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Choosing the Best Board-Mounted DC-DC Power Converter for Your High-Performance System

February 19, 2010 4:52 am | by Joel Zaens, Emerson Network Power Embedded Power | Comments

As the demand for high-performance, cost-effective systems continues to increase, power system design has become more challenging and complex than ever before. In addition to being responsible for the critical selection of the most cost-effective board mounted power solutions from discrete to modular dc-dc solutions and other board-level components...

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Brainstorm: CES 2010

February 19, 2010 4:39 am | Comments

This year’s CES brought forth a number of new and exciting products and technologies for the consumer. As with each year’s show, there were hits and misses with some products primed to become major retail successes while others may never make it to the store shelves.

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Design Talk: March 2010

February 12, 2010 4:51 am | Comments

At the fundamental and certainly traditional level, electronics design is about assembling and connecting electronic components together to achieve the intended, functional result. It’s a workable view that has loosely fitted the process of electronics design since its inception – even when you take into account the more ethereal concepts of embedded systems and software-defined functionality.

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Transient Response Options for Power Designers

February 10, 2010 7:20 am | by Robert Marchetti, Sr. Manager, BBU Product Marketing, Vicor Corporation | Comments

For DC-DC converters, fast transient response has become ever more critical because of the increasingly higher speeds of contemporary devices.

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Printed Displays offer New World of Design Opportunities

February 10, 2010 5:29 am | by Dennis Brestovansky, President and CEO of Aveso Displays | Comments

A new world of printed electronic display technology is evolving, offering unlimited opportunities for mass consumer and industrial applications. New flexible, printed displays are increasingly being integrated into a variety of everyday products...

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The role of wideband transceiver technology in enabling LTE

February 9, 2010 6:37 am | by Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO, Lime Microsystems | Comments

Long term evolution (LTE) is firmly on course to be the dominant wireless communications standard in the next decade. There is overwhelming operator commitment to adopting the LTE standard and capitalising on the unquestionable benefits it will bring to their subscribers, even more so than was demonstrated for its 3G predecessors.

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Select the Best Isolated Brick DC-DC Converter For Your Application

February 5, 2010 10:11 am | by Paul Knauber, Field Applications Engineer, Murata Power Solutions | Comments

Selecting the best isolated brick DC/DC converter for an application can pose a challenging task for the design engineer. There are a number of circumstances that can motivate a particular choice. These could be transient response, efficiency, environmental conditions, or mechanical packaging.

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Electromechanical modules: More than just the switch

February 4, 2010 10:36 am | by David Webber, Director of Product Development, C&K Components | Comments

Today, switch manufacturers are no longer developing just the switch. Original equipment manufacturers are frequently requesting that switch manufacturers develop the complete module, which may include an electro-mechanical switch or sensor, complementary electronics, a source of illumination, and a means of connection.

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USB Connects Car Makers to the Consumer

February 4, 2010 6:16 am | by Henry Muyshondt, SMSC | Comments

USB is the interface of choice for many of today’s consumer electronics products. Everything from cameras, to telephones and media players, as well as portable navigation devices use USB. Even devices with wireless interfaces, such as a Bluetooth phones, need to be connected to charge their batteries. USB provides the perfect interface: it is in widespread use and has a very well defined connector that makes it easy for both carmakers and device makers to use.

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Turning Wireless Technology into Enhanced Mobile Experiences

February 3, 2010 10:47 am | by Jarkko Vatjus-Antilla, EB, Elektrobit Corporation | Comments

From smartphones to netbooks and everything in between, mobile devices are rapidly changing the way in which the world communicates. New platforms, operating systems and application frameworks are altering the embedded mobile playing field, driving the need for developers to stay ahead of market trends and end-user expectations. The new game has developers more focused on understanding the different technologies being used, and how each can create enriched mobile experiences that match to shifting end-user demands.

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The ECN Roundtable - Harsh Environment Needs

February 1, 2010 10:38 am | Comments

Given the improved performance of modern parts and packaging, how much certification and categorization does a product intended for operation in a harsh environment require?

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Exploding the Efficiency Myth of Class D Amplifiers

January 29, 2010 11:56 am | by Huw Davies, Audium Semiconductor Ltd., www.audiumsemi.com | Comments

Much has been written about the efficiency of Class D amplifiers, with figures of 90 percent or greater being routinely quoted. Such numbers might seem to suggest that the efficiency problem of audio amplifiers has been well-solved by conventional Class D. However, a closer look shows that this is far from the truth, with these amplifiers frequently seeing only single-digit percentage efficiencies, in real product usage conditions.

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Lithium Ion Battery Monitoring – Redundancy Required?

January 28, 2010 7:43 am | by Steven Boyle, applications engineer, Analog Devices | Comments

With so much of the ongoing development work for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and pure electric vehicles (EV) involving the use of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, many discussions at OEMs, electronics suppliers and battery manufacturers focus on how best to structure battery monitoring and management systems.

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India plans first manned space flight in 2016

January 28, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

India's space agency is planning the nation's first manned space flight for 2016, if it gets government approval of the project budget, an official said Thursday. The Indian Space Research Organization has sought 120 billion rupees ($2.6 billion) to put two astronauts in space for a week, spokesman S. Satish told The Associated Press.

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Imitation Google, YouTube sites emerge in China

January 28, 2010 6:05 am | Comments

Imitation Web sites of both Google and YouTube have emerged in China as the country faces off against the real Google over its local operations. YouTubecn.com offers videos from the real YouTube, which is blocked in China.

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