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Nordic shrinks 2.4GHz ANT products
Product News  
12/28/2010   Post a comment
Nordic releases miniaturized 2.4GHz products with wafer-level chip-scale packages for space-constrained sports, fitness, and health applications.
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.
Get a clear view on LTE testing
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/27/2010   6 comments
My contacts at Agilent just informed me of a special new site they've developed for LTE designers
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.
Call any rib roast, call it by name
Blog  
12/23/2010   20 comments
A new consumer electronics gadget fills the universal need for people to develop a meaningful dialog with the food they cook.
IBM racetrack memory enters home stretch
News & Analysis  
12/23/2010   9 comments
IBM's racetrack memory entered the home stretch to fabricating a prototype solid-state memory chip that can replace both flash memory and hard disk drives.
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.
TI opens branch of Kilby Labs in Bangalore
Research  
12/23/2010   8 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has announced an expansion of its Kilby Labs R&D in Bangalore, India, according to local reports.
FMEA eases automotive ASIC design and deployment
Design How-To  
12/23/2010   3 comments
FMEA can be an overall development tool beyond its commonly accepted scope of reliability (design for production) and failure sensitivity (design for test).
Thermoelectrics could harvest car exhaust heat
News & Analysis  
12/22/2010   30 comments
Researchers at the University of Michigan think they have found a way of increasing the efficiency of barium-doped skutterudites to create the commercially viable thermoelectric devices.
Dresden's 'Cool Silicon' project preps phase 2
News & Analysis  
12/21/2010   5 comments
The Dresden Cool Silicon project, backed by state and federal government funding and launched in 2009, is preparing to enter its second phase.
TSMC to raise R&D spend in 2011, says report
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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.
ESPN's broadcast of Breeder's Cup benefits from RF and microwave technology
Design How-To  
12/20/2010   4 comments
Broadcast Sports, Inc. (BSI) was contracted by ESPN to provide wireless camera, microphone and communications services for the 2010 Breeder’s Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5 and 6.
Evaluation platforms ease transition to MOST150
Design How-To  
12/17/2010   1 comment
Using twin evaluation platforms, Audi engineers tested all of the elements of the infotainment networking technology affected by the migration from MOST25 to MOST150.
Processing algorithms allow seamless low-distortion automotive 360° video imaging
Design How-To  
12/17/2010   6 comments
A configurable overview of a vehicle's surroundings enhances safety.
Spintronics aims for atomic memories
News & Analysis  
12/16/2010   11 comments
University of Utah researchers demonstrated how memory can be stored on the atomic spin of phosphorus atoms on a silicon substrate.
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.
MEMS shown to enable quantum computing
News & Analysis  
12/10/2010   5 comments
Researchers demonstrated the use of MEMS micromirrors to solve qubit addressing problem for future quantum computers.
Hardware and software considerations in secure passive immobilizer design
Design How-To  
12/10/2010   2 comments
While top level functionality of a vehicle immobilizer is simple to describe, the underlying technology is intriguing and sophisticated. This article discusses hardware and software aspects of vehicle immobilizer systems with emphasis on design and security considerations.
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.
Understanding and selecting higher performance NAND architectures
Design How-To  
12/9/2010   4 comments
This article is intended to help system and memory subsystem designers understand the differences and benefits of some of the newer NAND architectures.
Are "zombie" expressions causing confusion for your audience?
Blog  
12/9/2010   18 comments
When we use outdated terms and phrases, we risk ambiguity or misunderstanding
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.
Renesas 'licks' scaling issues for eDRAM
News & Analysis  
12/7/2010   1 comment
Japan's Renesas Electronics outlined steps to propel its embedded DRAM efforts into the 28-nm era and beyond at the International Electron Device Meeting.
Radiated efficiency: A true measure of antenna performance
Design How-To  
12/7/2010   11 comments
If you are looking for a good, general description of antenna elements and performance parameters, this paper from Pulse Electronics is for you.
PCM The Myth of Scalability Part 3- Is WAL-PCM the salvation?
Design How-To  
12/6/2010   13 comments
Ron Neale provides his view on whether or not there is any merit to a new PCM patent and its associated structure.
What’s new in medical electronics?
Blog  
12/6/2010   Post a comment
Understand some of the trends, standards, and challenges they bring in connectivity and test
Medical electronics: from hospital and clinic to the home
Design How-To  
12/6/2010   6 comments
Understand the signal chain and the information chain
Monitoring systems ensure Li-ion battery safety and efficiency
Design How-To  
12/2/2010   6 comments
Devices also maximize performance and capacity usage of EV and hybrid car batteries.
MIPI Alliance looking at steady growth
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
12/2/2010   7 comments
Recently, they gave me some updates on their progress, here are some bullets for you
Consumer vs. medical electronics
Blog  
12/2/2010   Post a comment
Medical designers could benefit from the economies of scale offered by consumer electronics. But...
Phase-change memory found in handset
News & Analysis  
12/2/2010   60 comments
Engineering consultancy UBM TechInsights has found a phase-change memory die inside a multi-chip package inside a mobile handset.
Exclusive! Driving Chevy's Volt
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/2/2010   21 comments
Here's what I learned—and what I didn't.
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.


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