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Healthcare information integration and remote patient monitoring (Part 2 of 4)
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Understand the standards and system-level interactions in this dynamic application area
Making a product people want – inspired concepts in capacitive touchscreens
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11/7/2010   10 comments
Understand the human/touchscreen interface and usability issues
Bringing 32-bit performance to industrial and automotive applications
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11/7/2010   1 comment
Many of today’s embedded industrial and automotive systems are built upon 8- or 16-bit microcontroller architectures. With the availability of new low-power 32-bit architectures, there is an opportunity to increase performance, improve accuracy, and achieve greater power efficiency in these applications.
Power Tip 29: Estimating transient temperature rise in a hot-swap MOSFET–Part 2
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11/7/2010   2 comments
Understand a simple technique to estimate this critical application parameter
How complex is your chip design?
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11/6/2010   Post a comment
When planning new IC design projects, such as SoCs or complex analog or RF chips, R&D organizations that have a firm grasp on the complexity of implementing the design wield a powerful competitive advantage.
Linaro demos first open source efforts
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11/5/2010   5 comments
Linaro will demo three mobile devices using pieces of its open source code for mobile systems at the ARM Technology Conference.
These videos will make you laugh your socks off…
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11/5/2010   3 comments
Here are some mega-funny videos, such as the one about the Rockwell Retro Encabulator, which is absolutely brilliant (how the presenter keeps a straight face I will never know)!
Thunder in the Silicon Valley
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11/5/2010   12 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association stiffens its spine.
Having fun with programmable logic
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11/5/2010   1 comment
You know how I often say ‘Have you done anything interesting recently with CPLDs or FPGAs or any other form of programmable logic? If so please tell me about it.’ Well someone did…
September, Q3 chip sales fall below par
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11/5/2010   3 comments
The market for semiconductor chips softened in the third quarter and fell behind the ten-year average historical averages according to an analysis of data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
HP pursues 'sensing-as-a-service'
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11/5/2010   10 comments
An HP business strategist outlined the company's championing of sensing-as-a-service, a play on software as a service, which bundles its wireless MEMS sensors with the data processing expertise to interpret the raw data feeds.
Interworking between WLANs and 3G - Part 2: Tight coupling approach
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Part 2 of an excerpt from the book "Wireless Communications & Networking" examines the tight coupling interworking approach, where the WLAN is connected to the 3GPP (GPRS) core network in the same way as any other radio access network.
How to have fun with the Lattice XP2 development board
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11/5/2010   1 comment
A small group of engineers were asked to put together some “science fair” type projects that would show their families some aspects of the work accomplished at Sparton Defense and Security Systems.
MathWorks' tools cut satellite GNC systems development time by 50%
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MathWorks said Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has licensed Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink to develop advanced autonomous formation flying software.
Next-gen power electronics spur energy efficiency
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Over the last 30 years, it is estimated power semiconductors have helped improve efficiency of cars by 40%. Now with government green-energy and CO2 reduction plans, the power semiconductor industry is expected to contribute further improvements in energy efficiency. Here are the options.
More chip makers top analyst estimates
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11/4/2010   3 comments
Chip makers Atmel, Microchip Technology, Skyworks Solutions and International Rectifier all reported sales for their most recently concluded quarters that exceeded consensus analyst expectations.
Analyst: Smartphone IC market surging
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11/4/2010   6 comments
Chips to power smartphones are expected to account for 47 percent of the overall cellphone IC market in 2010, according to IC Insights.
Gap analysis forges the links from requirements to verification
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In electronics development, requirements traceability often remains a low-priority, and manual methods are prone to error and omission. Consequently, when compliance to a specific standard is demanded, the time and effort required to construct a requirements traceability matrix (RTM) is huge. But the process can be easily automated.
Researcher: Rollable displays unfold in 2015
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11/4/2010   11 comments
Rollable color displays could become available as early as 2015, according to a leading researcher in the field.
Windows 7 – Office 2010 – Visio 2010 – Arrggh!
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11/4/2010   1 comment
In which I come to grips with the ups and downs of migrating to Windows 7, Office 2010, Visio 2010, and a number of other applications that make my eyes water and my lower lip quiver…
The effect of vibration on reliability and performance of quartz crystals
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Understand how vibration impacts the ubiquitous quartz crystal, heart of many oscillator circuits
SATS business not sitting still
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11/4/2010   1 comment
The semiconductor and assembly test business is expected to see 6.2 percent growth in 2011, according to Gartner.
Update: Gartner sees bright spots for ICs
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11/4/2010   2 comments
Market research firm Gartner Inc. has not raised its IC forecast in 2011, which calls for modest growth. But the firm still sees some bright spots in the marketplace.
Voice service with LTE: Can you still hear me now?
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11/4/2010   1 comment
There’s a lot of speculation and misinformation regarding how voice service will be delivered once LTE is deployed on a large scale.
VTI champions MEMS timing chips
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VTI Technologies, the leader in combo micro-electro-mechanical system (MEM) chips, has entered the consumer market for gyroscopes and silicon-MEMS oscillators.
Analysts split on MEMS growth rate forecasts
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Analysts from iSuppli and Yole Development offered differing projections of MEMS growth rates for the next few years at the MEMS Executive Congress.
Eye movement controls gaming console
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11/4/2010   11 comments
A team of engineers inside National Instruments has unveiled the LabView source code to "EyeMario," which demonstrates how video gamers can use their eyes to control Nintendo gaming consoles.
