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Silicon Valley, Wall Street meet at interconnect event
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
The Hot Interconnects conference will move from its longstanding home on the Stanford campus to Lower Manhattan next month as organizers try to bring together Silicon Valley technologists and bleeding edge systems users on Wall Street, in part to debate the competition between 10 Gbit Ethernet and Infiniband.
Surveillance video standards promise easier entry
Blog  
7/28/2009   1 comment
Two new security video standards are not technically in conflict with each other, but reflect very different visions of the future of security video.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Arria II GX Development Kit speeds development of high-performance 3Gbps apps
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
The new Arria II GX Development Kit from Altera speeds development of high-performance 3Gbps apps and enables rapid adoption of low-cost, low power applications requiring transceivers.'
Execs examine keys to Indian embedded systems growth
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7/23/2009   Post a comment
Industry executives told the Embedded Systems Conference Bangalore 2009 that significant opportunities exist here in the embedded market.
Congatec receives 1 million Euro funding
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7/23/2009   Post a comment
Board computer vendor congatec AG will get another financial shot in the arm: Technofonds Bayern intends to increase its congatec holdings, spending one million Euros.
COMMENTARY - Multicore and ETX: Doing More with Less
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
With the development of multicore, applications using the ETX standard made a seamless jump in performance by shifting from one core to two allowing board designers to take advantage of multicore's 'more for less' foundation.
When good grounds turn bad--isolate!
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
To make designers aware of these design pitfalls, this article explains where ground potential differences originate in the electrical installation, how ground loops are created unintentionally, and how isolation circumvents both conditions to yield a robust data-transmission system.
Big falls and rises seen for graphics chips
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
The graphics chip market is predicted to suffer its worst ever year-on-year shipments performance this year, to be followed by an amazing comeback in 2010, according to market tracker Jon Peddie Research (Tiburon, Calif.).
Advantech : PCI-104 card offers 8 isolated digital inputs and relays
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Advantech introduces the PCM-3761i, a form C type eight channel relay and eight channel isolated digital input PCI-104 card for machine and production automation.
SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS (Part 31): Digital interfaces (con't) -- The SPI Bus
Design How-To  
7/15/2009   1 comment
Understand the structure and operation of this basic four-wire, full-duplex bus
Printed silicon pioneer raises another $20 million
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Kovio Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.), the startup developing manufacturing technology that combines the low cost of graphics printing with the functionality of silicon-based semiconductor integrated circuits, has raised $20 million in Series E funding.
New approaches urged for cellular antenna design
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
Greater innovation will be needed to avoid an impending crisis in cellphone antennas, according to market trackers Strategy Analytics in a just published report on antenna technologies.
Analyst: Mobile phone segments set for smart rebound
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
The market for mobile handsets and the components that go into them is set to rebound next year in style, according to market tracker Forward Concepts (Temple, AZ).
AMOLEDS display strong growth patterns
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Global active matrix (AM) OLED revenues in the first quarter of 2009 surpassed passive matrix (PM) OLED sales, according to market research group DisplaySearch (Austin, TX).
Personal rapid transit ready to roll at terminal 5
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
Unmanned electric Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles are to be introduced towards the end of this year at to Heathrow Airport to ease the transfer of passengers between two remote stations at the terminal 5 (T5) business car parking and the T5 building.
Renesas : SiP develoment follows a top-down approach
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Renesas has announced its SiP Top-Down Design Environment to boost efficiency when developing system in package (SiP) products combining multiple chips, such as system on chip (SoC) devices, MCUs, and memories, in a single package.
RS CEO takes a bullish view of Asia
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
"We are a hypermarket for engineers," Ian Mason, group chief executive of RS Components, described his company in an interview with EE Times Asia .
Renesas touts faster SiP design process
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Renesas has started using new tools that the company says can halve system-in-package (SiP) design time since they rely on a top-down (predictive) design approach in which key characteristics, such as design quality and heat dispersion, are verified during the initial design stage.
A new approach to ensuring file system integrity in mission-critical embedded systems
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
The ability to store and manage large amounts of data has become a critical requirement for a variety of embedded devices. This article describes the QNX power-safe file system.
It's staycation time for U.S. electronics industry
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
The dog days of summer are at hand, and we remain under the unhealthful haze of a recession that has lingered like a stalled air mass over the economy.
PROGRAMMING TOOLS - Corelis unveils stand-alone in-system programming solutions
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Corelis, Inc., has launched two new product bundles for stand-alone in-system programming environments, the ISP-TAFP and ISP-JTAG. The ISP-TAFP (Target Assisted Flash Programmer) is capable of performing CPU-assisted programming by taking control of a processor's JTAG port. ISP-JTAG allows programming of Flash and SEEPROM devices that interface directly with IEEE-1149.1 compliant devices.
