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Unit testing incorporating hardware

February 16, 2011 11:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The latest version of Tessy, the tool for automated module/unit/integration testing of embedded software, now enables users to incorporate hardware in unit and integration testing. The hardware under test either can be the on-chip peripherals of a microcontroller or hardware …

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Picochip Powers LTE Femtocell from Airspan

February 15, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Spain, 14th February – At the Mobile World Congress, Picochip has announced that its picoArray™ technology has been selected to implement LTE and other wireless processing in Airspan’s new multi-standard ‘small cell’ basestation, the AirSynergy. Designed to deliver high-performance data...

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Texas Instruments DLP Announces Optimized Chipsets to Enable Brighter-Less Power Hungry Pico Projector Images

February 15, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Spain, 14th February – Driving forward the image quality of mobile pico projectors, Texas Instruments (TI) has revealed the optimized DLP Pico™ chipsets at Mobile World Congress. The chipsets are designed to enhance image brightness without increasing power usage for …

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Marvell ‘World Phone’ Single Chip Solution Unveiled at Mobile World Congress

February 15, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Spain, 14th February – Marvell has debuted its ‘world phone’ platform based on the the PXA978 communications processor with Marvell HSPA modem. The PXA978 is the industry’s first single-chip solution to feature 3G UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) and...

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We need an Advanced Research Project Effort for the Manufacturing Sector

February 15, 2011 5:28 am | by Jerry Rosenstein, Pioneer Magnetics (www.pioneermagnetics.com) | Comments

Of all the economic components driving our financial system, the manufacturing sector is among the most important and now perhaps the most vulnerable to financial firestorms. Though recent economic figures show improvement, we have a long road to travel.

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Holst Centre Brings Brain Wave Monitoring to the Home

February 13, 2011 4:36 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The Netherlands, 8th February – The Holst Centre has made significant breakthroughs in enabling technologies for wireless EEG (electroencephalogram) systems, enabling continuous ambulatory monitoring. Its prototype EEG headset is compatible with dry electrodes and combines ease-of-use...

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Microsoft Uses Zytronic Touch Sensor Technology

February 13, 2011 4:35 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

UK, 8th February – Zytronic continues to find exciting application openings for its proprietary Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT™). In the latest example, the company has produced a specially designed touchscreen solution now deployed in Microsoft® Corporation’s Envisioning Lab. The...

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Modern Smart Grid Offers Consumers the Power of Choice

February 13, 2011 2:32 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Home energy assessments are a practical, straightforward way to improve the overall efficiency of your home. Learning how to better manage home energy use can lead to significant cost savings. You may have enlisted the help of a professional auditor to perform the evaluation or relied on...

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Shutting the Door on Cold Weather

February 13, 2011 2:32 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

A few months ago, the front door of my condominium cracked. One too many careless slams cracked the wood right at the bolt, which made it difficult to close, let in cold air, and made it easy to break in. Not a good situation, especially since winter was about to begin! Fortunately, my...

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What Is Your Latest Energy Efficient Purchase?

February 13, 2011 2:31 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Andrea told us about her new door and the research she did to ensure that it was efficient and right for her home. Many of us go through similar processes when we are making a large purchase, and the Energy Savers and ENERGY STAR® websites are great places to start your research.

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Intel Wireless Display - Nice, but 'Where's the Beef?'

February 7, 2011 5:22 am | Comments

In a similar vein of the brouhaha in the news about Taco Bell's meat product, Intel's new WiDi-2 Intel Wireless Display seems to be a case of taking some liberties with the technologies' naming

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Army to deploy “revolutionary” smart weapon

February 3, 2011 9:23 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The U.S. Army is set to deploy a “revolutionary” airburst grenade launcher, said to be the first small arms “smart” weapon. Described as a “game changer,” the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System (CDTE) could fundamentally transform squad and platoon tactics. Most firefights in Afghanistan take place beyond 300 meters (often up to 500 meters).

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Printed Electronics Enters Fast Growth Phase

February 2, 2011 5:15 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Comments

Printed electronics is associated with some orders, investments and acquisitions that are one hundred times as big as the largest two years ago.

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Al-Qaida leader: Drone strikes costing fighters, territory

January 27, 2011 8:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

In a rare admission of defeat, an Al-Qaida leader in Pakistan conceded that drones are costing fighters and denying the terror network safe havens. This speaks to the continued success of the “drone war”, and will undoubtedly spur proponents of the F-35. According to Ustadh Ahmad Farooq, “There were many areas where we once had freedom, but now they have been lost,” he said.

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How Do You Save Energy When Working at Home?

January 27, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Last week we talked a little about ways to save energy when working at home. Many people spend at least some time working from home. While telecommuting has many advantages, you also may be using a bit more energy than you would otherwise. So, tell us:

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