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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

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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.

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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

COM Express Type 6 Module Features Intel Quad-Core Processor

November 29, 2011 8:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring the second generation of Intel Core processors, congatec's conga-TM67 also has Type 6 pin-out and digital display interfaces for improved display options and increased bandwidth with additional PCI Express Lanes available.

Connector and Cable Assemblies Optimize Signal Transmission in Harsh Environments

November 29, 2011 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated SC/APC indoor- and outdoor- rated cable assemblies and SC/APC 4.80-mm connectors help customers and system integrators meet datacom and telecom design challenges, including adherence to

The Tinker's Toolbox - IAR Systems CEO Stefan Skarin on Embedded Design Tools

November 28, 2011 5:32 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to IAR Systems CEO Stefan Skarin about Embedded Design Tools and the state of the design industry as it applies to microcontrollers, software tools, and standardization issues in the marketplace.

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IAR Systems Eases Software Development for Renesas SH-based Embedded Systems

November 28, 2011 4:15 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

The new version of IAR Embedded Workbench for SH includes new optimizations and new powerful debugger functionality as well as integration with Subversion, one of the most popular version control systems on the market.

SPDT Switches Target High Power Access Points and Routers

November 23, 2011 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. has introduced a family of high power 50 Ohm terminated, single-pole, double throw switches. The small-package SKY13348-374LF and SKY13370-374LF are appropriate for high power access points and router applications

CEVA, Inc. Makes Strategic Equity Investment in eyeSight Mobile Technologies

November 23, 2011 6:16 am | News | Comments

CEVA, Inc., a licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, announced that it has made a minority equity investment, together with Mitsui & Co. Global Investment Ltd, in eyeSight Mobile Technologies, a leader in touch-free interfaces

Printed CMOS Memory Unveiled

November 23, 2011 6:03 am | News | Comments

Thin Film Electronics and Xerox PARC announced they have produced a working prototype of the world’s first printed non-volatile memory device addressed with complementary organic circuits.

Software Tool Takes Guesswork out of Battery Life Predictions

November 23, 2011 4:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro, the energy friendly microcontroller and radio company, has introduced a software tool enabling designers to accurately predict battery cell life expectancy in applications based on its low power EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers.

Atollic Bundles SEGGER J-Link JTAG Probe with TrueSTUDIO Embedded Development IDE

November 23, 2011 3:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atollic announced the launch of a complete embedded development package comprising its award-winning Atollic TrueSTUDIO C/C++ development tool, and the J-Link JTAG debug probe from SEGGER Microcontroller.

PC Kit Includes Eden X2 Processor, HD Video, HDMI Connectivity, 64-bit Computing in Palm-sized Chassis

November 22, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies announced the launch of the VIA ARTiGO A1150 a sub-liter dual core DIY PC kit. The kit is suitable for home server, media streaming and surveillance applications or great as a regular desktop PC, using only a

Partner to Expand Cyber-Security Services and Offerings

November 22, 2011 6:44 am | News | Comments

Wind River and Wurldtech Security Technologies announced that Wind River is the first operating system vendor to be designated a Wurldtech Achilles Communications Certification partner.

32-bit kit for STMicroelectronics ARM Cortex-M4 Released

November 22, 2011 6:36 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems today announces a new 32-bit kit for STMicroelectronics’ first ARM Cortex-M4 based microcontroller series, called the STM32 F4.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Alan Grau of Icon Labs on Embedded System Security

November 21, 2011 10:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Alan Grau, President and CEO of Icon Labs on the issues of security in embedded systems.

Fanless DIN-rail PCs Contain Intel Atom Processors

November 21, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech has released two new Intel Atom-based DIN-rail controller platforms, the UNO-1170A and UNO-1170AE.

SBC Presents Expanded Modular Design Concepts for Display and Box Computers

November 17, 2011 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has released the SC24, a rugged, maintenance-free single board computer (SBC) with a modular design that is presented as enabling the rapid implementation of custom computing requirements. The board's

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