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SENSORS - Bosch digital acceleration sensor in LGA housing is world's smallest
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
The BMA220 digital sensor from Bosch Sensortec is, according to the company, the smallest digital acceleration sensor in LGA housing in the world, measuring only 2 mm x 2 mm x 0.98 mm, including LGA housing, a 55% reduction in surface area over current 3 x 3 LGA housings.
NXP, IBM praise Dutch road-pricing trial
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
A road pricing trial conducted in the Netherlands by NXP and IBM working on behalf of the Dutch government has been proclaimed a success in that it reduced traffic congestion and decreased kilometers driven and carbon dioxide emissions.
HARDWARE TOOLS - connectBlue offers Development Kits for Wireless LAN modules OWL221a and OWL222a
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
connectBlue has launched ten Wireless LAN Development Kits designed to evaluate the connectBlue third generation Wireless LAN modules OWL221a and OWL222a. The kits offer complete system functionality with an out-of-the-box testing capability designed to accelerate the customers' product design, development and delivery.
Mil/aero group foresees shift to optical in 2012
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2/24/2010   1 comment
The VITA Standards Organization, a leading standards group for military and aerospace markets, will announce as early as next week a call for participation in a group to explore the feasibility of deploying in 2012 products with optical backplanes and system interconnects.
TSV foundry embeds capacitors in interposers
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Allvia Inc., which bills itself as the world's first through-silicon via (TSV) foundry, has announced it has integrated embedded capacitors on silicon interposer substrates.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
iPhone/iPod dock ref design enables bit-perfect audio streaming
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2/23/2010   1 comment
An iPhone/iPod dock reference design from XMOS eliminates analog audio processing components, reducing RF interference and enabling bit-perfect digital audio for highest fidelity audio performance.
BOARDS - 3.5" SBC with Intel Atom Processor N270 and DualView support saves energy
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Axiomtek's SBC84833 3.5-inch embedded board offers high reliability, excellent performance and power efficiency in small form factor.
National Instruments adds PXI Express capabilities to its FPGA-enabled instruments
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
National Instruments announced NI FlexRIO FPGA modules for PXI Express and a new baseband transceiver adapter module, optimised for high-speed signal processing and other automated test and measurement applications
PLX fires up 8 GHz PCI Express chip
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
PLX Technology, Inc. announced it has working PCI Express Gen 3 silicon that it will demo to key customers before the end of March and aims to sample a range of PCIe Gen 3 switches made in 40nm process technology before the end of the year, starting with server and storage switches sampling before July.
ZeroG chief executive joins GainSpan
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Greg Winner has been named chief executive of embedded Wi-Fi chip startup GainSpan Corp., fresh from closing a deal in January to sell its competitor startup ZeroG to Microchip Technology Inc.
HARDWARE TOOLS - ChipWrights' hardware dev kit speeds design of video processing apps
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
A new hardware development kit from ChipWrights, Inc., is based on the CW5631 system-on-chip (SoC), which is used for the design of multimedia applications.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Napatech Enables Monitoring of Mobile Data Networks
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2/14/2010   Post a comment
Napatech has added technology for detailed monitoring and troubleshooting of IP-based mobile data networks to its real-time network analysis adaptors.
Foxconn, Samsung, UMC invest in autofocus optical startup
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
LensVector Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.), a startup founded in 2006 to commercialize optical technology that can shape, steer and focus light without mechanical movement, has announced that Foxconn Technology Group and UMC have joined Samsung as investors in the company's $30 million Series C financing round.
Long range Bluetooth module offers 1000 meter range
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
2001 Electronic Components has made available a long range Bluetooth module, designated, WT41.
Teardown: Falling costs to make femtocells soar in 2010
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2/12/2010   2 comments
As chip, software and system vendors gather to regale carriers at next week's Mobile World Conference, falling costs and proven viability will give many the courage to declare 2010 the year of the femtocell, and quietly, eagerly, put 2009 behind them.
POWER - ConnectPort X2 connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices with Smart Meter deployments
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
ConnectPort X2 is the industry's first gateway that connects, controls, or gathers data from ZigBee Smart Energy devices equally well before or with Smart Meter deployments. When a Smart Meter is present the gateway can make meter information immediately available to any energy management application.
Chip links hit 20 Gbits/s, power lows at ISSCC
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Researchers showed advances driving wider, faster and lower power chip-to-chip interconnects in a session at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Inductive coupling packs flash drive in a chip
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
A researcher from Keio University in Japan showed a way to put an entire solid-state disk in the footprint of a single chip using inductive coupling in a talk at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Intel rolls Tukwilla, nixes fully buffered DIMMs
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2/8/2010   1 comment
After two years of delays due in part to DDR3 memory, Intel Corp. has launched Tukwilla, its Itanium 9300 server processor, and re-drawn the road map for its only chip not to use an x86 core.
Engineers explore life beyond 10 Gbit links
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2/8/2010   1 comment
Electronics engineers are bumping up against the limits of their tools and techniques—and perhaps even physics--to keep pace with the rapidly expanding needs of an Internet-driven society as they coalesce around a move to 25 Gbit/second chips and ponder what comes next.
Security, smart-grid standards groups get creative
2/8/2010   Post a comment
What motivates the desire to develop consensus standards?
2010 First robots competition takes off
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
The latest kit for the First robots competition has been gifted from Cypress Semiconductor Corp., part of the company's over 1,900 customized kits already provided to First for use in building competitive robots.
Case study: Collaboration changes in agile workspaces
Design How-To  
2/1/2010   Post a comment
High-performing collaborative spaces are composed from persistent everyday objects and may include any combination of large-scale wireless displays, sensor-augmented building blocks (walls, floors), USB-enabled components (tables, shelves, carts), and computing devices.

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