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Military Connectors: A Primer

April 1, 2010 9:28 am | by Keith Teichmann, Worldwide Director of Marketing & Product Management, ITT Interconnect Solutions | Articles | Comments

Similar to technology trends in other arenas, reduced size and weight, highly reliable materials, and greater functionality are in the forefront of connector design trends for the military market. Deployed in a variety of modern and “future soldier” applications, such as sophisticated command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence (C41) systems...

T-Splitter Suits Industrial Applications

March 22, 2010 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA has announced the release of a T-shaped splitter for the Series 870 7/8” connectors. The T-splitter is used to connect several devices for a power supply or a bus connection. Designed for DeviceNet applications, the 7/8” connectors are

Design Talk: March 2010

February 12, 2010 4:51 am | Articles | Comments

At the fundamental and certainly traditional level, electronics design is about assembling and connecting electronic components together to achieve the intended, functional result. It’s a workable view that has loosely fitted the process of electronics design since its inception – even when you take into account the more ethereal concepts of embedded systems and software-defined functionality.

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ANADIGICS Power Amplifiers Selected for Novatel Phones

February 1, 2010 10:07 am | News | Comments

ANADIGICS, Inc., a leading provider of innovative RF solutions for broadband wireless and wireline communications, today announced that Novatel Wireless has selected its WCDMA/HSPA and EDGE power amplifiers (PAs) for two new wireless HSPA+ Mobile Broadband USB modems. HSPA+ is the next evolution of high-speed packet access (HSPA) wireless broadband technology, offering greater capacity for data throughput compared to current 3G networks.

COMs and Smart Batteries: Helping Deliver Advanced Imaging Devices

January 20, 2010 6:02 am | by Christine A. Van De Graaf, Kontron, www.us.kontron.com | Articles | Comments

Life threatening situations require the use of portable medical devices to deliver the right information to doctors in medical settings, emergency personnel on the go, and patients at home so they can make informed decisions.

Touchless, Holographic HMIs Prevent Disease Transfer

January 20, 2010 5:59 am | by R. Douglas McPheters, HoloTouch Inc., www.holotouch.com | Articles | Comments

The New York State Health Department’s June 30, 2009 Hospital-Acquired Infections Report has drawn serious attention of healthcare professionals and the public to the daunting challenges faced in eliminating contamination and disease transmission rampant in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Design Talk: February 2010

January 20, 2010 5:57 am | Articles | Comments

The New York State Health Department’s June 30, 2009 Hospital-Acquired Infections Report has drawn serious attention of healthcare professionals and the public to the daunting challenges faced in eliminating contamination and disease transmission rampant in hospitals and other healthcare facilities...

Design Talk: January 2010

December 21, 2009 8:21 am | Articles | Comments

As electronic devices are getting smaller and as consumers are demanding more features, designing printed circuit boards (PCBs) is becoming increasingly complex, not to mention that any finished design must face both performance testing and testing for compliance with Federal Communications Commission rules and other codes.

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Design Talk: Year in Review

December 8, 2009 9:31 am | Articles | Comments

When designing displays for mobile applications it’s often a balancing act between increasing ruggedization and keeping the product’s weight down.  These two seemingly opposite ideas can be solved by optically bonding substrates to the LCD front surface thereby eliminating the air gap which increases ruggedization without adding weight.

Design Talk: Software

November 16, 2009 6:09 am | Articles | Comments

Today's mobile phones boast computing capabilities once found in mainframe computers and workstations. Mobile CPU clocks run hundreds of MHz, and mobile 32 bit processors access gigabytes of memory.

Design Talk: Automation

November 5, 2009 6:38 am | Articles | Comments

Your job as a test engineer is to automate test equipment to verify your company’s products.  Many of you spend way too much time learning how to program that test equipment.  Have you ever quickly and successfully configured an instrument from its front panel or Web interface and then spent hours or days trying to do that same task programmatically?

Design Talk - Industrial and Harsh Environments

September 10, 2009 10:30 am | Articles | Comments

Editor's note No matter how good the tech, if it addresses an industrial or other demanding environment application, it better be able to deal with its surroundings without operational compromise.

