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Creating a New Natural User-Interface Paradigm

August 18, 2011 5:47 am | Comments

Readers of my columns in Stantum's newsletters may have spotted a guilty penchant to proselytize the combination of multi-touch and stylus. The motivation behind this crusade is to pave the way for a new natural user interface paradigm that is both bi-manual and multi-modal. Bi-manual connotes that the interface leverages our natural ability to use our two hands to execute complex tasks.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Brett Fox of Touchstone Semi on Analog Circuit Design

August 17, 2011 8:14 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 Brett Fox, CEO of Touchstone Semiconductors on analog circuits and the challenges to today's designers.

Google Buys Motorola Mobility - Is this the Gee-Phone deal?

August 17, 2011 5:47 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Comments

There is a lot of speculation in the industry as to what is behind the Google purchase of Motorola Mobility and likewise a plethora of speculation on the future of Motorola Mobility now that they are part of Google. Though speculation about Google wanting to take on Apple’s iPhone is rampant this deal is clearly about patents and defending Android and not about Google’s new CEO wanting to jump into the hardware game with Apple.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Jonathan Chien of Conexant on Audio Systems in Smart Devices

August 17, 2011 5:02 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 Jonathan Chien,  Audio Marketing Director of Conexant  about audio management in home telepresence and speech recognition applications as well as next-generation Smart TV and video game consoles.

Enclosures: The heart of speedy telecommunications products and services

August 16, 2011 10:24 am | Comments

Speed. There is nothing of greater consequence in human communication than speed. Although we have come a long way since the pony express, the need for speed in the telecommunications industry is greater now than ever. Consumers not only demand fast transfer of vast amounts of information, but rapid rates of innovation can make today’s technology obsolete seemingly overnight.

Make the Safe Choice, or the Right Choice?

August 16, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

Examples of safe choices in our world seem endless.   Politicians protecting their jobs versus taking a stand.   Going with the incumbent as it requires less effort and is the easy route to take.   We all know, of course, the quote depicting a well-known big-corporate ‘safe’ approach to vendor relations: ‘no one gets fired for hiring IBM.

Thumbs Up for Touch Sensors

August 15, 2011 11:54 am | Comments

Touch sensors can replace mechanical switches, but first you must understand noise, materials, and software. By Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor Many product designers have thought, "My product uses four push buttons, a rotary switch, and 7-segment displays. How do I take the first step with touch-control replacements?" Semiconductor manufacturers now supply a wide range of touch-control ICs--from stand-alone devices through high-end microcontrollers--that can do the job.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Tim Colleran of Qualcomm Atheros on the Smart Grid and the 'Internet of Things'

August 15, 2011 11:23 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 Tim Colleran, D irector Internet of Things, Qualcomm Atheros.

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Optimizing RF Systems

August 15, 2011 10:15 am | Comments

Pushkar Nandkar Balasatish Gurlinka Wireless technology, with its ability to increase system flexibility and mobility, has become an integral part of many embedded and consumer applications. Even a simple RF system, however, introduces many critical design issues with a fair number of tradeoffs.

Using Wireless Connectivity to Address Health Care Hyperinflation

August 12, 2011 4:48 am | by Mike Holt, CEO and founder of ConnectedHealth | Comments

The face of medical care in the United States is rapidly changing, and, for health care providers, achieving profitability now depends on managing costs - as opposed to the insurance-driven cost pass through model of days past. Policy changes penalizing health care providers who do not manage costs have been implemented.

Mobilizing Business Desktop Software

August 12, 2011 4:22 am | Comments

Knowing where and how to invest in IT to keep up with customers is what keeps software developers awake at night. Some companies are aggressively pursuing new trends and technologies to capture “first market advantage” in search of a big payoff; while others must take a more conservative approach and wait for the market to develop before they can invest resources and precious investment dollars.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Cees Links of GreenPeak on Wireless Networks

August 11, 2011 12:31 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  Cees Links, the Founder and CEO of GreenPeak .

A Very Cool EMI-Resistant Sensor Demo using a Tesla-Coil Keyboard at NIWeek 2011

August 9, 2011 8:11 am | Comments

Ian Alexander of National Instruments uses a musical keyboard driven by a Tesla Coil to demonstrate the EMI resistance of the PXIe 4844 Optical Sensor Interrogator for Fiber Bragg Gratings. The device enables delicate sensor readings in environments that would fry regular electronic sensors. http://sine.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Nelson Quintana of Renesas on Low-Power Microcontrollers

August 8, 2011 7:56 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 Nelson Quintana of Renesas about their new RL78 microcontrollers.

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