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ETX Module Supports DDR3, Offers Desirable Flexibility

December 15, 2011 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech announced the release of SOM-4463 B1 with further upgraded features, including support for DDR3 memory, a higher memory capacity up to 4 GB, compatibility with 24-bit LVDS, an additional

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.

Scalable One-piece Board-to-Board Connector Touts Design Flexibility

December 13, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity introduced a sleek, one-piece compressive board-to-board connector that enables connecting to a gold-plated secondary board by compression of the contacts. This connector is scalable in a number of positions, height and pitch, to enhance design

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PMICs are presented as the smallest for solid state drives

December 13, 2011 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a family of tiny, single-chip, power management integrated circuits (PMICs) for powering all the supply rails in solid state drives (SSDs), hybrid drives and other Flash memory management applications. The new LM10504, LM10503 and LM10506 PMICs feature

BLDC Fan Motor Driver Features Resistor-Programmable, Sensorless Sinusoidal Architecture

December 13, 2011 7:39 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its sinusoidal, sensorless, 3-phase BLDC fan motor driver portfolio with the MTD6505 — a standalone, resistor-programmable driver that enables

Low Forward Voltage Schottky Rectifiers Offer Improved Switching Efficiency

December 13, 2011 7:16 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced a family of 100-V trench-based low forward voltage Schottky rectifiers (LVFR) for applications such as switching power supplies for notebook adapters or flat panel displays, reverse battery protection circuits, and

AirMax Connectors for CompactPCI Serial Applications

December 13, 2011 4:34 am | Videos | Comments

Take a look at this introduction video to FCI Electronics AirMax connectors for CompactPCI serial applications.

PCB Software Provides Professional Board Design

December 12, 2011 4:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

CadSoft Computer announced the launch of version 6 of its ‘EAGLE’ PCB software for professional board design, which focuses on flexibility and time-saving by optimizing and integrating new features such as BGA escape routing, differential pair routing, automatic meanders, and undo/redo logs.

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Express Logic ThreadX Supports Xilinx Zynq-7000

December 8, 2011 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic announced that its ThreadX RTOS now supports Xilinx’s Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform.

Deeply Depleted Channel Technology Enables Significant Power Reduction and CMOS Scaling

December 7, 2011 9:00 am | News | Comments

SuVolta’s DDC technology can reduce power consumption up to 50 percent without impacting operating speed.

Firewall for Embedded Systems Provides Device Security

December 7, 2011 4:58 am | Videos | Comments

This video is on Floodgate, an embedded firewall product that provides Static Filtering, Stateful Packet Inspection or SPI and threshold-based filtering.

A Hybrid GPS-Wireless Positioning Technology Addresses Security Issues

December 6, 2011 12:11 pm | by Carl Fenger, u-blox, www.u-blox.com | Articles | Comments

Due to the extremely weak strength of GPS satellite signals, relying on GPS alone for mission-critical security applications is not enough. Global positioning performance can be augmented through the hybrid combination of GPS receivers together with 2G/3G wireless modems that can identify and report visible GSM or UMTS cell attributes.

Test Management System Reduces Defect Risk in Untested Code

December 6, 2011 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wind introduced the latest version of Wind River Test Management, a test automation system for monitoring, executing and managing embedded device software testing that identifies high-risk segments in production code.

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10GBase-T PHY Family Requires Only 2-W for 10-m Distances Over Standard Copper Cabling

December 5, 2011 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PLX Technology, Inc. expanded its TeraPHY 10GBase-T PHY family with three new single-, dual- and quad-port integrated transceivers. The upgraded TN8000 PHY devices require only two watts for 10-meter distances over standard copper cabling, which is a

The Tinker's Toolbox - Marc Serughetti of Synopsys on Virtual Prototyping

December 5, 2011 4:09 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Marc Serughetti of Synopsys about next-generation virtual prototyping, systems simulation, and design.

Samsung Mass Produces Optical Sensor in Pixel LCD Panels

December 2, 2011 5:40 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it began mass production of 40-inch ‘Optical Sensor in Pixel’ LCD panels, which feature highly advanced optical sensors, in November 2011. The Optical Sensor in Pixel LCD panel detects

Optimize MCU Code for Low Energy Operation

December 2, 2011 3:55 am | by Rasmus Christian Larsen, Energy Micro, www.energymicro.com | Articles | Comments

Once you’ve selected the right low power microcontroller, how important is your application code in achieving energy saving and efficiency goals? And how do you go about optimizing it for ultra low power operation? Answering such questions has always been difficult, since correlating current consumption with software code has traditionally been a somewhat inexact and cumbersome task. 

mSATA SSDs Suit Ultra-Slim Notebook PCs

December 1, 2011 11:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics announced volume production of SSDs (solid state drives) that support the Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) interface. The drives are designed for use in ultra-slim notebooks such as Ultrabook PCs. Combining the company’s

MEMS Acceleration Sensor Promises Smaller, Sleeker Gadgets

December 1, 2011 7:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced ultra-low-power, high-performance three-axis accelerometers in 2-mm x 2-mm packages. Reducing the size by a factor of 2 over current-generation devices, according to the company, this acceleration-sensor family is

Lithium-Ion Battery-Charging Control IC Supports USB Charging

December 1, 2011 6:44 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a charging control integrated circuit (IC), the R2A20055NS, that achieves further miniaturization and safe charging control for single-cell lithium-ion batteries used in portable devices. In addition to the

VIA Celebrates 10 Years of Mini-ITX With eBook

November 30, 2011 12:41 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

VIA Technologies, Inc announced the release of "Small is Beautiful: 10 Years of Mini-ITX", an eBook celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the groundbreaking achievements and innovations inspired by the Mini-ITX form factor. Included is a look back at the history of the platform, past mods and how the industry was inspired and reacted to

40-W DC-DC Converters Come In a Compact Case

November 30, 2011 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s F4000RW Series DC/DC converters provides 40 Watts of isolated, tightly regulated output power in a compact 2 x 1.6-inch case. They are specifically designed for applications requiring high power density, robust performance and

Hops and Pops in Timing aren't a Child's Game

November 30, 2011 6:31 am | by By Aaron Partridge, SiTime (www.sitime.com) | Blogs | Comments

Quartz resonators have many desirable properties, but they also show something called “hops and pops”. Unlike the fun subjects of Dr. Seuss' children's book, hops and pops in timing set a limit on how precise a frequency one can get from a quartz TCXO.

EMA Automates Symbol Generation With App for OrCAD Capture

November 30, 2011 4:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

EMA Design Automation announced the release of SymbolGen – an app that automates the extraction of complex PDF tables  cutting time down to a fraction and eliminating errors normally seen in a manual entry approach.

Bourns Adds 19 Documents to its PortNote Solutions Series

November 29, 2011 11:44 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Bourns, Inc. announced that it has added 19 new PortNote Solutions to assist designers in selecting the appropriate circuit protection solution for a specific port interface. These new documents add to the company’s series that provides engineers with a simplified design starting point that includes precise information on

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