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Digital photo frames to get connected
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The total silicon opportunity for digital photo frame suppliers will exceed $550 million by 2013, according to market research group InStat.
Cypress Envirosystems' Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat Wins Prestigious Buildy Award for Smart Devices
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Envirosystems announced that its Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT) has won in the Smart Devices category at the fifth annual Buildy Awards.
APC's Newest NetShelter Products Allow Businesses to Deploy Network and Server Equipment Directly in the Open Office
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
APC announced that it has expanded its NetShelter product line to include innovative rack enclosures that can be installed in virtually any open office environment.
Design trust and verification
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
It's generally acknowledged that we have entered the 45 nm processing node era. It's also well known that at this node the mantra among SoC designers should be "verify!, verify!, verify!"
RF PA 6-MHz DC/DC converter implements dynamic voltage scaling for improved efficiency of 3G handsets
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild FAN5902 has minimum footprint, maximum efficiency due to switching frequency, dynamic adjustment of power amplifier current to match output power
Non-traditional environmental test methodologies for electronics
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/30/2009   Post a comment
Just how tough is Panasonic's Toughbook? Brian Caufield uses an elephant, a tiger, a Volkswagon Jetta, diet coke, and doritos just to see how tough it really is.
Green pressure sensors tap quartz MEMS
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Epson Toyocom unveiled a green sensor technology that eliminates dangerous oil and gases from pressure sensors, instead using a quartz microelectromechanical system (QMEMS) tuning fork as the sensing element.
TSMC adds analog to 0.13-micron process
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) continues to move down the analog and mixed-signal path.
Wolfson new DACs make high-quality audio more affordable
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
New DACs dramatically cut cost of bringing high quality audio to digital TV, Blu-ray, set-top box and games consoles
Pushing the limits of AC/DC power system design to meet the demands of medical applications
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
While it is clear that reductions in size and improvements in efficiency are constant pressures in the design of AC/DC power supplies, the medical device market has some particular requirements that make the challenge greater still. This article considers these challenges and looks at how recent AC/DC switching power supplies are being designed to meet them.
Altera rolls low power, anti-tamper FPGAs
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Altera this week is rolling out a new product family, Cyclone III LS, billed by the company as the industry's first low power FPGAs with anti-tamper, design-security and design-separation features.
Tutorial: the new JEDEC interface standard for data converters, Part 1 of 3
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Understand the design implications of JESD204A for high-speed analog/digital and digital/analog converters
TV tuner IC captures analog, digital standards, features LNA and tracking filters for superior performance
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Labs CMOS Si217 has low-IF architecture, minimizes external passives, reduces BOM, increases in-field performance consistency
Home networking battle continues: one person's view
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/27/2009   1 comment
Wireless, wired, or power line: which one has the edge in the home?
Five enablers for future chip scaling
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Here are some of the proposed options for transistor-level scaling.
QuasarBrite narrow beam LEDs provide decrease in light angle
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Lumex announces the global launch of their QuasarBrite Narrow Beam SMT LEDs providing users with a tight beam of high-intensity red, green or blue light.
Letter to the editor: 8-bit horsepower
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/26/2009   5 comments
A reader responds to a question on 8-bit vs. 16-bit vs. 32-bit microcontrollers.
Digital representations of analog systems for control system applications
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
This tutorial shows how digital controllers can be created from an analog (or continuous) model. Included is an examination of the "Tustin's method" and "hold equivalence" methods of converting from the analog to digital domain.
Green design enhances normally-on switches
Design How-To  
6/25/2009   1 comment
As circuit power supply voltages decrease and green energy trends grow in popularity, designers should reexamine some of the circuits that continually consume power, to reduce overall system power use. One circuit that requires continuous voltage is the "normally-on" circuit, and this design article from Analog Linear Devices explains how to use this circuit towards power efficiency.
Competition intensifies in MEMS foundry market
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
At least 50 companies are now playing in the MEMS foundry market, a highly fragmented and competitive segment that has become critical to the MEMS industry, according to a new report by French market research consultancy Yole Development.
Electronic nose sniffs out cancer
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
Anecdotal evidence that dogs can detect cancer by smell inspired researchers to combine clever chemistry with optical detectors to craft an electronic nose that they claim can not only screen for any kind of cancer, but also determine whether it is aggressive.
Report: Recession hits nanotech food chain
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
The economic downturn is draining demand in several nano-enabled product market segments, and is eroding growth along the entire value chain, from nanointermediates to nanomaterials.
Wirelessly Monitoring Temperature in Multiple Rooms for an Energy Efficient Home
Design How-To  
6/24/2009   7 comments
Energy efficiency is a hot topic in today's energy crisis discussion. With recent technology advancements in energy efficient technologies, new ultra-low power microcontrollers (MCUs) are helping to reduce overall energy consumption while also creating a cost effective solution for wireless applications.
TI announces Piccolo MCU motor control kits with power factor correction
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments announced two new Piccolo Motor Control Kits that enable PFC and sensorless field-oriented control of up to two motors with a single low-cost microcontroller (MCU).
Altium Design Competition runner up: Building an in-car MP3 player using NanoBoard
Design How-To  
6/23/2009   1 comment
Doug Gibbs, a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Xilinx, was the runner up in the Altium Design Competition. Doug's idea is to build an in-car stereo MP3 player with an 802.11 connection to allow networking with a user's home PC. When you drive into the garage, you're the system will automatically sync to the PC and update all of the music you've downloaded.
