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Electronic Design Update: August 26, 2008

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You've measured the jitter, now how do you fix it?
While making accurate measurements is important, you need to identify the root causes of jitter problems before you can minimize them. Keys to success include understanding how to best use your jitter analysis tool, plus how jitter propagates in a communications system.
Find out more here www.agilent.com/find/jitter_info


editor's view |
Barbers, Adaptability, And Electric Pickup Trucks
By Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor

A recent CNN story called “Converting Gas-Powered Cars to Electric” sparked a round of e-mails among us Electronic Design editors. The story specifically described a man who ripped the engine out of his Chevy S-10 pickup and installed an electric motor, reminding me of a conversation I had yesterday with Dave, my barber.

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scope |
Consumer Electronics Growth Tied To Better Design Coordination With Chip Suppliers
By Ron Schneiderman, Contributing Editor

When it comes to designing new products, the consumer electronics (CE) and semiconductor sectors of the industry are going to have to get their acts together—literally, according to a joint study by the Consumer Electronics Association, the Global Semiconductor Alliance, and KPMG LLP, an audit, tax, and advisory firm.

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lab bench online |
VIA ARTiGO: Small But Powerful
By William Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor

Technology Editor Bill Wong runs VIA Technologies' Pico-ITX-based ARTiGO through its paces along with Fujitsu’s 320-Gbyte SATA drive.

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engineer's resource |
New Product Showcase: TI's New Step-Down Converter


Doug Phillips, Worldwide Marketing Manager for Power Management at Texas Instruments, discusses the ultra-thin, 6MHz, 500mA TPS62601 step-down converter. Watch it now...

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IFD of the week |
Driver Offers Proportional Solenoid Control Without PLC, Microcontroller
By Robert Brewster and Phill Leyva, Maxim Integrated Products

The proportional-control solenoids used in some industrial hydraulic systems are usually driven by microcontrollers or programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Such complex drivers typically require several different supply voltages for logic and control. (The purpose of proportional control is to move the solenoid plunger to an arbitrary position and leave it there.) A set-and-leave solenoid driver, however, should not require a costly PLC or the processing power of a microcontroller. Ideally, it should operate from the solenoid’s own supply voltage.

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Coming Soon! One Powerful Day
Mark October 15, 2008 on your calendar now. From 10AM-5PM the editors at Penton Media’s Electronic Design Group are joining together to bring the latest in power design information direct to you the designer with the premier of ONE POWERFUL DAY, an online conference with a full day of top speakers on top topics via web conferencing. Watch for more information as registration will be opening soon. Marquee Sponsorship by International Rectifier.



video of the week |
NIWeek: Interview With NI Co-Founder And CEO James Truchard

Editor-in-Chief Joe Desposito speaks with Dr. James Truchard, President, CEO and Co-Founder of National Instruments about Green Engineering, the long tail, multicore programming and why National Instruments is such a great place to work.


Engineering TV |
TerraMax Autonomous Cargo Truck

The TerraMax autonomous truck is based on Oshkosh’s Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) defense truck platform. Most recently, TerraMax competed in the 2007 Darpa Urban Challenge. The MTVR was designed for the US Marine Corps with a 70% off-road mission profile. TerraMax's unmanned ground vehicle kit does not interfere with the conventional operation of the vehicle. A robust sensor suite allows for 360-degree situational awareness around TerraMax. Elements of the autonomous navigation kit could be used to enhance driver awareness. The complete kit could be used in applications such as snow removal on airport runways. Dr. Tony Tether, DARPA director said, "The first autonomous vehicle to be fielded by the military most likely will resemble Oshkosh Truck's TerraMax entry because the military is already using the basic truck it's based on."


news from the editors |
Verilog-AMS Update Integrates With HDL Standard

The latest version of Accellera’s Verilog-Analog Mixed-Signal (AMS) standard, Verilog-AMS 2.3, unifies the standard’s previous version with IEEE Std. 1364-2005, the Verilog hardware description language (HDL) standard.

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Power Companies Join Forces With ZigBee, HomePlug Alliances

A group of electrical utility companies is working with the ZigBee Alliance and the HomePlug Powerline Alliance to develop a common application layer integrated solution for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and home area networks (HAN). Using the capabilities of the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile as a baseline, the three groups will expand the application layer and enable it to run on HomePlug technology.

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quick poll |
The federal government is tapping advanced technologies for homeland security applications. Do you feel safer?

  • Yes. High-tech fills in the gaps in human intelligence.
  • Somewhat, but we can't forget the human component.
  • No. The bad guys will always find a workaround.

Click here to take the poll. Remember to scroll down. The poll is on the bottom of the page.


focus product |
Next-Gen Frame-Rate Converter Boosts Picture Quality, Adds Scalability

The FRC-Q, Micronas Semiconductors’ fifth-generation frame-rate converter, offers improved picture performance and integrates scalability to support the latest 240-Hz LCD panels.

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ESC Boston – The Embedded industry’s fall tradition
October 26-30, 2008
Hynes Convention Center – Boston, MA

ESC Boston continues to draw more system architects and design engineers year after year. It’s the fastest-growing embedded event in the world, with a 21% attendance increase in 2007 — over 3,600 attendees from 36 countries. This year, more than 150 exhibitors will showcase their innovative new products and services to thousands of OEM representatives, industry analysts, and media.

Register today! Use Priority Code: PEN01



product picks online |
Hall-Effect Sensor Interface Takes Two-Wire Route



AdvancedMC Module Seeks Sophisticated Networks



Convection Cooled Supply Delivers 1.5-kW Peak



Splicing Connector Family Expands Mounting Options






upcoming industry events |
IMTS 2008
Chicago, Ill.
Sep. 8-13




Autotestcon
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep. 8-11




CDNLive 2008
San Jose, Calif.
Sep. 9-11




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