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Designing an Automotive Instrument Cluster for Increased Sound Pressure Level

December 3, 2010 5:30 am | 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...

Network security facing dual challenge

December 1, 2010 4:57 am | by Dan Joe Barry, Napatech | Articles | Comments

Network security systems are under pressure. You might not be experiencing it yet, but you will soon. The dual challenge of dealing with more attacks at higher speeds threatens to undermine the stability of the most important commercial platforms of the 21st century; namely the Internet.

The Use of Touch-screens in Industrial Applications

December 1, 2010 4:30 am | by Simon Wyre, Lascar Electronics, www.lascarelectronics.com | Articles | Comments

Automation in the workplace has been rising from the middle of the 20th century, with the introduction of the microprocessor in the 70’s fuelling a massive increase in the use of electronic devices to measure, monitor and control industrial processes.

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Benefits of Custom LED & LCD Technology

November 23, 2010 6:45 am | by Jeff Oliveros, Director OEM Products, Lumex | Articles | Comments

One of the most significant developments in the global optoelectronics and display markets over the past few years has been a complete revolution in the value proposition offered by custom technologies.

Putting the “Touch” in Multi-Touch

November 16, 2010 8:39 am | by Gary L. Barrett, Chief Technical Officer, Touch International | Articles | Comments

Multi-touch touch screens are fast becoming the standard for touch interface systems. This white paper examines what the term “multi-touch” means, what it does, and how it is used.

Wireless HDTV with WHDI – Changing the Way Consumers Consume Content

November 16, 2010 4:43 am | by Noam Geri, Co-Founder and Vice President Strategic Marketing, AMIMON | Articles | Comments

The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI), the new wireless HDTV standard promoted by AMIMON, Hitachi, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony, could not have arrived at a better time. Consumers are increasingly using their portable devices such as notebook PCs and tablets to find and view HD content...

Achieve Cost-Effective LED Control with High Efficiency

November 9, 2010 5:33 am | by Erhard Muesch, ZMDI, www.zmdi.com | Articles | Comments

Although the incandescent light bulb has dominated lighting applications since its introduction in the late 19th century, its efficiency has remained at less than five percent. Worldwide ecological awareness and the search for more cost-effective lighting options have made the light bulb the target of technology...

Driving LEDs – A Fresh Look

November 9, 2010 5:20 am | by Joe DeNicholas, National Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

It is a well established fact in the solid state lighting industry that LEDs are constant current devices. This is because light output (luminous flux) is more or less linearly proportional to forward drive current over a given operating range.

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Choose the Right Topology for LED Driver Design

November 9, 2010 5:08 am | by Michael Keene, Endicott Research Group, Inc., www.ergpower.com | Articles | Comments

In order to properly drive the wide variety of LED-backlit LCDs available on the market now, electrical design engineers need to successfully implement one of many different driver topologies available. Whether the LED string voltage is higher than the voltage supply available in the system...

USB 3.0 Ushers In Plug-And-Play Displays At Multi-Gigabit Speed

November 8, 2010 9:24 am | by Mark Fu, SMSC | Articles | Comments

With the more than 10 billion PC peripherals and consumer gadgets sporting a USB connector as their primary or only interface to the rest of the world, USB is arguably the most successful connectivity technology the world has ever seen.

Interface Technology Considerations for HMI Systems

November 8, 2010 9:11 am | by John J. Pannone, VP Sales, HMI Systems | Articles | Comments

Human Machine Interface (HMI) Systems provide the controls by which a user operates a machine, system, or process such as high-speed trains, CNC machining centers, semiconductor production equipment, or medical diagnostic and laboratory equipment.

Foldable Twin Axial Ribbon Cables Free Space, Maintain High Performance

November 8, 2010 8:46 am | by Doug Gundel, 3M Electronic Solutions Division, 3Mconnectors.com | Articles | Comments

Designers of enterprise computing systems face a difficult challenge every day. How can I pack more performance and increasing I/O in the same volume as the previous product generation?  Cables and cable assemblies, which perform much of the internal I/O...

Improving Efficiency in Datacenters, Telecom and Communications

November 2, 2010 5:52 am | by Mike Speed, Segment Marketing Director, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Introducing a game-changing component is a bit like golfer hitting a hole in one. Both events happen relatively infrequently, yet everyone knows there’s another one coming...

