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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.