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Web Services for Smart Objects - Part 2: Performance considerations
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Part 2 of an excerpt from the book "Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet" critically examines the question "Can smart objects maintain a good performance for web services?"
IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing - Part 4: CIDR, VLSM & IPv6 addressing
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Part 4 of an excerpt from the book "The Illustrated Network: How TCP/IP Works in a Modern Network" examines the standard methods for moving the network/host address boundary - CIDR and VLSM - as well as IPv6 addressing details.
Designing systems for extreme environments
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Designing embedded systems destined for extreme environments, such as 1 mile below the surface of an ocean, adds a layer of complexity and difficulty for the designer. Nate Holmes of National Instruments describes some common challenges and latest tools and approaches to issues like power and test that can aid designers in creating successful systems headed for tough spots.
Book Excerpt Antennas: Fundamentals, Design, Measurement, Third Edition (Part 3 of 7)
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Here are two chapters of a book on a vital topic, with emphasis on practical issues rather than equations
The soul of a sino-supercomputer
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Celebrating as if greeting a firstborn, a group of PhDs flung open the door of a factory building in Shenzhen and let loose a giant hooah.
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied - Part 5: Audio coding systems and more
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6/23/2010   2 comments
Part 5 of an excerpt from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics," fourth edition, begins with a brief look at noise-reducing headphones and "mosquito" units and ringtones, and then delves into the ins and outs of audio coding systems.
The importance of frequency stability in electronic musical instruments
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
This article discusses the requirements, constraints and challenges in creating high-quality musical instruments using electronic components (both analog and digital) available today.
Case study: Cost-effective and rapid audio headset design and verification
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
This article describes a development and verification platform used to shorten audio headset design, development, and test cycles.
Class-D amps with AGC, DRC advance portable audio
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Two Class-D amplifiers from Texas Instruments featuring automatic gain control and programmable dynamic range compression allow designers to compress the dynamic range of the audio to match the dynamic range of the speaker in portable applications.
Cyclone provides single-chip solution for HD surveillance cameras
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
A high-definition (HD), surveillance internet protocol (IP) camera reference design on a single FPGA has been developed by Altera Inc. and features Cyclone III or Cyclone IV FPGAs and intellectual property from Eyelytics and Apical.
Bridging the Divide (Part 1): DAC Introduction
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Examine basic DAC operation and key definitions, together with common DAC topologies
Filter Design using the Million Monkeys Method
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6/22/2010   1 comment
The Filter Wizard focuses on cool things you can do with a spreadsheet that most circuit simulators cannot.
Web services for smart objects - Part 1: Overview
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6/21/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet" offers an overview of web services and how they can enable smart objects to be efficiently integrated into existing IT and enterprise business systems.
IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing - Part 3: The IPv6 address
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6/21/2010   Post a comment
Part 3 of an excerpt from the book "The Illustrated Network: How TCP/IP Works in a Modern Network" looks at the IPv6 header and address, as well as the basics of subnetting.
Delta-Sigma converters for audio output in an infotainment FPGA
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6/21/2010   Post a comment
Field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) present an efficient and inexpensive alternative when it comes to implementing complete embedded systems along with important peripheral functions. The reconfigurable logic circuitry of an FPGA offers tremendous flexibility. A lesser known feature is that the outputs of a digital FPGA also permit various analogue applications.
Convert parallel impedances to series impedances
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6/21/2010   4 comments
Understand how impedance-topology conversion can simplify transformer equivalent circuits or filter networks
Book Excerpt Antennas: Fundamentals, Design, Measurement, Third Edition (Part 2 of 7)
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Here are two chapters of a book on a vital topic, with emphasis on practical issues rather than equations
Auto Hack: What the industry says
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
A few weeks ago, a group of US scientists performed a rather spectacular hack on a car's electronics. EE Times Europe asked experts from industry and research institutes if this proves that today's cars are inherently insecure. The answers we received tell their own tale.
Microchip delivers multimedia development system for 32bit MCUs
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
Microchip has announced two development tools for adding advanced human interfaces to PIC32, 32-bit microcontroller-based designs.
MSC introduces complete POI/POS and digital signage solutions
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MSC is offering a combination of a flexible integration platform and different full HD displays as complete POI/POS and digital signage solutions
Consultancy ports medical software to wearable phone
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Cambridge Consultants Ltd., a design and development firm, has launched software for the delivery of wireless connectivity from a medical device to on-line health services, compliant to the Continua Health Alliance standard.
DAC: IC design bound for cloud computing
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6/17/2010   4 comments
Cloud computing for EDA work may still be in the clouds but in three to five years it will occupy up to 20 percent of design transactions between major EDA vendors and their customers.
Group aims to set standards for multicore tools
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The Multicore Association has formed a new work group to tackle the problem of incompatible software development tools for multicore processors and expects to have a draft standard for one or more common data format and a Linux-based reference implementation of its work within a year.
Low-cost organic semiconductors said to rival silicon
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Organic semiconductors can rival the speed and density of inorganics like silicon by copying their nanscale structure from an inorganic template.
Intel speeds up single-chip cloud computer
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At this week's 2010 Symposium on VLSI Circuits in Hawaii, Intel Corp. will provide an update on its ''tera-scale'' processor R&D efforts.
WiMAX group updates mobile standard
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Amid threats from a rival standard, the WiMAX Forum has reached a milestone in advancing the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks based on the 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard.
