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07/22/16 Developers of innovative sensors attracted $3.4 billion, or nearly 80% of the $4.3 billion...0
07/18/16 Chris A. Ciufo, Editor, Embedded Systems Engineering In this Part 2 of 2, I examine the subject of using the flash manufacturer’s secure erase feature—since so many DoD documen...0
07/11/16 Since the beginning of retail, store managers have counted front door traffic, first very manually,...0
07/07/16 Move over CANbus, PCI Express is the latest communications technology found in automotive infotainment. Regarding...0
06/16/16 During the Tuesday morning sessions, ConFab attendees heard from speakers from Mentor Graphics,...0
06/06/16 Editor’s Note: Andrew Foster, product marketing manager at PrismTech, created the graphic...0
06/01/16 First Polaris architecture-based graphics processor to deliver premium VR capability with less...0
05/18/16 A new wave of GPS receivers has arrived. As the Internet of Things (IoT) flourishes beyond...0
MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Invites Collaboration in MEMS, Sensors and ICs at SEMICON West 2016 06/29/16
SecureRF to Demonstrate Secure IoT Sensor and Connectivity Platform, Advanced Credentialing Solution at Sensors Expo 2016 06/21/16
Chris A. Ciufo, Editor, Embedded Systems Engineering In this Part 2 of 2, I examine the subject of using...
By Alan Grau, Icon Labs On a daily basis, I have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of companies...
Blog Post: IoT, wearables and other new applications create need for super-sensitive sensors / (TI E2E Community)
The many new applications coming about because of the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as a slew of standalone portable devices and personal electronic gadgets, are creating a huge need for next-generation intelligent sensing and measurement capabilities. These applications share a number of requirements, such as increased...
The big buzz in the automotive industry lately is autonomous driving vehicles. Companies like Mercedes, BMW, Google, and Tesla have already released, or are soon to release, self-driving features that give the car some ability to drive itself. Several other companies are also currently working on this technology. As a result,...
Walking the show floor of "Design West," the show formerly known as "Embedded Systems Conference," I was as confused as ever. This was the most diverse exhibition I have ever been to. The 222 exhibitors varied from vendors offering system-level modeling with UML/SysML, lifecycle tracking, automated test...
How to Create a Working IoT Sensor in One Month / (Steven Brown's Blog)
Cadence and ARM have created an IoT IP reference sub-system that can speed system development, enabling rapid prototyping and reducing time to market. The sub-system contains a processor and a set of peripherals that are typical for IoT sensors, giving a design team access to required functionality. Thus, the engineering...
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Do you need some sort of circuit between your sensor and an analog-to-digital converter? Before you make any connections, get the electrical specifications for the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and for the sensor or sensors in your system. The explanation in this white paper will help you understand what you need and why you need it.
How often should your equipment make measurements? This question often arises when people draft plans to automatically measure a physical quantity such as temperature, pressure, acidity, liquid level, and so on. You can approach this problem in several ways, from an educated guess to a mathematical analysis of your system. The examples in this white paper use temperature measurements because people measure temperature more than any other physical characteristic.
In most applications, linearity in analog measurements is more important than absolute precision. Ideally, in an A/D converter the digital value ramps smoothly as the input increases across its entire range. The deviation from ideal operation is a function of each ADC’s particular architecture and is expressed as differential nonlinearity (DNL). Find out how DNL is determined and the effect it has on making accurate measurements in this white paper.
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