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Embedded Design

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Raspberry Pi and Arduino cater to the masses 25/02/2014

Raspberry Pi has been a phenomenon. As it celebrates its second birthday this month, it was hoped that it would have sold 2million units. In fact it ...

DC transmission on a comeback 25/02/2014

The pressure throughout the energy supply chain to deliver electrical power more efficiently is intense and growing.

Software development: Cost vs. value 11/02/2014

Depending upon who you talk to and the scale of the design, software development can represent around 60% of the cost of of an embedded system ...

Accuracy enhanced in automatic test equipment systems 11/02/2014

Many ATE systems are required to measure critical parameters with extreme accuracy, as they must be significantly more accurate than the devices they ...

How the Automata architecture could boost processing ... 28/01/2014

Micron Technology appeared at the 2013 Supercomputing conference, where it claimed the development of a massively parallel architecture built around ...
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Blurred lines: The crossover between ECAD and MCAD 28/01/2014

At an industry event late in 2013, the speaker asked all mechanical engineers in the room to raise their hands. A sea of arms shot skyward. Next, he ...

The Internet of Things is pushing microcontroller ... 28/01/2014

It's not too long ago since the 'go to' microcontroller for electronics designers was a humble 8bit device, often featuring the 8051 core. But times ...

Open source mcu core steps in to power third generation chip 28/01/2014

Nextivity, which makes cellular repeaters to boost indoor signal coverage, has already developed two generations of chips for its Cel-Fi signal ...

Testing embedded software is as important as hardware test 14/01/2014

Embedded software testing is a discipline that is both easier and more efficient if it can be conducted concurrently with software development, and ...

MEMS moves into the mainstream 10/12/2013

Like the carbon nanotubes featured in this issue's Cover Story, MEMS is often regarded as a technology of the future.

FPGAs open up new system design possibilities 10/12/2013

System architecture has evolved from being an instinctive dark art – the balance between implementing functions on hardware and software often being ...

Adopting a healthy approach to integrating analogue 26/11/2013

Mixed signal and analogue design has always been considered the 'harder' part of the electronics business, with solutions often generated by 'silver ...

New Electronics roundtable: The challenges of targeting ... 26/11/2013

Embedded systems have, in the main, been designed around microcontrollers. But growing demand for increased performance, more capable signal ...

Outlook 2014: Embedding digital processing in analogue and ... 12/11/2013

The market for analogue and mixed signal semiconductors is set for some significant evolution over the next few years. The Internet of Things – in ...

Outlook 2014: Power electronics moves forward on many fronts 12/11/2013

Power electronics and power management technology rank among the most diverse in terms of breadth of applications and markets.

Outlook 2014: Analogue technology enables more advanced ... 12/11/2013

Moore's Law is the engine that drives the development of digital semiconductors. And as the processors in digital devices such as smartphones and ...

Outlook 2014: Changing economics spurs greater integration 12/11/2013

Analogue ICs have remained the core of a reliably profitable part of the IC market for years, in contrast to the fortunes of the memory and digital ...

Outlook 2014: Growing the UK's power electronics sector 12/11/2013

The UK is one of the leading players in the field of power electronics. It's a sector which contributes more than £50billion to the UK's GDP and ...

Simplifying real world interfacing using a Linux based ... 22/10/2013

Embedded microcontroller development boards are a popular, low cost way of getting to know a microcontroller architecture. Meanwhile, 8bit boards, ...

POWER ELECTRONICS SPECIAL: Expert panel 08/10/2013

A power design survey conducted by New Electronics threw up some interesting information, especially when compared to results of a similar survey in ...

POWER ELECTRONICS SPECIAL: Powering change in the industry 08/10/2013

Annual demand for power electronics devices of all kinds is immense; current estimates value it at something like $135billion and demand continues to ...

POWER ELECTRONICS SPECIAL: Future visions of the power ... 08/10/2013

The primary trends present in almost all power supply market segments are: increased efficiency; higher power density; and cost reduction. Andrew ...
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