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High-speed fabric interface provides dual 10 Gbits/s Ethernet channels
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power's new Embedded Computing business has released a high-speed switched fabric interface for its KAT4000 AdvancedTCA telecom blade. The enhanced interface provides dual 10-Gbits/s Ethernet channels.
France targets Euros 23 million digital sensor project
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
The French government has put Euros 5.6 million towards a project to develop infra-red imaging sensors targeted at uses in the automotive, medical and aerospace industries. Participants in the Euros 23 million R&D project, dubbed Imalogic, include ST Microelectronics, image sensor specialist Sofradir, its subsidiary Ulis, Trixell, and French microelectronics research center CEA-LETI.
Nujira powers ahead with $9.8 milion round B
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
Power amplifier technology developer Nujira has closed a $9.8 million Series B funding round, bringing the total venture capital invested to nearly $18 million. The company, formed in 2002, also announced it has demonstrated its ultra-high efficiency RF Power Amplifier (PA) operation in collaboration with three simultaneous full-bandwidth WCDMA carriers.
StacoSwitch launches eCommerce site
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
StacoSwitch, a manufacturer of ruggedized keypads and switches for military and industrial use, launched an eCommerce site to give global customers around-the-clock access to products, pricing and ordering.
iPhone margins smaller than reported, claims analyst
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
Analysts are beginning to question earlier reported Bill of Materials costs on Apple's iPhone and are suggesting that the gross margins Apple will achieve may be much lower than predicted, and nearer the mid to high 20 percent range than the estimated 50 percent. In particular, there are debates about the cost of the display and related touch screen technology.
ADI, Legend open Chinese design lab for mobile TV
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) and Legend Silicon Corp. announced Friday (Jan. 26) the opening of a joint design laboratory to develop reference designs for China's emerging mobile TV market.
Pentagon readies ray gun
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
The Defense Department is preparing to deploy its version of a stun gun based on gyrotron energy beam technology.
Auto-focus zoom camera block design uses wide range image sensor for surveillance
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
Dallmeier Components' new Integrated Optics Package for use in pan-tilt-zoom surveillance video cameras incorporates Pixim's Orca Chipset for ultra wide dynamic range imaging (102dB typical). The image sensor converts light to a digital signal directly at the point of capture, enabling each pixel to have independent, optimized exposure. Here's the inside story of how it works and how it was designed.
Five steps to FlexRay
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
This short primer lays out the basic steps that lead to a robust network topology definition for FlexRay applications.
Israeli startup readies multicore processor
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
Multicore processor specialist Plurality Ltd. is starting to ship evaluation boards and associated development kits for its HyperCore Processor, the first designs to emerge from the work on its HyperCore Architecture Line. Commercial 64-core chips are scheduled for the third quarter of this year.
AMD posts loss, sees flat Q1
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1/24/2007   Post a comment
A major acquisition and a price war with rival Intel Corp. left Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) with a net loss of $574 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Head of TI's wireless chip unit to step down
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1/19/2007   Post a comment
Gilles Delfassy, senior vice president and head of Texas Instruments Inc.'s wireless terminals unit, will retire after 28 years with the company, TI said Friday (Jan. 19).
Newspapers blast e-reader makers over poor interfaces
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1/19/2007   Post a comment
Senior executives at Ifra, the global newspaper association, blasted the quality of electronic readers suitable for displaying newspapers on the move and suggested it is the user interface on existing e-readers, such as the Iliad from Philips Electronics off-shoot iRex Technologies BV, that needs to be significantly improved.
Pentek SDR line adds cooled PMC/XMC transceiver module
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
Model 7141-703 PMC/XMC module features two 14-bit, 125 MHz A/Ds and a Xilinx Virtex-II Pro field programmable gate array (FPGA).
Electronics package handles day and night aerial surveillance
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
Military computer systems supplier Mercury Computer Systems is rolling out an integrated Unmanned Aircraft System. Its VistaNav-SSR comprises a ground station, a synthetic vision system, a small unmanned aerial vehicle, and appropriate sensors.
Chelsio rolls 10GBase-T adapter cards
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
Chelsio Communications, Inc. is sampling its 10GBase-T adapter for servers, but the first wave of these products face limitations due to high prices and power consumption, limited range and requirements for new cables.
