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Improve Hall sensor rotor-position measurements: Part 1
Design How-To  
1/30/2007   Post a comment
Proper sensor management allows using low-resolution sensors without affecting control system performance, and cuts cost. This section describes the design task required and various sources of electric motor rotor position error.
Software aims to make CE devices play together
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
Startup Dartdevices Corp. uses a new software interconnect technology that allows any device equipped with its DartPlayer to obtain direct access to the combined resources of all devices with such equipment.
From Mars to your driveway
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/29/2007   Post a comment
Autonomous vehicle technology being tested with the rovers on Mars could see use in automobiles.
Five steps to FlexRay
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
This short primer lays out the basic steps that lead to a robust network topology definition for FlexRay applications.
Mars rovers mark third anniversary
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
The remarkable Mars rovers are beginning their fourth year surveying the surface of the Red Planet.
Attack of the clone: Mainframe maker countersues IBM
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
Platform Solutions charges that IBM is engaged in anti-competitive and deceptive acts intended to eliminate competition in the worldwide market for mainframe computers.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 3
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Beyond the antenna and tracking, key technologies include the physical radome, the low noise block amplifier/IF converter, motors, and rotary joints.
VXS RAID system stores wideband data for extended periods
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Look at this VXS-based data recording system that enables realtime high-capacity record and playback of broadband-sampled analog data at rates up to 2-Gsamples/s (with 8-bit samples). It can save terabytes of signal data in huge RAID arrays.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 2
Design How-To  
1/12/2007   1 comment
This installment details the challenges of acquiring, locking onto, and tracking DIRECTV satellites while a car is in motion, multi-satellite capability, and the enhanced features made possible by incorporating a GPS receiver.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 1
Design How-To  
1/11/2007   2 comments
In bringing DIRECTV satellite signals into a car, design engineers had to ensure reliable, continuous service, all in a compact, aerodynamic package.
Tools streamline FlexRay design
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
The right choice of tools can ease the design of a complex FlexRay system. Within minutes, a system can be configured and ready for download to target hardware.
What is a Segway?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/4/2007   Post a comment
Seems like "Catch 22" is alive and well, in the presence of a ban on Segways in Holland.
Arrow to buy KeyLink Systems Group
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
Making its third acquisition in three months, Arrow Electronics plans to buy the assets of Agilysys KeyLink Systems Group, a distributor of enterprise IBM and Hewlett-Packard products.
Avnet acquires Sun Micro distributor, Access
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
Avnet Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems reseller, Access Distribution, a move which will expand both Avnet's portfolio of computer solutions and its IT footprint in Western Europe.


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David Blaza
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