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Industrial Automation: To date no sign of recession
News & Analysis  
11/26/2008   Post a comment
At SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg the industrial automation industry shows no sign of a recession. The industry is in a good mood, there is still growth and the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) expects further growth due to extensive bookings.
NXP, Phonak team for enhanced acoustics
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and Phonak have jointly developed a single chip ultra low power radio for use in hearing systems that is being integrated into Phonak's forthcoming range of hearing aids and wireless accessories.
Swiss group buys Wilbrecht's LEDCO division
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Custom microswitches specialist Microprecision Electronics (Vouvry, Switzerland) has acquired , for an undisclosed sum, Wilbrecht Electronics Inc's LEDCO Division, which makes a wide range of precision, U.S.-made LED assemblies, metal foil resistors, microswitches and sealed position switches.
Losses widen at CML Microsystems
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Chip design group CML Microsystems plc (Maldon, England) held sales steady for the half year ended September 30 at £8.2 million, compared with £8.5 million for the corresponding period last year, and warned that tough conditions had forced it to start reducing operating costs.
Fast InGaAs camera now with double CameraLink
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Xenics' new high-speed digital Cheetah-640CL, covering the SWIR spectral band 0.9.to 1.7m, offers a 640x512 pixel resolution at 20m pixel pitch and a record full frame rate of 1,730Hz.
PICMG work group approves PICMG 2.30 draft standard
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
The CompactPCI Plus PICMG work group chaired by Manfred Schmitz, technical director of MEN Mikro Elektronik, has approved PICMG 2.30 PlusIO.
Siemens merges software R&D activities
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Technology group Siemens AG has decided to bundle its software R&D in one entity. The move will create a software house that employs 3000 engineers — mainly in Austria and India.
Multi-sensor camera with up to four image sensors
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
At the Vision 2008 trade fair, VRmagic presented a FPGA camera with up to four pixel-synchronous sensors.
Compact and flexible vision system
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Xpectia from Omron Electronics is a vision system featuring real-colour sensing, high resolution, 3D functionality and intuitive user guidance to deliver simple operation, no matter how complex the application.
LSI TrueFIRE FireWire ICs deliver 800-Mbps rates
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
The FW643E supports performance-intensive peripherals both through the fastest flavor of FireWire and through a PCI Express link to the host computer.
Will USB 3.0 deliver on specs where earlier versions haven't?
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
I'm still not sure why Intel is so insistent on pursuing a speed upgrade to a technology that as never very elegant or robust.
BOARDS: Curtiss-Wright delivers ruggedised 6U VPX SBC with 45nm x86 CPU
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright has announced the VPX6-1952, its first rugged 6U VPX single board computer (SBC) based on the Intel Core2 Duo processor T9400.
TI, Fulton power up for wireless power
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has started working with Fulton Innovation to accelerate the latter's development of wireless power solutions that can charge portable devices without traditional power cords.
Fast network products debut at SC '08
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
At the Supercomputing 2008 conference, QLogic Corp. debuted a range of 40 Gbit/s Infiniband switches based on a new ASIC and Alacritech Inc. launched an upgraded version of its 10 Gbit Ethernet adapter card that can be used for partial offload of TCP processing.
Ericsson : Digitally controlled voltage regulator outperforms analog based solutions
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Contrary to traditional voltage regulators based on analog control, Ericsson Power Modules’ BMR450 uses a highly integrated digital PWM controller.
Inertial sensors simplify, lower cost of motion sensing for instrumentation
Product News  
11/13/2008   Post a comment
The ADIS16405 and ADIS16300 inertial measurement units from Analog Devices claim to make it simple and affordable to implement sophisticated motion and navigation control in a broader range of applications.
BVM : Mini-ITX motherboard targets embedded applications
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
BVM's latest addition to its family of Mini-ITX form factor motherboards is the LV-67B, which, based on the Intel GM45 chipset, provides a platform for the latest 45-nm Core 2 Duo Mobile family of processors that conform to the Socket P pin-out.
MEMORY: Curtiss-Wright Debuts New Rugged Solid State Drive XMC/PMC Card
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has just announced its new XMC/PMC-550 solid state drive card available in densities up to 32 Gbytes of nonvolatile disk space designed for rugged environments such as aerospace and defense.
Simplified MicroTCA based Industrial & Network Computing Architecture
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Advantech introduced the concepts behind a simplified, more cost-effective version of MicroTCA which they are naming INCA (Industrial and Network Computing Architecture).
Happy birthday to the PLC
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
11/11/2008   Post a comment
The industry's first programmable logic controller went into production in November of 1969, marking this month as the 39th anniversary of its introduction.
Congatec rolls Atom-based automotive starter kit
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Aiming at developers of automotive infotainment applications, board computer manufacturer Congatec AG (Deggendorf, Germany) has introduced a starter kit which includes Intel's Atom microprocessor. The kit is the result of a cooperation between Congatec, Xilinx and Wind River Systems.
AMD back on track with Shanghai CPU
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices is back on track with its latest 45 nm Shanghai processor driving an uptick in sales in high-end server markets, but longer term OEMs expect to see neck-and neck competition in 2009 and beyond.
Video-image processing with customizable DSP-FPGA platform
Design How-To  
11/7/2008   Post a comment
An alternative to ASIC, custom processing system, and PC-based video-image processing is a "custom off-the-shelf" platform incorporating DSP, FPGA, RAM, and Flash.
Analyst: EMS/ODM sectors set to ride out recession storm
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
The global electronics contract manufacturing business is likely to fare better than other sectors of the industry in the downturn and is expected to show modest growth this year and next, according to market research group iSuppli.
Telit acquires French M2M startup
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Wireless modules for M2M applications specialist Telit Communications SpA announced it has acquired One RF Technology SAS, a French privately-held startup that designs wireless data transmission solutions for M2M and telemetry applications.
Six-core DSP targets wireless broadband basestations
Product News  
11/5/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will start sampling in the first quarter of next year to selected customers a six-core device based on its StarCore SC3850 DSP core technology that is designed to dramatically improve the capabilities of wireless broadband base station equipment, including LTE.
Ready to go with your 8-bit microcontroller design
Design How-To  
11/4/2008   Post a comment
Motor control devices can be more effective if equipped with the right hardware modules — for instance wit vector computing facilities and support for Field Oriented Control (FOC) or even Power Factor Control (PFC).
Silicon plants 10G Ethernet on motherboard
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
Mellanox Technologies and Teranetics have teamed up to create what they claim is the first chip to bring 10 Gbit Ethernet over copper to server motherboards, the ConnectX ENt, hoping to accelerate what to date has been a sluggish uptake for the high speed link.
First public European trial of NFC interoperability
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
StoLPaN, the pan-European consortium driving adoption of NFC near field communication), has announced details of the first public trial of NFC that will integrate this emerging contactless technology in the Dolomite skiing resorts of North East Italy.
Compact and space-saving Industrial Ethernet switches
Product News  
11/3/2008   Post a comment
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its range of Industrial Ethernet switches by the new Scalance XB-000 range for low-cost design of small line and star topologies and the new Scalance XF-200 range with flat design.


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