Samsung, LG lead on tablet displays
News & Analysis 5/31/2012 4 comments
Thanks to continued strong sales of Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire, Korean display makers Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and LG Electronics Inc. remained the top suppliers of tablet screens in 2011, with more than 80 percent of all shipments combined, according to IHS iSuppli.
Aurix architecture enhances power train and safety applications
Design How-To 5/31/2012 1 comment
Infineon recently introduced its 32-bit multicore architecture Aurix. This new high-performance MCU platform meets the requirements for automotive power train and safety applications. The first devices based on three TriCore cores not only excel with outstanding performance data but also with sophisticated test and debug tools.
Intel phone debuts in China
News & Analysis 5/31/2012 11 comments
Intel has released another Atom-powered smartphone, this time by Chinese electronics vendor Lenovo Group, which said it will put out an Intel Inside device at CES 2012 back in January.
Back to Basics: Wireless charging
Design How-To 5/31/2012 6 comments
The concept of wirelessly charging devices has been around for a while, but is now rapidly gaining interest to make it more flexible and useable. But what are the different techniques available, and what are the design challenges an engineer needs to deal with?
Freescale pushes wireless recharge
News & Analysis 5/31/2012 15 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's reference designs for recharging tablets and smartphones allow automobiles, airports, coffee shops and other public areas to supply almost invisible recharging stations built into tables, kiosks or nearly any horizontal surface.
LeCroy on the rise?
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 5/31/2012 3 comments
How will LeCroy's acquisition news affect the high-end scope market in terms of the “big three:” Tektronix, Agilent, and LeCroy?
Insufficient baseband chip supply hurting LTE smartphone sales
News & Analysis 5/30/2012 9 comments
Since there has been greater than originally expected demand for LTE smartphones and tablets, international vendors are worried that their shipments are not enough to meet demand due to short supply of LTE solution chips from Qualcomm, currently the only provider of integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE baseband chips.
Calling out crosstalk
Design How-To 5/30/2012 2 comments
Crosstalk, a problem associated with parallel buses, is now an issue with high-speed serial buses, where multiple signals on a single board can interfere with each other.
Industrial apps go multi-platform
News & Analysis 5/30/2012 3 comments
Motorola Solutions has crafted a universal app platform for its developers, enabling a single HTML5 app to be deployed on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Windows CE and Blackberry mobile devices.
Ansys to acquire embedded software firm
News & Analysis 5/29/2012 2 comments
Simulation software provider Ansys said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire France-based Esterel Technologies, a provider of embedded software simulation tools for mission critical applications, for about $53 million in cash.
Video: Hover car concept lifts off
The Engineering Life - Around the Web 5/29/2012 17 comments
In 2011, Volkswagen launched its "People’s Car" project, soliciting ideas for futuristic visions and concepts that could be made into reality.
Home sweet smart home
Design How-To 5/29/2012 10 comments
With energy costs as a top concern and the proliferation of connected electronic products, the need for a connected smart home and smart meter is more real than ever. In short, the smart grid and the smart home network need to evolve to the next level to meet user demands.