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Choosing the right OS for your medical device
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4/29/2011   Post a comment
Before choosing the specific operating system, you must determine the type that’s best for your design
Multiphase boost converter eases 12V battery 'cranking deep'
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4/29/2011   4 comments
Auto start-stop systems offer improved fuel efficiency and emissions, but vehicle electronics need to be protected from cranking transients. A multiphase boost converter is ideal for this function and can also simplify supplying power audio components in the infotainment system as well as isolating regenerative braking energy storage.
VLSI: IC billings dip in 'skittish market'
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4/29/2011   5 comments
It's a ''skittish market'' for ICs, according to VLSI Research Inc.'s ''Semiconductor Analytics'' report.
Samsung's profits fall 30 percent
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4/29/2011   10 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced revenues of 36.99 trillion won ($34.6 billion) on a consolidated basis for the first quarter, a 7 percent increase year-on-year.
Apple, Samsung gain in cell phone rankings
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4/29/2011   7 comments
Having posted a record Q1 shipment volume, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. further closed the gap against market leader Nokia and extended its lead ahead of third place vendor LG Electronics, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
Analyst downgrades Research in Motion
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4/29/2011   10 comments
An analyst downgraded his rating on RIM, suggesting the company is entering a risky period in which it may lose share in the smartphone market.
We have met the enemy and it is management
Engineering Investigations  
4/29/2011   19 comments
A new factory with 200 ft of beautifully designed burn tunnels...what could possibly go wrong?
Speaking out of line
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4/29/2011   7 comments
Fix a crashing embedded development platform or enjoy a summer evening outdoors...which would you pick?
Survey points to variation-aware design as top custom IC focus
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Two-thirds of designers and managers named variation-aware design as a top segment where technology advancement is needed over 2011 and 2012, according to a survey of 486 engineers and engineering managers on Variation-Aware Custom IC Design.
Thick copper paves way for high-current drive in high-voltage power ICs
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4/29/2011   3 comments
Understand how use of thicker copper, needed for higher currents and voltages, can be implemented in power IC design
On Semiconductor NBX series silicon-based crystal oscillator clocks
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4/29/2011   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor is extending its silicon-based crystal oscillator (XO) clock module range. The six new additions to the NBX series provide a cost-effective, high accuracy reference clock solution with dual voltage capabilities and class-leading total frequency stability as low as ±20 parts per million (ppm).
Fab tool results: What analysts are saying
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4/29/2011   Post a comment
It's earnings season and a plethora of fab tool companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about some of the players:
French firm takes stake in SunPower
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4/29/2011   7 comments
French oil and gas vendor Total Group will launch a ''friendly tender offer'' to buy 60 percent of SunPower Corp. for $1.38 billion.
BEEcube targets data centers, RF
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
BEEcube is planning moves both into the data center and software-defined radio on the road map for its FPGA development platform to be shown at ESC.
IHS: E-readers to decimate book publishing
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4/28/2011   12 comments
The book publishing industry has entered a period of long-term decline because of the rising sales of e-book readers, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Spansion, Microsemi in line with estimates
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4/28/2011   1 comment
Chip vendors Spansion and Microsemi delivered quarterly reports that were in line with consensus analysts' expectations.
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.
Flip video's rise and fall just the latest chapter in ongoing tool dilemma
Engineering Pop Culture!  
4/28/2011   7 comments
Optimized, single-purpose tool; multipurpose tool; or infinitely flexible tool: there is no "best" choice
Rutgers team proposes Net alternative
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4/28/2011   15 comments
Rutgers researchers launched MondoNet, an initiative for a wireless mesh network that aims to be a more open and private alternative to the Internet.
Hynix' profits jump
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4/28/2011   1 comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. posted consolidated first quarter revenue of 2.79 trillion won ($2.6 billion), up 2 percent from the previous quarter but down 1 percent a year ago.
Panasonic to cut 17,000 jobs
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4/28/2011   14 comments
Amid a large loss and a reorganization, Japan's Panasonic Corp. plans to cut about 17,000 jobs over the next two years.
Bourns' MF-LL190 battery strap resettable fuse
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4/28/2011   4 comments
Bourns' miniature-sized battery strap resettable fuse offers an initial resistance of just 5 to15 mOhms.
AMD licenses SMSC's USB chip interface
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has licensed SMSC's Inter-Chip Connectivity (ICC) technology, a low power variant of the 480 Mbit/s USB 2.0 standard geared for chip-to-chip links.
Infineon CIC61508 safety watchdog for microcontrollers
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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.
Vishay ORN series resistor networks
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
Vishay’s enhanced surface-mount devices offer 13 standard resistance values ranging from 49.9 O to 500 kO.
JSR expands officer committee
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Japan's JSR Corp. has announced that the company has named the first non-Japanese officer to its ''officers committee.''
SEMI CEO to retire
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4/28/2011   2 comments
SEMI has announced that its president and CEO, Stanley Myers, will retire.
