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Taiwan Jewellery and Gem Fair 2015 Now Open for Booking — Over 60% of Space Already Booked

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TAIPEI  /PRNewswire/ — Thanks to the warm patronage of the world-wide jewellery industry, the second edition of Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 was successfully concluded. The fair was widely acclaimed by both visitors and exhibitors. With such recognition, the re-booking rate for the 2015 show hit a new high compared to the previous year according to the organiser, UBM Asia Ltd, Taiwan Branch.

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Over 60% of exhibitors have already reserved their space at this year’s exhibition. Moreover, numerous domestic and international exhibitor groups have expanded the size of their pavilions, including the Taiwan Creative Jewellery Designer Association, the Taiwan Jewelry Designer Association and the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).

From this overwhelmingly positive response, it can be concluded that the Fair brought extensive business opportunities for the exhibitors and was highly regarded by the industry as the leading trade platform for the jewellery industry in Taiwan.

The next Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair will be held on 20-23 November 2015 at the Taipei World Trade Center. The size of the fair will be expanded by 25% to meet industry demand. The fair will be hosting a variety of events such as runway shows, seminars, forums, design competitions, display of winners’ designs and an awards ceremony, which will be certain to attract industry buyers’ attention to Taiwan.

Buyers survey of 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair show:

  • 86%  of buyers were satisfied with the quality of exhibitors
  • 88%  of buyers were satisfied with the exhibits
  • 89%  of buyers said they will visit the next Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair

Reasons not to miss 2015 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair:

  • The biggest international and professional jewellery tradeshow in Taiwan
  • One-stop business destination
  • A perfect opportunity for brand exposure and market expansion
  • Ideally timed for replenishing inventory for Christmas and Chinese New Year
  • Supported by over 40 local retailer associations across Taiwan
  • Ideal platform for networking with main leaders of Taiwan jewellery industry as well as the invited Chinese delegates.
  • Potential customers TV Shopping buyer, chain store managers, retailers, private Jewellery collector, etc.

Theme Sections & Pavilions of 2015 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair:

  • Splendid Square
  • Taiwan Coral Pavilion
  • Country Pavilions
  • International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA)
  • Israel Diamond Institute (IDI)
  • Designer Areas
  • Packaging and Tool Section

The 2015 edition of the Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair will continue with be a high-profile event to promote the talented designers and craftsmanship of Taiwan’s jewellery industry. It will further strengthen the international competitiveness of the jewellery business of Taiwan and promote it to the world market. It also provides great business opportunities between overseas and local jewellery companies.

It is now open for bookings, exhibit space is limited, join us and explore the blossoming jewellery market inTaiwan!

For fair details, please contact: Ms. Rita Hung

For media enquiries, please contact: Ms. Sabine Liu

UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch
Tel: 886-2-2738 3898
Fax: 886-2-2738 4886

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About UBM Asia ( )

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters inHong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnamand the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore,Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

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February 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

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ESET’s Next-Generation Business Security Products Now Available Worldwide

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-Completely re-engineered business security products, boasting increased usability, performance and administrative flexibility, from the makers of award-winning NOD32® technology.

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — ESET®, a global pioneer in proactive protection for more than two decades, announces today the global availability of its completely re-engineered and redesigned range of IT security products for business.

Following months of in-depth worldwide business user research, ESET analyzed the findings, using them to develop its new security products. After intensive design, engineering, development and testing, the all-new business range from ESET is now available worldwide to organizations of all sizes.

“Building world-class security products is not new to us — we’ve been doing it for more than twenty years,” saidRichard Marko, CEO at ESET. “But with the digital revolution having changed the operational landscape so fundamentally, we wanted to go back to basics and really understand what our customers need to grow their businesses today and in the foreseeable future. The key is to balance usability with performance and agility. The results speak for themselves — I think we have certainly earned our gold star.”

ESET’s IT security products for business offer maximum proactive protection with low impact on company infrastructure, as well as offering a wealth of new features, such as Botnet Protection, Exploit Blocker, Anti-Phishing and Anti-Theft.

Cybercrime is now a global issue effecting millions of businesses every day. Asia Pacific, which has the highest number of internet users in the world, has recently witnessed a spate of highly sophisticated cyberattacks targeting well-known and respected companies. Threatening the loss of intellectual property, sensitive commercial assets, consumer trust and reputation, cybersecurity has become a boardroom-level issue and is now top of the agenda for companies and regulators across the world.

