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Prototyping with Frequency-Flexible Crystal Oscillators

June 22, 2011 6:28 am | by Phil Callahan, Sr. Marketing Manager, Timing Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

Developers of new systems ideally should make decisions regarding clocking requirements early in the design process. Although clocking rates are critical parameters that should be known in advance, determining these rates sometimes requires experimentation and re-evaluation.

It’s all about system integration for military systems

June 13, 2011 12:03 pm | by Hector Rivera, Marketing Manager, Mission Critical (communications infrastructure), Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The network-centric battlefield approach, in which all systems (platforms) are interconnected nodes to deliver mission critical information to the military personnel, is driving the need for innovative integrated systems. New military systems are relying on system integration...

Using Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation to Create Better Cars

June 9, 2011 11:22 am | by Nick Keel, Product Marketing Engineer--HIL & Real Time Test, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

Every year consumers demand more from the products they use and the services provided to them. For the auto industry this means smarter, more fuel efficient cars to compensate for rising fuel costs.


Driving a Brushed DC or Bipolar Stepper Motor Just Got Easier!

May 23, 2011 8:44 am | by Jose Quinones, Texas Instruments, | Articles | Comments

Famous for their ability to accurately control speed and position, while commutating under open loop conditions, the stepper motor simply is unequalled when it comes to the simplicity of the electronics drive. It also has an inherent ability to maintain a commanded position...

New Generation of Hexapods Deliver Sub-Micron Resolution for Ultra-Precision Applications

May 23, 2011 8:25 am | by Jim McMahon, Physik Instrumente | Articles | Comments

Hexapods were initially introduced to public attention in the late 1800s and first employed in an industrial application in the late 1940s, used on a tire testing machine. Six-axes parallel kinematic positioning systems (hexapods) used in robotics assembly cells debuted in 1954.

Designing for Low-Power, High-Performance Industrial Applications

May 23, 2011 7:24 am | by David Otten and Joel Mach, Microchip Technology Inc., | Articles | Comments

Portable applications in the industrial market segment require low power, reliability and high performance. Example industrial applications include barcode readers, shipment data loggers, highway tracking, noise-cancelling headphones...

Designing more efficient white goods

May 23, 2011 5:21 am | by Pushek Madaan and Prakhar Goyal, Cypress Semiconductor, | Articles | Comments

White goods have become an integral part of our lives, from controlling ambient temperature and lighting to cooking our food and a host of other day-to-day activities. Although white goods may be used for a variety of applications...

Creative Use of TV Whitespace Addresses Community Broadband Needs

May 20, 2011 6:28 am | Articles | Comments

Many have asked the question, “How can we fill the need for rural broadband Internet access in our rural community?” But few have actually ventured beyond the question to attempt to make it happen.


AC-DC Power Supply Considerations for Home Appliances

May 13, 2011 10:44 am | by Zahid Rahim, Vice President and General Manager of the AC/DC Business Unit at iWatt, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Most modern-day home appliances include electronic circuits such as micro-controllers, LCD displays, et al, which need an AC/DC power supply to provide clean and regulated DC power. The challenges when designing a power supply are to provide safe and reliable power...

RF-IF Amplifiers and VGAs Cover The Entire Signal Chain

May 12, 2011 5:16 am | by Ashraf Elghamrawi, Analog Devices ( | Articles | Comments

The amplifier is one of the most versatile building blocks used in RF/IF signal chains today. They are commonly used throughout designs to overcome signal losses incurred from passive mixers, filters, baluns, and other passive elements.

Energy Savings in Intelligent Management Systems for Solar farms

May 10, 2011 7:04 am | by Jordi Torrebadell, Director of engineering –Americas, RECOM Power, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The formerly “green” energy efficiency topics are now a main stream issue – and not just post Fukushima. Solar and wind power continue to gain ground as alternatives to fossil fuel energy. New technologies in both control systems and power modules allow these new methods of energy harvesting to be more efficient...

Energy Harvesting for Automotive Applications

May 9, 2011 10:51 am | by Dr. Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesters do not necessarily make sense in all potential applications where a battery is replaced. Battery technology is continuously advancing and due to volumes achieved, the price points reached are at levels where harvesters cannot compete.

Enhancing Smart Grid Awareness with Mobile Technologies

May 9, 2011 6:31 am | by Eugene Fodor, Software Engineering Manager, Digi International | Articles | Comments

Smart phones have completely altered the way we access information and communicate with each other through mobile applications. The majority of the population now has the answers to almost every question – ranging from how much traffic exists...


