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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.


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...


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...


Fundamentals of Ambient Noise Cancellation for Headphones and Handsets

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


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.


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.


Use the ATE Port to Control ISP Programmers

October 20, 2010 11:03 am | by Chirag Kapoor, Xeltek, | Comments

In-system programming is the ability of programming an IC which is already soldered into the circuit using serial programming algorithms. The major advantage of ISP programming is that the manufacturer can have a single production phase, eliminating the programming stage prior to assembling the system.


Connector Advances Support Solid-State Storage Devices

October 20, 2010 10:51 am | by Wai Kiong Poon, Molex | Comments

As computing power and speed increase, solid-state storage device (SSD) drives are gaining traction in the marketplace against hard disk drives (HDD). Technological improvements, including connector advances, have helped mitigate many of the cost and capacity disadvantages associated with early iterations of SSD.


Reducing Complexity and Cost for Portable Medical Electronics

October 20, 2010 6:38 am | by Sanjeev Kumar, Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

Portable Medical Electronics has seen tremendous growth and adoption in the recent years. More new variants are being introduced in the market by an increasing number of new companies. The need of the hour is better mass producible designs which are low in complexity...


Connecting Electronics to Consumers

October 19, 2010 11:50 am | by Keith Teichmann, ITT Interconnect Solutions | Comments

While a number of applications have come to rely on standard connectors, the consumer electronics industry is continuously developing new and innovative products that require specialized components to meet enhanced functionality, performance, and miniaturization requirements.


Just around the corner

October 19, 2010 7:56 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

I recently saw a very exciting-sounding news item on nuclear fusion research from The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) on their new Large Helical Device (LHD), a variation on the Tokamak that is also the largest superconductor in the world.


Brainstorm: Wireless Electronics

October 19, 2010 6:48 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

What factors do you consider critical when working with your customers and their utility partners to deliver reliable utility communication services?


Brainstorm: Medical Electronics

October 15, 2010 6:43 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

How will advances in touchscreen technology impact the medical device market?


Integrating Intelligent Electronic Access Systems

October 14, 2010 6:22 am | by Steve Spatig, Southco, Inc. | Comments

As security requirements become more stringent, engineers are looking to integrate electronic access systems (EAS) into cabinets, racks and other enclosures.


Developing Touchscreen Hardware for the Future

October 13, 2010 7:11 am | by Jon Kiachian, Atmel ( | Comments

Consumers are continuing to look for touch apps with better battery life, faster response time, precise touches, grip suppression, and palm rejection on mobile Internet devices and Netbook screens.



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