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Securing Connected Systems

September 17, 2010 12:27 pm | by Chris Tapp, LDRA | Articles | Comments

The adoption of networking in embedded systems is widespread and includes everything from domestic audio/video systems to SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. Users are generally aware that viruses, worms and malware are attempting to infiltrate their personal computers...

Enhancing Simulation Studies with 3D Animation

September 17, 2010 7:27 am | by Saurabh Mahapatra, MathWorks | Articles | Comments

The use of simulation studies to better understand the dynamic behavior of a system under investigation is at the core of verifying designs early in the development process. Despite the amount of data that such studies produce, a 3D representation of the system creates a more complete understanding of system behavior.

Lithium-ion Batteries Target Temperature Extremes

September 16, 2010 12:17 pm | by Jeffrey VanZwol, Micro Power Electronics | Articles | Comments

OEMs are requesting rechargeable Lithium-ion battery packs for portable devices that operate in explosive, as well as extreme hot and cold environments. Many portable military devices are used in very cold (-40º Celsius) environments, and many medical devices need battery packs that operate after exposure to 137º C steam sterilization...

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Making a Big Difference with Micro Clinch Fasteners

September 16, 2010 7:01 am | by Brian Bentrim, Penn Engineering | Articles | Comments

Today’s wireless electronic devices from cell phones to e-readers exemplify ideal marriages of user-friendly form and function integrated into ever-smaller packages. The trend toward highly compact designs, however, presents an array of issues relative to component attachment...

High-Speed Load-Disconnects in Redundant Power System Architectures

September 14, 2010 7:44 am | by Chester Firek, Product Marketing Manager, Picor Corporation | Articles | Comments

Designers of high-availability systems understand that the costs of system down-time can have a devastating impact on their end-customer’s business. For critical business and information systems such as data centers...

The True Meaning of MultiTouch

August 31, 2010 12:17 pm | by Larry Mozdzyn, Ocular Inc. | Articles | Comments

Despite what you may read in articles or hear in advertisements, typical gesturing on most smartphones is not a true multi-touch implementation. The touch controller for a gesture only interprets relative movements of one or two touches on the panel and reports these movements as predefined gestures.

Achieving Zero Defect Software Development

August 17, 2010 9:37 am | by John Greenland, Senior Sales Manager, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

Zero Defect Software Development (ZDSD) is a results-oriented process that emphasizes the analysis, testing and reporting of the causality of defects. This process, which has evolved from the commitment to providing “five-nines” (99.999%) reliability for mission-critical applications...

Software-Development Planning is Critical to Product Success

August 6, 2010 5:57 am | by Keith Curtis, Technical Staff Engineer, Microchip Technology, keith.curtis@microchip.com | Articles | Comments

Let’s face it, all of our product design cycles are accelerating. To stay competitive, your company needs the next big thing, they need it yesterday, and it can’t cost any more than it has to if you are going to compete.

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Motivation for graphical development on DSPs

July 28, 2010 11:44 am | by Joe Coombs, Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Digital signal processors (DSPs) have become ever-present in today’s world, populating everything from stereo systems and cell phones to automobiles and industrial equipment. Despite this proliferation, relatively few embedded developers are DSP-focused.

Powering Backlit Displays in Severe Environments

July 26, 2010 5:48 am | by Bill Abbott, Endicott Research Group, www.ergpower.com | Articles | Comments

When removed from the comfort of a controlled indoor environment, LCDs can be subjected to a variety of stressful conditions. Extreme temperatures, shock, vibration and variances in ambient light can impact backlight performance and lifetime.

Designing for Magnetostrictive Linear Position Sensors

July 8, 2010 11:47 am | by Matt Hankinson, Technical Marketing Manager, MTS Sensors | Articles | Comments

Today’s high-performance equipment calls for innovative components designed specifically to meet their market demands. The developments in linear-position sensors have proven to be an effective means for increasing productivity, quality assurance, and profitability in many industrial applications.

Scopes Deliver Advanced JTAG Debug Capabilities

July 7, 2010 6:01 am | by Joel Woodward, Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

JTAG, also known as IEEE 1149.1, is one of the most successful electronic standards of all time. Invented over 20 years ago to uncover printed circuit board manufacturing, JTAG is now used in nearly 100% of printed circuit boards and has become a critical part of many integrated circuits.

