Walkman R.I.P., Audi sound Audio DesignLine Blog 11/23/2010 6 comments My take on the fate of the Walkman (maybe it should be renamed the "WalkingDeadman") and on the efforts by Audi - and other companies - to find the "right sound" for their products.
Validate electronics robustness: Part 2—Find the worst case Design How-To 11/19/2010 8 comments Ensuring that today’s complex electronic systems meet specific quality, robustness, lifespan, and safety goals requires validating that the system implementation matches the specification. An important step in verification is to gain an accurate understanding of the system’s worst-case behavior.
C&K Components TSW navigation switch Product News 11/17/2010 Post a comment C&K Components has developed a new series of 3- and 5-way navigation switches that feature push and rotary functions with 24 detents at 12 pulses in a compact and slim design.
FCI XL series 0.20 mm pitch FPC connector Product News 11/16/2010 Post a comment FCI has developed a 0.20mm pitch FPC connector series that can withstand high cable-retention forces, making it suitable for consumer applications, including mobile phones, smart phones, digital still cameras and other miniature consumer applications.
E-Switch TM1000 tilt switch Product News 11/15/2010 Post a comment With this high life cycle expectancy, E-Switch says its TM1000 series tilt switch is well-suited for portable equipment, gaming and computer, security devices and medical equipment applications.
Next-gen power electronics spur energy efficiency Design How-To 11/5/2010 Post a comment Over the last 30 years, it is estimated power semiconductors have helped improve efficiency of cars by 40%. Now with government green-energy and CO2 reduction plans, the power semiconductor industry is expected to contribute further improvements in energy efficiency. Here are the options.
Automotive USB poses reliability challenges Design How-To 11/2/2010 Post a comment In consumer electronics, USB is the most popular interface technology. But for USB to capture "the pole position" among competitive technologies for automotive use, questions of quality must be answered.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments