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First 2 TB hard drives from WD
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1/30/2009   Post a comment
The new WD Caviar Green 2 TB claims to be the largest capacity hard drive on the market today.
Potholes seen on road to silicon photonics
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1/29/2009   Post a comment
The computer industry wants optical interconnects in its future multicore processors, but just how it will get them remains unclear, according to a panel of experts from at Photonics West here.
High Density LXI 2 Amp Matrices
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of customer focused LXI switch matrices with the introduction of the 60-554 High Density 256x16 EMR (Electromechanical Relay) Matrix.
RFID read/write devices with ISO functionality
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Siemens's Industry Automation Division has redesigned its high frequency 13.56 megahertz range Simatic RF310R and RF380R RFID read/write devices so that they can also work with ISO 15693 standard transponders (tags).
Reflective Memory PMC for maximum data safety
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
MEN presents the Reflective Memory PMC mezzanine card P512 which is suited for use in safety-critical applications, offers a high transmission speed and high flexibility.
PCI Express SDR boards feature direct FPGA connectivity
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
The 7700 is the latest family of Pentek software defined radio products and the first to feature the PCI Express (PCIe) form factor with advanced connectivity options.
TTTech rolls TTEthernet evaluation system
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
TTTech Computertechnik AG (Vienna) has announced the availability of evaluation systems for its real-time based TTEthernet data communication technology. The system enables users to analyze the properties of TTEthernet systems and the development of distributed real-time applications.
ARC secures IP deal for security SoCs
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
Chinese security chip group Synochip has taken a license from ARC International (St Albans, England) to build system on chips that provide security for PCs, flash drives, portable video players and information security and online payment systems.
Groups tout single chip DAB receiver design
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
The latest version of DAB/Digital Multimedia Broadcasting middleware from Factum Electronics AB (Stockholm, Sweden) has been ported to Analog Devices' Blackfin BF5xx processors.
EE Times ACE Awards open to all ESC attendees
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Award ceremony now open to conference attendees; entry deadline extended to January 30th.
ESC SV Teardown: What killed the Nintendo Virtual Boy?
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
What went wrong with Nintendo's Virtual Boy? Watch the postmortem live at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Diodes protect data lines and power rails in automotive applications
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1/24/2009   Post a comment
The automotive environment is the source of many electrical hazards, such as electromagnetic interference, electrostatic discharges, and other disturbances, which can occur directly in the wiring harness (conducted hazards) or be applied indirectly to electronic modules by radiation.
BOARDS: 17-inch Fanless Core2 Duo Panel Computer is super-slim, light weight
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1/24/2009   Post a comment
AXIOMTEK PANEL2175-850-FL has high performance Intel Core2 Duo processor that operates up to 2.53GHz
Configurable video processor from Stretch uses less power, has PCIe interface for advanced apps
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
Multi-stream H.264 encoding, video analytics, processing uncompressed video streams, and capture cards are among the targeted applications for Stretch's new low-power processor.
BOARDS: Hand-size Fanless Box Computer Atom-powered
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1/23/2009   Post a comment
AXIONTEK eBOX530-820-FL processor operates at up to 1.6GHz with the Intel System Controller Hub (SCH) US15W
F302 Managed Ethernet Switch enables faster, more secure communication
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
MEN Micro's 3U CompactPCI switch has eight Fast Ethernet channels and J1, RJ45, M12, and D-Sub connectors
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 reference BSP for i.MX27 PDK released
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1/22/2009   Post a comment
Adeneo BSP allows code linked to core CPU to be reused without modification
Individually expanding HMI devices with all-round protection
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1/20/2009   Post a comment
The Siemens Industry Automation Division is complementing its Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface) device series with all-round IP65 protection with modular expansion units.
TI sampling energy harvesting development kit
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1/19/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has started sampling a solar energy harvesting wireless sensor development kit that converts ambient light into power for industrial, transportation, agricultural and commercial applications.
DC motor controller targets mobile robots
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1/19/2009   Post a comment
The AX2860 dual-channel DC motor controller from Roboteq is capable of directly driving up to 120 A on each channel at up to 60 V.
Motor-control platform reduces costs, increases flexibility
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1/19/2009   Post a comment
Altera, National Semiconductor and Arrow Electronics have announced the North American introduction of the MotionFire motor-control development platform - an FPGA-based platform designed to enable quick and cost-effective development of motor-control solutions.
32 channel digital PXI I/O module features variable threshold
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1/19/2009   Post a comment
Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI modules with the introduction of the 40-412 32-channel digital programmable threshold I/O module.
Kontron bucks industry downtrend
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1/19/2009   Post a comment
According to preliminary figures, embedded computer vendor Kontron AG (Eching, Germany) has raised its revenue in FY 2008 by 11 percent. In the fourth quarter, the growth was even faster.
