Friday, December 21, 2012

Microchip PIC - Wireless Connectivity Design

Microchip PIC - Wireless Connectivity Design

"Ethernet communication solutions offer access to the most widely deployed networking system. The TCP/IP protocol, which is at the core of this technology, allows total location independence and interoperability to any embedded application.".
MRF24J40MA 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 radio transceiver module
  • Ethernet
  • TCP/IP
  • ZigBee
  • MiWi
"The emerging standard for flexible wireless networking specifically designed for embedded control. ZigBee supports stars, clusters and mesh networks of up to 64k nodes. Microchip supplies a free stack that supports a variety of transceivers."

MRF24J40MA 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 radio transceiver module.

Has a integrated PCB antenna, matching circuitry, and supports ZigBee too. Connects to many PICs via a 4-wire SPI interface. You can design wireless sensor networks and home automation systems.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Emulation Technology - VLSI SMT Interconnect

Emulation Technology - VLSI SMT Interconnect

IC Adapters, Test Clips, Sockets and IC Testing Accessories for QFP, BGA, PGA, PBGA, SOIC, TSOP.

Emulation Technology Inc. (ET) develops and markets specialized solutions that close the interconnect gap between electronic design, test equipment and digital hardware designs.

Emulation Technology was founded in 1983 to produce and market time-saving very large-scale integration (VLSI) and surface mount technology (SMT) adapters and accessories for engineers involved in hardware and software product development, design and test, and electronic systems manufacturing.

The ET MicroClip

The ET MicroClip is specially designed for providing new or additional test points on Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). The engineer trying to debug an existing system will find this as an indispensable tool for probing and viewing signals on a logic analyzer, oscilloscope, meter or other instrument for almost any location on the PCB with a mounted passive device.

Emulation Technology, Inc
759 Flynn Road, Camarillo, CA 93012, USA

Monday, December 17, 2012

Micrel Semiconductors - Analog Mixed Ethernet and RF

Leading manufacturer of IC and Semiconductor solutions in analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth. Products include high performance analog, power, advanced mixed-signal and radio frequency semiconductors; high speed communication, clock management, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver integrated circuits

Micrel Semiconductors - Analog Mixed Ethernet and RF
 
The chips and devices are components of many consumer and industrial products. These are like Cellular handsets, portable and enterprise computing and networking, wide area networks and industrial equipment.
They also have a Foundry Service. In fiber optics they have Laser Diode Drivers and Optical Transceiver Mgmt. ARM based SOC's and USB products too are available.

MICRF213 QwikRadio 315 MHz Receiver

The MICRF213 functions as a super-heterodyne receiver for OOK and ASK modulation up to 7.2kbps. The down-conversion mixer also provides image rejection. All post-detection data filtering is provided on the chip.

Partial Specs
  • Up to -110dBm sensitivity, 1kbps and BER 10E-02
  • Frequency from 300MHz to 350MHz
  • Low current consumption: 3.9mA @ 315MHz,
  • Analog RSSI Output
Micrel Inc.
Founded 1978, Corporate headquarters in San Jose, California.

Address - 2180 Fortune Drive, San Jose, CA 95131, United States. - Micrel Map

Monday, November 26, 2012

EE Journal - Embedded FPGA ASIC Design

Embedded Technology Journal and FPGA Structured ASIC Journal are now in EE Journal

EE Journal - Embedded  FPGA ASIC Design
 
"The first year of a new publication is always exciting, but Embedded Technology Journal first year has been nothing short of stellar. We began, of course, with modest-sized audiences mulling our strange stories about putting tiny little computers into toasters and such. "

Embedded Technology Journal - EE Journal

"People pondered processors, studied software, meditated about memories, brushed up on busses, wrestled with RTOS, and fumbled with FPGAs. We covered applications ranging from smart phones to avionics and touched on some truly unique systems like golf radar and digital scarecrows."

A Four-Way Vehicular Radio Module

Redpine Signals is placing a bet. It might have been less of a bet a year or two ago, but things change, and the future isn’t as obvious as it once might have seemed.

What we’re talking about here is wireless communication between vehicular on-board units (OBUs) and other OBUs, as well as with roadside units (RSUs) and pedestrians.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Touchstone Semiconductor - Analog IC Solutions

Creates high-performance analog integrated circuit (IC) solutions that solve critical issues for electronics companies.

Touchstone Semiconductor - Analog IC Solutions

The Product Range include Amplifiers, Analog to Digital Converters, Comparators, Current Sense Amplifiers, Timers, Voltage Detectors and Voltage References.

micropower solar-harvesting application
"You can use the circuit in a micropower solar-harvesting application (Figure 3). Depending on the light, the BPW34 cells generate 10 to 30 µA at 0.8 to 1.5V. The active-diode circuit rectifies the peak harvested voltage in conditions of rapidly changing light and minimizes reverse leakage to the cells."

TS1101 - 2V to 25V, 1µA, 100µV Vos Bidirectional Precision Current-Sense Amplifiers

Touchstone Semiconductor
630 Alder Drive Milpitas, CA 95035 USA

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SCADA - Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

A Closed loop control system has a Sensor-Controller-Actuator. The Bimetal Thermostat has all the three in the Bimetal itself. The Sensor, the Relay Contact and the Intelligence. This is Process Control when implemented to control the temperature in a Bakery Oven.

This leads us to Sensors-Transmitter-Controller-Outputs-Actuators. Where each is an independent electronic/electrical component of an entire Process Control system. The Process could be Temperature, Pressure, Speed, or Level.

IntegraXor SCADA

IntegraXor SCADA  - Create the interactive graphical interface for multi-device compatibility.

Industrial Automation encompasses many such Process Control Systems to form a Engineered System Solution for an Entire production line with different stages and process types.

At the machine end, the control has to be real time and highly reliable, dedicated controllers both Analog and Microcontrollers based are used. Analog as a fallback/override/trip or backup controller in case Embedded system gets stuck/fails.

