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The vertical-integration mandala keeps turning
Power DesignLine Blog  
1/30/2010   Post a comment
It's "back to the future" and "deja vu again", as IC vendors move into modules and multi-component devices
Are "RF" and "wireless" defined by their frequency or their media?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
1/30/2010   1 comment
Don't let our inherent ambiguity of common engineering terms cause unintentional confusion
Point/Counterpoint: Apple's iPad, dud or must-have?
Blog  
1/29/2010   13 comments
Now that the decibel level has finally diminished, it's time to take a hard look at Apple Inc.'s latest attempt to influence the direction of consumer electronics and, to a large extent, the way we live: the iPad.
Haptic piezo controller helps to "feel the touch" in touch-screen applications
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
A novel haptic solution that provides customers with an enhanced, true "touch" experience with touch screens has been introduced Maxim Integrated Products which the company claims is the industry's first fully integrated, programmable HPC (haptic piezo controller) for single-layer and multilayer piezo actuators.
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 11.3% in the fourth quarter of 2009
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Ending five consecutive quarters of retrenchment, vendors shipped 325.3 million units in 4Q09 compared to 292.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2008, says IDC.
Chip makers swing to profitability
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Chip makers including Sandisk, Maxim Integrated Products, Cypress Semiconductor and Lattice Semiconductor swung to profit in the calendar fourth quarter of 2009—compared to losses suffered at the height of the downturn in late 2008. But memory technology licensor Rambus posted a wider loss after retroactively recognizing previously withheld royalties in the year-ago period.
Report: Smart meters rise to 212 million in 2014
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Deployments of smart electricity meters worldwide will rise from 76 million in 2009 to reach about 212 million in 2014, according to a new report from ABI Research.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite
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1/28/2010   6 comments
The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Liquid lens delivers optical image stabilization in mobile phones
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Varioptic announced it has developed its first liquid lens, the A316S, to offer optical image stabilization functionality to mobile phones
Video interview with MP3 co-inventor
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/27/2010   Post a comment
One of MP3's inventors discusses how the audio compression technology works, its origins and success, its real (and perceived) problems, and some practical tips, as well as what's next for MP3.
Samsung starts mass production of 3-D TV panels
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics claimed to be the first company to commence mass production of panels for 3-D LED TVs and 3-D LCD TVs.
DoD recognizes university scientists for basic research
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded 11 2010 fellowship awards to university scientists as part of its National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship program.
Stuck Mars Rover to become 'stationary science platform'
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
After months of trying to free the Mars Rover "Spirit" from Martian quicksand, NASA engineers have given up the attempt and designated the spunky Rover a "stationary science platform."
Wolfson takes ultra low power to a new level with world-leading DAC
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced the launch of the WM8912, an ultra low power DAC.
Displays shine a light on Apple tablet
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1/26/2010   2 comments
Speculation is running high the day before Apple Inc. is expected to roll out a tablet computer some say could help launch a new category, but it's unclear if the key component needed to drive the category forward—a high-resolution, low-power color display—is ready for prime time.
Embedded system virtualization for executable specifications and use case modeling
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
To reduce the time-to-market of embedded system projects, virtual hardware platforms offer a method to develop hardware-dependent software and application software before production hardware is available. However, for true system-level specification and architecture optimization, full-system virtualization is required, including abstract models of HW, behavioral models of application SW and use cases.
MEMS gyro targets $115 billion smartphone market
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Invensense eases migration of smartphones from 3-axis accelerometers to 6-axis gyroscope functionality by integrating a digital signal processor that offloads the application processor by performs all 3-D motion processing tasks.
Dublin lab lays groundwork for Intel's nanotech future
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Back in 1994, Leonard Hobbs, now process engineering department manager and research programs manager for Intel Ireland, helped transfer a 0.5-micron CMOS process to Dublin, making Fab 10 Intel's most advanced wafer facility when it opened that year.
TI Q4 net soars on higher analog IC demand
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc.'s net income rose sharply in the fourth quarter on benefits from higher analog demand, improving manufacturing utilization as well as lower overall costs and the company sees sales rising sequentially in the traditionally slower first quarter.
DirecTV adopts MoCA for home networking
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
DirecTV will use home networking chips from Entropic Communications Inc. in a deal that adds support from a major satellite TV player for the technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance which to date has mainly been used in set-top boxes for Verizon's Fios IPTV service.
Java Essentials for Embedded Networked Devices - Part 1: Windows and Linux set up
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Designing Embedded Internet Devices" (2003) discusses how to obtain and set up Java for both Windows and Linux personal computers.
VC investment fell in 2009, Q4 signals change
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Over-the-air Testing of MIMO Mobile Terminals (Part 2 of 3)
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
This white paper discusses the issues related to testing of multiantenna multiple-input, multiple-output mobile terminals
S-parameters Without Tears
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Understand this increasingly critical measurement and its interpretations
Audium appoints Chris Travis as Chief Technology Officer
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Audium Semiconductor (Bristol, UK) has appointed Chris Travis as the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
SiTel collaborates with Broadcom on combined ADSL2+, 802.11n and DECT chip
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
SiTel Semiconductor has announced that its DECT/CAT-iq technology has been integrated into Broadcom's single-chip Integrated Access Device (IAD).
Europe betting on payout from Intel Labs' gambit
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
There is no doubt that the formation of Intel Labs Europe early in 2009 was a strategic initiative.
Effective smartphone accessory design
Design How-To  
1/25/2010   2 comments
Smartphones and MP3 players open up infinite applications and associated opportunities for designers of accessories. The challenges are complex, but through adherence to some basic guidelines, an accessory product can be a game changer for your company.
