Sitara ARM processor supports Profibus
Product News 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.
Acromag's new I/O modules offer single/dual MIL-STD-1553 interface
Product News 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
Fujitsu’s IO-Link Starter Kit simplifies automation dev
Product News 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
News & Analysis 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.
How digital signage works
Blog 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.
Digi launches first system-on-module with global 3G cellular connectivity
Product News 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
Product News 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.
Electronica: CEO panel basks in upbeat mood
News & Analysis 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
Product News 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
Product News 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.