Electronics & Computers

Key Considerations for Integrating Wireless Technology in Medical Devices

Significant opportunities exist to incorporate wireless technology into medical devices. Wireless technology increases the effectiveness of countless every day functions. While some simply are about the convenience factor, like being able to quickly transmit patient records from one hospital to another via email, others have the power to be lifesaving. Medical device manufacturers know that there is significant opportunity to incorporate wireless technology into medical devices. However, design engineers who are extremely knowledgeable about the design of medical devices face a number of challenges in marrying off-the-shelf wireless chipsets with proprietary medical devices in development.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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Software Defined Radio Handbook

Software Defined Radio has revolutionized electronic systems for a variety of applications that include communications, data acquisition and signal processing. Recently updated, this handbook shows how DDCs (Digital Downconverters), the fundamental building block of software radio, can replace legacy analog receiver designs while offering significant performance, density, and cost benefits.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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High-Speed A/Ds for Real-Time Systems

Recently updated, this handbook reviews the markets and technology for A/Ds with sampling frequencies higher than 100 MHz; it discusses sampling and filtering techniques and new FPGA technology for A/Ds; typical high speed A/D products are presented, along with some high-speed data acquisition applications.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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Putting FPGAs to Work in Software Radio Systems

Recently updated, this handbook reviews the latest FPGA technology and how it can be put to use in software radio systems. FPGAs offer significant advantages for implementing software radio functions such as digital downconverters and upconverters. These advantages include design flexibility, higher precision processing, lower power, and lower cost.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, Semiconductors & ICs, White Papers

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High-Speed, Real-Time Recording Systems Handbook

Recently updated, this handbook reviews some of the techniques and features that are widely desired in a high-speed, real-time recording system. Among others, these include the use of a non-proprietary file system, the use of a client-server architecture, and the presence of a user-friendly API (Application Programming Interface) for integrating the recorder into a larger system.

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Serial Fabrics Improve System Design

Recently updated, this handbook reviews the development of switched gigabit serial fabrics to enhance the VMEbus and PMC mezzanines; the role of FPGAs in implementing this technology; and, finally, how some of the latest VXS, XMC, OpenVPX, PCIe, and AMC products can be used in high-speed data acquisition, recording, and software radio systems.

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Miniature SAW Filters for Automotive Telematics

As motor vehicles become increasingly equipped with more telematics applications, EPCOS SAW filters qualified to AEC-Q200 are pivotal components these systems. The expanded EPCOS product portfolio from TDK now includes filters in a chip-sized SAW package with a footprint of only 1.4 x 1.1 mm2. Telematics is important for road transport and also in on-board automotive systems. The list of technologies linking telecommunications and IT is growing for passenger cars and utility vehicles. They include satellite-based navigation-using systems such as GPS, Galileo, Glonass and mobile phones, as well as mobile-phone supported traffic guidance systems and Internet access inclusive of local services. Additional technologies are WLAN, emergency call systems such as eCall for use in the event of an accident, vehicle fleet management, car-to-X communications and toll systems. The overwhelming majority of telematics functions in cars have so far been limited to devices that can only receive information, such as GPS. With the additional use of mobile phones, however, more and more devices are being used that are capable of both transmission and reception. Application-specific SAW filters from EPCOS in various package sizes are particular ideally suited for such purposes.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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