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Under the Hood: Inside Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
In the wake of its Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii video teardowns, Semiconductor Insights kept the cameras rolling as it took apart the new Xbox 360 Elite to see just how Microsoft plans to stay competitive in the hotly contested, three-way gaming platform market.
Micro fuel cells to hit mainstream in 2010
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Despite a flurry of announcements and investments in micro fuel cells for portable devices, the technology is not expected to become a mainstream product until 2010 or so, according to an expert in the arena.
Assessing Class D vs AB audio amplifier thermal issues for cramped enclosures
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Class AB amplifiers have been the low-cost workhorse solution, but they have significant power dissipation issues and thus require large heatsinks. Class D amplifiers are known for having better efficiency, but the downside is a higher price for the silicon of the amplifier.
Optically coupled isolators provide 6kV isolation
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Providing design engineers with an extended range of isolators for applications that require 6kVDC electrical isolation, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has expanded its family of optically coupled isolators.
How to build ultra-fast floating-point FFTs in FPGAs
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Here's how to build a hybrid fixed/float FFT that achieves gigasample-per-second performance and can scale from 32 to 2,048 points.
Developing an automotive electrical distribution system: Part 4 - COTS harness design tools
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
It's survival of the fittest, with software tools making for efficient wire harness design.
Real-Time Operating Systems for DSP, part 2
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4/26/2007   Post a comment
Part 2 of this 8-part series introduces the concept of multitasking, and explains how an RTOS schedules tasks for execution.
Developing an automotive electrical distribution system: Part 3 - 'Pain points' in the design flow
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Harness design--from wiring and configuration inputs to system design outputs--has several potential pitfalls.
4-channel delta-sigma A/D converter includes temperature sensor
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Linear's LTC2493 is a 4-channel delta-sigma A/D converter with an internal temperature sensor that enables temperature compensation of external sensors.
A tutorial on tools, techniques, and methodology to improve FPGA designer productivity
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
Providing the ability to quickly understand the timing state of a design is crucial to the effectiveness of any FPGA design environment.
Chip integrates LIN transceiver, voltage regulator functionality
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor has introduced low-power, mixed-signal devices that combine Local Interconnect Network (LIN) transceiver and voltage regulator functionality in a single chip for in-vehicle networking applications.
Multi-core microcontrollers target embedded applications
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America has introduced five SuperH 32-bit microcontrollers that use multi-core technology to achieve the high levels of performance required by many embedded system applications.
Occupant detection sensors offer higher accuracy
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Sensata Technologies has demonstrated several occupant sensing approaches that can help engineers design seat-belt alert systems that are more accurate and provide a better level of consumer convenience and safety.
Under the Hood: Inside the Toyota Prius
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4/23/2007   1 comment
We spent some time recently taking apart and analyzing the Toyota Prius. Yes, a car. Take a look at what we found inside
How to write an optimized FIR filter
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
This article shows how to write optimized FIR filter code for a DSP, using the Texas Instruments C55x as an example.
Intelligent fan driver offers closed-loop control for fan speed, temperature
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Andigilog introduces two intelligent fan drivers that provide reliability, low power consumption and acoustic management for DC brushless fan cooling solutions.
Green Hills toolkit supports Freescale's auto MCUs
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Components of the Green Hills Software development toolkit include: royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), optimizing C/C++ compilers for Power Architecture, MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) with multicore debugger, virtual prototyping platform, TimeMachine tool suite and high-speed Nexus hardware probes.
Crosstalk compensation using matrix methods
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
In almost any force sensor application, extraneous forces will invariably cause crosstalk errors.Here's a mathematical technique that all but eliminates crosstalk errors.
GPS module with built-in dead reckoning ensures 100 percent road coverage.
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
The LEA-4R GPS module has a built-in USB port that eases data transfer by providing connectivity flexibility and bandwidth.
Optical sensor can prevent collisions in urban traffic
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
Automotive tier-one Continental AG has developed a sensor that can in connection with a brake assistant attenuate or even prevent collisions at speeds typical to urban traffic. Already 2008, the first cars equipped with the sensor will enter mass production.
Real-Time Operating Systems for DSP, part 1
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
Part 1 of this 8-part series introduces the real-time operating system (RTOS), and shows how to select an RTOS. It explains the special features a DSP-oriented RTOS, focusing on the chip support library (CSL).
Choose the right cold plate to cool hybrid motor drive electronics
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
The decision will be a trade-off among thermal performance, weight, cost, reliability, and manufacturability--but in reality the choice becomes fairly straightforward.
Power Architecture Developer conference wants your ideas for abstracts
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
The Power Architecture Developer's conference is accepting abstracts for technical presentations but needs them very soon. The conference will be in Austin Texas on September 24 and 25.
Energy harvesting and power management highlight nanoPower Forum 2007
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
You won't want to miss the nanoPower Forum in San Jose. This informative event, one that will have a significant effect on your power designs, takes place in early June. Be sure to visit the web site and register. Early registration ends April 30th for this event.
Compare the latest technology punch-through IGBTs to power MOSFETs: Part 2
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
In part 1 you learned about and compared IGBTs and power MOSFETs. In part 2 we talk about gate design, temperature effects and performance of IGBTs vs MOSFETs in switch mode power supplies.
Intel to mass produce 128-Mbit phase-change memory
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Starting with the "modest" goal of NOR replacement, Intel Corp. is getting ready to sample its phase-change memory.
Automotive EDA takes another step
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Over the last decade, automotive electronics has fundamentally changed the driving experience, and expectations are even higher for future vehicles. Starting in engine management and car audio, electronics has now penetrated major in-car systems, ranging from powertrain, body, chassis, driver assistance systems to active and passive safety systems. These systems have to be reliable despite harsh operational conditions, with tolerances close to aerospace requirements, and all this has to be achie
Aerospace, automotive convergence provide a way forward
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
Capitalizing on their experience in the aeronautics industry, three European companies, PolySpace Technologies SA, Sysgo AG, and TNI-Software (Brest, France), are now applying their specific competencies in safety-critical embedded software development to the automotive industry.
