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Microprocessors Offer Highest-performing Single-core ARM Cortex-A8, Extreme System Integration

October 19, 2010 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments expanded its portfolio of Sitara ARM microprocessors (MPUs) with new AM389x Sitara MPUs that offer the industry’s highest-performing, single-core ARM Cortex-A8 with performance at up to 1.5 GHz. These MPUs also integrate peripherals that make them suitable for single-board computers, gateways, routers

Wind River Linux 4 debuts

October 18, 2010 7:27 am | News | Comments

Wind River introduces its fourth-generation commercial embedded Linux platform based on the recently released Linux 2.6.34+ kernel with cross-compiling toolchains GCC 4.4, EGLIBC 2.11 and GDB 7.

Graphene Enables Triple-Mode Single-Transistor Amplifier

October 14, 2010 7:49 am | News | Comments

Triple-mode, single-transistor amplifiers based on graphene -- the one-atom-thick form of carbon that recently won its discoverers a Nobel Prize -- could become key components in future electronic circuits.

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Developing Touchscreen Hardware for the Future

October 13, 2010 7:11 am | by Jon Kiachian, Atmel (www.atmel.com) | Articles | Comments

Consumers are continuing to look for touch apps with better battery life, faster response time, precise touches, grip suppression, and palm rejection on mobile Internet devices and Netbook screens.

NEMS Computer Switches Handle Heat that Renders Transistors Useless

October 13, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have made electromechanical switches – building blocks of circuits - that can take twice the heat that renders electronic transistors useless.

Grants Fund New Nanoelectronics Research at NSF Centers

October 12, 2010 9:45 am | News | Comments

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world’s leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, joined today with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund $2 million in supplemental grants for nanoelectronics research.

iPad Unit Conversion App Serves Scientists, Engineers, Technicians, and Students

October 11, 2010 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

AppoTize announced the release of the iPad application Convert2 – TechPro for iPad, a professional unit conversion program for scientists, engineers, technicians and students

Pseudo SRAMs Target Embedded Apps

October 11, 2010 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting embedded applications in areas such as wireless, industrial, and automotive, Integrated Silicon Solution, a leader in advanced memory solutions, added 64Mb and 32Mb densities to their line of Pseudo SRAMs.

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Device Controller IP Core Certified for SuperSpeed USB 3.0

October 11, 2010 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The silicon intellectual property (IP) provider Evatronix announced its high performance SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Device Controller IP core has been officially certified by USB Implementers Forum

Color PMOLED Suits Mobile Hand Held Applications

October 7, 2010 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSD’s 0.95” Full Color PMOLED is suitable for mobile hand held applications. It features a 96 x 64 resolution and is approximately 2 mm thick. Additional features include a high contrast ratio of 2000:1 and 65K colors. This compact display has

Fixed Output Step-Down Switching Voltage Regulator Provides Desirable Transient Response

October 7, 2010 7:57 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN5358 is a step-down switching voltage regulator that delivers a fixed output from an input voltage supply of 2.7 V to 5.5 V. Using a proprietary architecture with

VNA Features Four-Port 110 GHz Single-Sweep Solution for Millimeter-Wave Measurements

October 7, 2010 6:20 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. Introduced a 67 GHz PNA-X Series vector network analyzer (VNA). The new N5247A 67 GHz PNA-X allows engineers, working up to 67 GHz, to work with the company’s single-connection, multiple-measurement, PNA-X platform. This makes

Hardware virtualization and multicore CPUs featured at electronica 2010

October 7, 2010 4:37 am | News | Comments

International semiconductor manufacturers will present multicore CPUs and associated virtualization software and design approaches at the electronica 2010 trade fair to be held from November 9 to 12 at the Munich Trade Fair Center.

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Multi-core Virtual Machine Supports ARM Processors

October 6, 2010 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atego announced the release of Aonix Perc Ultra SMP 5.4 with new support for concurrent multi-processor Garbage Collection (GC) technology atop ARM multi-core processors.

MicroTCA Platform Includes Four Double-width Full-size AdvancedMC Modules

October 4, 2010 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron introduced its MicroTCA platform OM6040D, which is designed for up to four high-end AdvancedMCs and features a 10 Gbit/s Ethernet switched backplane enabling high data flow rates. In the maximum configuration with 4x Kontron AM5030 processor modules, the 5U platform

VME Multifunction Boards Deliver 48 Lines in a 6U VME Slot

October 4, 2010 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms announced the first in a new family of VME multifunction I/O boards designed specifically to address the problems caused by the growing constraints on size, weight and power in today’s military platforms.

Internet-Based Service Enables Professionals to View and Control Enabled Devices Online

October 4, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lantronix launched AccessMyDevice, a new enterprise-grade, Internet-based service enabling business and technology professionals to easily view, manage, control and service virtually any device from a web browser.

Sage Electronic SmartProbe Demo at the 2010 ESC

October 1, 2010 5:22 am | Videos | Comments

SmartProbe for AMD platforms enables a developer to comprehensively and efficiently evaluate and manipulate the inner workings of the processor, chipset and peripherals.

Do MCU Processor Cores Still Matter?

September 30, 2010 12:31 pm | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Ask an engineer who uses microcontrollers whether processor cores matter and you'll likely hear, "Not much." People at three MCU vendors--Silicon Laboratories, Renesas, and Microchip Technology echo this answer. The capabilities and types of peripherals blended into an MCU chip matter much more.

Power Management Subsystem Presented as World’s Highest Current Monolithic PMIC

September 30, 2010 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics plc has introduced its WM8325 power management subsystem, said to be the world’s highest current monolithic power management IC (PMIC). The IC is appropriate for portable multimedia applications including smartbooks, tablets, e-books, media players and smartphones. The WM8325 features

PC-104, 1 GHz SBC Supports Networking and Communications

September 30, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems introduced a PC/104-compatible 1 GHz single board computer (SBC), dubbed the PCM-VDX-2-512. It is designed for headless space- and power-limited systems. It has two Ethernet, four USB 2.0, and four asynchronous serial channels plus

STMicroelectronics Demo of Low-Power Microcontrollers

September 29, 2010 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demo of STMicroelectronics' low-power microcontrollers using novel power sources, including a pumpkin.

Using the ATE Port to Control ISP Programmers

September 29, 2010 8:24 am | by Chirag Kapoor, Xeltek (www.xeltek.com) | Articles | Comments

The major advantage of ISP programming is that the manufacturer can have single production phase, eliminating programming stage prior to assembling the system.

Android Froyo – Making it the Best It Can Be

September 29, 2010 8:01 am | by Chris Buerger, Wind River (www.windriver.com) | Blogs | Comments

Android is the poster child example for combining stability, performance and innovation in a mobile operating system that has been rapidly realized in an open source context

Buzzers Suit Mobile Equipment Applications

September 29, 2010 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc announced a new addition to its buzzer product line with the CSS-05 Series. Available in three configurations, the buzzers are housed in a 5 mm x 5 mm SMT package. Using magnetic technology, the series has

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