These controllers or transmitters also send the data of the process back to a center control panel room. The actuators and outputs also have an override from the control panel. Sometimes Intelligent controllers at machine end can be remotely tweaked/tuned by Control room. This is possible due to Embedded systems and Flash., It also can pose problems if misused. Using SCADA such networking of these process control systems and Monitoring, Tweaking, Data Collection and Analysis is possible.

Come Internet or Web and Wireless, the scenario changes entirely. The Control room stays where it is, the Tablets can Access and utilize the SCADA and entire plant at the machine end also. The Control room can be carried around with limited access. This evolves further to that extent that an expert engineer can check the status of the Product Line from any Web Browser and suggest remedial actions to the others at the factory. He can even see the status on mobile devices. Now study the Resources below.

Red Lion Controls - HMI and Process Control - HMI operator interface panels for PLCs, motor drives.

Sielco Sistemi - Winlog Pro is a SCADA/HMI software package - TCP/IP Client Server support, Intranet/Internet architecture.

See Some Industrial Grade SCADA Solutions here
Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition WikiPedia

wSCADA - Internet SCADA - Office Factory Integration - Online Automation
 
Industrial Process parameters, production flow or work status, material offtake, processing of products, incoming inspection status and quality process monitoring. All these need to be interfaced with the ERP and access to Mobile devices like Smartphones and remote Computers provided. This helps smooth micro management of a industry. Some Interfaces may have supervisory control and others just graphs and progress charts. Depending on the person and his work or machine area.

The data and presentation of complex data (by graphs and charts) enhances analysis and timely decision making. Then these solutions will be productive, and be an asset to an existing system. To ensure that; software or webware developers have to be supported by the domain experts having decades of hands on experience on the shop floor. Else; if it is built on theory and some statistics, the result may appear good and work well for small or standard configurations, but in demanding, changing, real life scenario, it may fail to deliver the best.

WebSCADA - Automation Systems - Process Control, Historian, Event Alarm. WebSCADA provides automation platforms on the Internet.

NetBiter - Monitoring and control through web pages - Monitor and control over the Ethernet using web pages.

Friday, November 16, 2012

ROHM - Electronic Components

ROHM Co. Ltd. was established in Kyoto, Japan, in 1958. ROHM designs and manufactures semiconductors, integrated circuits and other electronic components. These components find a home in the dynamic and ever-growing wireless, computer, automotive and consumer electronics markets.....

ROHM - Electronic Components

1954 - Toyo Electronics Industry established. Carbon film resistors developed and marketed.
1967 - Transistors and switching diode developed and marketed.

Company History Rohm

Discrete Semiconductors, Opto Electronics, LED / LCD Drivers, Sensor ICs, Laser Diodes, Contact Image Sensor.

ROHM - Electronic Components

High speed Switching - High Voltage Resistance MOSFET Series

ROHM expands its widely used lineup of high speed switching, high voltage resistance MOSFETs for PFC circuits in switching power supplies and main switch circuits with a variety of package types.

ROHM Semiconductor Americas
2323 Owen Street Santa Clara, CA 95054 United States

Monday, October 15, 2012

Integrated Device Technology - IDT - Semiconductors

Leadership in digital technologies, coupled with its in-house analog capabilities. They have solutions for Computing, Communications and Consumer Electronics. They Streamline data transmission and data-communication in the Networks.

Integrated Device Technology - IDT - Semiconductors

The Product Line includes Clock / Timing Devices , Display / Video Solutions, Memory Interface Products and SRAMs. For Small Computing devices there are Touch Products, Processors and USB/PCI Express Chips. They also manufacture RISCore 64-bit Processors for large computing systems.

DAC1653Q-DB High-Performance 16-bit Quad DAC

DAC1653Q-DB High-Performance 16-bit Quad DAC

"The DAC1653Q-DB evaluation board features the DAC1658Q high-speed quad channel 16-bit DAC with high common mode voltage. The DAC1653Q-DB evaluation board is suitable for dynamic performance evaluation from low to high output frequency configurations."

Founded 1980, Corporate headquarters in San Jose, California.

Integrated Device Technology - IDT - Semiconductors
6024 Silver Creek Valley Road, San Jose, CA 95138, United States.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Build Electronic Circuits Like a Pro

If you want to build electronic circuits, you need to connect the components of your circuit somehow. If you expect to make your circuit work more than just a few times, you need a solid way of connecting them. You need to create a printed circuit board (PCB).

"I started playing with electronics as a hobby when I was 14. Since then I have finished a Master's degree and founded two electronic design companies."

Build Electronic Circuits Like a Pro

Build Electronic Circuits Like a Pro

The radar sensor uses a Ultra-Wideband (UWB) chip from Novelda. It sends out electromagnetic pulses and analyzes the pulses that are reflected back. In the video above, a part of the electromagnetic pulse will be reflected back when it hits the wall and a part of it penetrates the wall and is reflected from the cabinet behind the wall.

Radar Circuit Enables See-through Wall Robot

delabs Notes

This is a nice Educational Website built by Oyvind from Norway. Only when we read and learn from the experience and views of others, our brain opens up to new ideas and we develop a wide perspective.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Connexions - share educational material

A place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute.

Connexions - share educational material

Connexions is a dynamic digital educational ecosystem consisting of an educational content repository and a content management system optimized for the delivery of educational content.

A First Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Provides readers with a comprehensive, introductory look at the world of electrical engineering. It was originally written by Louis Scharf and Richard Behrens at the University of Colorado. This collection includes MATLAB exercises and diagrams that step readers through a broad range of topics, including phasors, circuit analysis, binary coding, and more.

Freshman Engineering Problem Solving with MATLAB
 
This course, originating at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus, is intended to introduce freshman engineering students to problem solving using an m-file environment, such as MATLAB, LabVIEW MathScript, Octave, etc. It is designed for the novice programmer, and covers the most commonly used features of the language.

