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.
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.