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Report: Third Chinese Foxconn employee falls to death
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3/30/2010   1 comment
An employee of contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn fell to his death Monday (March 29) in Shenzhen China, according to a Xinhua report that cited the company and police as sources.
Practical Embedded Security - Part 1: PPP, Ethernet and ARP
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
This week, Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Practical Embedded Security" looks at low-level communications protocols, including PPP and Ethernet, and their specific security features and requirements.
BOARDS - Fanless, ultra low-profile Intel Atom system uses minimal power
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
The SolidLogic Atom JT01 from Logic Supply is an ultra-slim, fanless Intel Atom system housed in a ruggedized, small-footprint enclosure targeted for use in industrial environments, public access areas, or remote locations. The SolidLogic Atom JT01 is designed for reliable, stable operation while consuming minimal power.
BOARDS - GE brings multicore PowerPC computing to 3U CompactPCI
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
GE's new IMP3A 3U CompactPCI SBC brings multicore PowerPC computing to 3U CompactPCI and uses QorIQ processor to deliver leading performance/watt.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home
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3/24/2010   2 comments
Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
Don't ban flame retardants, IPC says to Europe
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
The Association of Connecting Electronics Industries, a trade organization also known as IPC, is lobbying to try and make sure that certain substances are not banned in a revision of the ROHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances] directive that is being considered in the European Parliament.
Chelsio debuts Fibre Channel over Ethernet chip
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
With its latest 10 Gbit/second chip, the four-port T4, Chelsio Communications Inc. aims to push ahead of a pack of competitors seeking design wins in data center systems expected to converge networking, storage and clustering functions on to Ethernet.
POWER - Miniature DC/DC converters require minimal board space
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
SingaporeXP Power has launched its ISF, ISG and ISL series of low-cost miniature surface-mount DC/DC converters. The ISF and ISG 1 Watt series measure just 0.60 x 0.44 x 0.25 inches (15.24 x 11.2 x 6.5 mm).
SOFTWARE TOOLS - People Power announces SuRF Developer's Kit for home area networks
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
People Power Company has announced the SuRF (Sensor Ultra Radio Frequency) Developer's Kit for OSHAN (Open Source Home Area Network). The kit is designed to ease development of smart, environmentally friendly applications for household electronics and devices.
Understanding Assembly Language for IA-32 and Intel 64 Architectures - Part 1: Basic overview and instruction set extensions
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of a look at understanding assembly language for IA-32 and Intel 64 architectures offers a basic overview of the instruction sets and details on Streaming SIMD Extensions and Advanced Vector Extensions.
HARDWARE TOOLS - ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 JumpStart Kit speeds wireless multimedia dev
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3/12/2010   Post a comment
Digi International's ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 Digi JumpStart Kit includes the ConnectCore Wi-i.MX51 core module, the industry's first core module designed specifically for low power, wireless multimedia applications, as well as development board, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 board support package, and a 7-inch WVGA LCD.
Email: Is there still room for startups in WSN?
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3/12/2010   2 comments
A postgraduate student from Newscastle in the northeast of England writes asking if there is room left for startups to make an impact in wireless sensor networks. If so, he asks that the industry to save a space for him while he finishes his PhD.
Siemens e-car engine makes charging electronics obsolete
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
At the Geneva Motor Show, Siemens is presenting new key components for electromobility including an integrated battery charging system and a dual-engine concept for electric sports cars.
Discrete audio amplifier basics - Part 1: Bipolar junction transistor circuits
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3/10/2010   8 comments
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Audio Engineering: Know it All" covers the basics of bipolar junction transistors and looks at some typical BJT audio circuit configurations.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
BOARDS - Digi launches industry's first 'foolproof' programmable ZigBee module
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Digi launches industry's first 'foolproof' programmable ZigBee module with isolated software that speeds ZigBee development.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Energy Micro launches starter kit for energy friendly MCUs
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3/9/2010   1 comment
A low cost starter kit for Energy Micro's EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family is now available. Priced at $69, the kit provides all the basic functionality a system developer needs to build energy efficient applications based on the 32-bit ARMCortex-M3-based EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers. The company claims the EFM32 Gecko MCUs consume less than a quarter of the energy of other 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCUs.
ACCES I/O releases USB analog output modules for less than $300
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
ACCES I/O Products announced the latest addition to its line of small form factor USB-based data acquisition and control I/O modules—the USB-AO Series, which consists of 12 and 16-bit USB modules.
TCP/IP Embedded Internet Applications - The Network Layer, Part 1: The Internet Protocol
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "TCP/IP Embedded Internet Applications" begins with a look at the Internet Protocol, including the IP header, the IP checksum and fragmentation.
Optimizing Embedded Designs for the Intel Atom Processor
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Designers must understand intricacies involved in hardware, software, and end delivery to select the right Atom-based solution for their embedded devices.
Not all touch screens are created equal: how to ensure you are developing a world-class capacitive touch product
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Understand the key specifications and parameters which are key an effective and reliable capacitive touch screen interface
WIRELESS/RF - Rabbit launches first wireless comm and control on chip for industrial automation
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3/6/2010   Post a comment
Rabbit launches first wireless comm and control on chip for industrial automation, plans easy-to-use, ultra-compact MiniCore networking modules.
CeBIT trip report: Emphasis on natural interfaces
3/2/2010   Post a comment
What was unique and visible at CeBIT this year is a dramatic shift in the emphasis on "natural interfaces" as well as an emerging focus on high quality audio, including wireless alternatives
AMD hopes 890GX maintains chip set traction
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3/2/2010   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices released its 890GX chip set that it claims offers higher performance and throughput at significantly lower costs that current chip sets from its archrival Intel Corp.
Fanless Design for Embedded Applications - Part 2: Using CFD simulation techniques
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3/1/2010   Post a comment
This article provides a reference for designing a fanless heatsink solution for a low-voltage Intel architecture processor.
Bridge Architecture: revolutionizing dual-mode 4G cellular-modem dongle design
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3/1/2010   2 comments
Understand your design options and tradeoffs when providing next-level wireless network access

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