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LCD Market Trends - Smartphones vs. TVs

November 14, 2011 5:11 am | by Gyan Tiwary, SVP and General Manager DC/DC Business, iWatt (www.iwatt.com) | Blogs | Comments

This past summer, for the first time in the history of LCDTVs, the average selling price (ASP) of a 42” LCDTV dropped below that of a Smartphone.

Smart Grid Security?

November 14, 2011 3:57 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Can some one please tell me the point of making our electrical grid more hackable than it already is? And please. Don't tell me about "security". Security is only a delaying tactic. Some one who wants to can figure out how to defeat it.

ECN’s Tale of Two Veterans

November 10, 2011 12:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The military deserves our eternal gratitude, and this Veterans Day, we extend our heartfelt appreciation for their immeasurable sacrifices...for their blood, sweat, and tears shed in defense of this great nation of ours. You may not know this, but Electronic Component News has two veterans in its midst. Your humble author, formerly 2nd Lieutenant Lomberg, served three years in the Army Reserve.

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DSCs and MCUs Bring 70 MIPS Performance and Cap Touch to Cost-Sensitive Designs

November 10, 2011 6:16 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the expansion of its enhanced core  16-bit dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and microcontroller (MCU) families  to include on-chip op amps and Microchip’s Charge Time Measurement Unit peripheral.

TV System on Chip Achieves Irdeto Security Certification

November 10, 2011 4:47 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced the Freeman Premier family of TV System on Chip devices has been certified for Security Application by Irdeto, a global software security and media technology company.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Ed Pazmino of Accent on the Smart Grid

November 10, 2011 3:54 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Ed Pazmino of Accent about the smart grid and the smart devices needed to operate within it.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jeff Jussel of element14 on Design Challenges

November 7, 2011 7:00 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Jeff Jussel, senior director of global technology marketing at element14 about critical challenges to the engineer throughout the design process.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Steve Canton of iCore on VoPI and Disaster Recovery

November 4, 2011 9:18 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Stephen G. Canton, Chairman and CEO of  iCore Networks  about the benefits of Voice over Private Internet (VoPI) and disaster recovery tools.

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Can Solar Survive the Solyndra Aftermath?

November 3, 2011 1:17 pm | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The recent collapse of a few high-profile solar energy companies, like Solyndra and Beacon Power, has caused even the most ardent fans of alternative energy to ask, "Can this industry survive?" The answer  all depends on what government does.

Great Expectations

November 3, 2011 8:41 am | by Rich Begen, VP of Distribution, Vicor (www.vicr.com) | Blogs | Comments

I have heard customers and suppliers express frustration about what they get or do not get from the distributors with whom they do business.

element14 and Atmel Launch the SAM9 Development Kit

November 3, 2011 7:09 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

element14 has announced availability of the SAM9 development kit, a full-featured evaluation board centred on Atmel’s ARM based AT91SAM9G45 processor.

Addressing the Expanding Renewable Energy Marketplace

November 2, 2011 11:08 am | by Art Salyer, President and CEO, Palladium Energy | Blogs | Comments

According to a recent report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network, renewable energy now accounts for 20 percent of global electricity. 

MEMS Accelerometers Advance Smart Sensing

November 2, 2011 8:36 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced the industry’s first three-axis high-resolution accelerometer with two embedded finite-state machines.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Moran of Atollic on Software Development Tools

November 2, 2011 5:56 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Mark Moran, US General Manager of Atollic, about software development tools and the advantages they provide the engineer.

The Fall of Solyndra was Expected and the DoD is Happy

November 1, 2011 3:14 pm | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

A closer look at the facts reveals that the reality of Solyndra and the solar industry is far from the speculation, especially when viewed from a military perspective.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jason Kridner of Texas Instruments on the Beagleboard

October 31, 2011 7:52 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jason Kridner of Texas Instruments to discuss the BeagleBoard in its third anniversary year and other tools engineers can use to ease development pains.

Low-Power Microcontrollers Feature RC Analog-to-Digital Converters

October 31, 2011 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

ML610Q4xx series low-power microcontrollers offer more choice when creating battery-powered devices used for the measurement and display of temperature, humidity and carbon monoxide (CO) in industrial and commercial environments.

Embedding Systems

October 28, 2011 6:59 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

The impact of convergence on the design community is not just increasing in scope, it's also speeding up. Consolidation of functionality and integration of subsystems has meant that the very definition of what an embedded system is becomes more elusive.

Overview of the QorIQ Multicore Configuration Suite

October 28, 2011 4:36 am | News | Comments

Learn how Freescale's QorIQ Configuration Suite can help reduce multicore development time.

Steve Jobs' Full Legacy Yet to be Written - What's Next?

October 28, 2011 4:27 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Steve Jobs’ has left a legacy that is hard to capture. His vision and product from Pixar to Apple are still growing.

STM32F4 Discovery Kit Now Available

October 27, 2011 8:24 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has begun shipping the STM32F4 Discovery Kit to appointed distributors worldwide. The kit provides an ultra low-cost development environment enabling fast, convenient design starts using the new devices.

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

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 .

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