Category Archives: Research

R&D, studies, surveys

McObject Publishes White Paper on Database Durability and Recoverability

McObject published a white paper about solutions for database durability and recoverability. The technical paper shares tests using the eXtremeDB IMDS and on-disk DBMS technology, along with commercially available hardware including Fusion ioDrive2 NAND flash memory from Fusion-io. The title of the article is: Seeking Fast, Durable Data Management: A Database System and Persistent Storage Benchmark.

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White Paper: IEEE P1687 IJTAG Taps into Embedded Instrumentation

ASSET InterTech recently published a white paper, IEEE P1687 Internal JTAG (IJTAG) taps into embedded instrumentation. The technical paper explains how the new IEEE P1687 IJTAG standard will enable instruments that were originally embedded into chips for chip characterization and test can be re-used later in circuit board design validation, volume manufacturing test and field service troubleshooting.

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White Paper: Fanless Design for Embedded Applications

Intel sent us a technical paper about fanless design for embedded applications. Here is the abstract:

Embedded systems opportunities for Intel architecture components exist in point-of-sale, digital signage, and digital security surveillance, to name a few. When selecting Intel architecture, several key metrics are performance/watt, thermal design power (TDP), and fanless thermal solutions. The objective of this article is to provide readers with key reference fanless system design considerations to utilize in embedded applications. This article emphasizes analytical hand calculation for first-order approximations and provides computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation techniques to determine Intel architecture feasibility in fanless systems. Examples depicted illustrate fanless cooling design considerations for a point-of-sale system.

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CoolBio Ultra-low Power Biomedical Signal Processor

Imec, Holst Centre and NXP partnered on the CoolBio ultra-low power biomedical signal processor. The CoolBio biomedical processor is optimized between performance and power consumption. Medical device companies, semiconductor manufacturers and fabless design houses can evaluate the CoolBio or develop their own bioprocessor by joining imec’s research program on ultra-low power processing for body area networks, which is part of the HUMAN++ program.

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Embedded Real-Time Operating Systems Webinar

VDC Research is offering a webinar titled, A Market Update on Embedded / Real-Time Operating Systems. The webcast will take place at 1pm (EST) on June 16, 2010. The online seminar will present data from VDC Research’s 2010 study on embedded real-time operating systems. the speaker of the webinar is Steve Balacco, VDC Research Director of Embedded Software and Tools.

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Reconfigurable Multi-Standard Wireless Transceiver in 40nm CMOS

imec, Renesas Technology, and M4S announced a complete transceiver with RF, baseband, and data converter circuits in 40nm low-power CMOS. The fully reconfigurable transceiver is compatible with various wireless standards and applications, including the upcoming mobile broadband 3GPP-LTE standard. In a next phase of imec’s ‘green radio’ research program, the focus will be on further reducing the bill of materials and energy consumption by continuing the research on digitally-inspired SAW-less transceivers and power efficient transmitters.

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Imec and Holst Centre Debut ADC with 30fJ Energy per Conversion Step

imec and Holst Centre announced an ultra-low power 8 bit analog to digital convertor (ADC) that consumes only 30fJ energy per conversion step. The ADC is ideal for upcoming low energy radios in the ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) radio bands such as low-energy Bluetooth or IEEE 802.15.6 for body-area networks.

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Analog Signal Processor for Ambulatory Heart Signal Monitoring Systems

imec and Holst Centre announced an analog-signal processor (ASP) ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) that reduces the overall power consumption of an ambulatory heart activity signal monitoring systems by more than 5 times. This breakthrough is a major step towards constant ambulatory monitoring of people using energy harvesting, which increases the comfort level of patients and is a cost- and time-efficient alternative for current monitoring systems.

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