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GreenPeak launches ZigBee RF4CE USB stick
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7/30/2011   Post a comment
RF4CE reference design for plug-and-play USB stick for the integration of RF4CE technology in PCs and home entertainment applications like set-top boxes, TVs and media players.
Intersil rolls AEC-Q100 qualified dual synchronous step-down DC/DC regulator
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7/29/2011   Post a comment
Device targets secondary power automotive applications such as infotainment, camera, and systems modules.
Composite supersets tame wiring harness engineering complexity
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
With many electrical options and physical variants in today's cars, potential configurations for a single platform may number in the millions. Thus the electrical distribution system harness is at the heart of the automotive complexity challenge.
VIA launches dual core VB8004 Mini-ITX Mainboard
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
VIA Technologies, Inc has announced a dual core version of the low power VIA VB8004 Mini-ITX board. Coupling the 1.6GHz VIA Nano X2 E-series processor with the VIA VX900 media system processor, the VIA VB8004 provides a high performance and highly scalable solution for advanced digital signage and gaming systems.
USB data acquisition module for audio and acoustic testing
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
Data Translation released the DT9837C data acquisition module, featuring four 24-bit A/D inputs and specifically designed for audio testing and acoustic measurement applications.
Integrated radar front end trims system cost and size
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7/26/2011   5 comments
Integrated automotive chip allows multiple applications in an efficient package—while on-chip signal conditioning and data capture let design engineers program settings for different driving conditions.
Panel PCs target kiosk and digital signage providers
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7/23/2011   Post a comment
NEXCOM’s range of fanless multimedia Panel PCs are claimed to minimise space and enable installation in almost any location, including retail outlet, supermarket, train station and airport.
COM Express starter kit targets computer-on-module designs
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7/23/2011   Post a comment
The new starter kit promises application designers straight-forward and fast access to the complete feature set of the latest COM Express pin-out Type 6 basic and compact Computer-on-Modules.
Chevy Volt relies on adroit suppliers
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7/21/2011   Post a comment
What does it take to bring the Chevy Volt to market? Suppliers of advanced technology that can deliver on time—and on budget.
IAR releases starter kit for NXP’s LPC1780 MCUs
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7/20/2011   Post a comment
IAR's KickStart Kit for LPC1788 is a complete starter kit for NXP’s ARM Cortex-M3 based LPC1780 microcontroller family. The kit includes an evaluation board, software development tools, an IAR J-Link Lite debug probe, and software.
Scalable SoC drives 'hybrid' cluster displays
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7/19/2011   Post a comment
Between mechanical automotive instrument clusters and the growing number of free programmable clusters there are hybrid dashboards, which combine traditional meters and at least one graphical display.
Handheld receiver provides aerial downlink in mission-critical applications
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7/19/2011   7 comments
In this RF in Action piece, Stephen Shpock from IMT explains the inner workings of the company's MobilCMDR for video downlinking in tactical and startegic settings.
Microchip's Audio Development Board for PIC32 MCUs speeds design of 24-bit audio apps
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7/18/2011   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. offers a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU)-based development kit for the creation of high-quality, 24-bit audio applications. The Audio Development Board for PIC32 MCUs features an 80 MIPS PIC32 MCU, a 24-bit Wolfson audio codec, a two-inch color LCD Display, a USB interface, and an onboard microphone.
Adaptive equalizer IC pushes to 14 Gbps, defeats crosstalk, allows lower-cost PCBs and longer runs
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7/18/2011   Post a comment
Vitesse VSC7224 spans 155 Mbps to 14 Gbps, implements autonomous retiming/redriving hardware function
Aeroflex announces automated test equipment for RF and mixed signal ICs
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7/18/2011   Post a comment
Available as turnkey systems or configurable subsystem modules, the AX-Series is based on industry standard AXIe and PXI modules.
Thunderbolt: A lot of noise, but very little spark
7/11/2011   15 comments
There has been a lot of talk in the past few weeks about the new serial interconnect, Thunderbolt, developed by Intel and Apple. But Subu Sankaran of Future Devices Technology International has his reservations.
Broadcom ships FCoE card, finally
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7/11/2011   2 comments
Broadcom finally entered the market for 10 Gbit/s Fibre Channel over Ethernet, announcing an adapter card using its BCM57712 passed certification testing.
9-axis IMU BAN supports full body motion capture, gesture recognition
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7/10/2011   Post a comment
Movea's MEMS-based MotionPod solution can be used to enable more realistic avatar motion for gaming or highly accurate biomechanical analysis for sports applications.
PXI/MOST interface ensures end-of-line test quality
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7/8/2011   Post a comment
Detailed compliance testing eliminates faults and ensures performance of different MOST interfaces in the same network.
Engineering a DIY EV!
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7/8/2011   7 comments
Ever think about building your own electric car? Well, here's one engineer who did!
VIA Technology EPIA-M900 Mini-ITX board
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7/7/2011   Post a comment
VIA launched the VIA EPIA-M900 Mini-ITX board that features the VIA Nano X2 E-series dual core CPU.
ARM invests in smart grid startup
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7/7/2011   4 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc and Moonray Investors have participated in a $7 million Series A round of funding in digital power control startup Amantys Ltd.
Axiomtek's new Mini ITX motherboard features Intel Atom processor D525 and Intel NM10 PCH chipset
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7/6/2011   1 comment
The MANO825 industrial-grade Mini ITX motherboard from Axiomtek features the dual core Intel Atom processor D525 1.8 GHz and the Intel NM10 PCH chipset. Two DIMM sockets onboard support up to 4 GB of DDR3 667/800 memory.
Emerson ATCA-9405 ATCA blade for 4G LTE
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7/4/2011   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has launched its first 40G AdvancedTCA payload blade.
The platform alternative: Testing miniaturized and highly integrated components
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7/3/2011   Post a comment
Platform testing medical devices in the manufacturing stage could help firms manage costs, access, and coverage in electronics

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