This thin, multi-functional cell phone includes a 1.3 megapixel camera, as well as the ability to surf the Internet and listen to music. To achieve the small size and send digital data to the display in the sliding cover, LG Electronics’ engineers chose Fairchild Semiconductor’s FIN24AC µSerDes. The mixed-signal (digital and analog) IC reduces a parallel data path to a high-speed serial link for six to seven times fewer wires. A tip-off to the analog portion includes the specification of 30 to 40 dB lower electromagnetic interference (EMI) at the fundamental frequency with harmonics reduced to less than -100 dBm.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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