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Automated blood test is a Breeze
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Personal blood glucose monitors have evolved to become affordable and highly portable electronic devices. The BGMs in use today are little electrochemistry labs.

Under the Hood Teardown: Humminbird FishFinder--Analog reels 'em in
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5/15/2007   2 comments
A low-cost, ultrasonic, echo-based fish locator (aka fish finder) provides cost-effective design in this Under the Hood Teardown
Under the Hood: PXI-5152 scope a design hotbed
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Precision oscilloscopes and laboratory instruments occupy a special place in the design flow for a new circuit or system. This is the instrument that verifies the performance of your prototype. It captures the signals your circuitry puts out and displays them on a calibrated screen. No matter how fast you think your high-speed circuit performs, the oscilloscope must run faster.

Special Issue: Card scanner relies on analog
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
How many times have you returned from a business trip with two dozen new business cards--and no time to type them into your computer? The CardScan is a business card reader and software package that picks up company names and logos, contact names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
Special Issue: Inside the Prius: Part 4 - Controllers keep dual motors humming
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Toyota's Prius in many respects can be considered to have two engine controllers: one for the traditional, 1.5-liter gasoline engine and another for the electric motors used to power the car alternatively.

Special Issue: Inside the Toyota Prius: Part 5 - Inverter/converter is Prius' power broker
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5/14/2007   1 comment
The inverter/converter unit (ICU) is the ringmaster of all of the electrical conversion in the Prius. The hybrid's two motor generator units have distinct roles: MG1 recharges the high-voltage (approximately 200-V) nickel metal hydride battery pack located in the rear of the car and also applies direct power to drive the MG2 assembly. MG1 additionally serves as the electric motor used to start the gas engine portion of the power train. MG2 is the primary electric drive motor when energized and
Special Issue: Inside the Toyota Prius: Part 6 - Navigation unit bridges automotive, CE
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
With increasing frequency, car buyers are spending big for the convenience of in-car navigation. Not unusual for factory-optioned navigation, the Prius' GPS-based mapping and guidance system adds almost $2,000 to the sticker price.

Under the Hood: Tried-and-true design concepts drive Prius
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5/14/2007   2 comments
Upon tearing apart a Toyota Prius--spanking new from the dealer--what strikes an engineer's eye is that this first parallel drive train gas/electric hybrid car is more like other modern vehicles than not. Ignore the large nickel-metal hydride battery tucked out of sight behind the rear seat; filter out the associated starter-motor-like

Special Issue: Airbag ASSPs: smart, sensitive
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Automotive airbag triggers incorporate a high degree of intelligence, as well as analog sensitivity and mixed-signal functionality. Today, smart airbags have occupant-detection features and inflate to variable volumes.
Special Issue: Rivalry in consoles is no game
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Videogame systems have come a long way from the days of a paddle and a bouncing ball. Interactive games, online play and realistic graphics have moved gaming from something that only kids play to a pastime that has entered many homes. Combined with computer games, this amounted to a $7.4 billion industry in 2006, almost triple the software sales of 1996. According to a recent Nielsen survey, 41.1 percent of

Under the Hood: Focus on Qualcomm and TI at 65 nm
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Given the significant market size for the cell phone industry and the different types of products available, it's not surprising that Qualcomm and Texas Instruments offer a number of different baseband solutions. Their semiconductor devices have been advancing to accommodate the wide variety of systems, taking into account different size, power consumption and functionality restrictions.



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