A memory problem not to make light of
Memory Designline Blog  
11/4/2010   7 comments
While troubleshooting a finicky memory module, engineers learn to thoroughly assess ALL factors of a failure -inducing operating environment
Startup opens retina implant fab
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11/4/2010   11 comments
Retina Implant AG, a developer of electronic sub-retinal implants for the visually impaired, has opened a manufacturing plant to meet anticipated demand for its devices.
Will IP use increase in forthcoming SoC design?
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11/4/2010   2 comments
If you wonder why SoC designers have such a nightmare using IPs delivered by 3rd parties, Piyush Sancheti of Atrenta highlights a few issues.
Docea Power successfully bootstraps as a new EDA player
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I had a chance to catch up with Ghislain Kaiser, CEO of Docea Power, a promising new startup based in France.
Quickpath IP bound for Achronix FPGAs
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11/4/2010   4 comments
Achronix will be including a hard Quickpath IP core in support of processor communications on forthcoming field programmable gate arrays enabled by Intel manufacturing.
Is it time to get rid of Daylight Savings Time?
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11/4/2010   74 comments
Is "changing clocks" a useless holdover from a very different era?
TI’s free IQmath Library brings floating point to C2000 and Stellaris MCUs
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Texas Instruments Incorporated's free IQmath Library now supports both the 32-bit C2000 and Stellaris MCU platforms, delivering floating-point benefits to developers using fixed-point microcontrollers (MCUs).
Smart grid money not at home, says Khosla
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11/4/2010   40 comments
Cybersecurity will be the killer app for smart electric grids, and it will require a new generation of power electronics technology, according to Vinod Khosla.
Qualcomm, On Semi top expectations
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11/3/2010   Post a comment
Chip vendors Qualcomm and On Semiconductor reported quarterly earnings that beat consensus analysts' expectations, though On Semi's outlook for the current quarter came in below what analysts thought it would be.
Intel inside... China
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11/3/2010   2 comments
Intel's first fab in China is not the company's first foray into the offshoring of manufacturing, but the No. 1 chip maker continues to invest heavily in U.S. fabs.
Express Logic's ThreadX RTOS supports CEVA-TeakLite III DSP Core
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Express Logic, Inc., has announced that its ThreadX RTOS now supports CEVA, Inc.’s CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP core. The CEVA-TeakLite-III targets SoCs used in consumer, mobile, networking, and office automation applications.
New Computer – Windows 7 – Office 2010 – Eeeek!
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11/3/2010   3 comments
Due to an unfortunate sequence of events, I had only one day available to purchase a new computer and some core application software packages; this then is the tale of that fateful day…
Hybrid startups: The new growth crop
News & Analysis  
11/3/2010   1 comment
A new crop of hybrid startups are on the rise, applying innovations in social, mobile, cloud and open source technology to business computing.
Power ISA 2.06 Rev. B enables full hardware virtualization for embedded space
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Power.org has finalized the Power ISA Version 2.06 Revision B, which allows multiple operating systems to run over multiple embedded cores, providing the requisite isolation and protection while increasing performance through hardware virtualization.
MEMC claims legal win over Soitec
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MEMC Electronic Materials said it received a favorable ruling from a U.S. federal court on its litigation with Soitec that will enable MEMC to continue to produce and sell silicon-on-insulator wafers.
STMicroelectronics' BC2 energy-recovery circuit enables ultra-high power efficiency using low-cost silicon diodes
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STMicroelectronics has released details of BC2 (Back-Current Circuit), their new high-efficiency circuit and dedicated optimized power components design. BC2 is targeted for boost or buck converters - power devices that are usually used in solar inverters or SMPS (Switched-Mode Power Supplies) for computers and telecom equipment - and will produce cost savings while helping designers comply with the highest power-efficiency standards.
A developer's insight into ARM Cortex M debugging
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A software developer describes tips and tricks for using the built-in debugging options on the ARM Cortex M microcontroller. (Paper from ARM TechCon 2010.)
Isolated Class-D audio drivers target high-power designs
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The Si824x isolated Class-D audio drivers from Silicon Laboratories are designed for consumer, professional and commercial audio systems with up to 1,000 W of output power.
Is IBM serious about phase-change memory for servers?
News & Analysis  
11/3/2010   26 comments
IBM is looking forward to improving its server computers within a few years through the use of phase-change memory, according to two separate reports that reference different senior executives with the company. This is despite review papers and discussion within a patent application that seems to acknowledge problems with the scaling of PCM.
Mentor and ARM link for memory test
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Mentor Graphics Corp. is working with ARM to provide an automated memory test and repair solution for ARM embedded memories and processor cores. Interoperability has been established between Mentor Graphics Corp.’s Tessent memory test and repair solution and ARM’s family of cores and embedded memory IP.
Qualcomm has bought Sandbridge, says analyst
News & Analysis  
11/3/2010   3 comments
Qualcomm has bought 4G modem chip company Sandbridge Technologies Inc., according to Will Strauss, president and principal analyst with Forward Concepts (Tempe, Ariz.).
Rice University: Making memory out of silicon oxide
Design How-To  
11/3/2010   5 comments
I came across the authors' research on the ACS web site and contacted them to see if they were willing to write up their work for the Memory Designline. Happily, they agreed and have given us a glimpse into some of the research going on in resistance random access memory (ReRAM).
Intel to acquire Dresden LTE firm
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11/3/2010   7 comments
Infineon's wireless business unit, which is in the process of being acquired by Intel Corp., is taking over Blue Wonder Communications GmbH, a specialist in LTE communications.
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