Car designs on fast track
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4/17/2007   Post a comment
The love affair between people, their cars, and personal electronics has evolved into a passionate embrace of new on-board computing, control and communications technologies, generating an unprecedented design challenge to engineers across the entire spectrum of mechanical and electronic systems engineering.
Inside the Toyota Prius: Part 1 - The airbag control module
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
A look inside the Toyata Prius airbag control module shows a host of analog components for the system's critical front end, including two MEMS-based accelerometers made by Denso of Japan.
Under the Hood: low-temp silicon transistors driving more displays
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) transistors are helping display makers meet customers's demands for higher screen resolution with richer colors and refresh rates sufficient for eye-pleasing video. However, mobile display assembly designers must evolve their technology to minimize cost while delivering the required functionality.

MEMS devices go multidice, get smarter
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's requirement that all new passenger vehicles include electronic stability control starting in 2012 will save up to 10,000 American lives each year, NHTSA predicted last week. Even before that mandate emerged, microelectromechanical-system chip maker Freescale Semiconductor Inc. was on the trail of a combo MEMS sensor capable of implementing ESC.

Fujitsu tailors LSI chip for in-car automotive systems
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4/16/2007   Post a comment
Fujitsu's latest LSI chip integrates various functions, including a CPU core from ARM Ltd., 2D and 3D graphic capabilities, in-car networking features, and support for various media interfaces.
Compare punch-through IGBTs to power MOSFETs
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4/14/2007   Post a comment
Learn about and compare IGBTs and power MOSFETs in this paper. Find out why punch through IGBTs may provide a lower cost alternative to high voltage power MOSFETs under many conditions.
Buck-boost DC/DC converter simplifies automotive power design
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has released an automotive-qualified DC/DC power management integrated circuit (IC) that fully integrates power switches to stabilize output voltage and simplify power designs in automotive applications.
Comparison of feedback implementations for digital audio amplifiers: Part 3
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Digital processing and control of Digital amplifiers provides benefits in terms of functionality, low cost complexity, and intelligence. The DDFA allows very high theoretical performance levels to be approached in practice, without the need to specify expensive or specially selected electronic components.
Comparison of feedback implementations for digital audio amplifiers: Part 2
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
The ideal amplifier has a straightforward task. It must behave like a perfect voltage source, delivering the correct amplified output voltage to the load. Many factors combine to make this difficult to achieve. David Jones' "Comparison of feedback implementations for digital audio amplifiers" part 2 lays out alternatives for feedback.
DSP power optimization guide
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Here is a collection of articles on optimizing power. Be sure to bookmark this page--it will be updated as new articles appear.
Today's electronic content in cars requires new power-supply IC designs
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
New power-supply ICs must have high-current capacity along with high efficiency, and low-enough quiescent current, to support the many electronic devices and systems in today's cars
How to test the interconnections between FPGAs on a high-density FPGA-based board
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
This article describes a simple, effective, and generic solution to check signal connectivity between FPGAs on a high density prototyping board with multiple FPGAs and hundreds of signals.
Digital amplifier overview
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4/11/2007   1 comment
A digital amplifier takes a digital input, which is typically in a linear Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) format, and performs a digital conversion to Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). This article provides a brief description of how a Class D Amplifier works.
Comparing WLAN and ZigBee for embedded applications
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
802.11 a/b/g and ZigBee wireless were developed for very different purposes and have different physical networking characteristics, however both have their place in embedded product development.
Marvell chip supports Bluetooth, FM
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group rolled out a single-chip solution that combines Bluetooth core specification version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate-compliant baseband, a radio frequency transceiver and a worldwide FM radio receiver.
Spansion samples 128-Mbit flash memory with 104-MHz SPI bus
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
Spansion has started to sample the S25FL128P, a 128-Mbit Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) flash memory device produced using 90-nm MirrorBit technology.
Fanless PC/104-plus SBC runs hot or cold
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4/9/2007   Post a comment
WinSystems today introduced their PPM-GX, a PC/104-Plus compatible single board computer (SBC) based upon the low-power, high-integration AMD GX500@1W processor. This SBC operates throughout the temperature range of -40°C to 85°C without the need for a fan.
The Growing Need for Secure Storage in Automotive Systems
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4/6/2007   Post a comment
As the electronic content of automobiles grows, so does the need for non-volatile memory to store various kinds of information. Security, cost, operating temperature range, reliability and field-programmability are some of the parameters that determine which memory technology will best suit automotive requirements.
High-accuracy control electronics spur wide-gear-ratio automatic transmissions
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4/5/2007   Post a comment
Optimized microcontrollers squeeze efficiency from greater numbers of gears, enabling better use of engine power, smoother operation, and improved fuel economy.
Expanding applications for low-cost FPGAs
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4/4/2007   Post a comment
The need for, and approaches to, providing enhanced low-cost FPGA capability in the areas of SERDES, DSP, high-speed source synchronous I/O, memory capacity, and device configuration.
Samplify debuts lossless compression for FPGAs
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4/4/2007   Post a comment
A startup with links to Altera Corp. introduced a lossless compression methodology at the Embedded Systems Conference here for embedding in medical, storage, networking and military/aerospace designs.
A Survey of Mainstream DSP Processors
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4/4/2007   Post a comment
This article presents BDTI's analysis of DSPs from Analog Devices, Freescale, and Texas Instruments. It covers low-cost fixed-point DSPs, high-performance fixed-point DSPs, and floating-point DSPs.
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