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Back to Basics: Wireless charging
Design How-To  
5/31/2012   6 comments
The concept of wirelessly charging devices has been around for a while, but is now rapidly gaining interest to make it more flexible and useable. But what are the different techniques available, and what are the design challenges an engineer needs to deal with?
Meshlium Xtreme enables 3G connectivity to ZigBee, Wifi, and Bluetooth sensors
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5/30/2012   Post a comment
Meshlium Xtreme is the new multiprotocol router for wireless sensor networks designed to connect ZigBee, Wifi and Bluetooth sensors to the Internet through 3G connectivity, opening a wide range of possibilities for Internet of Things development.
Can advanced tools actually slow us down?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/23/2012   15 comments
Too much of a good thing can be counterproductive, in life and in engineering
IndyCar electronics drive cars to be lighter, faster
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5/23/2012   Post a comment
While having fewer electronic systems than many road cars, IndyCar chassis run with specialized electronics, with features geared for safety, reliability, and data acquisition.
FPGA testing for DO-254 compliance
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5/22/2012   Post a comment
This article describes key challenges that can be encountered when verifying FPGA pin-level requirements during board-level testing under DO-254 guidelines.
HiWave embeds haptic response in flat printed panels
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5/18/2012   2 comments
HiWave Technologies has launched a touch feedback platform for control panels to be integrated in everyday household appliances.
Reduce THD in digitally-controlled PFCs
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Understand how you can minimize total harmonic distortion in this power factor correction topology
"Hi, I’m your data; can you hear me now?"
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/16/2012   13 comments
Extracting insight from mounds of data may benefit from using old techniques
Starcom launches WatchLock high-security padlock
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5/16/2012   Post a comment
Starcom’s WatchLock the industry’s first high-security padlock with built in u-blox GPS and GSM wireless communications capability.
Former Apple, Google, Facebook engineers launch IoT startup
News & Analysis  
5/16/2012   30 comments
One-year old startup Electric Imp has developed a Wi-Fi node in a memory card physical format that it hopes will become a standard way for things to be given an IP address and linked to the Internet to form a Wi-Fi mediated Internet of Things.
OIF to define three 56 Gbits/s serial interfaces
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5/16/2012   Post a comment
The Optical Internetworking Forum launched projects to define 50-56 Gbits/s serial interfaces for future Fibre Channel, Ethernet and other links.
Product How-To: Adding MIL-STD-1553 to any platform made easy
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5/16/2012   Post a comment
This article highlights that MIL-STD-1553 is more and more used for industrial applications as well as military, and there are already a multitude of products to simplify its implementation for these purposes.
Nvidia upgrades Tesla, eyes cloud gaming
News & Analysis  
5/15/2012   1 comment
Nvidia announced its latest graphics board for use highly parallel technical and scientific jobs along with new technology for cloud-based gaming services.
Reducing energy cost of intra-chip communications
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
Communications now account for up to 30 percent of overall energy consumption in the highest performing many-core architectures.
Active Thunderbolt cables get transceiver, power management IC support
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5/14/2012   Post a comment
Intersil ISL37231, ISL80083 enable next-generation consumer active-PC cables
SWS launches development platform for MEMS inertial sensors
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5/13/2012   Post a comment
Si-Ware Systems (SWS) has launched its Inertial Sensor Development Platform, the SWS61111 (formerly SWP210).
Choose the right touch technology for your display
Design How-To  
5/11/2012   1 comment
Understand the various touch technologies and consequent tradeoffs when decided pn the "best" choice.
Teardown Report: Chevy Volt's electronic secrets
Design How-To  
5/10/2012   3 comments
Beyond battery chemistry, and electric propulsion and control, this enhanced-range electric vehicle was designed for upgrades, ruggedness, and diagnostics—with attention to quality in its construction.
HuMANDATA launches Altera Cyclone IV USB-FPGA Board
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5/9/2012   Post a comment
HuMANDATA's EDA-301 is a USB FPGA board powered by Altera's high-spec Cyclone IV E FPGA on a compact, 53 x 54mm PCB.
AT&T, Q’comm start next battle of home nets
News & Analysis  
5/8/2012   6 comments
AT&T and Qualcomm separately rolled out broad ecosystems of home automation products, among the first shots in a coming battle between ecosystems for the Internet of Things.
