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Updated: Printed battery maker expands in Wisconsin
News & Analysis  
1/31/2012   5 comments
Blue Spark Technologies said it will expand production of printed carbon-zinc batteries in West Bend, Wis.
SGI packs 144 drives in 4U server
News & Analysis  
1/31/2012   1 comment
SGI announced Modular Infinite Storage, its most dense system to date, packing up to four Intel Sandy Bridge processors and 144 2.5-inch hard disk drives in a 4U box.
Why DesignCon? An editorial overview
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1/31/2012   Post a comment
EE Times is covering DesignCon in Santa Clara this week, to keep up with the innovations in high speed networking, board design, chips and testing.
Embedded digital control facilitates adaptive power control strategies
Design How-To  
1/31/2012   Post a comment
Able to swap seamlessly between utility ac line and local battery backup power, the intermediate-bus architecture (IBA) that the telecoms industry has refined over decades to become cost-competitive with traditional offline-only sources is an attractive alternative for system architects needing high availability in a wide range of industries. New developments in areas such as intelligent power management strengthens the arguments in favor of the IBA.
DesignCon: Avago, TI hit signal milestones
News & Analysis  
1/30/2012   2 comments
Claiming milestones in speed, reach and power, Avago announced a 25 Gbit/s serdes and Texas Instruments rolled a family 12.5G signal conditioners at DesignCon.
RISC Computer-on-Module with ARM-based Cortex-A8 Series processor
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1/29/2012   Post a comment
Advantech’s ROM-1210 Computer-on-Module (COM) integrates an ARM Cortex-A8 1GHz Freescale i.MX53 series and an ultra-low power SoC and intensive I/O solution chips.
PCB debug and test event
Blog  
1/29/2012   1 comment
I just heard about the ElectroTestExpo2012, which could be of particular interest for my UK friends.
AMC boards with highest speed TI DSPs target high-performance DSP and wireless apps
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1/29/2012   Post a comment
CommAgility's AMC-2C6678 and AMC-2C6670 DSP boards are now shipping with the fastest versions of the high-performance TMS320C6678 and TMS320C6670 digital signal processors (DSPs) from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI).
Modularity provides functional, economical tire-pressure monitoring
Design How-To  
1/27/2012   4 comments
A building block approach allows mixing and matching features in affordable tire pressure monitoring system packages.
Pentek tips Virtex-7 boards
News & Analysis  
1/27/2012   1 comment
Pentek is sampling XMC modules using Virtex-7 FPGAs, claiming the Onyx boards deliver nearly double the performance and bandwidth of its Cobalt Virtex-6 boards.
Targeting RF key security
Blog  
1/27/2012   3 comments
How secure are your RFID car key and other devices—to be afraid, or not?
Gallery: Fujitsu from supers to teddy bears
News & Analysis  
1/26/2012   9 comments
Fujitsu’s corporate labs demoed a sampler of its latest work in everything from world-class supercomputers to smartphones—and even a robotic teddy bear—at an annual forum here.
Printed electronics startup plans pilot production line
News & Analysis  
1/26/2012   1 comment
PragmatIC Printing Ltd., a developer of printed electronic technology, has announced plans to begin pilot-scale production at the government-backed Centre for Process Innovation in Redcar, Northern England.
Fabless firm offers MEMS optical IC platform
News & Analysis  
1/25/2012   1 comment
Si-Ware Systems Ltd., a fabless chip and design service company, has announced its SiMOST platform for the creation of single-chip optical systems.
Wave hello to the natural user interface
Design How-To  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
Manufacturing workers are on the verge of replacing the mouse-and-keyboard-based GUI with natural user interfaces (NUIs) supporting eye scans, fingerprint scans and gesture recognition.
Controller PCB problem solved
Engineering Investigations  
1/24/2012   7 comments
Problem with a controller PCB causes significant yield loss at an off-shore drive assembly plant and Ravinder is sent in to investigate...
Plastic memory firm signs partners for printed systems
Research  
1/24/2012   5 comments
Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway), a developer of ferroelectric polarization polymer memory, has joined forces with a number of partners to develop a low-cost printed electronic sensor platform that could be used to monitor the temperature of perishable goods such as food and pharmaceuticals.
High-tech conference promises help with design
Memory Designline Blog  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
DesignCon 2012 starts January 30 and ends February 2nd in the Santa Clara Convention Center.