Proper selection of passive and active power quality filters for the mitigation of mains harmonics
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1/19/2009   Post a comment
The steady increase in non-linear loads on the power supply network such as, for instance, variable speed motor drives (VSDs), raises questions about power quality and reliability. This article explains which specifications are suitable when it comes to choosing active and passive harmonic filters and which mistakes need to be avoided.
BOARDS: AXIOMTEK launches ultra low power fanless touch panel computer
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1/16/2009   Post a comment
BOARDS: AXIOMTEK launches ultra low power fanless touch panel computer
Phyworks shifts transceivers design to CMOS
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1/16/2009   Post a comment
Communications chip specialist Phyworks (Bristol, England) has taped out and will soon start sampling a generation of transceivers designed in CMOS instead of the traditionally employed SiGe process technology for optical transceivers.
High-resolution 1.3 Mpixel CCDs provide better viewing for security cameras
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1/16/2009   Post a comment
The RJ33J3AA0DT image sensor from Sharp provides a resolution of 1.3 megapixels and is at the top of the range in terms of image sharpness for CCD sensors for security cameras.
Elcoteq's Russia, Romania, U.S. plant closures to cost 5,000 jobs
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1/15/2009   Post a comment
Elcoteq SE, an electronics manufacturing services company specializing in the communications sector, has announced an "intense restructuring plan" for implementation during the first quarter of 2009 which will cut 5,000 jobs from the company's current staff of approximately 21,000.
Movidia sampling video-editing on mobiles chip
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1/15/2009   1 comment
Fabless startup Movidia (Dublin, Ireland) has taped out and will be demonstrating at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona its first mobile video processor that is optimized for capturing and editing audio and video clips by users on a mobile phone and other consumer electronics equipment.
Monochrome versions of industrial multi-line cameras
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1/14/2009   Post a comment
e2v announced the launch of two new high performance monochrome models to its EliiXA range of industrial line scan cameras.
GPS, Wi-Fi growth to defy '09 downturn, say analysts
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1/12/2009   1 comment
The markets for chips focusing on the Wi-Fi and GPS navigation and location technology sectors could defy the semiconductor downturn during the year, according to two separate reports.
Broker downgrades ST as chip group launches ICs at CES
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1/12/2009   Post a comment
Shares in STMicroelectronics started the week in bad shape, falling 3.3 percent in early trading on the French CAC 40 exchange, after UBS cut its rating on the Franco-Italian chip maker from "neutral" to "sell".
Cyan, Micrel team for industrial RF modules
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1/12/2009   Post a comment
Cyan Holdings (Cambridge, England) has teamed with Micrel Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) for the development of subsystem level RF modules targeting systems for automated meter reading infrastructure, public lighting management, Ethernet gateways and RF sensor networks.
The Virtual Vehicle: Part 1 - In-vehicle networking simulation and analysis
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1/10/2009   1 comment
In-vehicle networking allows room for optimization; however, it also allows opportunity for errors. The design of appropriate topologies for the physical layer has proven a tremendous challenge, requiring model-based methodologies and tools in order to validate topology concepts early in the design process.
BOARDS: New wireless SBCs speed wireless control & gateway design
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1/10/2009   Post a comment
With Rabbit's new SBCs, engineers have only to add software and an enclosure to create a product
Cars share cameras, radar sensors
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1/9/2009   Post a comment
Under the auspices of tier one Delphi Deutschland, a consortium of six companies has launched the research project 'Active Safety Car'. The project aims at developing automotive-based systems that do not only recognize obstacles ahead of the vehicle but also communicate them to other vehicles nearby.
Broadcom demos AMP version Bluetooth at CES
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1/8/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom is demonstrating alternative MAC and PHY (AMP) implementations of the latest standard Bluetooth in file transfer and device synchronization applications at this week's CES in Las Vegas.
Dell shifts manufacturing from Ireland to Poland
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1/8/2009   Post a comment
Dell is closing its Limerick manufacturing facility, with the assembly plant's functions transferred to a Polish plant in Lodz.
Compact electric actuators provide unlimited rotary motion
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1/7/2009   Post a comment
Festo has launched the ERMB modules of electromechanical rotary actuators that are capable of accommodating literally any desired angle of rotation - including a full 360 degrees and continuous unlimited rotary motion.
Plug-in machine controller simplifies switching to Ethernet-based drives
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1/7/2009   Post a comment
Baldor has launched a new plug-in motion/machine control module for its Ethernet-compatible Powerlink drives. The Mint Machine Module plugs into a hardware expansion slot in any of Baldor's MotiFlex range of Powerlink-compatible three-phase AC motor drives.
Mini ITX Motherboard offers small form factor and broad connectivity
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1/5/2009   Post a comment
WIN Enterprises' MB-73170 sports Intel Core 2 Duo Processor for high performance
BVM : 5.25-inch miniboard features Intel socket P
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1/5/2009   Post a comment
The LS-573 high performance, feature-rich embedded motherboard from BVM is based on the Intel 45-nm Core 2 Duo Pentryn or Extreme processor conforming to the Socket P configuration and a FSB up to 1066 MHz.


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