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Ubiquisys collaborates with Intel to develop intelligent small cells
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
This emerging generation of intelligent small cells (small base stations) will offer new levels of processing power, creating a cloud of IP-enabled "compute engines" much closer to mobile users.
Image gallery: Xperia Play handset teardown
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5/26/2011   5 comments
The first "PlayStation certified" smartphone features Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Broadcom's BlueTooth/WiFi/FM combo chip and memory ICs from Micron and Elpida, among others, according to a teardown analysis.
Silicon Labs offers energy harvest WSN design
Product News  
5/26/2011   5 comments
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has produced a wireless sensor node (WSN) reference design based on its Si10xx wireless microcontroller (MCU) family and powered by a solar energy harvesting source.
Architecture choices balance cost and performance for embedded graphics applications
Design How-To  
5/26/2011   1 comment
High-end graphics display controllers help define product style and value with dynamic graphics that dazzle consumers. At the other end of the spectrum, modest GDCs display information clearly and simply, giving users what they want efficiently and cost effectively.
Digital audio relies on the features and benefits of IEEE 1394
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5/25/2011   8 comments
This article argues that IEEE 1394 is the only interconnect proven to be able to support the bandwidth, timing and synchronization needs of pro audio applications.
New Roboteq programmable motor controller touts advanced features, small size
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5/24/2011   Post a comment
The SDC2130 motor controller from Roboteq, Inc can directly drive two DC motors up to 20Amps each at up to 50Volts, or one motor up to 40Amps.
IMEC, Atrenta to show 3-D design flow at DAC
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5/24/2011   3 comments
EDA company Atrenta Inc., working with the IMEC research institute on a 3-D integration project, has developed a planning and partitioning design flow for heterogeneous 3-D stacked IC assemblies. They plan to demo the flow at the DAC exhibition.
Pentek's Cobalt Virtex-6 family now supports CompactPCI system designs
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5/23/2011   Post a comment
Pentek, Inc.'s Cobalt Virtex-6 board family is now available for use in CompactPCI (cPCI) systems. The migration to cPCI gives system designers full access to Pentek’s modular technology, which features high-performance signal acquisition and the processing power of Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs.
Preview new products and technologies at IMS2011
Design How-To  
5/20/2011   2 comments
Heading to IMS2011/MTT-S in Baltimore this year? Get a preview now. Not able to make the show? See what's on tap.
Brazil’s growing global profile - and the electronics opportunity
5/17/2011   9 comments
Brazil is no ordinary BRIC country but there are opportunities there, argues Nitin Dahad recently back from Sao Paulo.
Embedded security, telehealth, ESC top picks & Chrome OS anyone?
5/16/2011   Post a comment
Several recent interesting and relevant blog/community posts here and elsewhere are of note this week.
Payload efficiency: MOST and Ethernet square off
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5/16/2011   Post a comment
This article discusses the payload efficiency of MOST and Ethernet and the derived influence on the network architecture of vehicles with high bandwidth needs. Furthermore, ideas for coexistence of these competing technologies are described.
Industrial grade Core i7/i5/i3 Mobile Micro ATX motherboard
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5/15/2011   Post a comment
BVM Group has augmented its family of compact Micro ATX format motherboards with the introduction of the MS-C71, which combines scalable computing power for heavy processing tasks, a large array of I/O and expansion slots and integrated high definition graphics capability in a 244 x 244mm footprint.
DTI rolls Intel Westmere-based AdvancedTCA processor blade
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5/10/2011   Post a comment
The ATC7000 from Diversified Technology, Inc. (DTI) is a dual socket node blade supporting 12 cores (24 simultaneous threads with HyperThreading enabled) of processing performance by way of dual Intel Xeon 5600 series Westmere processors.
Eurotech's CPU-1440 low power PC/104+ board includes ISA and DOS Support
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5/9/2011   Post a comment
Eurotech has launched the CPU-1440, a new low power PC/104+ module based on the Vortex86DX processor. Consuming less than 4W of power and featuring fanless operation, the CPU-1440 provides x86 compatibility for legacy applications using DOS as well as for more current PC/104+ embedded applications using Linux and Windows CE.
Cortex-A8 eval-board comes with Windows Embedded Compact 7
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5/8/2011   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics has launched a new hardware and software bundle based on the BeagleBoard-xM that combines Texas Instruments’ ARM Cortex-A8 processor with Windows’ latest embedded OS.
Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 2—Manufacturability and practical application
Design How-To  
5/5/2011   12 comments
"Electronic gearbox" control circuitry requires less power, boosting range.
Solar micro-inverter maker raises $41 million
News & Analysis  
5/3/2011   3 comments
Solar photovoltaic micro-inverter manufacturer Enecsys Ltd. (Cambridge, UK) has secured £25 million ($41 million) in Series B equity financing to invest in its growth plan. This brings the amount invested in Enecsys to about $55 million.
Startup aims many-core chip at smartphones
News & Analysis  
5/3/2011   1 comment
Startup Adapteva aims to license its many-core floating-point array to a mobile chip vendor, targeting emerging smartphone apps.
ESC: Logic PD rolls industry’s smallest embedded SOMs
Product News  
5/2/2011   1 comment
Logic PD has announced what they claim to be the industry’s smallest embedded modules: the Torpedo System on Modules (SOM) based on Texas Instruments’ DM3730 DaVinci video processor and AM3703 Sitara ARM microprocessor.
ESC: ADLINK's PICMG 1.3 SHB features 2nd Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Q67 Express chipset
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5/1/2011   Post a comment
The ADLINK NuPROE340 utilizes the 2nd generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processor at core speeds up to 3.4 GHz integrated with the Intel Q67 Express Chipset PCH, and supports the latest high-speed data transfer interfaces such as USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s (SATA III).

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