High-Voltage Capacitors: Design and Testing

July 7, 2010 5:45 am | Articles | Comments

There are many industries that depend on the proven design concepts that require high voltages to operate. Radar, X-ray machines, traveling wave tubes, down-hole logging, particle accelerators, aerospace ignition systems, partial discharge detection, power utilities and welding equipment are some examples.

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Virtualization for Consolidation

July 7, 2010 5:37 am | by Mark Hermeling, Senior Product Manager for Multi-core and Virtualization, Wind River | Articles | Comments

Multi-core and embedded virtualization offer embedded device and equipment manufacturers the chance to consolidate and innovate. They can consolidate multiple individual processors into a single processor, whether single core or multi-core, and innovate by improving the capabilities of their devices beyond what was previously achievable.

Techniques to Avoid the White Screen of Death in Smartphones

June 21, 2010 9:03 am | by John Whalen, Business Development Manger, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

An emerging trend in the mobile handset 3G space has been the adoption and expansion of user friendly applications, nowadays called ‘Apps’. These ‘Apps’ are custom software program applications that are written for a very specific function within a handset.

The High Speed Data Race

June 3, 2010 5:32 am | by James O. “Jim” Farmer, Enablence Systems | Articles | Comments

The bottom line is that nothing, and I mean nothing, can beat a fiber connection, not now and not in the foreseeable future. Fiber offers the highest speeds you can achieve, not to mention its other advantages such as extremely low operational costs and versatile high quality transmission.

Understanding Low Outgassing Adhesives

May 18, 2010 12:53 pm | by Robert Michaels, V.P. Technical Sales, Master Bond | Articles | Comments

One of the most common issues addressed by our technical service department nowadays involves the outgassing characteristics of adhesives and related encapsulation and sealing compounds. And that’s understandable because a growing number of high-tech industries have discovered that their products and manufacturing processes can be sensitive to outgassed chemical compounds.

Future Design Needs for Next-Generation Radar and EW Systems

May 5, 2010 4:54 am | Articles | Comments

Next-generation FPGA-based processing platforms for radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems provide a substantial increase in computational resources, as well as greatly easing the implementation effort in a floating-point datapath.

Security in Wireless Networks

April 20, 2010 5:06 am | by Joe Tillison, Technology Director, Wireless Sensor Networks, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

In March the Associated Press ran a story about security vulnerabilities in smart meters based on the research of InGuardians, Inc. The article highlighted the Achilles heel of any secure wireless system; the inadequate safeguarding of the security keys themselves.

Low-Cost Single-Chip Embedded Digital Video Recorder Solution for Video Surveillance

April 15, 2010 12:49 pm | by Anshuman Saxena, Senior Technical Lead Engineer, Texas Instruments, (anshuman@ti.com) | Articles | Comments

Digital video recorders (DVRs) take the analog video input from closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), digitize the input using video decoders and then compress this digital data before storing it on a local storage media like hard disk. The critical advantage that DVRs give over tape-based predecessors is that one can process the recorded data much better and perform event search, time search and more to play back specific content.

Sense, Detect, Communicate, and Act: Improving Military Electronic Systems

April 7, 2010 4:30 am | by Jim Davis, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Articles | Comments

Improving military electronic systems involves enhancing the basic processes of sense, detect, communicate and act.

New PICMG 2.30 standard enables enhanced functionality of CompactPCI systems for defense applications

April 2, 2010 10:02 am | by Jim Vana, Applications Engineering Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Articles | Comments

Recent advancements in military technology have produced some awe-inspiring, highly sophisticated combat and reconnaissance equipment. In the U.S., such advances are expected to continue at a steady clip as robust defense spending drives the development of next-generation equipment.

Hardware and Software Design Security; It’s All in the Mix

April 2, 2010 5:21 am | by Vandana Lokeshwar, element14, www.element-14.com | Articles | Comments

Western high-tech businesses know they must continuously deliver innovative ideas and unique features to their customers, to protect market share and brand value. This situation makes the defense of intellectual property against threats such as reverse engineering, cloning and tampering extremely important.

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

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