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COM Express FPGA Starterkit enables extremely flexible I/O
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11/30/2010   Post a comment
Kontron's COM Express FPGA Starterkit features the Altera Cyclone IV GX FPGA and provides all the required components to evaluate board designs with open-definable I/Os.
Inside Xbox 360’s Kinect controller
11/29/2010   7 comments
The Kinect sensor peripheral for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 puts players in the game by eliminating the game controller, thanks to PrimeSense’s reference design.
Sitara ARM processor supports Profibus
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11/25/2010   12 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the availability of its AM1810 Sitara ARM processor, which integrates an ARM9 processor core with a Profibus interface. Profibus is a popular fieldbus used for communications between factory automation equipment.
North American PCB book-to-bill slips
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   3 comments
The book-to-bill ratio for the North American rigid PCB industry in October 2010 fell below parity to 0.98, according to the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a standards body for the electronics industry known as the IPC.
AVB reference design reduces barriers for A/V standards
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
A joint reference design for audio/visual bridging (AVB) applications is claimed to provide the lowest cost solution for Ethernet AVB endpoints.
USB audio/video codec board measures 38x70mm, draws 1.5W for embedded apps
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
The Model 2253 from Sensoray is a compact USB audio/video codec with a low power consumption well suited for embedded applications.
Acromag's new I/O modules offer single/dual MIL-STD-1553 interface
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Acromag has released new MIL-STD 1553 bus modules to interface avionics and weapons subsystems to an embedded control system. Two versions of the 1553 bus interface module are available. The IP570 is an Industry Pack ANSI/VITA-4 card that plugs into VME, CompactPCI, and PCI bus mezzanine carrier cards or high-performance single-board computers. IOS-570 models are designed for use within Acromag's I/O Server industrial PC, a small fanless box computer. Both 1553 bus modules offer the choice of on
ARM server debuts with STM chip
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11/19/2010   8 comments
A medium-sized computer maker has announced an ARM-based server using a dual-core Cortex A9 processor from STMicroelectronics.
What's inside the Dell Streak and Archos 7 tablets?
11/18/2010   3 comments
Patrick Mannion and I tear down the Dell Streak and Archos 7 tablet PCs live at ARM TechCon.
Fujitsu’s IO-Link Starter Kit simplifies automation dev
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11/16/2010   1 comment
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe has launched an IO-Link starter kit, which is designed to provide developers of automation solutions a quick and easy introduction to all aspects of IO-Link as well as to support IO-Link communication in both master and slave mode.
IPC blasts Greenpeace for 'bad' science
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11/16/2010   39 comments
The Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a standards body for the electronics industry known as the IPC, has hit out at "faulty science" contained in the latest revision of the Greenpeace electronics scorecard.
PLX PCIe 3.0 switches PEX8712 PEX8748
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11/15/2010   1 comment
PLX Technology is sampling six new PCI Express Gen 3 switches, the PLX Express Lane, ranging from 12 to 48 lanes.
Talking Teardown with Charbax
11/15/2010   Post a comment
Patrick Mannion and I interview Nicolas Charbonnier, aka Charbax, about the Archos 7 teardown.
Lessons from the Intel Hands-on Lab road tour
11/13/2010   Post a comment
Intel's Stewart Christie reflects on problems encountered (and solutions discovered) during the Hands-on Lab events currently making their way throughout the U.S.
How digital signage works
11/13/2010   Post a comment
Henry Davis considers how improvements in electronics hardware technology and software have improved the capabilities of the traditional signage application and added creative new opportunities in the digital signage market.
FTDI unveils USB 2.0 development board
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11/12/2010   Post a comment
Future Technology Devices International Ltd. (FTDI) launched Vinculo, a development platform for embedded systems requiring USB 2.0 connectivity, at the Electronica exhibition.
Digi launches first system-on-module with global 3G cellular connectivity
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11/12/2010   Post a comment
The ConnectCore 3G from Digi International is the industry’s first embedded module with integrated application processing and Qualcomm Gobi technology. Gobi technology supports High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) or Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) networks, the two dominant standards for 3G data networks, from the same cellular radio. 
Kontron expands features on embedded computer COBALT for rugged MIL apps
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11/10/2010   Post a comment
Kontron has made several key feature enhancements to its Kontron high-performance embedded computer COBALT (Computer Brick Alternative), including a DC power supply and additional customizable I/O capabilities that are particularly suited to the rugged and harsh environmental demands of control systems in new military vehicle applications.
ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown
11/9/2010   Post a comment
EE Times presents the Teardown Smackdown at ARM TechCon 2010, Nov. 10 at noon.
An Electronica Compendium
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
Gathered below are a number of our stories from the Electronica 2010 exhibition
Electronica: CEO panel basks in upbeat mood
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
In the traditional CEO panel on the opening day of the Electronica exhibition, the participants were unanimous that the semiconductor industry handled the economic crisis of 2008-2009 well, and that the industry is now set fair for return to "normal" growth.
Stacking, board-to-board connection solution
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
As spatial requirements become more critical in telecommunications, computer, military and rail systems, Tyco Electronics developed the STRADA Mesa mezzanine connector to offer a stacking, board-to-board connection solution for efficient PCB space utilization.
Network switches support SBCs for Hi-Rel applications
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
Concurrent Technologies has announced two fabric switch boards to complement its range of single board computers. The FR 331/306 (VPX) and FX 322/0xx (VXS) enable multiple single board computers to inter-communicate, providing backplane connectivity compliant with VITA 46.x and VITA 41.x standards for aerospace, military, industrial and telecommunication secure networks.
Unification in the RF front-end : the new MIPI standard
Design How-To  
11/8/2010   4 comments
MIPI RFFE is the specification of a bus interface specifically tailored for the needs of current and future mobile wireless systems to control the slave devices in an RF front-end. This article gives an overview of MIPI RFFE Version 1.0 and discusses the desires and rationale behind the development of RFFE, including a survey of existing alternatives.
Emerson Network Power and Mercury Computer Systems team to promote Open VPX interoperability in military and aerospace apps
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11/2/2010   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power and Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. have announced that they will collaborate to promote interoperability on open standards-based subsystems for military and aerospace applications. This alliance seeks to provide interoperability between the companies’ range of embedded computing solutions to enable defense customers to migrate away from proprietary closed architectures to flexible open solutions, reducing risk and lowering development and deployment costs.
Nov 2 webinar- LTE and the role of ATCA
11/2/2010   Post a comment
Join the free webinar "40G and Beyond: Next-Gen Network Design with AdvancedTCA" on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST.

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