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Biocompatible Materials Drive the Success of Implantable Medical Devices

April 15, 2010 5:11 am | by Tom Kannally, Hypertronics Medical Industry Manager | Comments

The market for implantable medical devices is estimated at over $40 billion. The recent growth is spurred from significant contributions by the semiconductor industry where new chip technologies revolutionize health care treatments.

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Build HMI Into Home Appliances with Capacitive Sensing and a Lot More

April 13, 2010 1:00 pm | by Meng He, Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

The arrival of the iPhone on June 29, 2007 did not just win Apple an overwhelming presence in the personal gadget world, but also changed consumers’ perception of human machine interface forever. The user-driven human touch sensing design is not just intimate with its customers; it is loved.

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New Generations of 32-bit and 8-bit MCUs Ideal for Efficient Household Appliances and White Goods

April 13, 2010 12:39 pm | by Sandhya Mallikarjun, Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc | Comments

The newest generation of household appliances and white goods includes more electronics than ever, enabled by innovation and integration in 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) along with advances in the always-reliable low-end 8-bit controllers.

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The Roundtable - Digital Power and the Marketplace

April 12, 2010 11:51 am | Comments

This month's question, “What needs to be done for digital power technology to become more accessible to the industry, especially for smaller companies?”, was ansered by Mark Adams of CUI, Chris Young of Intersil, and Rick Zarr of National Semiconductor.

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Strategies for Handling High Peak Power in LTE Transmitters

April 7, 2010 11:32 am | by Ben Zarlingo and Moray Rumney, Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) offers many advantages to LTE, notably the ability to deliver high data rates and perform well even in low quality channels. However, the technology does present some difficulties.

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Testing LTE: What You Need to Know

April 7, 2010 11:22 am | by Phil Medd, Product Manager, Aeroflex Test Solutions | Comments

Now that the first LTE networks have gone live, the race is on to provide mobile broadband services on a large scale. However, have all the technical issues been addressed?

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Designing Home Appliances that Meet IEC 60730-1 Safety Requirements

April 7, 2010 8:33 am | by Nelson Quintana, Segment Marketing Manager, White Goods & Appliances, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Comments

Thanks to microcomputer-based control electronics, consumer white goods and home appliances are easier and more convenient to use, work better and are more energy efficient. But what if something in the circuitry goes wrong?

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Embedded electronics make White Goods more reliable and efficient

April 7, 2010 7:38 am | by Dugald Campbell, Large Appliance Systems Solutions Engineer, Freescale Semiconductor | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E) is pushing to encourage conservation by getting consumers to replace old, wasteful appliances with new, more efficient Energy Star certified machines. A program that kicked in last year will offer consumers cash to help buy new home appliances.

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Sense, Detect, Communicate, and Act: Improving Military Electronic Systems

April 7, 2010 4:30 am | by Jim Davis, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Comments

Improving military electronic systems involves enhancing the basic processes of sense, detect, communicate and act.

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New PICMG 2.30 standard enables enhanced functionality of CompactPCI systems for defense applications

April 2, 2010 10:02 am | by Jim Vana, Applications Engineering Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Comments

Recent advancements in military technology have produced some awe-inspiring, highly sophisticated combat and reconnaissance equipment. In the U.S., such advances are expected to continue at a steady clip as robust defense spending drives the development of next-generation equipment.

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Hardware and Software Design Security; It’s All in the Mix

April 2, 2010 5:21 am | by Vandana Lokeshwar, element14, www.element-14.com | Comments

Western high-tech businesses know they must continuously deliver innovative ideas and unique features to their customers, to protect market share and brand value. This situation makes the defense of intellectual property against threats such as reverse engineering, cloning and tampering extremely important.

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Military Connectors: A Primer

April 1, 2010 9:28 am | by Keith Teichmann, Worldwide Director of Marketing & Product Management, ITT Interconnect Solutions | Comments

Similar to technology trends in other arenas, reduced size and weight, highly reliable materials, and greater functionality are in the forefront of connector design trends for the military market. Deployed in a variety of modern and “future soldier” applications, such as sophisticated command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence (C41) systems...

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Designing a Wireless Heart Rate Monitor with Remote Data Logging

March 31, 2010 5:59 am | by Archana Yarlagadda, Applications Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

Extending the Human-to-Machine Interface (HMI) using wireless communications is a fast developing field. Important improvements in HMI functionality have been made possible by continuing advancements in Machine-to-Machine interfaces in terms of increased baud rate, low power consumption and reach (distance) of communication.

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Pin Fin Heat Sinks: A Sharper Way to Keep Medical Electronics Cool

March 31, 2010 5:42 am | by Barry Dagan, Cool Innovations, www.coolinnovations.com | Comments

Electronic medical systems have become substantially more sophisticated and powerful in recent years. As a result, the majority of these systems contain large arrays of power hungry electronic components that require high-performance heat sinks to prevent them from overheating and being damaged or destroyed.

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Simplify USB Isolation in Medical Applications

March 31, 2010 5:10 am | by Mark Cantrell, Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Comments

The personal computer (PC), currently the standard information-processing device for office and home use, communicates with most peripherals using the universal serial bus (USB). Standardization, cost, and the availability of software and development tools have made the PC very attractive as a host-processor platform for medical and industrial applications...

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