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  • Project to create artificial brain by 2023 ramps up
    Project to create artificial brain by 2023 ramps up
  • Combining disparate protocols for industrial IoT
    Disparate protocols for industrial IoT
  • Why iPhone 6 packs 2 accelerometers
    Why iPhone 6 packs two accelerometers
  • Low uncertainty clock tree algorithm and tool
    Low uncertainty clock tree algorithm
  • New modular instrument standard cuts cost, complexity
    New modular instrument standard AXle-0
  • App controls all electronic functions in cars
    App controls all electronic functions in cars
  • New spec enables wireless communication between SD cards
    Wireless talk between SD cards
  • Challenges and opportunities in wearables design
    Challenges in wearables design
  • Wireless transmission in phones enables gesture control
    Transmission in phones enables gesture control
  • How to prevent damage when testing thin devices
    Prevent damage when testing thin devices
  • The black box approach to silicon validation
    The black box approach to silicon validation
  • Is drive by wire technology safe?
    Is drive by wire in passenger vehicles safe?
Project to create artificial brain by 2023 ramps up
Project to create artificial brain by 2023 ramps up

The 10-year-long Human Brain Project aims to simulate the entire human brain on supercomputers first, then build a special hardware emulator that will reproduce its functions accurately.

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Combining disparate protocols for industrial IoT
Combining disparate protocols for industrial IoT

IoT for consumers will mean switching old equipment in favour of newer, smarter devices. But in the industrial world, much of the infrastructure currently in place is far too valuable to be cast off.

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Why iPhone 6 packs 2 accelerometers
Why iPhone 6 packs two accelerometers

The iPhone 6 would have worked with just the InvenSense device, but since not all applications require the higher sensitivity and full six-axis integration, Apple added the Bosch device.

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Low uncertainty clock tree algorithm and tool
Low uncertainty clock tree algorithm and tool

Here's a look at LuctGenKit developed by STMicroelectronics to enable the physical implementation of low uncertainty clock tree architecture.

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New modular instrument standard cuts cost, complexity
New modular instrument standard cuts cost, complexity

XIe-0 retains the module size and board area of the current AXIe-1 Base Architecture, while delivering a cost effective platform for vendors and users not needing the full capability of AXIe-1.

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App controls all electronic functions in cars
App controls all electronic functions in cars

The Robust and Reliant Automotive Computing Environment aims at developing an architecture that would simplify the complex interplay of safety, driver assistance and infotainment systems.

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New spec enables wireless communication between SD cards
New spec enables wireless talk between SD cards

Data on an iSDIO memory card can now be wirelessly, peer-to-peer transferred between devices equipped with TransferJet, including personal computers, smartphones, and printers.

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Challenges and opportunities in wearables design
Challenges and opportunities in wearables design

There are still design and supply-chain challenges to overcome before engineers and industry players can begin to fully take advantage of the rapidly increasing wearables opportunity.

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Wireless transmission in phones enables gesture control
Wireless transmission in phones enables gesture control

University of Washington researchers have developed a technology that uses the phone's wireless transmission to sense nearby gestures, so it works when a device is out of sight in a pocket or bag.

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How to prevent damage when testing thin devices
How to prevent damage when testing thin devices

The semiconductor manufacturing industry needs new methods to qualify devices so that engineers understand failures and failed devices can be screened.

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The black box approach to silicon validation
The black box approach to silicon validation

Validation closure is accomplished by execution of a preplanned test list that must be developed with maximum prudence. This is a perspective on test list development with a black box approach.

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Is drive by wire technology safe?
Is drive by wire in passenger vehicles safe?

The vast number of media reports (mostly with frightening overtone) raises the question about the safety of drive by wire sub-systems in passenger vehicles.

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Automotive

Infineon to expand share in car market with Dresden fab
Renesas is losing its grip at the No. 1 spot as automotive chip vendor, so other companies are out to get the top place and grab major design wins from Japanese carmakers.

Hall sensor saves PCB space for car, industrial apps
The latest MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC has a built-in capacitor so that the device can be implemented directly into the design without inclusion of supplementary board level components.

Automotive sol'n connects smartwatch to the car
BMW unleashed a connectivity solution for the car that allows drivers to control their smart home from the car and a smartwatch app that connects the driver to the vehicle.

Tesla Motors' Gigafactory likely to miss expectations
The 35GWh lithium-ion cell production facility of Tesla Motors, in partnership with Panasonic, will cut battery cost in an electric vehicle by only $2,800 and create 57 per cent overcapacity.

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Communications/Network

Prying Eyes: Reviving a trusty switch
After years of reliable operation, the gear connected to D-Link's DGS-1005D five-port switch turned offline and only the power LED was illuminated, making it a teardown candidate.

NXP delivers NTAG I2C solution for home appliances
The NTAG I2C solution developed by NXP enables feature-rich options on home appliances and wearable devices, as well as the ability to power itself.

ARM TrustZone elevates security of IoT devices
Find out how ARM TrustZone can be used to thwart security threats to the Internet of things, and how virtualisation can be leveraged to enable consolidation of connected devices.

TDK delivers WLAN-Bluetooth filter for smartphones
The EPCOS B8831 filter achieves a much better Q factor than existing components and features a significantly lower insertion loss of only 1.1dB.

