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Development Kit Features 'Giant Gecko' Cortex-M3 Microcontrollers

October 10, 2011 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro has announced the availability of a development kit supporting their ARM Cortex-M3-based EFM32 Giant Gecko microcontrollers. Referenced EFM32GG-DK3750, the kit provides users with full J-Trace and J-Link support plus access to the Giant Gecko´s low energy features.

Wires Are Good

October 8, 2011 8:57 am | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International, www.digi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

I do radio for a living. I chose it because people said it was hard, (“we choose to go to the moon…”) maybe hard isn’t the best word, but esoteric at least. The arcane specialty of the magic everybody uses and less than five percent of the population understands. Like many things, the more you know about it

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jeff Smoot of CUI on Board-Level Power Management

October 7, 2011 12:42 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jeff Smoot, VP of Engineering and Quality at CUI about DC/DC power at the board level, the challenges to the engineer, and what CUI is doing to address them.

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Audio-Visual Industry Case Study: Channel D

October 6, 2011 11:42 am | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Blogs | Comments

Behind every successful theatrical production, rock concert, or television broadcast is a tightly-coordinated production crew making sure all goes smoothly. From lighting and sound to wardrobe changes and directors, the behind-the-scenes hustle and bustle of the production crew...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Dermot O'Shea of Taoglas on Wireless Systems

October 6, 2011 6:03 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Taoglas Director Dermot O'Shea about wireless systems like LTE and WiMax, and the required antenna infrastructures.

GreenArrays Is Having A Contest

October 6, 2011 5:50 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Green Arrays in conjunction with Schmart Board announced a hobbyist board for the Green Arrays GA144 chip. Things have progressed some since that announcement was made. You can now buy the mounting PC board and the GreenArrays GA144 chip together...

Thinking Differently: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

October 6, 2011 5:28 am | by Alix L Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The world will be a little less interesting with Steve Jobs gone. He was one of the people who had truly changed the world, how we percieve it, and how we live in it. He and Steve Wozniak literally created the personal computing industry in that famous garage in California.

Accelerometers, Fantasy and Reality

October 5, 2011 2:16 pm | by Harvey Weinberg, Analog Devices, www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

As applications engineers supporting ADI’s compact, low-cost, gravity-sensitive iMEMs accelerometers, we get to hear lots of creative ideas about how to employ accelerometers in useful ways; but sometimes the suggestions violate physical laws! We’ve rated some of these ideas on an informal scale, from “real” to “dream land”:

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Eight-bit Microcontrollers Integrate Configurable Logic

October 5, 2011 9:38 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced from the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston several new  8-bit PIC microcontrollers that feature configurable logic and a high level of peripheral integration in 6- to 20-pin packages. 

The Tinker's Toolbox - Charlie Ashton of 6WIND and Jim St. Leger of Intel on Packet Processing

October 4, 2011 1:51 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jim St. Leger of Intel and Charlie Ashton of 6WIND about packet processing and data exchange within a network.

There's more to life than OLEDs and Electrophoretic Displays...

October 4, 2011 12:56 pm | by Dr Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

At the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA in Santa Clara, there will be a focus on technologies such as OLEDs and electrophoretic displays. But there are other display technologies emerging that promise new possibilities.

Bringing Solid-State Lighting to the Masses

October 3, 2011 4:48 am | by Jake Jacobsen, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager, Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys | Blogs | Comments

One of the biggest barriers to mass adoption of solid-state lighting is the large installed base of fixtures designed for what is a fundamentally different source. LEDs differ optically, electrically and thermally from traditional sources.

Collaboration to Provide Ultra-Low Power 802.11n Wi-Fi Capability for AVR and ARM-based Microcontrollers

September 30, 2011 6:28 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel and Redpine Signals announced that system engineers can easily implement 802.11n Wi-Fi to all Atmel AVR and ARM-based microcontrollers (MCUs) using Redpine Signals’ Connect-io-n and n-Link modules.

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GreenArrays and SchmartBoard Make the GA144 Chip Accessible to Experimenters

September 29, 2011 4:46 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

GreenArrays, the makers of the GA144 chip, announces an OEM partnership with Schmart Board that will allow hobbyists and experimenters to get in on the fun provided by playing around with a chip with 144 cores that can do around 90 billion instructions per second...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Alf Bogen of Atmel on Intelligent Embedded Systems

September 23, 2011 6:57 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Alf Bogen of Atmel on Intelligent Embedded Systems. Today's engineer is faced with designing products containing systems of systems, often individually intelligent.

Companies Look to Attain REACH Compliance Goal

September 22, 2011 7:17 am | by Charles LY WA HOI, SGS (www.sgs.com/ee) | Blogs | Comments

With REACH now fully in force, companies are obliged to declare which Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) exceed 0,1% within their products.

Saving the Post Office

September 22, 2011 5:57 am | by Alix Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

As we create the next generation of our pervasive-computing society, not only is the virtual world entangling the real one, the blending of the two worlds gives us an opportunity to save the Post Office. Suggesting that the US Postal Service go digital is not new,

The Tinker's Toolbox - Developing the Xdream Virtual Personal Trainer

September 22, 2011 4:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Ron Pugh, executive director/general manager, Dell OEM Solutions, Americas and Patrick (Paddy) Murray, president, Trixter North America.  Dell helped Trixter realize their latest product, the Xdream Virtual Personal Trainer.

Serving the International Wireless Marketplace

September 21, 2011 7:53 am | by Donn Wilkins, VP Channel Management, Interop Technologies (www.interoptechnologies.com) | Blogs | Comments

We at Interop Technologies see almost endless opportunities in the international wireless market on both a product and a region basis.

New Trends in Learning Reflect a Changing Workforce

September 21, 2011 4:55 am | by Laurie Keyser Brunner, Senior Vice President of Global Client Services, ESI International, www.esi-intl.com; Reprinted with permission of ESI International. Copyright 2011 | Blogs | Comments

People are now the primary investment within organizations. As such, professional development initiatives must keep pace. Learning programs need to be more agile, adaptive and occur as quickly as possible to maximize the productivity of employees and adjust to a tech-savvy, global workforce with different learning styles. 

The Tinker's Toolbox - CEO of Vector Fabrics Mike Beunder on Multicore Parallelization

September 20, 2011 11:58 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Mike Beunder, CEO of Vector Fabrics on  optimization and parallelization of applications for multi-core processors.

A Five-Step Guide to Creating a Great Tech Web Video

September 20, 2011 6:12 am | by Ian Snead, vzaar.com | Blogs | Comments

What do you need to know to shoot, produce and share online videos that successfully promote your technology and products?

The Tinker's Toolbox - McObject CEO Steve Graves on Database Systems and Distributed Embedded Software

September 19, 2011 5:47 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to McObject CEO Steve Graves about database system management and distributed embedded software.

Latest High-Speed Memory Controller and PHY Interface Specification Released

September 19, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

The DFI Technical Group today released the preliminary DFI 3.0 specification defining an interface protocol between DDR memory controllers and PHYs. The new specification enables the development of chips to support the emerging DDR4 memory standard.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Todd Hanson of Honeywell on Wireless Industrial Sensors

September 16, 2011 5:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Todd Hanson of Honeywell on Wireless Industrial Sensors. Wireless switching can save up to 60% compared to traditional wired switching by reducing installation time, conduit, wire, clips and other accessories.

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