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The Tinker's Toolbox - Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing

October 27, 2011 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing and the challenges it presents to the design engineering community.

Different Solutions, Same Questions

October 26, 2011 2:32 pm | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International, www.digi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

I come from a generation that didn’t do much radio. I’ve met relatively few other RF Engineers around my age. Most are older than me, though at work we frequently mentor new RF Engineers from scratch. When I started in radio you had to build a

Choosing the Right Sensor Signal Conditioning IC

October 26, 2011 1:48 pm | by David Grice, ZMDI, www.zmdi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Designing and implementing sensor interface designs for nonlinear, temperature-dependent transducers presents some difficult challenges. The advent of dedicated and powerful Sensor Signal Conditioning (SSC) ICs has made the job easier, but choosing the right IC for a particular sensor and application is critical for

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Venkat Mattela of Redpine and Øyvind Strøm of Atmel on Wireless Embedded Systems

October 26, 2011 12:23 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Venkat Mattela, CEO at Redpine Signals, and Øyvind Strøm, senior director of wireless marketing at Atmel about enabling wireless embedded systems .

Chip Package System Convergence Requires Holistic Approach

October 26, 2011 8:16 am | by Ji Zheng, Apache | Blogs | Comments

With extreme demands on power, performance and regulatory specifications, it becomes essential to view the chip, package and system as a cohesive network of interdependent parts.

Atmel Unveils Fifth-Generation ARM Cortex-M4 based Flash Microcontroller Family

October 26, 2011 7:45 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, is sampling the Atmel SAM4S16, the first device in the Cortex-M4 processor-based family, to lead customers. With a continued commitment to its ARM-processor-based MCU offerings, Atmel is also unveiling its fifth generation Cortex-M4 based Flash MCUs.

A Dimmable AC-DC LED Lighting Driver Controller

October 26, 2011 7:18 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demo video on how the Texas Instruments TPS92070 high efficiency lighting driver controller reduces part count, size, and cost.

EnSilica launches Updated eSi-RISC Development Suite

October 25, 2011 4:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

EnSilica has launched a major new version of its ceSi-RISC Development Suite, a complete development environment for evaluating the EnSilica family of eSi-RISC highly configurable and low-power soft processor cores and creating embedded applications.

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Addressing the Future with Lime Microsystems

October 24, 2011 11:48 am | by Dale Wilson, Product marketing director, Lime Microsystems | Blogs | Comments

When joining Lime I saw an innovative company with an exciting product with a fantastic 'yes we can' attitude and an opportunity to be a key part of this, helping to implement and affect its plans for market capitalisation.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Gyan Tiwary of iWatt on LED Backlighting

October 24, 2011 10:26 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Gyan Tiwary of iWatt about driving solid-state lighting systems, especially LED-driven display backlights.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Eran Eshed of Altair on LTE Development

October 24, 2011 7:30 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Altair Semiconductor's Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development, Mr. Eran Eshed about LTE emerging as a standard for 4G technology.

Fast Start With GreenArrays Software

October 17, 2011 9:01 am | Blogs | Comments

There are no doubt some diehards (like me) out there who have been playing around with the GreenArrays Software Suite (free download), but with all the things you need to learn (it seems like all at once) it is pretty tough sledding.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Stephen Turnbull of Freescale on Wireless Networks

October 14, 2011 1:07 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Stephen Turnbull of Freescale on the challenges in creating wireless networks, bases station innovations, and what Freescale is doing in the development of embedded products for advanced Wireless Network infrastructures.

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The Roundtable - Test & Measurement Trends

October 14, 2011 10:08 am | by Moderated by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: What functionality and/or features will drive the next generation of test & measurement products? What will be the most radical emphasis? Lower cost, better accuracy, robustness, speed, the ability to function in hazardous environments? What are you looking for in your next test device? Our answers come from people at Honeywell, Rohde & Schwarz, and Texas Instruments.

A proactive approach to healthcare

October 13, 2011 10:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

We’ve cured cancer. Well...not quite, but according to some, early detection will eradicate deadly diseases. This was one of many fascinating topics covered at the 2011 Imec Tech Forum. Imec (Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre) is a Belgium-based R&D center that focuses on nano-electronics.

Vector Fabrics Joins ARM Connected Community

October 13, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

Vector Fabrics today announced it is now a member of the ARM Connected Community, the industry’s largest ecosystem of ARM technology-based products and services.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Lance Riley of Unicircuit on Board-Level Design

October 10, 2011 11:24 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Lance Riley of Unicircuit about board-level design and board infrastructures.

Development Kit Features 'Giant Gecko' Cortex-M3 Microcontrollers

October 10, 2011 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro has announced the availability of a development kit supporting their ARM Cortex-M3-based EFM32 Giant Gecko microcontrollers. Referenced EFM32GG-DK3750, the kit provides users with full J-Trace and J-Link support plus access to the Giant Gecko´s low energy features.

Wires Are Good

October 8, 2011 8:57 am | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International, www.digi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

I do radio for a living. I chose it because people said it was hard, (“we choose to go to the moon…”) maybe hard isn’t the best word, but esoteric at least. The arcane specialty of the magic everybody uses and less than five percent of the population understands. Like many things, the more you know about it

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jeff Smoot of CUI on Board-Level Power Management

October 7, 2011 12:42 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jeff Smoot, VP of Engineering and Quality at CUI about DC/DC power at the board level, the challenges to the engineer, and what CUI is doing to address them.

Audio-Visual Industry Case Study: Channel D

October 6, 2011 11:42 am | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Blogs | Comments

Behind every successful theatrical production, rock concert, or television broadcast is a tightly-coordinated production crew making sure all goes smoothly. From lighting and sound to wardrobe changes and directors, the behind-the-scenes hustle and bustle of the production crew...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Dermot O'Shea of Taoglas on Wireless Systems

October 6, 2011 6:03 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Taoglas Director Dermot O'Shea about wireless systems like LTE and WiMax, and the required antenna infrastructures.

GreenArrays Is Having A Contest

October 6, 2011 5:50 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Green Arrays in conjunction with Schmart Board announced a hobbyist board for the Green Arrays GA144 chip. Things have progressed some since that announcement was made. You can now buy the mounting PC board and the GreenArrays GA144 chip together...

Thinking Differently: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

October 6, 2011 5:28 am | by Alix L Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The world will be a little less interesting with Steve Jobs gone. He was one of the people who had truly changed the world, how we percieve it, and how we live in it. He and Steve Wozniak literally created the personal computing industry in that famous garage in California.

Accelerometers, Fantasy and Reality

October 5, 2011 2:16 pm | by Harvey Weinberg, Analog Devices, www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

As applications engineers supporting ADI’s compact, low-cost, gravity-sensitive iMEMs accelerometers, we get to hear lots of creative ideas about how to employ accelerometers in useful ways; but sometimes the suggestions violate physical laws! We’ve rated some of these ideas on an informal scale, from “real” to “dream land”:

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