 Digital Electronics Education


Digital Electronics Education

The objective of Advanced Digital Electronics courses is to bridge basic logic gates (combinational circuits) with technical topics related to binary counter topologies (Asynchronous & Synchronous), shift registers, memory, and DSP (Digital Signal Processors) which fall under the sequential devices umbrella

Friday, October 05, 2012

Automation.com - Industrial Automation

Automation.com - Industrial Automation

Factory & Process Automation, Motion Control, Instrumentation Resources
Automation.com - Industrial Automation
Automation.com is an online resource for industrial, process and factory automation; machine, motion and process control; and instrumentation professionals.
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Test, Measurement & LIMS
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
  • Sensors & Instruments
  • Control Panels, Cables & Terminations
  • Motion Control, Motors & Drives

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sensitron Power Semiconductors

Sensitron Power Semiconductors
 
"Sensitron is a privately held company, founded in 1969 and located on Long Island in Deer Park, New York.

Sensitron Power Semiconductors
Sensitron's Motor Control expertise extends the usefulness of electronic technologies, bridging the gap between semiconductor devices and their systems usage. Sensitron's capabilities include fully Integrated 3-Phase Brushless DC Motor Control Subsystem including power stage, non-isolated driver stage and controller stage."
  • Schottky Diodes
  • Motor Controllers
  • Solid State Relays
  • IGBT and MOSFET Drivers
  • Lightning Strike Protection
  • Power Factor Correction

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vitesse Semiconductor - Networking and Broadband

Designs and Manufactures high-performance semiconductor solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks. These are applied in Networking Systems in Ethernet LAN, WAN, and RAN, Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH, Optical Transport (OTN), etc.

Vitesse Semiconductor - Networking and Broadband

They also have a range of versatile Signal Integrity, Physical Media Devices and Physical Layer Devices. Most of these products are enabling high speed data-communications and Ethernet Networking which are Moving towards better Energy Efficiency.

"pre-production silicon devices that fully support the newly ratified IEEE 802.3az-2010 Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) Standard for high density 8G-26G Ethernet switching solutions. Delivering power-saving features that exceed the IEEE's 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet standards...."

9.9 Gbps to 12.6 Gbps OC-192/FEC 16-Bit Demux with CRU

multiplexer demultiplexer chip set

The VSC1238 is a complete, high-performance, multiplexer/demultiplexer chip set designed for 9.9-12.5 Gbps applications, including SONET OC-192, SDH STM-64, 10GbE, G.975, G.709 and offering enhanced capabilities specifically designed to address the needs of Ultra Long Haul (ULH) and Long Haul (LH) fiber optic transmission systems.

Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation
741 Calle Plano Camarillo, CA 93012-8543 USA

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Semtech Corporation - Analog and Mixed Signal

Semiconductor Solutions for a wide range of Applications, from Networking & Communications and Consumer Electronics like Smartphones, Digital Camera, HDTV and Devices like Netbooks and Set Top Box. They also manufacture High Rel Discrete Semiconductors.
Semtech SX8801R

Semtech Corporation - Analog and Mixed Signal

The Communication Chips are used in Wireless LAN Modems, Satellite Communication, Cellular Infrastructure, Optical Transport and Datacenters.

Semtech SX8801R -Sensing Machine with 16 + 10 bit versatile analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with a programmable offset and gain pre-amplifier (PGA). Low-Power Microcontroller based Sensor Interface IC.

Below is the SX1240 is an ultra-low-cost, fully integrated FSK or OOK compatible transmitter suitable for operation in the 418, 434 and 868 MHz license free ISM bands.
Semtech SX1240
Semtech SX1240 Low cost, low current RF Transmitter +10dBm, 433/868MHz

Founded 1960, Corporate headquarters in Camarillo, California.

Semtech Corporation 
200 Flynn Road, Camarillo, CA 93012, United States

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Electro tech online - Design Forum

Building an electronic project or want some assistance. Submit your electronic questions at Electro tech online - Design Forum. Experienced members can help find a solution.

Electronic Projects Design/Ideas/Reviews
 
Electro Tech has been around for nearly a decade; has a membership of practical and seasoned enthusiasts, engineers and students. Here you may find many interesting ideas for projects and repair/fixing tips.

Renewable Energy - Discussion of Solar, Wind, Hydro and main stream renewable energy topics including RE projects.
Repairing Electronics - If you're trying to fix an electronics device like a TV, Stereo, etc you can discuss it here.
Robotics & Mechatronics - Specific to discussions about robots and the making of.

From Hobby Hound - DIY Electronics
"I am on the other side of the river ... :-) More than one, are an better experience." - Mr Analog Meter

Friday, August 24, 2012

Avago Technologies Semiconductors

Analog, Mixed-signal and Optoelectronic Components and Subsystems

Avago Technologies Semiconductors 
 
Avago Technologies brings together the capabilities and track record of an established global leader with the "energy and responsiveness of a startup. We spent our first three decades as part of HP, ......"
  • Color Management & Sensors
  • ASICs
  • Motion Control Solutions
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  • Infrared Transceivers
  • Fiber Optics
Precision Optically Isolated Voltage Sensor

"Optical isolation amplifiers designed specifically for voltage sensing. Its 2V input range and high 1GΩ input impedance, makes it well suited for isolated voltage sensing requirements in electronic power converters applications including motor drives and renewable energy systems.."

Plessey Semiconductors - CMOS IC Solutions

British electronics company which design and develop Semiconductor Chip Solutions like RF components, data converters, power regulators, imaging sensors, programmable DSPs and special ASICS.

Plessey Semiconductors - CMOS IC Solutions

Highlights of Services
  • In-house development team
  • RF, Mixed Signal and High Performance Analogue
  • Full custom / Semi-custom IC design service
  • Process design Kits (PDK) Development and Support
  • Characterization, Modelling and ESD
EPIC Sensor technology

EPIC Sensor technology

A innovative  sensor technology that measures changes in an electric field in a similar way to a magnetometer detecting changes in a magnetic field. The EPIC sensor, which requires no physical or resistive contact to make measurements.....

