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Wireless SBCs simplify connectivity and control
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
New wireless SBCs from Rabbit Semiconductor are designed to make it easy to add wireless connectivity and control to vision systems, industrial control systems, automatic meter reading devices, industrial ventilation systems and HVAC systems.
Interview: The Google is flat
News & Analysis  
12/29/2008   1 comment
Google provides lessons in the advantages of flat organizational structures and modern programming techniques.
LCD backlights, codecs, analytics and more: Video/Imaging DesignLine's Top 2008 Articles
Design How-To  
12/26/2008   Post a comment
HDMI and its CEC and HDCP specs were among the favorite topics this year, along with H.264 and On2 codecs.
BOARDS: AXIOMTEK launches trimmed-down, advanced Mini ITX Motherboard
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
The SBC86836 combines high performance and management, advanced graphics, and extremely low power consumption
Startup pushes on carrier transport SoCs
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
Fabless startup Siverge Networks (Herzliya, Israel) will start sampling in the first quarter of 2009 its Griffin range of devices for handling Layer 1 and 2 transport , a market largely abandoned by many established companies such as Vitesse Semiconductor, AMCC and PMC-Sierra.
AdvancedMC modules enable time-division multiplexing in AMC form factor
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
New communications controllers support Performance Technologies' MicroTCA platform
Mercury upgrades RACE++ series with PowerPC 7448
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
The RACE++ Series PowerPC 7448 Multicomputer is a drop-in upgrade that adds improvements in processor speed, L2 cache size, and application performance over previous RACE++ products.
Gartner slashes power IC growth forecasts
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Power management devices are expected to represent the fastest growing opportunity in the analog ICs segment, according to market research group Gartner, but al a lower rate than previously forecast.
Interview: The Google is flat
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Google provides lessons in the advantages of flat organizational structures and modern programming techniques.
Letter to the editor: Fast hardware, slow software
News & Analysis  
12/12/2008   5 comments
A reader bemoans the fact that faster computers are slowed by software.
Video: NASA gives tour of latest supercomputer
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
NASA officially launched its Pleiades system, the world's third largest supercomputer which represents a shift to commodity PC processors in a design that pushes the limits of Infiniband communications.
Merger forges powerhouse in chip-based security access
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
SCM Microsystems, the Munich, Germany-based specialist in network access control readers and solutions is merging with Hirsch Electronics Corporation (Santa Ana, Calif.) which focuses physical access control technologies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
BVM : Fanless panel PC is sealed to IP54
Product News  
12/11/2008   Post a comment
The latest addition to the range of low cost fanless panel PCs from BVM is the PT-170PF, a 17 inch touch screen unit, and a larger version of the companys PT family of 12 and 15 inch units.
Strategic Test rolls 50 MS/s 14-bit digitizer cards for PCI Express
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
These digitizer cards feature options for dual-timebase sampling, synchronous digital inputs, asynchronous digital I/O and the possibility to synchronize hundreds of channels.
COTS safety critical platform
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Kontron and LynuxWorks released an Intel based COTS platform for safety critical, deterministic real time embedded applications, using the Kontron PENTXM2 single board computer running the LynxOS-178B RTOS.
The "Ins" and "Outs" of Signal Isolators, Converters and Interfaces
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/9/2008   Post a comment
Here's a freely downloadable white paper that looks at many of the important ways signal isolators, converters and interfaces can be used, and what to look for when specifying one.
Demultiplexer pair ensures DisplayPort compliance
Product News  
12/9/2008   Post a comment
Parade Technologies' PS8318 and PS8312 DisplayPort demux products leverage proven advanced equalizer and aux channel link training combination to assure DisplayPort source compliance for desktop, notebook, and docking station PC applications.
Intel harvesting energy saving opportunities
Design How-To  
12/9/2008   Post a comment
Intel is looking at harvesting free energy to power devices such as mobile phones, as well as researching other technologies to reduce power in electronics devices and data centers.
MODULES: AdvancedMC module brings multicore DSP/FPGA speeds to WiMAX & LTE
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
CommAgility's AMC-3C87F includes optical CPRI/OBSAI antenna interfaces and SRIO
Cypress : Environmental kit allows easy set-up of weather station
Product News  
12/8/2008   Post a comment
The CY3271-EXP1 environmental sensing kit is the first of an expansion offering for Cypress Semiconductor's recently introduced PSoC First Touch Starter Kit with CyFi Low-Power RF.
BOARDS: Kontron CP6001-V CompactPCI CPU board optimized for industrial apps
News & Analysis  
12/8/2008   Post a comment
Advanced I/O technology provides interfaces for all industrial requirements
Intel breaks record with optical CMOS device
News & Analysis  
12/7/2008   Post a comment
Researchers from Intel Corp. have demonstrated a photo detector built in CMOS that the company claims is the highest performance optical component of its class to date, research Intel claims shows the way to designs that could increase the distance or lower power and cost of optical links.
NXP set to sample single-chip LCD-TV platform
Product News  
12/4/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors will start sampling early next year a single chip LCD TV platform that integrates the company's ground-breaking PNX85500 digital TV processor, its proprietary Motion Accurate Picture Processing (MAPP2) technology and hybrid silicon tuner.
Video analytics system detects pedestrians
Product News  
12/3/2008   Post a comment
The engine with embedded analytics allows use of a complete set of capabilities " people counting, detection of abandoned / stolen objects, loitering, forbidden zone alters, and movement in wrong direction " all at once.
Report: Samsung among top patent holders in solar
Design How-To  
12/3/2008   Post a comment
Canon, TSMC and Samsung are among the largest patent holders in solar photovoltaic cells, but many of the world's biggest producers of solar cells hold relatively few patents on the technology, according to a new report.
Groups team for Chinese PC TV reference designs
Product News  
12/3/2008   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor startup Mirics Semiconductor (Fleet, England) is partnering with wireless SoC specialist Spreadtrum to bring broadcast TV to Chinese laptops.
Hectronic : ETX module is based on Intel Atom processor
Product News  
12/1/2008   Post a comment
Hectronic has announced the H6046, a Computer-On-Module based on Intel’s Atom Z510/530 CPUs and the companion chipset SCHUS15W.
New colour camera combines high performance with small size
Product News  
12/1/2008   Post a comment
The new FCB-EX11D camera module from Sony Europe's Image Sensing Solutions Division is a lightweight, ultra-compact addition to the company's range of FCB block cameras.
New family of USB 2.0 digital cameras
Product News  
12/1/2008   Post a comment
Point Grey Research announced the launch of the Chameleon line of USB 2.0 digital cameras which joins the existing line of FireWire digital imaging products.
Multi-channel frame-grabber in PCI Express format
Product News  
12/1/2008   Post a comment
The Phoenix HD-SDI range of frame grabber offers low latency capture from uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit Serial Digital Interface (SDI) and High Definition Serial Interface (HD-SDI) video sources.


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