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Electronic nose knows, warning with color-changing badge
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
A sensor akin to an electronic nose could be used to detect toxic industrial chemicals and be as commonplace as radiation badges around nuclear facilities.
Avaya staves off Siemens in $900M bid for Nortel unit
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Avaya Inc. has won its auction bid for Nortel Inc.'s enterprise solutions division after raising its offer to $900 million from $475 million following a counter offer for the Canadian company's business unit from Germany's Siemens AG.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 4 of 7)
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
Multiband 3G transceiver needs no SAW filters, shrinks BOM and board space
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Fujitsu Microelectronics MB86L01A uses innovative architecture, ultra-low-noise design, and IP to achieve long-sought objective
Leading smart grid and internet connectivity companies join U-SNAP alliance
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
The U-SNAP Alliance announced the formation of the alliance and first members to join the Alliance, bringing total membership to 19 companies.
TD-SCDMA: Here Comes the Love
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
Optimized devices are finally arriving for TD-SCDMA, rather than just the "these will do" parts
'Tree power' attempts to harvest bio-energy
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9/11/2009   1 comment
University of Washington (Seattle) researchers recently demonstrated a nanoscale "boost converter" that integrates the ultra-low-voltage potentials generated by trees.
Anritsu launches LTE base station measurement suite for handheld analyzers
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
This measurement suite combines RF, modulation quality, and OTA measurements to create a handheld solution for LTE network deployment and installation.
Anti tamper real time clock (RTC) - make your embedded system secure
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9/10/2009   2 comments
This article describes some of the techniques that can be well handled by a real time clock (RTC) within a system on chip (SoC) by providing efficient protection against hardware as well as software tampers, thereby making it an essential item in every secure system.
Improving energy efficiency in ultra low-power devices
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
The quest for ultra-low power devices is never-ending. This article explains a technique to improve their energy efficiency, by means of sysclock tick reconfiguration during runtime.
New transmission mechanisms for MOST enable powerful video applications
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
The MOST infotainment network was originally launched with a bandwidth of 25 Mbps, a bandwidth that was more than adequate for audio applications. The latest generation, MOST150, has a capacity of 150 Mbps, and is designed to serve powerful video and packet data applications in your car, as well as classic audio applications. Besides the higher bandwidth, MOST150 introduces additional transmission mechanisms such as isochronous data transfer over the synchronous network.
Opinion: One big problem, eight vague options, no solutions for NASA
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9/10/2009   8 comments
Our commentator says the Augustine Commission on the future of U.S. human spaceflight failed to tell NASA what it needs to hear.
Startup pioneers carbon-based FPGAs
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9/9/2009   6 comments
Carbon-based memory architectures promise to revolutionize FPGA design, according to the founder of a chip startup.
Analog Devices unveils multi-standard terrestrial digital TV RF tuners
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., is extending its mobile television RF (radio frequency) product family with the introduction of what the company claims is the industry's smallest terrestrial mobile TV RF tuners.
Report: Applied to buy Energy Conversion?
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
There are rumors that Applied Materials Inc. is mulling plans to buy solar-cell maker Energy Conversion Devices Inc.
Digital dual-axis MEMS gyro debuts
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
As mobile devices integrate higher-resolution cameras, adding relatively inexpensive MEMS gyroscopes is now an option, according to one manufacturer.
Opinion: Winners, losers in ATIC-Chartered deal
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
So who are the winners and losers in the ATIC-Chartered deal?
Nokia + Netbook = what exactly? Join the conversation
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9/8/2009   4 comments
Nokia Corp.'s entry into the netbook sector signals the company's willingness to help foster the convergence that's bringing a wide range of wireless and consumer products together on one platform but the move does not appear to better position the company for the intense rivalry it must confront in its main business.
Augustine panel urges 'flexible path' to Mars landing
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9/8/2009   1 comment
A presidential commission on the future of U.S. manned spaceflight has concluded that a manned landing on Mars must wait while NASA perfects space operations on the moon and pursues a "flexible path" to explore other parts of the solar system.
Novaled collaborates with Plextronics to develop organic materials for energy efficient OLEDs
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Novaled AG (Dresden, Germany), which is a leader in energy saving and long life OLEDs, and Plextronics, Inc., (Pittsburgh, USA), a specialist in conductive organic inks for printed lighting, solar and other electronics, have agreed to jointly develop doped and solution processed organic materials for OLED applications.
Siano offers digital TV chip for at-speed operation
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Mobile TV chip specialist Siano Mobile Silicon Ltd. (Netanya, Israel) has the availability of its SMS1230 mobile TV chip, which supports the DVB-T, ISDB-T, T-DMB, DAB and FM Radio standards.
Industry-wide research coalition aims at power efficiency
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Energy savings of up to 25 percent for home and medical appliances are the goal of the SmartPM research project. The effort focuses on developing system architectures, power modules and innovative design concepts for semiconductors.
Consortium touts crosstalk eliminating DSL technology
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Two of the founding members of the iSMART consortium, ECI Telecom and Actelis Networks, said at this week's Broadband World Forum in Paris they have completed the first successful tests of the consortium's Dynamic Spectrum Management Level 3 (DSM L3) technology in conjunction with three major operators.
Austin startup claims first CMOS PA for 3G
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9/8/2009   1 comment
Fabless semiconductor company Black Sand Technologies Inc. (Austin, Texas) has said it has produced an RF power amplifier for 3G communications in CMOS and claimed it is the world's first.
Dual-band 5 GHz antenna targets Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Laird Technologies' new antenna system integrates the 2400-2850 MHz and 4900-5850 MHz frequency bands with the company's patented RJ45-ECS field replaceable feed-through Ethernet connector and UV-resistant radomes made of ASA plastic and stainless steel hardware. Additionally, seven antenna connector options are available to adapt to any user's equipment.
