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The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?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.