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  • Galaxy S5 adds features, ups BOM
    Galaxy S5 adds features, ups BOM
  • Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows
    Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows
  • Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving
    Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving
  • From EVP to data centre resource
    From EVP to data centre resource
  • Orientation improves solar cells' efficiency
    Orientation improves solar cells' efficiency
  • Rule of thumb: Estimate ground bounce in connector
    Estimate ground bounce in connector
  • Logic analyser family offers digital and analogue
    Logic analyser offers digital & analogue
  • Multitude of sensors in Galaxy S5
    Multitude of sensors in Galaxy S5
  • Ambient sensor optimises wearables
    Ambient sensor optimises wearables
  • Disturbance analysis boosts EMI receiver
    Disturbance analysis boosts EMI receiver
  • Automotive MCU enables park assist
    Automotive MCU enables park assist
  • QDR IV SRAM supports 2,132MT/s RTR
    QDR IV SRAM supports 2,132MT/s RTR
Samsung Galaxy S5 optimises features, ups BOM
Samsung Galaxy S5 optimises features, ups BOM

The Samsung Galaxy S5 with 32GB of NAND flash memory carries a BOM of $251.52, according to a preliminary estimate by the Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service at IHS Technology.

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Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows
Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows

Quantum dots are ultra-small bits of semiconductor matter that can be synthesised with nearly atomic precision. Their emission colour can be tuned by simply varying their dimensions.

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Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving
Nuvation CEO takes on autonomous driving

Mike Worry, Nuvation CEO, gives his two cents on why autonomous driving should be the convention in the near future and why humans should refrain from taking control over their cars.

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Mentor EVP transforms into a data centre resource
Mentor EVP transforms into a data centre resource

The Mentor Enterprise Verification Platform (EVP) combines Questa, Veloce OS3 and Visualizer into a globally accessible, data centre resource.

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Molecule orientation improves energy transfer in solar cells
Molecule orientation improves energy transfer in solar cells

A face-on orientation is thought to allow favourable interactions for charge transfer and inhibit recombination, or charge loss, in organic solar cells.

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Rule of thumb: Estimate ground bounce in connector
Rule of thumb: Estimate ground bounce in connector

Ground bounce is the noise generated on the return path due to excessive total inductance in the return path and the dI/dt of the switching current.

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Logic analyser family offers digital and analogue
Logic analyser family offers digital and analogue

Saleae's family of logic analyser allows users to extract both analogue and digital information at the same time.

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Samsung packs a multitude of sensors in Galaxy S5
Samsung packs a multitude of sensors in Galaxy S5

Joel Martin of Teardown.com identified several new sensors that Samsung fit in the tiny chassis of its latest Android device, the Galaxy S5.

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Ambient sensors optimise wearable devices
Ambient sensors optimise wearable devices

The latest sensors are able to measure relative humidity and temperature, light, and pressure to enable devices and their users to understand their ambient condition.

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Disturbance analysis capability improves EMI receiver
Disturbance analysis capability improves EMI receiver

The MXE facilitates click measurements by providing auto-coupled settings that link the chosen measurement frequencies to the proper instrument configuration and relevant CISPR test limits.

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Automotive MCU enables park assist and blind-spot detection
Automotive MCU enables park assist and blind-spot detection

Freescale's Qorivva MPC5606E is a fully integrated, packaged microcontroller and physical layer transceiver solution for use in 360° camera systems.

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Quad data rate IV SRAM supports 2,132MT/s RTR
Quad data rate IV SRAM supports 2,132MT/s RTR

Cypress Semiconductor's QDR-IV SRAM is capable of operating in burst-of-two or banked burst-of-two modes, which deliver the fastest clock speeds and highest RTR of all QDR SRAMs.

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Automotive

SerDes chipsets boost automotive infotainment apps
With Maxim's SerDes chipsets, OEMs can continue using STP cables in their designs and seamlessly transition to coax cabling in future models using the same chipset.

Microsoft brings Windows to automotive infotainment
Windows in the Car allows users to play music stored on the smartphone and to tap the contact list stored in the smartphone and establish phone calls.

Bosch delivers software for fuel cell vehicles
The software contains control algorithms for hydrogen, air and cooling agents, mapping a host of operating strategies and helping reduce energy consumption.

Makers, engineers find common ground
Ford would like to learn what features and functions—ideas the carmaker has not even considered—are in demand by consumers.

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Communications/Network

Samsung packs a multitude of sensors in Galaxy S5
Joel Martin of Teardown.com identified several new sensors that Samsung fit in the tiny chassis of its latest Android device, the Galaxy S5.

Cisco, TI push IoT initiatives
Cisco launched a challenge for IoT start-ups and promised to work with the winners, while TI announced eight IoT cloud service partners for customers of its chips.

Apple takes floor in patent case against Samsung
An expert says Samsung should pay damages of more than $2billion for infringing Apple patents, suggesting wilful infringement that carries a possibility for triple damages.

Start-up develops SoC for wearable devices
As electronics OEMs and silicon vendors shift focus to wearables, start-up Ineda unveiled its Dhanush family of SoCs, which the company calls wearable processing units.

