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Octasic Announces New Family of Opus-Based DSP Products

June 24, 2010 8:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Octasic Inc. today announced that it has developed the industry’s most power-efficient family of DSP solutions for media gateways, high-definition (HD) video and wireless systems. The OCT2200 series of devices uses the highly efficient Opus DSP core architecture to enable system designers to achieve both very low power consumption and the highest levels of performance in the same device.

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New Terminals & Connectors line from NTE

June 24, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics, Inc. has introduced a comprehensive new line of Terminals and Connectors for a full range of applications. Available in a variety of wire gauge sizes ranging from 8 AWG up to 26 AWG, the complete line ensures you will find exactly what you need.

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Reset Timer Simplifies Smartphone 'White Screen of Death' Restart

June 24, 2010 7:28 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

As Smartphones increase in popularity, driven by consumer demand for feature-rich functionality, problems arise from sometimes imperfect and multiple software systems. The most dreaded problem is the “white screen of death;” where a Smartphone “locks-up” requiring a restart, which often involves removing the battery.

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Agriculture : Study rules out speculation as cause of agricultural price bubble

June 24, 2010 7:28 am | by OECD | News | Comments

Financial market speculation did not cause the price bubble in agricultural futures markets in 2007-08, according to a preliminary study prepared by two US academics for the OECD.

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Moms' favoritism tied to depression in grown children

June 24, 2010 7:25 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Whether mom's golden child or her black sheep, siblings who sense that their mother consistently favors or rejects one child over others are more likely to show depressive symptoms as adults.

Simplify Multi-core by Understanding Key Use Cases

June 24, 2010 7:17 am | by Bill Graham, Product Marketing Manager for VxWorks at Wind River | Articles | Comments

Multi-core has become a hot topic in recent years. We have now reached a point where multi-core adoption is starting to follow common use cases. The following provides a framework for understanding how multi-core can apply to your project.

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Optimizing Multicore

June 24, 2010 6:48 am | by Stephen Lau, Product Management, Emulation Technology, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

As the capabilities of end products continue to multiply, many embedded system developers are forced to steer away from working with single core processors and move towards multicore processors. Only multicore processors can deliver on today’s demands of increased processing power, robust power performance and lower costs.

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Depth charge: Using atomic force microscopy to study subsurface structures

June 24, 2010 6:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have shown that under the right circumstances, surface science instruments such as the AFM can deliver valuable data about sub-surface conditions.

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Embedded Packet Processing Software for Multicore-based Systems

June 24, 2010 6:18 am | by Eric Carmès, CEO of 6WIND | Articles | Comments

4G, LTE, WiMAX, IPTV, etc. – you name it and these advanced IP-based services are upon us, and more are coming. The IP communications layer for multimedia and data-centric Next Generation Networks needs tremendous performance and sophisticated improvements in order to connect billions of devices...

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Tier Technologies replaces Rossetti as CEO

June 24, 2010 6:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Payment processing company Tier Technologies Inc. said Thursday it is changing CEOs earlier than expected, with director Charles Berger stepping in on an interim basis to replace Ronald Rossetti.Rossetti's term was scheduled to expire in April 2011. The company did not disclose why Rossetti has...

Piezoelectric Sensing for Product Testing

June 24, 2010 5:57 am | by Dave Change, Dytran Instruments, www.dytran.com | Articles | Comments

A continuing trend among OEM’s and design engineers has been increased reliance upon mechanical impact testing of product prototypes and packaging, as a means of simulating the ruggedness, durability and performance of materials and structures within their intended usage environment.

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Synchronous Regulators Handle Consumer Applications

June 24, 2010 5:27 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor introduced a new family of high efficiency 2A to 4A integrated synchronous regulators for consumer electronics applications.

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Extra Fine Pitch BGA pads

June 24, 2010 5:24 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

One of the annoyances of the world of trade secrets and proprietariness is that we can't all learn from each others' experiences. That is important and even generally necessary in a competitive world. If you put in some hard work,...

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Lunar Mapping Mission Employs Advanced Thermal Technology

June 24, 2010 5:05 am | News | Comments

Advanced thermal technology design and fabrication capabilities  helped make the recent historic orbital flight of the Moon Mineralogy Mapper possible.

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Jobless claims drop but remain at elevated levels

June 24, 2010 5:05 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Initial claims for jobless benefits fell by the largest amount in two months last week, but remain above levels consistent with healthy job growth.Despite the drop of 19,000, claims are at about the same level they were at the beginning of the year. The stubbornly high level of requests for...

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