ARM TechCon Teardown Smackdown: Dell Streak vs. The Archos 7 Blog 10/26/2010 11 comments The promo for this ARM TechCon event is actually a bit misleading: “Which tablet PC will come out on top? Watch as EE Times Editors Brian Fuller and Patrick Mannion dissect the inner workings of the devices and explore which is the strongest contender, based on speed, power consumption, display, features and functionality.”
The changing face of electronic test instrumentation RF & Microwave Designline Blog 10/21/2010 1 comment Over the last 20 years, many different types of software applications have evolved to help relieve the test engineer from spending huge blocks of time writing code. Today, software products exist to create waveforms, analyze vector signals and make highly accurate measurements using advanced methodologies. These software tools can be integrated into a larger automated test environment and many instruments are now PC-based so the applications can now run directly on the instrument.
Digi ConnectPort X3 aggregates local traffic over a cellular network Product News 10/21/2010 Post a comment Digi ConnectPort X3 from Digi International is a low-cost, programmable cellular gateway for monitoring and tracking remote assets. Featuring flexible device interfaces, including ZigBee, RS-232 serial, analog and digital input/output (I/O), and Global Positioning System (GPS), the compact ConnectPort X3 provides global connectivity to remote devices and device/sensor networks via GSM GPRS cellular networks.
CEL ZigBee module ranges 2.5 miles Product News 10/20/2010 Post a comment Designed for ZigBee Pro applications, the module runs the full ZigBee Pro software stack and Smart Energy profile, making it well suited for applications such as smart meters, smart grid, building automation, remote control, and HVAC.
Digi X-Grid offers expanded customer engagement with Itron ERT-enabled homes Product News 10/20/2010 Post a comment Itron ERT meters can now connect instantly to the Smart Grid with Digi International’s ERT/Ethernet Gateway and ERT/Smart Energy Bridge. The new products enable easy online access to gas, water, and electric metering data for Itron’s widely deployed ERT meters. With Digi X-Grid utilities can leverage the data to offer a range of energy management services.
Peregrine_RF front end adapts for increased mobile data demand Design How-To 10/18/2010 5 comments The industry is predicting that data volumes could reach 2.7 exabytes per year in 2010 and that volume could increase to between 20 and 90 exabytes in 2015. This expansion is driven by the consumer’s rapid adoption of smartphone and other datacentric terminals, such as datacards, e-readers, and laptops. In order to support this type of data explosion, operators will need to take a multi-pronged approach: redefining how we think of the RF front end.
Maxim LNAs target HSPA and LTE Product News 10/14/2010 1 comment The MAX2666/MAX2668 are low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) optimized for HSPA/LTE applications where efficiency in board space, power consumption, and cost are paramount.
Texas Instruments: How to improve range when designing a wireless system Design How-To 10/14/2010 5 comments In order to satisfy user desire for longer ranges, wireless engineers must understand key parameters that impact the range of their systems – and subsequently know how to design around those parameters in a very efficient way. In this article we will review the link budget, which determines the range, as well as its components.
Thinfilm, Xerox PARC team on polymer memory News & Analysis 10/13/2010 16 comments Thinfilm Film Electronics ASA, a provider of polymer memory technology, has announced it is working with Palo Alto Research Center Inc., a subsidiary of Xerox, to develop memory technology enabled through printed electronics.
T&M gets dedicated designline Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 10/4/2010 Post a comment Welcome to the Test & Measurement Designline, the latest addition to the EE Times Group's 'heads down' communities designed to help engineers tackle practical, technical and software challenges to bring product specification to reality.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 16 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...