WHDI 2nd Gen Wireless 1080p Chipset from AMIMON
Product News 4/29/2009 Post a comment
AMIMON Inc. announced the immediate availability of its second generation baseband chipset. The second generation transmitter and receiver chips (AMN 2120/2220) are designed for the WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface) standard.
How to Create a MAXQ-Based "Learning" Remote Control
Design How-To 4/29/2009 Post a comment
The clutter of infrared (IR) remote controls for consumer entertainment equipment seems to be a permanent fixture in homes around the world. But with a MAXQ2000 microcontroller and a few inexpensive parts, you can build a remote control that "learns" the codes from the other remotes and plays back the codes on demand.
GE holographic disk said to top 500 Gbytes
News & Analysis 4/28/2009 3 comments
GE Global Research reports that is has succeeded in writing patterns on holographic disks that brighten their reflectivity by up to 200 times, enabling next-generation holographic disks that could store up to 500 Gbytes.
Printed batteries market seen powering up
News & Analysis 4/28/2009 Post a comment
Sales of printed batteries will reach $200 million by the middle of the next decade, and they will be embedded in devices generating sales of $1.5 billion, according to market research group NanoMarkets (Glen Allen, VA).
Security challenges in embedded designs
Design How-To 4/27/2009 Post a comment
Analyzed are the following use-cases where security challenges are involved: software integrity protection; software IP protection; secure information and data logging; preventing use of non-original peripherals; secure communication; digital rights management; and multi-CPU system-on-chip.
Meister : Flow monitors are designed for dirty fluids
Product News 4/23/2009 Post a comment
Meister Stroemungstechnik introduces flow monitors designed to monitor dirty fluids. The RMU series’ hexagonal float is less sensitive to particles compared to cylindrical floats, which creates a small and constant circular orifice with the housing of the flowmeter.
Having a look at "Micro" electronics
Blog 4/22/2009 Post a comment
The laboratory facilities of TechInsights Services can provide an interesting view of the microelectronics world. Check out the Image of the Week, and take a unique peek at some of the electronics you help create.
Applying Multi-core and Virtualization to Industrial and Safety-Related Applications
Design How-To 4/22/2009 Post a comment
Disruptive technologies are providing device manufacturers in the industrial sector with a significant opportunity to improve both their devices and their businesses. Learn how multicore and virtualization can help you improve device performance, reduce costs through hardware consolidation, and upgrade applications more cost effectively throughout the product lifecycle.
Who is inside the Kindle 2?
Design How-To 4/22/2009 1 comment
Who are the component winners for Amazon.com Inc.'s new Kindle 2? Try E-Ink, Epson, Freescale, Multek, Lico, Novatel, Qualcomm, Samsung and others.
Bluetooth upgrade rides 802.11 radios
News & Analysis 4/21/2009 Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released its version 3.0 specification supporting data rates up to 24 Mbits/second over a shared 802.11 radio, a small but significant step toward the technology becoming a de facto protocol for ad hoc, secure wireless peer-to-peer networks.
Position sensing at submicron resolutions
Product News 4/21/2009 Post a comment
Useful for position feedback of micro-actuators, austriamicrosystems AS5311 is a hall-effect sensor based linear magnetic encoder that the company says is the first such part to achieve submicron resolution.
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 4/21/2009 Post a comment
Two notable robotics events occurred last week-- the RoboBusiness Conference and Expo in Boston, and the FIRST Robotics Championships in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
German automation industry airs gloomy outlook
News & Analysis 4/21/2009 1 comment
If the predictions of the German automation industry will come true, in the current crisis the worst has yet to come. At the Hannover fair, the automation group in the ZVEI industry association published a rather pessimistic analysis.
TSMC rolls sign-off flow, RF design kit
Product News 4/21/2009 Post a comment
Seeking to accelerate the product development process, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is rolling out a one-two punch in the arena: It has unveiled a mixed-signal/RF design kit as well as a foundry-specific integrated sign-off flow.
Free schematic symbols and PCB footprints for all Microchip products
Product News 4/20/2009 Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. and Accelerated Designs, Inc. have come
together to provide CAD help for PCB engineers using Microchip
devices. They have collaborated on an Ultra Librarian Reader
(ULR) tool to
provide Microchip's customers with schematic symbols and Printed
Circuit Board (PCB) footprints for Microchip's entire product portfolio.
Processor architecture not a factor for low-power mobile systems
Design How-To 4/20/2009 Post a comment
With all the features and connectivity options on today's handset, including Ethernet, USB, GSM, GPS, MP3, Wi-Fi, WCDMA, displays, audio, it turns out that the choice of processor, whether or not it's an Intel Atom or an ARM Cortex, takes a distant second place to well-optimized code and functional partitioning when it comes to power consumption and managing the power budget.
Semiconductor Insights 2009 Insight Awards recognizes innovative semiconductor technologies and products
Teardown 4/16/2009 1 comment
The Insight Awards has been recognizing innovators in semiconductor industry since 2000. Despite the challenges, parallel innovations made inside Semiconductor Insights to identify and analyze innovative technologies introduced by the industry leaders have made this program a continued success. By focusing on the most advanced technologies and products, the Insight Award has been helping the industry to understand the current state of the art of the industry's leading technologies. The areas of
Faster code generation for wireless sensor networks
Design How-To 4/16/2009 Post a comment
Wireless sensor networks (WSN) have become a hot research topic and show much promise to become a driver of current and future microelectronic technologies. This emerging technology offers exciting potential for numerous application areas including environmental, medical, military, transportation, entertainment and crisis management.
IA-32 Features and Flexibility for Next-Generation Industrial Control
Design How-To 4/15/2009 Post a comment
Industrial control systems are rapidly evolving towards standardized, general-purpose platforms that incorporate concepts traditionally associated with the domain of Information Technology (IT). The push of IT into the industrial sector is occurring both at the field level, where sensors and actuators are more and more intelligent, and at the control level, to replace the dedicated hardware approach found in previously designed applications.
Special displays enable situation-based information systems
Design How-To 4/15/2009 1 comment
Innovative TFT displays are important key components for situation-based driver information and in-car infotainment systems, since they allow more flexibility and new functions in the design of modern vehicle interior and safety concepts. Depending on use within the vehicle " be it as an information cluster display, central navigation and information display or screen for the entertainment of passengers designers have to choose from a variety of TFT LCDs with different technical configura
Microchip aims to 'elbow out' rivals in MCU crisis
News & Analysis 4/15/2009 2 comments
Having failed to buy Atmel Corp. earlier this year, Microchip Technology Inc. is now embarking on a slightly different course: The controller and analog specialist hopes to expand or ''elbow out'' its product lines--and its rivals--amid a growing crisis in the IC supply chain.
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