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FAA Rules on Drones vs. Model Aircraft Contested
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7/28/2014   1 comment
Proposed FAA dividing line between model aircraft and drones is too limiting to hobbyists, says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Academy of Model Aeronautics.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
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7/24/2014   15 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Mentor Launches Xpedition PCB Data Management Solution
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7/23/2014   Post a comment
New Xpedition Data Management Solution will ensure flow-wide PCB data accuracy, integrity, and security for the enterprise.
Cadence Announces Protium FPGA-Based Rapid Prototyping Platform
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7/17/2014   2 comments
In addition to its Palladium series of hardware accelerators/emulators, Cadence has just announced its Protium FPGA-based next-generation rapid prototyping platform.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
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7/16/2014   1 comment
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
New Applications Fuel MEMS Sensor Growth
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7/16/2014   1 comment
A report from IC Insights explains why the Internet of Things is driving all kinds of new measurements.
Lattice's iCE40 Ultra FPGAs Make Smart Devices Smarter
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7/16/2014   4 comments
If an ASSP got married to an FPGA, then the members of the iCE40 Ultra family would be their children.
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
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7/15/2014   11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Cadence's New Quantus QRC Extraction Solution
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7/15/2014   1 comment
New massively parallel architecture is TSMC-certified for 16nm FinFET designs.
Vishay to Buy Capella for $205M
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7/14/2014   Post a comment
In a move aimed at strengthening its optical sensor business, Vishay Intertechnology has agreed to acquire Capella Microsystems Inc. of Taiwan for $205 million.
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
HAMEG Name Ends, Lives On as Rohde & Schwarz
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
HAMEG operations to continue and expand. Products to be marketed as R&S value line.
Medical Devices Require Radiation-Tolerant Memory
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7/8/2014   8 comments
While a great deal of focus for memory in medical applications is placed on size and power consumption, devices that are smarter and implantable will need to withstand sterilization through radiation.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
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7/3/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Voice & Face Unlock Smartphones & Tablets
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6/30/2014   26 comments
The combination of voice identification and facial recognition -- referred to as "biometric fusion" -- yields extremely high levels of accuracy and security.
Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals Enable Novel Display Apps
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6/30/2014   2 comments
Scientists at the University of California have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field, paving the way for novel display applications.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
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6/27/2014   9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Low-Power, Highly-Secure MCUs for the IoT
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6/26/2014   16 comments
Microchip's latest MCUs are ideally suited for a wide range of industrial, medical, and home automation applications, including things like IoT sensor nodes.
Augmented Reality Gets Physical With Haptics
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6/26/2014   7 comments
If all of us are already familiar with the basic silent-mode of most mobile phones, a crude form of haptics, there is much more to come on the display side.
Ultra-Low-Power FRAM-Based MCUs Target Next-Gen Applications
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6/24/2014   21 comments
TI's MSP430 FRAM-based MCUs, coupled with EnergyTrace++ technology, are designed from the ground up to enable the world’s lowest-power MCU systems.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
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6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Quantum Computing Researchers Tap Test & Measurement Tools
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6/18/2014   2 comments
Arbitrary waveform generator lets researchers work towards solving the problem of unstable qubits.
Next-Gen DSPs Target High-Performance Power-Constrained Apps
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
With up to 800 MMACs performance and 1 MB of embedded SRAM, the ADSP-BF70x processor family from ADI targets industrial imaging, audio, and automotive applications.
Programmable Analog: Maxim Creates Swiss Army Knife
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6/17/2014   30 comments
Instead of creating a problematical field-programmable analog array (FPAA), Maxim has created the analog equivalent of a simple PLD (programmable logic device).
First Ultrasonic MEMS Controller to Make Mobile Hands Free
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
Knowles, the world's biggest supplier of MEMS microphones, has announced the world's first ultrasonic MEMS microphone designed to extend the control of mobile devices into the 3D space above and around the screen.
NI Enters Manual Lab Bench Instrument Market
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6/17/2014   7 comments
Is bench instrumentation facing a major disruption?
DCD's D16950 UART Soft IP Core for FPGAs & ASICs
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6/11/2014   8 comments
Functionally compatible to the OX16C950, the D16950 allows serial transmission in two modes: UART and FIFO.
Analog Engineers: Too Few or Too Many?
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6/11/2014   66 comments
After years spent encouraging engineering students to focus on digital electronics, many analog mixed-signal design jobs now stay open longer or are simply going unfilled, while some senior analog designers can't find work.
Conductive Polymer Beats Indium Tin Oxide by 10x
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6/11/2014   2 comments
Embedded, self-assembling, silver network enables transparent conductive films that offer 10x the conductivity of indium tin oxide films for faster, more responsive tablets and touchscreens.
IoT, Wearables Drive Lower Power Memory Innovation
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6/10/2014   8 comments
As the functionality of smartphones begins to get squeezed into smaller form factors, new pressures are being put on memory power consumption for wearables and other devices
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS
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6/10/2014   10 comments
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
QuickLogic Wearable Solutions Include Hardware & Software
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6/9/2014   15 comments
Next-generation devices with be both environmentally and contextually aware; they will know if we are walking, running, or riding a bike.
Google Posts Project Tango Tablet Signup
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6/6/2014   5 comments
Developers can now sign up to be notified when Google starts selling its Project Tango Tablet Development Kit this summer.
'Incompetence & Neglect' in GM Recall
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6/6/2014   15 comments
General Motors did not cover up its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, according to a new investigation.
Lantronix xPico WiFi Shield for Arduino
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6/5/2014   4 comments
xPico Wi-Fi shield delivers Wi-Fi access point and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity for Arduino development platforms.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
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6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
AMD's G-Series APUs & CPUs Take Flight
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6/4/2014   Post a comment
AMD's G-series devices address a wide range of embedded applications in healthcare, finance, education and retail, and also industrial applications in rugged and harsh environments.
Apple OS X, iOS Draw Closer
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6/2/2014   3 comments
At WWDC, Apple shows it is building connections between its desktop and mobile operating systems. Apple is fortifying its position by opening up new opportunities for developers.
Opal Kelly's USB-FPGA JESD204B FMC Powerhouse Platform
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6/2/2014   2 comments
The XEM7350 module from Opal Kelly boasts a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and USB 3.0 providing a JESD204B powerhouse platform on an ultra-compact FMC carrier.
Leap Motion Gives Gesture Update
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6/2/2014   1 comment
Motion sensing company Leap Motion is testing advanced software that will identify complex movements. Founder and CTO David Holz spoke with EE Times about his vision for changing the way humans interact with technology.
SpaceX 3D Prints Rocket Thruster
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5/30/2014   16 comments
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) certified ready for space travel the world's first rocket thruster to be fabricated on a 3D printer.
Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
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5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
EMC Musicians Reunite for August Symposium
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5/29/2014   1 comment
The EMC Society Band is looking for Musicians to join the fun on August 5 & 6 at the 2014 EMC Symposium in Raleigh.
AMD's 'Bald Eagle' R-Series APUs Soar
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5/28/2014   Post a comment
If the computational and graphics performance of R-Series APUs live up to AMD's claims, then these devices could be game changers.
Parallel NOR Delivers Performance SPI Can't
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5/27/2014   2 comments
The focus of systems designers is usually on reducing cost and power consumption by using serial flash, but many automotive and embedded applications require the high performance of a parallel interface.
Google is Making a 3D Imaging Tablet
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5/27/2014   9 comments
As part of Project Tango, Google may now be building a first-generation 3D tablet.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
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5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software
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5/21/2014   4 comments
There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
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