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd
Plymouth Tamerton Road, Roborough, Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom PL6 7BQ.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dunfield Development Services

They provide system design and software/firmware development services. They secialize in the design and implementation of highly reliable and efficient real-time systems.

Dunfield Development Services

Dunfield Development Services

Some Areas
  • Special purpose and proprietary operating systems
  • Communications and networking protocols
  • Low-level interfaces, device drivers
  • Linux based systems
  • Test systems (manufacturing)
  • Real-time control systems
Contact Person - Dave Dunfield - Systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in the industry.

Gamma Radation Detector
 
This is a security device used to detect the presense of various types of radiation.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Holtek Semiconductor IC design

Holtek Semiconductor is a leading professional IC design house in Taiwan.

Holtek Semiconductor IC design

Holtek Advanced ARMThese new 32-bit Flash devices, include features such as a high operating speed of up to 72MHz (90 DMIPS), a single power supply with an operating voltage range of 2.7V~3.6V and an industrial temperature range of -40~85.

With Holtek's ISP (In-System Programming) and IAP (In-Application Programming) integrated functions, users will find the implementation of software upgrades an easy and quick process, thus enhancing the efficiency and flexibility to the products.

Holtek Advanced ARM Cortex-M3 based 32-bit Flash MCU Series

Holtek Semiconductor Inc.
4F-2, No. 3-2, YuanQu St., Nankang Software Park, Taipei 115, Taiwan

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MicroTec from Siborg Canada

Development and production of different kinds of scientific software. Has developed software products like SibLin: a 3D solver for Poisson/Diffusion/Heat Transfer. They also develop custom designed software tools.

MicroTec from Siborg Canada
They also Supply Digital Multimeter Smart Tweezers - Component evaluation on a high density PCB.

MicroTec from Siborg Canada
 
Affordable, Easy-to-use and Robust 2D Semiconductor Process and Device Simulator for PCs.

SibLin: A Linear Solver for Matrices with a Band Structure

SibLin is a linear solver for matrices arising in 2D and 3D finite difference solutions of various partial differential equations such as the Poisson equation, the Heat Transfer equation, the Diffusion-Drift equation etc.

MicroTec from Siborg Canada


Siborg Systems Inc
24 Combermere Cres, Waterloo, ON N2L 5B1 Canada

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tensilica - Processor and DSP cores for SOC

Semiconductor IP supplier, Fast and low power 32-bit RISC microprocessor cores, Customizable processor and DSP core for SOC Design.

Tensilica - Processor and DSP cores for SOC

Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) - Performance intensive DSP and embedded RISC processing functions.
Some Products Include -
  • HiFi Audio processor - the industry's most popular audio core processor with over 50 software packages for portable electronics and home theaters.
  • VDO Video processor - optimized for SD video with software for H.264 and other popular video standards

Xtensa LX4

Xtensa LX4 - Customizable Dataplane Cores Tailored for High-Performance DSP with Flexible I/Os

General Information -

DSP could be used in Audio, Video, 3D, Photos and Communications related functions. RISC Processor used in networking, embedded control, encryption, speedy computing.

Also see  - Linux on Xtensa

Friday, July 20, 2012

LAPIS Semiconductor - LSI and Foundry

LAPIS Semiconductor a spin-off of the semiconductor business of Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. is now a member of the ROHM group.

LAPIS Semiconductor - LSI and Foundry

System and Logic LSIs, Memory Devices and optical communication devices are also part of the Product Lineup. They also have ARM-Based Microcontrollers and Support Chips for Portable Wireless Electronic Products.

Lazurite Sub-GHz - IoT

Lazurite Sub-GHz is an open platform microcomputer board with Lapis Semiconductor's 16-bit low consumption microcontroller ML620Q504.

Lazurite Sub-GHz - IoT - LAPIS Semiconductor

It includes a specific low-power (920 MHz band) technical certification acquisition module that can realize communication of hundreds of meters with low power consumption, so it is easy to realize IoT's sensor node.

Old Post of delabs
Oki Semiconductor - A full range of digital ICs from RTCs to MPUs and network devices.

"With his enterprising spirit, Kibataro Oki (1848-1906) was far ahead of his time in the late 1800s. In January 1881, convinced that the nation was about to enter the age of communications, he founded Meikosha, the origins of today's OKI."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SEGGER Microcontroller Systeme GmbH

Develops and distributes software development tools and ANSI "C" software components (middle ware) for embedded systems in several industries such as telecom, medical technology, consumer electronics, automotive industry and industrial automation.

SEGGER Microcontroller Systeme GmbH

J-Link Lite ARM is a fully functional version of SEGGER J-Link. If you are selling evaluation-boards, J-Link Lite is an inexpensive emulator solution for you. Your customer receives a widely acknowledged JTAG-emulator which allows him to start right away with his development.

J-Link Lite ARM

"emWin is designed to provide an efficient, processor- and LCD controller-independent graphical user interface (GUI) for any application that operates with a graphical LCD."

SEGGER Microcontroller Systeme GmbH

emWin - Graphic Software and GUI

Touch screen support for analog touch panels is available. This includes a low level driver, which handles the analog input (from an 8 bit or better AD-converter), debouncing and calibration of the touch screen.

SEGGER Microcontroller GmbH & Co. KG
In den Weiden 11, 40721 Hilden, Germany

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Multi-Tech Embedded Communications Solutions

A leading developer and manufacturer of M2M or machine-to-machine communications products. Device Networking Systems and Modules.

Multi-Tech Embedded Communications Solutions

Manufacturer of award-winning Unified Communications and device networking products.

A versatile suite of hardware and software products to make your Internet of Things IoT system development easy and powerful.

MultiConnect Dragonfly for M2M and IoT

MultiConnect Dragonfly cellular SoM

These are complete, ready-to-integrate processing and communications devices that offer developers the functionality of a SoM with the convenience of an onboard cellular radio all in one compact design.

