Top RF Articles of 2008 Design How-To 11/28/2008 Post a comment It's been another excellent year for RF DesignLine, and thanks to all of you for your comments, contributions, and insights. Here are the top articles that you voted for this year with your "clicks."
3-D memristor chip debuts News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment Memristors technology got a boost recently from Hewlett-Packard Labs, which described the first 3-D memristor chip at a conference in Berkeley, Calif.
NXP, Phonak team for enhanced acoustics Product News 11/26/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors and Phonak have jointly developed a single chip ultra low power radio for use in hearing systems that is being integrated into Phonak's forthcoming range of hearing aids and wireless accessories.
Zigbee-based demand-response systems reduce home energy usage Design How-To 11/25/2008 5 comments Households consume one-fifth of the nation's energy each year, with 60 percent of that consumption in the form of electricity. At the same time, utilities are struggling to manage the peak energy demand dilemma, where about 10 percent of electric generating capacity exists only to be used less than one percent of the time.
Industrial-, automotive-grade Atom processor coming, says report Product News 11/25/2008 Post a comment The world's largest chip maker Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) is developing a variant of its Atom processor for use in harsh environments such as automotive applications, according to a Nikkei Electronics article. The industrial or automotive Atom, currently named Embedded Menlow XL, is due to ship to customers in 2009, the report said.
Renault-Nissan mobilizes e-cars in Portugal News & Analysis 11/24/2008 1 comment In a move to promote emission-free individual mobility, the government of Portugal and automotive OEM alliance Renault-Nissan will establish a network of battery charging stations for electrical cars in that country. The vehicles will be provided by Renault-Nissan.
Revell RC Helicopter: Fun with mechatronics Design How-To 11/24/2008 1 comment Even if you're not a kid (at least in age) the toy section of stores can hold some intriguing electronic gems and we'll take a look at a remote-control (RC) device in the form of Revell's RC helicopter.
8-bit MCU market still alive, says ST executive Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment At a roundtable during the ARM European Technical Conference this week in Paris, Daniel Colonna, marketing director at STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), said the 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) market is not dead and remains interesting to serve.
High voltage LDO has 3µA IQ Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment Linear Technology Corp.'s LT3008 is the newest member in a family of high voltage, micropower PNP-based LDOs, featuring quiescent current of 3µA.
Compact and flexible vision system Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment Xpectia from Omron Electronics is a vision system featuring real-colour sensing, high resolution, 3D functionality and intuitive user guidance to deliver simple operation, no matter how complex the application.
ST joins MIT industry consortium Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment Geneva-based chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV announced it is the first European company to join the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG) industry consortium at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, an interdepartmental laboratory supporting research and education in micro- and nanosystems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Build low power video SoCs with programmable multi-core video processor IP Design How-To 11/21/2008 Post a comment Low power programmable multi core video processor IP, requiring lower clock frequencies and voltages, achieves efficient parallelism using specialized blocks for common video processing computations -- including H.264 encode and decode -- while maintaining flexibility for future upgrades. With power consumption comparable to ASICs, this SoC architecture scales to 1080p and beyond.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times