TI introduces SafeTI Compiler Qualification Kit to ease functional safety development for automotive and medical

DALLAS, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Adding to its Compiler Qualification Kit. The Compiler Qualification Kit assists customers in their efforts to qualify their use of the TI ARM C/C++ compiler to functional safety standards such as IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 while helping maximize its functionality and performance. This kit, a component of the SafeTI … Read more

What’s next for wearables?

By 2016, it's estimated that one in three people will own a smartphone. There is an ever-increasing demand for smaller, more power-efficient connected devices that is bringing about a revolution similar to one that so dramatically changed human understanding hundreds of years ago, when microscopes and telescopes were invented. They extended our limited natural senses … Read more

Optimizing analog IC designs when every nanoAmpere counts

Introduction These days we find ourselves surrounded by an ever increasing amount of battery powered gadgets which must last longer, weight less, and do more than the previous generation. Power consumption is, and will be, the principal concern in IC design for portable applications. This particularly applies to CMOS analog IC design, which is the … Read more

Health and fitness products using sensors and Smart phones

I came across a company called Wahoo Fitness on the Internet that I thought was interesting. Actually I was alerted to these products by the MEMS Journal weekly newsletter I receive. This company has some interesting products, but here I wanted to highlight a great use of sensor and Smart phone technology of which the … Read more

DAC Keynote: Gregg Lowe

On the first day of the Design Automation Conference 2013, the keynotes were given by people from Texas. Gregg Lowe followed a vision talk by Wally Rhines , who spent the first half of his career in Texas as well. Wally talked about the impact of the Internet of Things on both the semiconductor and … Read more

AC/DC supplies offer medical-safety certification

Certified to EN60601 3rd edition medical-safety standards, single-output and dual-output AC/DC power supplies in the MPM-40Mx series from MicroPower Direct deliver 40 W of out output power. Six standard models operate from a universal input of 85 VAC to 264 VAC, providing tightly regulated outputs of 5 VDC, 12 VDC, 15 VDC, 24 VDC, ±12 … Read more

GaN technology will transform the future

For the first time in 60 years, a new higher-performance semiconductor technology is less expensive to produce than the silicon counterpart. Gallium nitride (GaN), has demonstrated both a dramatic improvement in transistor performance and the ability to be produced at a lower cost than silicon. GaN transistors have unleashed new applications as a result of … Read more

Teardown: Inside Given Technology’s Pillcam Colon 2

Anyone who’s ever had to endure an endoscopy or colonoscopy knows those tests can be, so to speak, a bitter pill to swallow. Given Imaging’s Pillcam Colon 2 ingestible capsule offers a friendlier alternative for getting a good look at your innards, from stomach to lower intestine, with less chance of mortality. Now there’s an … Read more

Ada comes to ARM Linux

Ada support is now available on embedded ARM processors running Linux for safety critical code development. AdaCore has developed a cross-development environment for the latest 2012 version of the Ada language for ARM processors running Linux. GNAT Pro 7.2 provides a complete Ada development environment oriented towards embedded systems that require the flexibility and services … Read more

Power-entry module affords Class II protection

A compact power-entry module with a built-in line filter, the DC12 from Schurter, meets the IEC 60601-1-11 safety standard for home healthcare equipment to minimize the risks for at-home users. The component is equipped with an IEC C18, two-pole power-inlet connector without a ground conductor and meets the Protection Class II standard for double-insulated systems. … Read more