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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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The Roundtable - The Recovery

October 4, 2010 9:10 am | Comments

This month's question is  "How will the jobless recovery impact the way semiconductors are designed, developed, and created?" The question is answered this month by Colin Baldwin of Open-Silicon.

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Protecting FPGAs from Power Analysis

October 4, 2010 5:34 am | by Pankaj Rohatgi, Cryptography Research | Comments

The advantages of FPGAs include reduced time-to-market, field-reconfigurability, and lower up-front costs. These benefits, together with recent gains in size and performance, make FPGAs ideally suited for many commercial and government applications.

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The Video Surveillance Problem

October 1, 2010 10:07 am | by Sean Gardner, Business Development Mgr, Texas Instruments | Comments

Video surveillance is everywhere today, and the rise in camera deployments is making a big financial impact on the public and private sector’s IT departments’ operating expenditures. Storage costs are the main culprit and can add up to 50 percent of the cost of a new surveillance installation.

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CMOS Isolators: A Critical Safety Measure for Medical Electronics

October 1, 2010 7:13 am | by Don Alfano, Silicon Labs | Comments

Safety standards for AC line-powered medical electronic systems require galvanic isolation to protect patients and operators from electrically induced trauma. The direct connection between machine and patient together with the presence of conductive body fluids and gels...

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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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