Project e-smart, Pt. 2: Vehicle controls, modeling, and simulations
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5/8/2012   Post a comment
Converting a Smart ForTwo into an EV includes planning and specifying requirements for the electric vehicle, electric components selection, and E/E-architecture and control software design as well, as implementation of hardware and software by students of the University of Stuttgart. This part describes the vehicle control system; measurements, modeling and simulation of the vehicle; and an outlook on future EV issues.
Project e-smart, Pt. 1: Students convert Smart car into an EV
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5/7/2012   Post a comment
Vehicle conversion including planning and specifying requirements for the electric vehicle, electric components selection, and E/E-architecture and control software design as well, as implementation of hardware and software by students of the University of Stuttgart.
Key methods for controlling EMC
Design How-To  
5/7/2012   2 comments
Hardware engineers should address electromagnetic compatibility during the pc board design phase, starting with a low-inductance ground system, to ensure a system free of EMC faults.
Landscape for board design changes beyond 10G
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5/7/2012   Post a comment
As systems demand interfaces capable of handling four-channel and 10-channel paths to 40/100G Ethernet, universal adoption of 10GBase-KR seems likely.
Landscape for board design changes beyond 10G
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5/7/2012   Post a comment
As systems demand interfaces capable of handling four-channel and 10-channel paths to 40/100G Ethernet, universal adoption of 10GBase-KR seems likely.
GE 's new FPDP PMC/XMC module transfers data 30% faster
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5/7/2012   Post a comment
The SPR507B 4-Channel serial FPDP interface PMC/XMC module from GE Intelligent Platforms is designed for high speed remote data transfer at the industry’s fastest rates.
Five band 3G module for global M2M applications
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5/6/2012   Post a comment
Sierra Wireless has developed a five band 3G HSPA+ module for global deployments of M2M systems.
Acal BFi first to sample new dual-band 802.11 device server
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5/6/2012   Post a comment
Acal BFi is the first distributor to sample the new PremierWave-XN dual-band 802.11n multi-port device server from Lantronix.
COM Express modules with quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core processors
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5/6/2012   Post a comment
MSC Vertriebs GmbH presents the first COM Express modules based on the 3rd generation Intel Core processor family (formerly codenamed 'Ivy Bridge').
Credit-card sized COM module for rapid development of ultra-small embedded solutions
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5/6/2012   Post a comment
VIA Technologies has launched its latest COM Express module for small embedded systems.
Quad-core 22nm Core i7 processor technology comes to the embedded space
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5/6/2012   Post a comment
Kontron has announced support for the quad-core 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors across seven embedded computing platforms.
B&B launches 802.11 WiFi access point
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5/3/2012   Post a comment
B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co., Inc. has launched its first 802.11 b/g WiFi access point to provide M2M equipment with wireless networking capabilities.
Axiomtek's new in-vehicle fanless box embedded computer has wide operating temps, anti-vibration
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5/2/2012   Post a comment
Axiomtek has rolled out an in-vehicle rugged embedded box system specially designed to fit vehicle applications.
Facebook, China merge server rack specs
News & Analysis  
5/2/2012   7 comments
Facebook struck an alliance with China’s Tencent and Baidu to merge separate designs for data center racks, a step toward the goal of a broad data center specification.
Testing aircraft AFDX systems
Design How-To  
5/2/2012   1 comment
A new avionics communications network requires a test system that can monitor traffic and modify the data.
HGST, LSI, PMC-Sierra demo 12G SAS
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5/1/2012   Post a comment
The HGST division of Western Digital demonstrated a solid-state disk drive with a 12 Gbit/second Serial Attached SCSI interface working with chips from LSI and PMC-Sierra.
congatec's entry-level COM Express Type 2 module sports Intel Atom dual-cores
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5/1/2012   Post a comment
The conga-CCA from congatec Inc. is an entry-level model of the company's Type 2 Pin-out COM Express module range.
Libelium lists 50 Internet of Things (IoT) applications
News & Analysis  
5/1/2012   1 comment
Libelium, a supplier of wireless sensor nodes, has produced a list of more than 50 sensor applications that will help drive the Internet of Things and wireless sensor networks.


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