Dragonfly also comes with an ARM mbed compatible software library for even faster development as well as future support for MultiTech’s hosted application store and device management systems.

Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.
2205 Woodale Drive Mounds View, MN 55112 United States.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

VIA Technologies - x86 Processor - Taiwan

Fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor. VIA has a spread of Components, Boards and Systems for PC, Portable Devices and Embedded Solutions. VIA processors are designed by Centaur Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of VIA Technologies, Inc. based in Austin Texas.
VIA Nano X2 Processor - VIA Technologies

VIA Technologies - x86 Processor - Taiwan

Energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets, along with connectivity/networking and multimedia elements make VIA Boards and Systems Complete Computing Modules packed with power in a small footprint.

VIA stands for "Very Innovative Architecture". VIA acquired most of Cyrix, then a division of National Semiconductor, and also Integrated Device Technology's Centaur, marking its entry into the x86 microprocessor market.

VIA Nano X2 processors are the first truly optimized, low power dual-core processors. Combining two 64-bit 'Isaiah' cores in one die, VIA Nano X2 processors deliver industry leading performance-per-watt and improved multi-tasking ability, without consuming more power.

VIA Nano X2 Processor - VIA Technologies


Address - 8F, No. 535, Chung-Cheng Road, Taipei, Hsin Tien, Taiwan. - Via Map

US Address - VIA Technologies, 940 Mission Court, Fremont, CA 94539-8202 - Via US Map

Monday, June 25, 2012

AnSem - Analog and Mixed-signal ASIC Design

"Based in Leuven, Belgium, AnSem is a fabless IC design house founded in 1998 specializing in the development of the most advanced analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for RF CMOS, high-speed data communication, data acquisition and ultra low-power & low-voltage applications..."

AnSem - Analog and Mixed-signal ASIC Design

Some advanced ASICs and IPs of Ansem for:

  • RF CMOS
  • High-speed data communication
  • Ultra low-power & low-voltage applications

Programmable Multi-standard home networking AFE

> Programmable Multi-standard home networking AFE

Highlights of design

12-bit High Speed DAC and ADC featuring up/down sampling FIR filter.

High linear, low-noise VGA including offset calibration and programmable filtering.

Synthesizer with 3.2GHz VCO and CML dividers to generate low-jitter clocks from 50Msps to 400Msps.

Diodes Inc and Zetex Semiconductor Products

"Zetex is a leading provider of high performance, analog semiconductor products for signal processing and power management. Headquartered near Manchester in the UK..."Diodes Inc and Zetex Semiconductor Products

Update - Zetex is now part of Diodes Inc..

Diodes Inc and Zetex Semiconductor Products

Diodes Incorporated is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic, and analog semiconductor markets.

  • Bipolar transistors
  • General power management
  • Motor control

ZXLD1350 Evaluation Board

ZXLD1350 Evaluation Board

The ZXLD1360 provides a 1A version of the same circuit topology, whereas the ZXLD1362 and ZXLD1366 are 60V options, ideally suited for linear LED arrays (comprising Cree XPE or XPG, for example) for T8 or T5 fluorescent tube retro-fit or system replacement.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Qseven - Computer-On-Module Standard

"The Qseven concept is an off-the-shelf, multi vendor, Computer-On-Module that integrates all the core components of a common PC and is mounted onto an application specific carrier board. Qseven modules have a standardized form factor of 70mm x 70mm and have specified pinouts based on the high speed MXM system connector that has a standardized pinout regardless of the vendor."

Qseven - Computer-On-Module Standard

Qseven offers the newest I/O technologies on this minimum size form factor. Some are ..
  • PCIexpress
  • USB 2.0
  • Serial ATA
  • Secure Digital I/O interface
  • Gigabit Ethernet
QBlissA8 mit ARM Cortex-A8 CPU



QBlissA8

QBlissA8 is equipped with 256MB RAM and 1 GB Flash and offers interfaces like USB2.0 Host/Device, Ethernet, AC97, I2C, SPI as well as CAN, GPIO, UART and Touch (4 wire resistive). For memory extensions SDHC and SATA are at your service. The display can be connected via LVDS (up to a WXGA resolution) or HDMI.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Aldec - EDA and Design Verification

Leading Electronic Design Automation company. Provides solutions for design creation, simulation and verification. These aid the engineer in the creation of FPGA, ASIC, SoC and embedded systems.

Aldec - EDA and Design Verification

DO-254/CTS provides a single and automated environment to test all FPGA level requirements with full visibility and controllability at the FPGA pin level.

Features Include
  • At-speed testing in target devices
  • For use with Altera, Lattice, Mircrosemi and Xilinx
  • Automatic test vector generation
  • Hardware testing results visualization with waveform viewer
DO-254 FPGA Level In-Target Testing

Aldec DO-254 FPGA Level In-Target Testing

The FPGA testing results are captured at-speed and displayed using a simulator waveform viewer for advanced analysis and documentation.

Aldec Inc.
2260 Corporate Circle, Henderson, NV, 89074 USA.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CircuitLab - Online Schematic Editor and Simulator

Draw and print beautiful schematics for lab reports. In-browser simulations make it easy to quickly learn electronics concepts. No need to Install, it is a Online Web Application !

CircuitLab - Online Schematic Editor & Simulator

Test and Simulate circuit ideas before breadboarding. SPICE-like models with a mixed-mode simulation engine help you apply one tool to a wide range of design tasks, from digital to analog, DC to VHF and beyond.

BJT Cascoded Active-load Differential Amplifier with CMFB

BJT Cascoded Active-load Differential Amplifier with CMFB

Build non-op-amp Common-Mode Feedback (CMFB) - This kind of high-gain differential input stage might be useful as part of an op-amp, but it's a bit silly to include an op-amp within a stage another op-amp......

