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Medical Displays Respond to the Touch

December 3, 2010 6:51 am | by Ralph Polshak, Optrex America, Inc., www.optrex.com | Comments

Medical devices present a special and challenging set of requirements for LCD displays. They need to provide high quality images with high contrast, high resolution images and data...

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Designing an Automotive Instrument Cluster for Increased Sound Pressure Level

December 3, 2010 5:30 am | by Jon Levin, Star Micronics America, Inc. & Krunal Patel, Jaguar Land Rover | Comments

Nearly all vehicles have a chime or speaker on the dashboard instrument cluster for various alert functions. Increasingly, instrument cluster manufacturers are turning to speakers...

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Gifts for geeks

December 1, 2010 7:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about Jolly ‘Ol Saint Nick, mistletoe, or trees with stars on top. ‘Tis the season for giving, but also for spoiling ourselves with the latest gadgets, gizmos, toys, and entertainment. We’re never too old to experience the joy of opening presents!

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Network security facing dual challenge

December 1, 2010 4:57 am | by Dan Joe Barry, Napatech | Comments

Network security systems are under pressure. You might not be experiencing it yet, but you will soon. The dual challenge of dealing with more attacks at higher speeds threatens to undermine the stability of the most important commercial platforms of the 21st century; namely the Internet.

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The Use of Touch-screens in Industrial Applications

December 1, 2010 4:30 am | by Simon Wyre, Lascar Electronics, www.lascarelectronics.com | Comments

Automation in the workplace has been rising from the middle of the 20th century, with the introduction of the microprocessor in the 70’s fuelling a massive increase in the use of electronic devices to measure, monitor and control industrial processes.

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Semiconductor Technologies Accelerate Development of Ultrasound Specific Integrated Circuits

November 29, 2010 10:47 am | by Xiaochen Xu and Harish Venkataraman, Medical Business Unit, Texas Instruments | Comments

Ultrasound imaging is one of the most important medical imaging methods due to its safety, cost effectiveness, and real-time capability. Conventional ultrasonic imaging systems use frequencies from 2–20 MHz with a resolution of millimeter level.

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Brainstorm: Holiday Wish List

November 29, 2010 4:32 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

With the holidays approaching, what product or technology is on your wish list?

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The ECN Roundtable - Power Predictions for 2011

November 24, 2010 5:03 am | Comments

This month's ECN Roundtable question is: “What technology or industry design trend do you feel will impact the power industry the most in the coming year?"

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Benefits of Custom LED & LCD Technology

November 23, 2010 6:45 am | by Jeff Oliveros, Director OEM Products, Lumex | Comments

One of the most significant developments in the global optoelectronics and display markets over the past few years has been a complete revolution in the value proposition offered by custom technologies.

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Ensuring Reliability: A New Method for Measuring Pressure Distribution During Encapsulation

November 23, 2010 5:45 am | by Dr. Thomas Schreir-Alt, Fraunhofer IZM, www.izm.fraunhofer.de, and Jeffrey G. Stark, Sensor Products Inc.,www.sensorprod.com | Comments

The integration of sensors and actuators into encapsulated multi-chip modules creates formidable challenges to characterizing and controlling process pressure. However, a new measurement method developed by Fraunhofer IZM shows that pressure-indicating sensor film can fully characterize the area pressure distribution on the cavity and on substrate surfaces within a mold cavity during encapsulation.

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Attain the Performance Benefits of a Buffered High-Speed ADC

November 18, 2010 11:10 am | by Philip Pratt, Product Marketing Engineer, Texas Instruments | Comments

One key to great performance in a high-speed ADC is the linearity and noise of the input sample/hold circuit, involving a capacitor, amplifier and high-speed switches. To drive performance and speed, the capacitor needs to be somewhat large and the switches fast.

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Industrial Applications Benefit From High Resolution ADCs

November 18, 2010 9:37 am | by Dave Kress, Analog Devices, Inc. | Comments

In industrial, or data-acquisition projects, designers are likely to confront one or more of these issues...

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Putting the “Touch” in Multi-Touch

November 16, 2010 8:39 am | by Gary L. Barrett, Chief Technical Officer, Touch International | Comments

Multi-touch touch screens are fast becoming the standard for touch interface systems. This white paper examines what the term “multi-touch” means, what it does, and how it is used.

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A look forward from electronica

November 16, 2010 5:53 am | Comments

With electronica now receding in our collective rearview mirrors, we can look forward along the road we are travelling into the future and think about what we saw at the event that will help us along the way. Trade shows can be a great way to discover where we are and where we are heading.

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Wireless HDTV with WHDI – Changing the Way Consumers Consume Content

November 16, 2010 4:43 am | by Noam Geri, Co-Founder and Vice President Strategic Marketing, AMIMON | Comments

The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI), the new wireless HDTV standard promoted by AMIMON, Hitachi, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony, could not have arrived at a better time. Consumers are increasingly using their portable devices such as notebook PCs and tablets to find and view HD content...

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