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EMA Releases Five Apps for OrCAD Capture Marketplace Launch

September 21, 2011 8:08 am | News | Comments

EMA Design Automation announced the release of five PCB design productivity applications (apps) to be available inside the Cadence Design Systems OrCAD Capture Marketplace.

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.

Fanless Box Computer Features VIA Nano-Eden CPU

September 20, 2011 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

WIN Enterprises announces thePL-80320, a fanless box computer for embedded applications powered by VIA Nano/Eden processors.

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Power Converters Target Time-Sensitive Base Station and Telecom, Datacom Apps

September 20, 2011 8:30 am | Ericsson Power Modules | Product Releases | Comments

Ericsson has introduced two sixteenth-brick format DC-DC converters that are asserted to provide designers with quick and reliable board-mounted power solutions, addressing increasing demands for shorter time-to-market. Designed to

PCIe Gen 3 Switches Offer Four On-chip DMA Engines, Multiple NT, SSC, Ports

September 19, 2011 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

PLX Technology, Inc. expanded its PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 switch family with three new devices compliant with the PCI Express Gen3 r1.0 Specification. The new PLX ExpressLane PEX8749 (48-lanes, 18 ports), PEX8733 (32 lanes, 18-ports) and PEX8725 (24 lanes, 10 ports) PCIe Gen3 switches promise

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.

Broadband Inductor Touts Repeatable and Reliable Performance Up to 40 GHz

September 16, 2011 11:45 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has developed a broadband inductor that offers low insertion loss up through 40 GHz. Featuring a pyramid shape and rugged powdered iron core, the GL Series broadband inductor provides

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To Swipe or Not to Swipe

September 15, 2011 2:52 pm | by Ahsan Javed, Silicon Laboratories, www.silabs.com | Articles | Comments

Unlike human-to-human gesturing, human-machine gesturing does not have a foundation of thousands of years of history to use as a context. This poses a challenge for human interface system designers. If a user performs a gesture, how does the machine know how to react in a manner that is commensurate with the user’s intentions?

STMicroelectronics Enables NFC Connectivity Support for Windows 8

September 14, 2011 1:50 pm | News | Comments

STMicroelectronics has worked with Microsoft to enable ST’s NFC solution support for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. ST will demonstrate its NFC solution at the Microsoft BUILD conference

LLC Converter IC Touts Flexibility for Enhanced Supply Efficiency or Smaller Footprint

September 14, 2011 1:31 pm | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations introduced HiperLCS, a family of high-voltage LLC power supply ICs that incorporate the controller, high- and low-side drivers, and both MOSFETs into a single package. These ICs offer the flexibility to optimize designs either for high

Development Platform Supports Spartan 6 FPGA on an SBC

September 14, 2011 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Micro/sys has released a turn-key single-board-computer development environment for the Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA aimed at accelerating development of FPGA-based applications for low-power embedded systems. The DK-FPGA1651 provides

The Migration Path to MicroTCA

September 12, 2011 8:13 am | by Jeff Elliott and Mark Lowdermilk, Embedded Planet, www.embeddedplanet.com | Articles | Comments

The primary selling points for MicroTCA are impressive: an affordable next-generation computing architecture, high communications bandwidth, the latest multi-core processors, support for redundancy and high availability...

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Energy Data Concentrators Include Wide Variety of Interfaces

September 9, 2011 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech launched its BEMG-4110, 4220, 4221, and 4222 fanless energy data concentrators. To manage the energy consumption from a large number energy meters on a campus or group of buildings, these energy data concentrators, with their wide variety of interfaces, include

ICs Bring Phase-Shifted LED Backlight Drives to Panel for Ultra-Thin Notebooks

September 8, 2011 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech’s SC5010 eight-channel white LED driver with PWM phase-shift dimming control uses very low-profile inductors, allowing LED drivers to be built directly into the LCD panel in Ultrabook PCs and ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC) for displays as thin as 4 mm. It also enables

Full-bridge Motor Driver ICs Include Internal Fixed Off-time PWM

September 8, 2011 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announced the release of two devices that complement the next generation family of fully-integrated single, full-bridge motor driver ICs. Allegro’s A4952 and A4953 are designed for use in brush DC motor drive applications and are

Motion Sensor Market for Smartphones and Tablets Set to Double by 2015

September 8, 2011 6:55 am | News | Comments

Sparked by Apple Inc.’s adoption of accelerometer technology in its iPhone and iPad lines, the market for motion sensor devices in smartphones and tablets is set to nearly double during the next five years, according to a new IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors Special Report from information and analysis provider IHS

Multi-Line ESD Protection Diode Array Meets IEC 61000-4-2 level 4 Immunity

September 7, 2011 1:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Comchip Technology has developed a 3.3-V unidirectional four-line electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection diode array that meets the immunity requirements of IEC 61000-4-2 level 4 (±20 kV air, ±15k V contact discharge)

Embedded Software - the Revolution Continues

September 7, 2011 8:30 am | by Peter Thorne, Managing Director, Cambashi (www.cambashi.com) | Blogs | Comments

I'll admit to having been a software engineer in the late 1970s and early 1980, coding for 4,8 and 16 bit processors respectively.Thirty years on, and the embedded software revolution has transformed design engineering.

Pipeline FFT Cores on FPGA Acheive 52 Giga Samples per Second

September 7, 2011 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HyperSpeed Plus cores have been proven to process complex data streams in continuous real-time at data rates in excess of 52 Giga samples per second for a 2048 point FFT implemented on a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA device.

IC Monitors Internal and Remote Voltage, Current and Temperature

September 1, 2011 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology introduced the LTC2991, an eight-channel I²C temperature, voltage and current monitor for 3-V and 5-V systems. This monitoring solution incorporates a 14-bit ADC, 10ppm/°C voltage reference and I²C digital interface to provide

Low-cost, 200-MHz Embedded Processor Offers 400-MMAC Performance

August 29, 2011 2:02 pm | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced a 200-MHz version of its ADSP-BF592 Blackfin embedded processor that delivers 400-MMAC performance for $1.99 each (in 1,000-unit quantities). The 200 MHz version achieves

Power Line Soft-Modem Development Kit Complies With Utility Band

August 29, 2011 1:42 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit (part # AC164145) that is compliant with the utility frequency band and enables products to communicate using

Slotless DC Motor Touts Efficiency and Smooth, Quiet Motion

August 29, 2011 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Pittman family of slotless brushless DC servo motors are used to power a wide range of applications for the medical/biotech, semiconductor processing, business and computer equipment, and automation industries. The motor’s

SMD Resistor Handles Up To 12 Watts

August 29, 2011 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HPC12 from Stackpole is a high power handling SMD resistive device. It is rated for 5 W of power in free air, but can handle 12 W continuously with 400 lfm air movement on standard recommended solder pads with

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