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AdvancedMC module features optical interfaces
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
The AMC-V5F provides optical CPRI/OBSAI antenna interfaces and Serial RapidIO (SRIO) interfaces.
Bright prospects seen for OLED lighting
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
The OLED lighting market will reach almost $4.5 billion by 2013 according to market research group NanoMarkets (Glen Allen, VA.).
Analysis: BDTI benchmarks Tilera's multicore processor
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
BDTI finds that the TILE64 is a powerful chip, but that its cost-performance--while superior to that of a DSP--is not nearly as good as that of an FPGA.
Tilera = 15X better than TI? (updated)
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
It's not that simple, but the 64-core Tilera processor is darn impressive.
Mentor announces support for new Xilinx FPGAs
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Mentor announces Precision Synthesis support for new Xilinx Virtex-5 TXT field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Automotive power MOSFETs meet widening design challenges
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9/24/2008   1 comment
Broader voltage requirements are needed to handle the greater numbers of electronic systems, features, and capabilities in today's automobiles.
How to use FPGAs to develop an intelligent solar tracking system
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9/24/2008   1 comment
This article examines the design advantages of creating an intelligent solar tracking system using an embedded processor and an FPGA in a system-on-a-chip (SOC) architecture.
Signal Chain Basics (Part 21): Understand and configure analog and digital grounds
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Understand and configure analog and digital grounds to assure signal integrity and lowest-noise performance
On yer bike!
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed Murata Girl, a unicycle-riding robot which uses gyro sensors, Bluetooth and ultra sound to stay upright and move around.
DaVinci board speeds HD product development
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
The DVPB-HD features TI's TMS320DM6467 processor, HDMI interfaces, and support for up to four channels.
Continental begins series production of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
International automotive supplier, Continental AG, has become the world's first manufacturer to start series production of lithium-ion batteries for use in hybrid drive cars.
Microcontroller awarded Common Criteria EAL4+ certification
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Atmel announced that the AT91S0100 and its derivatives have been granted Common Criteria certification EAL4+.
International Rectifier : Class D audio amplifier is scalable from 25 to 500 W
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRAUDAMP7 reference design for Class D audio amplifiers above 25W per channel including home theatre applications, musical instruments and car entertainment.
QNX and Kontron collaborate on BIOS-less instant-on platform for Intel Atom processors
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
QNX and Kontron announced that the Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module is the first commercial embedded platform to support QNX's fastboot technology for Intel Atom processors.
TI expands PMIC portfolio for OMAP35x processor-based designs
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
Analog companion chips combine power management and signal chain functionality to optimize power performance.
Single FPGA solution for 40Gb and 100Gb telecom equipment
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Xilinx' new Virtex-5 TXT FPGA enables faster, low risk migration path to 100-Gigabit Ethernet telecom infrastructure for next era in multimedia delivery.
Solving power outage challenges facing industrial touch screen display control panels
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
This article reviews the advantages of touch screen display control panel systems, discusses the challenges faced during power failures, and looks at a solution using a client/server architecture based on nvSRAM memories and software transaction logs.
Real-life robots obey Asimov's laws
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
European researchers are developing technology designed to create robots that are intrinsically safe to humans.
U.S. high tech exports sank 3% in '07, trade group says
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
U.S. high-tech merchandise exports declined 3 percent last year to $214 billion, according to a report by AeA, the trade group formerly known as the American Electronics Association.
Moon ship: The building of the Lunar Module
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
The story of how a Grumman engineer named Sam Avati helped rescue the Lunar Module and land men on the moon.
Agilent bundles MATLAB with its signal analyzers
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies and The MathWorks today announced that MATLAB is now available with the purchase of Agilent's EXA, MXA, or PSA signal analyzers.
Internet-connected system implements remotely-controlled home automation and security functions
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
Monitoring appliances and other home and office electronics remotely over the Internet is no longer a futuristic dream. Though not yet pervasive, Internet-connected systems for homes and businesses are on the market and evolving quickly. While off-the-shelf application specific standard products (ASSPs) and microcontrollers are popular choices as the underlying technology, these options however, remain limited in functionality and lifespan. But with programmable logic, designers can avoid obsole
Industrial software downloaded from the "cloud"
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
System maintenance cost is increasing and counts today for up to 80 per cent of the entire system cost. The new concept of "cloud-computing" could cut these costs dramatically.
World's thinnest MEMS oscillator debuts
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Touted as the world's thinnest MEMS oscillator at just 0.25 millimeters, a new device is being targeted at applications such as smart cards, ultra-thin cellphones, system-in-package modules, flash storage units and other multichip modules.
Configure precision current-sink and current-source circuits as current mirrors or amplifiers
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
For industrial control loops using a 4-20 mA current, these circuits can act as powered current sources and sinks
Cypress combines PSoC and nvSRAM for fail-safe data logging
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has claimed the industry's first device to integrate a nvSRAM and a programmable system-on-chip in a single package. The secure-store data logging devices, based on the company's flagship PSoC architecture, target the computing, networking, telecommunications, automotive and industrial markets.
New blood in Russian nanotech moves
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Anatoly Chubais has been appointed to take over the state-owned nanotech venture, Rosnanotec, in order for the entity to become a serious center for hi-tech innovation.
Industry's fastest 16-bit A/D converter hits the market
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
TI has introduced the market's first 16-bit, single-channel, 200 mega samples per second (MSPS) A/D converter to provide faster speeds previously only available with lower resolution devices.
Battery monitoring IC targets hybrid/electric vehicles
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a highly integrated multi-cell battery monitoring IC, the LTC6802, capable of measuring up to 12 individual lithium-ion battery cells.
