FitBit blends wireless, MCUs and MEMS with online interface Teardown 9/22/2010 20 comments The FitBit personal fitness monitor combines wireless, MEMS and cutting-edge algorithms and packaging to keep us in shape, but behind its sleek design are lessons for any designer and aspiring inventor looking to turn what seems to be a simple idea into a truly viable, competitive end product.
First look inside iPhone 4 Teardown 6/24/2010 6 comments You could call the new Apple iPhone 4 an iPad Nano because it uses at least six chips from the popular Apple tablet, according to analysts from UBM TechInsights that have done a teardown of the new smartphone, revealing it uses a MEMS gyro from STMicroelectronics.
Teardown: Inside the art of pulse oximetry Teardown 2/19/2010 3 comments Few areas have the ability to turn the cold science of metrology into pure art as quickly as medical diagnostics, and few systems embody the essence of this art as the Radical-7 Signal Extraction Pulse-CO Oximeter from Masimo. We go deep inside to uncover some of the secrets and design choices, that transform a box of ICs into a cutting-edge, life-saving system.
Eye-Fi uses Secure Digital (SD) card slot for Wi-Fi in cameras Teardown 9/28/2009 Post a comment In a recent product teardown, Portelligent analyzed Eye-Fi's "Share," a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card that makes it easy and affordable to add Wi-Fi connectivity to any digital camera with an SD card slot. Eye-Fi's product line-up includes five Wi-Fi SD card/service combinations between $50 and .
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS Teardown 6/19/2009 Post a comment Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
A first look inside the Palm Pre Teardown 6/7/2009 Post a comment A new multi-touch display controller from Cypress Semiconductor is one of few surprises inside the modular design of the Palm Pre handset, according to a teardown by Portelligent.
Semiconductor Insights 2009 Insight Awards recognizes innovative semiconductor technologies and products Teardown 4/16/2009 1 comment The Insight Awards has been recognizing innovators in semiconductor industry since 2000. Despite the challenges, parallel innovations made inside Semiconductor Insights to identify and analyze innovative technologies introduced by the industry leaders have made this program a continued success. By focusing on the most advanced technologies and products, the Insight Award has been helping the industry to understand the current state of the art of the industry's leading technologies. The areas of
RIM's Bold bests other phones' transfer times Teardown 11/17/2008 Post a comment We pitted five smartphones against each other to test their download speeds and get a feel for the user experience with movies, TV shows and audio CDs. For the second consecutive year, the BlackBerry Bold took the gold.
Shedding light on solar cell technology Teardown 11/10/2008 3 comments It's clear that solar energy harvesting is poised to go mainstream, but it's not clear which of the many diverse technologies vying for dominance in this emerging market will take precedence.
Good vibrations for energy harvesting Teardown 11/10/2008 3 comments The combination of high-power-density piezoelectric element design with a high-efficiency converter takes energy-harvesting out of the lab to address the problem of powering remote and embedded devices.
CFL and LED lamps: White light in a 'green' world Teardown 10/6/2008 7 comments Despite the attention focused on alternative energies to increase available power, measures intended to conserve energy represent an equally important story. Along with "making more," the energy challenge is also to "use less."
Bluetooth headset turns to SUN and goes green Teardown 9/29/2008 Post a comment Last year, I purchased a hands-free Bluetooth car kit as a Christmas gift for a family member who, as a sales rep, spends significant time talking in her car. Worried for her safety as she drives with one hand on the wheel and the other around a cell phone, I initially felt a sense of pride as she unwrapped a gift that demonstrated concern for her well-being. Sometimes, however, a buzz can be short-lived. After a quick explanation of what the gift was, I could see a bit of uneasiness creep in as
DRAM gets more exotic Teardown 9/11/2008 Post a comment If not already available when this article goes to press, it won't be long before Samsung's latest generation of DRAM enters the market.
Improved ARM core, other changes in TI mobile app processor Teardown 8/15/2008 3 comments After nearly two years -- and much anticipation -- Texas Instruments has introduced the OMAP3530, the next evolution of its widely successful OMAP family of mobile application processors, which includes the OMAP2420, used in a number of mobile consumer applications including the Nokia N93 and N95.
Under the Hood - Update: Apple iPhone 3G exposed Teardown 7/12/2008 7 comments A close analysis of iPhone 3G's insides shows major wins for Infineon and TriQuint, though it's clear that much of the emphasis this time around less on reinventing the wheel and more on user experience and applications development.
Safe bet: tire pressure sensors Teardown 6/26/2008 Post a comment One of Portelligent's analysts had the presence of mind to gather up the damaged tire pressure monitor (TPM) from his Toyota during a recent service center visit.
Extreme design: SuitSat pushes engineers' limits Teardown 6/26/2008 1 comment When engineers from Microchip Technology took a routine microcontroller inquiry, little did they know they'd be embarking on a multiyear space mission that would challenge every aspect of their earthbound engineering experience, while reconnecting them with the excitement and sense of exploration that led them to choose engineering to begin with.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...