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ECN Focus on Lighting

May 18, 2009 12:35 pm | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

Here is a collection of articles on the subject of Solid-State lighting.

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DSPs in Medical Imaging

May 18, 2009 11:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Just as they have played a key role in advancing industries such as PCs, cellular telecommunications and automotive, digital signal processors (DSPs) are playing an increasingly important role in advancing medical imaging to provide faster, more accurate diagnoses and treatment.

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A Visit to the 2009 Embedded Systems Conference – Part II

May 18, 2009 11:37 am | Articles | Comments

With over 8,000 attendees, this year’s Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) was a pleasant surprise to an industry expecting a low turnout. Held in San Jose from March 30 to April 2, the event had a nice assortment of new tech and devices. Here is our second portion of our two-part coverage of the event.

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Making lemonade

May 18, 2009 11:21 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

There's an old saying, "you can even get used to hanging, if you hang long enough". This industry has been on a rollercoaster for over a decade, between the Dot-Bomb, the Telecom collapse, the Internet, the housing bubble, the bank crisis, and disruptive technologies, we've been beaten about like a Pinata on Cinco de Mayo.

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Design Talk: Prototyping and Design

May 18, 2009 10:29 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

There are always things to consider when prototyping a design. Here are a few essays on the subject to aid you in your efforts.

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Virtual Platforms for Multicore System Development

May 18, 2009 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Virtualized systems development is a development methodology where the actual hardware of a system is augmented by a virtual platform, a simulation model of the hardware running on a workstation or PC. The virtual platform can run the same binary software as the physical hardware, fast enough to be used as alternative to physical hardware for software development.

Battery Charger IC Offers “Instant On” Feature

May 18, 2009 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SMB339 Series programmable battery charger from Summit Microelectronics has features such as integrates additional features, such as "instant-on", even with a dead battery, and real-time charge current monitoring.

Clock Synthesizer Generates Two Signals

May 18, 2009 8:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to work in conjunction with other devices on the board that require a reference clock, such as PHYs, switches, ASICs, and network processors, the 843N156-125 FemtoClock from IDT generates a 125-MHz single-ended output and a 156.25-MHz LVPECL output from a single 25-MHz crystal.

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Clearwire Racing Toward 4G Rollouts To Beat Rivals

May 18, 2009 6:57 am | News | Comments

Clearwire says it remains on track to launch its Clear-branded WiMAX 4G service in Atlanta next month, with Las Vegas slated for a late summer launch and Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas/Fort Worth scheduled for rollouts later in the year.

Samsung Bets on LCD TVs Despite Downturn

May 18, 2009 6:45 am | by Marie-France Han and Rhee So-eui | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics, the world's top TV brand, aims to outperform the overall flat-panel television market's growth this year, thanks in part to its newly launched LED models, a senior official said. "2009 won't be an easy year but we plan to maintain market leadership with new products such as LED TV," said Sue Shim, senior vice president in charge of sales and marketing at Samsung's Visual Display division.

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Robot Hall of Fame Inducts Five New Members

May 18, 2009 6:11 am | News | Comments

Carnegie Science Center and Carnegie Mellon University announced the 2010 class of inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame at a press preview of roboworld, the Science Center’s new robotics exhibition opening June 13 and the permanent home for the Robot Hall of Fame.

Consortium Promotes Serial Port Memory Technology

May 18, 2009 5:54 am | News | Comments

Hynix Semiconductor, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics , and Silicon Image today announced the formation of an industry consortium that promotes Serial Port Memory Technology (SPMT) for broad market adoption as an industry standard.

Clock Generator Provides up to Seven Outputs

May 18, 2009 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to generate clocks from 10 KHz to 230 MHz, the FD7 Series multiple frequency clock generator provides up to seven independent CMOS outputs in a single 5 x 7-mm LCC ceramic package.

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Fifth Hubble Spacewalk Under Way

May 18, 2009 5:06 am | News | Comments

Astronauts John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel began the fifth and final STS-125 spacewalk at 8:20 a.m. EDT. It is scheduled to last 5 hours, 45 minutes.

Panasonic Hit With $4 Billion Loss This Year

May 15, 2009 8:16 am | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. slumped deep into the red last fiscal year, joining the expanding club of big Japanese brands shellshocked by their rapid descent from cash cow to money loser. The world's biggest plasma TV maker Friday reported a 378.96 billion yen ($4 billion) loss for the fiscal year ended March — its first loss in seven years — and expects to stay in the red in the current year.

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