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April 24, 2013
Colin Walls

The rush to open source tools

Mind how you go. The only truly free thing about open source tools is the download itself. There is, however, a 'third way', matching professional support to these often useful options.
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May 25, 2011

Development of Embedded Devices for Medical Applications

This paper looks at the embedded software technology that enables the development of mobile devices and portable equipment. The medical instrumentation sector is used as an example. A brief review of healthcare trends is followed by the identification of the key characteristics of such devices and how connectivity (wired and wireless) is influencing the designs […]

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May 25, 2011

Porting the Android Platform Beyond Mobile Phone Applications

This white paper opens with a quick introduction of the Android OS. It continues with a description of the Android architecture highlighting major design features. Finally, we’ll discuss challenges and key considerations to keep in mind when porting the Android OS. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to […]

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April 1, 2011
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Home sweet smart home

As part of our utility metering focus, Sean Murphy offers a US perspective on the challenges.
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December 14, 2010
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Beyond Pandora

John Landau According to analysts at Screen Digest, revenue from 3D theatrical releases in North America reached $1.1bn in the first six months of 2010. This was the first time that the half-year number had exceeded the billion-dollar mark and was more than double the $430m in 3D ticket sales for the same period in […]

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June 1, 2010

The news from Berlin

We look at some of the findings analyst group iSuppli had hoped to present at a recent summit before a Finnish volcano intervened.
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April 14, 2010
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Go east, young man

Will CES 2010 ultimately be remembered for marking the point where Asia began to drive consumer electronics? Paul Dempsey reports.
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December 1, 2009

Wright on target

We are given plenty of reasons why we ‘should’ all buy electric cars. They will safeguard the environment. They will enhance national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. They will create a Detroit 2.0 that can pay back the taxpayer. What we do not hear is a more free-market economic argument. “And the […]

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May 1, 2009

Find your low-power path

Semiconductor vendors face increasing demands to lower power consumption. This trend has intensified in the last couple of years with the rejuvenation of the ‘green’ movement. In response, the industry has been getting smarter about low-voltage design, current-saving techniques for both the circuit and process levels, and coordinated power management. Meanwhile, programmers are concentrating on […]

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March 1, 2009

Mainstream not niche

Green design will be one of the enduring themes of 2009, or so we are told. As hard-faced as it might sound, though, it is hard to see this theme getting the attention it needs right now. My problem with the whole concept is that it currently seems to attract a premium at just about […]

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