Design Talk - Circuits

August 12, 2009 6:00 am | Articles | Comments

When designing at the board level, there are always new things to consider. Here are some essays on design to help you in your work.

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Design Talk - Communications Technology

July 21, 2009 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Communications are a keystone of our information-based econonomy and society. The next-gen world of ubiquitous computing and cloud data services will rely on high-quality comms in the user interface, RF, and hard wire, to truly exist. Here are some design articles to help you in your communications design tasks.

Design Talk - Harsh Environments

June 19, 2009 10:06 am | Articles | Comments

An application does not have to be in the arctic or a desert waste to be considered operating in a harsh environment.

Design Talk - Chips and DIPs

June 1, 2009 11:57 am | by poe, ehternet, power, transformer, REACH | Articles | Comments

Here are some essays on design for you on Power over Ethernet (PoE), Transformer Basics, and info on the REACH chemical regulations.

Design Talk: Prototyping and Design

May 18, 2009 10:29 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

There are always things to consider when prototyping a design. Here are a few essays on the subject to aid you in your efforts.

Design Talk - Prototyping and Design

May 4, 2009 8:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

There are always things to consider when prototyping a design. Here are a few essays on the subject to aid you in your efforts.

Design Talk: Digital & Analog

March 25, 2009 7:16 am | Articles | Comments

Typically, industries use standards to improve product quality and enable component sharing across projects. In practice, such standards achieve wide acceptance since the synergistic effects provide significant benefits to the user community. The hardware and software industry is full of such standards, but there is an exception: the deeply embedded microcontroller market

Enclosure Design: Integrating Aesthetics and Functionality

February 20, 2009 5:22 am | by Dan Farrar, Polycase | Articles | Comments

Enclosure manufacturers strive to anticipate the demands of the electronics marketplace with state-of-the-art enclosure designs. The challenge is for designers to develop products with unique features that meet customers’ needs, yet still appeal to the broadest market possible. With this in mind, manufacturers endeavor to engineer enclosures with features, options and accessories that provide a breadth of solutions specific to customers’ applications.

Design Talk: Mechatronics

February 19, 2009 8:04 am | Articles | Comments

More than 50 million people in the United States have disabilities, a number that is growing rapidly as the population ages. This growth has sparked renewed interest in developing more sophisticated assistive technologies to enable an oftentimes disabling environment. This growth presents semiconductor suppliers with an opportunity to enable this field

Design Talk: Batteries

December 22, 2008 11:34 am | Articles | Comments

Portable electronics are evolving so quickly that one can barely keep up with the new devices available to end-users. Regardless of the system, consumers expect more functionality in a smaller device that operates for a longer period of time between charges.

Low-Power is Life Saver for Medical Electronics Devices

November 11, 2008 11:24 am | by Steve Kennelly, Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Designers of portable medical devices face unique challenges. Their chosen field is known for regulatory scrutiny, protracted design and life cycles, and a need for unparalleled robustness in the finished product. In addition, design objectives that are common to all electronics can have special significance when it comes to medical devices. For example, low power consumption is always an objective for designers of portable electronics. Less power means a smaller and lighter battery, which enhances portability.

Design Talk: The New Face of Test Part 2

November 3, 2008 10:42 am | Articles | Comments

Software-defined instrumentation is the new face of automated test. Scientists and engineers performing leading-edge research and designing custom measurement and control systems have used software-defined instruments, also known as virtual instruments, for more than 20 years. Software-defined instruments were critical for these often one-of-a-kind applications due to their unique system requirements.

Design Talk: The New Face of Test

October 16, 2008 11:18 am | Articles | Comments

Internet mobility is growing today and is the way of the future.  The challenge we are seeing with the current generation of Wireless Internet devices is revealed in the battle between Internet upload performance and battery life. End (cell phone) users’ expectations are rising to match the high upload speeds like those of the wired Internet -- without the burden of constantly recharging their batteries.

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