“Wide adoption of new technologies across Asia Pacific, including the boom of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), has added a further layer of complexity to the CIO’s task of securing enterprise networks against cybercrime. We at ESET always carefully listen to our customers and our new business products are a result of years of research and development in which many of our customers directly participated. Our job is to make their lives easier and enable them to focus on their core business,” said Lukas Raska, Chief Operating Officer APAC at ESET.

At the heart of ESET’s IT security products for business is the new ESET Remote Administrator. This platform-independent, remote management console has been rebuilt to enhance usability, improve security and lower the overall cost of implementation and management. It boasts a built-in task management system to minimize downtime, while allowing actions to be performed automatically based on dynamic group membership.

The new user interface for ESET business security products simplifies the tasks of monitoring, configuring and controlling network activity to ensure the organization is forewarned and protected against unwanted and malicious actions.

Learn more about the new features and improvements of ESET’s next-generation security products now available globally.

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About ESET
Since 1987, ESET® has been developing award-winning security software that now helps over 100 million users to Enjoy Safer Technology. Its broad security product portfolio covers all popular platforms and provides businesses and consumers around the world with the perfect balance of performance and proactive protection. The company has a global sales network covering 180 countries, and regional offices in Bratislava, San Diego,Singapore and Buenos Aires. For more information visit or follow us on LinkedInFacebook andTwitter.

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February 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

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An Evening with Morrissey: Exclusive to Vivid LIVE During Vivid Sydney

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-Morrissey to perform exclusively for Australian audiences during Vivid Sydney as part of Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House on Tuesday May 26, Wednesday May 27, Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31, 2015
-“There can’t be many musicians that have a following as loyal as Morrissey, a leader for all who are lost, angry and disenchanted; a poetic voice for those unable to articulate their discontent. ” — The Independent UK

SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — Destination NSW and the Sydney Opera House today announced British popular music visionary Morrissey will perform four exclusive performances at Vivid LIVE during VividSydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

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“An Evening With Morrissey” will take place at the Sydney Opera House on 26-27 May and 30-31 May and will be the artist’s only Australian appearances.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said, “Vivid LIVE is set to wow audiences once again with the announcement of influential indie musician, Morrissey as the first artist on this year’s program. As one of music’s most enduring figures, Morrissey is set to captivate audiences in his Sydney-exclusive performances during Vivid Sydney.”

Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, is owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera Houseforms part of the Vivid Music program and is a celebration of ambitious popular music, running from 22 May-8 June, the first time the program has run for the duration of Vivid Sydney. Vivid LIVE is the highlight of SydneyOpera House‘s year-round contemporary music programming.

Morrissey is one of popular music’s most singular and iconic figures. Variously described as an irrefutably bleak or gloriously funny songwriter, Morrissey‘s romantic narratives immortalise the post-industrial recession of ’80s era Manchester through to the current day. The crooning legend continues to create art across multiple mediums to the delight of his devoted fans, from the instant Penguin Classic Autobiography to his critically acclaimed 10thalbum World Peace Is None of Your Business.

With high demand expected for this Sydney-exclusive performance, tickets will be allocated through a ballot (details below).

Now in its seventh year, Vivid LIVE will be overseen by Ben Marshall, the Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Music and recently appointed as the Curator for Vivid LIVE. Ben has brought the likes of The National, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Flying Lotus to the Opera House Concert Hall stage.

Ben Marshall, Vivid LIVE Curator at Sydney Opera House said “I am honoured to be taking on this role afterFergus Linehan’s sensational run and cannot wait to release the full program. Vivid LIVE as part of Vivid Sydney is a wonderful opportunity to transform the Opera House inside and out — it’s the only time contemporary music is able to take over the whole House.

“I’m thrilled that the first announcement for Vivid LIVE 2015 is a Sydney-only residency by the uniquely gifted and inimitably stylish Morrissey. I have vivid teenage memories of his face all over our lever-arch files in high school. So it’s amazing to now showcase his artistry on the Concert Hall stage. These four vital, intimate concerts will be a very special occasion for all those like-minded souls who’ve been affected by Morrissey. But get in early, as these concerts will sell out.”

The full program for Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is expected to be announced during the Vivid Sydney program launch next month. /

An Evening with Morrissey
WHEN: Tuesday 26 May, Wednesday 27 May, Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
TICKETS: From $109+bf

Sydney Opera House expects high demand for tickets for Morrissey’s series of concerts exclusive toAustralia based on touring successes internationally. To ensure everyone has an equal chance to purchase tickets, Sydney Opera House has put in place an online application process. This will minimise the congestion through sales channels and distribute tickets to fans across time zones, states and countries.

