IDT aims CMOS at quartz/MEMS News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Integrated Device Technology announced its foray into CMOS oscillators which it claims replaces the need for quartz crystals without the need for MEMS.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic? Audio DesignLine Blog 4/21/2010 7 comments When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
Connector commoditization belies massive innovation Design How-To 4/18/2010 Post a comment From debatable audiophile psychoacoustics to the realizable goal of 40-Gbit/second mezzanine interfaces, the electromechanical innovations required to transfer charge efficiently and reliably are matched only by the questionable marketing necessary to maintain differentiation in an area that is at once both critical and commoditized.
Precision thin film resistors operate at up to 175°C Product News 4/13/2010 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology has extended its MC AT series of professional thin film chip resistors to include devices in the 0402, 0603, 0805, and 1206 case sizes. The manufacturer also released a new precision version of the series with lower TCR and tolerances.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.