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  • Advances in automotive navigation systems
    Advances in car navigation systems
  • How to reduce standby power consumption
    How to reduce standby power consumption
  • Medical implants to benefit from wireless charging
    Wireless charging aids medical implants
  • Limit the range of a waveform measurement
    Limit the range of a waveform measurement
  • 10 best 3D printing projects on Kickstarter
    10 best 3D printing projects on Kickstarter
  • Memory circuits on paper start to roll
    Memory circuits on paper start to roll
  • How soft errors harm critical information
    How soft errors harm critical information
  • Bluetooth paves way for emerging IoT
    Bluetooth paves way for emerging IoT
  • Smartphone device offers low-cost cancer diagnosis
    Smartphone device detects cancer
  • Dealing with EMI in PCB design
    Dealing with EMI in PCB design
  • Using USB port to power external circuit
    Using USB port to power external circuit
  • Smart connectivity for the era of wearables
    Smart connectivity for wearables era
Advances in automotive navigation systems
Advances in automotive navigation systems

Navigation is a complex task that is becoming more critical as drivers expect more functions. Routing is an important building block for vehicles of the future.

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How to reduce standby power consumption
How to reduce standby power consumption

Two methods are used to minimise the effective switching frequency during standby operation: to operate in burst mode and to provide a single pulse of energy at a very low-switching frequency.

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Medical implants to benefit from wireless charging
Medical implants to benefit from wireless charging

There are situations where practical wireless charging would bring real benefits: implanted medical devices. In many cases, the battery's size is a limiting factor in use.

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Limit the range of a waveform measurement
Limit the range of a waveform measurement

In this article, we provide a few hints on how to configure your setups to measure only the things you need and want to measure and ignore the rest.

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10 best 3D printing projects on Kickstarter
10 best 3D printing projects on Kickstarter

Another mechanism to measure the popularity of 3D printing in its variety of forms can be found by looking at how popular these sorts of projects are on the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform.

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Memory circuits on paper start to roll
Memory circuits on paper start to roll

The researchers see their paper memories to be used in applications such as sensor data recording, product originality marking, playing cards, interactive packaging and product information cards.

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How soft errors harm critical information
How soft errors harm critical information

Learn about the various sources of soft errors and the different techniques to mitigate their impact—both at process level and system level.

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Bluetooth paves way for emerging IoT
Bluetooth paves way for emerging IoT

As many as three billion devices will ship with Bluetooth this year, rising to nine billion in 2019. By that time the cost of adding Bluetooth will fall to less than a dollar.

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Smartphone device offers low-cost cancer diagnosis
Smartphone device offers low-cost cancer diagnosis

A new device that can be added to a smartphone has been developed by U.S. researchers in order to detect cancer accurately and at a fraction of a cost.

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Dealing with EMI in PCB design
Dealing with EMI in PCB design

Rule-based verification and 3D EM simulation complement each other. Find out how they pave the way for a quick and inexpensive rectification of EMI issues early in the design process.

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Using USB port to power external circuit
Using USB port to power external circuit

This article demonstrates how to use an adjustable voltage regulator to get voltages of 1.25 to 3.75V, a range that many circuits utilise.

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Smart connectivity for the era of wearables
Smart connectivity for the era of wearable devices

Key connectivity industry players are designing solutions for wireless power charging and contactless data transmission. Here's a look at the recent developments in this domain.

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Automotive

Control car headlights with your eyes
Opel, a Germany-based carmaker, plans to bring a technology that will enable drivers to control the brightness and direction of their vehicle's headlamp with the use of eye movements.

Expedite ADAS design using Vehicle-in-the-Loop
Leveraging both HiL and SiL, IPG recommended an approach it calls Vehicle-in-the-Loop (ViL) to enable users to considerably cut the time to develop their advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Renesas dominates OE automotive sector in 2014
Semicast Research stated that the planned merger of NXP and Freescale will create the largest automotive semiconductor manufacturer in 2015.

Wireless device tracks driver's stress level
EPAM Systems developed a wrist-worn galvanic skin response sensor that monitors and advises a driver of his/her stress level, and is linked to the infotainment system that could suggest alternative routes.

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Communications/Network

5GHz power amplifier module extends range of Wi-Fi apps
Microchip Technology's SST11CP22 delivers 20dBm linear power at 3 per cent EVM for 802.11a/n applications and is spectrum mask compliant up to 24dBm for 802.11a communication.

Right angle RF adapters target tight-space applications
Pasternack's new lines of microwave and millimetre wave right angle RF adapters are offered with four in-series and between-series connector options including 1.85mm, 2.4mm, 2.92mm and 3.5mm.

Multitest unveils probe with scrub design
The Link Contactor, the vertical probe series based on technology from Titan Semiconductor Tools, offers 60GHz at -1dB bandwidth as well as support for test yield and low repair and replacement cost.

ST, Ams join forces to secure NFC mobile transactions
The companies collaborated to introduce an NFC system reference design that assures easy, reliable and secure contactless transactions while suiting the form factor of mobile and wearable devices.

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Computing/Peripherals

Optical cognitive computer cuts need for electrical stimulus
A research team used optical material for all parts of a neural network: the neurons, dendrites, axons and the synapses, making it the world's first computer that doesn't require electrical stimulus.

IBM invests in Modernizing Medicine to push Watson adoption
This is the latest direct investment that IBM has made through its $100 million fund to seed Watson innovations. The investment caps $20 million in Series D funding secured by Modernizing Medicine.

