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Wireless is Just What the Doctor Ordered…

Wireless is Just What the Doctor Ordered? Wireless technologies allow doctors to improve quality of care and will give patients unprecedented access to their doctors. In a recent IEEE Spectrum magazine article, West Wireless Health Institute Chief Medical and Science Officer Joseph Smith explains how advances in wireless technology are about to transform healthcare. He points out that progress in technology has outpaced the industry's ability to evaluate the positive and unintended negative consequences of each technology. The article showcases several compelling examples of wireless product designs making their debut in the marketplace and highlights the existing regulatory obstacles.

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Molex CMC Interconnects Have Everything You Need Under the Hood
Molex
Miniature, Precision Regulated DC to HV DC Modules
EMCO High Voltage Corporation

Molex CMC Interconnects Have Everything You Need Under the HoodIdeal for automotive applications, Molex CMC interconnects pack a range of features into one versatile system. They offer:
• Multiple terminal sizes and polarization options
• High-performance matte seal technology
• Compact housings and low pitches
Advance your designs now.

Miniature, Precision Regulated DC to HV DC Modules The C&CA Series provide clean, reliable, high-voltage in a shielded, PC mount package. Featuring precision 0 to 100%. Programmability, very low ripple, and EMI/RFI, these cost-effective power supplies are ideal for integration into compact, sensitive equipment.

Get a Complimentary Trial of the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library
IEEE — Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Surface-mount LEDs Save on Installation

Dialight Corp.

Get a Complimentary Trial of the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library  The IEEE Xplore Digital Library provides instant, full-text access to all IEEE journal articles, conference papers, and standards — all the cutting-edge research in all aspects of technology. Get a complimentary trial for your company.

Surface-mount LEDs Save on Installation Board-level indication is increasingly popular in electronic applications. Technology and telecommunications manufacturers are using Dialight's Right-angle Surface Mount LEDs to take advantage of unique engineering benefits and cost-effective features. Dialight's Prism® series is designed to survive 260 C peak reflow and compatible with pick-and-place equipment for reduced installation costs.

Thermal Processing Solutions . . .
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Despatch Ovens for Electronic Product Production
Despatch Industries

Despatch Ovens for Electronic Product Production Despatch Industries provides thermal processing solutions for electronic product production. We offer ovens with proven reliability in demanding production and laboratory applications, such as pre-heating, adhesive bonding, curing, drying, qualification and reliability testing, burn-in, bake out, annealing, and other process-critical procedures. Despatch offers a full line of standard batch and conveyor ovens and will work with you to design and engineer a custom oven to meet your specific requirements.

EDA . . .
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Assertion-based Verification Tackles AMS
 

Assertion-based Verification Tackles AMS Given the challenges associated with analog mixed-signal (AMS) verification, designers are turning to assertion-based verification (ABV) as a means to improve design quality and reduce time to market. Cadence Engineers Prabal Bhattacharya and Don O'Riordan give their take on the benefits of using ABV and how one can use property specification language (PSL) and SystemVerilog assertions (SVA) to write complex analog/mixed-signal assertions.

3D EM Platform Improves Design, Speed
Simulation

3D EM Platform Improves Design, Speed Simulation A new version of a 3D modeling and simulation software platform promises to boost speed and enhance RF design and verification. Focused on RF and microwave signal-integrity applications, the electronic design automation software integrates a fast FEM (finite element method) iterative solver for increased speed, a user-defined passive loads capability, and a speedy, 2D port solver to simplify the FEM simulation port setup.

DSP, SoC Programmable Logic . . .
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Video Analytics IP for FPGAs

Video Analytics IP for FPGAs Demand for better video analytics with lower power consumption has led to field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) replacing power-hungry DSP-based solutions. However, developing a computationally efficient video analytics system in an FPGA still requires considerable effort and expertise. A new effort integrates video analytics IP in FPGAs.

DSP for Efficient Coherent Detection

DSP for Efficient Coherent Detection Ideal for 100 Gbps long-haul fiber transmission and beyond, a new DSP IC design overcomes the limitations of existing DSP chips by enabling compensation for linear and non-linear optical signal distortions. The technology could pave the way for high-capacity, short-range applications including data centers and networks.

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Reinvented CR2032 Holder with Snap-on
Cover

Memory Protection Devices, Inc.
Consistent, Uniform Thin Films for
Micro-electronics

VCF Films, Inc.

