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Multiphase boost converter eases 12V battery 'cranking deep'
Design How-To  
4/29/2011   4 comments
Auto start-stop systems offer improved fuel efficiency and emissions, but vehicle electronics need to be protected from cranking transients. A multiphase boost converter is ideal for this function and can also simplify supplying power audio components in the infotainment system as well as isolating regenerative braking energy storage.
BEEcube targets data centers, RF
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
BEEcube is planning moves both into the data center and software-defined radio on the road map for its FPGA development platform to be shown at ESC.
Philips, NEC to combine imaging systems
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4/25/2011   4 comments
Philips and NEC will integrate their separate digital image scanning and analysis systems used to automate the process of detecting certain cancers.
Tools spur ECU CAN/LIN communications
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4/22/2011   Post a comment
With the increasing use of in-vehicle networks, the development of automotive electronic control units must not only consider the software requirement, but also the implementation of the embedded software via a data bus such as CAN or LIN.
Image gallery: Inside RIM's Playbook tablet
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4/21/2011   16 comments
A step-by-step image gallery produced during a teardown analysis of Research in Motion's BlackBerry Playbook, showing the innards of the tablet at every step of the way.
How the Apple iPhone 4 drives high, low tech
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4/21/2011   6 comments
Apple's iPhone 4 pushed the envelope both for 3-D chip stacks and by-hand system assembly, according to UBM TechInsights.
Amplicon rolls low power, short depth 1U system
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4/19/2011   Post a comment
The new Impact-R 1000LP 1U rackmount PC from Amplicon utilizes the low-powered Intel Atom. The new system is less than half the depth of the existing 1U but still packs in many winning features.
Wirelaid technology enables high-current, fine-pitch SMDs
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4/19/2011   Post a comment
A rounded or rectangular cross-sectional area wire is integrated into the stackup design directly beneath the outer PCB layer.
Acromag's VPX-VLX series boards pair configurable Virtex-5 FPGA with PCIe interface
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4/17/2011   Post a comment
Acromag’s new VPX-VLX series of 3U VPX FPGA boards combine advanced signal processing capabilities with high speed data transfer for real-time computing applications and feature a configurable Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA enhanced with multiple high-speed memory buffers and a high-throughput PCIe interface.
Server targets on-train Internet
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4/17/2011   Post a comment
Kontron has announced details of a server developed to provide Internet access to train passengers.
Extend the operating temperature of DC/DC converter modules by understanding their components
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4/15/2011   Post a comment
The mechanisms behind component derating are key to achieving extended-temperature operation
Top 50 contract manufacturers ranked
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4/12/2011   4 comments
Manufacturing Market Insider, a paid-for newsletter focused on contract manufacturing, has ranked the top 50 electronics manufacturing services based on 2010 revenue in its March edition.
Roboteq's programmable MDC2250 targets mobile robot & automation apps
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4/11/2011   Post a comment
The MDC2250 from Roboteq is an intelligent controller capable of directly driving two DC motors up to 60Amps each at up to 50V. The new controller is targeted at designers of mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), or any other high power motor control application.
Universal FPGA module with Gigabit Ethernet and high-speed USB 2.0
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4/10/2011   Post a comment
Enclustra’s cost optimized Mercury CA1 FPGA module comes with a Gigabit Ethernet and a high-speed USB 2.0 interface. The module is well suited for signal processing, Ethernet streaming as well as test & measurement applications.
Embedded module for handheld electronics
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4/10/2011   Post a comment
Leveraging the power and flexibility of the Intel Atom-based E620 / E680 system on a chip, designed especially for embedded devices, the Anders CM-iTC is well suited for battery operated handheld diagnostic equipment, mobile internet devices, and other low-power, graphics-intensive applications.
DownStream's BluePrint-PCB Version 3.0 includes new features and enhancements
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4/7/2011   Post a comment
BluePrint-PCB Version 3 is DownStream Technologies' latest release of its solution for the creation of comprehensive PCB documentation. The new version builds upon core BluePrint functionality to provide a superior set of tools to create complex PCB documentation more accurately and in a fraction of the time of traditional methods.
New Design Analyzer added to DownStream's CAM350 Version 10.5
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4/7/2011   Post a comment
CAM350 Version 10.5 is the latest release of DownStream Technologies's solution for the verification and optimization of printed circuit boards. Featured in this release is DownStream’s new DesignAnalyzer, which analyzes the contents and complexity of a PCB design against the capabilities of the PCB fabricator. This functionality will help reduce the overall cost of PCB fabrication for electronics companies.
Indian technical education found lacking
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4/5/2011   60 comments
India's technical education system is not turning out qualified job applicants
Marvell storage card packs novel SoC
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4/4/2011   Post a comment
Marvell's DragonFly adapter, it's first broadly marketed add-on card, accelerates storage traffic in computer networks thanks to a custom SoC.
Easing integration into EtherNet/IP networks
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4/3/2011   Post a comment
The new Anybus X-gateway CANopen from HMS Industrial Networks is said to enable system integrators to easily transfer I/O data between automation devices on EtherNet/IP and CANopen.
System-on-Module added to line-up
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4/3/2011   Post a comment
A system-on-module based on TI's Sitara AM3517/05 system-on-chip is targeted at high-visibility, space-constrained industrial and retail products like shelf-edge advertising, kiosks, dispensing machines, ticketing machines or elevator controllers.
Embedded computer offers high power with low footprint
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4/3/2011   Post a comment
The RE2 board from Blue Chip Technology represents an emerging field for ARM Cortex A8 based embedded computers, enabled by an OMAP 3 processing core which also integrates a C64x up to 520MHz DSP.
Axiomtek’s wide-temp fanless embedded computer touts low power, small footprint
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4/2/2011   Post a comment
The eBOX620-800-FL is a new low-power embedded computer from Axiomtek that offers fanless cooling, wide operating temperature, and optimized expandability. The embedded box computer utilizes the low-power, single-core Intel Atom processor N450 1.66GHz and the dual-cores Intel Atom processor D510 1.66GHz with Intel ICH8M I/O controller hub.
Do parts from Japan pose radiation risk?
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4/1/2011   15 comments
Questions have arisen about contamination and radiation levels of electronics parts from Japan, though no dangerous radiation levels have been detected in any cargo, according to a trade group.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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