Motorola charges RIM with patent violation
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. has asked the International Trade Commission to investigate Blackberry maker Research In Motion Ltd. for alleged patent violations, joining the growing band of mobile handset companies charging rivals with violation of patent laws.
ISSCC 2010 Preview: Assessing '05 predictions
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
Chip technology expert Don Scansen examines how technology forecasts from the 2005 ISSCC panned out.
Automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs offer power density and performance benefits
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced its AUIRF7739L2 and AUIRF7665S2 automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs that deliver power density benefits, dual-sided cooling and low parasitic inductance and resistance in a robust, reliable and AEC-Q101 qualified package for automotive applications.
Seamless high permeability magnetic shielding tubing meets tight tolerances and offers better shielding performance
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
A.T. Wall Company has partnered with The MuShield Company, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, to develop M_Shield® seamless high permeability magnetic shielding tubing, which offers shielding capability that is 20-30 percent better than a formed and welded product, depending on the welding method used.
Of Windmills and Recording Studios
Design How-To  
1/20/2010   1 comment
Windmills are cost more than a $1 million often requiring maintenance to go with their size and volatile nature. This article describes machine monitoring systems in wind turbines, how the requirements for a music studio network are similar to a turbine's monitoring system and how Firewire can been used to create a maintenance system for turbines.
Dual output, 60-V synchronous boost controller eliminates heat sink with 97 percent efficiency
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has unveiled a dual output, high power synchronous step-up switching DC/DC controller that replaces the boost diode with a high efficiency N-Channel MOSFET.
Nextreme demonstrates laser cooling for TO-Can packages
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Nextreme Thermal Solutions announced the cooling of a laser diode in a TO-8 package using an embedded thin-film thermoelectric OptoCooler HV14 module.
Pike Research predicts portable fuel cell market to reach $2.3bn by 2016
News & Analysis  
1/20/2010   Post a comment
Although the fuel cell industry has endured a series of false starts in recent years a recent report released by market analysts, Pike Research, predicts the global market for portable fuel cells will increase to $2.3 billion by 2016, up from just $185 million in 2009.
Plextek spins out Telensa wireless street lighting venture
Product News  
1/20/2010   Post a comment
Plextek has spun out a new venture, designated Telensa Ltd, that is focused on the commercialisation of a cost effective wireless system for actively controlling, monitoring and metering large populations of outdoor street lights, so they can be managed with maximum energy and operational efficiency.
Rise of the Embedded Internet
Design How-To  
1/19/2010   Post a comment
This Intel white paper looks at how breakthroughs in computing performance per watt, along with advances in wired and wireless broadband connectivity, will enable the development of billions of new intelligent embedded devices - the embedded Internet.
Over-the-air Testing of MIMO Mobile Terminals (Part 1 of 3)
Design How-To  
1/18/2010   Post a comment
This white paper discusses the issues related to testing of multiantenna multiple-input, multiple-output mobile terminals
Maxwell Technologies delivers one-millionth large cell ultracapacitor
Product News  
1/15/2010   Post a comment
Maxwell Technologies Inc. announced that it has reached a significant milestone in December with the delivery of its one-millionth large cell BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor.
Challenges in automotive radio design
Design How-To  
1/15/2010   2 comments
In terms of in-car features, customer expectations are driving the integration of more electronic devices. In addition, new technologies and automotive operational requirements create severe design challenges for suppliers.
BI Technologies packs rotary potentiometers in guitar repair kit
Product News  
1/15/2010   Post a comment
TT electronics' BI Technologies has developed a guitar and pedal repair kit, designated GPK-101, that includes 12 different 24mm rotary potentiometers for tone and volume replacements.
SPI/I2C UART integrates an oscillator to offer fast data rates
Product News  
1/15/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced what the company claims is industry's lowest power, fastest, and smallest serial UART to communicate over an SPI/I2C interface.
Teardown: Moto Droid emulates other iPhone killers
Product News  
1/15/2010   2 comments
Motorola's Droid smartphone includes hardware similar to other so-called "iPhone killers" and carries a bill of materials cost of $179.11, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Wolfson launches high performance multi-channel audio codec
Product News  
1/14/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has introduced a multi-channel audio codec, designed to offer a complete high performance audio solution in an ultra thin package for consumer products, including high definition digital televisions, DVD recorders and Blu-ray players.
Using an FPGA to tame the power beast in consumer handheld MPUs
Design How-To  
1/13/2010   Post a comment
Shorter product lifecyles and lower volume consumer product families have led designers increasingly to turn to the FPGA for handheld-product development. But doing so requires grappling with new challenges in terms of area, speed and power.
All-in-one motor controller IC saves space and power
Product News  
1/13/2010   Post a comment
Diodes Incorporated has unveiled an all-in-one motor controller IC for single-coil low-power brushless DC fans and motors.
Coaxial cable designed to support 26.5GHz
Product News  
1/13/2010   Post a comment
The Teledyne Storm Phase Master 190E (Enhanced) coaxial cable is designed for 26.5GHz operation and incorporates high levels of shielding to give exceptional phase stability over temperature and flexure.
Sidense gains design win in Audium audio amp
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1/13/2010   Post a comment
Sidense Corp. (Ottawa, Canada), a develop of antifuse-based non-volatile memory, has announced that its one-time programmable (OTP) technology was included in Audium's recently announced high efficiency AS1001 audio power amplifier chip.
3-D TV: The EE Times guide to the shifting landscape
News & Analysis  
1/13/2010   1 comment
With one eye the consumer electronics industry sees 3-D TV as an opportunity to revive sagging revenues, and with the other it sees a complex set of unresolved technical issues.
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