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Qualcomm mirasol on Two More E-Readers

January 12, 2012 8:29 am | by Jennifer Colegrove, Vice President, Emerging Display Technologies at DisplaySearch, | Blogs | Comments

At CES 2012, Qualcomm announced two more e-readers using its 5.7” mirasol display; these will be from Chinese companies Shanda and Hanvon. In November, Korea-based Kyobo released the first e-reader with mirasol display technology. 

ZLG Partners with Energy Micro in China

January 11, 2012 12:55 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Energy Micro, the energy friendly microcontroller and radio company, has today announced the appointment of ZLG as an approved distributor of its ultra low power ARM Cortex based Gecko MCU and EFR4 Draco radio devices in China. 

What Smartphones Need Now

January 9, 2012 7:49 am | by Charles A. Riggle, VP Marketing and Business Development, SkyCross ( | Blogs | Comments

News reports indicate that the iPhone 4S has stimulated users to increase mobile data usage by 1.6 times over that of the older iPhone 3G.


The Tinker's Toolbox - Ron Demko of AVX on the Latest in Passive Devices

January 9, 2012 5:03 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Ron Demko of AVX about the state of passive devices and their importance to the performance of any design.

The answer is ''42''. What was the question?

January 5, 2012 5:58 am | by Juergen Mathes, Senior Engineer, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

There is a lot of discussion in the industry about what programming language is best suited for multicore architectures and I'm wondering which one will prevail. The same goes for programming paradigms and tooling. Will there be a standard way of programming multicore architectures?

Do we really need 'Transactional memory'?

January 5, 2012 4:01 am | by Juergen Mathes, Senior Engineer, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Transactional memory seems to gain more momentum these days. But what is behind this terminology? Let me try to explain this in my humble and simple words.

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.

Will the Smartphone Kill the Laptop?

January 3, 2012 5:30 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | 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).

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.

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

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