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Optimizing Multicore

June 24, 2010 6:48 am | by Stephen Lau, Product Management, Emulation Technology, Texas Instruments | Comments

As the capabilities of end products continue to multiply, many embedded system developers are forced to steer away from working with single core processors and move towards multicore processors. Only multicore processors can deliver on today’s demands of increased processing power, robust power performance and lower costs.

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Embedded Packet Processing Software for Multicore-based Systems

June 24, 2010 6:18 am | by Eric Carmès, CEO of 6WIND | Comments

4G, LTE, WiMAX, IPTV, etc. – you name it and these advanced IP-based services are upon us, and more are coming. The IP communications layer for multimedia and data-centric Next Generation Networks needs tremendous performance and sophisticated improvements in order to connect billions of devices...

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Piezoelectric Sensing for Product Testing

June 24, 2010 5:57 am | by Dave Change, Dytran Instruments, www.dytran.com | Comments

A continuing trend among OEM’s and design engineers has been increased reliance upon mechanical impact testing of product prototypes and packaging, as a means of simulating the ruggedness, durability and performance of materials and structures within their intended usage environment.

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Wireless I-O Modules Perform in Well Monitoring Environments

June 24, 2010 4:47 am | by William H. Conley III, B&B Electronics, www.bb-elec.com | Comments

The ability to monitor product inventory has always been a primary concern for companies. When the product is not a fixed, physical unit of measure, but a volume of liquid; the challenge increases. The evolvement of wireless technology presents an exciting opportunity for remote monitoring.

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Wireless Network Assurance: Must Have Tools for Mission Critical Wireless LANs

June 23, 2010 12:53 pm | by Dr. Amit Sinha, Motorola Enterprise WLAN | Comments

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) have proliferated within the enterprise. While the cost of deploying a WLAN solution has dropped over the last several years, the operational expense of maintaining and managing a WLAN continues to rise.

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Wi-Fi: Designing for Performance

June 23, 2010 11:18 am | by Michael R. Tennefoss, Aruba Networks, Inc. | Comments

Wi-Fi is a standards-based technology, and most designers assume that their finished products will work out of the box on any Wi-Fi infrastructure with which they’re used. By and large they’re right. However, there is a world of difference between simply working and working optimally.

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Sensors Expo 2010 Recap

June 22, 2010 12:58 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

The 2010 Sensors Expo & Conference was held June 7-9 in Rosemont, IL. Rain put a damper on things outside the Donald Stevens Convention Center on Tuesday. But inside, the sun, wind, and all manner of alternative energy sources were on the minds of attendees as products based on energy harvesting continued to play a prominent role at the show.

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Vertical Flash Platform Increases Memory Density

June 22, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

Floating gate Flash memory has been scaling at a tremendous pace in recent years to arrive at a startling density of 32 gigabit (4 gigabyte) on a single die today, using 30nm technology and below.

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Nintendo's 3DS: First-hand impressions

June 22, 2010 5:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

At the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Nintendo officially unveiled the 3DS. And from the media’s reaction, you’d think Nintendo reinvented the electron. The 3DS uses autostereoscopy to produce 3D images without the need for special glasses—or so claim their marketing gurus. Does it live up to the hype? Read on for my first-hand impressions.

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Techniques to Avoid the White Screen of Death in Smartphones

June 21, 2010 9:03 am | by John Whalen, Business Development Manger, Fairchild Semiconductor | Comments

An emerging trend in the mobile handset 3G space has been the adoption and expansion of user friendly applications, nowadays called ‘Apps’. These ‘Apps’ are custom software program applications that are written for a very specific function within a handset.

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ESC 2010 Update

June 17, 2010 4:37 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

In late April I visited the exhibits at the annual Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, CA. For the most part, people I met with discussed microcontrollers, communication, and development kits.

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Tools Correlate Code and Current

June 9, 2010 5:18 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

The emphasis on low-power embedded systems can give engineers heartburn. They must strive to enhance a system's performance, add capabilities, and make its battery last for as many as 10 years. A combination of hardware and software tools now help engineers understand power consumption without the antacids.

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Tablet Computers vs. Netbooks

June 4, 2010 7:28 am | by Peter A. Khairolomour, Technical Marketing Manager, Fairchild Semiconductor | Comments

It’s really not a question of whether or not the tablet computer will displace netbooks and laptops. What it comes down to is what functions the tablet computer will take over and what functions netbooks/laptops will retain.

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Design Considerations for Pressure Sensing Integration

June 4, 2010 6:35 am | by Tim Shotter and Dan DeFalco, All Sensors Corporation, www.allsensors.com, and Molly Chamberlin, Embassy Global PR | Comments

A handheld battery operated spirometry device, for example, must be able to be turned on and off quickly and instantly, while continuously recording data over a 20-second period with optimized use of available power, thus requiring a low-voltage pressure sensor which is able to use power only as needed.

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Brainstorm: Optoelectronics

June 3, 2010 7:25 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

What will be the next big advance in touchscreen technology?

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