Apply for your tickets anytime between Monday 2 March 2015 (midday AEDT) and Friday 6 March 2015(midnight AEDT)
Tickets will not be allocated on a first come first served basis, all applications received during this period will be equally considered.
To apply go to

Vivid LIVE

From 22 May-8 June, Sydney Opera House will welcome some of the most ambitious and innovative local and international artists for Vivid LIVE — a celebration of music on the nation’s most famous stages — as part of VividSydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Vivid LIVE invites the world’s leading artists, creative collectives, promoters and digital animators to raise the roof of Sydney Opera House‘s theatres, rehearsal spaces, recording studios and most famously, its iconic sails, which are transformed into a unique canvas each year for Vivid Sydney.

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which for 18 days — from 22 May to 8 June 2015 — transforms the Harbour City with its colourful creative canvas.  Now in its seventh year, and owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Vivid Sydney features large scale light installations and projections (Vivid Light); music performances and collaborations (Vivid Music including Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House); and creative ideas, discussion and debate (Vivid Ideas), all celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia-Pacific. For more information



With a career spanning almost 20 years in the Australian independent music scene, Ben Marshall cut his teeth as a solicitor by day and electronic music promoter by night, throwing himself into what is now considered a classic period of drum ‘n’ bass. At 27, he shed the legal path and moved to independent music company Inertia where he set-up and ran Civil Society (now Handsome Tours), beginning his close relationship with The National and bringing the likes of Grizzly Bear and The xx  to Australia for the first time.

Currently responsible for the Opera House’s contemporary music programming, the Opera House’s year-round contemporary music program, and co-curating Graphic Festival, recent years have seen seminal Australian acts Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Dead Can Dance and The Dirty Three make their long-overdue debuts at the Opera House, while genre-defining artists such as Bonnie Prince Billy, Violent Femmes, Yo La Tengo and future-facing electronic artists James BlakeFlying Lotus and Caribou have transformed one of the world’s most iconic stages with their unforgettable performances under the Sydney Opera House sails.

Warren Ellis (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dirty Three, Grinderman) said, “Two of the great thrills of my performing career have been playing at the Sydney Opera House, quite possibly my favourite building in the whole world. This has been solely due to the tireless campaigning of Ben Marshall. Since his instalment as Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall has managed to open the doors to groups like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dirty Three and many others, in attempt to honour the artistic beats in contemporary music, as is de rigueur in the equivalent European and American concert halls.

“The building was built to reflect the cultural aspirations of its society and it’s essential that the programming reflect the lifeblood of contemporary music rather than the traditional arts centre presentations. What an amazing gift for the performers and audience alike.

“How fabulous and encouraging for us all that Ben is now the new curator of Vivid LIVE.”

Bryce Dessner from The National said, “It’s been a huge honour to work for several years and in various ways with my friend and colleague Ben Marshall of the Sydney Opera House and now as Curator of Vivid Live. Some of my most memorable concert experiences of the past ten years ever have been organized by Ben, including our first ever trip to Australia with The National and then our recent return to headline two nights on the steps in front of the Opera House.  Ben is a huge supporter of creative music in the world and I am confident his leadership will be a tremendous asset to the continued success of the Vivid Live festival.”

Flying Lotus aka Steven Ellison said, Ben Marshall recognised the potential of our show in a venue that wouldn’t normally invite an artists like myself and the result was better than we could have imagined. “I’ve always loved the magic in art and music and try to figure out how to make every show fresh and original — the space you’re playing always makes a difference, sometimes on a subtle level but in certain spaces it can have a huge influence on the event, playing the Opera House was like that for me, we already had a great show but it just came to life inside that space.”

For more information on Vivid Sydney

Source: Destination NSW

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February 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

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Epsilon Study Finds Chinese Consumers Most Loyal to e-Commerce Players

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SHANGHAI, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Epsilon, the global leader in creating connections between people and brands, completed its study on the habits of Chinese consumers. The report revealed that 61% of Chinese study respondents are loyal to e-commerce players like Taobao, JD and Tmall, the highest across all sectors surveyed.

While this year’s results were consistent with many of the key trends cited in Epsilon’s past China loyalty studies — vibrant Chinese consumer spending despite overall economic slowdown and higher trust in foreign brands over local brands, the rising allegiance of consumers to e-commerce players observed in this year’s study indicates that brands across dozens of sectors selling products online will need to carefully consider how to position their products in the online marketplace to secure and defend the loyalty of Chinese consumers.