Some Examples
  • 555 Timer as Oscillator / PWM Generator
  • 7805 & Wall-wart Experiencing Voltage Drop-out
  • Digital 4-bit counter and DAC
  • Diode full-wave (bridge) rectifier
  • Laplace transform step response and Bode plot
  • LED with resistor biasing
  • MOSFET switching inductive load
  • Op-Amp inverting / non-inverting amplifier
  • RLC resonance
  • Zener diode voltage reference

Monday, May 28, 2012

EEsof EDA of Agilent for RF Microwave

An Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software from Agilient. This is meant for the design and development of Communication and Wireless Products which use very High Frequency.

EEsof EDA of Agilent for RF Microwave

MMIC and Module Design Workshop - Agilent

Right from the physics-level design that is needed to create RF Components and Assemblies, these set of tools help in high-speed circuit design,, device modeling, and signal-processing.

RF & Microwave Design

"Agilent's RF and Microwave design and simulation tools provide the most complete solution for creating robust designs with first pass success and high yield in MMIC, RF-Mixed Signal IC, RF board, RF SiP and RF Module technologies."

Agilent Genesys is a low-cost and versatile integrated EDA solution for designing RF-microwave PCB and subsystems.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

CAST - IP Cores and Platforms

CAST develops and supports over 100 different popular and standards-based IP cores, including 8051s, H.264, PCI Express, AES, and even complete platforms for ARM-based SoCs.

CAST - IP Cores and Platforms

Electronic system designers use these popular and standards-based IP cores and platforms instead of designing their own.
  • Configurable: R8051XC
  • Z80-compatible
  • Hi-Speed USB (2.0)
  • smart card reader
  • ARM 7 TDMI bus
  • C8254 programmable
Talos Series Evaluation Kits

Talos Series Evaluation Kits for Microcontroller and Processor IP Cores The Talos Series of integrated hardware/software kits include everything you need to quickly and easily evaluate our microcontroller and processor cores in your own environment.

CAST, Inc.
11 Stonewall Court Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677, USA.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

LCR Electronics - EMI and EMC Products

EMC testing, EMI Filter design, development and manufacturing. Complete range of high quality standard and custom EMI filters (RFI filters, EMC filters), Motor Controls and Electronic Controls.
The also offer EMC testing, engineering and contract manufacturing services.
LCR Electronics - EMI and EMC Products
LCR designs and manufactures custom and standard backplanes, card cages, chassis and sub-system enclosures too.

LCR Electronics, Inc. 9 South Forest Avenue, Norristown, PA 19401

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

ASIX Electronics Corporation - Fabless Semiconductors

ASIC and SoC for networking, communication and connectivity applications. ASIX was founded in May 1995 in Hsinchu Science Park. AX11025, Single Chip Microcontroller

ASIX Electronics Corporation - Fabless Semiconductors

  • Embedded Networking Solution: Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Bus Connecting Solution: USB 1.1, USB 2.0
  • Integrated SoC Solution

The AX11025, Single Chip Microcontroller with TCP/IP and 10/100M Fast Ethernet MAC/PHY, is a System-on-Chip (SoC) solution which offers a high performance embedded micro controller and rich communication peripherals for wide varieties of application which need access to the LAN or Internet.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

2D CAD with DraftSight - Mechanical

Read, write and share DWG file activate for free. Mechanical Drawings and Sketches can be made in a Professional Drafting Environment.

Idea > Think > Plan > Draft > Fabricate a Prototype.

CAD Students can do their project with this.

2D CAD with DraftSight - Mechanical

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Dynamic Schematic Editor - Spectrum Software

A Schematic Editor with Active Simulator oriented towards RF and Communication Circuits. Good support for Power Electronic Devices and Circuits like IGBT and Mosfet.

"The multi-page hierarchical schematic editor makes it easy to sketch a circuit. Once a circuit is created, you can do a transient, AC, DC, transfer function, sensitivity, or distortion with a simple command."

Integrated schematic editor and simulator

Micro-Cap 10 is an integrated schematic editor and mixed analog/digital simulator that provides an interactive sketch and simulate environment for electronics engineers.

Animation lets objects change their display or respond to user clicks during a simulation. In this mode, a single analysis time step is taken and the schematic displays and animate devices are updated on the schematic. The animation components can also be used in a Dynamic DC analysis.

From Design Gopher - Electronic Product Development

Spectrum Software
1021 South Wolfe Road. Suite 130. Sunnyvale, CA 94086-8874

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Quanser - Control Design Solutions

They design and manufacture advanced systems for real-time control design and implementation used in education, research and industry.

Quanser - Control Design Solutions

They demonstrate the state of the art for control systems plants for the most demanding applications in control, mechatronics, robotics, etc. Used both in Advanced Education and Research Labs.

Manufacturers of robotic and mechatronic systems including high quality haptic devices. Advanced systems for real-time control design and implementation.

Each device in the Mechatronic Controls Collection is suitable for teaching and research. These robust systems are ideal for teaching fundamentals and advanced enough for complex research.

QNET Mechatronic Sensors Trainer

QNET Mechatronic Sensors Trainer

The QNET Mechatronic Sensors (MECHKIT) Trainer is ideally suited to teach and demonstrate the fundamentals of interfacing with mechatronic sensors.

Active Suspension system

This Active Suspension system consists of three masses, or plates. Each mass slides along stainless steel shafts using linear bearings and is supported by a set of springs.

The Active Suspension comes with the Quanser-developed courseware. A comprehensive Laboratory Guide, together with quick start resources....

Quanser
119 Spy Court Markham, Ontario, L3R 5H6 Canada.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Allegro MicroSystems - Power ICs and Hall-effect sensors

Manufacturer of Hall-Effect Sensor ICs, Power ICs, Power Management Chips. These are used in Home Appliances, Automotive, LED Lighting and Office Automation.

Allegro MicroSystems - Power ICs and Hall-effect sensors

Sanken Products include Regulator ICs, Switching Regulators, Off-Line Flyback Regulators, Stepper Motor Unipolar Drivers, Inverter Power Modules.

