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posted in January 2011
CSEM Brasil receives USD 8 million for microsystems-based agricultural research
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1/31/2011   1 comment
The Brazilian development bank BNDES approved funding of US$ 8M for the Innovation Center CSEM Brasil, Belo Horizonte, to develop technological systems for crop monitoring and to set-up an applied-research facility in nanotechnology, microsystems and sensors.
Loudspeakers: Objective evaluations - Part 3: Comparing the subjective and objective domains
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1/26/2011   2 comments
Part 3 of an excerpt from "Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms" reviews results of the author's elaborate subjective-objective investigation into loudspeaker evaluation.
Configurable sensor AFE solution aims to simplify sensor systems designs, speeds time-to-market
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
ICs from National Semiconductor aim to slash creation time for a sensor-based designs, with configurable analog front-end (AFE) ICs supported by a new sensor-selection, evaluation tool
Cal Sensors rolls new lead salt infrared detectors and digital drive board
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
Cal Sensors has launched two new families of lead salt infrared detectors as well as a new digital drive board. The new SCD (single channel detector) and MCD (multichannel detector) families provide industry-leading sensitivity and quality for a variety of infrared sensing applications. The new digital drive board optimizes detector performance and speeds product development processes.
Analog I/O is alive, well, and soaring, thank you very much
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1/24/2011   8 comments
Reports of death of analog are not only premature, they are flat-out wrong, as latest product offerings prove
Keynote at Intel's China Cup 2010: Internet of Things
1/24/2011   Post a comment
The CTO for the Embedded and Comms Group offers his take on adding "Wisdom" to the next generation of embedded devices otherwise known as "The Internet of Things."
Intelligent environments for transportation
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1/24/2011   2 comments
This article highlights some of the mechanisms in roadways and intelligent vehicles that help enable traveler safety.
Automatic driving: The technology is (almost) ready, BMW says
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1/24/2011   7 comments
At the Innovation Summit in Munich, BMW explained the pros and cons of automatic driving. The discussion highlights the complicated splits between the feasible and the desirable.
Maintaining accuracy with small magnitude signals
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1/23/2011   8 comments
Understand the basic transducer I/O issues for low-level signals in difficult environments
MEMS-based tracking tags will survive and function in extreme temps and gamma irradiation
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1/21/2011   5 comments
STMicroelectronics and Bluechiip Limited have announced that they will partner to manufacture unique micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based tracking tags initially aimed at healthcare markets. Because the Bluechiip tracking tag is a mechanical device rather than an electronic one, it can survive in temperature extremes and is immune gamma irradiation.
Using a thermoelectronic assembly (TEA) to cool electronic systems and modules
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1/21/2011   8 comments
Understand the basic operation and sizing of this system-cooling option
Silicon Labs Si114x proximity sensor
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1/20/2011   1 comment
These tiny, next-generation infrared and ambient light sensors enable advanced gesture control for touchless human interfaces in handsets, eReaders and netbooks.
Chip-scale atomic clock approaches performance of modules, far exceeds TXCOs
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1/18/2011   5 comments
Symmetricom SA 45s CSAC uses innovative concept and execution, enables portable applications
Introduction to adaptive arrays, Part 2 of 2
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1/16/2011   Post a comment
SciTech publishing has recently released a new book, Introduction to Adaptive Arrays, 2nd Edition, by Robert A. Monzingo, Randy Haupt, Thomas W. Miller, which addresses the subject of adaptive array sensor systems.
Advanced HMI technologies enable integrated automotive center console design
Design How-To  
1/14/2011   3 comments
Incorporation of a multifunction console control panel allows HMI designers greater flexibility in styling as well as greater control over uniform look and feel. Such a design also reduces tooling charges and increases reliability. Because of overall integration and a reduce set of controls, these designs also reduce the total cost of systems.
Ultralow-voltage energy harvester powers wireless sensors from waste heat (Part 2 of 2)
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1/13/2011   2 comments
Understand the functions needed for meaningful harvesting from low-energy thermal sources
Microchip RE46C190 3V photo smoke-detector IC
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1/12/2011   Post a comment
Microchip's smoke-detector IC offers low-voltage operation with programmable calibration and operating modes, enabling operating modes to be selected and calibrated during manufacturing.
OmniVision OV10810 image senor
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1/11/2011   Post a comment
Omnivision's 1/2.5-inch image sensor is designed to offer complete convergence between high-resolution still photography and full high-definition video.
Aptina AR0330 1080p60 video sensor
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1/11/2011   2 comments
Aptina is sampling a 3-megapixel image sensor with an advanced 2.2-micron pixel that supports electronic image stabilization as well as all HD video modes.
Optical control of graphene supports sensors
1/11/2011   1 comment
The team of scientists has published research showing how light can be used to control the electrical properties of graphene and is claiming the move marks progress in the development of graphene devices.
Ultralow-voltage energy harvester powers wireless sensors from waste heat (Part 1 of 2)
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1/8/2011   4 comments
Understand the functions needed for meaningful harvesting from low-energy thermal sources

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