Yokogawa DL850 ScopeCorder
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
A new real-time mathematics option for the Yokogawa DL850 ScopeCorder introduces many new DSP-based functions that boost the instrument's power analysis capabilities as well as adding features such as sensor linearization and electrical to mechanical conversion.
iWatt, Inc., has introduced the iW1700 zero power AC/DC digital PWM controller
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
iWatt has introduced the iW1700 zero power AC/DC digital PWM controller, which is designed to enable low-cost, energy-efficient 120 V/230 VAC offline adapters and chargers (up to 5 W) that consume zero no-load power for cell phones, audio players, digital cameras, and other low-power portable devices.
FreeRTOS hits version 7
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4/28/2011   1 comment
Real Time Engineers Ltd, the company behind the open source operating system, FreeRTOS, has released version 7.0, which features a new software timer implementation that allows timer callbacks to be executed in a task context, rather than as an interrupt.
C&K Components CCM01 and CCM02 series smart card connectors
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
C&K Components has developed PCI and PCI-ready security smart card connectors for POS applications.
TSMC posts mixed results
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4/28/2011   1 comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) reported consolidated revenue of NT$105.38 billion ($3.597 billion) in the first quarter, representing a 4.3 percent decrease from 4Q10 and a 14.3 percent increase in 1Q10.
Piezoelectric MEMS boosts vibration harvester
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4/28/2011   14 comments
Electrical engineers from the University of Michigan claim to have invented a technique for micro-machining piezoelectric MEMS that generate 10-times more energy than conventional energy harvesters.
The basics of power factor correction (PFC), Part 2 of 3
Design How-To  
4/28/2011   1 comment
Understand the various ways to achieve this increasingly important power-supply design objective—and the tradeoffs
Atmel, MagnaChip tip foundry deal
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. has signed a wafer foundry agreement with a major provider of microcontrollers and touch solutions-Atmel Corp.
Cadence beats Q1 estimates, promotes exec
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems reported sales and earnings for its fiscal first quarter that exceeded consensus analyst expectations and announced the promotion of one EDA veteran to replace another that is leaving the company.
Powerchip re-enters DRAM business
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4/27/2011   3 comments
Taiwan's Powerchip Technology Corp. has re-entered the DRAM business-after only a three-month hiatus.
Bsquare, Qualcomm roll development platform
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Bsquare Corp. has announced the general availability of the next-generation of the Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP) for Android.
Xilinx beats estimates on record annual sales
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4/27/2011   3 comments
Xilinx posted record sales of $2.37 billion for its fiscal year and reported revenue for the quarter ended April 2 and guidance for current quarter ending in June that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations.
TSMC spins out solar, LED units
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4/27/2011   1 comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) plans to transfer its solar and solid-state lighting businesses into two new subsidiaries.
Nokia to shed 7,000 jobs, jettison Symbian
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4/27/2011   12 comments
Troubled cell-phone giant Nokia is shedding 7,000 jobs and has announced plans to transfer its Symbian software activities to Accenture.
Update: UMC profits fall, tempers outlook
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
Taiwan foundry vendor United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) missed its sales estimates in the first quarter and ''tempered'' its expectations for the second period.
Loudspeakers: Objective evaluations - Part 6: Other measurements
Design How-To  
4/27/2011   3 comments
In the sixth and final excerpt from the book "Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms," Floyd Toole considers other factors affecting loudspeaker performance beyond frequency response, including phase response, impedance, wire, damping factor and sensitivity.
HiSilicon uses Synopsys' IC Compiler in production design flow
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
ASIC provider HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. has deployed Synopsys' IC Compiler, a component of the company's Galaxy Implementation Platform, in its production design flow and claimed it has reduced stand-by power consumption by up to 40 percent.
MATLAB, Simulink revision features code generation
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
MathWorks reveals Release 2011a (R2011a) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families offering key code generation products, MATLAB Coder, Simulink Coder, and Embedded Coder as well as 80 other product updates, including Polyspace embedded software verification products.
How Green Is Your MCU?
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4/27/2011   3 comments
With energy efficient, ‘green’ designs devices being all the rage, embedded developers need to be asking semiconductor vendors, “How green is your MCU?” (OK, so it’s black. Work with me here.)
Top 20 MEMS foundries ranked
News & Analysis  
4/27/2011   3 comments
MEMS foundries shared unequally in the MEMS market's 25 percent growth in 2010.
Scaling a video on demand server
Design How-To  
4/27/2011   1 comment
This article illustrates how to model and simulate an example model of a RTP/RTSP video on demand server using the method, notations and tools provided by CoFluent Design.
Analysis: Why ARM-AMD makes sense
Blog  
4/27/2011   28 comments
With many-core processing leveling the playing field for microprocessor makers this would be a good time for AMD to focus on system-level issues impacting its processor ICs and let ARM do the heavy lifting in terms of architecture, argues Peter Clarke
ARM working on AMD to drop x86
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4/27/2011   39 comments
ARM CEO Warren East says it's "perfectly natural" for ARM to try to persuade AMD to license ARM processors and use them instead of Intel's x86 architecture.
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