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Content posted in September 2011
Design News Radio Talks Multicore MCUs on Wednesday
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9/27/2011  Post a comment
Design News Radio's "MCUs Grow Up: The Next Generation of Multicore Controllers," will be a live, streaming audio show and companion online chat Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Safety Is Basis of TI's Hercules MCUs
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9/26/2011  2 comments
TI’s Hercules line of safe microcontrollers features comprehensive diagnostic and self-testing capabilities built into the hardware.
Will Split-Cycle Engine Compete With EV Powertrains?
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9/23/2011  45 comments
Scuderi Group says its split-cycle engine boosts fuel efficiency by 20 percent to 30 percent while cutting emissions.
China's Rare Earth Export Cutbacks Raise Alarms
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9/22/2011  20 comments
Prices for rare earth elements, an important component electromechanical products, have jumped by at least an order of magnitude in the past year as a result of export cutbacks from China, the world's largest source.
So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?
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9/21/2011  10 comments
IDC says 1.8 billion embedded systems will ship this year, generating $1 trillion in revenue. Is its definition of the market so broad that we must reconsider what does and doesn't fit in its boundaries?
Thermal Bandits Beget Shrinking Chip Packages
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9/9/2011  3 comments
The driver of efforts to shrink the package size and power consumption of semiconductor chips is usually assumed to be consumer devices, but it's really Internet communications.
Rare Earth Shortages Revive Alternatives
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9/6/2011  9 comments
Rising concern over China restricting exports of rare earth elements has caused the industry to revisit older magnetic materials from the mid-20th century, such as aluminum-nickel-cobalt compounds and thin films of iron and nitrogen.




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