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.
Tutorial: Line echo canceller (LEC) and DC offsets Design How-To 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.
Replace your MCU's ADC with a tiny 16-bit ADC that integrates a 10ppm/C reference Design How-To 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.
Extremely thin wire reduces harness weight Product News 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.
High Density LXI 2 Amp Matrices Product News 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 Product News 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).
Solar cell startup taps infrared light News & Analysis 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.
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 Product News 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.
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.
Microchip: Motor control eval board enhances DSC-based apps Product News 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.
SiTime unveils lowest power family of programmable oscillators Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.