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A New World Order for Tech Computing

March 14, 2011 11:02 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Comments

This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.


FIRST Robotics Regional Competition Tips

March 14, 2011 10:32 am | by Scott McMahon | Comments

I attended the regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in San Antonio last week, providing technical support and mentoring to young innovators of tomorrow. The FRC was a great event! I walked away with a few tips for students, mentors and volunteers, so I thought I’d share...


Why science fiction action movies need a little comic relief

March 14, 2011 7:16 am | by Alasdair Wilkins, | Comments

Comedy does have a very particular purpose in sci-fi and action movies. It's a safety valve, a way for the movie to help soothe the audience's suspension of disbelief.


Downloadable Application Modules for ThreadX RTOS

March 11, 2011 2:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – Express Logic announced the introduction of downloadable application modules for its ThreadX RTOS. Downloadable application modules enable ThreadX-based applications to dynamically receive additional instructions from local mass storage or a network. Applications...


Single Channel Hi-Speed USB to UART/FIFO Interface IC

March 11, 2011 1:22 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI) has further strengthened its portfolio of USB interface IC products with the release of the FT232H USB2.0 Hi-Speed device. This versatile single channel USB to UART/FIFO interface device can be …


LDRA Boosts Automation and Transparency of Test Process

March 11, 2011 1:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification tools, has extended TBmanager, a test management and traceability component within the LDRA tool suite. With the adoption of process-oriented standards such as IEC 62304, IEC 61508:2010 and …


Making Boundary-Scan more comfortable

March 10, 2011 1:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – JTAG Technologies has updated its ProVision suite of boundary-scan development tools with the addition of 11 enhancements. When JTAG Technologies launched ProVision in 2006 it changed the way users work with boundary-scan. There have been a …


Less handling steps with Multitest MT2168

March 10, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The MT2168 benchmark pick and place test handler from Multitest has proven its high production performance in the field. Best jam rate statistics are evidence of the successful new design concept. The design concept of the MT2168 is optimized for …


Modular PXI Solution for CAN Communication

March 10, 2011 6:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Goepel electronic introduced PXI 6153, a modular communication controller for CAN, based on the Series 61. The scalable architecture provides an extensive range of options for individual and flexible controller configurations and functional upgradability at a later date. The basic …...


How much is a pay phone call these days, anyway?

March 9, 2011 11:17 am | by Charles Birkhead, Macrovision, Inc. ( | Comments

I don’t even know. I’ve used a pay phone once in the last 15 years when I was running a grocery errand for my wife and forgot the list she gave me along with my cell phone. I stood there peering at the phone in front of the 7-Eleven to find out how much change I needed (35 cents, at that time.)


Cameras out of the salt shaker(3)

March 8, 2011 4:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

There have been gloves and shavers for one-off use for a long time. In future, there will also be disposable endoscopes for minimally invasive operations on the human body. A new microcamera is what makes it possible. It is as …


Xilinx introduces Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform

March 8, 2011 4:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – Xilinx unveiled the Zynq-7000 family, the industry’s first Extensible Processing Platform (EPP) developed to achieve the levels of processing and compute performance required in high-end embedded applications targeting markets such as video surveillance, automotive...


Japan announces domestic stealth fighter

March 8, 2011 12:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Responding to regional threats and the United States’ refusal to share F-22 technology, Japan is developing its own stealth fighter. The “land of the rising sun” intends to fly its first stealth fighter prototype by 2014. Japan and Israel have both expressed interest in the “air supremacy weapon”, the F-22 Raptor.


Gecko microcontroller family with Cortex-M0

March 7, 2011 5:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – Energy Micro is to extend the reach of its ultra low power EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family with the introduction of an ARM Cortex-M0 based product line and has improved the low power performance of its forthcoming …


Simplified Multicore Migration

March 7, 2011 5:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

EMBEDDED WORLD 2011 – Enea announced that in order to ease the transition to multicore processing for its current and future customers the company will launch the Enea Multicore Migration Platform (MMP). The MMP will help developers of multicore systems …



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