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Digital DC/DC converter benefits in MicroTCA power modules

Micro Telecommunications Computing Architecture (MicroTCA) is a relatively new architectural specification for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and industrial equipment intended for relatively small, low power applications where it can be more cost effective than other architectures. The key power assembly in MicroTCA is called the 'MicroTCA power module' , which, by its own definition has to deliver and secure the power required by Advanced Mezzanine Cards and other accessories that plug-into the MicroTCA enclosure.

Batteries worldwide celebrate the arrival of the world's most energy friendly microcontrollers

The explosion in use of battery operated electronics is followed by the need for the battery to last longer for convenience, environmental and cost reasons. At the same time, applications become more and more complex and demand higher performance of the microcontroller, making the challenge of designing systems for low power even more difficult. This white paper looks at Energy Micro's EFM32 microcontroller family, which it says has an energy consumption many times lower than any other microcontroller family today, whether you benchmark with leading 8, 16 or 32 bit microcontrollers.

Network Technology for Embedded Computing

Networks are gaining importance in all disciplines of embedded computing: At the high-end, multi-processor systems need high-speed networks for interconnectivity and feeding in data. The scope of this paper are major trends in Ethernet network technology and how network technology, both hardware and software, is implemented in high-end embedded systems. As practical examples, embedded form factors CompactPCI and MicroTCA are shown at 10 Gigabit/s speed for switching and packet processing. This paper concludes with a practical look into the components of a switching platform for embedded products.

3E-Enhanced performance, Energy management and increased End-user value with digital POL regulators

Ericsson Power Modules' new digital POL (point-of-load) regulators establish an innovative approach to reach the goals of end-user value, flexibility and system performance. These new power supply products contain several unique concepts and features spanning the disciplines of mechanical packaging, electrical design, control loop algorithms, power system architecture, power and energy management tools and logistics during system manufacturing and field support. Read more in this white paper.

3E-Enhanced performance, Energy Management and increased End-user value with digital DC/DC converters

Ericsson Power Modules has recently introduced a comprehensive set of products that establish an innovative approach to the goals of end-user value, flexibility and system performance. These new products contain several unique concepts spanning several disciplines in circuit and system design, all focused on optimizing performance, flexibility and value for the end-user. Ericsson Power Modules refers to the high level end-user benefits of this product approach as "3E". Read more in this white paper.

System Verilog & OVM: Mitigating verification challenges and maximising resusability

This white paper from Applied Micro looks at the challenge of verification – a nightmare for engineers with the increasing requirements and complexity of the design – and mitigating the complexity of a verification environment with the increasing complexity of design verification. System Verilog, along with its library of classes – OVM, provides a platform to face this challenge.

Long term storage of electronic components

Long term storage, particularly of last time buy components, has been proposed as one solution to the problem of component obsolescence. The Alter Technology Group is in a unique position to report on this concept and advise the best way to manage long term storage and eliminate associated reliability problems.

Counterfdeit components and acoustic microscopy

This white paper from Alter Technology Group considers how the encapsulants used by semiconductor manufacturers may be identified and changes or variations detected - and will look in detail at encapsulants, and the potential hazards to system reliability. The paper explains the principles of CSAM and illustrates how these are applied in nondestructive testing, failure analysis and how the CSAM compliments radiographic or x-ray inspection. The limitations of CSAM are also reviewed. The paper also describes the results of Alter UK's research to date into plastic encapsulants and suggests how this work may be taken forward in the fight against counterfeiters.

Software configuration management for embedded systems developers

Embedded systems developers face complex versions of the problems that confront most software developers. Choosing a robust SCM system can help by enabling the management of large and complex file sets, supporting distributed development, and helping to manage intellectual property risk. In fact, the right combination of SCM system and best practices can help any embedded development project progress quickly and smoothly.

The real solution to fake parts

The high tech supply chain is more vulnerable to counterfeit components than ever before. With increasingly sophisticated criminal, the only way to protect the supply chain is through tool, technology, and new thinking about industrial aftermarkets. This white paper from Verical looks at securing supply chains through data transparency and better market design.

Transferring Data in Non-Networked Applications

Nexus (GB), the UK partner of portable data token manufacturer Datakey Electronics, has released this white paper. The new release covers considerations such as data transport, choosing portable memory, functionality, environmental considerations and product life cycle.

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