Atheros weaves mesh networking effort News & Analysis 4/30/2010 Post a comment Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion Blog 4/29/2010 Post a comment The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
ESC: FitBit teardown as therapy News & Analysis 4/23/2010 Post a comment A casual encounter at the right time sends an imaginative and driven, out "of-shape engineer on a journey of passion, frustration, learning, marriage, birth " and the on-going struggle for mental and emotional survival against all the odds. There are many like him, but help is available.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?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.
NXP, Trusted Logic open up NFC-Android API News & Analysis 4/20/2010 Post a comment Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Trusted Logic SA (Paris, France) have announced the release of an open-source application programming interface to attach near-field communications to the Android software stack.
Bluetooth backers explore 60 GHz future Product News 4/20/2010 Post a comment The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is expected to create a study group to help pick a transport for a future gigabit-class version of the short-range wireless technology, and the leading candidates are the two rival flavors of 60 GHz technology promoted by the WirelessHD Consortium and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance.
Addressing non-linear models with appropriate tools Design How-To 4/16/2010 Post a comment This white paper entitled "X-parameters and Beyond, AWR's Support of PHD and Nonlinear Behavioral Models," provides details on rapidly-emerging nonlinear models and measurement systems and how Thye are employed in AWR's Microwave Office high-frequency design software.
Inside the iPad: Samsung, Broadcom snag multiple wins Design How-To 4/4/2010 7 comments Samsung and Broadcom are among the major silicon suppliers for the Apple iPad which sports an unusually high processor-to-memory channel, an abundance of touch-screen silicon, a novel case design, according to a teardown performed by UBM TechInsights, a sister division of EE Times.
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.