Sun throws Rock, preps 10G Ethernet
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems is designing its own multi-port 10G Ethernet chip called Neptune and completed the initial design of its next-generation Sparc, called Rock.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 3
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Beyond the antenna and tracking, key technologies include the physical radome, the low noise block amplifier/IF converter, motors, and rotary joints.
VXS RAID system stores wideband data for extended periods
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Look at this VXS-based data recording system that enables realtime high-capacity record and playback of broadband-sampled analog data at rates up to 2-Gsamples/s (with 8-bit samples). It can save terabytes of signal data in huge RAID arrays.
EU set to rule in Intel antitrust probe
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Antitrust investigators asked the EU to formally charge Intel Corp. with illegally thwarting competition in the computer chip market, according to reports.
Digi-Key secures RFID distribution deal
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
Digi-Key Corp. today announced a global distribution pact that will allow the company to participate in the $3 billion RFID market, distributing products from RFID specialist FEIG Electronic GmbH.
World's smallest digital TV demodulator?
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of a very small ATSC-A/53-compliant demodulator that meets the imminent FCC tuner mandate for the US. It will be able to demodulate standard and high-def TV meeting ATSC-A/53 specs for North American broadcast standards, and QAM 64/256 as specified by the ITU.
Spec complete for 5 GHz Express
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1/15/2007   Post a comment
The PCI Special Interest Group announced they have completed work on the base spec for PCI Express 2.0, doubling serial signaling rates on the interconnect from 2.5 to 5GHz.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 2
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1/12/2007   1 comment
This installment details the challenges of acquiring, locking onto, and tracking DIRECTV satellites while a car is in motion, multi-satellite capability, and the enhanced features made possible by incorporating a GPS receiver.
Electronic and mechanical pointing, signal processing, and clever element configuration come together in automotive hybrid sat-TV antenna design: Part 1
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1/11/2007   2 comments
In bringing DIRECTV satellite signals into a car, design engineers had to ensure reliable, continuous service, all in a compact, aerodynamic package.
Reference designs support digital video for PC wireless docking
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company WiQuest Communications, focusing on ultrawideband devices, makes available what it claims is the world's first wireless docking reference design for PCs. Operating at a 1-Gbit/s data rate, the system supports wireless transmission of high-quality digital video and PC graphics.
UDI dies as Intel, Samsung back DisplayPort
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Intel and Samsung officially put their weight behind the VESA Displayport 1.1 specification at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show, effectively killing the competing Universal Display Port.
EU call for e-waste restrictions to echo globally
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1/5/2007   Post a comment
Strengthening European Union policies on electronic and chemical waste will reverberate around the world, according to two academic experts examining the issue.
Avian flu chips go commercial
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
Avian flu chips validated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could soon be showing up at U.S. medical clinics.
Tools streamline FlexRay design
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
The right choice of tools can ease the design of a complex FlexRay system. Within minutes, a system can be configured and ready for download to target hardware.
Smallest fanless Mini-ITX computer?
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
Using heat pipes and heatsinks, here's a fanless Mini-ITX computer system that measures just 7 x 7 x 3-in. in size. The diminutive box can house a range of Intel-based and VIA Technologies-based Mini-ITX form-factor mainboards.
ST touts 'Sound Terminal' audio concept at CES
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics will unveil at next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a digital audio streaming concept dubbed 'Sound Terminal' and show a range of tightly integrated audio chips as the first products to implement the theme.
Avnet acquires Sun Micro distributor, Access
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
Avnet Inc. announced it has completed its acquisition of Sun Microsystems reseller, Access Distribution, a move which will expand both Avnet's portfolio of computer solutions and its IT footprint in Western Europe.
CompactPCI Express carrier board enhances use of PCIe I/O boards
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1/2/2007   Post a comment
Board maker One Stop Systems rolls out a 6U-sized CompactPCI Express carrier board that lets you use any PCIe I/O board in your CPCIe system. You can therefore tap the growing supply of PCIe I/O boards available from various vendors.
Mini-ITX platform serves x86-based consumer electronics designs
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1/2/2007   Post a comment
Check out this mini-ITX form-factor x86-based board. It clocks either a 1.5-GHz or fanless 1-GHz processor, and powerful chipset supporting gobs of I/O. The board dissipates less than 14-W.
Wi-Fi chips deliver portable Internet radio to the mainstream
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1/2/2007   Post a comment
A pair of U.K. companies think they have a handle on the next big thing in the audio consumer space: Wi-Fi-enabled Internet radio.


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