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Build Your Discrete Workbench

November 2, 2011 5:00 am | Comments

This video from NXP about your workbench shows how you can optimize the efficiency of your design with an ideal balance of power, size and value. It shows how using NXP's on-bench samples have great performance with low VCEsat (BISS) transistors, rectifiers, small signal and power MOSFETs, all in industry-leading packages.

The Fall of Solyndra was Expected and the DoD is Happy

November 1, 2011 3:13 pm | Comments

The collapse of   Solyndra  has been the subject of both major news coverage and a foundational bit of political discourse recently.  A closer look at the facts reveals that the reality of Solyndra and the solar industry is far from the speculation, especially when viewed from a military perspective.

Printed Electronics Invigorates Old Electronics

October 31, 2011 11:35 am | Comments

by Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Most of the well-known objectives of printed electronics remain elusive because they are glamorous, Olympian dreams based on some very exciting demonstrations in laboratories. For example, we plan stretchable, invisible solar cells to go over the whole of a car or building and tightly rollable colour screens and keyboards that unfurl from inside a tiny mobile telephone.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Jason Kridner of Texas Instruments on the Beagleboard

October 31, 2011 7:51 am | Comments

 Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Jason Kridner of Texas Instruments to discuss the BeagleBoard in its third anniversary  year and other tools engineers can use to ease development pains.

Embedding Systems

October 28, 2011 6:53 am | Comments

The impact of convergence on the design community is not just increasing in scope, it's also speeding up. Consolidation of functionality and integration of subsystems has meant that the very definition of what an embedded system is becomes more elusive. Even editorially in the industry, the situation has gotten to the point that "ordinary" semiconductors like MOSFETS and diodes are lumped in with passives in the new product sections, and even complex devices like switches and op amps aren't even really considered ICs anymore.

Steve Jobs' Full Legacy Yet to be Written - What's Next?

October 28, 2011 4:27 am | Comments

Steve Jobs’ has left a legacy that is hard to capture. His vision and product from Pixar to Apple are still growing. It is also widely believed that there are more cool products in the pipeline that have Steve’s touch to them – such as a rumored Apple iOS central HDTV. This blog however addresses what I believe will be a tectonic shift in the high technology ecosystem which is likely to happen over the next 12 months.

Create a Decorative Conductive Fabric Button

October 27, 2011 10:11 am | Comments

These instructions can be used to create a variety of switches- not just the one I've made here. Feel free to change it up and make a button that works with your project, such as a cat button with conductive thread whiskers you can stroke or a guitar button with strummable strings! The type of switch you're making is called a 'momentary' button or switch.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing

October 27, 2011 7:49 am | Comments

Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.  In today's podcast we talk to Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing and the challenges it presents to the design engineering community.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Venkat Mattela of Redpine and Øyvind Strøm of Atmel on Wireless Embedded Systems

October 26, 2011 12:23 pm | Comments

Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.    Venkat Mattela Øyvind Strøm In today's podcast we talk to Venkat Mattela, CEO at Redpine Signals, and Øyvind Strøm, senior director of wireless marketing at Atmel about enabling wireless embedded systems  .

Chip Package System Convergence Requires Holistic Approach to Design and Verification

October 26, 2011 8:15 am | Comments

New technology trends and complex design requirements necessitate revisiting the way the industry approaches IC design and validation. With extreme demands on power, performance and regulatory specifications, it becomes essential to view the chip, package and system as a cohesive network of interdependent parts.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Richard Macary of SelectConnect on Laser Direct Structuring

October 25, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

 Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Richard Macary, President of SelectConnect Technologies, about Laser Direct Structuring.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Eran Eshed of Altair on LTE Development

October 24, 2011 7:29 am | Comments

  Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Altair Semiconductor's Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development, Mr.

Radar-System Designers Now Have a Choice of Discrete or Integrated Components

October 19, 2011 12:53 pm | Comments

by Jeff Postupack and Sam Weinstein, Analog Devices A 25-year-old male driver is checking his smartphone when congested city traffic starts to move. Just as he steps on the gas, the car in front of him brakes suddenly due to bumper-to-bumper conditions. Within milliseconds, the in-car radar system steps in.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Dan Simpkins and Chad Lucien of Hillcrest Labs on Next-Gen Motion Control

October 19, 2011 7:25 am | Comments

  Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. Dan Simpkins  Chad Lucien In today's podcast we talk to  Dan Simpkins, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Hillcrest Labs, and Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hillcrest Labs about next-generation motion control products.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Stephen Turnbull of Freescale on Wireless Networks

October 14, 2011 1:07 pm | Comments

 Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Stephen Turnbull of Freescale on the challenges in creating wireless networks, bases station innovations, and what Freescale is doing in the development of embedded products for advanced Wireless Network infrastructures.

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