H-bridge drivers control PWM motor speed using analog or digital inputs
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
ROHM's H-bridge driver ICs offer a simple solution for pulse-width modulation (PWM) motor speed control using either the built-in PWM generator to convert analog inputs or TTL compatible logic-level inputs from an MCU.
Micro fuel cell chip delivers improved power performance in smaller package
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
MTI Micro has announced that its third-generation Mobion chip -- based on a 100% methanol, passive water management, and direct methanol fuel cell technology -- delivers improved power performance in a smaller package.
Ovum sees continued optical components growth
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Ovum reports a 5 percent sequential growth in optical components, and 23 percent growth over second quarter 2007.
AMCC comes to ECOC with multiple 10Gbit optical contracts
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Applied Microcircuits Corp. announces design wins from NetXen, Merge Optics, Mitel-Teleoptix at ECOC 2008, as well as interop demo with Avago.
EU-funded project on next gen optical networks
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
A consortium of seven European universities and research centers has been formed to conduct the 3.9 million euro PHASORS (Phase sensitive amplifier systems and optical regenerators) initiative under the 'Information and communication technology' (ICT) Theme of the Seventh Framework Program (FP7).
Programmable device boosts industrial, computing system reliability
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
To eliminate potential system damage and performance errors, IDT's system monitor device watches the voltage, processor operation and temperature in any type of computing system, preventing operation in error or unsafe modes.
Linear's IC to enable hybrids, electric cars
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Analog specialist Linear Technology Corp. today is expected to roll out the first in a family of monitoring chips that could help enable long-awaited electric cars, hybrids and other systems based on lithium-ion batteries.
National unveils online design tool for sensor signal paths
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Claiming the industry's first sensor signal path design tool, National Semiconductor's WEBENCH Sensor Designer enables engineers to quickly move from concept to simulation to prototyping of common sensor solutions used in medical, industrial and high-end consumer products.
Introduction to Wireless Systems--A Tutorial--Part IX
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Here is segment nine of a multi-part series excerpted from 'Introduction to Wireless Systems.' Chapter 4 concentrates on Radio Frequency Coverage: Systems Engineering and Design. Introduction to Wireless Systems brings together the theoretical and practical knowledge readers need to participate effectively in the planning, design, or implementation of virtually any wireless system.
Sensor configuration made simple
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
National Semiconductor has extended its range of WEBENCH online design tools to include Sensor Designer, a tool that facilitates the configuration of sensor signal paths for medical, industrial and high-end consumer applications among others.
NEC LCD Technologies : Wide-format 9.0-inch LCD module is designed for industrial use
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
The NL8048BC24-04 9.0-inch (23 centimeters diagonal) amorphous-silicon TFT LCD module offers wide video graphics array (WVGA) resolution for industrial equipment, including factory automation and measurement equipment.
MEMS mics moving into mainstream
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) microphones were once the darlings of startups, but no more. Analog Devices (Norwood, Mass.) has announced a major thrust into the fledgling MEMS microphone market, predicted by Yole Development (Lyon, France) to sell 800 million units by 2010. Analog Devices' entry into this potentially high-volume market follows Infineon Technologies' entry last year, though neither company has yet reported shipping production units.
Can Hollywood bring 3DTV home?
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9/22/2008   2 comments
Momentum is building for stereoscopic 3-D television as the next big thing, but the path to 3DTV winds through forests of alternative file formats, compression schemes, display technologies and patents.
A new standard for surround sound
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Until recently, the implementation of surround sound for radio broadcast has faced considerable challenges. Compatibility issues, poor surround quality and the high bit rates required for surround transmission, among other factors, have conspired to put the brakes on the multichannel juggernaut, leaving analysts and professionals to wonder exactly when 5.1 radio might finally become a practical proposition.
Evolution and design
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Twenty years ago, when someone wanted real-time audio on a personal computer, it typically meant toggling bit 1 in I/O port 97 to generate a pulse waveform through the PC's small built-in annunciator speaker. Ten years ago, real-time audio on a PC typically meant buying a PCI-bus plug-in sound card. In the past decade, however, the vast majority of PCs have emerged from the shipping box ready to play with motherboard audio solutions based on the Audio Codec (AC) '97 specification and its success
Optimizing dynamic range of balanced audio inputs
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Balanced interfaces are ubiquitous in professional audio systems due to their ability to reject common-mode hum and noise. They are especially important in long-distance connections where each end has a different ground reference. Maximizing common-mode rejection (CMR) is often a primary concern of designers. This article explores another important consideration--maximizing dynamic range.
High-performance ICs learn to bend and stretch
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
IN ELECTRONICS, rigid and flat is normal. In the real world, not so much. There are many applications in which it would be useful for electronics to conform to curvilinear surfaces or to deform with use, especially in sensing. A detector array could be made to encircle the heart, stretching with each beat. An artificial skin could be stretched around the wing of an aircraft, relaying detailed local information while in flight. An artificial retina could fit in the curved space at the back of the
Featured Course: Overview of WiMedia UWB
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Here's this week's featured course. It comes from Staccato Communications, and it is part of the Embedded On Demand Center, which provides you with access to the Embedded Systems Conference class sessions.
Murata expands half-brick DC/DC converter line
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9/21/2008   Post a comment
Murata has added two ranges of single output, half-brick, isolated DC/DC converters to its product portfolio: the high power HPH series, which delivers up to 70A output current, and the UCH series, which provides up to 150W output power.
Switching power manager features USB OTG, overvoltage protection
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9/21/2008   Post a comment
Linear latest member in a family of multifunction power management ICs for Li-Ion/Polymer battery-based applications features a bidirectional switching power manager with input overvoltage protection and USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality, a stand-alone battery charger, three high efficiency synchronous buck regulators, an ideal diode, I²C control, plus an always-on LDO, all in a 4mm x 6mm QFN package.
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