Cypress’s Gen4 TrueTouch touchscreen controllers were worth the wait Blog 9/28/2011 4 comments Cypress's Dhwani Vyas put it best, "Finally [we] have the part I have been waiting for!" He was referring to the company's new Gen4 family of touchscreen controllers that are the first to feature an ARM 32-bit core, along with proprietary LCD noise cancellation technology called DisplayArmor that eliminates the need for an extra shield layer of glass and its associated air gap, thereby reducing display thickness by up to 1 mm and lowering overall cost and weight.
Smart grid: Slow buildout begins Special Report 9/26/2011 8 comments Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
Making sounds with analogue electronics - Part 1: Before the synthesizer Design How-To 9/21/2011 5 comments Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Sound Synthesis and Sampling" looks back at the history of audio electronics before the synthesizer, briefly reviews the differences between analogue and digital synthesis, and discusses "one of the major innovations in the development of the synthesizer" - voltage control.
Intelligent sensor, algorithms improve battery management Design How-To 9/19/2011 2 comments More than half of the vehicle breakdowns that are caused by the electrical system can be traced back to the lead-acid battery and could have been avoided by knowledge of the battery state. A battery management system provides the necessary information by fast and reliable detection of the State-of-Charge, State-of-Health, and State-of-Function in terms of cranking capability.
Melexis shows time-of-flight crash sensor News & Analysis 9/12/2011 1 comment Automotive chipmaker Melexis Microelectronic Systems NV has demonstrated a collision detection and avoidance system based on infra-red light, time-of-flight depth sensor technology licensed from SoftKinetic (Brussels, Belgium).
Capella CM36262 optical sensor Product News 9/8/2011 1 comment Aimed at tablet computers, notebooks and smartphones, Capella is offering an optical lid sensor chip that contains a patent-pending optical lid sensor, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor.
Bosch invests in gesture chip firm News & Analysis 9/5/2011 3 comments Robert Bosch Venture Capital has led an investment of 7.1 million euro (about $10 million) in Ident Technology AG (Gilching, Germany), a developer of electric field sensors that can be used for 3-D gesture recognition.
OSRAM'S new 3-in-1 hybrid sensor Product News 9/3/2011 Post a comment The new 3-in-1 SFH 7773 digital sensor from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors makes it easy to install both proximity and ambient light sensing in smart phones and similar devices by combining the functions of a digital ambient light sensor and a digital proximity sensor in a single compact unit.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.