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STMicro Mobile App Voltage-Agnostic MEMS-Based Motion Sensor
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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.
Speed multicore development with IMEC tools
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
IMEC is now licensing its impressive low-power multicore development tools.
SiTime enters VCXO market with MEMS-based device
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
SiTime's voltage controlled MEMS oscillator features 0.5% pull range linearity, small size and flexibility through programmability.
GaAs MMIC SP8T switch streamlines mobile phone design
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
NEC's UPG2193T6E SP8T GaAs MMIC antenna switch meets the needs of new 3G UMTS, W-CDMA and Quad Band EDGE mobile phone designs.
DSP for beginners
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Are you new to DSP? Here are some resources that will get you up to speed.
RapidIO Gen2: double speed, lower power
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
RapidIO Gen2 offers twice the performance, lower power, and lower system cost than RapidIO 1.3--all while maintaining backwards compatibility.
New MEMS timing chip emerges
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
A maker of MEMS timing chips is taking aim at a new market: voltage-controlled oscillators.
All-in-one audio subsystems target mobile phones and gaming
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor has made two additions to its Boomer Class D audio subsystem family that are suited to smart phone, portable gaming device and portable GPS device designs.
Wi-Fi sensor networking module has 5-year battery life
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
RF Monolithics' 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11 g radio transceiver module enables OEMs to build low-power WLAN and sensor monitoring solutions for the global market.
Simplifying BLDC commutation and feedback system
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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
Sentilla Joins The U.S. Green Building Council
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Sentilla's energy management solutions to support U.S. Green Building Council's vision for sustainable building in America.
ST-Ericsson samples music DAC for mobiles
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Mobile phone chip joint venture ST-Ericsson NV has announced that it is sampling an audio quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for use in the mobile music market.
Vendors call for cloud computing standards
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
A group of 38 companies and academic groups have signed on to a so-called Open Cloud Manifesto calling for open standards for cloud computing.
Algorithm could replace touch screens with MEMS control
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
A new type of MEMS-based user interface enables 12 different device control functions while also eliminating expensive touch screens.
Advanced Motor Control Algorithms for Reducing Power Consumption of Embedded Systems
Design How-To  
3/30/2009   1 comment
To improve the efficiency and lower the operating costs of the electric motors in your enterprise, certain factors need to be considered. Christian Fritz, Product Manager, National Instruments lists these in this technical paper.
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
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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.
Samsung selects Spreadtrum mobile phone chips
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has selected Spreadtrum Communications Inc. (Shanghai, China) to supply wireless baseband chipsets for use in mobile phones Spreadtrum has said.
Dual, Quick-PWM graphics core controllers offer wide input/output voltage ratios
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced dual, synchronous, step-down, switch-mode power-supply (SMPS) controllers that feature a constant on-time, Quick-PWM architecture to support wide input/output voltage ratios, while maintaining a relatively constant switching frequency.
Analysis: Is TI ready for a major analog IC acquisition?
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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.
Battery switch offers simpler disconnection for lithium-ion batteries
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
A battery switch with four enable inputs has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products.
TriQuint rolls new driver amplifiers
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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.
BioSolar to Commercialize BioBacksheet for Thin-Film Photovoltaic Modules
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
BioSolar has developed a thin-film version of their BioBacksheet technology due to growing interest of solar manufacturers.
Nordic readies ULP wireless sensor ICs
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (Oslo, Norway) is readying a range of devices it suggests will set the benchhmark for ultra low power wireless sensors.
Analyst: Growth in optos, sensors, discretes set to outpace ICs
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Sales of optoelectronics, MEMS-based accelerometers, CMOS image sensors, power transistors, and overall discrete devices set record high revenue levels last year, despite the disastrous final months of 2008, according to market research group IC Insights (Scottsdale, AZ.).
U.S. lags in top 10 solar markets
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3/24/2009   4 comments
Spain ranked first, followed by Germany. The United States was a distant third.
MEMS sensor targets fingerprints
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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.
Graphene circuit combines Si, GaAs functions
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3/24/2009   2 comments
Graphene transistors could enable complex new circuits using relatively simple architectures, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers.
Researchers team for organic electronics
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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.
Wireless triangulation using RSSI signals
Design How-To  
3/24/2009   7 comments
Understand how a received signal strength indicator, combined with a networked quartet of transceivers and antennas, can pinpoint a transmitter's location
Cold fusion experimentally confirmed
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3/24/2009   22 comments
U.S. Navy and other researchers claimed to have experimentally confirmed cold fusion in a presentation at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting.
QMEMS enables real-time clock oscillator
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
A real-time clock oscillator unveiled by Epson Toyocom Corp. is said to require 70 percent less board space while occupying 75 percent less volume that its predecessor.
MEMS market slowed by auto makers' woes
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Slumping car sales have results in double-digit declines in the automotive MEMS sensor market, according to a market researcher.
OCXO delivers high stability in a miniature package
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Greenray Industries has announced the availability of the YH1420 series OCXO (ovenized crystal oscillator) which delivers excellent short-term stability from 10 MHz to 100 MHz.
Wireless or not? When are short-distance, point-to-point RF links worthwhile?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/23/2009   Post a comment
I am not a big fan of RF for short distance, point-to-point interconnection (under 3 feet or 1 meter). Sometimes, a basic cable is a better way to get information from point A to point B. Yet other times, wireless is the better choice. . . .
DC-DC regulators optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery applications.
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
The AS1332-34 family of step down DC-DC regulators from austriamicrosystems is optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery powered applications.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: Linux support available for Altera's Nios II embedded processor
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Wind River's Embedded Linux solution is designed for FPGA-based soft CPU
Energy harvesting for wireless sensor networks
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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
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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?
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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
STMicroelectronics : Set-top box ICs demodulate cable or satellite signals
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced two single-chip set-top box (STB) ICs that enable manufacturers to increase product performance and implement added-value features using fewer components.
Counterpoint: Does innovation need a reality check?
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3/20/2009   9 comments
Progress is good, but sometimes you have to be careful about what you wish for.
Trio of free application resources covers broadband distortion measurements, RFID tag testing, and satellite payload assessment
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Two conventional application notes and a seminar on CD can help designers in various RF and related areas
Fuel saving by virtual reality
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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'.
Vote on top ten sites with engineering appeal
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
The Internet's strength--limitless content--can also be its most maddening quality for a user trying to pinpoint information.
National Semi buys solar firm
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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
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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
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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.
Solar panel market growth to slow in 2009, says analyst
News & Analysis  
3/19/2009   2 comments
Sales of solar energy panels amounted to 5.6-Gwatts in 2008, up 48 percent on 2007, according to The Information Network market research company (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
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