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Qi standard is for more than just smartphones

I’m not alone in my suspicion that the engineering world will soon follow a singular standard for wireless charging: the Qi standard. I think it would be the right move—and its impact would extend far beyond the charging of mobile phones.

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Four tech trends that improve the driver experience

Learn about ways to integrate some the most innovative features into cars, including haptic-feedback touch screens, knob replacement, smart glass and driver-notification applications....

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Worried about your elderly parent living alone at home?

New technologies can help the elderly to continue leading independent lives. Sensor-based systems using complex analytical methods are able to detect emergencies and call for help when necessary. ...

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Seriously: What you can see is far more than what you see!

In addition to our own eyes, there is a growing number of "mechanical eyes" that help us observe, document, and analyze our surroundings in the world today. ...

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What!? You'll need them to strike it rich in the USB Type-C market?

The USB 3.2 standard announced in July this year increases transmission rate from 10 Gbps to 20 Gbps, effectively doubling the data bandwidth while using the existing USB Type-C architecture. And as a power transmission interface for electronic devic...

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Can We Find Solutions to Deal with the Safety Issues?

For end-product manufacturers such as Samsung, it is absolutely critical to establish a set of safe and controllable lithium battery charging management mechanisms. Lithium batteries are like powerful lords with unpredictable tempers; we must tread ...

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Redefining HMI in the intelligent age

Looking at how common smart technologies have become, it is hard to imagine that they have only came into existence in recent times. Impressive as it may seem, what we are witnessing is only the tip of the iceberg. Technology giants around the world ...

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Mastering the road ahead

The market demand for Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) has increased by leaps and bounds. In fact, the global automotive electronics market is forecast to grow robustly over the next few years. In particular, the market value of entertainment...

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How should we bet in the LPWAN market?

The application scenario of a fragmented IoT has spurred the development of new wireless communication technologies: LPWAN (Low-Power Wide-Area Network) was developed for low speed, low power, and long-distance IoT applications with large number of c...

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The Growth and Increasing Sophistication of ADAS in the World

As electronics in our cars continue to become more sophisticated, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are taking center stage. These systems make many of the aspects of driving easier, and---most importantly—safer....

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Why does Iq matter for USB Type-C?

This change is driving an increase in demand for Type-C AC/DC chargers and power banks because the Type-C connector has flip capability which gives convenience to users. More importantly, Type-C chargers and power banks are universally applicable for...

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RF sampling: frequency planning yields a clean spectrum – From Texas Instruments

You think your radio frequency (RF) sampling design is well in hand because you selected the proper device and defined the clock source. But wait; you are not done. Even the best devices introduce degradation without proper frequency planning to ensu...

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Wearable product plays a key role in IoT

Just as its name implies, Internet of Things (IoT), is a kind of Internet among connected things. This can be interpreted by breaking it down into two parts. The first is ‘Internet’. In other words, the Internet is still the core and foundation of Io...

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PoE + LEDs: An effective pairing, with some limitations

Using the evolving Power over Ethernet standard to supply DC power to LED-based lighting in place of using the AC line offers both new options and some serious concerns....

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AC/DC Supplies: Design and Make, or Just Buy?

How to implement the ubiquitous AC/DC supply is a complicated decision with many factors and perspectives, ranging from technical to regulatory ones....

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MEMs Revolutionizes Sensor Landscape

Until fairly recently—roughly 15 to 20 years ago—sensors for ubiquitous physical parameters such as pressure, motion and magnetic fields were relatively large, costly, power-hungry and electrically incompatible with standard circuitry....

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Differentiated FPGAs Provide Security in Today’s Hyperconnected World

We live in a hyperconnected world that is constantly redefining how people communicate, congregate, collaborate and share information globally and instantaneously. ...

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Zynq SoMs Decrease Customer Development Times and Costs

Xilinx’s Zynq®-7000 All Programmable (AP) System-on-Chip (SoC) provides a new paradigm for embedded system design ......

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An Overview of FPGAs: The Solution to Countless Design Challenges

The field-programmable gate array as a primary processing element offers many design, debug, and production benefits with few, if any, downsides....

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Internet of Things: Using Wireless-Controlled Lighting to Reduce Energy Costs

Lighting represents a significant fraction of electricity usage in residential and commercial buildings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounted for more than 13 percent of residential electrical usage and more than 20 percent ...

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