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SOFTWARE TOOLS - CoWare SPW boosts signal processing prototyping for advanced wireless systems
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
CoWare SPW boosts signal processing prototyping for advanced wireless systems and combines LTE libraries with advanced Xilinx implementation flow.
Product How-To: Incorporating quality into reusable IP
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
How do you incorporate quality into reusable IP? This white paper is about how it is done at Arasan Chip Systems, Inc.
U.S. offers $50M for research buildings
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. Commerce Dept.'s National Institute of Standards and Technology announced a competition for grants for the construction of new or expanded scientific research buildings at universities and nonprofit organizations.
Adjunct SOC for power amplifier performs complex signal processing in RF domain
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Scintera has developed a power amplifier linearization SoC that performs complex signal processing in the RF domain, resulting in low-power consumption, wide signal bandwidth, and broad frequency operation.
Antenna "diversity" always amazes me
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/25/2010   Post a comment
This first/last element in the RF signal chain is an area of vibrant innovation and creative thinking.
Tektronix launches Scope Central online test and measurement community
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Tektronix launches Scope Central, an online community dedicated to oscilloscope users
Dodging Amdahl's Law with message passing, FPGA-based, parallel processing
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2/24/2010   3 comments
Most design teams agree that the basic plumbing of memory management can be the real bottleneck in heterogeneous processing. Today the only real solution is the microprocessor and co-processors sharing memory on the node, and then interconnecting many nodes with a GigE, Infiniband, or a custom interconnect configuring the nodes in a distributed memory layout.
Bluetooth group explores apps in smart grid
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has formed a Smart Energy Study Group with CSR, Broadcom and Emerson Electric as the initial members of the group.
Acoustic metamaterials: Solution for noisy neighbors?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
2/24/2010   5 comments
Acoustic panels consisting of latex membranes and plastic buttons might offer an economical solution to blocking annoying bass frequencies.
HARDWARE TOOLS - connectBlue offers Development Kits for Wireless LAN modules OWL221a and OWL222a
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
connectBlue has launched ten Wireless LAN Development Kits designed to evaluate the connectBlue third generation Wireless LAN modules OWL221a and OWL222a. The kits offer complete system functionality with an out-of-the-box testing capability designed to accelerate the customers' product design, development and delivery.
Global shipments of short range wireless ICs to exceed 2 billion units in 2010
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Global shipments of short range wireless ICs (Bluetooth, NFC, UWB, 802.15.4, Wi-Fi) are expected to surpass two billion units this year, increasing approximately 20 percent compared to 2009. Shipments are forecast to total five billion in 2014, according to new market data from ABI Research
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2010   Post a comment
Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
Junctionless transistor is ready for 20-nm node, says researcher
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2/23/2010   3 comments
Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge of Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland), co-author of the paper Nanowire transistors without junctions, has said that junctionless transistors could be implemented commercially at around the 20-nm manufacturing node.
iPhone/iPod dock ref design enables bit-perfect audio streaming
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2/23/2010   1 comment
An iPhone/iPod dock reference design from XMOS eliminates analog audio processing components, reducing RF interference and enabling bit-perfect digital audio for highest fidelity audio performance.
DNA sequencing startup pulls in $7 million
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Nabsys Inc. (Providence R.I.), a developer of electronic, solid-state DNA sequencing, has announced it has received a $7 million investment as part of a Series B equity round led by Stata Venture Partners.
Metamaterials antenna supports multiple bands
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The world's first metamaterial antenna permits multiple bands--LTE, 3G, WiMax, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS--to share the same antenna without the usually switching circuits and matching components.
Fuel cell system claims 2X efficiency
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2/22/2010   10 comments
Colin Powell, former secretary of state and now a board member at Bloom Energy, will debut the company's Bloom Box energy generator on Wed. Feb 24th along with the company founder's and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Fanless Design for Embedded Applications - Part 1: Thermal solution design (analytic)
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
This article provides a reference for designing a fanless heatsink solution for a low-voltage Intel architecture processor.
Java Essentials for Embedded Networked Devices - Part 5: Threads
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Java's multitasking capabilities are examined in Part 5 of an excerpt from the book "Designing Embedded Internet Devices."
Tiny RF switch delivers +67 dBm IIP3
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Peregrine Semiconductor recently announced an SP4T RF switch that is designed using the company's green UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire process technology, yielding broadband RF performance to 3-GHz.
High-level synthesis, verification and language
Design How-To  
2/22/2010   2 comments
The preferred high-level design methodology proceeds from high-level code to RTL code. Good verification practice requires that the input to High-level Synthesis (HLS) be verified first, via simulation (or some other analytical means), and then the output of HLS be verified, again via simulation or some other means. Using SystemC as the input language to HLS enables this flow, but using C as the HLS input language imposes a serious limitation on doing verification this way.
Robots to don 'smart' sensing material
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
The MIT Media Lab has commissioned Peratech Limited to develop a type of electronic 'skin' for robotic devices that enables robots to determine the touch's position and its pressure.
Let's go passive: giving these components their due
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Passive components are still critical in circuits, nowhere more so than in power-supply designs; here are some popular passive-centric articles which have appeared at this site
Junctionless transistor could simplify chip making, say researchers
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
In a move that could revolutionize nanoelectronics manufacturing and the semiconductor industry, scientists at the Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland) have designed and fabricated what they claim is the world's first junctionless transistor.
E-books: Battle brews over display alternatives
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Until a few weeks ago, the biggest worry for E Ink, maker of the Vizplex technology used in Amazon's Kindle and a host of other e-book readers, was the two dozen or so e-paper competitors looking to loosen its grip on the market.