50 to 200 A Integrated Conductor Sensor ICs

ACS756 Fully Integrated Hall Effect-Based Linear Current Sensor

"The device consists of a precision, low-offset linear Hall sensor circuit with a copper conduction path located near the die. Applied current flowing through this copper conduction path generates a magnetic field which is sensed by the integrated Hall IC and converted into a proportional voltage. Device accuracy is optimized through the close proximity of the magnetic signal to the Hall transducer."

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC,
Worcester Facility 115 Northeast Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01606, USA

Friday, March 09, 2012

PICMG - Open specifications for Modular Computing

PICMG is a consortium of companies who collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications.

PICMG - Open specifications for Modular Computing

Specs and Standards for Advanced Mezzanine Card, AdvancedTCA, COM Express, CompactPCI, e-PCI-X, MicroTCA and others.

PCI-ISA - Passive Backplanes

(Study this page first to understand how computers became more maintanable and expandable - delabs)

PCI-ISA - Passive Backplanes

"The PCI-ISA passive backplane standard moves all of the components normally located on the motherboard to a single plug-in card. Looking much like a standard ISA or PCI card, a PCI-ISA CPU card has two edge connectors on it - one for the PCI bus and one for the ISA bus. The "motherboard" is replaced with a simple "passive backplane" that has only connectors soldered to it."

Thursday, March 08, 2012

NAND Flash Interface and ONFi

Open NAND Flash Interface - Made up of more than 80 companies that build, design-in, or enable NAND flash memory. This is used mainly as a storage component in many small devices. (boot, firmware/OS and Data).Standardizing the NAND Flash interface.

NAND Flash Interface and ONFi

ONFI's parameter page provides the controller with all of the device's relevant capabilities for quicker design, qualification, and testing.

ONFI's industry-standard BGA package accommodates both asynchronous and source-synchronous interfaces.

NAND Flash Interface and ONFi

Higher Speeds At 400 MB/s, ONFI is the fastest NAND interface standard on the planet. These high speeds are made possible by the bidirectional source-synchronous DQS and scalable I/O interface.

ONFI 3  Announced in March of 2011

Promotes a high-speed NAND Flash interface supporting transfer rates up to 400 MB/s - requires fewer chip enable pins enabling more efficient PCB routing - designed for the future and supports the EZ-NAND interface

 Updated  Nov 2013

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

International Engineering Consortium - IEC

International Engineering Consortium - IEC

IEC manages the 270-university Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association ECEDHA, dedicated to sharing information and maintaining awareness of industry needs and direction.
"Today, the IEC maintains its mission as a partnership between academia and industry by providing quality continuing education, research, publications, and service programs for the international information industry."

IEC Newsletter - Enterprise Services
  • What is IPTV and Why All the Fuss
  • The Evolution of Networks beyond IP
  • EAP Methods for 802.11 Wireless LAN Security
  • Fiber-Optic Technology
  • Fundamentals of Telecommunications
  • Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM)
  • The Human-Machine Interface (HMI)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

USB.org - Universal Serial Bus and Wireless USB

USB.org - Universal Serial Bus

Universal Serial Bus (USB) connects more than computers and peripherals. It has the power to connect you with a whole new world of PC experiences.

USB Implementers Forum, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus specification.

Wireless USB - Wireless Extension to USB

Wireless USB is the first high-speed wireless personal interconnect technology to meet the needs of multimedia consumer electronics, PC peripherals, and mobile devices.

Wireless USB performance is targeted at 480Mbps at 3 meters and 110Mbps at 10 meters.

Wireless USB Software and Hardware Tools

2008

I had to put some files from my USB ThumbDrive to iPod. That needed a Turn on, on my computer and then plugging things on, and a transfer.

I saw this innovation earlier. Wireless USB - Wireless Extension to USB. And also a USB Drive like product.

I feel this type of thing can be made for stand alone iPod, extra storage or archive. No need to turn on PC.

Also, i think, there may be a need (?), for a very small, tiny Wi-Fi Router with 100 GB storage, media and cache management. That can serve 2 or 3 iPods and 1 or 2 Netbooks.

Friday, February 17, 2012

World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO

World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO

WIPO's Summer Schools, held in several locations worldwide.

"Industrial designs, also referred to simply as designs, concern the ornamental or aesthetic aspects of products. Industrial Designs are a type of industrial property, protected by intellectual property rights."

Related Reading

Thursday, February 16, 2012

CAN Controller Area Network in Automation

CAN (Controller Area Network) is a serial bus system, which was originally developed for automotive applications in the early 1980's. The CAN protocol was internationally standardized in 1993 as ISO 11898-1 and comprises the data link layer of the seven layer ISO/OSI reference model.

CAN Controller Area Network in Automation

CANopen is a CAN-based higher layer protocol. It was developed as a standardized embedded network with highly flexible configuration capabilities.

In the year 1992, several companies founded the CAN in Automation (CiA) non-profit group, in order to provide technical, product and marketing information.

CANopen-based dust-filtering systems

CANopen-based dust-filtering systems

Hesch (Germany) has developed an industrial dust-filtering systems. The HE 5750 host-controller provides a CANopen NMT master interface to communicate to the sub-layered valve units operating the dust-filters. The entire system can be controlled by means of the Profibus or Modbus interfaces. The embedded filter control software supports the reduction of emission values and energy costs.

The valve controllers are uses to pulse solenoid valves in industrial dust extraction technology. They are controlled via an embedded CANopen network by means of the HE 5750 host-controller. The NMT slave units are attributed locally and technically to one filter chamber each. This concept adapts to any desired number of filter chambers and valves.

CAN in Automation (CiA)
Kontumazgarten 3 DE-90429 Nuremberg, Germany.

Electronic Components Industry Association - ECIA

The National Electronic Distributors Association (NEDA) and the Electronic Components Association (ECA) have consolidated forces to form the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), bringing together all of the elements of the electronic components supply chain - component manufacturers, their distributors and their independent manufacturer representatives.

