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Time to stock the RF library
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/31/2011   Post a comment
I just heard from the team at SciTech publishing that they are setting up a big sale on RF/Microwave titles. I asked for details, and this is what they sent me. I hope you find it useful...
Thailand floods take toll on PC makers
News & Analysis  
10/31/2011   3 comments
The ongoing floods in Thailand have created shortages in the hard disk drive (HDD) market which are beginning to trickle down and affect both the pricing and availability of PCs according to industry wide reports.
Globalfoundries names Manocha permanent CEO
News & Analysis  
10/31/2011   2 comments
Ajit Manocha, who has served as interim CEO of Globalfoundries since June, was appointed to the job on a permanent basis.
New surveillance camera reference design from Lattice and Valens Semiconductor
Product News  
10/31/2011   1 comment
Comprehensive HDBaseT reference design for the surveillance market uses LatticeECP3 FPGA and Valens’ VS100 HDBaseT chipset
Peter Alfke Remembered, 1931-2011
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2011   5 comments
My friend Mike Santarini, publisher of Xcell Journal at Xilinx just told me of the passing of Peter Alfke, who was with Xilinx for more than 20 years.
Alternator-regulator IC boosts charging system efficiency, control
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10/31/2011   Post a comment
To improve fuel efficiency start with the charging system—and a key element is a new alternator-regulator IC.
Tool tackles hardware software codesign for ARM-based FPGAs
Blog  
10/31/2011   2 comments
Hardware/software co-design available for ARM-based FPGA designers using Space Codesign…
SiliconBlue is sampling three new ultra-low-power 40nm FPGAs
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10/31/2011   Post a comment
New “Los Angeles” ultra-low-power 640, 1K and 4K LP and HX devices sampling; world’s smallest footprint, plastic 0.4mm 2.5x2.5mm BGA available now!
My mother’s twisted relationship with Lord Voldemort
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
10/31/2011   24 comments
I have to admit that my eyebrows went up higher than usual when my mother informed me that she used to bounce Lord Voldemort on her knee when he was a little lad…
Canonical preps Ubuntu for mobile devcies
News & Analysis  
10/31/2011   3 comments
Canonical is said to be working on versions of its Ubuntu version of Linux for smartphones, tablets and intelligent embedded devices, according to reports.
Travel Nightmares: Propellors?
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10/31/2011   Post a comment
David Ashton fights for seats - any seats as he hops around the world on staff tickets...
Position location techniques and applications - Part 3: Mobility in wireless networks
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10/31/2011   Post a comment
Part three of an excerpt from the book "Position Location Techniques and Applications" introduces some aspects of mobility that need to be considered to balance the capacity–coverage trade-off that mobility causes.
Global chip sales show September growth
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10/31/2011   Post a comment
A Japanese recovery and continued demand for mobile personal electronics helped the three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors in September reach $25.76 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association quoting figures compiled by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
Chinese processors power supercomputer
News & Analysis  
10/31/2011   12 comments
China has reported the development of a supercomputer based on a domestically developed microprocessor, according to reports.
Microchip releases new flash products
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. announced an expansion of its multi-purpose flash plus (MPF+) memory portfolio, with the introduction of the SST39VF80XC and SST39VF160XC.
GHS and Silex build secure Wi-Fi platform
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Silex's latest Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi radio modules and security supplicant software offerings are now integrated and available for Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY real-time operating system – the foundation for its Platform for Secure Wireless Devices.
HSPA+ module for M2M applications is 2mm thin
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Cinterion has released what the company claims to be the world's thinnest HSPA+ M2M module, featuring flexible surface mounting technology and enabling secure, high-speed voice and data communications on global 2G and 3G cellular networks.
Renesas R-Car H1 series offers complete scalable lineup for car infotainment market
Product News  
10/30/2011   2 comments
Renesas Electronics and its subsidiary Renesas Mobile Corporation have announced a new member of the R-Car series of automotive SoCs, the R-Car H1, capable of delivering up to 11,650 Dhrystone MIPS and ideal for the high-end car navigation market.