Analysts: Five observations on mobile from MWC
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Apple and software are in the driver's seat in the mobile market but platform fragmentation may be ahead, according to analysts from Barclay's Capital who shared their observations from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.
ISSCC, Nvidia shortfall lead weekly story ranking
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Researchers to collaborate on 2-megapixel micromirror array
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
The Institute of Microelectronics and Silicon Quest, Inc. are partnering to develop a CMOS compatible 2-megapixel micromirror MEMS array for next-generation high-definition display applications.
Point/Counterpoint: Is CMOS right for 3G handset PAs?
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
The first CMOS power amplifier for a 3G handset has been anticipated for a long time, but hasn't quite made it yet. We've asked a few industry insiders to weigh in on whether CMOS is the right process technology for 3G handset power amplifiers.
M'soft says no comment on Project Pink phone
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
A Microsoft Corp. spokeswoman issued a "no comment" today on another flood of rumors that the software giant plans to roll its own smartphone, amid a flurry of news and heighted competition for a stake in the smartphone software platform around this week's Mobile World Congress.
What made you become an EE? Join the Conversation
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2/18/2010   27 comments
In honor of National Engineers Week, we ask readers what inspired them to become engineers and what can be done to encourage more young people to join the ranks.
Low-cost, more efficient solar cells mostly plastic
News & Analysis  
2/18/2010   6 comments
By growing arrays of silicon wires in a polymer substrate, researchers have demonstrated what they say are flexible solar cells that absorb up to 96 percent of incident light.
SMSC acquires wireless audio IC vendor
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC vendor SMSC said it acquired Kleer Semiconductor, a maker of chips for wireless audio. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Intel lab explores nanoscale power storage
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2/18/2010   1 comment
Intel researchers are exploring nanoscale materials that could be used to create ultracapacitors with a greater energy density than today's lithium ion batteries as part of work in a new lab dedicated to work on microgrids.
WIRELESS: Transcede processors serve 3G/4G/LTE mobile infrastructure
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Transcede application-specific SoCs from Mindspeed reduce system power, complexity and cost while boosting performance for 3G/4G/LTE mobile infrastructure.
Toshiba: Speed of market top challenge for mobile ICs
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Under pressure to provide differentiated handset offerings, OEMs nevertheless want to use the same base platform for their mobile phone products, according to Deepak Prakash, director of marketing for multimedia products at Toshiba America Electronic Components' ASSP business unit.
ZeroG chief executive joins GainSpan
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Greg Winner has been named chief executive of embedded Wi-Fi chip startup GainSpan Corp., fresh from closing a deal in January to sell its competitor startup ZeroG to Microchip Technology Inc.
Opinion: Is 'climate science' really science?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
2/16/2010   61 comments
Is man-made climate change happening or not? The author isn't sure one way or the other, but is skeptical when proponents look at the data and rationalize what they see to fit their hypothesis.
Carbon semiconductors clear CMOS hurdle
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2/16/2010   1 comment
With a one-step graphene doping process, Georgia Tech claims to have paved the way to carbon-based transistors that adhere to the CMOS architecture.
MIT researchers simplify energy harvesting circuits
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
New energy-scavenging systems being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could forgo replacing batteries in electronic devices that need to work for long periods of time.
STMicroelectronics unveils 3-axis digital gyroscope MEMS
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics unveils a 3-axis digital gyroscope based on a single sensing structure for motion measurement along all three orthogonal axes
Deserializer display bridge chip connects advanced baseband or application processors to displays with parallel interfaces
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
Toshiba Electronics Europe has unveiled a new deserializer display bridge chip that connects the baseband or application processors used in smart phones, which use Mobile Industry Processor Interface-Display Serial Interfaces (MIPI-DSI), to displays with legacy parallel interfaces.
Automation platform enables planning and optimization of wireless access networks
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
Mentum has unveiled its latest product line, Mentum Fusion, which provides automation of planning and optimization processes for wireless access networks.
Nokia and Intel create open Linux platform called MeeGo for mobile computing
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
Nokia and Intel have announced the merger of Maemo and Moblin to create MeeGo, a Linux-based software platform designed to work across a range of hardware architectures and devices including mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Six things that surprised us at ISSCC
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2/16/2010   1 comment
The pervasive focus on power management, the lack of papers on nanotechnology and software and the slow recovery of attendance were among the surprises for EE Times editors at the 2001 ISSCC last week.
TI slims DLP for cellular pico projectors
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments today unveiled its newest digital light processor chip which will enable nHD resolution pico projector modules for the smallest of mobile phones.
Smart drivers reduce energy use and PCB clutter in portable electronic systems
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Small portable electronic systems such as mobile telephones, personal media players (PMPs), digital still cameras (DSCs), digital video cameras (DVCs), portable medical equipment (PME), and global-positioning systems (GPS) continue to evolve and add features with each generation. As they do, their peripheral-circuit requirements have become more similar in part because their power sources, ports, and MMIs (man-machine interfaces) draw on similar technologies.
Java Essentials for Embedded Networked Devices - Part 4: Network programming
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Understand Java networking capabilities - including programming with sockets, ports and URLs - as highlighted in Part 4 of an excerpt from the book "Designing Embedded Internet Devices."
CoFluent bridges gap from UML to SystemC
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
French ESL company CoFluent Design (Nantes, France) claimed it has developed a methodology that combines the OMG's (Object Management Group) standards UML (Unified Modeling Language), SysML (System Modeling Language) and MARTE (Modeling and Analysis for Real-Time and Embedded Systems) profiles.
HARDWARE TOOLS - ChipWrights' hardware dev kit speeds design of video processing apps
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
A new hardware development kit from ChipWrights, Inc., is based on the CW5631 system-on-chip (SoC), which is used for the design of multimedia applications.
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