Wireless ECG necklace enables long-term monitoring at home
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9/7/2009   1 comment
IMEC and its research affiliate Holst Centre have developed a prototype of an electrocardiogram (ECG) necklace based on IMEC's proprietary ultra-low power analog readout ASIC.
Wi-Fi connectivity becoming pervasive
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9/7/2009   3 comments
Manufacturers launched over 1,000 new Wi-Fi-enabled products in 2008 and 2009 promises to surpass 2008 in new product introductions, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Massive shifts in medical technology ahead, study says
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Over the decade ahead, the western industrial countries will significantly lose out against Asia when it comes to innovation power in the medical technologies, a study from German industry association VDE says.
Don't Let the Headphone Jack Ground-Return-Path Impedance Threaten Compliance with Vista Windows Logo Program (WLP) Crosstalk Requirements
Design How-To  
9/7/2009   3 comments
Think the Vista 0/S has little to do with analog audio? Wrong! Understand how analog design and layout must meet Vista-defined audio performance.
Toshiba could outsource 28-nm production to GlobalFoundries, say reports
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp., the world's third-largest chipmaker, is in talks about outsourcing some of its 28-nm logic IC production to foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., according to reports.
Testing the limits of organic electronics
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
The testing and characterization of organic electronic devices is becoming an increasingly important aspect of this growing sector, and the United Kingdom’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is gearing up to play a key role in developing equipment and techniques to meet the demand.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 3 of 7)
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
Chartered deal would earn GlobalFoundries global status
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
It is an apparent match made in heaven. It allows AMD's holding in GlobalFoundries to be further diluted taking it yet further to being a fabless chip company. It allows the state of Singapore to off-load its interest in chip making which having served its purpose in the 1990s it no longer sees as strategic. And it allows GlobalFoundries to achieve critical mass and stability.
Toshiba introduces a display SoC for automotive applications
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba Electronics has announced the latest device in its Capricorn family of highly integrated, scalable system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for driving and managing high-quality automotive displays.
Chartered-GlobalFoundries marriage to change landscape
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Abu Dhabi's bold move to acquire Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. makes sense and could change the foundry landscape, according to a report.
Qualcomm lowers power for body area networks
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm described a new algorithm to lower the power of body area networks at the EMBC '09 conference, attracting attention from several attendees including representatives of implantable device maker Medtronic.
IBM continues to mislead. Join the conversation
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9/4/2009   20 comments
IBM Corp. has cut nearly 10,000 jobs this year, according to reports, although Big Blue still refuses to fess up to most of the layoffs.
OSRAM's OSLON LX LEDs Enable Manufacture of Ultra-Thin LCDs
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has introduced the smallest 1 W LEDs for backlighting LCD panels with plenty of light from an extremely small emitter.
Passive component supply bottleneck ahead, ZVEI warns
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
During the economic crisis, passive component manufacturers have reduced production capacities. Apparently they moved to far: Now supply bottlenecks are emerging, warns German electronics industry association ZVEI.
Huge growth seen in OLED use for phone displays
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
Global shipments of OLED displays for use in mobile phones are expected to rise by a factor of eight from 2009 to 2015, up from 22.2 million units now to 178 million units in 2015, according to market trackers at iSuppli.
NXP readies 45-nm SoC platform for STBs, HD DVRs
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors will start sampling within the next few weeks a range of tightly integrated SoCs targeting a range of HD DVRs and set-top box platforms in satellite, cable and IPTV networks.
Video: The story of a pioneering pacemaker
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
The founder of Medtronic, Earl Bakken, tells his story of developing the first battery-backed, electronic pacemaker at an IEEE dinner.
Graphene made magnetic with hydrogen coating
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9/3/2009   Post a comment
Graphone, a new magnetic version of carbon monolayers called graphene, could enable a new breed of carbon spintronic devices, researchers claim.
Untangling the Challenges of the Connected Car
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9/3/2009   1 comment
Increasingly, car owners want to integrate their loved living room consumer electronics environment into their set of wheels. Plus they don't want to forego connectivity. This creates headaches for automotive electronics experts: Too different are technical requirements and product life cycles. An approach to solve the problem could be a flexible, upgradeable software environment.
What's Limiting the Adoption of Solid State Lighting?
Design How-To  
9/2/2009   7 comments
This article, from energy management expert Rick Zarr, examines the use (or non-use) of LED lighting and discusses the obstacles to overcome before its widespread adoption.
Medtronic starts trials for closed-loop brain implant
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9/2/2009   Post a comment
Medtronic Inc. has started trials in monkeys of an implantable device that can automatically sense and respond to brain waves, research that promises new insights into how the brain works.
Nanoscale laser harnesses plasmons
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
What is being billed as the world's smallest semiconductor laser boasts a 5-nm active region that is 20 times smaller than the wavelength of the light it emits, according to university researchers.
Increase the speed while reducing the power in your MID's display
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
The popularity of Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) will surely rise as the user experience improves.
Maxim : Stereo subsystem provides rich audio quality
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the MAX9879, a stereo audio subsystem that sets new benchmarks for integration and performance.
CST EM Studio and Simulink for the dynamic simulation of a two-state linear actuator
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
This article shows a common approach to the simulation of electromechanical problems. A parametric set of 3D magnetostatic simulations are carried out using CST EM Studio (CST EMS) on a linear actuator in order to obtain its electromagnetic characteristics for use in Simulink where both the electrical and dynamic performance can be obtained i.e. coupling with mechanical system: spring, damping, etc. and coupling with external circuit with a rectangular voltage waveform.
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