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BOARDS - CANbus PC/104-Plus board consumes less than 2W
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Peripherals' new CAN4000-8S PC/104-Plus board has 4 isolated CANbus channels and 8 RS-422/485 ports and consumes less than 2W.
BOARDS - COM Express modules are compact, low power
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
congatec's new COM Express modules conga-CS45, conga-BS45 and conga-BM45 have 13 variants and re compact, low power.
ST-Ericsson launches feature-rich mobile internet platform in China
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson has launched a new platform that will enable manufacturers to build feature rich handsets with high-speed internet capabilities at an affordable price point.
Digi launches out-of-the-box M2M cloud connectivity for embedded platforms
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Digi International has announced that all Digi and Rabbit embedded products will be configured to easily connect to the iDigi "cloud" out of the box.
China taps Nvidia for world's second biggest computer
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5/31/2010   1 comment
Using Intel and Nvidia processors, a Chinese computer maker has installed in Shenzhen what experts say theoretically is the fastest supercomputer in the world, an indication both of the rise of China and of graphics processors as a growing ingredient in high-performance but relatively low power systems.
BOARDS - PICMG 1.0 full-size SBC is based on Intel Atom N450, D410 and D510
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5/30/2010   Post a comment
Axiomtek’s SBC81207 SBC, based on Atom N450, D410 and D510 processors, provides an optimized balance between power consumption and system performance, and offers a variety of onboard I/O configurations.
Foxconn to raise workers' wages by 20%, says FT
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., which trades as Foxconn and makes electronic products for high profile brands such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Sony, is planning to raise the wages of its Chinese workers by about 20 percent, according to a Financial Times report.
BOARDS: SBC suits display control in railway and mobile markets
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
MEN Mikro Elektronik has developed the SC21 single-board computer for intelligent displays for use in the railway and mobile markets.
X-ES bases OpenVPX module on Freescale eight-core P4080 processor
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The XPedite5470 from Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. (X-ES) is a high-performance 3U OpenVPX single-board computer featuring a Freescale QorIQ P4080 processor with eight Power Architecture e500 cores at up to 1.5 GHz.
Flat-flex cable-compatible driver boards power LED-backlit LCDs
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Endicott Research Group (ERG) is offering two LED driver boards that provide compact, economical products to OEM panel designers looking to get the maximum performance out of their displays.
Cisco tunes router, switch for smart grid
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Cisco Systems has rolled out its first router and switch designed for the needs of electric utility substations, the first of a broad set of offerings expected from a business group set up late last year to extend Internet Protocol networks to the emerging smart grid.
USB device seeks to improve password security
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
A security expert has received patent on a USB-based devices that he claims can solve the secure password dilemma.
Sony Ericsson, Dell, HP call on EU to ban more substances
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
Sony Ericsson has joined forces with Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and environmental lobbying groups, to call for a strengthening of the European Union Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.
ST, Micropelt launch energy-harvesting kit
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Leading European chip company STMicroelectronics NV and Micropelt, a specialist in Peltier and Seebeck effect devices, have announced an autonomous wireless sensor evaluation kit.
ZigBee PRO network module reduces time to market
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Radiocrafts AS has expanded their product line with a compact ZigBee PRO Network Module (ZNM) for use in ZigBee based mesh networks.
Radio module delivers complete custom solution without customer in-house RF
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Shortlink's radio module realizes complete custom solution without customer in-house RF or electronics expertise and offers quick time to market
Intersil aims to become $1 billion player
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5/14/2010   3 comments
Intersil has raised its second quarter outlook.
Report: Another Foxconn employee commits suicide
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5/14/2010   6 comments
Yet another Chinese employee of contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn has fallen fell to their death, according to a Xinhua report, that cited the company and local police in Shenzhen as its sources.
Silicon wafer shipments up
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5/14/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased.
Philips replaces 60-W standard bulb with 12-W LED alternative
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5/13/2010   5 comments
At the Lightfar International tradeshow here, Royal Philips Electronics today unveiled its 12 watt EnduraLED light bulb it claims is the first LED replacement for a 60 watt incandescent light bulb.
Cadence to buy Denali for $315 million
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5/13/2010   4 comments
EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for $315 million in cash. Denali is expected to have approximately $45 million in cash at closing.
HTC sues Apple over phone, pad and pod
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
HTC Corp., maker of the so-called Google phone, took legal action against Apple Inc. on Wednesday (May 12), filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
A4 processor found inside next-gen Apple iPhone
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Apple Inc.'s next generation iPhone will use its new A4 applications processor and support video capture.
Enables ZigBee function integration in smart energy end devices
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
SyChip has introduced SyNode, a smart energy embedded module dubbed SN3020 that it claims is the smallest, lowest-power, fully compliant ZigBee module supporting Smart Energy and Home Automation profiles.
