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Truchard and Kodosky of NI: Enthusiasm undimmed
News & Analysis  
3/30/2012   1 comment
Dr. James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, two cofounders of National Instruments Corp. (Austin, Texas) honored with the lifetime achievement award at the UBM Electronics ACE awards on Tuesday (March 27), sat down with EE Times to discuss a 35-year progress since the formation of their company.
DARPA seeks breakthroughs in computer vision
News & Analysis  
3/29/2012   9 comments
Computer vision still has a lot to learn, but if researchers embrace real-world challenges they could make important breakthroughs, said a DARPA program manager.
Hail the humble heat pipe (even at DESIGN West)
Social Mania  
3/29/2012   2 comments
Amidst all the ICs and software, heat pipes are there to help you carry your (thermal) load
Lime Microsystems, Altera team for Universal Wireless Communications Toolkit
Product News  
3/24/2012   Post a comment
UK transceiver designer Lime Microsystems and Altera have teamed up to develop a Universal Wireless Communications Toolkit that allows developers to create wireless protocols of almost any complexity, including flexible M2M and white space systems.
Kontron launches industrial M2M controller
Product News  
3/24/2012   Post a comment
Kontron has developed a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) system that is easily deployable for industrial and extended temperature environments based around the COM Express format, an Intel Atom processor and Wind River's VxWorks real time operating system.
Three very-low-current analog ICs make a USB-powered thermostat
Design How-To  
3/23/2012   3 comments
A “walk-through” of this basic circuit teaches the calculations needed
ICs facilitate design of full-featured, low-power heart rate monitor (HRM)
Design How-To  
3/23/2012   1 comment
Understand the circuits which micropower, high-precision IC components enable for high-performance, long-life cardiac instrumentation.
Nvidia rolls 28-nm graphics processors
News & Analysis  
3/22/2012   1 comment
Nvidia rolled out a new generation of desktop and notebook graphics chips, fueling the next round of neck-and-neck competition with archrival Advanced Micro Devices.
Boost converter cuts fuel consumption up to 15%
Product News  
3/22/2012   Post a comment
International Rectifier's integrated AUIR3240S boost converter (battery power switch) is designed for automotive stop/start applications on both hybrid and IC-engine powered cars.
Microchip combines Wi-Fi module and 32-bit PIC32 MCU in cost-effective new demo board
Product News  
3/21/2012   3 comments
The Wi-Fi Comm Demo Board from Microchip Technology Inc. combines Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family with its low-power MRF24WB0MA agency-certified, IEEE 802.11, embedded Wi-Fi radio transceiver module. 
Energy Micro launches Gecko development kit
Product News  
3/21/2012   1 comment
Priced at $309, Energy Micro's latest kit includes full SEGGER J-Trace and J-Link support, reducing the need for additional debugging tools.
U.S. levies low tariffs on China solar panels
News & Analysis  
3/20/2012   11 comments
In what’s seen as a slap on the wrist, the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed duties of 2.9 to 4.73 percent on crystalline solar panels coming from China.
Chipset family supports Thunderbolt 10.3 Gbps interface standard
Product News  
3/20/2012   Post a comment
End-to-end IC solution greatly eases adopting this aggressive but complex connectivity standard
Digital audio development board accommodates multiple audio file formats and DACs
Product News  
3/20/2012   Post a comment
The Audio Streamer Micro-Blox development board from technical broadline distributor Future Electronics features an ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller with audio file decompression software, a choice of high-end and low-cost DACs, a codec, and digital and analogue microphones.
RS Components introduces DesignSpark Synergy boards, powered by mbed
Product News  
3/20/2012   Post a comment
The first three members in the new DesignSpark Synergy family are the AnimatronicLab, the AudioCODEC and the DisplayBoard.
NI co-founders recognized for lifetime achievement
News & Analysis  
3/19/2012   3 comments
UBM Electronics, the owner of EE Times and EDN, will award the Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 at its ACE Awards event next week to two hi-tech executives who have made a large impact on graphical electronics design in the last 26 years.
Microchip offers dev kit for SPI and SQI serial Flash memory devices
Product News  
3/19/2012   Post a comment
The SuperFlash Kit 1 from Microchip Technology is a new development kit that enables designers to evaluate Microchip’s SPI and SQI serial Flash memory devices.
DDC rolls 2 channel small form factor USB MIL-STD-1553 board
Product News  
3/19/2012   1 comment
Data Device Corporation has launched the BU-67113Ux, a 2 channel MIL-STD-1553 Small Form Factor USB card, that is claimed to add a 1553 bus interface to any embedded system, laptop or tablet computer.
iPad teardown reveals IC design winners
News & Analysis  
3/16/2012   12 comments
Consumer electronics repair company iFixit has disassembled the latest iPad tablet computer from Apple to reveal the details of how it is put together including the IC design wins.
CoreCommander, Autobuzz JTAG tools to debut at DESIGN show
Product News  
3/16/2012   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies, a vendor of test and debug tools based on boundary-scan, is launching CoreCommander at the DESIGN West conference and exhibition due to be held in San Jose, Calif., March 26 to 29.
FlexRay spec rev offers back compatibility, lower costs
Design How-To  
3/15/2012   Post a comment
The FlexRay electrical physical layer spec Rev. 3.0.1 has been released and production of second generation transceivers has started. Semiconductor manufacturers have to ensure full device specific functional range in existing applications with a drop-in replacement.
Server-class OpenVPX blade based on Intel Xeon processor E5-2648L
Product News  
3/14/2012   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems Inc. has introduced the HDS6601, a high-density server signal and data processing engine harnessing two of the latest generations of server-class Sandy Bridge octal-core Intel Xeon processors, for demanding applications.
We teardown a Chevy Volt (exclusive videos)
Design How-To  
3/12/2012   2 comments
What makes a Chevy Volt tick (and whirr and hum) is revealed in these videos where the car was taken apart over three days—quality, ruggedness, and modularity for incorporating future technology are apparent.
Transmitter/receiver pair serves as antitheft alarm
Design How-To  
3/8/2012   3 comments
Simple circuit consists of a transmitter/receiver pair that functions as an automobile antitheft alert system. When the vehicle leaves the area, this circuit sounds an alarm because the distance between the transmitter and receiver increases and the received power level falls below a predetermined threshold.
Don’t get stuck in the I/O bottleneck ahead
Blog  
3/6/2012   1 comment
There are big I/O bottlenecks dead ahead at the board and network levels, so you better watch out or in the next few years you could get caught up in them.
Cloud-bound PLM 360 redefines product design cycle
News & Analysis  
3/5/2012   Post a comment
Autodesk, Inc. has introduced a low-cost cloud-based alternative to traditional product lifecycle management systems.
Implement PMBus hot-swap circuits in space-constrained applications
Design How-To  
3/5/2012   Post a comment
Understand the circuit analysis and design for this critical, challenging application area
Updated: Parting shots from MWC 2012
News & Analysis  
3/1/2012   3 comments
The outlook for cellular networks is mixed with slow growth expected for LTE roll outs taking diverse approaches to keep pace with a burgeoning set of devices.
China drives servers to base station role
News & Analysis  
3/1/2012   4 comments
China Mobile wants to turn computer servers into cellular base stations, using data center technologies to radically lower the cost and power consumption of cellular networks.


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