With $540 billion spent in China’s online shops in 2014, e-commerce is by now so ubiquitous that Chinese online platforms have successfully inserted themselves as a formidable layer between consumers and product brands. They have restructured the value chain, sending consumer brands scrambling to create a sustainable competitive advantage in an increasingly dynamic marketplace. By capturing targeted awareness through data insights and by standing at the forefront of online customer service, e-commerce platforms are fortifying their position for years to come.

Survey respondents said they are happy to engage with e-commerce players across channels, more so than with any other sector. 35% of respondents who have purchased online stated they are open to receiving promotions from e-commerce brands by e-mail, 34% by WeChat and 27% by Weibo. Respondents were also more open to receiving information from e-commerce brands via mobile apps, QQ, video sites and product review sites than any from any other sector.

“The migration of consumer commerce to the digital realm is unfolding at lightning speed in China, disrupting marketing strategies for players across the marketplace,” said Dominic Powers, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, International, Epsilon. “A new paradigm is emerging whereby retailers need to simultaneously build brand equity while striking the right partnerships and positioning with e-commerce players.”

Epsilon’s research report uncovered several other China loyalty trends:

Those companies most adept at integrating online and offline touch points to deliver a seamless customer service experience are now commanding the loyalty of Chinese consumers. Apple received the highest score for loyalty of any brand cited, registering 17% of brands respondents and cited across all categories. Lifestyle brands directly impacting consumer health, including grocery chains and restaurants, and financial services, also received high loyalty scores.
Now that the vast majority of Chinese digital users have migrated from micro-blog Weibo to the more private, group-based social media platform WeChat, Chinese consumers are openly welcoming social media-based loyalty communications with their preferred brands like never before. 26% of survey respondents said they prefer to interact with brands via WeChat, with email and mobile messaging falling in popularity.
Especially in China, the return on loyalty investment is high. Loyal customers are increasingly standing by their brands through wavering market conditions, providing a bulwark to fend off competition. The Epsilon survey showed that loyalists across sectors were 19% more likely to visit their preferred brands more often and spend more on their favorite brands. Loyalists were more generous with their private information and more likely to refer products and services to friends.
Epsilon conducts quantitative research annually across mainland China to gain fresh insights on Chinese consumers’ spending attitudes and behaviors, their views towards money, the economic outlook and the impact of information sources such as Word of Mouth (WOM) on their purchase decisions. This year’s study included 1,000 respondents weighted to the age and gender distributions of the population. The study sought to explore Chinese consumers’ definitions of brand loyalty and their loyalty motivations. The behaviors of loyalists and non-loyalists were compared within and across product sectors. Additionally, for the first time, consumers were asked to name the brands they are most loyal to, providing a glimpse of Chinese consumers’ favorite brands.

For the full report “People’s Choice: A View into Chinese Customer Loyalty,” at

About Epsilon

Epsilon is the global leader in creating connections between people and brands. An all-encompassing global marketing company, we harness the power of rich data, groundbreaking technologies, engaging creative and transformative ideas to get the results our clients require. Recognized by Ad Age as the #1 World CRM/Direct Marketing Network and #1 U.S. Agency from All Disciplines, Epsilon employs over 7,000 associates in 70 offices worldwide. Epsilon is an Alliance Data company.

Epsilon International is an operating unit of Epsilon, with local offices in Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, U.K., France, Germany and Ireland. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @EpsilonAPAC or email to

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February 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

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Microchip Announces Microcontroller Family Providing Multiple Independent, Closed Loop Power Channels and System Management

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-New MCUs feature flexible interconnections of advanced analog and digital integration increasing system capabilities while simplifying design

BANGKOK /PRNewswire/ — [NASDAQ: MCHP]  Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has announced from the Embedded World conference in Germany a new family of 8-bit PIC® Microcontrollers (MCUs) with the PIC16(L)F1769 family. This family is the first PIC MCU to offer up to two independent closed loop channels. This is achieved with the addition of the Programmable Ramp Generator (PRG), which automates slope and ramp compensation, increases stability and efficiencies in hybrid power conversion applications. The PRG provides real-time, down to the nanosecond, responses to a system change, without CPU interaction for multiple independent power channels. This allows customers the ability to reduce latency and component counts while improving system efficiency.

Microchip Intelligent Analog with Multiple Independent Power Channels
Microchip Intelligent Analog with Multiple Independent Power Channels

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The PIC16(L)F1769 family includes intelligent analog and digital peripherals, including tri-state op amps, 10-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), 5- & 10-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), 10- and 16-bit PWMs, and high-speed comparators, along with two 100 mA high current I/Os. The combination of these integrated peripherals help support the demands of multiple independent closed-loop power channels and system management, while providing an 8-bit platform that simplifies design, enables higher efficiency and increases performance while helping eliminate many discrete components in power-conversion systems.

