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HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. offers three new development kits that enable the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and many new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
Intel rolls Xeon chips for high-end servers
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Intel Corp. officially rolled out its new high-end x86 server processors, the Xeon 7500 family, using up to eight dual-threaded cores with support from more than twice as many OEMs as Intel's previous high-end server CPUs, including an SGI system delivering a up to 256 processors.
Large Hadron Collider smashes protons at 7-TeV
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
The Large Hadron Collider housed at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) has been re-opened and two beams of protons have been brought into a collision with an energy of 7 tera electron-volts.
IBM demos graphene optical link
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
IBM has fabricated an optical receiver using a graphene photodetector fabricated on silicon-on-insulator substrate consisting of a metal-graphene-metal field-effect transistor with an asymmetrical interdigitated source and drain using palladium and titanium, respectively.
System Virtualization methods and applications using Intel VT
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
This article provides an overview of the evolution of hypervisor architectures - and how they affect the security and practicality of system virtualization - and considers a range of emerging applications for secure virtualization.
Practical Embedded Security - Part 1: PPP, Ethernet and ARP
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
This week, Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Practical Embedded Security" looks at low-level communications protocols, including PPP and Ethernet, and their specific security features and requirements.
700-day payment blights European medical electronics, says group
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Medical electronics companies are often dependent on public authority contracts, particularly in Europe with its use of nationalized health services. However, those authorities are making suppliers wait many months, even close to two years, for payment, according to Eucomed, an industry body that represents European medical suppliers.
Tough 2009 creates winners, losers in chip vendor ranking
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Qualcomm, Hynix and Advanced Micro Devices each managed to climb two places in a top ten ranking of chip vendors by 2009 revenue provided by market research company Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Conn.).
Public voting begins for "Pete' Conrad innovation awards
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Voting has begun to select the winners from among high school teams competing for technology innovation awards in aerospace, renewable energy and clean technology along with a space nutrition category.
Excel tunes up your schematic files
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3/29/2010   2 comments
Here's a technique for using an Excel spreadsheet in conjunction with LTSpice
DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
DesignArt Networks Ltd. (Ra'anana, Israel) has announced its DAN3000 family of ICs for use in 4G LTE and IMT-Advanced basestations. The company said its chips would allow the deployment of multi-gigabit mobile radio access networks (RANs).
ESC helps drive Android beyond cellphone
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3/29/2010   5 comments
The ESC-Silicon Valley Conference will add fuel to the effort driving Google's Android software into a wide range of embedded systems beyond the smartphone by hosting three presentations on using Android in embedded systems.
Are you ready to go nonlinear?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/27/2010   2 comments
S-Parameters are good and still essential, but you need to be ready to go into the nonlinear regime
Adding 3G Radio to Embedded Devices: Five Steps to Success
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3/26/2010   Post a comment
A 3G radio is rapidly becoming standard equipment on embedded devices. 3G technology offers much faster download and upload speeds compared to older cellular technologies and, for the first time, allows for simultaneous data and voice transmission. With these and other benefits, more OEMs are finding 3G radios make their devices much more capable and powerful.
ESC: Microchip simplifies access to embedded wireless
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3/26/2010   9 comments
Recent moves regarding ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Google have greatly increased the opportunities for designers of embedded systems, once they overcome the many issues associated with embedded wireless, from determinism to FCC regulations to rising concerns regarding security.
Report has microntrollers grow to $12 billion this year
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3/26/2010   Post a comment
The microcontrollers market will likely exceed a value of $12 billion for 2010, according to a market research firm.
Find out what's inside a life-changing gadget
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3/26/2010   1 comment
The FitBit is a $99 device that (hopefully) has life-altering effects. See what makes it tick at ESC.
Bosch opens billion-dollar wafer fab
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3/26/2010   1 comment
As expected, automotive chip maker Robert Bosch GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany) has opened formally a 200-mm wafer fab at the Bosch location in Reutlingen. At a total cost of 600 million euros (about $1.1 billion) the fab, which will make a variety of ICs and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), is the largest single investment in Bosch's history.
