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Adapting OpenMP in Multicore Embedded Systems

January 24, 2011 8:46 am | by Dr. Eric Stotzer, Senior Member Technical Staff, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Multicore processors are changing application development in all areas of computing. Because they offer higher performance with lower energy consumption, multicore processors are being used in more embedded applications than ever and are enabling entirely new applications.

Traditional Versus Asymmetric Multicore Solutions

January 24, 2011 8:20 am | by Henri Tervonen, Sundar Vedantham, Ph.D., and Tareq Bustami, LSI Corporation, | Articles | Comments

When considering a communications processor for a next-generation application such as an eNodeB base station, cost and determinism requirements factor heavily in the decision. In today’s communications processors, there are two competing multicore architectural approaches in the marketplace.

LED fixture features high output of 300 – 400 lumens per foot

January 24, 2011 8:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Traxon Technologies introduces its Cove Light AC. Powered directly with line voltage, Cove Light AC is suitable for a wide range of applications in architectural, hospitality, and residential environments for general lighting, wall washing, and alcove illumination.


Bus Port Protection Array Provides Low Typical Capacitance of 0.7 pF

January 24, 2011 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. today announced a new ESD-protection array featuring low capacitance and leakage currents to protect USB-OTG ports against transient voltage signals. The new VBUS053CZ-HAF provides three lines of USB ESD protection at a 5.5 V working range...

STMicroelectronics Supports New Security Technologies in Latest Generation Set-Top Box Chips

January 24, 2011 7:52 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has announced it is the first to sample set-top-box (STB) decoder chips providing support for next-generation security and content protection technologies that include the NDS VideoGuard Security Kernel and DVB-CSA3 descrambler system.

AVX Multilayer Ceramic Transient Voltage Suppressors

January 24, 2011 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rutronik now offers the AVX TransGuard series of transient voltage suppressors. With unique high-energy multilayer construction this series represents state-of-the-art overvoltage circuit protection. Monolithic multilayer construction provides protection from voltage transients...

Safety Standards for Lithium-Ion Cells

January 24, 2011 7:07 am | by Mahmood Tabaddor, PhD, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. | Articles | Comments

Advances in portable energy sources, such as rechargeable cells (or batteries), are a major technological driver for the popularity of many electronic and electrical devices from consumer products to medical equipment to automotive systems to space applications.

A Biofuels Revolution

January 24, 2011 6:03 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Biotechnology firm Joule Unlimited may have come up with a game changer in the quest for economically viable biofuels. Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline.


PC15 Series offers 15 Watts of output power

January 21, 2011 4:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech, a Division of Calex Mfg., announces the “PC15” Series of AC/DC switching power supplies. The PC15 Series offers 15 Watts of output power in an encapsulated case, making it well suited for ruggedized backplane applications.

Greenliant Ships Industry's First Industrial-Grade 8 GB Embedded Solid-State Drive

January 20, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Greenliant Systems has started mass production of its industrial-grade 8 GB NANDrive with ATA/IDE interface. The addition of Greenliant's GLS85LP1008P solid-state drive (SSD) marks the widest range of capacities--512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB--of small form factor...

Unipolar Switches Provide High Voltage Transient Protection

January 20, 2011 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. introduces a new line of two-wire, unipolar, Hall-effect switches to complement its existing family of devices used in seat belt buckle, seat position, and steering lock applications. These new devices are targeted to serve the automotive market...

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...

Engineering can be soooo frustrating!

January 20, 2011 8:48 am | by Mike Brace, EV | Blogs | Comments

When I think back to my early years as a jet pilot in the Marine Corps I usually close my eyes, put my grin on, and imagine myself slipping those surly bonds of earth once again as a means to escape the complexities of life.


Rectifiers enable higher current densities in high-frequency inverters

January 20, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. today expanded its TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers for solar bypass applications with four new 45 V devices offering eSMP surface-mount and axial-leaded package options. The devices released today are designed to enable higher current densities in low-voltage, high-frequency inverters...

Real-time solution serves next-generation cockpit display applications

January 20, 2011 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

DDC-I today announced it has partnered with Quantum3D to provide a safety-critical real-time display solution for next-generation Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) cockpit display applications. The integrated solution features Quantum3D’s OpenGL IGL-178 software graphics processing unit...

Polymer Tantalum Capacitor Portfolio Expands

January 19, 2011 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation announced the expansion of its Polymer Tantalum portfolio. The T528 Low ESR/ESL Polymer Tantalum Series introduced a newly constructed 5 m? Z case (EIA Case Code 7343-17) design, reducing overall impedance for high switch frequency decoupling applications such as microprocessor decoupling.

Capacitor Contactor Addresses Switching Powers of 80 kvar

January 19, 2011 9:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a new capacitor contactor for switching powers of 80 kvar. It supplements the previous series for powers of 12.5, 20, 25, 33, 50, 75 and 100 kvar, enabling

Company unveils industry’s smallest Class D amplifier

January 19, 2011 9:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX98304, the industry’s smallest Class D amplifier at 1mm x 1mm. This amplifier increases output power by 23% to 3.2W and reduces noise by 39% to 19microVrms, as compared to Maxim’s previous-generation device.

Tool-based Solution Transforms Enterprise Client, Server Apps from Desktop to the Cloud

January 19, 2011 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gizmox today introduces Instant CloudMove, the first automated tool-based solution for transforming enterprise client/server applications from desktop to a Cloud/Web and mobile deployment. Leveraging Gizmox’s Visual WebGui (VWG) virtualization application and streaming platform...

AC Caps Range from 2 uF to 75 uF Capacitance

January 19, 2011 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC announced a new series of EPCOS MKP AC capacitors with a capacitance range from 2 µF to 75 µF and radial terminals for PCB mounting. The B3279* Series of output filter capacitors features

Chip Filters Suit Cellular Band Apps

January 19, 2011 7:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden announced its latest lines of chip filters. The compact EIA 0603 size multilayer dual low pass filter is designed for use with multi-band smartphones, while two new optimized EIA 0805 size multilayer diplexers were developed for

EMI Filter Modules Meet MIL-STD-461 Requirements

January 19, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gaia Converter announced the availability of three EMI filter modules providing electromagnetic interference (EMI) protection for avionic and military power systems. Those modules offer

OCXO Features Tight Stabilities

January 19, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bliley Technologies, Inc. introduced a customizable oven controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO), the NV47AE, for high-precision telecommunications, medical and military electronics. The OCXO is positioned as specifically configured for

The Tinker's Toolbox - the first commercially-available Chip-Scale Atomic Clock

January 19, 2011 7:02 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Steve Fossi of Symmetricom about their new chipscale atomic clock (CSAC), the first commercial device of its kind. Right-click to download the podcast

Connector incorporates broadband fiber optic transceivers

January 19, 2011 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne Reynolds Inc. announces the launch of the Hyperion Series of connectors which incorporate broadband fiber optic transceivers in their design. Since the Hyperion connectors are designed to transmit fiber optic signals through standard, 16 AWG, MIL-PRF-29504/4 and /5 compliant termini...

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