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Secure Mobile Hardware is Priceless

August 19, 2010 10:46 am | by Linh Hong, Kilopass Technology | Comments

With smart phones accounting for an increasing share of the mobile handheld market, more services and applications are being added, including premium TV and games, mobile banking, e-commerce, and even airline check-ins.

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Implement Market-driven Secure Microcontrollers

August 19, 2010 10:36 am | by Waqar Qureshi, Atmel | Comments

With an increasing need for security in the Card Payments industry, there is a growing trend for secure microcontrollers. With an increasing need to reduce card-originated fraud, the Pay TV industry tries to control media fraud, while the ID industry strives to reduce immigration fraud and the Smart Grid to reduce energy fraud.

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Three Unique FPGA-based Logic Analyzers – Each Designed in Just One Day

August 19, 2010 7:51 am | by Jake Janovetz, Opal Kelly | Comments

A recent engineering design challenge asked FPGA experts to design a “Logic Analyzer in a Day” using off-the-shelf Opal Kelly FPGA-USB modules and its Front Panel SDK. The objective was to showcase the design capabilities of these engineering experts...

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HDMI 1.4: Bringing 3D Video Home

August 19, 2010 7:27 am | by Thomas Dippon, Agilent Technologies | Comments

When HDMI version 1.4 was publicly released in October 2009, it included a number of new features. Most of the new features are barely moving the needle on the consumer electronics industry's Richter scale. But one new HDMI 1.4 feature -- the implementation of 3D video mode -- is about to buckle the pavement of the status quo.

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LED Thermal Design Challenges: Tips and Techniques

August 19, 2010 5:56 am | by Brian Witzen, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas | Comments

The latest in LED lighting offers high luminous flux, efficiency, CRI, and reliability, suitable for most lighting applications, including architectural, accent, HID, and down lighting. LEDs save energy, reduce waste, are free of mercury and lead, and convert energy to light more efficiently than common light sources used today.

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Camera Phone Modules Look to a New Design

August 19, 2010 5:44 am | by Jacky Perdrigeat, Nemotek Technologies, www.nemotektechnologies.com | Comments

The first commercial mobile phone in North America with a built-in camera to capture photographs or video was developed in 2002. As mobile phone usage increases and cameras gain ubiquity in mobile phones, demand for such functionality continues to increase, with significantly strong growth in emerging countries.

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Soft Displays Bring Customization, Easy Configuration to Industrial Apps

August 19, 2010 5:37 am | Comments

For several years now, many of the gadgets we use around the house, on the move and in the workplace have contained some form of visual display to impart status information to the user and even allow the user to interact with them via a touch screen.

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Touch Panel Selection Criteria Should Include Structure and Materials

August 18, 2010 1:03 pm | by Ning Li, Fujitsu Components America, Inc. | Comments

The touch screen interface is increasingly becoming a standard requirement in today’s electronic products. But how does one choose the right touch screen for the application? What are the basic considerations when sourcing a touch screen?

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Rail-to-Rail Output Gate Drive Optocouplers

August 18, 2010 12:53 pm | by Tee Chun Keong, Technical Marketing Engineer, Avago Technologies | Comments

Gate drive optocouplers are widely used for driving IGBT and Power MOSFET because of the high output current driving capability. Traditionally, gate drive optocoupler use bipolar transistors for the output stage to deliver high output current.

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No More Silos Allowed for Thermal and EMI Engineers as Frequencies Rise

August 18, 2010 8:27 am | by Jeff McCutcheon, Senior technical specialist, 3M Electronics | Comments

Are you a “Themimech” engineer? Rising frequencies of many applications are now forcing engineers to be aware of and plan for issues related to rising frequencies in electronic devices and systems and to participate in mutually supportive designs.

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New government mandate: FM chips in all mobile phones

August 18, 2010 7:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

For years, radio broadcasters and artists have duked it out over performance rights. Enter the highly-contentious Performance Rights Act, which would expand copyright law to include all public performances of copyrighted sound recordings. And it’s gotten even wilder: an amendment would mandate that all mobile phones contain FM radio chips.

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Achieving Zero Defect Software Development

August 17, 2010 9:37 am | by John Greenland, Senior Sales Manager, LDRA Technology | Comments

Zero Defect Software Development (ZDSD) is a results-oriented process that emphasizes the analysis, testing and reporting of the causality of defects. This process, which has evolved from the commitment to providing “five-nines” (99.999%) reliability for mission-critical applications...

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Increase Driver Safety with Gesture-based Interfaces for Automotive Applications

August 16, 2010 7:39 am | by Hassane El-Khoury, Automotive business development manager, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Comments

As touchscreens with gesture-based interfaces have become nearly standard in the mobile phone segment, many people are waiting impatiently for the technology to make its way into the automotive market.

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Brainstorm: Alternate Energy

August 12, 2010 9:52 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

What market segment would most benefit from a switch to alternative energy?

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Designing a Robust Failure Indicator

August 11, 2010 10:52 am | by Chris Keeser, Applications Engineer Sr., Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Comments

The other day I was driving to the local dump to drop off a load of trash carefully stacked into the back of the family minivan. Suddenly I noticed that the “trunk open” light came on. I quickly pulled over just as the rear hatch popped all the way open and the van began to empty my garbage bags all over the road.

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