Intel-backed research yields spintronic breakthrough
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3/25/2010   1 comment
Room temperature electric field"controlled ferromagnetism in germanium quantum dots was demonstrated in silicon transistors to create a dilute magnetic semiconductor.
Femtocells set for explosive growth, says iSuppli
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
The ecosystem around the cellular basestations that improve indoor wireless coverage will experience explosive growth in 2010 and several years thereafter, according to market research company iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
Next Generation System Design: Platforms versus Tool-Chains
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3/25/2010   Post a comment
This paper will enumerate the benefits of a platform-based system design approach. The original electronic design process built by linking tools together has remained largely unchanged for decades.
Analysts intrigued by Nintendo's 3-D handheld
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
U.S. analysts were intrigued and curious following the overnight release of a brief statement by Nintendo saying the company plans to launch within the next year a handheld video gaming system that offers 3-D effects without requiring the use of special glasses.
NASA awards contract for hypersonic vehicle R&D
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
NASA is beginning to look at new technologies that could be used to design "hypervelocity vehicles."
High-performance 32-bit stereo DAC optimizes sound quality for pro audio, high-end A/V
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3/24/2010   1 comment
The AK4480 32-bit stereo DAC from AKM Semiconductor features an advanced architecture designed to offer higher quality sound for professional and high-end audio applications.
Research reveals wireless, laser-powered nanotube speakers
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
New research shows that acoustic speakers made from carbon nanotubes can be powered by lasers, offering the possibility of invisible, wireless speakers that can be attached to any surface.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home
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3/24/2010   2 comments
Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
ST makes contact lens MEMS to help with glaucoma
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has announced that it will develop and supply a wireless MEMS sensor that acts as a transducer, antenna and mechanical support for additional read-out electronics in a medical product being developed by Sensimed AG (Geneva, Switzerland).
Comment: Google PowerMeter is watching you
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3/24/2010   8 comments
Google PowerMeter is an ambitious project and potentially a good thing, but it is full of social implications.
Google, Microchip develop energy monitor software
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Microcontroller company Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has announced the result of a partnership with software giant Google Inc. to produce a reference implementation of the Google PowerMeter application programming interface.
Report highlights emerging 'killer apps' for MEMS
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
An emerging set of killer applications of micro-electro-mechanical systems is on the horizon, according to Yole Development , which predicts that the total MEMS market will climb from $7 billion in 2009 to over $18 billion in 2015.
RF Micro Devices features Ember ZigBee Technology in new family of high performance front end modules for smart energy applications
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices, Inc. announced that it is teaming with Ember Corporation to introduce ZigBee FEMs for smart grid applications.
Hardware platform transmits control data over power lines with no new wires
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has launched a programmable product for data communication over existing power lines.
Handsets with Wi-Fi to hit 25% in 2102, says In-Stat
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3/23/2010   1 comment
Mobile handsets with embedded Wi-Fi continued to experience growth in 2009 despite total handset shipment declines, according to market watcher In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
SiGe downconverting mixer delivers high linearity, noise performance
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest SiGe downconverting mixer delivers a combination of high linearity, noise performance, and component integration over a wide band of operation.
IMEC team shows wireless 'thought-to-text' cap
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
A team of researchers from IMEC, the Holst Center and the lab of neuro- and psychophysiology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven has presented Mind Speller, a thought-to-text device intended to help people with motor disabilities.
