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Use the ATE Port to Control ISP Programmers

October 20, 2010 11:03 am | by Chirag Kapoor, Xeltek, www.xeltek.com | 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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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Integrating Intelligent Electronic Access Systems

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

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

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Developing Touchscreen Hardware for the Future

October 13, 2010 7:11 am | by Jon Kiachian, Atmel (www.atmel.com) | 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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Power Film Capacitors Enable Advancements in Hybrid Vehicles

October 8, 2010 8:02 am | by Chris Reynolds, Technical Marketing Manager, AVX Corporation | Comments

Within the last few years, designers have established a solid powertrain foundation for hybrid vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). All major auto manufactures see the hybrid and electric vehicle market as one continuing to enjoy steady growth.

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Accelerating mobile health systems through technology

October 8, 2010 7:04 am | by Sid Shaw, Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments | Comments

Several factors are enabling the mobile health initiative ranging from aging populations, the rise in healthcare costs, the need to provide remote healthcare, as well as the increased awareness and demand for living healthy and staying fit...

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Shielded Interconnect Technology Keeps Pace with Medical Device Community

October 7, 2010 11:21 am | by Tom Kannally, Hypertronics Medical industry Manager | Comments

As medical devices are required to transmit more and more critical data, a higher degree of protective shielding is now being called for by the medical industry. The good news is found in the fact that connector vendors are hearing and indeed responding to this call with a collective sense of urgency...

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The current state of digital power

October 7, 2010 11:13 am | by Deepak Savadatti, International Rectifier | Comments

Digital power today is a small fraction of overall power industry revenue but is commanding a large share of industry attention and discussion. Traction for digital power solutions is evident based on a slew of product announcements from a multitude of suppliers, all playing to their strengths.

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Securing Information in your Microcontroller Core

October 5, 2010 9:34 am | by Oyvind Strom, Director, AVR Products, Atmel Corporation | Comments

For years, system designers have been trying to find a way to improve the microcontroller—the heart of their system designs. Improvements can range from increasing performance, lowering power consumption, increasing clock speeds and much more.

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Breathe Safely – Embedded Electronics Helps Save Lives

October 4, 2010 11:59 am | by Christian Schuster, Head of Software Development MEN Mikro Elektronik, Urs Reidt, Head of Development HAMILTON MEDICAL, Switzerland | Comments

In the United States alone, error in medical treatments causes 98,000 deaths a year. For this reason, the American Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) founded the “100,000 Lives Campaign”, an initiative to improve patient care and prevent unnecessary deaths.

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