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Sensor module design improves automotive electrical integration, functionality (Part 2)
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6/30/2011   Post a comment
Devices must be reliable and robust, and operate with long-term stability and high precision under harsh physical, chemical, and electrical stress conditions.
Boundary conditions dictate battery management
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6/30/2011   2 comments
Once cell and electronics architecture is understood, one must consider tradeoffs in circuit topology such as how to optimize communications and interconnection within battery pack.
ADLINK's Express-LPC compact COM Express module sports DDR3 memory Support
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6/29/2011   Post a comment
Express-LPC is the newest member of ADLINK Technology, Inc.'s Computer-on-Module (COM) family. The new module measures 95 x 95 millimeters, and is fully compatible with the Type 2 pin-out of the PICMG COM Express specification.
Texas Instruments H.E.A.T. evaluation module
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6/28/2011   1 comment
TI is offering a high-temperature H.E.A.T. evaluation module that speeds safe testing of electronics for harsh and hot environments.
Small 4G/LTE capable USB router
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6/26/2011   Post a comment
DOVADO TINY claims to be the world's smallest 4G/LTE capable USB router, measuring only 20-mm x 58-mm x 87-mm.
Taiwan postcards: A reporter's photojournal
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6/24/2011   12 comments
Follow the footsteps of our roving reporter as he explores the electronics industry in Taipei and Hsinchu on a two-week tour.
DDC presents Total-ACE fully integrated MIL-STD-1553 single package solution
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6/24/2011   Post a comment
Data Device Corporation (DDC) has introduced time-saving design collateral for the Total-ACE fully integrated MIL-STD-1553 single package solution.
Sensor module design improves automotive electrical integration, functionality (Part 1)
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6/24/2011   Post a comment
Devices must be reliable and robust, and operate with long-term stability and high precision under harsh physical, chemical, and electrical stress conditions.
Wireless audio design delivers 40 hours on one AA battery
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
The Monad A1 wireless audio reference design from HiWave Technologies can deliver 13W burst audio and over 40 hours on one 1.2V AA NiMH battery.
Comparing hot swap IC solutions in server power reporting (Part 2 of 2)
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6/16/2011   2 comments
Understand the challenges in measuring power and the benefits of an integrated solution compared to discrete implementations
Sealevel PCIe serial interface adds 8 RS-232/422/485 Ports
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6/15/2011   Post a comment
The new Ultra COMM+8.PCIE serial interface from Sealevel Systems, Inc. is designed to deliver ultimate flexibility for expanding serial communications in a variety of test and measurement, process control, and point-of-sale applications. Compatible with any PCI Express slot, the board provides eight multifunction serial ports, each individually field-configurable for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485.
Peering inside a portable, $200 cancer detector, Part 1
Design How-To  
6/13/2011   2 comments
Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a small, inexpensive cancer-detection device; here are the design and construction details
Software and hardware challenges due to the dynamic raw NAND market
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6/12/2011   7 comments
In this stellar article, Allred and Agarwal lay out the different non-volatile memory technologies, issues with NAND, and potential ways forward.
National Semiconductor SolarMagic arc detection reference design
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6/9/2011   1 comment
According to National, this is the first commercially available chipset to detect hazardous DC arc faults in photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Wide Bluetooth, Wi-Fi adoption seen in handsets
6/7/2011   1 comment
UBM TechInsights reviewed the lineups of Qualcomm and acquisition Atheros to assess their merger’s impact on a handset market, including silicon, that’s embracing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
San Diego team to demo PCM drive at DAC
6/6/2011   11 comments
A team of students and researchers from the University of California, San Diego, is about to demonstrate a phase-change memory solid-state storage system that it claims is up to seven times faster than current solid-state drives.
MEMS device radically reshapes IR non-contact temperature sensing for consumer products
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6/6/2011   7 comments
TMP006 from Texas Instruments is complete infrared subsystem with thermopile, conditioning, ADC, references, and digital interface in 1.6 mm-square package
Pick the best Engineering Investigations piece
Engineering Investigations  
6/1/2011   6 comments
We've been around the world, drunk Calvados in exotic locations, waded knee-deep in exploding mice, ground our teeth at management ineptitude and learned the value of teamwork. Now, it's time to help determine the best of the latest Engineering Investigations blog submissions!
Technosoft's iPOS3602 servo drive measures 21x54mm, offers high power density
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6/1/2011   Post a comment
The iPOS3602 from Technosoft is an intelligent servo drive offering higher power density on very compact boards. Modularly designed to cover both low- and high-volume applications, the iPOS3602 (36 V, 2 A, 75 W) is a complete motion control and drive solution.
Avantech's AIMB-767 ATX motherboard boasts Intel Core2 Quad/Duo FSB 1333MHz processor
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6/1/2011   Post a comment
Advantech's new industrial-grade ATX motherboard, the AIMB-767, is based on the Intel G41 and the ICH7R chipset for industrial applications that need dual displays for DVI plus VGA and strong I/O capability.
What else can you do with our ubiquitous PC-board material?
6/1/2011   25 comments
Our common substrate and cladding has so many non-electronic uses

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