SyChip rolls low-power smart energy device
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
SyChip Inc. has introduced SyNode, a smart energy embedded module that it claims is the smallest, lowest-power, fully compliant ZigBee module supporting Smart Energy and Home Automation profiles.
Freescale backs Liquavista for e-reader displays
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Electrowetting display provider Liquavista has said it is working with Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a supplier of microprocessors for e-readers.
DuPont claims OLED record fit for TV apps
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
DuPont claims to have achieved record performance in printed organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays.
Design Rivers: Radical innovation
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5/12/2010   1 comment
A panel of design experts tackles the issue of radical innovation and how to balance innovation against market pressures.
Reactions mixed to home mesh networking effort
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5/12/2010   1 comment
Reactions to plans to create a mesh standard for home networks have been mixed as backers praise the effort as the future of whole home coverage, competitors from the Zigbee Alliance critique it as a late comer, those with who have worked on other wireless mesh standards indicate it won't be easy -- and some still haven't heard about it.
Arch Rock adds new entry-level PhyNet server
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Arch Rock adds new entry-level PhyNet server designed for small or short-term sensor deployments in facilities, data centers, and boasts an Atom processor.
Nikon's fab tool biz down in '09
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Nikon Corp.'s fab tool business saw its net sales drop by 31.7 percent from the previous fiscal year to 150.1 billion yen ($1.6 billion).
TSMC approves $1.6 billion capex plan
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has approved a $1.647 billion capital spending program, including plans to build a new fab in central Taiwan.
First MEMS gyro smartphone to ship in June; it won't be the last
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5/11/2010   4 comments
Next month's rollout of the first smartphone to pack a MEMS gyroscope is the industry's worst-kept secret. The vendor is a mystery, but the MEMS gyro's rapid adoption by the rest of the field is a certainty.
Plastic Logic blames e-reader delay on process changes
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
A delay to the launch of the Que e-reader from Plastic Logic GmbH (Dresden, Germany) was blamed on recent changes in the manufacturing process, by Achim Neu, director of SCM at Plastic Logic. Meanwhile, progress to a full-color Plastic Logic display i set to take a couple of years, despite the fact that the company has a color prototype working in its Cambridge R&D center.
Welcome to the new EETimes Design site
Design How-To  
5/11/2010   1 comment
EE Times Design: Spot a trend, see the whole picture, start innovating
Wintegra tries again for an IPO
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Wintegra Inc. has filed for an initial public offering in the United States--again.
Marvell plans 40-nm ARM server processors
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5/10/2010   10 comments
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. aims to supply silicon for ARM-based servers with 40-nm multicore processors it will ship this year and is working with multiple partners including one that hopes to port a server version of Microsoft Windows to ARM.
DRAMs are hot, but NAND is not
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5/10/2010   2 comments
DRAMs are hot. NAND flash is not.
Introduction to High-Speed Digital Design Principles
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
This white paper discusses some of the major factors that need to be considered in designing an embedded product and the various high-speed digital design concepts that play a vital role in the functionality of the hardware/product as a whole.
Guide to Embedded Systems Architecture - Part 4: Application layer networking protocol examples
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Examples included in this final excerpt from the book "Embedded Systems Architecture: A Comprehensive Guide for Engineers and Programmers" demonstrate networking protocols - FTP, SMTP and HTTP - implemented in both general-purpose and market-specific applications.
Algorithmic delay and synchronization in MPEG audio codecs
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5/5/2010   Post a comment
This article shows the delays of the popular audio codecs and how they're derived, and offers a convenient reference for designs of time-critical systems having a delay budget.
Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still dead - and so is Vinyl
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/5/2010   1 comment
Music shipment data is out for 2009, and a graph of that data helps put the popularity of the various formats - i.e., digital downloads, CD and vinyl LP - into perspective.
Automotive rear seat entertainment system - Your mobile living room
Design How-To  
5/4/2010   1 comment
Here's a look at tomorrow's multiple in-car entertainment options and how they may be implemented, using STMicroelectronics' STi71xx as an example.
Low-Power Intel Architecture Platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment - Part 2: Virtualization, hyperthreading, security, connectivity and power management
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
Part 2 of this white paper highlights - from both a hardware and software perspective - the challenges and opportunities presented by the Intel-based IVI platform to meet the power, performance, size, differentiation, and other needs of the automotive environment and usage models.
Blog: Adapting commercial x86 designs to harsh environments - Passing the test
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
Sharon Schnakenburg-Hess continues a look at adapting commercial x86 designs to harsh environments by considering the question "Should a company qualify the parts by test or guarantee them by design?"
Blog: MicroTCA integration tips
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
In his latest blog post, Kenton Williston takes a look at some practical tips for assembling MicroTCA platforms and points out key issues designers should keep in mind.
Blog: Adapting x86 to harsh environments - Not as straightforward as you think
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
Sharon Schnakenburg-Hess considers the issues involved in adapting x86 designs to harsh environments.


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