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Gulliver’s Miniature Power Supply Designs

March 14, 2011 5:41 am | by Thomas Hoffman, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Developers are faced with a systems landscape that is in constant change. As complexity increases, so do power management requirements. New features like camera flash light drivers, built-in projectors, communications and application-specific processors...

Managed Switch Technology Primed for Military Applications

March 8, 2011 4:27 am | by Mike Southworth, Director of Marketing, Parvus Corporation | Articles | Comments

The success of net-centric warfare is dependent on fast, secure communications technology – specifically Ethernet. To meet the military's demands for Ethernet-enabled vehicles, there is an increased focus on developing a variety of Ethernet switches and routers...

Online CAD Solutions Improve Engineering Productivity, Reduce Errors

February 15, 2011 4:37 am | by Peter Mooney, Product Director, Thomas Industrial Network | Articles | Comments

As engineers and their supplier partners are challenged to work faster and to reduce mistakes, it’s no wonder that the market for CAD software is booming, topping $5 billion*. Manufacturers of electronic components, and the engineers who work with them...

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Acceleration mechanisms in graphics frameworks for User Interface design

February 14, 2011 5:24 am | by Jithu Niruthambath and Prabindh Sundareson, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

User Interfaces (UIs) have transformed from plainly encapsulating the functionality of a device to capturing the intent of user operations and optimizing the overall control flow. Depending on the end application, the appearance of UIs can range from...

Integrated Product Management: New approach to software tools and processes for the systems engineer

February 8, 2011 7:43 am | by Steve Shoaf, IBM Rational | Articles | Comments

The demand for smarter products is driving manufacturers and service providers to look for new, innovative ways to differentiate their products and enable them to be easily configurable for highly individualized usages. However, because most manufacturers now rely on a global network of design partners and suppliers to create highly sophisticated products...

New Graphical Tools Significantly Simplify Servo Drive Setup and Optimization

February 7, 2011 4:48 am | by Josh Inman, Product Manager, Kollmorgen, www.kollmorgen.com | Articles | Comments

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face continual demands to bring new products to market with higher levels of performance in time to meet shrinking market windows. In many cases, motion is the key to differentiating the machine...

GPUs Go Mainstream

January 20, 2011 9:10 am | by Jos Martin, Principal Architect for parallel computing tools at MathWorks | Articles | Comments

At the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in September this year several ISVs announced extensive support for GPU based functionality. A reasonable question that arises from these announcements is ‘why now’?  GPUs have already found favour in a number of computational disciplines...

Shrinking Design Cycles

January 18, 2011 10:21 am | by Shrikrishna Mehetre, Open-Silicon | Articles | Comments

Semiconductor industry sales started with $1B in 1962 and have now reached over $225B. The initial ASIC products were mainly processors, but today the ASIC design industry has evolved to cater to every market segment, from things such as networking and imaging, to tiny biomedical devices.

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The Changing Nature of Development Cycles for Portable Devices

January 18, 2011 6:07 am | by Anders Holmberg, Product Manager, IAR Systems | Articles | Comments

Not so long ago I worked for a mobile handset company as a software developer. A team of 40 worked across several different sites and countries on a major 2 year project to design a new handset. It was not uncommon for us to work on a subset of code and never see the whole application.

Tools to Shrink Your Design Cycle Times

January 10, 2011 5:01 am | by Bonnie C. Baker, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Designers continue to face pressure from customers and competitors to produce products in a timely manner. Product planning and implementation is critical in this rapid pace environment.

How Semiconductors Are Enabling Consumer Medical Devices

December 15, 2010 10:28 am | by Paul Errico, Analog Devices, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare Segment Team | Articles | Comments

Semiconductor research and development in the late 20th century was driven by the computing and communications applications such as PCs, handsets and consumer applications. Today, it is increasingly influenced by the demand for ICs that make possible the next generation of medical devices...

Medical Displays Respond to the Touch

December 3, 2010 6:51 am | by Ralph Polshak, Optrex America, Inc., www.optrex.com | Articles | Comments

Medical devices present a special and challenging set of requirements for LCD displays. They need to provide high quality images with high contrast, high resolution images and data...

Semiconductor Technologies Accelerate Development of Ultrasound Specific Integrated Circuits

November 29, 2010 10:47 am | by Xiaochen Xu and Harish Venkataraman, Medical Business Unit, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Ultrasound imaging is one of the most important medical imaging methods due to its safety, cost effectiveness, and real-time capability. Conventional ultrasonic imaging systems use frequencies from 2–20 MHz with a resolution of millimeter level.

