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Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display
Product News 
11/15/2013  14 comments
The folks at ifixit have wielded their trusty tools yet again. This time, they are breaking into Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display. Take a look inside.
Teardown: Google's Nexus 5 Deconstructed
Product News 
11/13/2013  15 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are taking apart Google's Nexus 5 smartphone.
Road Debris Causes Another Tesla Model S Battery Fire
News 
11/11/2013  44 comments
A second Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object in the road.
Embedded Expert: No Pedal Misapplication in Toyota Case
News 
11/8/2013  37 comments
The Toyota unintended acceleration case decided by a jury two weeks ago may have hinged on the testimony of an embedded systems expert who definitively said there was no pedal misapplication.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Air
Product News 
11/4/2013  15 comments
The folks at ifixit.com and MacFixit Australia got their hands on Apple's just-released iPad Air. If you're like us, you are itching to get a look inside the latest update. Take the tour.
Teardown: Inside the Anki Drive System
Product News 
10/30/2013  8 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again, this time tearing into the Anki Drive System. Come along for the ride.
Thinfilm Offers Printed-Electronics Standalone Sensor System
Product News 
10/30/2013  9 comments
Norwegian company Thinfilm claims it’s built the first standalone smart-label sensor from printed electronics, a battery-driven system that can be used to provide temperature management for perishable goods.
Freescale's ARM-Based Processor Is for Industrial Control, Networking
Product News 
10/24/2013  3 comments
Developers of industrial robots and automation systems will soon have a family of processors from Freescale Semiconductor that combine the functionality of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and microcontrollers in a single chip.
Teardown: Inside the iMac Intel 21.5 Inch
Product News 
10/23/2013  4 comments
This Apple iMac appears to be identical to its predecessor, but there was only one way to find out the truth. Take a tour as we tear apart the Apple iMac 21.5 Inch.
Teardown: What Makes the iMac Intel 27 Inch Tick?
Product News 
10/21/2013  15 comments
In the calm after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c storm, Apple thought it could slip a couple new iMacs by us. Today we're tearing open the 27-inch iMac. Check back later this week for the internals on the iMac 21.5 inch!
Touchscreen Controller Brings Active Performance to Passive Stylus
Product News 
10/18/2013  6 comments
Cypress Semiconductor's touchscreen controller delivers active stylus-type performance to superphones, e-readers, and tablets, in a low-cost, passive-style format.
Slideshow: Inside the Kindle Fire HDX
Product News 
10/16/2013  5 comments
We tore the guts out of Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX 7 Inch. Take a look inside of the latest in the company's e-reader lineup.
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD 2013 Teardown
Product News 
10/10/2013  12 comments
Take a look inside this year's Kindle Fire HD and see what Amazon has in store with the latest iteration of its e-reader gone tablet.
Teardown: Fitbit Flex
Product News 
10/3/2013  20 comments
The folks at iFixit ripped into Fitbit's newest pedometer/heart-rate monitor/sleep-tracker wristband. What kind of a diet helped this thing fit into its tiny jacket? We're about to find out.
ADI Processor Targets Industrial Motors, Solar Inverters
Product News 
10/1/2013  6 comments
Analog Devices' new mixed signal processor could fill a growing need for more precise motor control in industrial applications.
Microchip SoC Simplifies Design of Portable Products
Product News 
9/30/2013  7 comments
Microchip's new system-on-chip family could speed development of blood pressure monitors, lab instruments, power meters, and myriad other products by combining a 16-bit microcontroller with high-precision analog components.
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 5c Teardown
Product News 
9/27/2013  30 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are tearing into the Apple Iphone 5c to let us know if and/or why we should care about it. Take a look inside.
TI Converter Simplifies Position & Motion Sensing
News 
9/27/2013  12 comments
Using a new twist on an old technology, engineers at Texas Instruments have created a better method for position sensing in applications ranging from automotive and industrial to medical and consumer electronics.
Slideshow: Inside the Apple iPhone 5s
Product News 
9/26/2013  14 comments
The folks at iFixit.com got their hands on an Apple iPhone 5s and immediately dissected it. Here's what they found.
Toshiba Updates Vector Engine MCs for Performance, Efficiency
Product News 
9/25/2013  1 comment
Toshiba's new vector engine embedded microcontroller, the TMPM375FSDMG, is the latest in the company's ARM Cortex-M3 core-based TX03 series lineup.
Linear Introduces Multi-source Energy-Harvesting Chip
Product News 
9/16/2013  9 comments
Linear Technology, a provider of circuits and power-management technology, has released a new multi-source energy-harvesting chip, the LTC3330, which can deliver up to 50mA of continuous output current to extend battery life when harvestable energy is available.
Medical Device Manufacturers, Be Prepared to Innovate
News 
9/12/2013  12 comments
The trend toward “bio-connectivity” is gaining momentum, and medical device manufacturers need to be ready to bring that connectivity to next-generation products, a futurist at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show said this week.
Average Vehicle Age Hits 11 Years
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8/30/2013  65 comments
If you’re driving a 10-year-old car, don’t feel bad. It turns out that your 10-year-old vehicle is actually younger than more than half the cars on the road today.
Video: 3D-Printed Liquid Metal Structures at Room Temperature
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8/19/2013  16 comments
A research team at North Carolina State University has figured out how to 3D print small structures made from liquid metal -- at room temperatures. The freestanding 3D-printed structures retain their liquid state, yet are stable.
'Variable Swirl' Sparks Diesel's American Return
News 
8/15/2013  17 comments
General Motors is bringing diesel technology back to an American-made compact car by using an air intake technique called “variable swirl.”
