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posted in July 2011
Datasheets.com: Finding the right part just got easier
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7/28/2011   24 comments
With the launch of Datasheets.com, EDN and UBM Electronics provide engineers access to over 185 million parts, with features such as comparison, parametric search, search save, and alerts.
Composite supersets tame wiring harness engineering complexity
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
With many electrical options and physical variants in today's cars, potential configurations for a single platform may number in the millions. Thus the electrical distribution system harness is at the heart of the automotive complexity challenge.
Atmel adds five SAM9 MCUs with DDR2 support, enhanced LCD control, soft modem implementation
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has added five new devices to the Atmel SAM9 ARM926-based family of microcontrollers (MCUs): the SAM9G15, SAM9G25, SAM9G35, SAM9X25, and SAM9X35.
Israel offers Intel $290 million to expand
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7/27/2011   11 comments
The Israeli government is offering semiconductor giant Intel up to 1 billion shekels (about $290 million) to expand its manufacturing operations in the country, according to local reports.
Integrated radar front end trims system cost and size
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7/26/2011   5 comments
Integrated automotive chip allows multiple applications in an efficient package—while on-chip signal conditioning and data capture let design engineers program settings for different driving conditions.
Infineon ships chips for Chromebook security
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has said it is shipping security chips for devices running Google's Chrome operating system.
Multicore group works on task management API
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7/26/2011   2 comments
The Multicore Association is defining a task-management API to ease parallel programming for embedded systems that use heterogeneous processors.
Ten mobile vendors license chip interconnect
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7/26/2011   4 comments
Ten cellphone chip makers have licensed the Chip to Chip Link developed by Arteris and Texas Instruments that lets cellphone chips share memory.
Flow batteries: EVs fuel up on electrons at the 'gas pump'
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7/25/2011   9 comments
Batteries with replaceable fluids may improve electric vehicle energy density.
Qualcomm buys gesture-recognition technology
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7/25/2011   9 comments
Qualcomm acquired some assets of GestureTek, a developer of gesture-recognition technology, and plans to use it in its Snapdragon processors.
A Volt for a week
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7/22/2011   16 comments
I have a Chevy Volt to drive for a week. If you have any questions on the car or its operation, post them here and I'll try and answer them.
Taiwan comforted by Apple chip spend cycle
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7/22/2011   2 comments
Despite concern about the global economic situation Taiwan is taking comfort from an expected cycle of semiconductor purchasing to come in the second half of 2011, driven by the needs of forthcoming Apple products, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
No new CEO as AMD misses sales estimates
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7/21/2011   11 comments
AMD reported second quarter sales that fell short of analysts' expectations despite record microprocessor shipments in the quarter. The company did not appoint a new permanent CEO, as had been speculated.
Qualcomm forecasts solid growth in CDMA
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7/21/2011   1 comment
Qualcomm Inc. reported strong quarterly results and an upbeat outlook for the coming three months, a sign of a continued robust market for CDMA-based handsets.
Chevy Volt relies on adroit suppliers
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7/21/2011   Post a comment
What does it take to bring the Chevy Volt to market? Suppliers of advanced technology that can deliver on time—and on budget.
Intel boosts capex, eyeing 7-nm node
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7/20/2011   9 comments
Intel Corp. is edging up capital expenses this year, in part to pave the way to 7-nm process technology and to bolster its efforts in tablets and so-called ultrabooks.
IAR releases starter kit for NXP’s LPC1780 MCUs
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7/20/2011   Post a comment
IAR's KickStart Kit for LPC1788 is a complete starter kit for NXP’s ARM Cortex-M3 based LPC1780 microcontroller family. The kit includes an evaluation board, software development tools, an IAR J-Link Lite debug probe, and software.
Mergers help Intel report record growth
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7/20/2011   5 comments
Bouyed in part by recent acquisitions, Intel posted its fifth consecutive quarter of record revenues and forecasted about 25 percent in revenue growth for its current fiscal year.
