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U.S. signs off on patent disclosure plan
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10/31/2006   Post a comment
U.S. antitrust enforcers have signed off on a proposal by an computer industry standards group to disclose and license patents.
Antenna specialist extends management team
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
Integrated antenna specialist Antenova Ltd has added two key executives to drive the company's operations and sales in global markets. Mike Edwards has been appointed vice president of worldwide sales and marketing while CL Lim has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Asia.
52-kHz USB module samples sound, vibration
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10/27/2006   Post a comment
A USB-powered module from Data Translation packs four independent 24-bit IEPE sensor inputs. All are synchronized with a tachometer input to provide data streams matched in time. The module includes a 4-mA current source, and supports AC or DC sampling at rates to 52-kHz.
Beyond DVD: Is the next home entertainment center the car?
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10/26/2006   2 comments
Infotainment will serve up a digital cornucopia of video, GPS navigation, safety, and other features. But beyond a wide data "pipe," flexible silicon, derived from consumer electronics, is needed.
RF bridge box extends ZigBee range up to 40 miles
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10/25/2006   Post a comment
A turnkey bridge between the 2.4-GHz band and the 900-MHz band can let you extend the range of ZigBee and IEEE-802.15.4 networks to as much as 40-miles, using high-gain antenna arrays.
DDR2 2GB dual-in-line memory modules tout folded PCB technology
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10/25/2006   Post a comment
Aimed at high-density blade server, telecom, and network computing applications, the DDR2 memory module doubles capacity without the need for stacked DRAMs.
Wavesat and RF Magic develop sub-$100 WiMAX Mini-PCI module
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10/25/2006   Post a comment
RF Magic and Wavesat have partnered to deliver a low-cost WiMAX Mini-PCI module. With a bill of materials under $100, the module is available now for volume delivery.
VSPs spur on-time delivery of embedded automotive systems software: Part 2
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10/24/2006   Post a comment
Virtual systems prototypes offer high-performance simulation models that allow engineers to fine tune systems designs using realistic software loads without the need for expensive hardware design. Part 2 covers designing in quality, rather than testing for quality, with applicability to single unit and distributed controller platforms.
COTS RF platform puts signal conversion close to the antenna
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10/24/2006   Post a comment
MIL board maker Mercury Computer Systems has available an application-ready platform for WBDLS, or wideband data links and satellite communications processing. The WBDLS board puts signal conversion close to the antenna, and uses 12-lane fiber-optic transceivers to provide full-duplex 3-Gbyte/s I/O to and from the board.
Automotive tire-pressure RFICs pack integral microcontrollers
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
Based on the 8-bit flash-equipped Atmel AVR microcontroller architecture, here are two power-managed RF transmitter-receiver ICs that include sensor interfaces for tire pressure monitoring. These smart RFICs include building blocks to support the measurement and calibration of capacitive pressure and motion sensors.
Sensors, electronics, nets top DoD research spending
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
Sensors, electronics, electronic warfare gear along with the IT building blocks for network-centric operations will account for the bulk of Pentagon technology spending this year.
$49 BASIC board clocks 60-MHz ARM processor
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
Priced at less than $50, the ARMmite mini-board clocks a 60-MHz Advanced RISC Machines LPC2103 processor. Programmable in compiled BASIC, the I/O-rich board churns through more than 10 million BASIC lines/s, which is comparable to applications written in C.
ISM transceiver module to deliver 25-mW RF output
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
An upcoming surface-mount RF module will let you implement an ISM-band transceiver that can be used in short-range mesh networks. Handling 38.4-kbit/s speeds at the PHY layer, it will develop 25-mW RF output power and tout a 2-microvolt receiver sensitivity spec.
Embedded PC supports wired and wireless M2M
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
The M2M machine-to-machine revolution is coming, and board maker WinSystems is ready. It's rolling out an M2M-ready single-board computer that's highly integrated and power-managed. Its latest SBC packs lots of wired and wireless connectivity hooks, including 802.11 wireless Ethernet, cellular, and ZigBee.
Control strategy optimizes split-parallel architecture hybrid vehicle
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Winning Challenge X university team designs efficient hybrid power train and control system while cutting well-to-wheels petroleum use by 74%.
IBM's speech recognition technology headed to Iraq
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
IBM Corp.'s Multilingual Automatic Speech-to-Speech Translator is moving from the lab to use in Iraq through the U.S. Joint Forces Command.
PCI bus SBC runs multiple Dual Core Xeon processors
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
Diversified Technology has a single-board computerbased on the Intel E7520 chipset. The board runs one or two Dual Core Intel Xeon Low Voltage Processors, and an Intel 6300ESB I/O Controller Hub chip supports two PCI buses.
Multi-function data-acq boards pack unique control modes
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
Data-acq equipment vendor Measurement Computing is rolling out eight multi-function data acquisition boards. All eight boards feature a unique low-latency control output mode. It lets any input-analog, digital, or counter control an output-digital, analog, or timer, based on pre-defined limits. Outputs are controlled directly from the board and don't require PC intervention.
Isolated-I/O PCI bus boards support up to 48 signal lines
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
Look over this line of PCI bus isolated digital I/O cards. Offering a range of 16, 32, or 48 individually optically-isolated inputs or outputs, they're for use in control and instrumentation applications where high-voltage protection is required. They're PCI, PCI-X, 3.3-V, and 5-V-compatible. Individual channel-to-channel isolation permits every channel to be physically and electrically separated from the others.
Network processor card boosts IA/x86-based appliances
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10/9/2006   Post a comment
Here's a card that can be used to increase performance of existing applications, or as a development environment enabling you to develop networking and security applications. It can speed time-to-market by reducing development time for new or upgraded applications.
Ref design combines ADSL2+, VoIP and DECT
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10/9/2006   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has started sampling an integrated access device (IAD) reference platform that combines functionalities for ADSL2+, Voice over Internet Protocol and DECT.
Open Source Embedded Asterisk-based PBX
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10/4/2006   3 comments
Building an embedded IP-PBX represents a significant paradigm shift from existing open source PBX designs that typically use PCI cards on x86 platforms. Until recently, current micro controllers (e.g. those in the 200MHz ARM & MIPs class) typically lack the DSP horsepower for multiple channels of speech compression or echo cancellation that is required for analog line interfaces. The Analog Device Blackfin chip has changed all this......
Fanless SBC operates in rugged environments
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
WinSystems has launched its EBC-855-G, an EBX-compatible, Intel 1GHz ultra low-power, Celeron (Dothan core) single board computer.The fanless SBC operates over an industrial temperature range of -40° to +70°Celsius.
High-end board design seen growing in India
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10/4/2006   Post a comment
The establishment of several new board design centers and the prospect of new Indian government incentives for volume manufacturing could spur an Indian board industry.

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