In addition to power-conversion peripherals, these PIC MCUs have a unique hardware-based LED dimming control function enabled by the interconnections of the Data Signal Modulator (DSM), op amp and 16-bit PWM. The combination of these peripherals creates a LED-dimming engine synchronising switching control eliminating LED current overshoot and decay. The synchronisation of the output switching helps smooth dimming, minimises color shifting, increases LED life and reduces heat. This family also includes Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) such as the Configurable Logic Cell (CLC), Complementary Output Generator (COG) and Zero Cross Detect (ZCD). These CIPs take 8-bit PIC MCU performance to a new level, as they are designed to handle tasks with no code or supervision from the CPU to maintain operation, after initial configuration. As a result, they simplify the implementation of complex control systems and give designers the flexibility to innovate. The CLC peripheral allows designers to create custom logic and interconnections specific to their application, reducing interrupt latency, saving code space and adding functionality. The COG peripheral is a powerful waveform generator that can generate complementary waveforms with fine control of key parameters, such as phase, dead-band, blanking, emergency shut-down states and error-recovery strategies. It provides a cost-effective solution, saving both board space and component cost. The ZCD senses when high voltage AC signal crosses through ground, ideal for TRIAC control functions.

These new 8-bit PIC MCUs provide the capability for multiple independent, closed loop power channels and system management making these products appealing to various power supply, battery management, LED lighting, exterior/interior automotive lighting and general-purpose applications. Along with all these features, the family offers EUSART, I2C™/ SPI and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology, which are all offered in small form-factor packages, ranging from 14- to 20-pin packages.

“The real power of the PIC16F1769 family is the ability to interconnect these on-chip peripherals to create custom functions specific to your application,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s MCU8 Division. “This paired with the ability to simultaneously control independent closed loop channels brings a level of capability not traditionally found on low cost 8-bit PIC MCUs.”

Development support

The PIC16(L)F1769 family is supported by Microchip’s standard suite of world-class development tools, including the MPLAB® ICD 3 (part # DV164035) and PICkit™ 3 (part # PG164130) and MPLAB Code Configurator, which is a plug-in for Microchip’s free MPLAB X Integrated Environment (IDE) provides a graphical method to configure 8-bit systems and peripheral features, and gets you from concept to prototype in minutes by automatically generating efficient and easily modified C code for your application.


The PIC(L)F1764, PIC(L)F1765, PIC16(L)F1768 and PIC(L)F1769 are available now for sampling in 14- and 20-pins in PDIP, SOIC, SSOP, TSSOP, and QFN packages, and volume production is expected in March.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorised worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website at To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorised distribution partners.


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Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal analog, and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at

Note: The Microchip name and logo, MPLAB, and PIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Incorporated in the U.S.A., and other countries. PICkit is a trademark of Microchip Technology Incorporated in theU.S.A., and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.

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February 26, 2015 at 11:41 am

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Phocas Software Best in Business Benefits in the Gartner BI Magic Quadrant 2015 Report

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COVENTRY, England  /PRNewswire/ — Phocas Software, the leader in Cloud First Mobile business intelligence, has appeared once again in the Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms report where it was rated by its customers as a leader for business benefits achieved.

In the 2015 MQ report, Phocas also ranked in a high position for Product Quality, Ease of Use and Market Understanding.

The report states, “Customers rate Phocas highly for ease of use and achievement of business benefits.”

“If we were to be judged on only one criteria, I would choose business benefits,” says Myles Glashier, Co-Founder of Phocas. “So I’m delighted that Phocas was rated so highly by our customers in this area.

“Our customers succeed because we have a high quality mobile product. It’s simple to use and it has a depth of functionality that covers all the requirements of an enterprise. Finally, our focus on industry verticals such as manufacturing, distribution and retail mean that implementations are really quick. And this was clearly confirmed by in the MQ.”

The report found that Phocas’ breadth of use is also above average,“with the company offering capabilities such as dashboards…data discovery and collaboration features, geospatial rendering of information, advanced analytics models (like shopping basket analysis and profit optimization) and mobile BI – with desktop-like data exploration capabilities through a HTML5 interface”.

Gartner has positioned Phocas within theother vendors to consider section of the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2015.