Reinvented CR2032 Holder with Snap-on Cover MPD's Snap Dragon holder (BHSD-2032-SM) is the newest CR2032 holder technology available on the market. This patent pending holder offers the strongest battery retention and connectivity, while still keeping the CR2032 battery easily accessible for replacement by snapping off the cover of the part.

Consistent, Uniform Thin Films for Micro-electronicsSuperior thin film coatings for batteries, flexible circuit boards, and interconnects

•  Roll-to-roll production that increases throughput speed while enhancing product quality.
•  Experts in high temperature films using various polymers required in critical electronic circuit board production.

Visit VCF Films today or contact Ray Durling at (978) 623-7262.

Power Sources & Conversion . . .
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USB Stick Determines Energy-harvesting Vibrational Profile

USB Stick Determines Energy-harvesting Vibrational Profile To determine whether your application is suitable for energy harvesting, it is critical to obtain its vibrational energy-harvesting profile. One way is with a new USB stick device, which integrates an accelerometer and relies on the concept of resonant harvesting. Containing an 8-bit microcontroller chip and dubbed the "Slam Stick", the device records acceleration along all three axes.

Compact Gate Driver for Efficient Synchronous DC-DC Conversion

Compact Gate Driver for Efficient Synchronous DC-DC Conversion A new integrated approach to designing an isolated DC-DC converter with synchronous rectification promises to reduce size and complexity while also boosting performance. Unlike traditional solutions, the isolated synchronous gate driver doesn't require optocouplers or pulse transformers for isolation, and promotes increased system protection and reliability.

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Off Roadmap Applications Fuel Novel Packaging Development

Off Roadmap Applications Fuel Novel Packaging Development Growing at a faster pace than traditional ICs, off-road map applications, which include MEMS, image sensors, power components, and LEDs, often require special packaging solutions, and are therefore promoting the development of novel 3D packaging technologies. These, incidentally, are also benefitting traditional chips.

Watch for EM Hotspots in 3D IC Design
 

Watch for EM Hotspots in 3D IC Design University researchers have studied the TSV-induced stress in 3D integrated circuits resulting from electromigration hotspots. In order to address such stress issues and produce robust 3D ICs, the scientists emphasize carefully designing the through-silicon-vias (TSVs) and recommend utilizing novel routing and wire sizing schemes.

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Multek Display Offers Custom TFT
Solutions

Multek Display and Touch Solutions
Perfect Upgrade — Ultra Wide 8:1 Input Switching Regulators
Mornsun Power

Multek Display Offers Custom TFT Solutions Multek Display offers a wide range of TFT-LCD products designed to provide exceptionally high contrast, color saturation, and luminance over a wide viewing angle. Multek Display works pro-actively to develop new technologies to fulfill our clients' needs. Multiple interfaces, touchscreens, and FPC customizations are examples of the options available on most modules.

Perfect Upgrade — Ultra Wide 8:1 Input Switching Regulators Morsun newly released K78UXX-500 is ultra wide 8:1 (9.0 V-72.0 VDC) input switching regulator. As a tradition of the series, it features low-power consumption, low-ripple, and high-efficiency. It provides for the users ultra wide input voltage range, excellent reliability, and high-performance.

Careers & Commentary . . .
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Microchip Devices that Integrate USB, CAN, Ethernet  
Tradeoffs Always Plague Design Engineers
 

Microchip Devices that Integrate USB, CAN, Ethernet This presentation covers market and development trends in electronic control of 3-phase motors in embedded applications. It focuses on AC induction (ACIM), permanent magnet synchronous (PMSM), and brushless DC (BLDC) motors, microcontrollers (MCU) and digital signal controllers (DSC). Trends in cost, performance, integration, efficiency, and application development methods are analyzed.

Tradeoffs Always Plague Design Engineers A design engineer's ultimate solution to a problem almost always involves identifying the optimum pathway from several plausible choices by considering all the design trade-offs. The adopted solution is rarely a perfect one but rather a solution that consists of the best trade-offs between key design factors for the intended application.

Diversions . . .
Tear Down Apple's iPhone 4S

Tear Down Apple's iPhone 4S If you are wondering how Apple's new iPhone will compare to previous versions, engineers reverse engineered the new mobile phone to give you a first detailed look inside. The teardown examines how the new phone differs from the original iPhone 4 and reviews all the major components and their manufacturers.

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About This Month's Topic What is Your Design Trade-off Strategy?

What has been the hardest design trade-off you have dealt with? How did you overcome the issues and arrive at a palatable solution? What formal methodologies do you use to make design trade-off decisions?


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