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Advances in Touch Controller Technology

April 16, 2010 8:53 am | by Ian Crosby, Sales and Marketing Director, Zytronic | Comments

The touchscreen is rapidly becoming the user interface technology of choice in applications ranging from retail, industrial and automotive, to medical, digital signage and gaming. Their growing popularity has been fuelled in part by the phenomenal success of the iPhone and its highly user-friendly, all touchscreen controls...

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Key Benefits of Next-Gen UV-LED Tech

April 16, 2010 8:33 am | by Richard Halliday, Director of Sales and Marketing, Lumex | Comments

Despite the potential hazards of ultraviolet light, the UV spectrum is proving to have many beneficial effects in a multitude of areas, offering a wide range of advantages to a diverse number of applications.

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Low-Cost Single-Chip Embedded Digital Video Recorder Solution for Video Surveillance

April 15, 2010 12:49 pm | by Anshuman Saxena, Senior Technical Lead Engineer, Texas Instruments, (anshuman@ti.com) | Comments

Digital video recorders (DVRs) take the analog video input from closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), digitize the input using video decoders and then compress this digital data before storing it on a local storage media like hard disk. The critical advantage that DVRs give over tape-based predecessors is that one can process the recorded data much better and perform event search, time search and more to play back specific content.

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Kits for Kids

April 15, 2010 7:10 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Comments

As a teenager, I built many "computer" circuits with relays and switches. As I recall, a flip-flop took two 2PDT relays and a binary adder took two 4PDT relays in my brute-force logic circuit. Kids today can get started exploring computers more easily.

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Analog Front-End Design for ECG Systems using Delta-Sigma ADCs

April 15, 2010 6:45 am | by Karthik Soundarapandian & Mark Berarducci, Texas Instruments | Comments

Electrocardiogram (ECG) system analog front-end (AFE) devices are typically designed with discrete off-the-shelf components from various semiconductor vendors. The primary components of a traditional discrete ECG AFE include instrumentation amplifiers, operational amplifiers that implement active filters, and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs).

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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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