About Phocas

Phocas provides business users with instant access to data, taking them from easy-to-read dashboards into the most detailed transactions. Phocas is deployed in the cloud or on-premise and most users keep Phocas close by on a mobile device. IT departments love Phocas because it allows governed data mashups and quick trouble-free implementations. Over 1000 customers use Phocas across the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Australiaand Asia.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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February 26, 2015 at 11:36 am

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Takeda Regroups Singapore Operations in New, Expanded Office

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-Biopolis Office Signals Increased Focus on Emerging Markets

SINGAPORE and OSAKA, Japan  /PRNewswire/ — Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited today announced the inauguration of its new office in Biopolis, Singapore. The expanded space will host key Takeda functions  its Emerging Markets Business Unit headquarters, Takeda Development Center Asia and Vaccine Business Unit. Consolidating and streamlining Singapore operations into a centralized office will enhance efficiencies and enable Takeda to better understand and meet the needs of patients and customers inAsia.

As the epicenter of regional Emerging Markets, Singapore’s geographical location and business environment allow Takeda to more easily focus on global clinical development activities, educational initiatives and collaboration with global commercial teams.

Speaking at Takeda’s Inauguration Ceremony today, Dr. Beh Swan Gin, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board, said, “EDB welcomes Takeda’s decision to make Singapore its Emerging Markets Business Unit headquarters.  Singapore has become the preferred location for international companies to locate their regional headquarters in Asia and South East Asia by harnessing our connectivity to the markets around us and our attractive work-live-play-learn environment. But we are not resting on our laurels as we are actively expanding the network and sophistication of professional services firms that support senior decision makers in these regional headquarters.”

Takeda has maintained a presence in Asia-Pacific for more than 50 years, and entered Singapore in 2008. Operations in the region include 1,700 staff in 10 countries. Expansion in Asia is a core component of Takeda’s long-term growth strategies, helping the company to emerge as a top 10 pharmaceutical player in Asia-Pacific.

The new office will house the Takeda Emerging Markets Business Unit, including Asia-Pacific, as well as the Takeda Vaccine Business Unit and the regional Research and Development Center.

“Our patients are the core of what we do at Takeda. Our new space in Singapore will allow us to more quickly address evolving market needs throughout the rapidly growing Emerging Markets, including Asia-Pacific,” saidGiles Platford, President, Emerging Markets Business Unit. “It gives us close-to-door access to important market information that will help accelerate the development of medicines needed for battling regional and global health issues.”

Takeda’s decision to relocate the central hub of its Emerging Markets Business Unit demonstrates its dedication to propel the momentum of the Emerging Markets business and the importance of the Asia-Pacific region as a pillar of Takeda’s long-term growth strategy.

The Vaccine Business Unit based in Singapore hosts a laboratory for analytics and development of vaccines to protect against important infectious diseases in the region. One vaccine targets dengue fever and will soon enter phase 3 clinical trials.

Takeda’s Development function is responsible for clinical studies across 12 countries in Asia, supporting clinical activities for compounds in Takeda’s key therapeutic areas.

Asia is a dynamic continent with four billion people across dozens of countries. Many Asian countries are facing the reality of rapidly aging populations and related health issues,” Platford added. “This move in Singaporeplaces us to further strengthen Takeda’s commercial position and clinical development capabilities globally.”

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website, .

Source: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

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February 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

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nanu — The Revolutionary Free Call App – Expands Service With New iOS App And Enhanced Android Version

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-Enhanced Android version gives users a way of making unlimited free calls, even to non-nanu phones

SINGAPORE  /PRNewswire/ — nanu, the free call app that is popular in the emerging markets, has officially launched nanu for iOS and has also released an enhanced Android version as the next step in its mission to bring free calls to everyone, everywhere, even on 2G.

The new Android version has been developed specifically to overcome the multiple challenges of providing stable high quality Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) calls in the emerging markets where poor connectivity is prevalent.

Daniel Nygate, CTO of nanu, explained “Unlike traditional VoIP apps, nanu brings VoIP to the emerging markets for the first time. But there are many challenges, both technical and cultural, to overcome. Based upon invaluable feedback from our users since our launch, we have addressed these issues and solved many challenges in providing VoIP services to emerging markets. In addition, many users want to make calls nanu-to-non nanu and we have developed an innovative and fun way for them to make unmetered free calls to non-nanu landline and mobile phones in 48 countries worldwide by earning free minutes when downloading 3rd party apps on Android phones.”

On the launch of nanu’s iOS version, Martin Nygate, CEO of nanu, added “We are pleased to launch nanu for iOS as many of our users requested it – this goes to show that nanu has distinct advantages, such as mobility and cost, over existing VoIP apps even in developed markets operating in 3G and 4G.”

