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Controller boosts telescope output by damping noise
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9/30/2009   1 comment
A CCD controller devised at the University of Montreal amplifies the output from optical instruments like telescopes and endoscopes while supressing noise for a tenfold net boost.
Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
Rigel : Vital signs simulator simulates six parameters
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A hand held, combination vital signs simulator capable of undertaking six synchronised vital signs parameters tests has been launched by Rigel Medical.
JTAG : Boundary-scan controller supports PCIe bus
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies has added the DataBlaster JT 37x7/PCIe to its line of high-performance boundary-scan IEEE Std. 1149.1 controllers. The unit offers support for the PCI-express slot format found extensively in today’s PCs.
EC report discusses increased support for electronics
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
The Myriad Challenges of Testing Automotive Electronics
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9/29/2009   2 comments
Increasing electronic content drives testing requirements for vehicles. Read this primer to learn what kind of electronic objects within the car need to be tested " and how and when.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 6 of 7)
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
IC recovery, Canon's struggle and executive migration lead weekly story ranking
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 18, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Sept. 25. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Advantest brings terahertz material testing to commercial realm
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
For a long time, researchers have worked on techniques using the terahertz frequency range for material test applications. Japanese test system vendor Advantest now brings these waves to practical applications.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 5 of 7)
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
Companies partner for space qualified modules
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
C-MAC MicroTechnology (Great Yarmouth, England) and Linear Technology (Milpitas, Calif.) have joined forces for a deal that will allow manufacturers outside of the U.S. to purchase space grade and rad-hard monolithic and multichip modules from a European manufacturer without the bureaucratic restrictions they have to face.
DTV signal monitoring
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Monitoring and measurement challenges in the digital television transition.
Data acquisition software with enhanced functionality
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Automotive industry measurement equipment vendor Ipetronik (Baden-Baden, Germany), has announces the availability of version V.01.02.00 of its IPEmotion measurement-data acquisition software for download. The version features several highlights and improvements.
Tektronix spectrum analyzers extend analysis up to 20GHz
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
The new RSA6120A spectrum analyzers enable powerful signal analysis for radar, electronic warfare, and spectrum-management applications with optimum dynamic range and channel flatness.
Nanotubes sorted, aligned to reduce friction
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
An international team studying the effects of friction on carbon nanotubes claims that it can be cut in half when carbon nanotubes are aligned lengthwise rather than transversely.
U.S. engineers at a disadvantage. Join the conversation
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9/15/2009   88 comments
Is the handwriting on the wall for U.S.-trained engineers?
JTAG test routines harness device functionality
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies is offering JTAG Functional Test (JFT) which simplifies test preparation and interpretation of results for sequential clusters.
KLA-Tencor rolls reticle inspection system
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
KLA-Tencor Corp. has rolled out its new reticle defect inspection system.
Electronic nose knows, warning with color-changing badge
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
A sensor akin to an electronic nose could be used to detect toxic industrial chemicals and be as commonplace as radiation badges around nuclear facilities.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 4 of 7)
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
Video: Researchers craft automated surgical gear
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Going far beyond the scalpel, researchers are taping hybrid sensors, wireless technology and video to create tomorrow's surgical instruments.
System testing of digital camera devices as reverse engineering
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Modern digital cameras and cell phones containing digital cameras are merely complex microprocessor systems with ever-increasing amounts of functionality.
ESP sensor measures yaw rate and acceleration
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
Bosch Automotive Electronics claims that its SMI540 is the world's first micromechanical inertial measurement unit for vehicle dynamics control in low-cost SOIC16w housing. The unit opens up new development possibilities for the ESP electronic stability program.
Anritsu launches LTE base station measurement suite for handheld analyzers
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
This measurement suite combines RF, modulation quality, and OTA measurements to create a handheld solution for LTE network deployment and installation.
picoChip targets small-cell LTE femto designs
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip design group picoChip (Bath, England) is continuing to extend its range of development systems for the emerging femtocells market, with a hardware and software platform targeting "small cell" LTE basestations.
Off and running with ESC
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9/9/2009   1 comment
Check out the highlights of ESC Boston
Analyst: R&D consortia vital for chip equipment future
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Spending on research and development in the semiconductor equipment industry is set to be slashed, with an $8 billion decline seen over the next five years, according to market trackers Gartner.
Testing the limits of organic electronics
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
The testing and characterization of organic electronic devices is becoming an increasingly important aspect of this growing sector, and the United Kingdom’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is gearing up to play a key role in developing equipment and techniques to meet the demand.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 3 of 7)
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
High-voltage precision op amp boasts low power and low noise
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
Intersil's ISL28127 is a 40V precision operational amplifier that operates with 20 percent lower noise and consumes 30 percent less power than competing devices, according to the company.
Keithley : Source-measure suite targets photovoltaic testing
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9/2/2009   Post a comment
Keithley has enhanced its popular ACS Basic Edition software, adding support for a broader line of source-measure (SMU) instrumentation.
Industry group launches USB 3.0 compliance testing
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
A certfication program for USB 3.0 devices will allow manufacturers to test their products to ensure compliance with the new spec, also known as SuperSpeed USB.


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