Greening processor design
Design How-To  
3/22/2010   8 comments
For the engineers and designers, delivering a high-performance design, while keeping energy conservation in mind, remains a delicate balance. Fundamental advances at the silicon design level, however, have led to significant improvements in power efficiency for many of these electronics. To that effect in the last few years much of the attention of the industry has been focused on multicore architectures. While this architecture shift has certainly helped address some power concerns, a lesser kn
Understanding Assembly Language for IA-32 and Intel 64 Architectures - Part 2: Effectively using assembly language listings
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Part 2 of a look at assembly language for IA-32 and Intel 64 architectures offers tips for correlating assembly language to the original source code and details an analysis of a code sample and its assembly language listings.
ARM, Renault, MontaVista join in-vehicle alliance
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc, Renault and MontaVista Software have joined GENIVI, an automotive electronics industry alliance that is seeking to drive adoption of an open-source car infotainment platform. MontaVista joined GENIVI as a core member in June, 2009 and now the three companies have all been elected to take seats on the board of directors of the organization.
4G/LTE chips coming . . . but first, a little chaos
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3/22/2010   8 comments
As the wireless industry transitions to WiMax/LTE, gone are the days when baseband chip vendors could continuously hold onto their existing 3G/2G solutions. On the horizon is the industry's growing appetite for DSPs -- specifically designed to run Software Defined Radio (SDR), according to CEVA.
Dialog preps power management IC with audio
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced a system-level power management IC that includes a class G codec. The device is called the DA9057, and has five on-board dc/dc converters to support 24-bit stereo audio headphone playback on a 5-mW power budget.
Chelsio debuts Fibre Channel over Ethernet chip
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
With its latest 10 Gbit/second chip, the four-port T4, Chelsio Communications Inc. aims to push ahead of a pack of competitors seeking design wins in data center systems expected to converge networking, storage and clustering functions on to Ethernet.
10 questions to ask when choosing a virtualization solution
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3/22/2010   2 comments
The adoption of virtualization technology is rising, thanks to hardware cost savings, isolation, and footprint reduction. But choosing a virtualization solution can be intimidating, given the variety of architectures and products available. This article attempts to ease the process of selecting a virtualization solution by posing 10 important questions that any embedded engineer or manager should weigh when considering virtualization.
CPUs: 3rd gen Diamond Standard controllers boast up to 15% improvement in speed/power and 20% smaller size
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3/21/2010   Post a comment
Tensilica, Inc.'s third generation of Diamond Standard controllers comprises five upward-compatible processor cores based on a common Xtensa architecture. The new controllers deliver up to 15 percent faster clock speed, up to 20 percent smaller die area and up to 15 percent less power consumption.
Researchers give update on road to parallelism
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3/19/2010   1 comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois detailed progress on three many-core processors among several small steps they have taken on a long and complex journey toward creating new parallel programming models to harness tomorrow's many-core processors.
NASA proposes new air traffic control system
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
A new air traffic control system uses smart computer agents to make recommendations to air traffic controllers on how to reduce congestion and avoid bottlenecks, but leaves it up to human experts whether to implement the suggestions.
Report: Intel, Sony work on Google TV
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Eighteen months after launching a software initiative for Internet-connected TV's with Yahoo, Intel is reportedly at work on a bigger, better deal with Google and Sony.
Why hardware designers should switch to Eclipse
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3/18/2010   2 comments
Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) have long been the primary tool for software engineers. Like an airplane cockpit, an IDE is the control center from which the engineer accesses all of the data and tools that he needs.
LTE wireless ramp surges to $5B in 2014
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Wireless carriers will buy as much as $240 million in gear for the 4G Long Term Evolution networks this year, surging to $5 billion by 2014, according to Dell 'Oro Group.
Smart grid protocol will ride Wi-Fi at home
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Zigbee and Wi-Fi backers will collaborate to on bringing the Smart Energy 2.0 protocol to Wi-Fi networks as the first phase of a broad collaboration between the Zigbee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance on wireless home area networks for smart grid applications.
Web voting for space, energy innovation awards begins March 29
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Voting begins March 29 to help select the winners from among high school teams competing for technology innovation awards in aerospace, renewable energy and clean technology along with a space nutrition category.
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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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