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Home networks and other dumb ideas
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
1/31/2009   Post a comment
My review of the LiquidHD networking technology was too hash, but revisiting the topic just makes me more skeptical about home video networks in general.
First 2 TB hard drives from WD
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1/30/2009   Post a comment
The new WD Caviar Green 2 TB claims to be the largest capacity hard drive on the market today.
Tutorial: Line echo canceller (LEC) and DC offsets
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1/30/2009   2 comments
This article discusses the role a line echo canceller plays in guaranteeing the voice quality and low-speed modem connection stability in VoIP applications when affected by DC offset. It presents a brief overview of echo cancellation implementation schemes, and examines how performance degrades with DC offset and to investigate and remove DC offset.
New 3-D TV format to be demo'd during Super Bowl
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1/30/2009   Post a comment
The 3DTV format is set to make a splash in primetime during Sunday's Super Bowl and a broadcast movie.
Video transcoding techniques and applications
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1/30/2009   Post a comment
Video transcoding was once a fairly straightforward process of decoding and then re-encoding, but some applications can avoid the brute force method and save system resources as a result.
Tiny blue lasers for micro-projectors, red and green coming soon
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1/29/2009   Post a comment
OSRAM's new blue laser diode has all the important attributes required for micro-projectors.
Analysis: SDR chip proves itself on BDTI benchmark
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1/29/2009   Post a comment
The Sandbridge SB3500, which targets 3G and 4G handsets, has the best performance-per-dollar of any processor BDTI has benchmarked.
Advanced user interfaces take safety into account: Part 1 - Distractions and helpful HMIs
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1/29/2009   Post a comment
Properly designed, an automotive HMI can bridge the gap between the competing demands for greater connectivity and greater safety.
Analysis: Tiny DSP scores high on BDTI Benchmarks
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1/28/2009   1 comment
Corework's reconfigurable core matched the performance of high-end DSPs like the CEVA-X while offering 4X smaller silicon area and 2X lower power.
Replace your MCU's ADC with a tiny 16-bit ADC that integrates a 10ppm/C reference
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
The LTC2460 ADC makes it easy to replace a microcontroller's embedded ADC with barely any additional board space. It is available in a 3mm x 3mm DFN package (as well as 12-pin MSOP package) and offers very good DC analog performance. Unlike many of the ADCs offered in microcontrollers, its linearity, offset error, and gain error are all tested and guaranteed over the full -40°C to +85°C industrial temperature range.
Interactive robot features 31 proportionally-controlled axes and lifelike movement
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Engineered Arts Ltd, a company which specialises in hi-tech multi-media, has created an interactive robot - named RoboThespian " which features 31 proportionally-controlled axes and lifelike movement due to Festo fluidic muscles.
OPTEK : RGBA LED assemblies have low thermal resistance
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Integrating four 1-W LED die into a single assembly for solid state lighting applications, OPTEK's star-shaped red/green/blue/amber LED assembly features exceptional thermal performance.
Solution proposed for MEMS temperature stability problem
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Clocks Inc. claims to have solved the MEMS temperature stability problem.
Extremely thin wire reduces harness weight
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Delphi says it has developed particularly thin wires for automotive wiring harnesses. The technology could help to significantly reduce the weight of this problematic part of a car's electrical system.
RJ45 LAN jacks feature low insertion loss and high noise suppression
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Epcos has developed RJ45 LAN jacks with integrated magnetic modules for the electrical isolation of common and differential-mode interference.
High Density LXI 2 Amp Matrices
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of customer focused LXI switch matrices with the introduction of the 60-554 High Density 256x16 EMR (Electromechanical Relay) Matrix.
RFID read/write devices with ISO functionality
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Siemens's Industry Automation Division has redesigned its high frequency 13.56 megahertz range Simatic RF310R and RF380R RFID read/write devices so that they can also work with ISO 15693 standard transponders (tags).
Reflective Memory PMC for maximum data safety
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
MEN presents the Reflective Memory PMC mezzanine card P512 which is suited for use in safety-critical applications, offers a high transmission speed and high flexibility.
Analog Circuits: World Class Design (Chapter 8, Part 4 of 4)
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Increase your understanding and insight into analog systems, circuits, and components with two chapters from this recent book, presented in serial excerpt form.
Micrel : PWM buck regulators suit 5- and 3.3-V buses
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Micrel introduces a family of dual non-synchronous PWM buck regulators.
PCI Express SDR boards feature direct FPGA connectivity
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
The 7700 is the latest family of Pentek software defined radio products and the first to feature the PCI Express (PCIe) form factor with advanced connectivity options.
SL Power : 22-W power supply is medically approved
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
The MINT1022 is a 22-W internal single output power supply designed for applications requiring a medically approved compact internal power supply, particularly drug infusion pumps, portable ultrasound and cardiac monitoring.
Designing touch applications with advanced touch-library
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
- Atmel announced the availability of its advanced Touch-library that resides on the microcontroller instead of a separate chip resulting in a highly cost effective solution, which will be provided at no additional cost.
Solar cell startup taps infrared light
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1/28/2009   1 comment
San Jose startup Solexant has licensed materials technology that can harvest energy from infrared light, boosting the efficiency of solar cells, one of many advances under development at a photonics institute at the University of Buffalo.
Automated Visual Inspection - Part 4: Color in inspection, bringing inspection to the factory
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
This excerpt from the book "Machine Vision: Theory, Algorithms, Practicalities" concludes with a look at the importance of color in inspection, and practical factors to consider when bringing a machine vision system to the factory floor.