New 13U chassis cools greater than 150W per slot
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1/23/2012   Post a comment
This 16-slot forced-air conduction-cooled enclosure eases the design of 6U OpenVPX-based systems.
RF in Action: Ultra-high-performance design
Design How-To  
1/21/2012   Post a comment
In this RF in Action piece, we look at how Spectrum Integrity streamlined its design process using Altium Designer.
Teardown: The power inverter - from sunlight to power grid
Design How-To  
1/19/2012   2 comments
This teardown of a solar inverter card traces the path of harvested DC power from the photovoltaic panel, through boost conversion, power inverter and massive filtering of the created AC power signal required by the power grid.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Jan 19th
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/19/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
How to build a microcontroller-based functional tester
Design How-To  
1/17/2012   2 comments
Here’s an interesting article on how to build a microcontroller-based functional tester for less than $500.
M2M wireless gateway bridges different wireless networks
Product News  
1/15/2012   Post a comment
Laird Technologies' APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway has been designed for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.
Set-top box reference board offers cloud compatibility
Product News  
1/15/2012   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics has developed of an ultra-compact reference board that can be used as an IP network–compatible High Definition set-top box (STB) solution.
Qseven module based on AMD Fusion G-series APUs in a 70x70mm format
Product News  
1/15/2012   Post a comment
Hectronic's H6059 is a Qseven module based on the new AMD T40E and T40R ultra low power dual core and single core accelerated processing units (APU) and the A55E embedded chipset.
Strategic’s low-cost i.MX283 COM targets fanless applications
Product News  
1/15/2012   Post a comment
Strategic Test has announced the tTX-28S, a new low-cost addition to its line of Freescale-based i.MX Computer-on-Modules (COMs).
High-reliability IP67 Ethernet switch targets domestic security applications
Product News  
1/11/2012   Post a comment
Parvus’s DuraNET 10-10 network switch provides five 10/100 plug-and-play Ethernet ports in a ruggedized package.
Hands on RF: Handle multiple waveforms in a software-defined radio platform
Design How-To  
1/9/2012   3 comments
This paper steps through a software defined radio project that used the secure Xilinx® Zynq™-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP).
New metric for phase-change memory
Design How-To  
1/8/2012   2 comments
A team from IBM Research-Zurich proposes a new non-resistance-based cell-state metric for phase-change memory.
Forty-nm flash memory IP developed for automotive real-time applications
Product News  
1/7/2012   Post a comment
MONOS technology is scalable and provides reliability and performance.
GM calls back Chevy Volts to fix battery problems
News & Analysis  
1/5/2012   6 comments
GM will improve protection for the lithium-ion batteries in existing and pending Chevy Volts to address fire concerns
Intel makes way for Ivy Bridge; discontinues 25 CPUs
News & Analysis  
1/5/2012   11 comments
Intel has notified hardware partners it will be phasing out production of some 25 desktop CPU models to make way for its new 22nm Ivy Bridge processors due out in April.
Top ten Embedded Internet articles for 2011
Design How-To  
1/3/2012   1 comment
Here are the ten most popular (by views) technical How-To articles on Embedded Internet Designline for 2011.
A perspective on invention, innovation, and regulation of medical devices
Design How-To  
1/2/2012   3 comments
Much of the conversation regarding innovation in the medical devices sector is based on unfounded assumptions and different frames of reference
19-inch industrial computer based on the Intel QM57 chipset
Product News  
1/1/2012   Post a comment
DSM Computer has added three variants to its 19-inch Infinity computer family, based on DSM's new PICMG 1.3 industry slot CPU 96M4371o.
Intel i5 or i7 processor-based rail certified computers engineered with industrial grade components
Product News  
1/1/2012   Post a comment
Captec's RCC-Series of rail certified computers has been specifically engineered with industrial grade components to ensure high reliability and availability.
DVI slumps as HDMI grows to ship 1bn units in 2014
News & Analysis  
1/1/2012   Post a comment
HDMI has become the interface solution of choice throughout the consumer electronic (CE) device market, eclipsing the DVI technology, shipping over 1bn devices in the next two years, say market researchers NPD In-Stat.
Audio components integrate into a printed circuit board
News & Analysis  
1/1/2012   1 comment
Soundchip in Switzerland has integrated electrical and audio components, including acoustic waveguides and vias, into a printed circuit board to make audio systems smaller and cheaper.


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