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NXP's ARM microcontroller gets industrial development support
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
IAR Systems AB (Upsalla, Sweden), NXP BV and Micrium Inc. (Weston, Florida) have announced a reference design platform targeted at RTOS-based, ARM-powered embedded systems for industrial applications based on the LPC2468 ARM7microcontroller.
Multi-channel surveillance DVR design
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
With the convergence of SoC and DSP, many processors now come with hardware accelerators, enabling DSPs to handle multiple channels of video compression on a single chip. How a multi-channel video encoder can be designed to leverage the extra cycles provided by hardware accelerators.
Building a low cost reference platform-based wireless Zigbee design
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
The lowest-cost way to implement wireless functionality is to add the wireless sensor network subsystem—typically a single-chip wireless microcontroller— to the board of the existing product.
Configurable video platform for LatticeECP2 FPGAs
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics and Exor/Sitek International have developed a flexible image-processing platform that includes boards and IP for the LatticeECP2 FPGA.
Robust industrial Panel PC with AMD platform
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
The high-performance AMD processor technology makes the new DSM Panel PC P4 suitable for sophisticated automation tasks and for processing large data volumes.
H.264 acceleration support for Apple Mac
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Ambric now shipping the Am2045 GT Video Reference Platform with significant acceleration for Apple Mac Pro and MacBook Pro
AMD supports the UGM Consortium
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
Kontron has announced that AMD will support the Universal Graphics Module (UGM) standard.
Introduction to video analytics
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8/22/2008   Post a comment
An overview of the underlying processing steps and considerations for embedded implementations of video analytics -- also called video content analysis (VCA) and intelligent video -- with a video clip showing examples of segmentation, classification and tracking.
Board biz no stretch for Stretch
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
Making chips and developing reference designs may no longer be enough to sustain traditional semiconductor companies, especially Application Specific Standard Product (ASSP) vendors.
Photoelectric analogue sensors
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8/20/2008   Post a comment
The Contrinex photoelectric analogue sensors in size 30x30x15mm are characterized by their large sensing range from 10 to 100mm, excellent temperature stability between -25°C and +55°C, and outstanding repeat accuracy.
Intel rolls out solid-state drives
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. launched a family of solid-state drives claiming significant performance advances over its many competitors, however, the company would not reveal prices, an Achilles heel of the emerging storage devices.
EVITA brings secure platforms into cars
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8/19/2008   Post a comment
When cars automatically exchange informations on critical road conditions and similar topics within the context of car-to-x communication, security becomes an important aspect. An EU-funded project develops the required cryptographic technology.
Serial ATA doubles data rate to 6 Gbits/s
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
The serial ATA interface is doubling its maximum data rate to support transfers up to 6 Gbits/second, and the group marshalling the spec has also started a logo program to help ensure interoperability among the expanding group of hard, optical and solid-state drives using the link.
Wolfson teams with Ozmo on audio PAN
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Ozmo Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.) is working with Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland) to deliver a wireless audio reference design. The design uses Ozmo's Wi-Fi personal area network chip (OZMO1000) and Wolfson's codec (WM8987L).
Accurate temperature measurement with Ethernet/LXI interface
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
The two temperature measurement instruments DT8871 and DT8872 of Data Translation's TEMPpoint range are web-based and Ethernet-ready.
HyperTransport, PCI Express move forward
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
The HyperTransport Consortium is giving a speed boost both to its chip-to-chip interconnect as well as a board-to-board version that has yet to gain market traction at a time when the PCI Special Interest Group is in the middle of its next big leap, the definition of a PCI Express 3.0 standard.
Intel releases controller spec for USB 3.0
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8/14/2008   1 comment
Intel Corp. has released a draft version 0.9 of its Extensible Host Controller Interface for USB 3.0 also called SuperSpeed USB that aims to deliver data rates up to 300 Mbytes/second at the application level.
Fluid mechanics used to improve U.S. Olympic swimmers
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8/13/2008   Post a comment
Olympic swimmers are clocking times milliseconds faster at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing thanks in part to engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The New Green SupplyLine
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8/13/2008   Post a comment
Welcome to the new Green SupplyLine - with a focus on opportuntieis in cleantech and green electronics
Medium voltage motor drives market grows rapidly as energy prices soar
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8/13/2008   Post a comment
According to the latest statistics from IMS Research, the global medium voltage motor drives market experienced unprecedented growth in 2007.