Full-flat patient infotainment terminal with projective capacitive touch screen
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Advantech's PIT-1503W Patient Infotainment Terminal runs an Intel Atom D510 processor and is designed with a 15.6” wide, projective capacitive touch (PCT) full-flat glass panel.
Power supply design impregnated into textiles
Research  
10/30/2011   6 comments
Scientists in the US have taken the first steps towards designing a flexible and lightweight fabric that can act as a power supply for smart garments.
Daimler presents comprehensively integrated infotainment system
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Several weeks after the first presentation of its futuristic F125 research car, Daimler has provided details on the car's infotainment system. It embraces elements such as cloud computing, seamless media integration, many apps as well as the new MirrorLink open infotainment interface.
NXP shows smart home control using 6LoWPAN
News & Analysis  
10/30/2011   1 comment
At an IPSO Alliance event on the “Internet of Things”, NXP Semiconductors presented a smart home control demo using JenNet-IP – its ultra-low-power wireless connectivity network layer software based on 6LoWPAN.
Traffic monitoring system uses Bluetooth sensors over ZigBee
News & Analysis  
10/30/2011   5 comments
The platform is capable of sensing the flow of Bluetooth devices in a given street, roadway or passageway while differentiating hands-free car kits from pedestrian phones.
Multiple alliances collaborate to launch Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and ZigBee Alliance have signed an agreement formalizing the Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability. The Consortium will provide the Smart Grid ecosystem with confidence in application and device interoperability.
Quantenna partners with Sagemcom on Wi-Fi whole-home networking solutions
News & Analysis  
10/30/2011   1 comment
Quantenna Communications and Sagemcom announced a collaborative agreement to integrate Quantenna's Wi-Fi technology in Sagemcom video bridges and other Wi-Fi products, accelerating time-to-market for advanced wireless video and TV services.
Freescale tackles automotive infotainment, mobile devices with combination of ARM Cortex-A7, A15
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor plans to leverage the energy efficiency and performance of the two ARM cores to develop future generations of its rapidly expanding portfolio of i.MX applications processors.
MOST Cooperation demonstrates integration of Ethernet-based devices with MOST
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
The MOST150 network supports consumer standards such as UPnP (Universal Plug-n-Play) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) as well as diagnostics standards (DoIP).
Wireless service providers look to the cloud to regain profits
Research  
10/29/2011   3 comments
The paradigm shift wrought by the explosive rise of broadband usage on smartphones and tablets is forcing wireless operators to embrace new revenue services and business models—including the cloud—to enhance profits, according to the IHS iSuppli.
Multiple secure elements drive NFC market above USD1 billion in 2016, says ABI Research
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10/29/2011   Post a comment
Out of a total of 552 million NFC handsets shipped in 2016, 227 million will feature multiple secure elements.
Downturn drags on chip equipment sales
News & Analysis  
10/29/2011   6 comments
As expected, semiconductor equipment suppliers KLA-Tencor, Novellus Systems and Teradyne reported declines in sales and they expect more of the same in the fourth quarter.
Judge sides with CTIA on cell phone warnings
Blog  
10/28/2011   20 comments
Melodramatic cell phone safety risk warnings are a violation of the First Amendment, ruled U.S. District Judge William Alsup as he overturned most of a San Francisco ordinance mandating such warnings.
IHS: MStar still leads DTV SoC market
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10/28/2011   Post a comment
Taiwanese fabless chip vendors MStar Semiconductor and MediaTek continued to dominate the digital TV SoC market in the first half of 2011, holding market shares of 39 percent and 12 percent, according to market research firm IHS.
Teardown: Med-friendly Advantech HIT-W121 Touchscreen Terminal
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10/28/2011   Post a comment
This product includes features required by medical OEMs, but maintains the flexibility that allows for product differentiation.
