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FPGAs open up new system design possibilities

System architecture has evolved from being an instinctive dark art – the balance between implementing functions on hardware and software often being swayed by the amount of legacy software or, perhaps, the limited hardware resource.

In-flight electronics get the OK

Many will feel vindicated, others surprised and a few sceptics will still be concerned, that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally allowed the use of most personal electronics devices (PED) on planes in US airspace – even during take off and landing.

Ethernet finds use in the automotive industry

The automotive industry is turning to Ethernet to address high-bandwidth applications emerging within the car. But it is Ethernet with a twist, tailored to meet the stringent requirements of the car. And while automotive Ethernet is taking to the road, the technology has yet to achieve widespread industry backing.

The challenges of taking COTS to top speed

There's nothing new in the concept of using COTS – commercial off the shelf – backplanes and boards in a range of applications. It's an approach rooted in good sense, as long as the various elements you select can interoperate.

Introducing Zeno, the lifelike robot that is helping autistic children communicate

The autistic spectrum is sometimes, mistakenly, thought of as a gauge on which we all have our own place. Such a spectrum, you would have thought, must have the behaviour of a standard human being either at one end of it or bang in the middle. But this is not the case; it is a spectrum that deals with excesses of behaviour and there is a wide range of different behaviours. A slightly over enthusiastic attitude towards Star Trek, for example, doesn't necessarily mean you have autism, just perhaps enjoy a bit of escapism.

CSR talks about its technology introduction strategy

CSR is fabless – it doesn't do end products – yet it comes up with some interesting example designs to show what can be done with its chip platforms. A recent example is an ultrathin touch surface enabled by CSR's single chip Bluetooth Smart solution.

Researchers a step closer to chips that mimic the brain

The human brain is the most efficient computer there is and creating a hardware equivalent has long been close to the top of many technological wish lists for decades. Yet, despite the efforts of researchers from all corners of the globe, that goal has yet to be achieved.

POWER ELECTRONICS SPECIAL: Expert panel

A power design survey conducted by New Electronics threw up some interesting information, especially when compared to results of a similar survey in 2011. Tim Fryer asked a panel of experts to comment on the results and how their companies are responding.

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