RS-485 transceivers allow remote network configuration
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Maxim has unveiled a pair of RS-485 transceivers that integrate switchable dual-termination (100ohm/120ohm) resistors to enable remote network configuration, enhancing scalability.
Qualcomm invests in optical module company
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Mobile phone technology company Qualcomm Inc. has invested in Anteryon International BV, an optics spin-off from Royal Philips Koninklijke NV in 2006.
Interview: Stanford's top engineer from chips to ABCs
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6/16/2010   12 comments
We sat down recently with James Plummer, dean of Stanford's school of engineering, for a wide ranging interview on the outlook for CMOS, engineering, education and globalization.
EnOcean claims expanded cooperation with TI
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Energy harvesting company EnOcean GmbH has said it has expanded its cooperation with Texas Instruments Inc. to provide wireless control systems for building automation.
Online MOSFET thermal simulation tool offers increased simulation accuracy
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6/16/2010   1 comment
Vishay Intertechnology has improved its ThermaSim online MOSFET thermal simulation tool to provide increased simulation accuracy, efficiency, and user friendliness.
Vuvuzela: the noisiest World Cup prompts DSP response
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6/16/2010   2 comments
Waves Audio Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) a provider of software-based audio processing tools, has responded to the difficulties facing the 2010 FIFA World Cup telecasts by touting its noise-suppression plug-ins for use in the broadcast audio chain.
Group develops medical software for smartphones
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
The Continua Health Alliance is developing a software library of source code to connect consumer medical devices and health records via smartphones.
SMSC buys another wireless audio chip vendor
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Mixed-signal IC vendor SMSC said it acquired Wireless Audio IP BV, a Dutch fabless audio chip vendor, for $22 million in cash plus performance-based payments worth up to $3 million.
An introduction to networking--Part II
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Here's Part I of Chapter 2, Introduction to Networking, an excerpt from µC/TCP-IP: The Embedded Protocol Stack by Christian Legare of Micrium. This chapter segment begins with applying the OSI Model to TCP/IP
Cryptography for embedded systems - Part 2: To optimize or not to optimize...
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Part 2 of an excerpt from the book "Wireless Security: Know it All" covers the basics for optimizing cryptography for embedded applications.
Video: Philips tunes audio for Skype on TV
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6/14/2010   1 comment
Philips Research is exploring ways to improve the audio quality of consumer video conferencing services done over the Internet using a TV set.
Philips tests home health care devices
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Philips Research is exploring the horizon for wearable sensors that measure an increasing number of vital signs to deliver devices that make meaningful predictions about health care while keeping a lid on the devices' power consumption.
Perpetuum and Dust Networks demonstrate interoperability of vibration energy harvesting with low power WSNs
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
At Sensors Expo, Perpetuum Ltd. and Dust Networks demonstrated energy harvesting-powered wireless sensor networks suited to industrial condition monitoring applications.
Book Excerpt Antennas: Fundamentals, Design, Measurement, Third Edition (Part 1 of 7)
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6/14/2010   3 comments
Here are two chapters of a book on a vital topic, with emphasis on practical issues rather than equations
Wolfson gains Samsung smartphone design wins
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Wolfson Microelectronics plc has said that its audio hub IC, the WM8994, has been designed into the Samsung Wave and Galaxy S smartphones.
ConnectBlue wins ZigBee-based energy efficiency design
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ConnectBlue has received a 350,000 euros order from Schneider Electric for the development of a wireless energy efficiency system based on IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee technology.
Startup SeaMicro packs 512 Intel Atoms in server
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6/14/2010   2 comments
Startup SeaMicro announced a server that packs 512 Intel Atom processors in a 10U chassis to deliver the same performance at a fraction of their power and space as systems using conventional server CPUs, aiming to address the needs of the large data centers limited by the cost and complexity of the power and space they consume.
The soul of a sino-supercomputer
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6/14/2010   8 comments
Celebrating as if greeting a firstborn, a group of PhDs flung open the door of a factory building in Shenzhen and let loose a giant hooah.
Microchip integrates graphics, display controller in micro
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6/14/2010   1 comment
Advanced graphics and touch sensing in portable electronics expected by users are putting the onus on designers to bring these interfaces to a vast array of embedded products.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for June 14, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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6/12/2010   Post a comment
Check out these interesting and tutorial items from other engineering and design publications, courtesy of "Planet Analog", as well as an archive of the "Planet Analog" Newsletter
Ikaros probe to Venus successfully deploys 'solar sail'
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6/11/2010   5 comments
Japan's space agency confirmed that a solar sail on its Ikaros planetary probe has been successfully deployed.
Laird Technologies signs APTX
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6/11/2010   Post a comment
Wireless components manufacturer Laird Technologies has entered into a technology license agreement with audio coding technology provider APTX.
Atmel analog companion chip enables ARM9-based multimedia solutions
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6/11/2010   Post a comment
Atmel has announced production availability of the Atmel AT73C246 analog companion chip to provide power supplies and audio I/O to match the Atmel AT91SAM9 ARM9-based MCUs (and equivalent 32-bit devices) to host multimedia applications.
NSF funds computer virus immunization effort
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6/10/2010   1 comment
Giving applications unique executables could immunize them against viruses and other malware which preys on a software application's uniformity, according to Florida State University researchers.
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