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The Tinker's Toolbox - Mrinalini of Motorola on Civic Infrasturctures and Large Scale Systems of Intelligent Subsystems

February 7, 2012 10:25 am | News | Comments

Hosted by ECN's Editorial Director, Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is ECN's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Dr. Scott Nelson of Logic PD on Developing Smart Devices

February 6, 2012 4:43 am | Podcasts | Comments

Hosted by ECN's Editorial Director, Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is ECN's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Adams of CUI on Advanced Power System Design

February 3, 2012 4:45 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Mark Adams, VP of Advanced Power Marketing at CUI, about designing next-generation power systems.

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Dungeons and Dragons Dice Gauntlet

February 3, 2012 4:33 am | by Dia Campbell, TechStyle Specialist at Spark Fun | Blogs | Comments

The D&D bracer is a fairly quick, fun, nerdy LilyPad project. The final product is a wearable bracer with a display that will randomly generate numbers between 1 and 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, or 100 in response to arm movement, so it can effectively replace all of the dice in your bag for a D&D session.

Sustainable?

February 2, 2012 4:02 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I'd like some genius to define sustainable. Could we count something that we can keep doing for 100 billion years - beyond the death of the Universe as we currently understand such things - as sustainable? How about a billion years?

Jim Williams Remembered

February 1, 2012 7:36 am | by Jon Titus, senior technical editor | Articles | Comments

Analog guru Jim Williams died in mid 2011, but his work lives on in circuits, magazine articles, books and photographs. Part of his lab lives on, too, in the exhibit, "An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams," at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

ThreadX RTOS and NetX Duo TCP-IP Stack Enhance Cortex-M4 Performance

February 1, 2012 4:35 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic announced that it has ported its popular ThreadX RTOS and NetX TCP/IP stack to support a wide range of processors based on ARM’s Cortex-M4.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Lefebvre of IBM Rational on Next-Generation Automotive Electronics Integration

January 31, 2012 5:29 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Mark Lefebvre, Strategic Alliances and Integrations, IBM Rational, about next-generation automotive electronics and the challenges facing system integrators.

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Remote Testing: the Achilles Heel of Cloud Services

January 30, 2012 4:52 am | by Daniel Joseph Barry, Napatech (www.napatech.com) | Blogs | Comments

The availability of smartphones and the expectation of immediate and simple access are driving demand for centralization of IT services and the related competence required to support these effectively.

Flowcode Developers Kit Integrates Graphical Programming to Ease Electronic Design

January 30, 2012 3:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

element14, the collaborative global electronics community from Premier Farnell, has teamed up with Microchip and Matrix to introduce the PIC18 Flowcode Developers Kit.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Melissa Chee of Fresco Microchip on Consumer Product Design

January 26, 2012 4:56 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Melissa Chee of Fresco Microchip, a leader in RF, analog and digital semiconductors, about consumer product design.

PIC32 Multimedia Developers Kit Eases Development of 10-100 Ethernet Applications

January 24, 2012 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeted at 10/100 Ethernet applications, the new PIC32 Multimedia Developers Kit from element14 offers comprehensive design software support for rapid evaluation and engineering development projects.

The Tinker's Toolbox - An Exclusive Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

January 24, 2012 6:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to  astrophysicist, technology evangelist, and futurist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Andy Zynga of NineSigma on Product Development

January 23, 2012 7:53 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Andy Zynga of NineSigma on Product Development issues in the design community.

Premier Farnell Extends Line Card to Distribute ARM System Design Solutions in the Americas

January 23, 2012 3:36 am | News | Comments

Premier Farnell announced it has entered into an agreement to distribute ARM development tools, software, evaluation boards and debug hardware across the Americas through its Newark element14 brand.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bart Giordano of Marvell on Wireless Systems

January 20, 2012 7:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Bart Giordano, Director of Product Marketing for Wireless at Marvell about wireless architectures, industry standards issues, and the rise of older tech in new places like beamforming in smaller systems.

Build a Great Company to Build Great Products

January 20, 2012 4:42 am | by Aaron Partridge, Chief Science Officer, SiTime (www.sitime.com) | Blogs | Comments

Products do not stand on their own, but rather are only valuable in the context of their supplier.

Can VIZIO Cross Over from TVs to PCs?

January 19, 2012 10:56 am | by Chris Connery, DisplaySearch | Blogs | Comments

News that VIZIO plans to enter the PC market caught quite a few CES attendees off-guard, and it was a common topic of conversation at the show this week. The company announced plans to market all-in-one (AIO) and notebook PCs.

Does Amdahl’s law really help?

January 19, 2012 7:29 am | by Juergen Mathes, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

One of the first topics you stumble over when discussing multicore and performance is Amdahl's law. This law is often used in parallel computing to calculate the theoretical maximum multicore performance. For example, if your code is serial to 50%...

What is in a Cloud?

January 19, 2012 7:20 am | by Debbie Greenstreet, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

As I look out of the airplane window upon my return from the two day, Linley Carrier Conference in San Jose, with clouds in view, above to the side and below us, I am reminded of my own presentation at this conference: Cloud base stations, Revolution or Evolution?

Observations of High Performance Computing

January 19, 2012 7:12 am | by Arnon Friedmann, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Being relatively new to the high performance compute market, I thought I might take some time to share some of my observations with others who might also be trying to understand the market and what's going on in this area.

A Lovely Radio

January 18, 2012 9:23 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

The kit is designed to teach radio theory. If you want a general theory of superhetrodyne radios I think the Radio Amateurs Handbook is better because it covers the theory in both a more detailed and more general way. This kit does go into some detail...

CES 2012: Microsoft goes out with a whimper

January 16, 2012 8:29 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Special thanks to ECN's photographer, Andrew Maiman | Articles | Comments

For a company that changed the world with its PC operating systems and dominated CES for over a decade, Microsoft left a mute impression in its swan song at the world’s largest consumer electronics show. Even the star power of American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest

Four Things to Watch for on Smartphones

January 13, 2012 5:18 am | by Majeed Ahmad | Blogs | Comments

The year 2011 has unmistakably been the year of smartphone and ecosystems housing this magic gizmo.

Intel’s Thunderbolt Finishing Up Successful First Year

January 12, 2012 8:48 am | by Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat’s Digital Entertainment Group; www.displaysearchblog.com | Blogs | Comments

Introduced in February 2011, Intel’s Thunderbolt technology is near its first anniversary. And a successful first year it’s been. Initially adopted by Apple across its PC line, Intel has announced the adoption of the technology by more PC OEMs and PC peripheral makers. On the Windows side, Lenovo has

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