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Computing/Peripherals

Eliminating guesswork in 3D printer levelling
The writer proposes a device that can be placed on the rails and used to measure the platform to print head height at each adjustment point in order to improve bed levelling.

Electrical circuits at terahertz frequencies
By changing the molecules in the molecular electronic device, the frequency of the circuits can be altered in hundreds of terahertz regime.

Micrium offers support for 64bit ARMv8-based microprocessors
The company's uC/OS-II and uC/OS-III are aimed at high-performance standalone real-time critical tasks as well as working transparently under a hypervisor.

Quad data rate IV SRAM supports 2,132MT/s RTR
Cypress Semiconductor's QDR-IV SRAM is capable of operating in burst-of-two or banked burst-of-two modes, which deliver the fastest clock speeds and highest RTR of all QDR SRAMs.

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Consumer Electronics

NXP takes on haptic feedback technology
NXP is investing in Senseg as part of its drive to lead in new user interface technologies for mobile, consumer and automotive applications.

Nordic delivers Bluetooth Smart Beacon Kit
The nRF51822 Beacon Kit employs hardware, firmware and software, and supports both iOS 7 and Android (4.3/4.1) operating systems.

QuantumFilm developer receives $17million in Series D
QuantumFilm, whose thickness is measured in nanometres, absorbs 100 per cent of the light seen by the naked eyes, allowing image sensors to improve light capture.

Tips on how to spot fake Apple cables, connectors
Knockoff cable makers have found many ways to cut costs. With careful inspection, you can spot the differences, EDN's Martin Rowe advises.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Finding faults with cross-corner testing
The cross-corner test case scope could be vast, including single and multi-core, single interface, and multiple interfaces working concurrently.

Mentor EVP transforms into a data centre resource
The Mentor Enterprise Verification Platform (EVP) combines Questa, Veloce OS3 and Visualizer into a globally accessible, data centre resource.

ARM to open source compilers under LLVM
ARM Compiler 6 supports the coming 64bit ARMv8 architecture and will be integrated into future versions of the DS-5 development suite for high- and system-on-chip development.

Tips for transferring PCB schematic to layout
Know the six things to consider when transferring a PCB schematic to layout.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

Electrical circuits at terahertz frequencies
By changing the molecules in the molecular electronic device, the frequency of the circuits can be altered in hundreds of terahertz regime.

Molecule orientation improves energy transfer in solar cells
A face-on orientation is thought to allow favourable interactions for charge transfer and inhibit recombination, or charge loss, in organic solar cells.

Driving LED efficiency using indium nitride nanostructures
The semiconductor InN at the few-nanometre size range delivers a promising approach to engineering efficient, visible light emission at tailored wavelengths, stated a UM researcher.

Freescale unveils floating point MCU under 80¢
The new devices start at prices as low as $0.79 for 10ku/year—the industry's lowest priced Cortex-M4 based MCU with floating point unit reaching 100MHz with 64KB of Flash.

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Medical

Miniature health patch boasts improved accuracy
Weighing just 10g, Imec and Holst Centre's patch uses real-time electrocardiogram, tissue-contact impedance and accelerometer information to accurately monitor physical activity.

On Semi acquires Truesense Imaging for $92million
Truesense is owned by Platinum Equity, which created the company by buying out the Image Sensor Solutions business of the Eastman Kodak Company in 2011.

Inductive Sensing Challenge launched
Inductive Sensing Challenge is a global design competition set to encourage engineers to design and develop products bases on TI's LDC1000 inductance-to-digital converter.

MEMS chip optimises optical microscopes
A single MEMS chip consists of an array of 65,536 separate micro mirrors, which can each be tilted separately and virtually in a continuous way.

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Power/Smart Energy

Rule of thumb: Estimate ground bounce in connector
Know how to calculate the amount of ground bounce to expect in a connector or package lead.

Illuminate an LED without wasting energy
Utilise an inductor to store energy and deliver current.

Panasonic breaks conversion efficiency record for solar cells
The company claims it has achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.6 per cent for a solar cell area of 143.7cm with the company's HIT solar cells.

India plans to install 1GW of solar PV
India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is auctioning 1GW of solar PV capacity, jumping 30 per cent from its earlier plan of just 750MW.

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Test & Measurement

Blurred line between scopes and on-die instruments
New features are making oscilloscopes look more like the silicon they are testing and the silicon now looks more like the instruments that test them.

Finding faults with cross-corner testing
The cross-corner test case scope could be vast, including single and multi-core, single interface, and multiple interfaces working concurrently.

Eliminating guesswork in 3D printer levelling
The writer proposes a device that can be placed on the rails and used to measure the platform to print head height at each adjustment point in order to improve bed levelling.

Fluke unveils 4-channel, 500MHz portable oscilloscope
The Fluke 190-504 fills the needs of professional electronic troubleshooters working on medical, communications, navigation and military devices who need the fast 5GS/s sample rate.

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Educational Resources
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Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Tech Impact
Quantum dots promise solar-panel windows
Quantum dots are ultra-small bits of semiconductor matter that can be synthesised with nearly atomic precision.

Porous silicon produces hydrogen using solar energy
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