Trusting the Battery in Critical Situations

May 9, 2011 5:51 am | by Isidor Buchmann, Founder and CEO, Cadex Electronics | Articles | Comments

A battery is a corrosive device that begins to fade the moment it comes off the assembly line. The stubborn and unpredictable behavior of a battery has left many users in awkward situations. Battery failure is common; some are simply a nuisance but others can have serious consequences.

Enabling ZigBee’s Smart Energy 2.0 with Advanced Wireless Modules

May 5, 2011 11:05 am | by Dennis McCain, Director of Marketing for Murata Wireless Solutions | Articles | Comments

Smart Meters, a key part of the modernization of the electric grid system coined “Smart Grid”, are now smarter with the deployment of the ZigBee Alliance’s Smart Energy (SE) version 2.0 application profile. Nearly all Smart Meters are mandated...

The Smart Grid and Beyond

April 29, 2011 11:54 am | by Robert Wilkins, President, Danfoss | Articles | Comments

The United States today faces basic questions on its energy and electricity infrastructure – how to meet the growing thirst for electrical power; whether and how to move from fossil fuels; how much to rely on renewables, nuclear or other options...

PCAP touch panels and optical bonding – A crystal clear solution

April 14, 2011 5:28 am | by Larry Mozdzyn, Chief Technology Officer, Ocular | Articles | Comments

Optical bonding has been around in different capacities for many years and has recently gained new notoriety for the many benefits it brings to projective capacitive (PCAP) touch panel displays. Optically bonded displays, touch and otherwise, have increased in demand...

Ensuring Optimal High Power LED Performance with Thermal Management

April 11, 2011 5:40 am | by Jon Domingo, Product Development Engineer, Lumex | Articles | Comments

Distinguishing quality high power LEDs from inferior technologies most frequently centers on identifying products designed with superior thermal management to avoid loss in efficacy, decreased life hours, and color degradation.

Universal LED driver for industrial control applications

April 7, 2011 10:36 am | by Alex Mednik, Applications Engineering Director, Supertex, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Using light emitting diodes (LED) for automation equipment as indicator lights (lighted buttons and switches) often requires multiple modifications of the same control device depending on the available supply voltage. This approach severely complicates the logistics...

“SMT Lamps”: Merging Through-Hole and Surface-Mount LED Technology

April 6, 2011 6:09 am | by Andreas Pohl, Field Application Engineer, Avago Technologies | Articles | Comments

Over the last 15 years, through-hole LEDs have dominated the market of high-brightness LEDs for outdoor video wall applications. Because of their highly reflective design with primary optics, it was difficult to replace them with SMT LEDs...

Designing an Automotive Instrument Cluster for Increased Sound Pressure Level

March 28, 2011 12:53 pm | by Jon Levin, Star Micronics America, Inc. & Krunal Patel, Jaguar Land Rover | Articles | Comments

Nearly all vehicles have a chime or speaker on the dashboard instrument cluster for various alert functions. Increasingly, instrument cluster manufacturers are turning to speakers that produce multiple chime, alert and turn signal indicator sounds with higher Sound Pressure Level (SPL).

Putting Physics to Work in Next-Generation Automotive and Aerospace Engineering

March 28, 2011 10:19 am | by Sandeep Sovani, Ph.D., ANSYS, Inc., | Articles | Comments

The engineering field is founded on fundamental laws of physics which can be explained by governing equations such as Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism and Navier–Stokes equations of fluid motion. However, a profound irony plagues engineering.

Improve Margins for Your 6-Gbps Storage Design by Choosing the Right Oscilloscope

March 18, 2011 5:29 am | by Min-Jie Chong, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Two standards bodies that oversee storage interconnect technology -- the Serial ATA International Organizations (SATA-IO) and International Committee for Information Technology Standards...

Modern Techniques for Characterizing Phase Change Memory Materials and Devices

March 15, 2011 9:27 am | by Alex Pronin, Lead Applications Engineer, Keithley Instruments | Articles | Comments

Flash memory devices have been around in one form or another since the early 1980s; today, they’re widely used in applications such as memory cards, USB flash drives, MP3 players, and solid-state drives for popular consumer products like Apple’s MacAir laptops.

IP to the Pin

March 9, 2011 9:13 am | by Kevin Bisking, Senior Product Marketing Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

For decades, the electronics industry has pursued its version of the Holy Grail – concurrent design and test. Many have believed this an unattainable goal, considering how far apart the two worlds appear. In the design world, most engineers design at a system level...

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