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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.”
Wide current range sensing topology provides high resolution, high-side sensing of 12V batteries
Design How-To  
10/26/2010   4 comments
To improve fuel economy, more vehicle functions are being electrified, reducing the continuous load on the internal combustion engine. As the power load is shifted to the vehicle battery, keeping the battery charged and functioning correctly becomes ever more critical.
Xsens releases MTw wireless 3D motion tracker
Product News  
10/25/2010   1 comment
The MTw from Xsens Technologies B.V. is a miniature wireless inertial motion tracker for 3D kinematic measurements of body movements.
Differentiating noise from real touch: the key to robust capacitive sensing
Design How-To  
10/25/2010   4 comments
Noise and false triggers can severely affect capacitive sensing interfaces; understand its manifestations and what you can do about it.
High-accuracy ADE7953 energy-metering IC resists tampering
Product News  
10/25/2010   Post a comment
The ADE7953 energy metering IC for single-phase meter configurations measures active, reactive and apparent energy along with rms voltage and current. It also provides neutral-current measurements that help designers develop tamper-proof smart meters.
CEL’s MeshConnect EM357 Module delivers best-in-class ZigBee performance
Product News  
10/22/2010   1 comment
California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is now shipping its new MeshConnect EM357 module, built on the EM357 integrated circuit (IC) for ZigBee from Ember Corp. Designed for ZigBee Pro applications, the module runs the full ZigBee Pro software stack and Smart Energy profile, enabling applications such as smart meters, smart grid, building automation, remote control, and HVAC.
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. 
Meggitt debuts low-cost array microphones with ISOTRON and TEDS
Product News  
10/20/2010   Post a comment
Endevco models EM40PH and EM40PL from Meggitt Sensing Systems are low-cost, free-field, pre-polarized array microphones designed for multi-channel acoustic measurements of sound power, sound pressure levels and frequencies, sound-field analyses, and concurrent spatial and transient measurements within the audible range in aerospace, automotive and test & measurement applications.
Active noise cancellation applied to diesel exhaust
News & Analysis  
10/20/2010   4 comments
At the IAA motor show for commercial vehicles, automotive supplier Eberspaecher shows a prototype of a muffler which makes use of active noise cancellation.
OmniVision OV10630 image sensor
Product News  
10/19/2010   Post a comment
OmniVision Technologies unveiled the OV10630, a high dynamic range system-on-a-chip sensor that delivers 720p HD resolution for automotive applications.
Japanese components vendors in the iPhone 4
Blog  
10/19/2010   17 comments
A focus on manufacturing is probably why Japan is winning design-ins with Apple.
austriamicrosystems' AS5510 linear Hall sensor
Product News  
10/14/2010   9 comments
Packaged in a tiny 1.46 x 1.1 mm CSP, austriamicrosystems’ AS5510 linear Hall sensor is targeting consumer electronics designers seeking high performance contactless linear position sensing in space-constraint applications such as closed-loop position control systems.
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.
Omron home blood pressure monitor taps semiconductor scaling
Teardown  
10/11/2010   Post a comment
Omron's HEM-790ITCAN lets you measure your blood pressure at home, using electric inflation, sensors and algorithms to return readings that can be stored in the device's software management system.
24-bit ADC provides high resolution for low power precision sensor applications
Product News  
10/11/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a single-channel, 24-bit ADC that offers an industry-leading 23.9-bit effective resolution (ENOB) at < 300µA. The higher ENOB eliminates power-hungry gain stages while achieving the highest precision possible from the sensor.
Pannam SimScroll touch-sensing solution
Product News  
10/6/2010   1 comment
Pannam Imaging Division of Horizons Inc. announced SimScroll, a circular switch array meant as an alternative to capacitive touch solutions.
Japan hangs its hat on Android, sensors and displays
News & Analysis  
10/5/2010   37 comments
CEATEC, Japan’s premier consumer electronics show held here this week, illustrated three principle trends within the Japanese electronics industry: Android, sensors and display technologies
T&M gets dedicated designline
Test & Measurement Designline Blogs  
10/4/2010   1 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.


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Rich Quinnell
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Book Review: Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design
Martin Rowe
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