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Groups merge smart grid interface efforts
News & Analysis  
3/30/2011   2 comments
The USNAP Alliance and EPRI will merge separate efforts to develop an interface specification for linking consumer gear to a smart grid.
Teardown slideshow: Inside the Nintendo 3DS
News & Analysis  
3/29/2011   5 comments
A photographic slideshow of the innards of the Nintendo 3DS gaming system, courtesy of a teardown analysis performed by UBM TechInsights.
Wearable computer comes with more communication options
Product News  
3/27/2011   Post a comment
Eurotech launched the Zypad WL1500 series of wearable computers, an improvement over the company’s products that delivers a longer battery life and faster performance, as well as increased cellular communication functionality and improved wearing comfort.
Wireless MCUs Power sub-GHz mesh network modules
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3/27/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories is providing the wireless microcontroller technology for a new line of sub-GHz wireless mesh networking modules from California Eastern Laboratories (CEL).
ZTE claims 10-Tbps data transmission record
News & Analysis  
3/23/2011   2 comments
Chinese telecommunications equipment company ZTE Corp. claims to have broken the world record for a single-channel data transmission with a rate of 10 terabits per second over 640-kilometers of optical fiber. This is the equivalent of sending 160 high definition movies every second.
Nokia expects production disruption
News & Analysis  
3/21/2011   3 comments
Mobile phone company Nokia said it expects "some disruption" to its ability to supply a number of products as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.
Don’t let analog/digital misinterpretations put your design in jeopardy
Design How-To  
3/21/2011   12 comments
When digital designers meet analog systems, misunderstanding device operation or design requirements results in some fascinating analog horror stories
Optimizing cellular M2M apps for range and longevity
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3/21/2011   Post a comment
Embedded cellular modules for machine-to-machine applications should be designed from the ground up to meet M2M’s rugged environmental requirements.
HSPA M2M module available in BGA form factor
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3/20/2011   Post a comment
To future-proof data transmission devices against non-availability of the 2G network, Telit is launching the HE series beginning with the HE863, a powerful, low-cost and fully equipped HSPA M2M module with embedded GPS receiver and 22 GPIOs in a BGA form factor.
Multi-protocol wireless router connects ZigBee sensor networks to the Internet
Product News  
3/20/2011   Post a comment
The Meshlium Xtreme multi-protocol router from Libelium supports five wireless standards, WiFi, ZigBee, GPRS, Bluetooth and GPS, as well as wireline Ethernet.
Capacitive sensing applications widen
Design How-To  
3/18/2011   3 comments
HMI technologies have gone through a paradigm shift. This article highlights the importance of capacitive sensing in HMI evolution as well as applications beyond automotive infotainment systems.
Nallatech offers FPGA miniaturization services for commercial and military applications
Product News  
3/15/2011   5 comments
Customers can engage on a turnkey concept-through-production basis, or they can contract Nallatech to migrate their FPGA development boards/prototypes into fully-deployable miniaturized solutions.
Thunderbolt interface rattles placid PC landscape
News & Analysis  
3/7/2011   12 comments
Intel's Thunderbolt interface, supporting two 10-Gbit/second bidirectional channels, has emerged in an Apple notebook and could leapfrog work on USB 3.0.
Remote systems require system recovery features
3/7/2011   Post a comment
In this blog post at the Intel Embedded Community, Maury Wright looks at some examples of how system reliability features have been added to systems designed for remote applications.
Silicon Labs and IMST join forces on smart energy solutions
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3/6/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories and IMST GmbH jointly released a turnkey wireless M-Bus solution designed for the smart energy market.
New rugged Ethernet switch subsystem delivers 24 ports of GigE and 4 ports of 10 GigE interfaces
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3/6/2011   Post a comment
SwitchBox 684 from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is a lightweight rugged modular system that delivers 24 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports and a choice of 4 ports of 10 GigE fiber or 2 ports of 10GibE copper interfaces. The SwitchBox 684, based on CWCEC’s high performance VPX6-684 FireBlade 6U OpenVPX card, is targeted for building Intra-Platform Networks (IPNs) for air, land, and sea vehicles.
ETX-PVR computer-on-module delivers scalable processing power for extreme rugged apps
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3/5/2011   Post a comment
The Ampro by ADLINK ETX-PVR is ADLINK Technology, Inc.'s latest Extreme Rugged ETX Computer-on-Module (COM). The ETX-PVR module provides scalable processing power by offering a range of Intel Atom processors, from the power efficient single core N450 processor to the high performance dual core D510 processor. Highly integrated with support for legacy I/O, the ETX-PVR delivers the advantage of a standardized form factor, ADLINK’s design-for-ruggedness methodologies, and the latest Intel Atom proc
MicroAutoBox II Embedded PC touts compact prototyping system for in-vehicle use
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3/5/2011   Post a comment
The MicroAutoBox Embedded PC from dSPACE is an optional extension for the MicroAutoBox compact prototyping system that is tailored to the needs of current development trends. The Embedded PC provides an Intel Atom processor (1.6 GHz), 2 GB RAM, a 2.5" SATA hard or solid state disk drive and numerous interfaces for new application options.
Intel Atom-based 1U platform provides external PCI card access
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3/4/2011   Post a comment
The PL-80300 from WIN Enterprises is a 1U rackmount platform with an Intel Atom D510 dual-core or D410 single-core processor, 6 GbE LAN, and externally accessible PCI slot. The externally accessible PCI card support means OEMs and system integrators can easily configure the unit to support a wide range of networking, telecom, and security applications including incremental GbE ports, FXO/FXS, T1/E1, Wi-Fi, and Crypto acceleration. Parts Search

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