Agilent: GPS receiver testing
Design How-To 12/27/2010 3 comments
This excerpt from Agilent's 'GPS Receiver Testing' white paper introduces a real-time GPS signal simulation technique capable of generating the required GPS signals for a repeatable and flexible test environment.
Android for medical applications
Design How-To 12/27/2010 18 comments
Medical-device designers have lots of choices when it comes to operating systems (OSs). The one that’s best for your application typically depends on your specific requirements. In many cases, a strong case can be made for using the Android OS.
Top 10 stories of 2010
Design How-To 12/23/2010 4 comments
Here are the top 10 stories posted on Automotive Designline this year, as determined by your page views.
TSMC to raise R&D spend in 2011, says report
News & Analysis 12/21/2010 Post a comment
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. plans to raise its R&D spending by nearly 39 percent to NT$50 billion (about $1.68 billion) in 2011, according to a Taipei Times report that quoted chairman and CEO Morris Chang.
Rare earth scarcity gauged by DoE
News & Analysis 12/21/2010 5 comments
The anticipated study by the U.S. Department of Energy concludes that rare earth scarcity is critical to the growth of clean energy technologies.
NIST launches $44M technology program
News & Analysis 12/16/2010 7 comments
A new technology innovation program for advanced manufacturing research in electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology was funded with $22 million by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which expects matching funds from research partners to exceed $44 million total.
Project aims to cut conversion losses by 50%
Research 12/15/2010 3 comments
The Neuland project, part funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), has been set up to explore the efficient use of electricity from renewable sources based on novel semiconductor materials.
10 technologies to watch in 2011
News & Analysis 12/15/2010 57 comments
Here are 10 technologies that we think will generate buzz, attract developers and investors, and get end users to open their wallets in 2011 and beyond.
Metamaterials may camouflage marine vessels
News & Analysis 12/14/2010 17 comments
Marine biologists collaborating with engineers and scientists at Rice University are working to develop a metamaterial based on the skin of squid that can bend light in nearly any direction for future military camouflage.
Shrink, BlackBox license 'electronic glue'
News & Analysis 12/13/2010 2 comments
Shrink Nanotechnologies Inc. a nanotechnology-focused development company, has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary called BlackBox Semiconductor Inc. that has entered into a worldwide multi-year exclusive license with the University of Chicago on "electronic glue."
ANT rides the Tour de France
Design How-To 12/13/2010 4 comments
In this RF in action article, Rod Morris of ANT Wireless takes us through the Tour de France, and how its wireless networks, Nordic's ANT chips, and Google software came together to broadcast bike speed, cadence, power, and heart rate information of the HTC Columbia team.
Startup outlines monolithic 3-D chips
News & Analysis 12/10/2010 22 comments
Startup NuPGA claims to have the intellectual property to obsolete TSVs designed to stack microchip die with true monolithic technique for creating any type of 3-D chip.
Intelligent multiplexer upgrades automotive lighting high side drivers
Design How-To 12/10/2010 1 comment
Control and diagnostics of lighting functions are some of the growing tasks performed by modern body control modules. An intelligent multiplexer would provide a solution to their ever increasing requirements in terms of pulse width modulation channels, diagnostics, and system reliability in automotive lighting applications.
Three little known facts about the high-power RF products market
RF & Microwave Designline Blog 12/10/2010 4 comments
Most people working in the high power RF design arena think that they know a fair amount about high power RF products and the devices that comprise that market space. I am here to tell you that there are three relatively interesting and unknown facts about the high power RF product market that the consumers generally do not comprehend.
Samsung signs carbon nanotube deals
News & Analysis 12/8/2010 4 comments
Samsung has acquired certain patent rights primarily related to electronic devices incorporating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in deals struck with Unidym Inc., a majority owned subsidiary of Arrowhead Research Corp.
IBM debuts CMOS silicon nanophotonics
News & Analysis 12/1/2010 38 comments
IBM Research demonstrated an all-silicon optical transceiver that combines modulators, wave guides, wavelength-division multiplexers, switches and detectors all on a single CMOS die.