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Computing/Peripherals

DisplayPort enables USB Type-C to support 5K videos
VESA released a standard that leverages the Alt Mode functional extension of USB Type?C, repurposing some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance.

F-RAM products add package, temperature range alternatives
Augmenting its F-RAM line, Cypress' latest package and temperature range options target mission-critical data storage.

SMIC activates 38nm NAND process technology
The 38nm NAND Flash technology targets diversified high volume speciality applications, such as embedded products, mobile computing, TV, and Set-top Box.

Nvidia takes Samsung, Qualcomm to court over patent disputes
Nvidia filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm, alleging that the companies are infringing seven graphics patents on programmable and unified shading and multi-threaded parallel processing.

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Consumer Electronics

Longer-lasting blue OLED enables efficient phones, TVs
The improvement means that the efficiencies of blue OLEDs in smartphones and televisions could jump from about 5 per cent to 20 per cent or better in the near future.

Audio DSP codecs offer improved voice control, sound quality
Dialog's DA7322 and DA7323 boast of enhanced speech performance for VoIP and voice recognition applications. The products target in-car entertainment, wearables, and tablets.

MEMS-based probe card for testing NAND Flash devices
The Vector NAND Flash memory probe card from FormFactor flaunts an innovative vDock architecture that allows test floor flexibility through multiple-device reusability.

IP cores tout hardware multi-threading technology
MIPS Warrior I-class processor cores set a new standard for mainstream 64bit processing in applications including embedded, mobile, digital consumer, advanced communications, networking, and storage.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

2.4GHz VCO features dynamic supply voltage controller
Combining the features of a class-D VCO and the use of a low-drop out circuit as the voltage controller, the device achieves low-voltage operation below the threshold voltage of the transistor.

Synopsys, AMD ink multi-year deal for next-gen chip designs
AMD will gain interface, memory compiler, logic library, and analogue IP from Synopsys and will transfer some of its IP and engineering resources to the said firm.

Considerations when designing testability into a PCB
Here's what you can do when designing a PCB to accelerate validation testing or to better deal with components that were difficult to test in the past.

Optocoupler speed-up also saves power
By integrating components to the LED drive side, we can accelerate the standard optocoupler speed which is limited chiefly by the relatively slow response of the phototransistor.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

Opto Diode unveils high-speed photodiode
Optimised to provide stable responsivity for consistent, repeatable measurements, the new high-speed photodiode is ideal for any high-speed laser power monitoring applications.

F-RAM products add package, temperature range alternatives
Augmenting its F-RAM line, Cypress' latest package and temperature range options target mission-critical data storage.

ON Semi outs 7.4um pixel image sensor for industrial markets
The 8.6Mpx, APS-H optical format KAI-08670 image sensor from ON Semi is geared for industrial inspection, intelligent traffic and surveillance markets.

Micro/nano-connectors reduce EMI in compact designs
The micro and nano connectors from Omnetics offer low profile, lighter weight and provide good connections for most routing signals in small electronics and modules.

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Medical

xCORE-XA factor: Multicore 32bit MPU plus ARM Cortex M3
The xCORE-XA MCUs combine the flexibility, low latency and determinacy of xCORE, and the low-energy performance of ARM Cortex M3 embedded processor.

Bionic ear claims to deliver amazing sound experience
The bionic hearing module from AT&S, Soundchip and STMicroelectronics integrates various advanced electronics to enhance the on-the-go audio experience, including head-tracking and other sensing.

Sensor signal conditioning IC combines 24bit DSP
ZMDI releases an 18bit sensor signal conditioner IC that allows designs for high-precision measurement systems. The device can also be used in automotive, industrial, medical, and consumer applications.

Micropumps to cut cost of medical diagnostic devices
The field of microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies has the potential to revolutionise the healthcare industry with cost-effective, high-performance miniature biomedical diagnostic devices.

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Power/Smart Energy

Gated oscillator retains level when turned off
Unlike the usual gated oscillator, this one holds its current output level when turned off. This design both starts and stops in its existing state whether high or low.

Optimise dynamic response via digital control
Digital control enables the power system designer to fine-tune a POL regulator's control loop for a particular application, as well as significantly improve and optimise the dynamic response performance.

TI's ecosystem expedites dev't of digital power design
The third-party ecosystem of digital power hardware and software tools ease the work of digital power design engineers who utilise TI's portfolio of C2000 MCUs.

IPI debuts single phase 50/60Hz step/control transformers
The devices feature a flexible, scalable design that supports a range of cost-effective applications requiring superior electrical performance, high reliability, long-life and a low lifecycle cost.

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Test & Measurement

New modular instrument standard cuts cost, complexity
AXIe-0 retains the module size and board area of the current AXIe-1 Base Architecture, while delivering a cost effective platform for vendors and users not needing the full capability of AXIe-1.

The black box approach to silicon validation
Validation closure is accomplished by execution of a preplanned test list that must be developed with maximum prudence. In this article, we share a perspective on test list development with a black box approach.

Considerations when designing testability into a PCB
Here's what you can do when designing a PCB to accelerate validation testing or to better deal with components that were difficult to test in the past.

Battery analysers ease testing of mission critical systems
The Fluke 500 series is geared for testing mission critical battery back-up applications in data centres, hospitals, airports, utilities, oil and gas, and railways.

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Educational Resources
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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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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