to major aerospace and defence companies at the Farnborough International Airshow, 9-15 July.

Asia Equinix's Highest Growth Market, CEO Says

From Bloomberg:

>>July 10 (Bloomberg) -- Stephen Smith, chief executive officer of Equinix Inc., talks about the demand for services in Asia and the company's growth strategy. He speaks with Susan Li on Bloomberg Television's "Asia Edge."

Major Outage for

from DCK:

>> is experiencing a significant outage today, leaving many customers unable to access the company’s services. The downtime was triggered by a power outage at an Equinix data center in Silicon Valley.

Equinix, which hosts most of’s infrastructure,  acknowledged that it had a brief power failure.
“This morning Equinix experienced a power issue that lasted about one minute and affected approximately one quarter of one Silicon Valley data center,” the company said in a statement. “Although our recovery was swift, recovery time for individual customers in our data centers varies considerably, depending upon their specific deployment configurations. We deeply regret the impact and inconvenience this incident caused our customers.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Equinix Eyes More Acquisitions in India, Korea, Middle East

from WSJ India

>>Chief Executive Steve Smith said in an interview Tuesday the Redwood City, Calif.-based company expects to acquire or open data centers in markets such as India, Korea, Russia and the Middle East once it completes its business development reviews in these markets.

Equinix (EQIX) Initiated At 'Buy' By Deutsche Bank, $225 PT


>>Feldman said his bullish view is based on two key factors. A positive outlook for global data center demand. As the only truly global provider of retail colocation facilities, EQIX seems well positioned to benefit from an outsourcing trend driven by rapid IP traffic growth, and from favorable pricing due to the deep ecosystems in its IBXs.
Despite EQIX's outperformance year-to-date, current valuation does not appear to price-in any upside from a REIT conversion, which the analyst views as likely in 2014. In other words, he sees attractive upside if EQIX converts and limited downside if it does not.