Single-phase drive/motor/gearbox combinations
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8/13/2008   Post a comment
Nord Drivesystems has extended its range of integrated drive/motor/gearbox units with single-phase input versions. These ready-built automation blocks have become very popular with machinery and automation builders because of their space saving attributes and for the time savings they offer during equipment specification and system building.
Tips and Tricks: How RF reference modules bridge the design and integration gap
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8/13/2008   Post a comment
An RF reference module provides the ability to evaluate a radio chip, a BOM cost analysis, as well as well-tested design schematic and layout guidelines--bridging the gap between radio IC manufacturers and OEMs.
Video: Dell eyes solid-state drives for servers
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8/13/2008   Post a comment
Solid-state drives will be a good fit for some classes of PC servers, but engineers need to improve their performance and reliability while lowering their costs, said a senior technologist at Dell Inc.
Tundra introduces multi-standard RapidIO evaluation platform with Texas Instruments and Altera
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
The platform allows customers to use the RapidIO protocol for DSP or processor aggregation, while leveraging the Tsi620's hardware bridging to low cost PCI-enabled processors.
NetXen takes flexible approach to 10G Ethernet
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
NetXen Inc. will support three physical interfaces in the third-generation 10Gbit Ethernet controller it is rolling out, underlying the fragmented nature of cable support that has slowed the roll out of 10G technology.
EKF : Evaluation platform targets Mini-ITX COM Express modules
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
With dimensions of 170 x 170 mm, the XV3 is a Mini-ITX size COM Express (also known as ETXexpress) module evaluation platform.
Uncooled microbolometer camera for thermal imaging
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
XenICs offers the Gobi-384, an uncooled microbolometer camera covering the LWIR 8 to 14 micrometer. It integrates camera, DSP electronics and TCP/IP interface in a very compact housing of just 72x60x50mm.
Process control system for laboratory requirements
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8/11/2008   Post a comment
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has added new components to its Simatic PCS 7 Lab process control system, specially tailored to suit laboratory requirements.
PCIe XMC module features two 1.5 GSPS, 8-bit A/D channels
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8/10/2008   Post a comment
Innovative Integration is offering the X5-GSPS, an XMC I/O module featuring the National Semiconductor 1.5 GSPS ADC08D1500 dual-channel, 8-bit A/D converters connected to a Virtex5 FPGA computing core, DRAM and SRAM memory plus an eight lane PCI Express host interface.
Energy harvesting module powers wireless sensors
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8/8/2008   Post a comment
AdaptivEnergy LLC has introduced its Joule-Thief vibration energy harvesting module that is capable of harvesting usable energy at vibration amplitudes that are below the threshold of human perception to power electronics devices.
3.5-in. TFT costs $15 each in high volume
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8/8/2008   Post a comment
OSD Displays' latest active matrix TFT-LCD is a low-cost 3.5-in. diagonal transmissive QVGA TFT with a White LED backlight and integrated resistive touchscreen for hand-held consumer and industrial applications.
Emulex posts loss amid revenue slump
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8/7/2008   Post a comment
Emulex Corp. reported a loss in its most recent quarter amid a significant slump in sales and suggested the upcoming period looks flat for the maker of server adapter cards.
Video: LabView grows up - A Discussion with James Truchard
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8/6/2008   Post a comment
James Truchard, CEO and co-founder of National Instruments, offers an historical look at LabView and a prediction of applications and markets where the software technology will go.
Video: Robotics demos at National Instruments Week
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8/6/2008   Post a comment
National Instruments Week included a robotics demonstration area with Slashbot; Mindstorm NXT-sans, and the Darwin robot.
Graphical system design software platform for advanced control
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8/5/2008   Post a comment
National Instruments (NI) announced LabView 8.6 the latest version of the graphical system design software platform for control, test and embedded system development. With this latest version, engineers can design advanced control systems using programmable automation controllers (PACs) based on FPGAs.
Internet-enabled data logger module
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8/5/2008   Post a comment
SSV Software Systems now offers the DNP/5370, which is part of the DIL/NetPC family and comes with application-specific accessories. It can be used to save any data onto a local Flash memory card, as well as directly to an online server.


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