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Charging System Design: Custom Versus Off-The-Shelf

November 1, 2010 12:21 pm | by Marko Dimitrijevic, International Components Corporation, www.iccus.com | Comments

Advances in lithium-ion battery technology have created new opportunities for the development of portable devices. As these new devices demand more performance and longer battery life, newer and more innovative methods of battery management must be developed and adopted.

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Low-Noise LDOs Offer Advantages for Noise Sensitive Analog and RF Applications

November 1, 2010 12:07 pm | by Ken Marasco, System Applications Manager, Analog Devices | Comments

Low dropout (LDO) linear regulators provide essential performance characteristics for many precision analog and mixed-signal applications including low noise, fast transient response, high power supply rejection ratio and small size.

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Looking back on the year that was

November 1, 2010 8:57 am | Comments

Considering the tumult in the last several years, from disruptive technologies to political discord to financial meltdown and market re-adjustments, it’s kind of hard to say that 2010 was notable. Yet there are many things that mark this year that will make it a memorable one.

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Ethernet Ports in Harsh Environments

October 29, 2010 9:36 am | by Fred Kozlof, General Manager, CONEC | Comments

The RJ45 connector is commonplace on computer systems in offices and homes, but there is often a need to network industrial equipment as well, resulting in a growing need for an Ethernet connector that can withstand harsh environments.

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Novel Contactless Current Sensors for HEV-EV and Renewable Energy Applications

October 27, 2010 9:44 am | by Robert Racz , Melexis, CH-6300 Zug, Switzerland, ror@melexis.com | Comments

Electrical currents can either be measured by resistive shunts or by magnetic sensors. Magnetic sensors offer system level advantages, such as contactless operation, and no requirement for galvanic isolation between the current conductor and the sensor.

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Power Saving With Digital Power Technology

October 27, 2010 5:42 am | by James Xie, Jerry Zhai, and Jason Duan, Power Management Products, Analog Devices | Comments

Why is saving energy so important? Saving power reduces carbon dioxide emissions, produces a better environment, promotes a greener lifestyle, and reduces the cost of applications where the electric bill is significant, especially if air conditioning is required to remove dissipated heat.

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Taking batteries green

October 25, 2010 9:25 am | by Thomas Blaha, Memory Protection Devices, Inc. | Comments

As more information becomes available about the long-term effects of environmental degradation caused by our industrialized society, governments and industry associations worldwide will be forced to start taking increasingly pro-active measures to help protect the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

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Motion Measurement in Unmanned Systems

October 25, 2010 9:15 am | by Matt Liberty, Hillcrest Laboratories, www.hillcrestlabs.com | Comments

Autonomous systems that navigate their surroundings are becoming more viable as sensor technology improves and computing power increases. Google’s car is the most recent high-profile system, but even vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers now drive themselves.

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SIMULIA Answers Coaxial Cable Design Challenges

October 25, 2010 6:41 am | by Lynn Manning, a science and technology writer | Comments

So many people feel they can’t live without their cellular telephones these days, but how do cell phones survive all that use – and abuse – from people?

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New Generation of Development Tools Empower Designers

October 25, 2010 6:16 am | by Ben Papps, PLX Technology | Comments

Designers today are faced with ever-increasing complexity in both the silicon at the heart of a system and the applications it serves.  First for SoCs and now for bridging silicon, development tools are now catching up with advances in silicon and helping designers realize improved time to market.

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Inertial sensors enhance autonomous systems

October 25, 2010 5:47 am | by Fritz Martin, Senior Product Design Manager, MicroStrain | Comments

The adoption rate for unmanned systems continues to increase in the military, defense, aerospace and robotics industries, and is now also being embraced in many new markets across a variety of applications. The benefits of autonomous mobility...

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Kits for Kids

October 20, 2010 12:10 pm | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

The Microchip Technology PIC processors have appealed to electronics experimenters and hobbyists for some time, and many companies sell a variety of device programmers and development boards. Young people, though, can start with a less elaborate setup...

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Fundamentals of Ambient Noise Cancellation for Headphones and Handsets

October 20, 2010 12:02 pm | by Richard Clemow, Principal Technologist, Wolfson Microelectronics, www.wolfsonmicro.com | Comments

Silence is a precious commodity. Unfortunately we can not control it. All of us have experienced trying to make a mobile phone call from a noisy street, crowded restaurant or train station where the background noise can make it impossible to hear the incoming call.

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Profound changes affecting the automotive electronics market

October 20, 2010 11:52 am | Comments

During the past 60 years the automobile has evolved from a crude conveyance having no computers and simple point/condenser ignition to a sophisticated and capable traveling machine with twenty or thirty computers that control everything from ignition to heat and air conditioning, door window position and analog-style instrument panel.

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Seven Elements of Affordable Fidelity in Consumer Audio Designs

October 20, 2010 11:26 am | by Rick Beale, Director of Audio Amplifier Products, Silicon Labs | Comments

Consumer adoption of the evolving digital lifestyle is posing serious challenges for traditional audio design conventions and driving a technological renaissance in audio system architecture. Those who adapt will thrive, and those who lag will fail.

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