Using Dynamic Register Allocation to Boost PIC32 Performance
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Efficiently exploiting the PIC32's 32 registers can reduce the number of load/store cycles, freeing them up for computation and potentially improving processor throughput.
Podcast on mechatronics engineering and education
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
1/27/2009   Post a comment
"What is a mechatronics engineer?" and "What core subjects should a mechatronics curriculum include?" are among the topics discussed in this interesting audio interview.
Programmable logic innovation is overdue
Design How-To  
1/27/2009   1 comment
Specialized, heterogeneous logic architectures can offer designers the cost and power efficiency they seek while managing development costs and keeping their time-to-market edge.
TTTech rolls TTEthernet evaluation system
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
TTTech Computertechnik AG (Vienna) has announced the availability of evaluation systems for its real-time based TTEthernet data communication technology. The system enables users to analyze the properties of TTEthernet systems and the development of distributed real-time applications.
Wolfson: D-A converter targets high-end audio
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics announces an addition to its portfolio of high performance D/A converters.
Zuken offers free CADSTAR Schematic download
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1/27/2009   3 comments
Free schematic editor from Zuken for a limited time.
Cisco debuts power management initiative
Design How-To  
1/27/2009   1 comment
Cisco Systems will debut a broad energy management initiative leveraging its prowess in Ethernet switching, aiming to extend its EnergyWise software to cover everything from Internet Protocol phones and Wi-Fi access points to PCs and building controls.
Maximize high-speed signal integrity with the right choice of cables, layout, and equalizer ICs (Part 1)
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1/27/2009   2 comments
As data rates increase, maintaining signal integrity is more challenging; this multipart article looks at fundamentals of the problem, as well as passive and active approaches to dealing with it.
Microchip: Motor control eval board enhances DSC-based apps
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has introduced the dsPICDEM MCLV motor control development board - along with free motor-control software source code and an enhanced IDE - as a cost-effective method for developing dsPIC-based sensored or sensorless BLDC and PM synchronous motor control applications.
Fuel vaporization could boost gas mileage, cut emissions
Design How-To  
1/26/2009   13 comments
Piggyback electronics and an add-on "vapor chamber" could be used to increase the mileage of existing automobile and truck engines by almost one-third while lowering emissions.
Clearing the confusion on battery life and range for 2.4-GHz low power RF
Design How-To  
1/26/2009   6 comments
This article explains how may vendor specifications are misleading and shows: how to accurately evaluate power consumption and range, how to use link budgets, and how to work with current profiles to maximize sleep time, minimize retries, and avoid interference.
STB synergy: Kudos to Dish
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
A new level of STB synergy was unveiled recently, as EchoStar's acquisition of Slingbox reached fruition.
SiTime unveils lowest power family of programmable oscillators
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
MEMS-based silicon timing solutions specialist, SiTime Corporation, has introduced a new family of programmable oscillators that are designed to extend battery life in portable and consumer electronics by delivering the industry's lowest power consumption and fastest start-up time.
Fujitsu acquires Infineon software lab
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) has taken over a software development of Infineon subsidiary Comneon GmbH. The Linz (Austria) based lab has significant expertise in the segment of automotive embedded systems.
Low-power MEMS oscillator debuts
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
SiTime Corp. claims to have lowered the power consumption of its MEMS oscillators to less than half that of competitors' chips.
Radial aluminum capacitors offer low impedance benefits
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has released a new series of radial aluminum capacitors that offers low impedance values, high capacitances, high ripple currents, and high-temperature operation up to +125 degrees C.
Patent pending: Backlog is an issue in reform push
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Patent office backlog becomes center of current reform push
Compression schemes redux
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1/26/2009   1 comment
Comment: Obama -- new beginning or mythic figure?
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
President Barack Obama talked about service, sacrifice, accountability and responsibility last week in the cold and the sunshine on the Mall in Washington. Faced with epic challenges, can he succeed?
Step-up DC/DC converter drives up to 40 white LEDs
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1/25/2009   Post a comment
From a 12V input, Linear's 45V, 2.1MHz DC/DC boost mode converter can drive up to four strings of LEDs, each with up to ten 120mA white LEDs in series while delivering efficiencies up to 90%.
Diodes protect data lines and power rails in automotive applications
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1/24/2009   Post a comment
The automotive environment is the source of many electrical hazards, such as electromagnetic interference, electrostatic discharges, and other disturbances, which can occur directly in the wiring harness (conducted hazards) or be applied indirectly to electronic modules by radiation.
How bad are DSP sales, really?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
1/24/2009   Post a comment
The DSP sales numbers aren't as bad as I first thought, but we still have reason to be worried.
Filter banks, part 2: Optimization and synthesis
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1/24/2009   Post a comment
Part 2 shows how to optimize filter banks using high-level synthesis tools, and reviews the results of each optimization.
Configurable video processor from Stretch uses less power, has PCIe interface for advanced apps
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
Multi-stream H.264 encoding, video analytics, processing uncompressed video streams, and capture cards are among the targeted applications for Stretch's new low-power processor.
RF IN ACTION: Microwaves in Medicine-- Meridian Medical Systems Takes On the Status Quo
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
In our first RF in Action article, a new series planned for 2009, we learn how Meridian Medical Systems leveraged AWR's Microwave Office and TriQuint Semiconductor's ICs to create innovative new products for the medical industry.
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