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Design Considerations for Amplifiers Used in Electrocardiograms

October 1, 2010 6:45 am | by Kevin Tretter, Microchip Technology | Comments

The use of Electrocardiograms (ECGs) has increased dramatically over the years, and technological advances continue to make the results from such devices more and more useful. When designing an ECG, several considerations must be taken into account...

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Closed Loop Control Matches Improvements in CT Technology

October 1, 2010 5:57 am | by Lee Stephens, Kollmorgen, www.kollmorgen.com | Comments

Significant advancements in imaging capabilities have occurred recently in CT (Computed Tomography) scan technology. Improved image resolution, larger image process receivers...

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Do MCU Processor Cores Still Matter?

September 30, 2010 12:31 pm | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

Ask an engineer who uses microcontrollers whether processor cores matter and you'll likely hear, "Not much." People at three MCU vendors--Silicon Laboratories, Renesas, and Microchip Technology echo this answer. The capabilities and types of peripherals blended into an MCU chip matter much more.

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EMI Shielding Materials Improve Reliability for Electronics

September 30, 2010 10:18 am | by W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc, www.gore.com | Comments

Electronic product designers are often asked to add more features and redesign for lighter, smaller formats. Therefore, signal integrity, durability, and long-term reliability are key factors...

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An Island-based EMI Solution Guide for Mobile Hand Held Devices

September 30, 2010 9:59 am | by Jeff McCutcheon, 3M Electronics Markets Materials Division | Comments

The mobile handheld device (MHH) has three “Big Design Islands” that are most commonly visited for next generation improvement. The “Big” MHH islands most visited in the journey to next generation devices include projected Capacitive (PROCAP) touch sensors...

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Brainstorm: Digital Power

September 30, 2010 9:27 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

How do you feel about the current state of digital power?

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Meet the Demands of High-Temperature Applications With Thin Film Resistors

September 30, 2010 9:13 am | by Dr. Claude Flassayer, Vishay/Sfernice Thin Film Division, www.vishay.com | Comments

The demands in high-temperature applications are growing more stringent, not only in terms of ambient temperatures up to + 230 °C, but also regarding density of power dissipation and reliability. In order to cope with these severe requirements...

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Using the ATE Port to Control ISP Programmers

September 29, 2010 8:24 am | by Chirag Kapoor, Xeltek (www.xeltek.com) | Comments

The major advantage of ISP programming is that the manufacturer can have single production phase, eliminating programming stage prior to assembling the system.

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Developments in USB Connector Technology

September 29, 2010 6:47 am | by Gijs Werner, Global Market Manager, Commercial Products, FCI | Comments

As USB connectors have gained widespread usage in personal electronics equipment, it is necessary that the connectors be small in size as well as rugged and reliable in performance, which has spawned the next-generation microUSB connectors.

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Power Management Solutions for Portable Medical Applications

September 23, 2010 5:23 am | by Ken Marasco, Portable Power Systems Applications Manager, Analog Devices | Comments

The availability of portable medical equipment to diagnose a health issue inside or outside of the doctor’s office or hospital is rapidly increasing. Portable healthcare devices help medical professionals to monitor vital signs, restart the heart, and look inside the body with ultrasound...

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Securing Connected Systems

September 17, 2010 12:27 pm | by Chris Tapp, LDRA | Comments

The adoption of networking in embedded systems is widespread and includes everything from domestic audio/video systems to SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. Users are generally aware that viruses, worms and malware are attempting to infiltrate their personal computers...

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Vote for your Favorites in the ECN Readers Choice Tech Awards

September 17, 2010 10:48 am | Comments

This has been a good year for the electronic design community, with advances in hardware, software, materials, and technology. Take a moment to nominate your favorites for the 2010 ECN Readers Choice Tech Awards.

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Enhancing Simulation Studies with 3D Animation

September 17, 2010 7:27 am | by Saurabh Mahapatra, MathWorks | Comments

The use of simulation studies to better understand the dynamic behavior of a system under investigation is at the core of verifying designs early in the development process. Despite the amount of data that such studies produce, a 3D representation of the system creates a more complete understanding of system behavior.

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Lithium-ion Batteries Target Temperature Extremes

September 16, 2010 12:17 pm | by Jeffrey VanZwol, Micro Power Electronics | Comments

OEMs are requesting rechargeable Lithium-ion battery packs for portable devices that operate in explosive, as well as extreme hot and cold environments. Many portable military devices are used in very cold (-40º Celsius) environments, and many medical devices need battery packs that operate after exposure to 137º C steam sterilization...

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Making a Big Difference with Micro Clinch Fasteners

September 16, 2010 7:01 am | by Brian Bentrim, Penn Engineering | Comments

Today’s wireless electronic devices from cell phones to e-readers exemplify ideal marriages of user-friendly form and function integrated into ever-smaller packages. The trend toward highly compact designs, however, presents an array of issues relative to component attachment...

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