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Turn to Embedded Passive Layers for Smaller, Lighter and More Efficient Devices

November 11, 2010 4:27 am | by John Geissinger, Applications Engineer Senior Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Articles | Comments

Nearly every electronic device – be it for a consumer, medical or military application – can benefit from a reduction in weight or form-factor size and increased efficiency, performance and functionality. Sounds too good to be true, but in fact, many applications could realize those benefits...

Maximizing the 3D Experience: Don’t Overlook the Batteries

November 5, 2010 10:39 am | by Eric Lind, VP Business Development at Contour Energy Systems | Articles | Comments

Imagine your disappointment when your 3D glasses fail just as the action peaks in a movie or during a game. With rechargeable batteries you’re stuck waiting for the glasses to recharge (having a spare pair is just too difficult to justify given the current high price).

Accurate Compassing in Harsh Environments

November 2, 2010 6:57 am | by Andrew Leuzinger, PNI Sensor Corporation, www.pnicorp.com | Articles | Comments

Today’s electronic compasses are built to withstand harsh environments – mechanical shocks, extreme temperatures and battlefield conditions. Yet the most challenging environment for electronic compasses is transitory magnetic field distortion encountered in everyday situations.

Ethernet Ports in Harsh Environments

October 29, 2010 9:36 am | by Fred Kozlof, General Manager, CONEC | Articles | Comments

The RJ45 connector is commonplace on computer systems in offices and homes, but there is often a need to network industrial equipment as well, resulting in a growing need for an Ethernet connector that can withstand harsh environments.

Motion Measurement in Unmanned Systems

October 25, 2010 9:15 am | by Matt Liberty, Hillcrest Laboratories, www.hillcrestlabs.com | Articles | Comments

Autonomous systems that navigate their surroundings are becoming more viable as sensor technology improves and computing power increases. Google’s car is the most recent high-profile system, but even vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers now drive themselves.

New Generation of Development Tools Empower Designers

October 25, 2010 6:16 am | by Ben Papps, PLX Technology | Articles | Comments

Designers today are faced with ever-increasing complexity in both the silicon at the heart of a system and the applications it serves.  First for SoCs and now for bridging silicon, development tools are now catching up with advances in silicon and helping designers realize improved time to market.

Inertial sensors enhance autonomous systems

October 25, 2010 5:47 am | by Fritz Martin, Senior Product Design Manager, MicroStrain | Articles | Comments

The adoption rate for unmanned systems continues to increase in the military, defense, aerospace and robotics industries, and is now also being embraced in many new markets across a variety of applications. The benefits of autonomous mobility...

Integrating Intelligent Electronic Access Systems

October 14, 2010 6:22 am | by Steve Spatig, Southco, Inc. www.southco.com | Articles | Comments

As security requirements become more stringent, engineers are looking to integrate electronic access systems (EAS) into cabinets, racks and other enclosures.

The current state of digital power

October 7, 2010 11:13 am | by Deepak Savadatti, International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

Digital power today is a small fraction of overall power industry revenue but is commanding a large share of industry attention and discussion. Traction for digital power solutions is evident based on a slew of product announcements from a multitude of suppliers, all playing to their strengths.

Securing Information in your Microcontroller Core

October 5, 2010 9:34 am | by Oyvind Strom, Director, AVR Products, Atmel Corporation | Articles | Comments

For years, system designers have been trying to find a way to improve the microcontroller—the heart of their system designs. Improvements can range from increasing performance, lowering power consumption, increasing clock speeds and much more.

Protecting FPGAs from Power Analysis

October 4, 2010 5:34 am | by Pankaj Rohatgi, Cryptography Research | Articles | Comments

The advantages of FPGAs include reduced time-to-market, field-reconfigurability, and lower up-front costs. These benefits, together with recent gains in size and performance, make FPGAs ideally suited for many commercial and government applications.

The Video Surveillance Problem

October 1, 2010 10:07 am | by Sean Gardner, Business Development Mgr, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Video surveillance is everywhere today, and the rise in camera deployments is making a big financial impact on the public and private sector’s IT departments’ operating expenditures. Storage costs are the main culprit and can add up to 50 percent of the cost of a new surveillance installation.

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