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  • 10 PCBs flaunt form and function
    10 PCBs flaunt form and function
  • Blue butterfly inspires creation of gas detection sensor
    Blue butterfly inspires creation of gas sensor
  • Physical verification signoff tool cuts memory footprint
    Verification tool cuts memory footprint
  • 3D printer simultaneously prints 10 materials
    3D printer prints 10 materials
  • Nanotech experts team up to drive Moore's Law
    Nanotech experts to drive Moore's Law
  • Why reuse existing designs for new products?
    Why reuse old designs for new products?
  • MIT file system saves computer data during crash
    MIT file system saves computer data during crash
  • 3D-printed 'brain tissue' helps treat diseases
    USB 3.0 touts near-Gbit/s Ethernet
  • Smart algorithm allows robot to adapt to damage
    Smart algorithm allows robot to adapt to damage
  • Sony SmartBand 2 features heart rate monitor
    Sony SmartBand 2 features heart rate monitor
  • Ultrasound sensor detects unsafe cracks in structures
    Sensor detects unsafe cracks in structures
  • Addressing power amplifier challenges
    Addressing power amplifier challenges
10 PCBs flaunt form and function
10 PCBs flaunt form and function

Here is a roundup of 10 of the most interesting printed circuit boards that combine both functionality and aesthetics. Human creativity shaped these PCBs into more than just utilitarian rectangles.

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Blue butterfly inspires creation of gas detection sensor
Blue butterfly inspires creation of gas detection sensor

The unique properties found in the stunning iridescent wings of a tropical blue butterfly could hold the key to developing new highly selective gas detection sensors.

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Physical verification signoff tool cuts memory footprint
Physical verification signoff tool cuts memory footprint

IC Validator In-Design in the 2015.06 release introduces timing- and density-aware track-based metal fill that offers higher density than foundry fill while maintaining pre-fill design timing.

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3D printer simultaneously prints 10 materials
3D printer simultaneously prints 10 materials

Researchers from MIT's CSAIL developed a 3D printer that can print an unprecedented 10 different materials at once by using 3D-scanning techniques that save time, energy and money.

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Nanotech experts team up to drive Moore's Law
Nanotech experts team up to drive Moore's Law

As costs of developing advanced chip technology continue to rise amid rapid consolidation in the chip industry, CNSE researchers are collaborating to drive Moore's Law forward.

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Why reuse existing designs for new products?
Why reuse existing designs for new products?

Engineers are fond of reusing existing designs because of three simple reasons: Doing so decreases validation efforts, quickens time-to-market, and sustains the overall look and feel of the brand.

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MIT file system saves computer data during crash
MIT file system saves computer data during crash

Researchers at MIT have developed what they claim as the first file system that is mathematically guaranteed not to lose track of any data in the event of a computer crash.

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3D-printed 'brain tissue' helps treat diseases
USB 3.0 touts near-Gbit/s Ethernet downloads

The GX3 incorporates Wake-on-LAN, dynamic power saving modes and an AutoDetach feature that soft-disconnects the GX3 from the USB host whenever the Ethernet cable is unplugged.

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Smart algorithm allows robot to adapt to damage
Smart algorithm allows robot to adapt to damage

Researchers developed an algorithm that enables robots to adapt to damage in less than two minutes in large search spaces without requiring self-diagnosis or pre-specified contingency plans.

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Sony SmartBand 2 features heart rate monitor
Sony SmartBand 2 features heart rate monitor

Once paired with a compatible Google Android or Apple iOS device, the SmartBand 2 uses LEDs and vibrations to notify users when an alarm, a message, or a call arrives.

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Ultrasound sensor detects unsafe cracks in structures
Ultrasound sensor detects unsafe cracks in structures

The device, known as a transducer, identifies structural defects with varying ultrasonic frequencies and overcomes the limits of other similar devices, which are based on rigid structures.

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Addressing power amplifier challenges
Addressing power amplifier challenges

While settling on power amplifier architecture you need to look beyond the pure performance characteristics offered. A good design also includes appropriate measures to protect against malfunction.

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Automotive

Image co-processors target next-gen automotive cameras
New solutions from On Semiconductor deliver higher resolution, multiple interfaces and new automotive-targeted features for 1080p...

Fraunhofer develops automotive security platform
The institute is focusing on the safety and security of embedded IT systems in vehicles, which is a target of attacks through ...

Reverse bias techniques for high-end automotive MCUs
In order to reduce power consumption at hot temperatures, we introduced reverse back bias for microcontrollers in bulk process...

Key system software concerns for next-gen ADAS
Here are the top five system software considerations for OEMs, Tier-1s and their suppliers looking to create successful ADAS software...

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Communications/Network

DOCSIS 3.1 chipset aimed at broadband modems, video gateways
The STiD325 from ST is fully compliant with the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, and is built on 28nm FD-SOI silicon technology, providing...

Prying Eyes: Router exposes a Marvell foundation
In order to understand the hardware of this router in more detail, we will need to tear it down. And since it's no longer working...

Facebook drone provides Internet access to remote regions
Code-named Aquila, and with a wingspan of a Boeing 737, the Internet-beaming drone is geared to fly for three months at a time...

