Under the Hood: Inside Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite Teardown 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 Product News 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.
Green Hills toolkit supports Freescale's auto MCUs Product News 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.
Optical sensor can prevent collisions in urban traffic Product News 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 Design How-To 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).
Automotive EDA takes another step Design How-To 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 Design How-To 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 Design How-To 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.
Under the Hood: low-temp silicon transistors driving more displays Teardown 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 News & Analysis 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.
Comparison of feedback implementations for digital audio amplifiers: Part 2 Design How-To 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.
Digital amplifier overview Design How-To 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.
Marvell chip supports Bluetooth, FM Product News 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.
Fanless PC/104-plus SBC runs hot or cold Product News 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 Design How-To 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.
A Survey of Mainstream DSP Processors Design How-To 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times