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IMEC working on remote cardiac monitoring
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2/27/2013   1 comment
IMEC has joined forces with two organizations to develop cardiac monitoring products integrating ultra-low power ICs.
Enhancing performance and healthy development in Chinese schools
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2/27/2013   Post a comment
Philips Design has studies the school context in China to identify potential scalable business opportunities for the creation of a safe and healthy environment where learning and teaching can flourish and achieve the best results.
Teardown: LED light shrinks size, cost with non-isolated driver
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2/22/2013   30 comments
What has changed in LED bulb design to allow the steep drop in prices that is happening? Tearing apart a LED bulb provides allows a look at some of the design trends in LED lighting, such as how the LEDs are placed within the bulb and what driver architecture is used.
Electronics in medical apps: Fertility monitor design
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2/20/2013   6 comments
Electronics plays a vital role in designing clinical equipments ranging from a small digital thermometer to complex health monitoring systems. In a series of articles, Cypress engineers will discuss the electronic design of widely used medical devices. This first installment focuses on the design of a fertility monitor.
IMEC chip targets ventricular fibrillation detection
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2/20/2013   Post a comment
European research institute IMEC has unveiled a low-power intra-cardiac signal processing chip to help diagnose ventricular fibrillation.
Mobile drives Dialog profit higher
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2/20/2013   Post a comment
Selling power management ICs for use in mobile consumer equipment is made a fortune for Dialog Semiconductor in 2012 and the company said it expects revenue to grow in 2013
PV module rating scheme explained
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2/19/2013   2 comments
The Principal Solar Institute has introduced the photovoltaic Module Rating, an independent rating standard to help large-scale solar consumers make informed, intelligent comparisons and decisions when selecting PV modules.
Infineon ships power ICs from floppy 300-mm wafers
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2/19/2013   5 comments
German chip firm claims it is the first company to produce power semiconductors on 300-mm diameter, thinned wafers and that this will bring the company both technical and cost advantages over its competition.
How to get best use from step-down voltage regulator
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2/15/2013   Post a comment
The continuous push for higher performance and power density faced by today’s system designers require small, flexible, and efficient point-of-load converters to maximize overall power chain efficiency. Engineer from Linear Technology explains how to use LTC3626 step-down voltage regulator for power supply applications.
Medical monitoring gets personal, goes mobile
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2/14/2013   3 comments
The trend towards continuous monitoring of vital signs relies on low-power, high-performance sensors, analog and digital processing, and ease of connectivity.
Implementing analog functions in rugged, rad-hard FPGAs
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Aerospace engineers are pulling converter and clocking functions onboard Xilinx FPGAs to streamline the design of their high-reliability systems.
Clean power generation makes for a green environment
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2/11/2013   1 comment
Utility companies will be raising their rates over the next several years. This will inevitably lead to many solar installations. Nevertheless, how solar panels are configured, their relative size and number of panels result in a wide variation of voltage and power availability.
Lighting startup to show LED controller IC
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2/8/2013   Post a comment
An Irish fabless semiconductor company chasing LED lighting opportunities, has said it will show a digital LED controller IC at the upcoming Strategies in Light Conference, taking place in Santa Clara, Calif.
How healthy is your heart?
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2/6/2013   Post a comment
Medical equipments have one thing in common and that is the presence of electronics. From the tiny gadget that checks the amount of sugar in blood to the bulky ECG machine which measures your heart operation. This paper gives a small-window view of the places where electronics is used and has been sitting silently in our lives over the years.
Moving from CCFT- to LED-backlit LCD modules
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2/5/2013   1 comment
LED backlights for displays offer several advantages over cold cathode fluorescent tubes, with the primary reason being power savings, followed by the absence of mercury and superior low-temperature operation.
Who’s managing your power management?
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2/4/2013   1 comment
After reviewing requests to integrate power management functions into a single chip, JVD concluded that many companies focus on watts and ignore cost. Money is being wasted by not taking advantage of further integration. This paper intends to create an awareness of this potential savings.
Single-stage LED driver targets price-sensitive retrofit bulbs
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2/1/2013   Post a comment
iWatt Inc. has introduced the iW3626 driver, the first device of an AC/DC solid state lighting LED driver platform aimed at price-sensitive, non-dimmable, residential SSL bulb applications.


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