Electronic Components Industry Association - ECIA

ECIA holds accreditation rights through ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, under the mark "EIA". Any standards committee choosing to develop an American National Standard may process the work through the ECIA accreditation.

"The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) works to promote and improve the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components."

ECIAauthorized.com site is the fastest and most complete authorized electronics inventory search.

ECIAauthorized

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Marvell Technology Group - Semiconductor Design

Fabless semiconductor provider of application-specific standard products, these are used in storage, communications and consumer electronic products.

Marvell Technology Group - Semiconductor Design

Products include system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices using its IP base of analog, mixed-signal, digital signal processing and also embedded RISC-ARM solutions. They have chips for Ethernet, Cellular-Mobil, Tablets and Portable Electronic Devices.

"Marvell's Sheeva CPU technology is embedded in system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that go into many of the most widely used smartphones, set-top boxes, disk drives, routers and switches..compliant with the ARM instruction set"

ARMADA family of application processors

Marvell's CPUs deliver higher performance and lower power dissipation while providing full software compatibility to all ARM-based applications. ARAMADA is suitable for many applications such as netbooks, smartphones, and intelligent connected displays.

Plugcomputer

What is a Plugcomputer ?

A plug computer is a tiny, low power server, intended to provide network-based services within the home. It is an always-on system, and can serve data and applications to computing devices within the home. It can also be a bridge between home computing devices and Internet-based services.

The GUI Plug SD card allows SheevaPlug to boot into Debian Squeeze with Gnome Desktop installed and ready to connect your mimo monitor, 4Gb and 8Gb SD cards with GUI Plug preinstalled are available. Connection to the home network is via Gigabit Ethernet, and offers desktop class performance. - From

Marvell Technology Group
5488 Marvell Ln, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Digicom Electronics - Manufacturing and Prototyping

They offer Professional Manufacturing and Prototyping Services to Technology and Research firms in Biomedical, Wireless and Aerospace too.

Digicom Electronics - Manufacturing and Prototyping

Digicom offers a turn key electronics manufacturing solutions for small to medium sized production and prototype builds.

Their capabilities in Manufacturing Service - Precision in process control and quality monitoring, they have an infrastructure of a full line of 'state of the art' automated equipment and a Skilled Work Force.
Their Specialization include Custom Embedded Computers and complex cable assemblies. These include power, data, radio, video, and co-axial type harnesses

IBOB - Interconnect Break-out Board

IBOB - Interconnect Break-out Board

This is a FPGA-based processing board for DSP. It has a Xilinx Virtex-II Pro 2VP50 FPGA, and is used in radio astronomy applications primarily for digitizing data, performing down conversion, filtering and FFT operations....

Digicom Electronics, Inc.
7799 Pardee Lane Oakland, CA 94621

Friday, January 20, 2012

Piezoelectric Energy Harvester – Mide Technology

Converts normally wasted mechanical energy in the form of vibrations into usable electrical energy. It uses the piezoelectric effect to generate energy from Vibrations.

Vibration Energy Harvesting With Piezoelectrics

Some sources are Machinery in Oil and Gas drilling to refining. Machines in Industry and Manufacturing. Wind, Tide, streams also can be harnesses with small fixtures, jigs or devices for vibration sensor arrays.

Applications - Wireless Sensors and small instruments need a way to recharge their lithium cells or even supercaps. Using solar and vibration harvesting, enough power can be derived to power efficient electronics. Recharge small computers and tablets.

Energy Harvesting Kit: VLT-9001 - Mide

Energy Harvesting Kit: VLT-9001

Midé's VLT-9001 piezoelectric energy harvesting kit has everything you need to start harvesting vibration energy. The kit includes the PPA-2011 piezo and the PPA-9001 clamp kit that has hardware necessary for clamping and adding tip masses.

From - Mide Technology

They are specialists in smart engineering materials technology. They create state-of-the-art solutions to uncommon engineering challenges. They are also a Engineering Service and design, develop, and test a turn-key custom prototypes.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fagor Electrónica - EMS and Semiconductors

Fagor Electrónica is a European company that develops and manufactures electronic components. Its main plant is located in Mondragón (Guipúzcoa).

Fagor Electrónica - EMS and Semiconductors

They manufacture Discrete semiconductors like Power diodes and thyristors. They also design remote data management systems and radio communications solutions. They also have Systems for digital and analogue TV.
Fagor Electrónica - EMS and Semiconductors
EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) Division
A lean, flexible company, excellent in terms of quality and service, with a focus to innovation.

Fagor Electrónica, S.Coop.
San Andrés, s/n E-20500 Mondragón, Spain

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Circuit Innovations electronics design


"Circuit Innovations provides a number of key functions in the design and development of electronic products, software and printed circuit boards. We are able to assist you in all aspects of design, taking your original idea and developing it into a commercially viable product. Our designs utilise the latest in technology including PIC Microcontrollers, single and double-sided PCB designs and surface mount technology."

Circuit Innovations electronics design - See a product designed by them below.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Training Simulation

Overall Equipment Effectiveness Training Simulation

 This product is designed as part of a training exercise to teach the principles of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by simulating the problems encountered while operating an automated manufacturing system.

Friday, January 13, 2012

fuzzyTECH - Fuzzy Logic and NeuroFuzzy

"Professor Lotfi Zadeh, the inventor of fuzzy logic, contends that a computer cannot solve problems as well as human experts unless it is able to think in the characteristic manner of a human being."

fuzzyTECH - Fuzzy Logic and NeuroFuzzy

Recent Successful Fuzzy Logic Applications in Industrial Automation - by Dr. Jörg Gebhardt and Constantin von Altrock

SUCOsoft

"The fuzzyPLC is programmed by an enhanced version of the standard fuzzy logic system development software fuzzyTECH from Inform Software. fuzzyTECH is an all-graphical, design, simulation, and optimization environment with implementation modules for most microcontrollers and industrial computers."