Why, When and How: The basics of embedded systems prototyping

12/8/2009 7:08:09 PM

This article covers the basics of why, when to and how to prototype and discusses the main reasons why dedication to creating a prototype will prove to be fruitful in both gaining visibility for your product and also getting an early taste of whether your idea will resonate with targeted consumers.

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Author: Aashish Mehta (embedded.com)
Source: http://www.embedded.com/columns/technicalinsights/222001138

For Hardware Entrepreneurs, Getting From Idea to Reality Not Easy

12/5/2009 11:27:55 PM

The consumer electronics business, once the playground of large companies, has seen scrappy entrepreneurs charge in. But while the bar to becoming a hardware entrepreneur is lower than ever, it’s still not a gimme.

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Author: Priya Ganapati (Wired.com)
Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/12/hardware-startup-lessons/

LPCXpresso - Free IDE w/low cost LPC1100/1300 boards

12/1/2009 6:32:52 PM

NXP, in collaboration with Embedded Artists and Code Red, have released a free Eclipse-based IDE/Toolchain along with some (very!) low cost development boards for the Cortex M0 LPC1114 and Cortex M3 LPC1343. At only 20 € each, and with built in JTAG/SWD debugging, the cost-of-entry has never been lower to get started developing for ARM.

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Author: microBuilder
Source: NXP Press Release

TI TPS2500 and TPS2501 Provide Power for USB

11/24/2009 1:34:06 PM

Texas Instruments has introduced two integrated products designed to provide power and protection for USB ports. The TPS2500 and TPS2501 incorporate a boost switching regulator with an onboard current-limiting switch that saves space and cost by providing an integrated solution that meets 5 V USB power requirements from a 1,8–5,25 V input.

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Author: Press Release (Texas Instruments)
Source: http://embeddedsystemnews.com/texas-instruments-introduces-the-tps2500-and-tps2501-two-integrated-products-to-provide-power-and-protection-for-usb-ports.html

Nanocrystal traps both light and sound

11/24/2009 1:27:28 PM

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have created a nanoscale crystal device that, for the first time, allows scientists to confine both light and sound vibrations in the same tiny space.

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Author: Dataweek
Source: http://dataweek.co.za/regular.aspx?pklRegularId=4321

eZ430-Chronos Wireless Watch (Development Tool)

11/24/2009 3:49:58 AM

TI has release a $49 wireless development tool in the novel form of a watch. Based on the 16-bit CC430 processor, it includes a three-axis accelerometer, pressure and altitude sensors, a temperature sensor, a voltage and battery monitor, and a CR2032 battery.

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Author: Press Release (Texas Instruments)
Source: http://focus.ti.com/docs/toolsw/folders/print/ez430-chronos.html?DCMP=Chronos&HQS=Tools+PR+chronos-pr

NXP To Ship LPC1100s Mid-Dec

11/17/2009 2:00:11 PM

LPC1100 Flash microcontroller family starting at 65 cents available in December. We've already got a PCB ready for them!

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Author: NXP (Press Release)
Source: http://www.nxp.com/news/content/file_1642.html

High-Energy Batteries Coming to Market

11/17/2009 12:26:29 AM

Rechargeable zinc-air batteries that can store three times the energy of a lithium-ion battery while costing half as much are currently being development by Swiss company ReVolt.

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Author: Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)
Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/business/23812/

25-Year Micro-Nuclear Batteries

11/17/2009 12:06:18 AM

Long-lived nuclear batteries powered by hydrogen isotopes are in testing for military applications, though I doubt you'll ever see them for 0.20 € in 10K quantities on Digikey.

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Author: Katherine Bourzac (MIT Technology Review)
Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/23959/page1/

Simple Steps Toward Extreme Low-Power Design

11/12/2009 10:20:08 PM

Reclaim those drifting nanoamps by carefully selecting components, paying close attention to circuit design, and using the MCU’s smart features.

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Author: Steven Bible
Source: Electronic Design: http://electronicdesign.com/Articles/Index.cfm?AD=1&AD=1&ArticleID=21999
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