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The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics awarded on Oct. 7 to three physicists for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LED) led to a significant breakthrough and paved the way for
Global Chip Revenue Rises in 2013, Reversing Loss from Earlier Year; Memory and Wireless Lead the Way
Worldwide semiconductor revenue rose a solid 5.0 percent last year, with memory chips the star performers, according to the latest research from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). Total
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.28 billion in orders worldwide in March 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.06, according
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At GE Intelligent Platforms, we understand that one of the greatest challenges involved in developing cutting edge defense systems is keeping advanced electronics cool.
8-bit MCUs just keep getting better and more integrated. Extension Media's Chris A. Ciufo interviews Microchip's 8-bit MCU guru Greg Robinson. Among the new "intelligent analog" PIC16F170X/171X family's best features: two internal Op Amps and Zero Cross Detect--both analog features reduce board space and BOM cost. 10-bit ADC and 8-bit DACs plus a programmable pin crossbar make these 8-bangers some of the most innovative in the market.
8-bit MCU runs inductive cooktop demo. Microchip's Greg Robinson, 8-bit MCU director, shows Extension Media's Chris A. Ciufo the new PIC16F170X/171X in a "smart" kitchen. This device not only takes the heat...it controls it!
Microchip Technology Introduces World's First Programmable USB2 Controller Hubs; Adds Simultaneous Support for USB2 and HSIC, Low-Power Modes
The MCP3421 Weight Scale Demo Board video shows the functionality and operation of the MCP3421 Weight Scale Demo Board (MCP3421DM-WS). This demo board allows the user to evaluate the performance of the MCP3421 low-power, 18-bit Delta-Sigma ADC, with various gain settings, in an electronic weight scale design.
Bluetooth Low Energy (LE, or BLE, or Smart) is all about sending and receiving data just like any other Bluetooth device, but doing so using much less power. It's ideally suited for M2M applications where a device wakes up, transmits or receives data, then goes back to sleep. The Bluetooth SIG specifies myriad application profiles from healthcare ("Blood Pressure Profile") to Sports and Fitness. At the recent DESIGN West 2013 conference, editor-in-chief Chris A. Ciufo got the lowdown on Laird's new BL600 Bluetooth LE Smart modules.
At the recent DESIGN West 2013 conference in San Jose, Microchip unleashed a "broad expansion" of new wireless products targeting the M2M, connected cloud, and intelligent devices spaces. There's also a new PIC32 digital audio development kit for Bluetooth audio streaming, plus 802.15.4 modules for ZigBee.
Editor Chris A. Ciufo got a chance to chat briefly with Tyler Smith, Product Marketing Manager, Wireless Products Division of Microchip. Click on the video to hear this on-target 3-minute interview.
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Today, the ability to track the orientation or position of a device is a common feature in many portable and wearable products. Computing the orientation is a non-trivial task that converts inputs from multiple motion sensors into accurate position information. This computation is called sensor fusion and it eliminates inaccuracies from noisy sensor inputs. This paper shows how using DesignWare® ARC® Processor EXtension (APEX) technology improves cycle count and energy consumption for a power-efficient implementation of a 9D fusion algorithm on an IP subsystem.
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Windows CE (a.k.a. Windows Embedded Compact), originally released in 1996, can be an attractive alternative to the full Windows operating system offering system designers the ability to control power, size, and cost in a new product. For example, the runtime license cost of the CE operating system alone can save as much as $150 over the license cost for standard Windows. Additionally, the componentized nature of CE is recognized as more stable and reliable than the Windows for desktop machines.
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The quality and flexibility of digital signage is a function of the graphics processing capability of the media players that drive the displays. To deliver a high level of graphics performance, media players tend to incorporate discrete graphics processing units, although some players use the graphics engine on the CPU platform. Discover how 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processors provide retailers improved graphics performance and anonymous video analytics to deliver audience messaging at lower cost and watt.
This white paper describes several aspects of power related to the Xilinx® 28 nm 7 series FPGAs, including the TSMC 28 nm high-k metal gate (HKMG), high performance, low power (28 nm HPL or 28 HPL) process choice. The power benefits afforded by the 28 HPL process and its usefulness across Xilinx's full product offerings is described as well as the architectural innovations and features for power reduction across the dimensions of static power, dynamic power, and I/O power.
Conceived and designed for high-volume markets, Artix-7 FPGAs deliver the lowest power consumption and lowest cost in the 7 series. The family shares the same building blocks as the Kintex-7 and Virtex-7 FPGA architecture on the same 28 nm High Performance, Low Power (HPL) process, but transistor-level design choices enable the Artix-7 family to offer much lower power consumption while still meeting the performance needs of the target applications.