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Achieving Product Reliability with Automated Design Analysis Software

August 5, 2011 8:06 am | by Nathan Blattau, Chief Technologist, DfR Solutions | Articles | Comments

Swift time to market and product performance are essential to success in electronics manufacturing. The foundation of a reliably performing product is a robust design. Since the overall cost and quality of a product is most influenced by decisions made early in the design stage...

Meeting Tough LTE Standards by Aligning Algorithm Design and Physical Testbenches

August 4, 2011 10:14 am | by Dr. Markus Willems, Senior Product Marketing Manager, System-Level Solutions, Synopsys | Articles | Comments

LTE, the next-generation wireless standard, promises to serve the surging demand for mobile broadband data by increasing peak and average data throughput, as well as significantly reducing latency. When designing an LTE or LTE-Advanced device...

Advanced TVS Construction Improves Lightning Protection

July 18, 2011 8:41 am | by Kent Walters, Director of Technology, Microsemi Corporation | Articles | Comments

Lightning strikes on military and commercial aircraft are common, and today’s structures and systems are required to withstand such events and continue operating. Lightning protection is particularly important for fly-by-wire systems that move primary flight control commands...

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What Operators Should Know About Testing Converged Data Centers

July 15, 2011 7:10 am | by Tara Van Unen, Senior Manager, Ixia | Articles | Comments

Network management has changed with the rapid adoption of network-based services, which has placed an unprecedented strain on servers and storage, and launched a new era in data center management. Solutions include virtualized servers, high-capacity switching frameworks, LAN and SAN convergence.

Oscilloscope Performance & Digital Triggering

July 13, 2011 10:59 am | by Michael Schnecker, Business Development Manager, Rohde & Schwarz | Articles | Comments

Triggering is a critical factor in the measurement performance of oscilloscopes. Triggering enables an oscilloscope to acquire a signal at a specific point in time on the signal waveform. Originally, the trigger function allowed the user to view a signal on the oscilloscope...

Using PXI to Reduce RFIC Characterization Time

July 12, 2011 8:25 am | by David A. Hall, Sr. RF Product Marketing Manager at National Instruments | Articles | Comments

As today’s wireless handsets continue to support more wireless standards, the components that go into handsets must undergo more testing than ever before. In the old days, it was sufficient to test a GSM power amplifier (PA) by doing a few simple GSM measurements in one or two frequency bands.

Advantages to Managing Your Test and Measurement Environment Holistically

July 6, 2011 7:17 am | by Paul McNamara, CEO, The Sente Group | Articles | Comments

In the current competitive climate, organizations everywhere are under pressure to innovate, reduce total costs and accelerate products to market. Today, I’d like to call your attention to one area of your business that can support all three of these efforts...

ASIC and Component Supplier Selection for the Aerospace & Defense Markets

July 1, 2011 7:36 am | by Terry Danzer & Mike Walsh, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The decision making processes that go into choosing an ASIC or component supplier can be rather complex in nature. Thorough analysis involves technical and financial criteria heavily weighing in on the selection.

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LED Industry Growing with Display Backlights

June 23, 2011 8:05 am | by Paul Semenza, Senior Vice President, DisplaySearch | Articles | Comments

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have served markets such as automotive lighting, signage, and indicators for many years. The LED industry entered into a new phase in 2010, as the market for LED backlights in large-area liquid crystal displays (LCDs), particularly for TV, took off.

Power Designs in Your Hands

June 22, 2011 7:08 am | by Bonnie C. Baker, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The process of power supply design can be an over-whelming task from understanding the complexity of your circuit to the challenge of getting help from the chip distributor. As an applications engineer by trade, this article is not going to work in my favor!

The Changing World of Test

June 20, 2011 9:59 am | by Alan Lowne, CEO, Saelig, www.saelig.com | Articles | Comments

With global economic challenges and ever-present budget constraints, test engineers and product designers are constantly evaluating ways to test devices more efficiently, and with equipment that can be field-employed.

Raising the Bar on Advanced Signal Simulation

June 17, 2011 5:50 am | by Thomas Dippon, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Development of sophisticated satellite communication, radar, Electronic Warfare (EW) and Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) systems requires advanced simulation and measurement techniques to evaluate performance under all operating modes...

LEDs Enable Fresh Designs of Low-power Displays

June 15, 2011 6:51 am | by Shannon Siefken and Dave Lamb, Optical Systems Division, 3M Company | Articles | Comments

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are becoming the light source of choice for Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) illumination. LEDs were first adopted in mobile devices where the benefits of reduced power circuitry (elimination of high voltage AC required by fluorescent lamps)...

