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DESIGN & PRODUCTS SPECIAL FOCUSES: - AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS november 2013 Automotive drives new processor architectures ARM’s latest processor architecture owes a lot to its automotive customers. It may seem strange at first, but while the V8-R architecture targets real time and security applications, it is particularly aimed at the automotive market. Automotive infotainment system designs get easier with multi-output power management ICs As product form factors are decreasing, demand for their functionality and features continue to increase. Furthermore, the industry trend for sophisticated digital ICs such as microprocessors and microcontrollers or field programmable gate arrays that power these products continues to lower their operating voltage while simultaneously increasing their amperage. 22 24 - OPTOELECTRONICS Optical encoder integration for BLDC-motor feedback The majority of wasted electrical energy in the industry comes from oversized motors and fixed speed drive systems. Thus energy efficient motion control system should adapt in the future to the actual load demand from the application. 31 - ANALOG DESIGN Mitigating antenna effect in integrated circuit design With the increasing density and Gate oxide width reducing with each technology node, many effects which were common in VLSI are becoming important and difficult to manage. One of those effects is Antenna Effect. 36 Reader offer This month, Farsens is giving away five kits for EEtimes Europe readers to evaluate its Fenix Vortex, Kineo and X1 wireless, battery free sensor tags. Each kit worth 249€ includes three sensor tags and a USB Flash drive with the necessary software to test the tags. 46 distri bution corner WHITEPAPERS opinion Must manufacturing leave Europe? Last Word: Revitalizing the older product 4 50 news & TECHNOLOGY Energy democratization will come: it’s called multi-junction photovoltaics The mood was very optimistic at the 28th European photovoltaic solar energy conference (EU PVSEC) taking place in Paris early October. The scientific opening session brought to light very promising results and new cell concepts enabled by III-V material combinations grown into nanowire arrays. Europe’s chip industry in expectation of manna from (EU) heaven At the SEMICON Europa industry congress which took place in Dresden from October 8 to 10, the reiterated announcements from EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes to foster the European semiconductor industry with high subsidies for R&D, received much attention. Imec opens its toolbox: finer pitches, faster lanes, power and fancy stuff An awful lot of exciting new projects can crop up at largescale research facilities such as those hosted on the imec campus. During a two-day technology update held at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, the company opened its toolbox and showcased possible business opportunities enabled by new process capabilities combined with open thinking. Energy, Mobility, and the Cloud: key opportunities for power-management solutions EE Times Europe Power Management’s editor, Paul Buckley interviews Vijay Ullal, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Fairchild Semiconductor, who joined Fairchild Semiconductor in September 2012. Modular robots self-assemble 6 10 12 18 21 49 51 3 Electronic Engineering Times Europe November 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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