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Voltage-mode CRM PFC for lighting offers higher efficiency, improves reliability
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Topology is backwards compatible with older current-mode designs.
Supreme Court won't overturn Tessera ruling
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11/28/2011   2 comments
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a patent infringement ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission which found for Tessera Technologies over several chipmakers.
Free Webinar: Designing and developing pulse Doppler radars using FPGAs
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Learn how radar system engineers can reduce the time required to model, simulate, and implement radar system designs and their constituent signal processing algorithms…
VeriSilicon takes ARM license
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11/28/2011   1 comment
IC design foundry and custom silicon provider VeriSilicon has licensed intellectual property from ARM Holdings, including Cortex processor and Mali graphics processing unit cores and Artisan physical IP, ARM said.
Transfer from FPGAs for prototype to ASICs for production
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11/28/2011   2 comments
Find out how you can save money, minimize non-recurring-engineering hours, enhance performance, and speed time-to-market.
Lattice announces new LatticeECP4 low-cost, low-power FPGAs
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11/28/2011   1 comment
6G SERDES, hardened communication engines, and ultra-high bandwidth DSP blocks for cost- and power-sensitive applications in the wireless, wireline, and video markets
Travel Nightmares: Oh woe is my laptop
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Business travel can be a disaster and some airlines just don't seem to meet the basic needs...
Audio converter subsystem design in the 21st century – Part 1: Overview
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11/28/2011   2 comments
Most audio converter subsystems perform below the potential of their chosen data converter. Here, Ian Dennis of Prism Sound examines why that might be, and offers tips on how to achieve optimum audio converter performance.
If it’s not an iPad, is Vanity Fair?
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11/28/2011   25 comments
Most people in the electronics industry today are aware of the revolutionary job they’ve done in developing technology that has changed forever the way we live. But are they ready to take full responsibility for it?
Novellus claims legal win over Linear Tech
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Novellus Systems said a California appellate court unanimously upheld its legal victory in a lawsuit brought by Linear Technology.
ARM releases free version of its Development Studio for Android platforms
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One type of virtual prototype is a software development kit, specifically designed for application developers who have no need to know about the underlying hardware platform…
MEMS enters world of precision archery
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11/28/2011   9 comments
If you like to go bow shooting, now you can do so with a high-tech measurement system that uses a MEMS as part of an arrow-mounted device which provides detailed information about arrow speed, flight dynamics and bow performance.
PC market lifted by iPad demand, says analyst
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11/28/2011   6 comments
Global PC shipments will be 415 million units in 2011, up 15 percent year-on-year, predominantly thanks to sales of iPad tablet computers, according to market research firm Canalys Ltd.
Making sounds with analogue electronics - Part 3: Envelopes
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Part 3 of an excerpt from the book "Sound Synthesis and Sampling" discusses envelopes - the overall 'shape' of the volume of a sound, plotted against time.
Virtual Versus Physical Prototyping — Get it Right Faster
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Should you build a virtual or physical prototype? This paper will help you understand the tradeoffs and make the right decision…
Position location techniques and applications - Part 4: Toward the cognitive radio paradigm
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Part three of an excerpt from the book "Position Location Techniques and Applications" presents the concept of cognitive radio together with some recent results in the area of position location, as well as some technologies that promise to ease the process of achieving this new paradigm.
Optical diode boosts silicon photonics efforts
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11/28/2011   4 comments
An optical diode demonstrated by MIT researchers could speed the arrival of silicon photonics.
AES 2011 videos: Audio analyzers, USB audio, DSPs & more
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11/28/2011   1 comment
Here are some short videos from the recent AES show floor, highlighting demos of some audio analyzers, a low-cost USB DSP kit, a TV/radio dialogue enhancement technology, and a "Pro Audio in a Box" platform.
Graphene printed via ink-jet, ups mobility
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11/28/2011   11 comments
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have reported the ink-jet printing of graphene circuits demonstrating the suitability of graphene inks for flexible and transparent electronics.
ST-Ericsson replaces CEO with ST's Lamouche
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11/28/2011   3 comments
ST-Ericsson NV, the struggling mobile phone chip joint venture, has announced the appointment of Didier Lamouche as president and CEO, with effect from Dec. 1, 2011. Lamouche, who is chief operating officer of STMicroelectronics NV, replaces Gilles Delfassy who has led ST-Ericsson since September 2009.
Retiring HP exec talks innovation, WebOS
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11/28/2011   33 comments
For Phil McKinney, HP's August 18 debacle signaled a time to retire as chief technologist of the company's PC group and resume his career as an innovation guru.
IEC 60601-1 guidelines and risk management
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Understand how this standard’s third edition impacts the concept, design, and production of medical devices.
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 2
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11/27/2011   6 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
USB audio decoder IC offers versatile audio playback benefits
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11/26/2011   2 comments
ROHM has developed a USB audio decoder IC that enables audio playback of MP3 files from CD-ROM and USB memory using a single chip, making it ideal for a variety of equipment, including AV receivers, radio players, and stereo component systems.
NXP claims breakthrough Class-AB and Class-D audio amplifiers for start-stop systems
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11/26/2011   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has introduced two new automotive audio amplifiers supporting energy-saving start-stop systems.
