Image gallery: Japan bets on embedded
News & Analysis 11/22/2011 20 comments
While covering the Embedded Technology 2011 show in Yokohama, I couldn’t help but notice one big shift in the Japanese electronics industry’s agenda since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami: the industry’s collective focus on the “smart home.”
IBM tries running data centers on solar power
News & Analysis 11/21/2011 20 comments
IBM is harnessing the power of the sun with a massive installation of a 6,000-square-foot array of solar panels in Bangalore, India, which the firm claims can run 50 kilowatts of computer equipment for around 330 days a year, running 5 hours a day.
SerDes chip enables integration of multiple video streams
Design How-To 11/18/2011 2 comments
In a parking assist system example, single twisted-pair communication and an interface chipset provide a bidirectional control channel with a minimum latency and general purpose I/O functionality, enabling seamless frame-synchronous processing of individual video data streams.
Combine power feed and data link via cable for remote peripherals
Design How-To 11/10/2011 6 comments
It is possible to combine power distribution and high-speed data transmission by sharing a shielded twisted pair cable. A power feed network is necessary at both ends for power injection and extraction. By properly designing this network, and managing power supply switching noise, performance degradation is minimized.
Calxeda could create 32-bit microserver market
News & Analysis 11/1/2011 15 comments
Confirmation of the partnership between Hewlett Packard Co. and Texas startup Calxeda Inc. to develop ARM based servers has added more fuel to discussions about microservers, and which process technology is best poised to serve the market.
PPTC Devices Help Protect High Brightness LEDs
Design How-To 11/1/2011 5 comments
High brightness LEDs are energy-saving, cost-effective devices that are enabling the next generation of lighting solutions. However, excessive heat or inappropriate applications can dramatically affect LED lifetime and performance. Including circuit protection in your design can help improve LED performance and lifetime.