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Capacitive Touch Sensing Controller Touted as Easy-to-Implement

September 8, 2010 11:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced a new CapSense capacitive touch-sensing controller that enables designers to achieve mechanical button replacement (MBR) without having to write firmware or learn to use new software tools. The device

Multi-channel 2.4 GHz FSK Transceiver Includes Built-in Star Network Manager

September 8, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems has announced the AS3940, the first fully integrated 2.4 GHz multi-channel FSK (frequency shift keying) transceiver with integrated link manager for reliable control of star networks (up to eight clients). It features low power, high sensitivity (-100 dBm at 250 kbps, -92 dBm at 2 Mbps), data rates from

Mini-ITX Board Suits HD-intensive, Commercial Multimedia-centric Devices

September 7, 2010 1:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies, Inc. announced the VIA EPIA-M850 Mini-ITX board for suit HD-intensive, commercial multimedia-centric devices. Measuring 17 cm x 17 cm, this Mini-ITX board features the VIA Nano E-Series processor, available in both 1.3+GHz (clocked at 1.6 GHz) and fanless 1.2 GHz SKUs. The VIA Nano E-series is

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Mid-range Logic Analyzer Features High-End Debug Capabilities

September 7, 2010 11:07 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix announced the TLA6000 Series, a logic analyzer that brings high-end debug and analysis to mainstream embedded systems designers. Higher signal speeds and increased board densities often lead to signal integrity issues such as crosstalk, ground bounce, and ringing that manifest themselves in functional failures of the digital system. The logic analyzer is asserted to

Sensor System Presents as Ensuring Optimal Heat Sink Efficiency

September 2, 2010 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Tactilus heat-sink analysis system by Sensor Products Inc. enables engineers to visualize actual contact forces and pressure distribution data on the circuit board components. As the mounting screws between the CPU and the heat sink are torqued, it

New Type of Logic Device Uses Piezoelectric Effect

September 2, 2010 6:40 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new class of electronic logic device in which current is switched by an electric field generated by the application of mechanical strain to zinc oxide nanowires.

Software Brings Web-Based Connectivity and Control to Embedded Apps

August 31, 2010 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

AdaCore 's Ada Web Server for Wind River’s VxWorks Real-Time Operating System, when used in conjunction with the GNAT Pro development environment, enables developers to embed an Ada-based web server within any application, accessible through web browsers.

Automated Test Outlook - Peer-To-Peer Computing

August 31, 2010 8:17 am | by by Matt Friedman, National Instruments (www.ni.com) | Blogs | Comments

For years the computing industry has implemented distributed architectures by dividing computing among multiple processing nodes.

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Mini-ITX Motherboard Supports DDR3 Memory

August 31, 2010 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Minix 890GX motherboard is presented as the world’s first USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gbps mini-ITX form factor motherboard capable of supporting DDR3 memory targeted at applications such as HTPCs, Car PCs, BYO routers, servers, and NAS devices

UHS-II PHY IP Core Provides Next-Generation Memory Interface

August 30, 2010 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Arasan Chip Systems, a leading provider of Total Semiconductor IP Solutions, announced that it has developed the UHS-II PHY IP core, a next generation memory interface being finalized by the SD Association.

PCI Express Cable Link Boards are Conduction-Cooled

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

PCI-Systems  announced OpenVPX Conduction-Cooled PCI Express Cable Link Boards, enabling accelerated development of rugged conduction cooled embedded systems.

PLC Development Kit Can Support Multiple Modulation and Protocol Standards

August 30, 2010 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PLC Development Kit (TMDSPLCKIT-V2) is based on the industry's only PLC modem solution capable of supporting multiple modulation and protocol standards on a single hardware platform.

Applying OpenVPX Interoperability

August 20, 2010 8:12 am | by Vincent Chuffart, Product Manager, Kontron (www.kontron.com) | Articles | Comments

Ensuring interoperability between components, boards and systems has been an ongoing challenge for virtually all embedded systems designers, and was a factor in stifling the market potential for the powerful new VPX standard.

