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Model-based methodology optimizes functional safety, Part 2: Challenges of integration
Design How-To  
5/30/2011   Post a comment
Timing is a safety issue—this insight has consequences for safety-relevant evaluation and even the design process. Here is a model-based methodology to maximize functional safety.
Handheld analyzer adds DMR test and WiMAX fixed and mobile capabilities
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
With the addition of fixed WiMAX and mobile WiMAX capabilities, Anritsu's LMR Master S412E handheld analyzer is designed to continue to address market needs as WiMAX is expected to be used as a backhaul technology for distributed land mobile radio networks.
Curtiss-Wright unveils rugged rack mount chassis
Product News  
5/27/2011   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems has released the RM810, an 8U high OpenVPX forced air cooled deployable rack mount chassis that provides cooling for >150W per slot.
Architecture choices balance cost and performance for embedded graphics applications
Design How-To  
5/26/2011   1 comment
High-end graphics display controllers help define product style and value with dynamic graphics that dazzle consumers. At the other end of the spectrum, modest GDCs display information clearly and simply, giving users what they want efficiently and cost effectively.
Audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate
Audio DesignLine Blog  
5/25/2011   4 comments
The audio subjectivist vs. objectivist debate has flared up once again, this time triggered by a critical hardcore engineering-based review of a popular DIY audiophile headhone amp.
Audio test & measurement seminar in UK (June 2-3)
News & Analysis  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
A two-day audio test and measurement training seminar held by Prism Sound and its UK distribution partner, TTi distribution, will introduce engineers to the practical and theoretical aspects of accurately measuring audio for a wide variety of applications.
Optimizing a switch system for mixed signal testing
Design How-To  
5/25/2011   Post a comment
For developers of new test systems and users having problems with an existing test system that uses a switch assembly it is a good idea to review potential sources of error.
DESIGN TIP: The Tortoise and the Hare
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
5/25/2011   2 comments
Your primo product has a problem—a bad problem. You know you have an all-hands-on-deck situation, but how do you reach a solution as quickly as possible?
Who needs a hybrid?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/24/2011   81 comments
The gas-powered Chevy Cruze gets hybrid-like mileage at a much lower price.
Panel prescribes Rx for Toyota
Blog  
5/24/2011   1 comment
More local management responsibility urged, along with listening to "external" safety and quality experts.
Model-based methodology optimizes functional safety, Part 1: Timing
Design How-To  
5/23/2011   2 comments
Timing is a safety issue—this insight has consequences for safety-relevant evaluation and even the design process. Here is a model-based methodology to maximize functional safety.
Spray modeling improves engine combustion control and simulation
Design How-To  
5/19/2011   2 comments
Solving emissions and fuel economy problems "in the cylinder" is cost effective compared to aftertreatments.
There's still a place for elegant, creative circuit design
Blog  
5/18/2011   17 comments
ICs do a lot, but circuit design is still a needed art
An introduction to precision analysis of high-speed serial systems and components
Design How-To  
5/18/2011   Post a comment
This paper starts with a quick, high level view of the emerging multi-Gb/s architectures and then delves into the tricks that make them work and how to analyze them.
Source/measure unit reveals inner secrets of basic active and passive components, materials
Product News  
5/18/2011   Post a comment
Agilent B2900A series of benchtop SMUs combine precise voltage/current sourcing and measurement, ease of use, and color display to assess I/V curves
Agilent launches scopes for engineering educators
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5/17/2011   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies’ InfiniiVision X-Series oscilloscopes are optimized for low-cost and high-performance and to fit the needs of engineering education.
Payload efficiency: MOST and Ethernet square off
Design How-To  
5/16/2011   Post a comment
This article discusses the payload efficiency of MOST and Ethernet and the derived influence on the network architecture of vehicles with high bandwidth needs. Furthermore, ideas for coexistence of these competing technologies are described.
Innovation revelation: Engineering the Chevy Volt
Design How-To  
5/13/2011   5 comments
For engineers, development of the Chevy Volt is a ripping yarn which has been likened to a program of "moon shot" proportions.
Linear Technology LT5400 quad resistor networks
Product News  
5/12/2011   Post a comment
Linear has introduced its first family of precision matched resistors designed for signal conditioning applications in difference amplifiers, precision dividers, references and bridge circuits.
DESIGN TIP: The glass should be not quite full
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
5/12/2011   Post a comment
Let’s say you’re developing a new product and getting it to market quickly is your highest priority. What’s the best approach to help your team reach its product introduction goal as fast as possible?
MOST150 optimizes data bus efficiency
Design How-To  
5/9/2011   Post a comment
The MOST150 infotainment bus system is about to take the place of earlier MOST systems. With its high bandwidth which can be utilized up to nearly 100%, MOST150 is a viable platform for advanced next-gen infotainment systems. Daimler already has gathered experience with the new bus.
Electric hub motor improves EV range: Part 2—Manufacturability and practical application
Design How-To  
5/5/2011   12 comments
"Electronic gearbox" control circuitry requires less power, boosting range.
Rohde & Schwarz R&S RTO Series oscilloscope
Product News  
5/5/2011   5 comments
Rohde & Schwarz's latest oscilloscope features a real-time digital trigger that enhances productivity and product performance of embedded systems.
Crystek rolls 2850 to 2950MHz VCO
Product News  
5/4/2011   Post a comment
Voltage controlled oscillator operates from 2850 to 2950MHz Crystek's CVCO55CC-2850-2950 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 2850 to 2950 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3 to 4.7V.


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