Hoping to help jump-start the move to HD Radio, Visteon Corp. is offering HD Jump, a portable radio that docks in automotive and home settings. It brings the clarity of Ibiquity’s digital technology, now being broadcast by more than 1,000 radio stations. An ARM processor from STMicroelectronics, augmented with a Texas Instruments DSP chip that utilizes Visteon’s Mach DSP technology, handles music processing while also offering song title and artist information. The automotive cradle includes an MP3 jack, giving owners of older cars many of the infotainment selections of new high-end vehicles.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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