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Broadband at Light Speed

April 7, 2009 5:35 am | by Alfred Poor, Contributing Editor | Comments

Netflix is rapidly changing its movie rental business from sending polycarbonate discs through the mail to streaming bits across the Internet. Skype typically has about 15 million people making voice and video calls over the Internet at any given time. And more than 5 million people watch more than 5 million hours of free online video coverage

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Brainstorm: Do-it-Yourself-Power Page 2

April 6, 2009 11:21 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg | Comments

Moving forward, what technology will dominate energy harvesting?

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GaN based Power Devices Make Possible A New Paradigm in Power Conversion

March 25, 2009 8:30 am | by Michael A. Briere, Executive Scientific Consultant, ACOO Enterprises LLC, under contract to International Rectifier Corp. | Comments

From planar HEXFETs to TrenchFETs and superjunction FETs, silicon power MOSFETs have continued to evolve for the last 30 years to satisfactorily serve numerous markets. In fact, during that period, there have been some two orders of magnitude improvement in performance. However, this silicon power device is rapidly approaching maturity

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Design Talk: Digital & Analog

March 25, 2009 7:16 am | Comments

Typically, industries use standards to improve product quality and enable component sharing across projects. In practice, such standards achieve wide acceptance since the synergistic effects provide significant benefits to the user community. The hardware and software industry is full of such standards, but there is an exception: the deeply embedded microcontroller market

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Sensor Zone: April 2009

March 24, 2009 1:25 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

For the last half-century, sensors based on the Hall effect have provided a low-cost, solid-state option for sensing any object that incorporates a magnetic field. Hall effect sensors are based on the discovery by Dr. Edwin H. Hall in 1879. He found that a thin conductive material, placed in a magnetic field, formed a difference in potential (voltage) at the opposite edges that was

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Two Paths Lead to FIR Filters

March 23, 2009 11:07 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

Because finite impulse response (FIR) filters use a mathematical algorithm to process information, engineers rely on them when an analog filter just won't do. “FIR filters appeal to people who don't want to become filter designers”, explained Grant Griffin, President, Iowegian International. "They just want to use a filter to solve a problem

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Brainstorm: Do-It-Yourself-Power

March 20, 2009 1:10 pm | by Edited by Jason Lomberg | Comments

Moving forward, what technology will dominate energy harvesting?

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Audio ADCs Hit the High Notes

March 18, 2009 1:33 pm | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

Although engineers have used analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for some time, newer ADCs aimed at audio applications can put design skills to the test. The audio signal chain in current products and new designs can involve more stringent design requirements than engineers have faced in the industrial world.

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Industry Focus: Interaction in Consumer Devices

March 10, 2009 10:34 am | by Christopher Keuling, Associate Editor | Comments

It’s a fact that consumers want end products that give them the most user interaction. Two of the most popular examples on the market are Apple’s iPhone and Nintendo’s Wii. These end products serve very different purposes to their desired consumers, but share electronic advances that make these products, amongst others, an interactive experience for the user. In this month's Industry Focus, we talked to six different companies

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Print your own Stormtrooper

March 10, 2009 7:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

For those who’ve never been, Electronics West is one of seven shows (including EW, Medical Design and Manufacturing West, Pacific Design and Manufacturing West, Automation Technology Expo West, Plastec West, West Pack, and Green Manufacturing West) co-located within the Anaheim Convention Center. One badge earned admittance to all, so from 10-12 February, I “attended” each.

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Enclosure Design: Integrating Aesthetics and Functionality

February 20, 2009 5:22 am | by Dan Farrar, Polycase | Comments

Enclosure manufacturers strive to anticipate the demands of the electronics marketplace with state-of-the-art enclosure designs. The challenge is for designers to develop products with unique features that meet customers’ needs, yet still appeal to the broadest market possible. With this in mind, manufacturers endeavor to engineer enclosures with features, options and accessories that provide a breadth of solutions specific to customers’ applications.

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Sensor Zone: March 2009

February 19, 2009 10:37 am | by Tony Beswick, Russ Petrucci and Phil Slater, Morgan Technical Ceramics | Comments

Piezoelectric ceramic components composed of Lead Zirconate Titanates (PZT) have enabled many recent technological innovations in the automobile industry.  PZT components can be found throughout many state-of-the-art vehicles, enhancing safety, performance, energy-efficiency and comfort. For example, you will find PZT sensors under the hood detecting engine knocking, PZT transducers in the gas tank measuring the fuel level, PZT actuators operating valves

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Design Talk: Mechatronics

February 19, 2009 8:04 am | Comments

More than 50 million people in the United States have disabilities, a number that is growing rapidly as the population ages. This growth has sparked renewed interest in developing more sophisticated assistive technologies to enable an oftentimes disabling environment. This growth presents semiconductor suppliers with an opportunity to enable this field

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Brainstorm: Environmental Issues

February 17, 2009 6:28 am | Comments

Which green technology has the most commercial potential?

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Where Do the LEDs Belong?

February 12, 2009 12:14 pm | by Alfred Poor, Contributing Editor | Comments

At CES 2009 in Las Vegas this year, it appeared that every major LCD TV manufacturer had at least one model with an LED backlight. It quickly became apparent that there are some clear advantages to using LEDs as the light source, but a closer look at the way this solid state lighting is implemented raises some interesting questions. First, let’s cover the plus side.

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