UWB test: Call for participation
Blog 9/30/2007 Post a comment
I'm happy to report that an unbiased performance test is being coordinated by industry expert Fanny Mlinarsky, a highly-regarded consultant with more than 24 years of senior R&D expertise in wireless technologies.
Can you invent a better smiley?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/27/2007 Post a comment
Following my earlier blog on "The 25th Anniversary of the Smiley", one reader suggested a rather clever new design, which set me to wondering...
PC architecture integrates a media center 'on wheels' - Part 1: coding/decoding content, rights management, and HMI challenges
Design How-To 9/27/2007 Post a comment
Consumers increasingly want to plug-in a myriad of devices in their cars--requiring a high level of integration between vehicles, content, applications, and the devices themselves. A PC-compatible system offers performance, flexibility, connectivity, and scalability to meet today's, and future, infotainment needs.
SerDes: A new definition?
Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment
The mission of engineers is to find a better way and that might be what Align Engineering has done with its Align Lock Loop (ALL) technology.
Designing RF remote controls for DTV products
Design How-To 9/26/2007 Post a comment
In the short history of television remote control units, several different schemes have been tried. Early examples from the 1950s used wires, a single beam of light and ultrasonic sound to change channels and control the volume. These have obvious limitations. For instance, the photoelectric cells in the light beam example couldn't tell the difference between a flash light, an ordinary table lamp or even sunlight. This could lead to some chaotic television viewing.
Audio amp reduces EMI, optimizes power
Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment
National Semiconductor says it has introduced the industry's first single-chip 3-W mono Class D audio amplifier with spread spectrum technology and an integrated boost converter. This device enables portable products to operate at a constant output power even at low battery voltages.
150-W power conversion IC speeds energy-efficiency compliance
Product News 9/26/2007 Post a comment
Power Integrations has announced the TOPSwitch-HX AC-DC power conversion chip, which incorporates a 700-V power MOSFET, high voltage switched current source, PWM control, oscillator, thermal shutdown circuit, fault protection and other control circuitry onto a monolithic device.
FPGAs look for a lingua franca
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/26/2007 Post a comment
ESL tools have made FPGA design a lot easier, but the lack of a common design language means the learning curve is still too steep.
Electric motorbike teardown
Teardown 9/26/2007 6 comments
Vectrix designed its battery-powered VX1 motor scooter to go up against motorbikes from the likes of Honda and Yamaha. A teardown of the system shows how successful the company was at balancing performance with economy and low emissions.
Implementing solid security on a Bluetooth product
Design How-To 9/25/2007 Post a comment
The first section of this article outlines the security features of individual Bluetooth components, and the subsequent section drills-down into the application component explaining the various types of Bluetooth security breaches and recommended solutions to thwart them from the product application.
Dual N-channel MOSFETs cut board space by 50%
Product News 9/25/2007 Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's two latest dual N-channel PowerTrench MOSFETs are two highly integrated modules that are designed to reduce board space while providing the ability to achieve higher conversion efficiency in synchronous buck designs.
SerDes on the cheap
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 9/24/2007 Post a comment
Startup Align technologies today revealed a technology that promises to greatly reduce the cost and complexity of SerDes solutions.