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In-car networking technology

June 13, 2014 10:28 am | by Bert Bergner, Principal Engineer, Advanced Development Infotainment Automotive; TE Connectivity, Bensheim Jens Wuelfing, Development Engineer, Product Development Infotainment Automotive, TE Connectivity, Bensheim Andreas Engel, Senior Manager | Comments

There are a broad variety of data busses available for use in today’s automotive communication infrastructure: from the cost efficient dedicated control message systems, such as LIN, CAN and FlexRay, up to optimized media streaming networks like MOST....

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Slot machines get personal

June 13, 2014 7:09 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Playing a slot machine is more than just pulling the arm or pressing a button. Today’s slot machine manufacturers are incorporating more immersive, interactive features such as vivid, 4K displays with high-end graphics and animation, games based on tie-ins with popular entertainment brands from movies to game shows ...

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The role of smart TVs in gaming

June 12, 2014 4:52 pm | by Chad Lucien, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs, www.hillcrestlabs.com | Comments

TVs have long been at the center of the video game industry. From first person point-and-shoots to family-friendly tennis matches and high-speed racing games, game consoles connected to TVs have dominated the gaming scene for decades. This has changed now that smartphones and tablets have become gaming platforms....

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Com exCu: Industrial wireless

June 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

Like general-purpose computational resources in commercial enterprises, factory automation systems have evolved from highly centralized structures with fixed peripheral connections to flexible models with distributed intelligence and networked I/O nodes. In the factory environment, networking and distributed intelligence increased resource availability....

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Decisions, decisions, decisions

June 12, 2014 8:28 am | by Rondekka Moore Vice President, Demand Creation, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Comments

The distribution channel provides tools, services, and training to support our customers’ engineering communities. A question I am often asked is: just how does that help? With the exceptions of pure play engineering design services and reference designs, just how does our contingent of account managers ...

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EV design raises the bar for electric system design tools

June 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Chris Aden, Product Marketing Manager, Silicon Engineering Group, Synopsys | Comments

Designing electrical systems for electric vehicle platforms is much more complicated than designing electrical systems for internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms. To meet the new challenges, system engineers require design tools capable of scaling with EV system complexity....

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Take charge: Future-proofing for EV charging with larger on-board charging

June 11, 2014 4:13 pm | by Manoj Karwa, Senior Director of EVSE Programs, Leviton Mfg. Co. | Comments

With more than 175,000 plug-in vehicles in America today, advancements to ensure charging solutions meet current and future requirements are paramount. An emerging trend with the next generation of electrical vehicles is the utilization of larger on-board chargers....

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Giving lighting customers what they need

June 11, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul Golata, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Comments

Over the past decade, LEDs have had explosive growth in general lighting applications. LEDs offer great advantages over traditional lighting sources that include reliability, long life, reduced power consumption, small size, high efficacy (light delivered per energy consumed), and a high degree of design flexibility....

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Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

June 11, 2014 3:39 pm | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labeling often result in widely publicized product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out....

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When to build, when to buy: Points to consider for outsource design services

June 11, 2014 2:41 pm | by Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales, Attero Tech, LLC | Comments

How often do you here a company’s sales team bemoan the fact that there are far more hot new product development opportunities than there are in-house engineering resources to support them.  If you’re like most companies designing electronic products these days, this is a constant refrain....

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Powering remote wireless devices: Extreme environments demand extreme batteries

June 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a wireless device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When reliable, long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential....

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Compliance testing and debug tips for HDMI 2.0

June 11, 2014 9:29 am | by U N Vasudev, Tektronix | Tektronix | Comments

The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) was originally launched in 2002 to replace the aging and bulky SCART connection or RCA cabling. Since then, more than 2 billion HDMI-enabled device have shipped and HDMI technology has extended into an increasingly wide array of devices....

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Are small cells the answer to the Internet of Things spectrum crunch?

June 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom Corporation | Comments

Recently, the technology industry has been abuzz with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe an ecosystem of consumer electronics and appliances that have the ability to connect to the network and communicate with one another....

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The state & future of the global electronics market

June 10, 2014 1:09 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

At EDS 2014, Dale Ford, vice president of IHS Technology, offered some eye-opening predictions, particularly for the consumer electronics market, in his presentation, “The Big Picture, Ideas, and Opportunities.” “We’re going through dramatic change, and that change is accelerating from being an intelligent device to being a networked device – and it’s generating a lot of data,” says Ford....

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With decreasing prices and increasing efficiency, are LEDs finally poised to gain universal acceptance?

June 10, 2014 12:58 pm | Comments

Prices have been falling dramatically for LEDs. As recently as two years ago, a 60W consumer LED bulb cost between $40 and $50, but today buyers can find them for as little as $13. The dramatic decrease in prices is due to several factors — some related to technological advances in LED design....

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