Inside a wireless access point with two PCB designs
In this tear down article, we pried open Belkin F5D7130 802.11g wireless access point, which revealed dual-PCB sandwich inside...

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Computing/Peripherals

NI helps solve Big Data woes with hardware, software sol'ns
A new 14-slot USB 3.0 CompactDAQ chassis, 4 and 8-slot CompactDAQ controllers, DIAdem 2015, and DataFinder Server Edition 2015...

Colour-tunable graphene-based LED can go from 450nm to 750nm
Tsinghua University researchers reveals an LED that can be tuned to emit different colours of light and do so across nearly the...

Analogue meters: Maximising your meter
In this instalment of the series on analogue meters, we will look into shunts and multipliers, as well as introduce additional...

Grasping the propagating plane wave
This article will show with pictures how the fields of a plane wave interact to generate each other with almost no math. To do...

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Consumer Electronics

Toshiba debuts 256Gb 48-layer BiCS flash
The 256Gb device is geared for diverse applications including consumer SSD, smartphones, tablets and memory cards, and enterprise...

10 interesting projects using Arduino boards
The Arduino board's only limitations are the maker's imaginations. In this roundup, take a look at what those minds have recently...

Prying Eyes: Router exposes a Marvell foundation
In order to understand the hardware of this router in more detail, we will need to tear it down. And since it's no longer working...

Inside a wireless access point with two PCB designs
In this tear down article, we pried open Belkin F5D7130 802.11g wireless access point, which revealed dual-PCB sandwich inside...

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Gate level simulation: Verification and challenges
In this article, we focus mainly on the steps to run gate level simulations from verification perspective and the challenges...

Linear Tech rolls 18bit low noise 8-channel SAR ADC
The LTC2348-18 operates from a 5V low voltage supply, supports flexible high voltage supplies, and uses the internal reference...

Benefits of DDR interface gate-level simulation
Gate-level simulation has the capability of uncovering a lot of hidden design issues difficult to find in RTL simulations. Find...

Top 10 maker kits for kids
Here is a list of the best engineering, electronics, robotics and energy kits you can buy for your kids so they can grow to be...

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

Conductive ink markets to reach $2.2B this year
According to IDTechEx Research, the conductive ink and paste business is segmented and will experience 2.7 per cent CAGR over ...

850nm black LEDs aimed at security apps
The Oslon Black SFH 4713A from Osram is geared for security applications such as camera-surveillance of public spaces, company...

Enable bidirectional control for stepper motors
Read about a circuit that lets you control bipolar stepper motors and run them in both rotations. It can be used in automatic ...

Precise temp measurement with semiconductor sensors
In this article, we will examine some of the primary considerations for ensuring accuracy in a CMOS-based semiconductor temperature...

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Medical

Sudden impact wearable design wins Element14's first prize
Cosmin Iorga's impact and injury reporting device measures EEG and ECG and reports it via GSM as needed. Iorga is the first-place...

Sonotec unveils two-in-one sensor for heart-lung machines
The Sonotec Sonoflow CO.56 clamp-on sensor features precise flow measurement and air bubble detection without contact to the medium...

How to generate rotating magnetic fields electronically
Find out how you can use a microcontroller and a full-bridge driver to generate variable magnetic fields without mechanical elements...

Industrial design goes 3D
Beyond its obvious artistic applications, Hyve-3D clearly has industrial applications in a wide range of fields, from industrial...

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Power/Smart Energy

Tilt/fall detector has multi-level thresholds
The circuit in this article uses a voltage divider to generate two reference voltages. Comparators and a voltage-divider network...

Developing two simple secondary battery circuits
Read about two issues where non-standard solutions are useful, and in each case a less well known feature of many voltage references...

Powering the ESA ExoMars Rover
In the design of the European Space Agency's ExoMars Rover, what I am most interested in is the solar panel array to generate ...

Module combines ultracapacitors, truck battery
The 24V engine start module from Skeleton Technologies ensures that the engine starts at any time, in any conditions, and can ...

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Test & Measurement

Tilt/fall detector has multi-level thresholds
The circuit in this article uses a voltage divider to generate two reference voltages. Comparators and a voltage-divider network...

Research confirms parity effect in graphene
A group of Japan-based researchers confirm that the parity effect in graphene antidot devices has a good analogy to optical systems...

Detect errors in low-voltage measurements
Errors can be minimised if you know what's causing them. In this article, we use an instruNet i423 digitizer, one of several systems...

Revisiting the history of jitter: Time-interval error
In this instalment, we will explore another approach to jitter measurement that began taking root during the 1990s: time interval...

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Use driver ICs smart thermal protection to extend LED lighting life

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This paper details how LED driver ICs with smart over temperature protection can help you increase lifetime and optimise system cost.…

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3D printer simultaneously prints 10 materials
Researchers from MIT's CSAIL developed a 3D printer that can print an unprecedented 10 different materials at once by using 3D-scanning techniques that save time, energy and money.

Butterfly inspires creation of gas detection sensor
Health-monitoring mouth guard wirelessly links to smartphone



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