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Reducing Complexity and Cost for Portable Medical Electronics

October 20, 2010 6:38 am | by Sanjeev Kumar, Cypress Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Portable Medical Electronics has seen tremendous growth and adoption in the recent years. More new variants are being introduced in the market by an increasing number of new companies. The need of the hour is better mass producible designs which are low in complexity...

Accelerating mobile health systems through technology

October 8, 2010 7:04 am | by Sid Shaw, Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Several factors are enabling the mobile health initiative ranging from aging populations, the rise in healthcare costs, the need to provide remote healthcare, as well as the increased awareness and demand for living healthy and staying fit...

Shielded Interconnect Technology Keeps Pace with Medical Device Community

October 7, 2010 11:21 am | by Tom Kannally, Hypertronics Medical industry Manager | Articles | Comments

As medical devices are required to transmit more and more critical data, a higher degree of protective shielding is now being called for by the medical industry. The good news is found in the fact that connector vendors are hearing and indeed responding to this call with a collective sense of urgency...

Breathe Safely – Embedded Electronics Helps Save Lives

October 4, 2010 11:59 am | by Christian Schuster, Head of Software Development MEN Mikro Elektronik, Urs Reidt, Head of Development HAMILTON MEDICAL, Switzerland | Articles | Comments

In the United States alone, error in medical treatments causes 98,000 deaths a year. For this reason, the American Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) founded the “100,000 Lives Campaign”, an initiative to improve patient care and prevent unnecessary deaths.

Meet the Demands of High-Temperature Applications With Thin Film Resistors

September 30, 2010 9:13 am | by Dr. Claude Flassayer, Vishay/Sfernice Thin Film Division, www.vishay.com | Articles | Comments

The demands in high-temperature applications are growing more stringent, not only in terms of ambient temperatures up to + 230 °C, but also regarding density of power dissipation and reliability. In order to cope with these severe requirements...

Developments in USB Connector Technology

September 29, 2010 6:47 am | by Gijs Werner, Global Market Manager, Commercial Products, FCI | Articles | Comments

As USB connectors have gained widespread usage in personal electronics equipment, it is necessary that the connectors be small in size as well as rugged and reliable in performance, which has spawned the next-generation microUSB connectors.

Power Management Solutions for Portable Medical Applications

September 23, 2010 5:23 am | by Ken Marasco, Portable Power Systems Applications Manager, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

The availability of portable medical equipment to diagnose a health issue inside or outside of the doctor’s office or hospital is rapidly increasing. Portable healthcare devices help medical professionals to monitor vital signs, restart the heart, and look inside the body with ultrasound...

Critical Demands on Ruggedized Wireless Systems

September 10, 2010 5:21 am | by Gregory Powers, Market Development Manager, Tyco Electronics | Articles | Comments

Wireless systems are now fully mainstream in our lives, not only in the consumer world of cell phones, wifi enabled laptops and satellite television, but also in the mission and life critical world of aerospace and defense. Recent applications such as ADS-B (Automatic Dependant Surveillance - Broadcast) managed commercial airline flight...

LED Thermal Design Challenges: Tips and Techniques

August 19, 2010 5:56 am | by Brian Witzen, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas | Articles | Comments

The latest in LED lighting offers high luminous flux, efficiency, CRI, and reliability, suitable for most lighting applications, including architectural, accent, HID, and down lighting. LEDs save energy, reduce waste, are free of mercury and lead, and convert energy to light more efficiently than common light sources used today.

Camera Phone Modules Look to a New Design

August 19, 2010 5:44 am | by Jacky Perdrigeat, Nemotek Technologies, www.nemotektechnologies.com | Articles | Comments

The first commercial mobile phone in North America with a built-in camera to capture photographs or video was developed in 2002. As mobile phone usage increases and cameras gain ubiquity in mobile phones, demand for such functionality continues to increase, with significantly strong growth in emerging countries.

Soft Displays Bring Customization, Easy Configuration to Industrial Apps

August 19, 2010 5:37 am | Articles | Comments

For several years now, many of the gadgets we use around the house, on the move and in the workplace have contained some form of visual display to impart status information to the user and even allow the user to interact with them via a touch screen.

Touch Panel Selection Criteria Should Include Structure and Materials

August 18, 2010 1:03 pm | by Ning Li, Fujitsu Components America, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The touch screen interface is increasingly becoming a standard requirement in today’s electronic products. But how does one choose the right touch screen for the application? What are the basic considerations when sourcing a touch screen?

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