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Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 1—Technology basics
Design How-To  
4/28/2011   18 comments
"Electronic gearbox" control circuitry requires less power, boosting range.
Infineon CIC61508 safety watchdog for microcontrollers
Product News  
4/28/2011   1 comment
Infineon Technologies announced an intelligent Signature Watchdog for use along with the company's 32-Bit TriCore microcontrollers and the dedicated SafeTcore software.
DSPs with PCI Express interface extend connectivity while improving performance and power efficiency
Design How-To  
4/25/2011   2 comments
For years, we’ve had the PCIe interfaces on everything from high-end CPUs, GPUs, embedded processors and consumer-focused devices. Less known is the presence of PCIe on DSPs and whereas in the past DSPs had either proprietary interfaces or sRIO, today’s DSPs have the PCIe interface, giving designers and end-users more options for connectivity at lower price. This article looks at this emerging blend of PCIe and DSP technology, provide examples of usage models and explain its functional and ease-
Protecting Internet-connected embedded systems
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
Maury Wright over at the Intel Embedded Community site looks at a security methodology for protecting Internet-connected embedded systems.
Tools spur ECU CAN/LIN communications
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4/22/2011   Post a comment
With the increasing use of in-vehicle networks, the development of automotive electronic control units must not only consider the software requirement, but also the implementation of the embedded software via a data bus such as CAN or LIN.
Group eyes mobile role for computer vision
News & Analysis  
4/20/2011   2 comments
A group of vendors aims to launch the Embedded Vision Alliance in May to promote computer vision as a killer app for tomorrow's smartphones and tablets.
Playbook teardown calls TI a winner
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4/19/2011   7 comments
Texas Instruments won four sockets in the Research in Motion Playbook, according to a teardown conducted by UBM TechInsights.
Integrated chips fuel smartphone growth
News & Analysis  
4/19/2011   5 comments
Silicon integration will be key in smartphones which could grow to 600 million units in 2014, driven by expansion in low-cost handsets, said an analyst.
Tech Tutorial: Implement automotive BLDC motor control
Design How-To  
4/19/2011   2 comments
In conjunction with control algorithms running on optimized microcontrollers, brushless DC motors offer efficient solutions, with various control schemes, including field oriented control (FOC), available.
Intel should follow Wind River into Android
Blog  
4/18/2011   5 comments
Wind River has set up a new mobile software R&D group focusing on Google Android; parent company Intel Corp. should follow suit.
Connected experiences and embedded cloud computing
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4/18/2011   Post a comment
Connected experiences with embedded devices and embedded cloud computing are the topics of a couple of blog posts over at the Intel Embedded Community this week.
New developer community targets Android on MIPS
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4/17/2011   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies has launched a site for its developer community specifically tailored to the needs of software developers working with the Android platform, Linux operating system and other applications for MIPS-Based hardware.
Power Line Communication integrates electric vehicles with the Smart Grid
Design How-To  
4/15/2011   6 comments
A compatible charging infrastructure and communication between an EV and any potential "charging spot" is required for easy and practical use. The established Power Line Communication (PLC) standard in the Smart Power Grid offers a robust and long term available setup—and the prospect of grid stabilization (charging back to the grid).
Weak PC market in Q1 surprises Gartner
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4/14/2011   10 comments
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2011, a 1.1 percent decline from the first quarter of 2010, according to preliminary results from Gartner, Inc. This is below Gartner's previous forecast of 3 percent growth in 1Q11.
At mobile impasse, Intel tips Atom progress
News & Analysis  
4/11/2011   12 comments
Intel announced its Oak Trail version of Atom and talked about a dual-core follow on, but has yet to gain design wins in leading tablets or any smartphones.
Embedded module for handheld electronics
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4/10/2011   Post a comment
Leveraging the power and flexibility of the Intel Atom-based E620 / E680 system on a chip, designed especially for embedded devices, the Anders CM-iTC is well suited for battery operated handheld diagnostic equipment, mobile internet devices, and other low-power, graphics-intensive applications.
Report: Desktops slump, mobile systems rise
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4/8/2011   3 comments
Notebooks and tablets are displacing desktop PCs amid a short term slowdown, and AMD is taking market share from Nvidia in graphics, a new report said.
Facebook opens data center, server designs
News & Analysis  
4/7/2011   11 comments
Facebook is making available the design of its data center and servers including a 277-volt power supply that is 94.5 percent efficient.
Dell to add ten data centers to its cloud
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4/7/2011   2 comments
Dell will open ten data centers over the next two years to deliver cloud computing services and sell bundles of servers, storage arrays and networking gear.
Analyst: Intel's Q2 target may fall short
News & Analysis  
4/6/2011   1 comment
Intel is likely to set a sales target for the second quarter that falls below consensus analysts' expectations when the world's largest chip maker reports first quarter results April 19, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Gelato ends work on Linux for Itanium
News & Analysis  
4/5/2011   4 comments
The Gelato Web site promoting Linux on Intel's Itanium processor is shutting down in another sign of reduced software support for the ten-year-old architecture.
Culture shock: Driving an electric car
Design How-To  
4/5/2011   69 comments
A few days of driving, and under the hood of, the Nissan Leaf EV shows the energy saving technologies in the car require a new driver mindset.
Intel rolls 10-core Xeon processors
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4/5/2011   1 comment
Intel's new 32nm Xeon E7 family includes its first ten-core parts, supports 2 TBytes memory and competes with 12- and coming 16-core chips from rival AMD.
New advances in remote embedded systems
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4/4/2011   Post a comment
A blog post over at the Intel Embedded Community site looks at some examples of how the security and performance requirements of multiple remote embedded devices - such as point-of-sale terminals, intelligent kiosks, digital signage, medical appliances, and gaming platforms - are being addressed.
New low-cost VaultIC100 chip from INSIDE Secure protects from counterfeiters and cloners
Product News  
4/4/2011   1 comment
The folks at INSIDE Secure, who specialize in semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity, have introduced a teeny-tiny turnkey security chip.
AMD, Globalfoundries revise wafer deal
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4/4/2011   1 comment
AMD and Globalfoundries forged a complex amendment to their wafer-supply agreement in a deal that could shift some business away from TSMC.
Media processor SoC for multimedia display products
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4/3/2011   Post a comment
Conexant Systems announced a single-chip media processor for multimedia display products including connected Web devices and interactive video displays, and applications such as digital signage, home automation/security, and user interface (UI) control.
EXCLUSIVE! I'm driving a Nissan Leaf EV for a few days
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/1/2011   36 comments
If you have any questions about the Nissan Leaf, leave a comment here and I'll try and answer it.


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