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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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Hardware and Software Design Security; It’s All in the Mix

April 2, 2010 5:21 am | by Vandana Lokeshwar, element14, www.element-14.com | Comments

Western high-tech businesses know they must continuously deliver innovative ideas and unique features to their customers, to protect market share and brand value. This situation makes the defense of intellectual property against threats such as reverse engineering, cloning and tampering extremely important.

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Military Connectors: A Primer

April 1, 2010 9:28 am | by Keith Teichmann, Worldwide Director of Marketing & Product Management, ITT Interconnect Solutions | Comments

Similar to technology trends in other arenas, reduced size and weight, highly reliable materials, and greater functionality are in the forefront of connector design trends for the military market. Deployed in a variety of modern and “future soldier” applications, such as sophisticated command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence (C41) systems...

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Designing a Wireless Heart Rate Monitor with Remote Data Logging

March 31, 2010 5:59 am | by Archana Yarlagadda, Applications Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

Extending the Human-to-Machine Interface (HMI) using wireless communications is a fast developing field. Important improvements in HMI functionality have been made possible by continuing advancements in Machine-to-Machine interfaces in terms of increased baud rate, low power consumption and reach (distance) of communication.

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Pin Fin Heat Sinks: A Sharper Way to Keep Medical Electronics Cool

March 31, 2010 5:42 am | by Barry Dagan, Cool Innovations, www.coolinnovations.com | Comments

Electronic medical systems have become substantially more sophisticated and powerful in recent years. As a result, the majority of these systems contain large arrays of power hungry electronic components that require high-performance heat sinks to prevent them from overheating and being damaged or destroyed.

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Simplify USB Isolation in Medical Applications

March 31, 2010 5:10 am | by Mark Cantrell, Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Comments

The personal computer (PC), currently the standard information-processing device for office and home use, communicates with most peripherals using the universal serial bus (USB). Standardization, cost, and the availability of software and development tools have made the PC very attractive as a host-processor platform for medical and industrial applications...

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Power Packages Unlock Discrete Semiconductor Performance

March 31, 2010 4:47 am | Comments

An Electronic Engineer builds a system out of components; resistors, ICs, MOSFETs and IGBTs. The Power Electronic Engineer has to go beyond the electrical parameters of components and start looking at thermal resistance and capacity, cooling and parasitic inductance.

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What’s Smart about the Smart Grid?

March 26, 2010 1:39 pm | by Paul L. Schimel PE, Senior FAE, International Rectifier (www.irf.com) | Comments

The statistics vary, but all seem to be in agreement that nearly 30 to 40% of the present load base on the grid is caused by induction motors

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Building It Up-Breaking It Down with iSuppli

March 25, 2010 5:42 am | Comments

Building It Up/Breaking It Down with iSuppli provides a quick look inside the latest products, highlighting some of the components used. Today we take a look inside the Apple iMac Desktop Computer.

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Fighting The Counterfeit Semiconductor Epidemic

March 19, 2010 5:46 am | by George Karalias, Rochester Electronics | Comments

As the semiconductor industry has grown dramatically over the last 30 years, so to has the counterfeiting of semiconductors.

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New high-reliability contact system facilitates automated assembly

March 17, 2010 9:43 am | by Dave Humphreys, Product Manager, Harwin Inc | Comments

There are many applications whose operating environments demand the use of an interconnect system with a high-reliability contact. If equipment is to be used where high shock and vibration or extremes of temperature are experienced, connectors based on a standard contact will not be reliable or rugged enough to guarantee signal integrity.

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Static Power Path Management (SPPM) to Provide an Effective Handheld Battery Charger Solution

March 12, 2010 10:44 am | by Chuck Wong and Haitao Hu, Intersil Corporation | Comments

Handheld electronic devices -- regardless of what they are used for or who manufactures them -- share one common denominator: a re-chargeable battery and, in most cases, a built-in charger circuit. When an external power source such as an AC adapter or a USB port is attached at the input terminal, the charger circuit will re-charge the battery.

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Brainstorm: Photovoltaics

March 11, 2010 8:20 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

How can we make solar panels more efficient?

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Brainstorm: Batteries

March 11, 2010 4:34 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

What is the next breakthrough in battery technology?

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