Since its launch in August 2014, nanu’s growth has been exponential and nanu now boasts users in over 200 countries with particular concentration in the large emerging markets such as India, SE Asia, Middle East andSouth America where a low bandwidth environment such as 2G is forecast to remain prevalent.

To download nanu, go to:  (Android) and (iOS)

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About nanu
nanu is a revolutionary mobile call app that utilizes proprietary ultra low bandwidth VoIP technology and an advert sponsored free call business model to provide high quality free calls to everyone, everywhere, even on 2G.

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February 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

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Bullet Trains in Japan: the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Start Service on March 14

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TOKYO, Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — A new addition to Japan’s bullet train network, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, will start service on March. The new line will significantly reduce travel times between Tokyo, Toyama and Kanazawa. Taking the Shinkansen to one of many viewing destinations assures cherry blossom fans will not miss out the short period during which the trees are in bloom.

The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture is over 1,000 years old, and is one of the three giant cherry trees of Japan.
The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture is over 1,000 years old, and is one of the three giant cherry trees of Japan.
Spring is the season for seeing Japan at its best. Starting from late March every year, enthusiasts gather in Tokyo, Osaka and many of Japan’s other cities for the cherry blossoms. However, the very short bloom time, means that a number of overseas visitors often miss out.

East Japan Railway Company will take part in the Thai International Travel Fair held in Thailand between February 25 and March 1 where the railway agency will give a presentation on the best travel routes for reaching the cherry blossoms while they are in bloom.

Mid-April – Hokuriku Shinkansen

According to information provided by East Japan Railway Company, the Hokuriku Shinkansen departs from Tokyo and travels northward, with stops in Nagano, Toyama and Kanazawa – the best spots for viewing cherry blossoms.

A one and a half hour ride from Tokyo delivers passengers to Niigata Prefecture’s Joetsumyoko Station where Takada Castle, one of the three best locations in Japan for nighttime cherry blossoms viewing, is located. The locale assures an amazing viewing experience, with over 4,000 cherry trees illuminated by countless paper lanterns aligning the roads. CNNGo, CNN’s travel site, lists Takada Castle as one of the five best blooming great flower festivals in the world. Traditional Japanese food and local food specialties sold from 300 outdoor stalls at the event during the festival assure each spectator an unforgettable time.

In addition, if you would like to visit the famous Zenko-ji Temple, get off at Nagano Station along the Hokuriku Shinkansen, and spend one night in Nagano Prefecture. The Hotel Metropolitan Nagano adjacent to Nagano Station is convenient and good value for the price.

From mid- to late April – Tohoku Shinkansen

From mid- to late April, visit the ancient Miharu Takizakura cherry tree by taking the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Koriyama Station in Fukushima Prefecture. The over 1,000 year old tree stands 13.5 meters high, with a trunk diameter of 20 meters. One of the three giant cherry trees of Japan, its light pink flowers spread in all directions from the branches, giving the appearance of a waterfall.

After late April – Akita Shinkansen

Visitors still can see blooming cherry blossoms in Japan after late April. Take the Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo directly to Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture. Kakunodate is known as “the little Kyoto of Michinoku”, and attracts millions of visitors during cherry blossom season. Spend one night at Folkloro kakunodate, adjacent to Kakunodate Station, and feel refreshed for the entire day by enjoying a breakfast of Akitakomachi, a variety of rice that is a local specialty.

Cherry blossom viewing is not limited to Tokyo and late March. Various Shinkansen trains heading north from Tokyo provide a wide range of options for seeing cherry blossoms from mid-March to the end of April.

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February 25, 2015 at 2:43 pm

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Violin Memory Announces Flash Storage Platform, Industry’s First All-Flash Based Primary Storage System

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-Solutions built on Concerto OS 7 with inline de-duplication engine deliver all-flash storage system at a cost lower than disk
SINGAPORE, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM) a leading provider and pioneer of award-winning all-flash storage arrays, announced worldwide availability of the Flash Storage Platform™ (FSP), including the new 7300 and 7700 all flash arrays, Concerto™ OS 7, and Symphony™ 3 simple management control. The Flash Storage Platform is the first all-flash storage system designed to run all primary storage and active workloads below the cost of traditional disk. The Flash Storage Platform achieves the ultimate consolidation and simplification of next generation data centre workloads by delivering the highest performance storage at the lowest Capex and Opex possible today.

“The Flash Storage Platform is a game changer for our customers and the industry as it creates the tipping point for enterprises to capture the promise of flash for all primary storage workloads, and to migrate and refresh disk storage to all-flash cost effectively. At the same time, customers gain 10X performance improvements for most applications. These performance improvements deliver efficiencies that can completely change the competitive dynamics of most industries by removing the latency and bottlenecks created in the data center by legacy disk,” said Kevin DeNuccio, CEO at Violin Memory.

