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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.