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Selecting the right MCU can squeeze nanoamps out of your next IoT application

May 29, 2014 8:20 am | by Evan Schulz, Microcontroller Product Manager, Silicon Labs | Comments

Industry leaders predict that the number of connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) will surpass 15 billion nodes by 2015 and top 50 billion by 2020. Most of these connected devices will not be traditional PCs or even smartphones but smaller, less expensive, simpler ultra-low-power embedded systems....

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Creating "smartphone-like” user interfaces in resource-limited embedded graphics applications

May 29, 2014 7:33 am | by Paolo Tamayo, Principal Applications Engineer, Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Comments

I blame the smart phones! Everyone now expects to see “smartphone-like” user interfaces in everything that has a display. Coffee makers, security systems and thermostat panels are just a few of the examples where you will see integrated colored screens....

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Top five design opportunities for MCUs in the Internet of Things

May 28, 2014 2:48 pm | by Ritesh Tyagi, Vice President of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America | Comments

There will be significant opportunities available to the embedded MCU market in 2014, specifically for 40nm MCUs targeting Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Thanks to their high performance, low-power consumption, abundant on-chip memory and peripheral resources ...

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What technology creates the biggest challenge for cooling and thermal management?

May 28, 2014 9:13 am | Comments

As far as products are concerned, all design engineers are under pressure to create solutions that are smaller, more powerful, and can operate faster. In a way these three elements are the perfect storm relative to all of the thermal management issues engineers need to work through....

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Fiber optic sensors enable new MRI applications

May 23, 2014 6:26 am | by Dennis Horwitz and Robert Rickenbach, Micronor Inc., Newbury Park-CA USA | Comments

Fiber optic sensors have become a critical technology enabler behind the latest functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) suite upgrades and new MRI equipment designs. It is increasingly desirable to synchronize certain patient activity with the MRI imaging system....

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Value analysis of capacitive technology over float based methods for liquid level sensing

May 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Anirban Sengupta and Akshay Dixit, Cypress | Comments

In one sense, technological advancement is about enabling people to take things for granted. Imagine you’re driving at 80 mph on a highway and the car immediately ahead stops suddenly.  Instinctively your foot goes to the brake pedal, and your car transmits the force from your foot to the brakes through fluid or brake oil....

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Smart sensors prepare NFC for patient monitoring applications

May 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

There’s no question that cell phones have made our lives more convenient. Whether our phones are used for making calls, uploading photos and streaming music, we rely on our smart phones for dynamic data transfer. In the last few years, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology has become available in an increasing number of smart phones....

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Light UAVs serve both military and civilian missions

May 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

Modern weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made headlines in the United States after the first remotely executed air-to-ground missile strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province in February 2002. Seemingly more mundane, and thus, less covered by the popular press, are the many observational and communication applications....

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Improving battery life for wearable electronics

May 22, 2014 8:32 am | by Yogesh Ramadass, Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Comments

The wearable electronics market is seeing a tremendous growth with a variety of products ranging from smart watches and medical patches to fitness monitors being introduced by multiple companies. The dimensional constraints of these devices give special meaning to the ever-present concerns of battery life....

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Energy, everywhere: What’s next for energy harvesting and portable power?

May 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by Dan Rogers, Smithers-Apex | Comments

Rapid industrialisation, development of infrastructure and the growing use of electronics is happening quickly around the globe. As a result, managing energy supplies is becoming an increasingly urgent problem, calling for a more sustainable society....

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What’s the best implementation of smart energy strategy that you have seen?

May 21, 2014 12:14 pm | Comments

When you hear smart energy, you immediately think about things like smart meters, Wi-Fi thermostats, turning on and off appliances during peak hours to save on energy costs, basically communications with devices creating smart power loads. What about taking the concept of “smart energy”....

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Ensuring LED lamps are the light source of today

May 21, 2014 9:16 am | by Jan Kemeling, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Ledzworld, http://ledzworld.com/ | Comments

LED is only the 4th lighting technology developed in human history. Well over a century old, lighting has remained largely unchanged but the recent development of LED is set to revolutionize lighting the world over. The potential ahead of LED lighting to deliver real and measurable advantages is limitless....

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LED phosphor IP trends and licensing

May 21, 2014 9:03 am | by Julian Carey, Senior Director of Marketing, Intematix Corp. | Comments

While phosphors were used for decades in fluorescent lighting, they were deep-ultraviolet driven and not suited for use with blue LEDs, which emit light at a frequency of around 455nm.As adoption of LEDs for general lighting applications has grown, so has the demand for new phosphor solutions developed....

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America Semiconductor’s differentiator is go-to-market strategy

May 19, 2014 8:41 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, ECN | Comments

In March 2014, America Semiconductor introduced a new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. While the new rectifiers are suited for a range of commercial, industrial, and military applications, the company’s CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Simon admits that “when it comes to product, we’re not re-inventing the wheel here”....

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A whole new EDS

May 19, 2014 7:27 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

After nearly six months of meetings, strategy, and execution, EDS was proud to present a new look and brand position. A board of directors’ sub-committee led by Craig Anderson, Sumer, Fred Bell, Molex, Jim Banovich, Marsh Electronics, and Kris Whitehouse, Omron took a deep dive to define EDS moving forward....

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