MSC offers eight new low power 32-bit MCUs in the V850ES/Jx3-L Series from Renesas Electronics. These devices are suited to mobile smart metering and medical applications with high memory demand. The typical
This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jason Posselt of Bridgelux about their latest LED arrays, presented as having twice the output of currently available commerical devices...
I don’t even know. I’ve used a pay phone once in the last 15 years when I was running a grocery errand for my wife and forgot the list she gave me along with my cell phone. I stood there peering at the phone in front of the 7-Eleven to find out how much change I needed (35 cents, at that time.)
Responding to regional threats and the United States’ refusal to share F-22 technology, Japan is developing its own stealth fighter. The “land of the rising sun” intends to fly its first stealth fighter prototype by 2014. Japan and Israel have both expressed interest in the “air supremacy weapon”, the F-22 Raptor.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Anita Ganti of National Semiconductor about their new configurable sensor AFE ICs and the enhanced functionality of the WEBENCH Sensor AFE Designer.
Energy Micro has released its first version of Simplicity Studio, a software console providing instant access to the tools, documentation, software and other resources needed to develop systems based on
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the PIC18F “K80” 8-bit CAN microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring 1.8-V to 5.5-V operation and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology, for sleep current consumption of less than
Tim Lovatt, Director of the LED Lighting Summit, discusses LEDs with Paolo from the European Commission.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Sinclair Vass, senior director of marketing and business operations at JDSU, about the top tech trends for 2011.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Nohrden of Black Sand about their 3G CMOS RF power amplifier (PA) products. The devices promise to significantly improve the reliability and data throughput of mobile products, and are designed as a drop-in replacement for existing 3G GaAs RF PAs.
The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams using cutting edge technology to develop fuel efficient, low emissions vehicles for EcoCAR The Next Challenge. Teams are in the third and final year of the competition, which culminates
Energy Micro is making its EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko product lines available in the space-saving QFP48 package. The smaller 48-pin ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller options will enable manufacturers to
The kit includes a development board with an ARM Cortex-M0 based LPC1227 microcontroller, peripherals and connectors, an IAR J-Link Lite debug probe providing SWD debugging, software development tools and board support packages for various RTOSes.
An article in the e-zine “Gamasutra” urges game developers to “love their pirates.” Rather than endeavoring to defeat piracy, developers ought to embrace theft (i.e. piracy) as a viable advertising tool. The article is based on a number of myths and logical flaws that I’d like to address.
People have been predicting the coming of the ubiquitous computer-everywhere environment (UCEE, or “you-see”) for years now, and we have finally come to the point where we can finally say that we have reached the end of the beginning of its development.
As a knowledge worker, I’ve logged way too many hours in desk chairs than is good for me. So when I discovered the concept of a “walking desk” on the Web, I knew I had to make one for myself. The concept is simple; put a work surface on a treadmill, set it to a slow speed of about 1 mph, and then shuffle your way through the workday.
This will be the last of my 13 ‘Soapbox’ episodes dealing with ‘Energy’ systems, most of which I consider as “exotics”, in that they are interesting oddities that could be used as energy sources, however, fossil and nuclear fuels are safe, cheap, and plentiful, so why bother?
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jeff Miles, the Director of Mobile Transactions at NXP about their work in the Near Field Communications space and their collaborative efforts with product manufacturers to integrate that functionality into their devices.
Of all the economic components driving our financial system, the manufacturing sector is among the most important and now perhaps the most vulnerable to financial firestorms. Though recent economic figures show improvement, we have a long road to travel.
Much like zombies, robots can be pretty frightening in mass quantities but unlike zombies, who will simply bite you and turn you into one of their own, robots will pretty much just rip your head clean off.
One could say that the Internet is a weapon that got out of the control of its creators. When the ARPANET was created, its intent was to provide a secure, dynamic, robust, and flexible communications system for universities and laboratories that would be resilient and functional even in the face of wartime disruption. It was never intended for civilian use.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to David Sperling of Smith Micro about their new QuickLink Hotspot Manager powered by SODA 1.0.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Sherif Hanna of Atmel about their the maXTouch E Series of single-chip capacitive touchscreen controllers for touchscreens from 2 to 12 inches, a sweet spot in the tablet device category.
In a similar vein of the brouhaha in the news about Taco Bell's meat product, Intel's new WiDi-2 Intel Wireless Display seems to be a case of taking some liberties with the technologies' naming