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Getting your fix: Technology addiction 23/04/2014

In today's world, technology is a vital fix for many kinds of problem. But, increasingly, it is becoming another kind of fix – and problem – for ...

Imagination looks to rival the Cortex family with cores ... 22/04/2014

MIPS Technologies has a long history of developing microprocessor cores for the embedded systems sector. A pioneer of 32bit and, more recently, 64bit ...

Analogue designers continue to push the boundaries 22/04/2014

Since 1954, the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) has been the forum for presenting leading edge circuit designs. Whilst the ...

Preview: PCIM Europe 2014 22/04/2014

Tim Fryer looks forward to the upcoming PCIM exhibition and conference, taking place in Nuremberg from 20 to 22 May.

Academics look to address power electronics challenges 22/04/2014

There isn't a sector of the electronics industry that operates without the use of power. Whether it's a device which uses harvested energy or a large ...

IP Advice: Fashioning an IP strategy 22/04/2014

New Electronics has partnered with leading intellectual property law firm D Young & Co LLP to offer guidance to companies on how to protect their IP. ...

Boxes of tricks: Choosing the right enclosure for your ... 21/04/2014

Metal or plastic? Choosing an enclosure is not as straightforward as some might think, so what are the options when you are looking to house your ...

Fibre optic networks can provide the platform for security ... 21/04/2014

'Linear assets' is a term that covers anything from roads and railway to pipes and perimeter fences. Typically, these assets will have signage, ...

Wise eyes in the sky: The autogyro that collects ... 08/04/2014

Most people's first encounter with an autogyro, or gyrocopter, was in the film 'You only Live Twice'. James Bond (played by Sean Connery) was shipped ...

Connectors help reduce size, weight and power in aerospace ... 08/04/2014

Aerospace, whether it's commercial aviation, defence or even satellites, is a testing environment for electronics. But it's equally demanding on ...

ST pursues the wider option when it comes to supply voltage ... 08/04/2014

At this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), STMicroelectronics and research institute CEA-Leti described a DSP with an ...

Xilinx unveils heterogeneous multiprocessing architecture 08/04/2014

Historically, developers of programmable logic devices – and, more latterly, FPGAs – have taken advantage of process shrinks, not only to integrate ...

The truth about phase noise in signal generators 08/04/2014

Manufacturers of signal generators set great store by the specification of phase noise, such that, regardless of the application, phase noise is ...

Model based system engineering gains broader acceptance 08/04/2014

The general idea behind model based system engineering, or MBSE, is that it makes sense to design complex embedded software, or complex systems that ...

NFC yet to secure its role in securing mobile payments 25/03/2014

Novel approaches, such as Host Card Emulation (HCE) and potential threats such as the emergence of Bluetooth Low Energy – another technology standard ...

Contactless position sensors for throttle valve systems 25/03/2014

Magnetic position sensors have been favoured by automotive design engineers over the years, offering resistance to vibration and contamination whilst ...

Engineering solutions to EV range anxiety 25/03/2014

Electric vehicles on general sale today offer adequate ranges for tasks such as commuting, shopping and urban journeys. Nissan, for example, claims ...

LED light bulb 'achieves the impossible' 25/03/2014

"It was a technical challenge to make 50 units that met a certain specification," said Phil Shadbolt, CEO of Zeta Speciality Lighting. "That is what ...
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Successive approximation A/D converters: Ensuring a valid ... 25/03/2014

Successive approximation A/D converters, with resolutions of up to 18bit and sampling at 10Msample/s, are suited to many data acquisition ...

DSL technology could allow data to be sent to the home at ... 25/03/2014

Once the plain old telephone service, the role of the telephone wire continues to be refashioned. The latest digital subscriber line (DSL) standard ...

Solving the system architecture jigsaw 25/03/2014

Is a system architecture created from the apocryphal clean sheet of paper any longer? No, according to design consultancy Plextek's chief technology ...

Wanted: Tomorrow’s engineers 11/03/2014

The decline in the number of students enrolling on engineering courses has been charted for some years now. A range of reasons has been put forward, ...

Why engineers are looking to run transistors from lower ... 11/03/2014

For good reason, CMOS chip designers pay careful attention to the equation that governs dynamic power consumption: ½CV2f.

Mixed signal ASICs can prove less expensive than you might ... 11/03/2014

ASICs, we have been told over the last few years, are the preserve of the rich. But not every ASIC has to be manufactured at the 'bleeding edge' and, ...

The latest trends in test and measurement 11/03/2014

Buying an instrument used to be straightforward, in as much you specified what you wanted and then found equipment to meet that specification. ...