Salary Survey: 2013 Delivers Bigger Paychecks
News 
8/13/2013  22 comments
This year's annual salary survey shows salaries have increased for the third year in a row. We also break down the current views of job security, workforce fluctuations, and job satisfaction.
Toshiba Bolsters Memory of MCU Line
Product News 
8/7/2013  7 comments
Toshiba has expanded its TMPM36x line of microcontrollers with a new memory-rich product designed for real-time applications that need to process and store large amounts of data.
Smartwatch Popularity on the Rise
News 
7/26/2013  42 comments
Many tech companies are seeking to introduce and dominate in the burgeoning smartwatch market. Is it the next big thing?
Test Center Speeds Development of Broadcast Equipment
Product News 
7/26/2013  3 comments
A new all-in-one solution offers a testing environment for many audio, video and multimedia applications, ranging from televisions and set-top boxes to broadcast receivers and automotive entertainment systems.
Loss of Subsidies Could Burst EV Bubble
News 
7/25/2013  62 comments
Sales of electric cars and batteries will climb steadily over the next five years, but what happens if government subsidies disappear?
Growth Could Be on the Way for Lithium-Ion Battery Market
News 
7/24/2013  17 comments
A study says lithium-ion batteries will see growth over the next five years, even though electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids aren't expected to hit the high sales figures once projected for them.
Slideshow: Lexus's $10K Bike Hits the Streets in Japan
News 
7/19/2013  46 comments
Luxury automaker Lexus has shifted gears, temporarily applying its technical expertise to the creation of a $10,000 bicycle.
MEMSIC Releases Ultra-Efficient 2-Axis Magnetic Sensor
Product News 
7/16/2013  4 comments
From smartphones to a new Citizen watch, the MEMSIC two-axis magnetic sensor is infiltrating the industry.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 
7/5/2013  6 comments
In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.
Atmel Introduces 32-Bit, All-Purpose Microcontroller Family
Product News 
6/26/2013  10 comments
Atmel has released its first family of embedded Flash microcontrollers for the ARM Cortex-MO+ Core processor, enhancing its eight-bit portfolio with a line of 32-bit performance products.
Market Forces to Give More Pop to Natural Gas Vehicles
News 
6/25/2013  26 comments
Market forces will cause sales of natural gas vehicles to spike over the next seven years, but the overall number of those vehicles will still be small, according to a new report.
TI Targets Internet-of-Things Set-Up
News 
6/24/2013  15 comments
Texas Instruments rolled out new hardware and software to help simplify the process of connecting thousands of different types of devices to the Internet of Things.
TI's Latest Chipsets Leverage Company's MaxLife Technology
Product News 
6/21/2013  12 comments
Texas Instruments introduced two power management chipsets that use its new MaxLife fast-charge technology, which stretches the life of single-cell lithium-ion batteries and lets consumers charge them faster.
Custom Chemistry Could Bode Well for Start-Stop Batteries
News 
6/5/2013  14 comments
Start-stop vehicles may soon get a big boost from a new battery chemistry that offers longer cycle life and higher power than today's best lithium-ion units.
Enecsys Unveils Next-Generation Global Micro Inverter Platform
Product News 
5/29/2013  5 comments
Enecsys says its new micro inverters for solar panels offer more energy output and energy-harvesting capability than their predecessors.
Advantech Launches New Series of Motion-Control I/O Modules
Product News 
5/23/2013  4 comments
Advantech has launched a new series of motion-control I/O modules to meet the increased demands that come with more distributed industrial systems that require control of a growing number of axes and devices.
Slideshow: Is Tesla's Model S the Best Ever?
News 
5/16/2013  63 comments
Tesla Motors’ Model S sedan “blew away” its $90,000 gasoline-burning competitors in a recent review and may be the best car Consumer Reports has ever seen.
Fujitsu Updates Microcontroller Line
Product News 
5/1/2013  5 comments
Fujitsu Semiconductor has fortified its FM3 family of 32-bit microcontrollers with 38 new products.
New Energy-Efficient Microcontrollers Coming From Toshiba
Product News 
4/17/2013  8 comments
A new embedded microcontroller line from Toshiba will be designed to be energy efficient while enabling highly precise motor control in electronic equipment.
Can EV Batteries Last 20 Years?
News 
4/12/2013  45 comments
Lithium-ion batteries for electric cars may last far longer than we’ve been led to believe, a battery expert told the American Chemical Society in a speech this week.
Digi-Key Continuing Education Center Wins Marketing Award
News 
4/5/2013  9 comments
Design News magazine’s popular Continuing Education Center has been named a Gold Award Winner in one of the country’s most prestigious marketing contests.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Overheated in Mitsubishi Vehicles
News 
3/28/2013  44 comments
In yet another setback for lithium-ion battery technology, Mitsubishi Motors has acknowledged that it recently had a fire and an overheating incident involving the high-energy batteries.
Renesas Launches Low-Power Microcontroller Line
Product News 
3/18/2013  4 comments
Renesas has introduced the first products in its RX210 series of microcontrollers designed to couple low power with high performance.
Boeing: New Enclosure 'Keeps Us From Ever Having a Fire'
News 
3/15/2013  49 comments
The Boeing Co. took the issue of 787 battery fires head-on last night, definitively declaring that with pending modifications to its lithium-ion battery packs, a “fire can’t begin, develop, or be sustained.”
Slideshow: Boeing Underestimated Possibility of Battery Fire
News 
3/13/2013  24 comments
Boeing engineers and federal regulators appear to have vastly underestimated the possibility of a lithium-ion battery fire before the 787 Dreamliner's certification.
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