Choosing flexible cable assemblies
With flexible cables, assemblers can draw 2D assemblies knowing that when the cable is installed, it can be easily bent to fit right. This article explains what you should look for in flexible cables.

Low-cost GPU delivers HQ display to wearables
Specifically designed to enhance UI experience, the PowerVR G6020 GPU by Imagination Technologies drives high-quality graphics and display into low-cost and small devices, such as wearables.

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Consumer Electronics

Embedded NAND flash compliant to JEDEC e-MMC version 5.1
The latest flash memory devices from Toshiba support command queuing and secure write protection, thus improving the random read performance speed.

Power management unit targets wearables, mobile devices
The AS3701 from Ams boasts a low quiescent current, performs multiple power-regulation, power-saving, battery-charging, protection and start-up functions in a WL-CSP measuring 2mm x 2mm x 0.4mm.

Prying Eyes: Xbox wireless controller
In this article, we will pry apart a third-party game controller for the Xbox. It's not going to be a complete parts inventory due to the IC-obscuring black epoxy blob. But there's still plenty to be seen.

Tiny motion module aims at Internet of Things
In addition to a MIPS-based 32bit processor, the nine-axis 17mm x 17mm motion module also incorporates 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis magnetometer and 3-axis gyroscope.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

MCU vendors gun for lower power processing
In the past, a low powered MCU also meant low performance, but vendors have been challenging this correlation by offering increasingly powerful MCUs for low-power applications.

SPDT switches support 3rd-gen PCI Express
The TC7PCI3212MT and TC7PCI3215MT from Toshiba are intended for circuit design engineers working with third generation PCIe or other high-speed interface applications such as USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0.

Media processing platforms allow multiscreen video transcoding
The Artesyn SharpStreamer platforms claim to boost the density of multiscreen video services by using hardware-accelerated, software-based transcoding in a standard rack server architecture.

Creating a low-cost logic design trainer
Here is a look at a set up that has the flexibility to repeat lab experiments, and also gives an opportunity to test your own designs and learn.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

MCU vendors gun for lower power processing
In the past, a low powered MCU also meant low performance, but vendors have been challenging this correlation by offering increasingly powerful MCUs for low-power applications.

TI rolls out 32bit successor to 16bit MCU
TI built the MSP432 around the powerful Cortex-M4F core architecture rather than the Cortex-M0 core as a 32bit alternative for licensees targeting applications that used 8- and 16bit MCUs.

Using ESD trays for PCB shipments
Custom-formed ESD trays eliminate the problems caused by plastic bags: they are far more convenient to handle, produce less waste and provide better protection for your boards in shipment.

XMOS expands multicore MCU portfolio
According to the company, the XE216 can deliver up to 2000MIPs for general purpose and DSP processing and supporting up to 512KB of embedded SRAM memory.

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Medical

Flexible Li-ion battery charges wirelessly
The research team confirmed the possibility of a more flexible electrode structure while maintaining the battery performance comparable to the level of current lithium ion batteries.

IBM invests in Modernizing Medicine to push Watson adoption
This is the latest direct investment that IBM has made through its $100 million fund to seed Watson innovations. The investment caps $20 million in Series D funding secured by Modernizing Medicine.

Online tool helps students explore diseases in need of cure
Aimed at getting more young people interested in STEM subjects and careers, STEM Behind Health puts students on the cutting edge of the medical field, helping real patients manage very real diseases.

Heart-on-a-chip spurs creation of artificial human being
The "heart-on-a-chip" developed at UC Berkeley houses human heart tissue derived from adult stem cells, which could one day replace animal models for drug safety screening.

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Power/Smart Energy

Flexible Li-ion battery charges wirelessly
The research team confirmed the possibility of a more flexible electrode structure while maintaining the battery performance comparable to the level of current lithium ion batteries.

Turn packing materials into rechargeable batteries
Researchers suggest that packing materials pose harm to the environment due to the contamination they can cause. But through a new method, they can be converted into microsheets and nanoparticles.

Schmitt trigger adjusts its own thresholds
Here is a design idea that solves triggering problems by implementing a circuit which automatically adjusts the trigger thresholds to suit the amplitude of the input signal.

1.5A LDO plus regulator monitors current, temperature
Linear Tech's the LT3081's precision 50μA reference current source allows a single resistor to program output voltage to any level between zero and 34.5V.

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Test & Measurement

Tektronix makes comeback with high-speed oscilloscope
At 70GHz, the Tektronix DPO70000SX surpasses Keysight's 63GHz 96204Q Infiniium oscilloscope and Teledyne LeCroy's 65GHz Wavemaster 10 Zi.

Synchronising sensors and cameras
Read about an aerial-photography system that uses a camera comprising charge-coupled-device image sensors, an inertial-measurement unit, and a global-positioning-system unit.

Testing SuperSpeed USB 3.1 (Part 2)
The Type-C cable designs bring with them new challenges and a new approach for cable assembly test methodology. Read this article to find out more.

How to characterise interconnects with S-parameters (Part 2)
This article digs a little deeper into what S-parameters can show us about an interconnect; say, for example, a two-port microstrip line on a PC board.

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Video Resources
Infineon's OptiMOS™ 580V and 100V Power MOSFETs
Learn more about Infineon's latest generation of Power MOSFETs OptiMOS™ 580V and 100V.

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Flexible Li-ion battery charges wirelessly
The research team confirmed the possibility of a more flexible electrode structure while maintaining the battery performance comparable to the level of current lithium ion batteries.

Control car headlights with your eyes
Optical cognitive computer cuts need for electrical stimulus



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