MEMS technology to improve quality of life for the aging
Design How-To  
10/28/2011   1 comment
MEMS sensors can help make healthcare technology sensitive to patients’ needs and abilities, significantly enhancing the user experience
Slideshow: Scenes from ARM TechCon 2011
News & Analysis  
10/28/2011   6 comments
A collection of images from ARM TechCon 2011, held Oct. 25-27 in Santa Clara, Calif.
UN stresses ICTs role in energy sustainability
News & Analysis  
10/28/2011   8 comments
The head of the UN’s Global Compact Lead Ole Lund Hansen has stressed the importance of sustainability, while calling on ICT companies to align strategies in order to promote better energy efficiency.
What were they thinking: Pizza cutters galore
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10/28/2011   Post a comment
For some fun this week, I turn to pizza – one of my favorite weekend foods and look at ways to cut the pizza…
Flyback LED drivers offer superior balance among operating tradeoffs
Design How-To  
10/28/2011   3 comments
Understand the role and implementation of the flyback topology in this application
Aeroflex RAD1419 A/D converters for Hi-Rel space applications
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10/28/2011   Post a comment
Using specially processed Linear Technology die, Aeroflex RAD's A/D converter family includes a 14-bit, 150mW power dissipation product packaged in a 28-lead flatpack.
Spansion to close test and assembly plant
News & Analysis  
10/27/2011   3 comments
NOR flash memory vendor Spanion will close a test and assembly facility in Kuala Lumpur, a move expected to save the company about $30 million per year.
AMD hits Q3 targets despite 32nm challenges
News & Analysis  
10/27/2011   2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) posted third quarter revenue of $1.69 billion on Thursday, showing a 7 percent sequential increase and 4 percent increase year-over-year, exceeding revised guidance figures by a percentage point.
AMCC demos 64-bit ARM server chip
News & Analysis  
10/27/2011   12 comments
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. fired a shot across the bow of Intel, demonstrating the first 64-bit ARM server processor
TSMC reports Q3 sales decline
News & Analysis  
10/27/2011   2 comments
TSMC reported a third quarter sales decline and said it expects a further decline in the fourth quarter. But TSMC said it expects its capacity utilization to improve slightly in the fourth quarter.
ARM unveils 64-bit architecture
News & Analysis  
10/27/2011   41 comments
ARM Holdings has announced that its next-gen ARMv8 architecture will include the firm’s first 64-bit instruction set, pushing ARM-based processors into new segments of the consumer and enterprise markets.
Toshiba 4-channel TLP290-4 and TLP291-4 transistor photocouplers operate at higher temperatures
Product News  
10/27/2011   2 comments
Toshiba latest optocouplers feature a quad configuration in a double-molded package, wider creepage distance and a wider operating temperature range.
Toyota, Ford lead vehicle app integration with smartphones
News & Analysis  
10/27/2011   6 comments
Toyota and Ford have the most successful integration of car infotainment systems with mobile devices like smartphones, according to an IHS iSuppli Automotive Research report.
Sony to buy Ericsson's stake in handset JV
News & Analysis  
10/27/2011   4 comments
Sony signed a deal to acquire Ericsson's 50 percent stake in the mobile handset joint venture between the two companies, Sony Ericsson, for about $1.49 billion.
Avago ACPL-K4xT optocouplers
Product News  
10/27/2011   2 comments
Optimized for use in onboard chargers and other high-voltage systems in hybrid and electric vehicles, Avago's latest optocouplers are qualified to AEC-Q100 Grade 1 stress test requirements for automotive applications.
ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore Fast Processor Models Provided by Imperas and OVP
Product News  
10/27/2011   Post a comment
Imperas has released its models of the Cortex-A9 MPCore and Cortex-A5 UP ARM processor cores, including the 1, 2, 3, and 4-core versions of the Cortex-A9 MPCore.
Vishay CNY64ST optoelectronic components
Product News  
10/27/2011   3 comments
Vishay has housed its latest high-voltage isolation optocouplers in surface-mount packages for solar and wind turbine installations.
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