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  • Interactive packaging to boost consumer products
    Interactive packaging for consumer goods
  • Testing Teledyne's WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscope
    WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscope
  • Minimise acoustic noise from capacitors
    Minimise acoustic noise from capacitors
  • Apple unveils iPhone 6, smartwatch
    Apple unveils iPhone 6, smartwatch
  • RDIMM vs LRDIMM: What changed for the better?
    RDIMM vs LRDIMM: Which is better?
  • Intel plans to revive PC with Core M processor
    Intel plans to revive PC with Core M
  • Optocoupler speed-up also saves power
    Optocoupler speed-up also saves power
  • 10 reasons to use hardware emulation in chip design
    10 reasons to use hardware emulation
  • AMD rolls out low-cost, power-efficient graphics card
    AMD rolls out low-cost graphics card
  • PCB design: Minimise errors, increase efficiency
    PCB design: Minimise errors, up efficiency
  • More ways to utilise that 3D printer
    More ways to utilise that 3D printer
  • Adding phases to simple RC oscillator
    Adding phases to simple RC oscillator
Interactive packaging to boost consumer products
Interactive packaging to boost consumer products

Interactive packaging is packing that engages the user beyond standard, passive use. For the most part, it is about using mobile technologies to extend the package's functionality.

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Testing Teledyne's WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscope
Testing Teledyne's WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscope

Along with the two to four channel analogue inputs, there is also a 16-channel digital input that can be paired with WaveSurfer 3000 's ability to decode a wide variety of digital signal formats.

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Minimise acoustic noise from capacitors
Minimise acoustic noise from capacitors

To keep a board quiet, you can use acoustically quiet capacitors or those with higher voltage rating, but they can be more costly. The inexpensive path is to make a physical change to the PCB.

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Apple unveils iPhone 6, smartwatch
Apple unveils iPhone 6, smartwatch

The Apple Watch offers a new take on wearable technology with its flexible display, fitness tracking and wireless payment support features, while the two new iPhone models boast larger screens.

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RDIMM vs LRDIMM: What changed for the better?
RDIMM vs LRDIMM: What changed for the better?

LRDIMM, in general, has continued to evolve and improve its value to system users. Know the particular advances the industry has made with this particular memory technology.

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Intel plans to revive PC with Core M processor
Intel plans to revive PC with Core M processor

Intel's strategy is to provide the Core M processor to 2-in-1 makers, giving them up to 700 per cent performance boost over ageing PCs and laptops, while consuming only 25 per cent of their power.

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Optocoupler speed-up also saves power
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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10 reasons to use hardware emulation in chip design
10 reasons to use hardware emulation in chip design

It is a fact that hardware emulation usage is becoming more and more popular among chip designers. Project teams are investing in emulation, which has now become a mainstream tool.

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AMD rolls out low-cost, power-efficient graphics card
AMD rolls out low-cost, power-efficient graphics card

The AMD Radeon R9 285 graphics card comes packed with the latest GCN architecture innovations like support for the upcoming DirectX 12 and AMD's Mantle API.

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PCB design: Minimise errors, increase efficiency
PCB design: Minimise errors, increase efficiency

Schematic simulation not only minimises design time but also increases the quality of boards as well as enhances the efficiency of the overall design flow.

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More ways to utilise that 3D printer
More ways to utilise that 3D printer

The output-side technology (the printer) is well evolved, but the input side has languished. The printing technology has failed to take off and isn't yet fully adequate to the job.

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Adding phases to simple RC oscillator
Adding phases to simple RC oscillator

In this design idea, we illustrate a simple way to add one or more output phases to an RC oscillator. The frequency can be varied with minimal change in phase shifts.

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Automotive

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.

Connected car adds fuel to OEM, IT rivalry
While the segment safety in 2015 will amount to a mere 12.2 billion, products related to safety in the connected car context will be worth 47.4 billion, said a report from PwC and strategy&.

Auto head-unit processor revenues to reach $1.95B in 2020
ABI Research predicted that new players that include Intel, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm will push automotive head-unit processor revenues as they compete with established car chipset suppliers.

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Communications/Network

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.

SDK targets wireless home control market
The 6.51.03 release of the Z-Wave promises to fully enable the advanced functionality found in Sigma Designs 500 series SoC platform.

Evaluation board speeds design for Power over Ethernet apps
The TPS23861 evaluation board cuts development time and cost when creating PoE-enabled network video recorders, IP phone switches and wireless base stations.

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Computing/Peripherals

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.

Old-school oscillator finds niche in quantum computers
The ability of PPLOs to detect binary signals and store digital information in the form of two distinct phases of oscillation makes them particularly suitable for reading the state of a quantum bit..

Memory process roadmap pushes thru amid 3D tech
The constant reduction in feature sizes used to make ICs has improved memory-chip performance by increasing per-chip storage capacities, lowering power consumption, and improving data storage speed.

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Consumer Electronics

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.

Adaptor prototype links light bulbs to smartphone
The adaptor from Emberlight connects to the home's WiFi router so it can be remotely controlled through a cloud-based application, via a smartphone app, from far away.

VGA sensor improves video quality for consumer apps
The OV7676 from OmniVision promises to deliver best-in-class low-light sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, full-well capacity, quantum efficiency and low-power consumption.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

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.

Adding phases to simple RC oscillator
In this design idea, we illustrate a simple way to add one or more output phases to an RC oscillator. The frequency can be varied with minimal change in phase shifts.

Rule of thumb: Resistance of a copper trace
Here's a quick and simple way of estimating the DC resistance of a copper trace on a board. We illustrate a simple relationship that makes calculating the series resistance of a copper trace trivial.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

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.

Dutch start-up delivers 60GHz radar IC for vehicle safety
The SiGe radar front end integrates one transmit- and two receive-antenna on the silicon die, allowing for the simultaneous detection of position, speed, and angle of arrival for multiple objects.

LED lamp driver boasts 1-100% dimming range
The AP1695 from Diodes claims to optimise the design of sub 12W triac dimmer-compatible LED lamps and offer a 30 per cent reduction in BOM cost.

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Medical

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.

12bit ADCs dissipate a maximum of 1.7mW at 1MS/s
A/D converters from Analog implement advanced design techniques to achieve ultra low power dissipation at high throughput rates, and provide flexible power management options.

Measure antenna ring down time for medical apps
Here is how to measure the ring-down time of antennas used in nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometers.

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Power/Smart Energy

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.

Move over graphene, MX2 material is here
MX2 heterostructures, with their remarkable electrical and optical properties and the rapid development of large-area synthesis, hold great promise for future photonic and optoelectronic applications.

Circuit designer's guide to safety earth, wiring/cables
This series is adapted from The Circuit Designer's Companion, Third Ed., by Peter Wilson. This third instalment focuses on the safety earth and wiring/cables.

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Test & Measurement

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.

App supports mobile data display for Android devices
The IPEmotion App 2.0 provides connection of vehicle CAN interface to any Android device, display function for data loggers, and high data security by directly storing data on IPEhub2.

Rule of thumb: Resistance of a copper trace
Here's a quick and simple way of estimating the DC resistance of a copper trace on a board. We illustrate a simple relationship that makes calculating the series resistance of a copper trace trivial.

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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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Tech Impact
Silicon slab paves way for low-energy optical circuits
EPFL scientists have now fabricated and experimentally tested a silicon-based photonic crystal nanocavity that requires a low amount of energy to operate as a switch.

Micropumps to cut cost of medical devices
Photosensor sees colour like human eyes



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