New HD audio PC solution offers 5x better audio quality
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
The new devices claim to offer up to 5x better audio quality than other solutions available in the market today, with a DAC signal-to-noise ratio of 105 dB and true 2 Vrms capless output capability.
Die-cast enclosures in three interesting new shapes
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Responding to customer requests from several different sectors for die-cast enclosures to provide a strong and robust environmentally sealed housing with good EMC screening in a non-rectangular shape, Hammond Electronics has extended its popular 1590 family with the introduction of the 1590TRP and STP models.
Advanced car radio tuner IC family reduces cost and complexity
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has introduced the Si476x automotive tuner IC family designed to deliver high RF performance coupled with advanced signal processing while reducing cost and complexity of car radio systems.
Active vibration control technology solves noise issues in hybrid cars
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11/26/2011   4 comments
Trelleborg's active vibration control (AVC) system is claimed to out-perform traditional passive systems by monitoring and adjusting to sound levels, significantly contributing to improved driver comfort.
Online simulation tool creates flyback power supply circuits in minutes
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11/26/2011   1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has launched an easy to use, powerful online simulation tool that allows designers facing the challenge of designing a flyback circuit for their applications’ power supply to throw the application note away and ‘Auto Design’, optimize or ‘Advance Design’ like a power supply expert.
High-accuracy concept-study position sensor enables car2x applications
Research  
11/26/2011   1 comment
By fusing driving dynamics sensor information with GPS data, automotive supplier Continental will make it possible to determine the precise position of a vehicle within its lane - a degree of exactness required for car2x applications.
802.15.4-based chipsets for the industrial automation market will hit $8 million in 2016
Research  
11/26/2011   2 comments
In 2010, global spending on wireless sensor networking (WSN) chipsets in industrial automation reached $2 million, with the overall market expected to grow to $8 million by 2016.
Broadcom, NXP, Freescale and Harman join forces to establish in-car Ethernet
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11/26/2011   2 comments
After recent announcements from chip vendor Freescale and automotive supplier Continental, four technology companies launched the OPEN Special Interest Group aiming at establishing Ethernet in automotive applications.
Intel Capital starts $100 million apps investment fund
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11/26/2011   1 comment
Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the world's biggest chip maker, said it has launched a $100 million fund to invest in invest in software tools and services companies developing applications and digital content for mobile devices and PCs.
Energy@Home consortium to begin in-home trials
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11/26/2011   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor and Telecom Italia have presented the latest advancement of the Energy@Home consortium during the recent Design with Freescale (DWF) Italian session in Milan.
Plessey EPIC sensor targets movement sensing applications
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Plessey Semiconductors has released the latest version of the company's Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor optimised for security, switching and gaming applications.
FM background receiver chips enable cost-effective data functions in car radios
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Two new FM receiver ICs from NXP enable designers to implement scanning and data functions in car infotainment systems as a background functionality.
High-speed transceiver offers reliable broadband powerline communications in industrial environments
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the first broadband, HomePlug 1.0-compliant, powerline communications transceiver for harsh industrial environments.
Sierra Wireless launches world’s smallest M2M cellular module
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The AirPrime WS6318 module measures just 15 x 18 mm and provides essential M2M connectivity in a small, simple package that uses a conformal coating rather than metal shielding.
Dual core Mini-ITX Mainboard for Digital Home Media
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11/26/2011   1 comment
VIA Technologies has launched a dual core mini-ITX board for embedded media servers.
Z-Wave millimetre solution for smart homes
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11/26/2011   3 comments
The Fibaro wall inserts can be used to convert any series of switches into switches or dimmers controlled wirelessly by Z-Wave technology.
Supercomputing 2011 ultimate slideshow
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11/26/2011   11 comments
Supercomputing 2011 held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
Thinfilm unveils first scalable printed CMOS memory
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11/25/2011   Post a comment
Combination of Thinfilm printed rewritable memory and PARC transistors enables low-cost, printed integrated systems for the “Internet of things”
Kingston launches its fastest USB flash drive
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11/25/2011   1 comment
Kingston Digital, Inc. has released the Kingston DataTraveler® HyperX® 3.0, which is designed for enthusiasts and gamers, and features the fastest speeds and largest capacities that Kingston has to offer in a USB Flash drive.
Memory standards at CES
Memory Designline Blog  
11/25/2011   1 comment
I heard from the team at JEDEC Solid State Technology Association that it will be participating in the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Skyworks SPDT switches target access points
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11/25/2011   Post a comment
The small-package SKY13348-374LF and SKY13370-374LF are well suited for use in high-power access points and router applications given their matched ports which reduce low noise amplifier pulling and deliver better system performance. 
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 1
Design How-To  
11/25/2011   7 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
Validating embedded flash memory products to endure power faults
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11/25/2011   10 comments
Validating embedded flash memory products for power fault resilience establishes their ability to reliably endure the power faults that embedded system designs inevitably encounter during their normal operation.
Innovasic adds real-time channel to Ethernet
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11/25/2011   6 comments
Innovasic Semiconductor Inc. has announced device-level support for its PriorityChannel, an extension to Ethernet that is intended to ensure Ethernet is suitable for use in industrial applications and others where real-time responsiveness is required.
Samplify announces ultrasound ASIC
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11/25/2011   2 comments
Samplify announced a 32-channel beam-forming receiver ASIC for ultrasound machines, claiming it is the first merchant chip available for the function.
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