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The Next Steps in OpenVPX Development

August 20, 2010 6:49 am | by Justin Moll, Director of Marketing, Elma Bustronic (www.elmabustronic.com) | Articles | Comments

OpenVPX is now beginning to sprout promising green shoots as interoperability has become a significant focus around the VPX topic.

Embedded Computing Enhanced by OpenVPX Multi-Processing Systems

August 20, 2010 6:25 am | by Pete Jha, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (www.curtisswright.com) | Articles | Comments

OpenVPX provides order to the rugged deployed embedded community with a framework that enables disparate computational entities to co-exist within a larger system while defining compliance to adjudicate disagreements.

Probability Processing Promises Powerful Performance

August 19, 2010 10:33 am | News | Comments

Lyric Semiconductor, a DARPA- and venture-funded MIT spin-out, today emerged from stealth mode to launch a new technology called probability processing.

Boost Device Drives up to 120 White LEDs

August 17, 2010 8:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. announced the SC442, a 10-channel white LED driver with an integrated 3A boost power switch. The device is capable of driving up to 120 LEDs at up to 30 mA per channel and is packaged in a low-profile 4 mm x 4 mm x0.6 mm, 28-pin MLPQ package. The SC442 operates

Low-loss RF Coaxial Cable Assembly Operates at up to 26.5 GHz

August 12, 2010 8:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has introduced the 190 Series CCK26.5 and CCSMA26.5 cable assemblies, new additions to its line of low-loss RF coaxial cables. Designed to operate up to 26.5GHz, the 190 cable assemblies offer a minimum bend radius of 1.1 in. and

30W POE Power Injector Suits Access Points

August 9, 2010 7:44 am | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong announced the release of its 30 W passive power injectors for PoE Plus applications. Available in a two-wire model designated the POE31W series and a three-wire model designated the POE31U Series, both series are

Mass Storage Mezzanine Offers Fast, Secure Erasure and Write Protection

August 9, 2010 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Systems division offers the Secure PMCDisk for securely erasing and write-protecting sensitive data in harsh environments often found in military and defense applications. The new, high-capacity mass data storage mezzanine supports

Module Brings Optimized 64-bit Performance to COM Express

August 9, 2010 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies, Inc, announced the addition of the VIA COME8X80 module to its COM Express portfolio; the first COM Express type product utilize the 64-bit VIA Nano E-Series processor. The VIA COME8X80 is

Software Enables Fast and Flexible Data-Sharing Between Real-Time eXtremeDB Applications

August 9, 2010 4:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

McObject has released its Data Relay technology as a key building block for fast and flexible data-sharing between real-time applications based on eXtremeDB, and external systems such as an enterprise DBMS.

The DIY RTOS Meets Its Match

August 7, 2010 6:32 am | by John Carbone, Express Logic | Articles | Comments

The do-it-yourself approach to a real-time operating system appeals to many an engineer’s desire to control, schedule, and manage application interrupts. So ten years ago, the number of in-house RTOS applications outstripped all commercial RTOS implementations. Although the do-it-yourself (DIY) RTOS remains the number-one competitor to commercial RTOSs, industry analyst Embedded Market Forecasters has found

10 Things to Consider When Securing an Embedded 802.11 Wi-Fi Wireless Device

August 7, 2010 5:52 am | by Timothy Stapko, Lead Software Engineer and Project Manager, Digi International | Articles | Comments

The risks to users of wireless technology have increased as the popularity of wireless grows. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated so it's very important that wireless device manufacturers secure their devices properly.

Light Tack Adhesive Eases Fitting of Silicone-Free Thermal Interface Pads

August 6, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

MH&W International provides U 90 silicone-free thermal interface materials (TIMs) with a new light tack adhesive to provide high thermal conductivity where contamination threats prevent the use of silicone-based thermal pads, and allow

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