HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone Product News 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 Product News 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.
IBM demos graphene optical link News & Analysis 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.
700-day payment blights European medical electronics, says group News & Analysis 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.
DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family Product News 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 Product News 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.
Adding 3G Radio to Embedded Devices: Five Steps to Success Design How-To 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 Product News 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.
Bosch opens billion-dollar wafer fab News & Analysis 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.
Femtocells set for explosive growth, says iSuppli News & Analysis 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.).
Analysts intrigued by Nintendo's 3-D handheld News & Analysis 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.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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).
Google, Microchip develop energy monitor software News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
IMEC team shows wireless 'thought-to-text' cap News & Analysis 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
ARM, Renault, MontaVista join in-vehicle alliance News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Design How-To 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.
Researchers give update on road to parallelism News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Why hardware designers should switch to Eclipse Design How-To 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.
Smart grid protocol will ride Wi-Fi at home Product News 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.