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New Biometric Latching Systems Offer New Level of Physical Security

May 9, 2011 6:04 am | by Steve Spatig, Southco Inc. | Articles | Comments

As electronic recordkeeping becomes accepted as common practice so does the risk of data being hacked, stolen or corrupted. Data centers must be on the cutting edge of access control to secure valuable business assets.

Security and the embedded system

May 6, 2011 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

In February, when Kevin Butler, the marketing facade of Sony, retweeted, “@TheKevinButler Lemme guess... you sank my Battleship? RT @exiva: 46 DC … C2 Come at me, @TheKevinButler,” Sony unwittingly published its PlayStation 3 master signing key for the world to see and use.

CMOS Digital Isolators Provide Data Protection for Smart Meters

April 18, 2011 5:43 am | by Rudye McGlothlin, Product Manager, Isolation Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

The smart meter market is projected to grow by double digits over the next several years as consumers upgrade from traditional electromechanical meters. Smart meters use the latest integrated circuit (IC) technology to accurately measure and report the amount of power consumed.

Electro Magnetic Interference sources on a power supply

April 14, 2011 11:14 am | by Shane Callanan, Excelsys Technologies | Articles | Comments

EMI is everywhere. Even mother mature provides many sources of electromagnetic interference, and our own sun is a source of much radiation on a daily basis. However for electrical equipment we usually only have to deal with man made sources of radiation.

Determining the practical limit for boost factor in DC-DC voltage conversion

April 13, 2011 6:36 am | by Emir Serdarevic, austriamicrosystems | Articles | Comments

Today almost all portable devices are powered by low-voltage batteries. However, these same devices must power some circuits -- like LEDs -- that require higher supply voltages. There is therefore a clear need for boost voltage conversion.

Delivering the Industry’s Best 60A Current Rating

April 13, 2011 5:23 am | by Carl Smith & Wenkang Huang, International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

Next generation high performance server, storage and communication system CPU’s, GPU’s and DDR memory have increasingly challenging power management requirements of up to 300A load currents at very low voltages of around 1V.

Variable Speed Technology Improves Power Factor, Boosts Grid Reliability

April 7, 2011 11:21 am | by Dan Schillinger, Business Development – Variable Speed, Danfoss VLT Drives | Articles | Comments

Air conditioning is responsible for approximately 20 percent of the total U.S. annual electricity consumption*. The introduction of variable speed drive (VSD) technology to residential air-conditioning and heat pump systems presents an opportunity for significant energy savings...

Energy saving under new management

April 6, 2011 12:12 pm | by Andreas Koller, VP Marketing and Sales, Energy Micro, www.energymicro.com | Articles | Comments

When a battery needs to support a product during many years or even decades of operation, incremental improvements in MCU integration and minor tweaks to basic processor architecture are insufficient to achieve the dramatic hikes in energy efficiency that are required.

A Practical Lithium Ion Battery Charger for use with Solar Panels

April 4, 2011 12:12 pm | by John Carpenter & Karthik Kadirvel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Increasingly, the number of battery operated devices use rechargeable lithium ion batteries as the power source. Common charging solutions for these batteries include wall adapter based chargers and universal serial bus (USB) based chargers.

Battery Testing at Garages Simplified

April 4, 2011 11:13 am | by Isidor Buchmann, CEO & founder of Cadex Electronics, www.BatteryUniversity.com | Articles | Comments

Ever since Cadillac invented the starter motor in 1912, vehicles used lead acid batteries to crank the engine. Not much has changed in 100 years except that the starter battery must now also feed power-hungry accessories. Starting is easy...

Think Outside the Chip…MEMS-Based Systems Solutions

March 21, 2011 5:25 am | by Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates, rgrace@rgrace.com | Articles | Comments

MEMS is an acronym for Microelectromechanical Systems however most “MEMS” implementations to date have not been systems at all but rather devices. This article addresses the creation of solutions that are enabled by MEMS...

Flexible Integrated RF Devices For Digital Wireless Markets

March 21, 2011 4:53 am | by C.N. Wilson, CML Microcircuits | Articles | Comments

Today we see a huge number of wireless systems in use, with two categories, in terms of numbers of RF devices, tending to dominate; both are high volume consumer markets. The first category is cellular technology...

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