Microtune tunes in to Auvitek
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Microtune Inc. (Plano, TX) is buying, for about $9 million in cash and stock, fabless chip startup Auvitek International Ltd.
Huge take-up seen for accelerometers in cellphones
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7/10/2009   Post a comment
Good news for suppliers of MEMS based accelerometers such as STMicroelectronics, Kionix Inc., Freescale and ADI. A report from market trackers iSuppli predicts that by next year, one out of three mobile phones shipped worldwide will include one, up from one out of five in 2009, and one out of 11 in 2008.
EMS costs, margins stabilize despite weak sales
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
EMS companies are keeping pricing and labor costs as well as profit margins unchanged despite continued weakness in demand for their services. A research and consulting firm believes the situation will remain unchanged through the third quarter with minor variations across certain global markets.
Austriamicrosystems : Joystick module uses contactless sensing technology
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems unveils EasyPoint, a joystick module aimed at portable communication devices.
Austriamicrosystems sampling contactless joystick module
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Analog chip specialist austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstatten, Austria) is signaling a diversification, and starting to sample a joystick module based on contactless sensing aimed at portable communication devices.
Groups partner on LTE reference design
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Lime Microsystems (Guildford, England) and Blue Wonder Communications (Dresden, Germany) are partnering on the development of an LTE reference design using Lime's single chip LTE transceiver alongside the German group's baseband.
NETWORKING - ADLINK's USB GPIB connectivity increases portable device testing possibilities
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
The USB-3488A, a new IEEE-488 GPIB to USB interface controller from ADLINK provides the benefits of plug-and-play USB connection for simple direct connection of GPIB instruments to a laptop computer.
BOARDS - FPGA flexibility enhances PMC by implementing four CAN bus interfaces
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
The P506 Quad CAN Bus Interface PCI mezzanine card from MEN Micro provides four CAN interface channels on a single card.'IP cores within an onboard FPGA implement the P506 interfaces.
Tips on choosing the right development board
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
Saurabh Gandhi shares some of his hard won on the job experience as the senior member of the technical staff at ThinkLabs concerning the selection of development boards
SSD startup touts cost efficient flash
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
Solid-state drive startup Fusion-io is claiming a major advance with a new grade of NAND flash memory that combines single and multi-level cell (MLC) attributes.
Infineon sells wireline group for $350 million
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
Struggling German chip group Infineon Technologies AG is selling its wireline communications operation to an affiliate of U.S. based private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for 250 million euro (about $250 million).
The benefits of migration to PICMG 1.3 for embedded computing applications
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
The PICMG 1.3 specification is the latest evolution in PICMG 1.x system designs, and addresses the need for faster system platforms with high bandwidth interfaces to peripheral cards.
MediaTek the latest to take to ARM Mali
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
MediaTek, the fast-growing Taiwanese group developing SoCs for wireless communications devices, has become the latest to take a license on ARM's Mali-400 MP multicore graphics processing unit (GPU) for its system-on-chips.
Sharp introduces a Black box for the automotive market
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
Sharp has developed a black box for vehicles that can record up to six hours of travel.
Skyworks said to have pipped RFMD in cellphone PA stakes
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
The two leading suppliers of power amplifiers for the mobile communications sector, Skyworks and RFMD, ended last year with close to one-third of the market, but Skyworks has for the first time edged slightly ahead of RFMD, according to market trackers Strategy Analytics.
Nunez tapped to lead Mirics' charge in EMEA, Americas
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip group Mirics Semiconductor (Fleet, England) has appointed a former VP of sales and marketing at AMD to lead the company's growth in two potentially lucrative but mature regions.
Oki buys Renesas plant to increase LED capacity
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
OKI Data Corporation is to buy substantially all the assets of Renesas Technology Corp's former semiconductor front-end process line in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, Japan , in effect increasing by a factor of four its capacity to make LEDs.
Startup touts major advance in wireless sensor's temp sensitivity
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
A start-up based in Cambridge, England, focusing on healthcare technologies, has started user trials of a wireless temperature sensor that can measure body temperature to within a thousandth of a degree. Cambridge Temperature Concepts (CTC) has already used the sensor to create a device to assist women in getting pregnant.
Via Licensing signals progress with NFC patent pool
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7/1/2009   Post a comment
The formation of a patent pool for technologies related to near field communications (NFC) is gathering steam with one of the major players in the field, Via Licensing Corporation, signing up Motorola Inc. for its joint licensing program.


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