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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

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.

E-readers: Market Prospects and Technology Developments

December 16, 2011 4:25 am | by Dr Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Electronic paper technology has found its main application in the development of e-book readers, a market that has bloomed in recent years with successful devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barns & Noble Nook.

The top of my Holiday wish list

December 15, 2011 5:44 am | by Joe Graves, Stratus Technologies, | Blogs | Comments

The cool product at the top of my list is the AR quadicopter ( drone by Parrot. It is a small helicopter that is remotely controllable from an iphone, ipad or android-based device.

Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface

December 15, 2011 4:48 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface and discuss their maXStylus technology, an active stylus solution for tablets and smartphones.

Gifts for Geeks

December 14, 2011 5:08 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

So you waited until the last minute to complete your shopping list...luckily, your trusty friends at ECN are here to help. And praise the lord for that, because geeks are a tough crowd: They don’t bow to the fashion gods, patronize expensive beauty salons, or play anything that involves cardiovascular activity.

Designing Smart Gas and Water Meters for the Utmost in Energy Efficiency

December 13, 2011 12:59 pm | by Keith Odland, Director of Marketing, Microcontrollers, Silicon Labs,; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Electronic water and gas meters represent vexing low-power design challenges for embedded control systems requiring RF connectivity. The nature of these applications requires them to be battery powered (i.e., electricity is rarely provided at the point of service for gas or water utilities). The expected battery life for these metering systems is often

The Tinker's Toolbox - Valerie Rothermel-Nelson of Honeywell on Ambient Environmental Sensing

December 13, 2011 5:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Valerie Rothermel-Nelson, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Thermal Products, of Honeywell Sensing and Control about Ambient Environmental Sensing and the challenges to the design engineer.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Tom De Schutter of Synopsys on Transaction-Level Models

December 12, 2011 10:01 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Tom De Schutter, Senior Product Marketing Manager, System Level Solutions at Synopsys about transaction-level models, which raise designer productivity by increasing the level of abstraction at which they design.

The Most AWESOME Motors in the Whole World!

December 12, 2011 9:18 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Next to the wheel, the electric motor is arguably the most significant object ever invented by man. Just try to find any other invention that affects our lives as much as the electric motor. Its impact can be traced back to the early 19th century...

Good Politics

December 12, 2011 4:39 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I don't normally do politics here but this is too good to pass up. And it is relevant to the work we all do. According to Wired Magazine and Senator Scott Brown himself, the Senator is sponsoring a bill to help little guys raise capital the same way the big boys do.

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