“The Flash Storage Platform delivers the performance of flash, and enterprise-grade data services, including user selectable block-level, inline de-duplication and compression at end-user costs that compete with traditional disk array prices on a single, simple, powerful platform,” DeNuccio concluded.

At the heart of this engineering achievement is Concerto OS 7. It combines Violin’s system-level flash management and control, block-level de-duplication and compression data efficiency engine, and one of the broadest sets of data management, protection, and recovery services, into a single, integrated operating system. All the power of Concerto OS 7 is managed by the user through Symphony 3, delivering the ultimate flexibility and granular control on a per workload, application or LUN level of all features with the most elegant, and simple, single pane of glass storage management solution in the industry.

“The explosive growth of data has had a significant impact on how organisations in Australia store and manage data. In a fast-paced environment, everyone demands data fast, in real-time without any downtime. For the first time, customers here no longer need complex solutions with multiple components running different software environments and fragmented feature sets. With Concerto OS 7 as the foundation for the Flash Storage Platform, data protection, data reduction, performance, and scalability for the vast majority of primary storage needs are met in a single enclosure running a single operating system managed through a single pane of glass,” said Ross Lynch, Violin’s Director for ANZ.

The 7300 and 7700 Flash Storage Platform designs reduce the effective cost-per-gigabyte by more than 75 percent over Violin’s prior generation of arrays, and are more than 25 percent lower in cost-per-gigabyte than the competition. For large deployments the system delivers all-flash storage for as low as $1.50 effective cost-per-gigabyte, making it possible for the first time, to upgrade all primary storage to all-flash, opening up the roughly $15B primary storage market to all-flash based solutions.

The Flash Storage Platform’s fourth generation Flash Fabric Architecture™ (FFA) sets new and unprecedented levels of performance, scale and density. The capacity of the 7300 FSP is 217TB effective in a three rack unit space, while the Violin 7700 FSP six-shelf configuration exceeds 1.3 petabytes effective, delivering an industry-record scale and density of 2.2 petabytes effective in a rack. Each shelf or array delivers sustained performance that can achieve 1 million IOPS at sub-millisecond latencies.



“We are excited to enhance our Toshiba Total Storage Platform portfolio with Violin Memory’s new 7300/7300E Flash Storage Platforms series, which utilize Toshiba’s state-of-the-art NAND technology, and augment its comprehensive data service capabilities with the sophisticated inline deduplication and compression functions. We will continue to strengthen our relationship with Violin Memory to deliver flash memory solution to the market.”

Toshiba Corporation
Cloud & Solutions Company
Koichi Kagawa, General Manager

“While the adoption of all flash arrays is widely apparent to enterprise users, they remain concerned about the stability of software for services like data protection and data migration tacked onto these systems. Because data service and protection software is embedded at the kernel level, the Violin Flash Storage Platform eliminates this concern, ensuring end users an easy upgrade path and simplified management.”

Eric Burgener, Storage Research Director

Additional Product Information

7300 Flash Storage Platform: Native, Block-level, Inline Data Reduction
7300E Flash Storage Platform: Pay-As-You-Grow
7700 Flash Storage Platform: Flash for the Largest and Highest Available Tier-1 Storage Needs
Concerto OS 7: The Premier All-Flash Storage Operating System
Symphony 3: Easy Management of Petabytes on Violin Flash Storage Platforms and All-Flash Arrays
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About Violin Memory
Business in a Flash. Violin Memory transforms the speed of business with high performance, always available, low cost management of critical business information and applications. Violin’s All Flash optimized solutions accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings for building the next generation data center. Violin’s Flash Fabric Architecture™ (FFA) speeds data delivery with chip-to-chassis data protection, data efficiency and performance optimization that achieves lower consistent latency and cost per transaction for Cloud, Enterprise and Virtualized mission-critical applications. Violin’s Flash Storage Platforms, All Flash Arrays and Appliances, enhance agility and mobility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at

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This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to: (1) the performance, features and functionality of the new Violin Memory products; the impact of the new Violin Memory products on Violin’s competitive position in the marketplace; (3) the impact of the new Violin Memory products on the primary storage market; (4) the possible business, economic, financial, performance and other benefits that customers and others may realize by using Violin’s new products; and (5) Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory’s business performance and financial results are included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in Violin Memory’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory’s investor relations website at and on the SEC’s website at All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

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February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

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