MicroOled to start mass production in 2009
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
MicroOLED SA (Grenoble, France), a spin-off from the CEA-Leti research institute, said it will start mass production of its silicon-based OLED microdisplay by the end of 2009.
Princeton Power Systems Announces Underwriter's Lab Standard 1741 Approval for its 100kW Grid-Tied Inverter
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Princeton Power Systems (PPS) is announcing the approval of its commercial GTIB 480-100 Grid Tied Inverter under the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) Standard 1741.
Army ordered to split Future Combat System
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Pentagon acquisition officials made good on Defense Secretary Robert Gates' pledge to rein in the Army's largest modernization program, announcing that development of the Future Combat System will be broken up into smaller development efforts.
More processor talk
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/23/2009   Post a comment
The question of which processor to use for an embedded project is still a very relevant one.
IEEE plans PoE patent pool
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The IEEE is ready to jump into the patent pool game, and it is starting with a call for patents on power over Ethernet.
TI digs deeper into femtocells opportunity
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is upping the stakes in supplying developers of both residential and enterprise femtocells with a range of DSPs specifically targeted at the emerging 3G access point market.
A real-time HPC approach for optimizing Intel multi-core architectures (Part 1 of 3)
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
In this three part series, the authors present findings that demonstrate how a novel approach with Intel hardware and software technology is allowing for real-time high-performance computing (HPC) in order to solve engineering problems with multi-core processors that were not possible only five years ago.
Viewpoint: Capture OCP systems in IP-XACT 1.4
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
A complete standardization process describing how OCP cores and systems can be captured in IP-XACT is a desired end goal.
Silicon startups get the squeeze
News & Analysis  
6/22/2009   6 comments
Top venture capitalists say opportunities are changing and narrowing for semiconductor startups because the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive and raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
High-power, surface-mount resistor is first 5 W Power Metal Strip device in compact 4527 package size
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., is expanding its WSR series of Power Metal Strip resistors with the industry's first such device to offer a 5-W power rating in the 4527 package size.
ADL releases 3.5 inch, 2.16GHz computer board
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Digital Logic (ADL) announced the release of its ADL945HD 3.5-inch form factor computer board with clock speeds up to 2.16GHz.
Texas Instruments : 18-bit SoC enables high-speed data acquisition
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Two system-on-chip (SoC) solutions from Texas Instruments enable designers to develop ultra-high performance analog-to-digital converter front ends for precision applications including high-speed data acquisition, automated test equipment and medical imaging.
National Instruments teams with MobileRobots
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments is collaborating with MobileRobots to help engineers rapidly deploy service robot applications.
Comparison of xenon flash and high current LEDs for photo flash in camera phones; a review and update
Design How-To  
6/22/2009   1 comment
This article provides new information updating an Oct 2006 study comparing light sources for camera phones. This new report includes data captured from higher resolution, 5-megapixel camera phones released in the last year, and also considers the technology advancements in camera sensors, xenon flash units, high power WLEDs and LED flash drivers.
Calypto tool lets SoC designers reduce memory power
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Calypto Design Systems will be demoing at DAC 2009 its PowerPro MG tool that automatically generates power-optimized RTL by taking advantage of the low-power modes available in today's leading on-chip memories.
Do RF-based remote controls make "cents"?
Design How-To  
6/22/2009   Post a comment
Infrared (IR)-based remote controls are facing a challenge from the increased features and functions of RF-based controls, including RF4CE and Zigbee.
Ittiam launches audio software bundle for TI C64x+ DSPs
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Ittiam Systems has announced its bundle of audio codecs for the TI C64x+ DSP family. The software bundle is a suite of production-qualified audio codecs that reduces design time and minimizes cost.
The sky is, literally, the limit
Blog  
6/22/2009   2 comments
On July 20, 1969, as humans set foot on an astronomical body other than Earth for the first time, millions watched on television sets across the globe.
Carbon chip technology goes commercial
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Carbon--the basis of all organic compounds--appears destined to supplant silicon as the material of choice for future semiconductors.
Tensilica debuts ConnX DSP core line for 3G, 4G
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Tensilica Inc. has announced the ConnX family of DSPs that it is positioning as the best solution yet to meet the performance and cost requirements of 3G and 4G system-on-chip designs. Leading the family out of the gate is the ConnX Baseband Engine for wireless infrastructure, featuring an optimized instruction set with 200 new instructions.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS
Teardown  
6/19/2009   Post a comment
Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Graphene said to outperform copper interconnects
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Carbon interconnects form from sheets of graphene will outperform copper interconnects below 30 nanometer sizes according to the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Industry insiders, EE Times editors on Moore's Law
News & Analysis  
6/19/2009   2 comments
Another prediction about the demise of Moore's Law, this one from market research firm iSuppli, has the industry talking. Here's what industry insiders and some EE Times editors have to say.
Managing an adaptive verification environment with OVM
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Open Verification Methodology would not have been enough if it could not build a self-adaptive environment, able to replicate all dynamics necessary to satisfactorily cover all system requirements.
Technical needs and challenges in harbor surveillance
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
This paper will look at traditional solutions to the implementation of a high frequency sonar system and compare them to one of the simpler solutions available with modern FPGA enabled hardware offerings.
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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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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
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