Apple plants Thunderbolt in display, Macs
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7/20/2011   15 comments
Apple planted the Thunderbolt interconnect—and USB 2.0--in a 27-inch display and updated versions of its MacBook Air notebook and Mac mini desktop.
Scalable SoC drives 'hybrid' cluster displays
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7/19/2011   Post a comment
Between mechanical automotive instrument clusters and the growing number of free programmable clusters there are hybrid dashboards, which combine traditional meters and at least one graphical display.
Parallel x86 software support for $250
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7/19/2011   Post a comment
Vector Fabrics BV has announced the availability of its vfThreaded-x86 cloud-based software tool to help with the parallelization and optimization of applications for multi-core x86 architectures.
SeaMicro packs 384 x86 processors in server
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7/19/2011   3 comments
Startup SeaMicro Inc. has announced it has packed 384 64-bit Intel Atom dual-core processors into a server. The resulting system, dubbed SM10000-64HD, delivers 768 1.66-GHz x86 cores in 10 rack units (17.5 inches).
IHS: ARM ICs to be in 23% of laptops in 2015
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7/18/2011   8 comments
Nearly one in four notebooks PCs made in 2015 will feature ARM-based processors, offering the first real competition to Intel's x86 architecture in the PC microprocessor market, according to a forecast issued by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Too much ado about Freescale's debt
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7/17/2011   3 comments
It’s summer, I am traveling, and you’d think the last thing I should be thinking about is Freescale’s $6.6 billion debt. I agree. But somehow, that’s where my head is.
Samsung, TSMC and the A6: not OR but AND?
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7/15/2011   11 comments
With Samsung falling out with Apple at the system level, does that mean TSMC is guaranteed to be the sole source of the A6? Maybe not argues Peter Clarke
TSMC test runs Apple A6 processor, says report
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7/15/2011   6 comments
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has started making the ARM-based A6 processor Apple on a trial basis, according to a Reuters report that cited an unnamed source.
SpiNNaker ARM chip slide show
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7/14/2011   9 comments
A selection of photographs of the 18-core ARM processor developed at the University of Manchester for the purpose of simulating the human brain.
A million ARM cores to host brain simulator
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7/14/2011   55 comments
Up to a million ARM processor cores are going to be linked together to simulate the workings of the human brain in a research project in the U.K.
Simulation techniques test automotive cluster display ECUs
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7/14/2011   Post a comment
With the automotive display cluster being the main means to convey vehicle status and information, it is of utmost importance to ensure reliable functional testing for cluster devices.
Chip inventory continues to build, says IHS
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Semiconductor inventory levels at chip suppliers worldwide excluding memory have risen for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to market research company IHS.
Hardware-based virtualization eases design with multicore processors
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7/11/2011   Post a comment
Offloading queue and traffic management to hardware reduces design complexity, improves application efficiency, and maximizes performance.
Network processor delivers a faster, smarter and greener network experience
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7/10/2011   Post a comment
Alcatel-Lucent has announced a new network processor that delivers a fourfold increase in performance over the fastest Internet Protocol (IP) networks available today.
PXI/MOST interface ensures end-of-line test quality
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7/8/2011   Post a comment
Detailed compliance testing eliminates faults and ensures performance of different MOST interfaces in the same network.
Wireless automotive audio uses minimum power, bandwidth
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7/8/2011   Post a comment
ISM-band technology offers EMI immunity while providing lossless audio.
Engineering a DIY EV!
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7/8/2011   7 comments
Ever think about building your own electric car? Well, here's one engineer who did!
Qualcomm grabs four sockets in HP TouchPad
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7/7/2011   18 comments
Cypress, LG, Qualcomm, SanDisk and Samsung snagged major design wins in HP's TouchPad, its first tablet to use the WebOS it acquired with Palm.


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

latest comment mhrackin Where's the "empty bin" link?
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