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Deconstruct to Construct

January 5, 2012 3:58 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor in Chief | Articles | Comments

Reverse-engineering something may be used mostly to copy someone else’s work, but it can also be used as a thought exercise to aid original design. The exercise of taking a system apart to see how it works also applies to the creative process to better serve application areas, improve subsystem design, and create new processes.

Samsung and Sony Close the S-LCD Joint Venture: What Next?

January 4, 2012 9:09 am | by David Hsieh – Vice President, Greater China Market, YS Chung – Director, Large-Area Displays & FPD Materials and Deborah Yang - Research Director Monitor & TV, DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

On December 26, Sony announced the end of S-LCD, their joint venture with Samsung, which entails Gen 7 and 8 TFT LCD fabs. The joint venture, which started in 2004 and was strengthened through agreements and investments in 2006, 2007 and 2008...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Brian Kumagai of Toshiba on Embedded Memory

January 4, 2012 8:24 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Brian Kumagai of Toshiba about embedded memory.

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Will the Smartphone Kill the Laptop?

January 3, 2012 5:30 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

OK, so maybe my headline is a bit of hyperbole – but then again perhaps not as much as you may think.

Xprotolab Live

January 3, 2012 4:24 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

A while back I wrote about one of the cutest test instruments I have ever seen. An oscilloscope that can fit in your watch pocket. Since I wrote that I have been looking at the Xprotolab manual...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Chad Hall of Ioxus on Ultracapacitors and Rugged Power Systems

January 3, 2012 3:29 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Chad Hall of Ioxus about ultracapacitors and their uses, particularly in rugged power systems.

The Ten Commandments of Digital Control (Part 5)

December 29, 2011 4:58 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

For those of you just joining our discussion, we have been counting down the “Ten Commandments of Digital Control” all this week, leading up to the number one commandment today. But before we get to numero uno, there is another very important aspect of digital control that we need to look at...

Seeing Past the Clouds - PLM and what’s What?

December 29, 2011 4:52 am | by Eric Marks | Blogs | Comments

There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

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The Ten Commandments of Digital Control (Part 4)

December 29, 2011 4:49 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

This week we are counting down the Ten Commandments of Digital Control, and we are only one day away from the NUMBER ONE Commandment.

The Ten Commandments of Digital Control (Part 3)

December 28, 2011 3:58 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

We are now halfway through our countdown of the “Ten Commandments of Digital Control”. Yesterday we discussed the Analog-to-Digital Converter, and more specifically, the timing associated with acquiring input samples.

The Ten Commandments of Digital Control (Part 2)

December 27, 2011 10:00 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

This week, we are counting down to the number one commandment of digital control. Yesterday I discussed more generic issues related to simulation and code generation. But today I want to turn the spotlight onto the Analog-to-Digital Converter.

Perspective, not Funding or Focus, may be what Education Lacks

December 27, 2011 9:01 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

Is learning from the past the key to the future, as philosopher Georges Santayana believed?  A former Lockheed-Martin CEO thinks so.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Vikram Srivats of MindTree on Wireless Networks and Tech Convergence

December 27, 2011 4:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Vikram Srivats of MindTree about wireless networks and their role in application and device functionality convergence in the marketplace.

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The ECN Roundtable - Standards Issues

December 22, 2011 6:16 am | Articles | Comments

Our roundtable this month deals with regulatory issues, and the question is: “How can the many standards organizations better cooperate with one another to improve the way things are done?”

EcoCAR 2 Competition Electrifies University of Washington Team

December 21, 2011 7:26 am | by Tyler Rose, Outreach Coordinator, UW EcoCAR 2 Team; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Over the next three years, the University of Washington team will compete amongst 15 Universities from the United States and Canada to develop a plug-in hybrid vehicle power train for a donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu; build a showroom quality vehicle; acquire local sponsors; and launch an exhaustive outreach program intended to educate consumers on green vehicle technology.

In Training

December 21, 2011 4:01 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I'm starting to get a feel for Altium Designer. After a few hours with ignorance painted all over my face I have started to find my way. What I found most helpful was their tutorial page that has their manual sectioned in 20 pdfs plus an index pdf.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jon Devlin of LSI on Next-Generation Networks

December 20, 2011 7:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Jon Devlin, Director of Ecosystem Enablement for the Networking Components Division of LSI about high-performance next-generation networks.

The Ten Commandments of Digital Control (part 1)

December 20, 2011 5:26 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Despite the fact that I now work for the Microcontroller Division of Texas Instruments; deep down, I still consider myself to be an analog engineer. I must confess that I didn’t always respect digital designers, as I used to believe their ranks were filled with slacker engineering students...

Software Tools Optimized for TriCore Microcontrollers in Complex Automotive Applications

December 20, 2011 4:12 am | News | Comments

Wind River is collaborating with Infineon Technologies as part of a multi-year partnership to extend its integrated software tools portfolio by optimizing Wind River Diab Compiler for the TriCore microcontroller architecture

Microstepping Resolution vs. Microstepping Accuracy...Clearing Up the Confusion

December 19, 2011 12:02 pm | by Jose Quinones, (Analog Motor Drives - Applications Engineer), Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

My favorite motor has always been the stepper motor. It does not matter if it is bipolar or unipolar. It does not matter if it is permanent magnet, variable reluctance or hybrid.

Poland a bright spot in EU fiscal woes

December 19, 2011 10:17 am | by Lou Covey, Footwasher Media | Videos | Comments

Footwasher Media's Lou Covey sat down with three Polish startup touring the Silicon Valley recently and talked about the health of the Polish entreprenurial environment.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Raytheon's New Naval Multiband Satellite System

December 19, 2011 5:20 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Richard Smith (left) and Richard Kane (right) of Raytheon about the new Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT).

Missives to the Future

December 19, 2011 4:29 am | by Alix Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

What legacy do you believe your work will leave? A lot of Jazz from the 20’s and 30’s gets played in my office, and I often reflect on its ability to entertain and inspire though the ages. Non-amplified transducer-based analog wax-cylinder playback became amplified, multi-tracked, digitally-based media presentation,

Spending bill temporarily averts incandescent ban

December 16, 2011 8:28 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The omnibus spending bill passed Thursday includes a provision that temporarily lifts the incandescent light bulb ban. Lawmakers inserted language into the 1,200 page bill that prevents funds from being used to implement the first phase of the ban...

High On Altium

December 16, 2011 4:40 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I have been looking for some new board layout software for a while. I do love the ExpressPCB interface but it kind of locks you into one board making company, not counting the delightful but limited FAR Circuits. A few days ago an ad for Altium flashed across my screen.

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