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GPUs Go Mainstream

January 20, 2011 9:10 am | by Jos Martin, Principal Architect for parallel computing tools at MathWorks | Comments

At the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in September this year several ISVs announced extensive support for GPU based functionality. A reasonable question that arises from these announcements is ‘why now’?  GPUs have already found favour in a number of computational disciplines...

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Brainstorm: Optoelectronics

January 18, 2011 10:40 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Will this be the year of solid state lighting?

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Shrinking Design Cycles

January 18, 2011 10:21 am | by Shrikrishna Mehetre, Open-Silicon | Comments

Semiconductor industry sales started with $1B in 1962 and have now reached over $225B. The initial ASIC products were mainly processors, but today the ASIC design industry has evolved to cater to every market segment, from things such as networking and imaging, to tiny biomedical devices.

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The Changing Nature of Development Cycles for Portable Devices

January 18, 2011 6:07 am | by Anders Holmberg, Product Manager, IAR Systems | Comments

Not so long ago I worked for a mobile handset company as a software developer. A team of 40 worked across several different sites and countries on a major 2 year project to design a new handset. It was not uncommon for us to work on a subset of code and never see the whole application.

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An Introduction to Solid State Lighting

January 17, 2011 4:28 am | by Rob Rix, VP, Tyco Electronics Lighting | Comments

Unlike the incandescent / fluorescent lamp world of today’s electrical lighting fixtures, solid-state lighting is in the realm of electronics. The purpose of this series of articlesis to provide an informative summary of the elements that comprise these new electronic systems...

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Deliver High-Performance Car Radio Designs at Low Cost

January 14, 2011 7:25 am | by Lokesh Duraiappah, Silicon Labs, www.silabs.com | Comments

High-growth economies such as Brazil, Indonesia, India and China have an emerging middle class and rapidly growing automotive markets. The vehicle retail price in these markets must be relatively low, putting cost pressure on components in these vehicles.

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Lithium Ion Battery Assembly Challenges

January 14, 2011 4:29 am | by Marko Dimitrijevic, Applications Engineer, International Components Corporation | Comments

Advances in lithium-ion battery technology have created new opportunities for the development of portable devices. Contemporary lithium-ion cells offer energy densities that are significantly higher than legacy battery chemistries such as nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMh) and lead acid (LA).

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3D: The panacea no one wants

January 13, 2011 12:22 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

To paraphrase David Farragut, damn the sales figures; full speed ahead! If CES 2011 signaled anything, it was the industry’s intent on shoving 3D down our throats. The most vocal proponent, Sony, claims they’ll “lead the industry’s charge for 3D.” Yet for the industry, it’s more like a holy crusade.

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Electronic Current Limiter Solutions

January 13, 2011 5:14 am | by Paul Wiener, Telecom Market Director at Bourns, Inc. | Comments

Ethernet is the most pervasive interface technology used in Local Area Networking (LAN). There are several variations of Ethernet; the most common types are the 10BaseT at 10 Mbps data rate, Fast Ethernet at 100 Mbps and a growing trend toward Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

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Power Module Designs Aim for Efficiency, Heat Management, and Flexibility

January 12, 2011 5:49 am | by Joe Sullivan, Product Marketing Manager, Vicor Corporation | Comments

As electronic systems continue the trend toward lower voltages and higher currents and as the speed of contemporary loads ? such as state-of-the-art processors and memory ? continues to increase, the power systems designer is challenged...

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Defining the New Era in Highly Efficient Power Electronics Design

January 11, 2011 11:54 am | by Peter J Zdebel (Senior Vice President and CTO) and Marnix Tack (Senior Director), ON Semiconductor | Comments

A report published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEE) estimates the US economy could expand by greater than 70 percent through 2030 and still use 11 percent less electricity, thanks to efficiency gains made possible via semiconductor technology.

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Tools to Shrink Your Design Cycle Times

January 10, 2011 5:01 am | by Bonnie C. Baker, Texas Instruments | Comments

Designers continue to face pressure from customers and competitors to produce products in a timely manner. Product planning and implementation is critical in this rapid pace environment.

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Lighting the Future

December 30, 2010 5:06 am | by Bill Weiss, Lighting Applications Business Development Manager, Power Integrations | Comments

Throughout the world there is pressure to develop a direct plug-in replacement for the incandescent bulb. Such a replacement must not only provide an equivalent perceived omni-directional light output...

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Next-Generation Power MOSFETs For Next-Generation Vehicles

December 23, 2010 6:14 am | by Benjamin Jackson, Product Manager, International Rectifier | Comments

Performance, power density and efficiency are goals not normally associated with electrical systems on automobiles. That was yesterday, now the pistons, valves and fuel pumps of the last 150 years have transformed into the electric motors, inverters and batteries of today.

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Automotive applications require fast analog video switching

December 21, 2010 7:54 am | by Fionn Hurley, Analog Devices | Comments

Despite the move to digital video for home entertainment, analog video still has a significant presence in applications such as the automotive industry.

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