High flex cables target demanding C-Track, robotic applications Product News 8/31/2008 Post a comment Designed for demanding continuous flexing applications, Weidmuller's SAI High Flex cables include PUR/PVC cables and halogen free PUR/PUR cables that are rated for C-track applications, as well as weld slag-resistant PUR cables designed to endure the twisting motion of robotic applications.
Multi-channel surveillance DVR design Design How-To 8/29/2008 Post a comment With the convergence of SoC and DSP, many processors now come with hardware accelerators, enabling DSPs to handle multiple channels of video compression on a single chip. How a multi-channel video encoder can be designed to leverage the extra cycles provided by hardware accelerators.
Consumer group licenses Belfast audio codec News & Analysis 8/28/2008 Post a comment Armour Group plc (Tunbridge Wells, England), a company that trades under the names of a number of consumer electronics brands, has licensed the apt-X audio codec from audio compression specialist Audio Processing Technology Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Photovoltaics underestimated, says SunPower co-founder News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Richard Swanson, co-founder of SunPower, dismissed detractors who argue that solar power cannot grow fast enough to make a meaningful dent in usage of fossil fuels, saying photovoltaics would be able to satisfy all U.S. electricity demands by 2040 at the current rate of growth.
China readies first multicore Godson CPUs News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Chinese researchers are preparing the first multicore versions of Godson, the country's first homegrown microprocessor, with a four- and eight-core designs scheduled to tape out in the coming months. China hopes to build a petaflops high-performance computer based on the Godson-3 in 2010.
MEMS sensors pass actuators in the marketplace News & Analysis 8/27/2008 Post a comment Instead of traditional applications in ink-jet printer heads and Digital Light Processors, motion sensors will act as the driving force for the MEMS market in the years through 2012, says market researcher iSuppli.
Virus patterns nanoscale battery News & Analysis 8/26/2008 Post a comment By combining microcontact printing and virus-based self-assembly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers claimed to have fabricated micron-scale batteries.
HB LED drivers enable greener lighting products Product News 8/26/2008 Post a comment Maxim's 2MHz, high-brightness (HB) LED drivers with an integrated MOSFET and high-side current-sense circuitry reduce the size, complexity, and cost of solid-state lighting (SSL) designs, simplifying the implementation of green lighting technology.
Qimonda launches XDR RAM volume shipments News & Analysis 8/26/2008 Post a comment Memory maker Qimonda AG has started shipping XDR DRAM in volume for the Playstation 3 game console. The XDR memory production complements Qimonda's strategy to serve profitable market niches with specialty RAM products.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and 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? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.