Huge growth seen for MEMS sensors, actuators News & Analysis 3/27/2008 Post a comment Worldwide sales of MEMS-based semiconductor sensors and actuators are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent between 2007 and 2012, reaching $9.7 billion in five years compared to $4.1 billion in 2007, according to market research group IC Insights.
'How to Cheat': The Physics of RFID Design How-To 3/25/2008 Post a comment Here is the first section of Chapter 2 from 'How to Cheat at Deploying and Securing RFID.' The chapter--The Physics of RFID--provides a basic understanding of the physics of RFID communications and the characteristics that affect system performance during the journey of an RF wave.
PCB Piezotronics : Preamplifier suits high-temp. applications Product News 3/25/2008 Post a comment PCB Piezotronics has released the HT426E01 preamplifier, designed to overcome high temperature testing challenges associated with NVH powertrain and vehicle underhood testing applications, and to broaden options for NVH test engineers collecting acoustic data in high temperature areas.
Fail-safe gyro sensors targets high-reliability applications Product News 3/20/2008 Post a comment Austrian fabless chip vendor SensorDynamics has introduced two angular rate sensors which integrate monitoring circuitry at chip and module level. This double safety enables designers to use them in automotive applications as well as in other application areas where very high levels of resilience and safety are a requirement.
DSL filter is compatible with VDSL2 to 30-MHz Product News 3/11/2008 Post a comment Specifically suited for telephone networks in Asia, Europe, and South America, Pulse's Excelsus brand Z-301LS in-line xDSL filter improves DSL and HPN performance by filtering all phone-line services through a single line while providing optimal voice band performance.
TFT-LCD module offers easy programmability Product News 3/10/2008 Post a comment EarthLCD's ezLCD-004-EDK 5.6-inch TFT color LCD module offers intelligent programmability that provides a quick GUI interface to new products, eliminating the time typically required for designing customized hardware or software.
RFID Essentials: An Introduction to RFID--Part III Design How-To 3/6/2008 1 comment RFID--What is it? Here is the third segment of an excerpt from Chapter 1 of RFID Essentials. This multi-part series will take you from nuts and bolts, through challenges, all the way to adoption guidelines. This week features a focus on applications.
Silicon oscillators deliver quartz performance at a lower cost News & Analysis 3/4/2008 Post a comment Recent MEMS resonator breakthroughs, such as improved long-term frequency stability and thermal hysteresis, have convinced some design engineers that the day has come for silicon oscillators. For buyers, reduced inventory carrying costs and time to market are the key reasons why the use of MEMS oscillators is on the rise.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times