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Hi-fi digital audio streaming comes of age
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11/29/2011   2 comments
This article examines some of the technology trends supporting high-end digital audio streaming.
PCI Express 4.0 drives to 16 GT/second
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11/29/2011   3 comments
PCI Express will double its data rates to support up to 16 GTransfers/second in an upcoming version 4.0 of the spec due by the end of 2014.
ADLINK Rugged COM Express Type 6 module targets mobile apps
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
ADLINK's latest Express-HRR COM Express Type 6 module offers a modular, power-efficient design with Intel Core i7 processor, QM67 chipset, and standards-based design to support multi-vendor interoperability.
Virtual Versus Physical Prototyping — Get it Right Faster
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Should you build a virtual or physical prototype? This paper will help you understand the tradeoffs and make the right decision…
AES 2011 videos: Audio analyzers, USB audio, DSPs & more
Audio DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2011   1 comment
Here are some short videos from the recent AES show floor, highlighting demos of some audio analyzers, a low-cost USB DSP kit, a TV/radio dialogue enhancement technology, and a "Pro Audio in a Box" platform.
Dual core Mini-ITX Mainboard for Digital Home Media
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11/26/2011   1 comment
VIA Technologies has launched a dual core mini-ITX board for embedded media servers.
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 1
Design How-To  
11/25/2011   7 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
Video teardown gets inside iPhone 4S
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11/23/2011   4 comments
UBM TechInsights posted an interactive video animation of an Apple iPhone 4S teardown that lets viewers click through areas of interest inside the new smartphone.
ST's 32-bit TPM supports next-gen TCH standards
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11/21/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has rolled the ST33TPM12LPC Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which the company claims is the industry’s highest performing TPM, enabling significantly stronger security and trust for activities such as e-commerce and cloud-computing services.
Reconfigurable LIN switch slave eases communication of switch modules and I/O extensions
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11/19/2011   Post a comment
Integrated LIN slave on a single chip includes physical layer LIN transceiver, LIN controller, voltage regulator, and application controller along with supporting functions ADC, PWM generation, and high voltage capable I/Os.
Tool extension targets wire harness costs
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
Capital Harness MPM helps minimize inventory and obsolescence costs and achieve economies of scale by identifying sub-assemblies that are common across different harness designs.
Highlights from Supercomputing 2011
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11/18/2011   7 comments
Supercomputing 2011 which took place over this past week, in Seattle, was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Attendance at this year’s show was in excess of 11,300 people, more than the 10,500 people who made it to last year’s conference in New Orleans.
ADLINK Technology releases PC/104-Plus and EPIC SBCs with Intel Atom E600 and Intel Core i7 Processors
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11/17/2011   Post a comment
ADLINK Technology, Inc., has released its latest Ampro by ADLINK Extreme Rugged CoreModule 720 PC/104-Plus Single Board Computer (SBC) with Intel Atom Processor E600 Series and the Rugged ReadyBoard 910 EPIC SBC with 2nd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 and Celeron processors.
Microsoft calls for cloud flash, server SoCs
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11/16/2011   4 comments
Big data centers want lower power flash chips, integrated processors and building blocks larger than shipping containers, said Microsoft architect..
Intel to provide more software for servers
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11/16/2011   1 comment
Intel will follow in Dell and HP’s footsteps in terms of providing software and management services for its enterprise platform offerings according to general manager of the EPSD group, Lisa Graff.
JPEG 2000 video compression XMC Card gets conductive cooling
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11/16/2011   Post a comment
The FPGA-accelerated XMC-280 CC module captures, compresses, decompresses, and displays two channels of video at resolutions up to 1080p.
NI adds six to PXI portfolio
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11/16/2011   Post a comment
National Instruments has introduced six PXI products including a real-time embedded controller, PXI Express system expansion modules and high-speed data storage products for streaming data to and from disk.
OpenCL gets upgrade, Altera tips FPGA tool
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11/15/2011   2 comments
Khronos announced version 1.2 of its OpenCL standard for GPUs as Altera said it is testing a prototype tool to let designers program its FPGAs with OpenCL.
Resettable low-voltage electronic fuses ease hot-swap design, provide warning
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11/15/2011   Post a comment
STMicrelectronics STEF05 and STEF12 provide graceful 5/12V fusing, indicator, recovery
Hittite releases programmable direct conversion receiver
Product News  
11/14/2011   5 comments
Fully field programmable, the HMC6383 platform is designed to serve as a receiver subsystem building block for various applications including cellular basestations, microwave radio, adaptive IF strips, wireless LAN, software defined radio and test equipment.
FDDI built-in test
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11/14/2011   Post a comment
One of the many tasks I have had as a Hardware and Software Engineer is troubleshooting unintended consequences of design decisions made many years previously. Sometimes the decision was made by others, sometimes I throw a wrench in the gears all by myself.
China, GPUs on the rise in Top 500 list
News & Analysis  
11/14/2011   4 comments
China and graphics processors—especially from Nvidia—are on the rise in the latest list of the world's Top 500 Supercomputers.
Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku Predicts the Future of Healthcare
Design How-To  
11/13/2011   8 comments
The bestselling author/professor delivered the keynote address at TCT2011, a conference covering transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics.
Thai floods to speed up transition to SSDs
News & Analysis  
11/11/2011   13 comments
The Taiwanese hardware and component channel could be badly hit as a result of the crippling floods in Thailand which have resulted in hard disc drive (HDD) shortages globally, though the move could speed up the transition to solid state drives (SSDs) according to sources.
Defense firm offers manycore runtime support
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11/9/2011   Post a comment
ET International Inc., a spin-off from the University of Delaware in 2000 that has performed computing research for the Department of Defense, has announced that its SWift Adaptive Runtime Machine provides a commercial implementation of the ParalleX parallel execution model, a message-driven split-transaction computing model.
Facebook may open cloud center in Taiwan
News & Analysis  
11/8/2011   2 comments
Facebook Inc. is to open Asia’s largest cloud data center in Taiwan, it has been reported.
Standards orgs unite online for 3-D tech forum
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11/8/2011   Post a comment
Sematech has opened an open, centralized online forum for members of the 3-D interconnect community to discuss and exchange information on standards activities.
Performance and Reliability of Integrated Circuits within Computing Systems
Design How-To  
11/7/2011   2 comments
When a system is used in a high-reliability environment, failures and even degradation can have a significant impact. Do you know how operating parameters will impact device reliability...
Epiq Solutions announces first handheld software defined radio
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
Matchstiq from Epiq Solutions is, according to the company, the world's smallest commercially available software defined radio (SDR) capable of tuning between 300 MHz and 3.8 GHz.
New AT&T cooling policy heats up debate
News & Analysis  
11/2/2011   2 comments
AT&T will stop buying systems next year that don't conform to new policies about air cooling, and it is starting a move to systems using liquid cooling.
Huawei proposes video server standard
News & Analysis  
11/2/2011   2 comments
To keep up with mobile and video traffic, wireless carriers will need a new class of high-end systems by 2015, said a Huawei executive who is proposing a new standard.
HP builds prototype for Calxeda ARM server
News & Analysis  
11/1/2011   4 comments
Hewlett-Packard will build a development system that uses 32-bit ARM-based EnergyCore processors announced by startup Calxeda—as well as other CPUs.


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