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Def/Aero Heads-Up Displays Expand Into Consumer Markets
8/26/2014

Many technologies that consumers take for granted — RF and microwave, for example — were originally developed for military use. Heads-up displays (HUDs) — technology that projects images directly in front of viewers, usually on glass — were developed for military fighter jets so pilots could view flight-related data without removing their eyes from the windshield.
Top 5 Energy Harvesting Options for Wearable Devices
8/25/2014

We've  grown accustomed to new releases of technological advancements that are hitting  the shelves on an almost daily basis. And most — if not all — of the technology  now part of our lives requires a power source. As the demand for new technology  grows, so too does the demand for relevant power sources, bringing new focus  and emphasis to energy harvesting. On a micro level, wearable devices are  driving demand for energy harvesting methods that enhance, monitor or support  our lives in some way, usually through devices that are attached, sewn, or  affixed to an individual.
LEDs Shed Light on New Applications — From Fighting Insomnia to Healing Wounds
8/25/2014

LED use has dramatically increased as performance improves and costs decrease. Recently, nontraditional applications of LEDs delivering surprising quality-of-life improvements have grown in number. From applications in NASA’s International Space Station to the functional lighting of white goods and a possible sleep solution, the continued use of LED lighting for new applications has been surprising in simplicity, yet increasingly impactful in results.
Internet of Things: Low Power, Low Cost Connected Devices Fuel Demand for Microcontrollers
8/22/2014

At the  heart of the devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are a variety of  ultra low power microcontrollers (MCUs), sensor networks, systems-on-chip (SoC)  and communications protocols such as ZigBee.​
FPGA High-Speed Serial Interfaces Drive the 'Internet of Anything'
8/22/2014

Remember when programmable logic was just used as the 'glue logic'  that connected processors and ASSPs to memory and peripherals? Not anymore.  With the addition of on-chip advanced serial interfaces, FPGAs have broken out  of the traditional glue logic applications to become the "system glue" that  connects one networked system to another.
Top 5 Tech Trends in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
8/20/2014

​Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) promise to enhance vehicle safety by helping to simplify the driving process, reducing sources of driver distraction and inattention that often lead to accidents. With ADAS support, drivers and their passengers can hope to find safer roadways, countering deadly trends in motor vehicle accidents.
What’s Next for MEMS? Tiny Machines Bring Opportunities for the Mobile Market
8/19/2014

Technology advancements in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have made these tiny machines more applicable, giving engineers more options than ever before for product differentiation.​
Moving Today’s Data Center to a Secure Cloud Environment
8/19/2014

Data security breaches are becoming increasingly common. As many industries continue to move from traditional to cloud data centers, many design engineers find themselves wondering whether cloud-based data centers deliver sufficient security.​
Despite Challenges, Tantalum Capacitors Penetrate High-Performance Markets
8/18/2014

​Although tantalum capacitors have faced the greatest challenges of any dielectric because their primary raw material has been designated as a “conflict mineral,” tantalum is still favored in many end-use markets where its known reliability is preferred.
Getting Started in Automotive Smart Vision Design
8/5/2014

​Advances in embedded vision technology have heightened interest in applying smart vision solutions for automotive safety. Despite past difficulties in overcoming the complexity of embedded vision design, designers today can take advantage of image-processing software, vision processors and specialized development systems to get started in exploring automotive smart vision applications.
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