STMicro Mobile App Voltage-Agnostic MEMS-Based Motion Sensor Product News 3/31/2009 Post a comment STMicroelectronics MEMS sensors with a 3-axis accelerometer with absolute analog output for data-integrity protection in hard-disk drives, vibration monitoring and compensation, remote control, as well as motion user interfaces in mobile and gaming devices or portable media players.
Simplifying BLDC commutation and feedback system Design How-To 3/31/2009 Post a comment In a Brushless DC (BLDC) motor system, an electronic mechanism
is required to commutate the system. Unlike a Brush DC motor system,
the permanent magnet is located at the Rotor and the windings are
located at the Stator. As a result of this setup arrangement, the
windings are required to energize in sequence, to enable smooth
commutation. For the electronic system to determine which windings to
energize, Hall sensor feedback is used to get the current location of
the windings with respect to the
Watch out Heidi Klum, here comes the HRP-4C! Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 3/27/2009 Post a comment A very interesting development in the world of robotics as the HRP-4C fashion model is introduced to the world at Tokyo's Fashion Week. This modern marvel of sensors, motors, and controllers, responds to voice commands, walks, talks, and even has motors controlling facial expressions. But is the research and development effort worthwhile?
SolarWorld to get big slice of Obama boom News & Analysis 3/27/2009 Post a comment German renewable energy giant SolarWorld could come out of the industry's crisis stronger than it was before, outshining its peers, as it becomes one of the big inners of the "Obama boom" in the United States.
Analysis: Is TI ready for a major analog IC acquisition? News & Analysis 3/26/2009 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. wants to sharply increase its analog IC market share, but achieving that goal would require the company to again gamble on a significant acquisition similar to a strategic move it made nine years ago that helped cement its leading position in the segment.
The Earth Hour Approaches SmartEnergy Designline Blog 3/26/2009 1 comment For one hour, the Earth asks that you turn out the lights. Doing so has amazing results with respect to energy savings and carbon dioxide reductions globally.
TriQuint rolls new driver amplifiers Product News 3/25/2009 Post a comment TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. has rolled out two new driver amplifiers, including the industry's first surface-mount technology (SMT) device for use in 40-gigabits-per-second networks.
MEMS sensor targets fingerprints News & Analysis 3/24/2009 Post a comment A biometric sensor that relies on ultrasound technology is claimed to be the thinnest, most durable and accurate fingerprint sensor for wireless and smartcard applications.
Researchers team for organic electronics News & Analysis 3/24/2009 Post a comment OLED specialist Novaled AG (Dresden, Germany) has teamed with the Eindhoven, Netherlands based Holst Centre on the development and exploitation of Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFT) using the Novaled PIN OLED technology and materials.
Energy harvesting for wireless sensor networks Design How-To 3/20/2009 Post a comment The use of sensor networks has increased in many different
settings, including industrial. The need to power the sensors all these
networks can be very troublesome, especially if the manufacturing plant
does not have the appropriate wiring installed. The less communication
and power cables to route and/or trip over, the better. If the need
to change the batteries was also eliminated, better still. Cymbet shows how their energy harvesting transducers can help build a zero power wireless net
DVB-H Mobile TV Design How-To 3/20/2009 Post a comment This white paper provides an overview of the DVB-H mobile TV modulation standard, and presents a demodulation solution using the UCC Mobile (Universal Communications Co-Processor) platform, available for licensing from Ensigma, a division of Imagination Technologies.
So You Have a Network Connection. Now What? Design How-To 3/20/2009 Post a comment Take a quick look around, networking is everywhere " from the simplest FPGA to the billion-gate SoC " almost every chip touts support for Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth or some other form of network connection. As you start building your next project, consider the potential of leveraging the possibilities for the networking port. There is a whole world of new networking protocols tailored specifically for embedded devices. These protocols are part of a set of standards called Universal Plug and Play
Fuel saving by virtual reality News & Analysis 3/20/2009 Post a comment With Europe's largest driving simulator, the Stuttgart university plans to gather experiences and data from everyday situation that help to optimize driver assistant systems. The goal is to make the assistants 'fuel conscious'.
National Semi buys solar firm News & Analysis 3/19/2009 Post a comment National Semiconductor acquired Act Solar, a privately held solar energy company that provides power optimization for commercial and utility-scale solar installations. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Linux as Infotainment Innovation Driver Design How-To 3/19/2009 Post a comment The complexity of today's automotive infotainment systems is outgrowing the already awesome complexity of its genuine automotive electronics landscape. Could Open Source software contribute to solve the problem? Our authors say yes.
Startup begins shipping MMIC receiver modules Product News 3/19/2009 Post a comment MMIC Solutions Ltd (Ledbury, England), a startup focusing on modules and subsystems for commercial millimetre wave applications, has shipped its first integrated receiver modules to U.S. group HXI LLC, which specializes in radio links for backhaul.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.