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Top 10 automotive electronics stories of 2011
Design How-To  
12/23/2011   3 comments
The top stories of the year underscore the great interest Automotive Designline readers have in hybrid and electric vehicles.
Sensors expand functions in mobile devices
Design How-To  
12/14/2011   Post a comment
New apps will tap sensor data on the user’s context, habit and surroundings to infer what that user may need and offer assistance before it is requested.
Top "Medical Designline" articles for 2011 (Part 2 of 2)
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12/11/2011   Post a comment
See what your fellow engineers were reading this past year
Smart posters, mobile marketing to account for 70% of NFC tag shipments in 2016
Research  
12/11/2011   Post a comment
Smart posters and mobile marketing are the greatest opportunity for service providers and manufacturers of NFC tags; they account for over half of shipments to date and are expected to be the fastest growing segment, accounting for 70% of shipments in 2016, according to ABI Research.
STMicroelectronics 3-Axis digital gyroscope
Product News  
12/11/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has released what the company claims to be the market’s smallest three-axis digital-output gyroscope, with a package size reduced by almost half over current-generation sensors.
Balance hybrid/EV battery packs to extend operational lifetime: Pt. 1—Hardware and strategy
Design How-To  
12/9/2011   2 comments
Charge imbalance can reduce a battery pack’s total capacity and potentially damage the pack. Imbalance prevents batteries from tracking from the charged state to the discharged state and if not closely monitored can cause batteries to be overcharged or over-discharged—which will permanently damage the cells.
Standalone and wireless MCUs sip electrons; target smart meters, monitoring, medical apps
Product News  
12/7/2011   Post a comment
C8051F96x and Si102x/Si103x from Silicon Labs draw 40% less than nearest rivals, implement patented ultra-low-power techniques
IEDM: Sony game exec lays out chip needs
News & Analysis  
12/6/2011   3 comments
The CTO of Sony Computer Entertainment told chip makers he needs better image and motion sensor technologies in order to achieve the "ultimate immersive system."
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
Blog  
12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
Blog  
12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
EE Times' 20 hot technologies for 2012
Blog  
12/6/2011   57 comments
What follows is a list of 20 technologies EE Times editors think can bring big changes, and that we will be tracking in 2012.
Shunt charger ICs harvest energy, protect batteries
Design How-To  
12/2/2011   Post a comment
Energy harvesting ICs can convert a transducer's output into an electric current for a battery charger. Here are application options for a charger IC designed for embedded automotive applications.
World’s smallest dual-axis gyroscopes stabilize optical images in Smartphones
Product News  
12/1/2011   Post a comment
InvenSense Inc. has launched a family of dual-axis gyroscopes, IDG-2020 and IXZ-2020, that address the market needs for optical image stabilization (OIS) in smartphones.


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Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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