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Electronic Design UPDATE: July 26, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
July 26, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Editor's View: Houston, We Have A Problem: Losing The Past
  2. Focus on DSP: Low-Cost Audio DSP Meets Car And Home Theater Needs
  3. News From The Editors:
    Power Rectifier Products Boast Small-Signal-Device Footprint
    Inductive Boost DC-DC Converter Powers Series-Connected White LEDs
    Processor Includes Core Functions For Portable Multimedia
  4. Magazine Highlights: July 20, 2006
    Cover Feature: Wi-Fi's Five-Pronged Attack Alters The Wireless Landscape
    Technology Report: SIC Of Figuring Out The Best ASIC Solution?
    Leapfrog First Look: One Smart Serial RapidIO Switch
    Design View/Design Solution: Will Your 802.11n Products Have Next-Generation Performance?

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

editor's view

Houston, We Have A Problem: Losing The Past
By William Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor

My wife and I decided to watch one of our favorite movies, Apollo 13. I pulled out the DVD, popped it in the player, and… nothing. It was rather frustrating. We had watched it relatively recently with no indication that the media was going bad. No dropped frames. No problems trying to read the disk...

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focus on dsp

Low-Cost Audio DSP Meets Car And Home Theater Needs

An eight-channel audio DSP from Texas Instruments delivers higher fidelity to car audio while providing cost-effective audio processing for home theater systems. The TAS3108’s audio processing enables up to 7.1-channel processing in digital TVs, home theater-in-a-box systems, and automotive head units and external amplifiers...

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Archived Webcast: RoHS—What About China?

Do you sell products in China or import into China? If so, this webcast is for you. China has taken a somewhat different approach to the European Union's RoHS directive in a number of critical areas, which will very likely have a major impact on you and your business—whether you're a manufacturer, distributor, importer, or retailer. View today!

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news from the editors

Power Rectifier Products Boast Small-Signal-Device Footprint
Diodes Inc. has unveiled its high-current-density PowerDI323 product platform with new Schottky rectifiers and Zener products. The PowerDI323 product platform aims to meet the demands for portability by providing smaller, more efficient discrete devices...

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Inductive Boost DC-DC Converter Powers Series-Connected White LEDs
Advanced Analogic Technologies’ AAT1231 high-frequency, high-efficiency inductive boost dc-dc converter controls white LEDs in portable systems operating from single-cell lithium-ion/polymer batteries. Delivering 50 mA up to 24 V, it can drive up to six white LEDs in series or up to 12 white LEDs in a parallel/series configuration...

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Processor Includes Core Functions For Portable Multimedia
The MP201 application processor integrates the core functions needed in portable multimedia devices. Replacing as many as three discrete chips, it features on-chip video and audio data processors, integrated memory, and peripheral interfaces...

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2006 Engineering Hall of Fame

The members of Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame are those men and women whose accomplishments have shaped the electronics industry and, by extension, our world. It's time to vote for the 2006 slate of inductees. Give us a few minutes of your time to browse through our list of nominees and tell us who you think should be honored this year. Your vote counts!

magazine highlights: July 20, 2006

\[ Cover Feature: Engineering Feature \]
Wi-Fi's Five-Pronged Attack Alters The Wireless Landscape
Products based on the 802.11 WLAN standard stay strong, thanks to a steady stream of new innovations and applications.

\[ Technology Report \]
SIC Of Figuring Out The Best ASIC Solution?
Programmable ASICs—application-specific (or sporadic?) integrated circuits—bridge the gap between FPGAs and standard-cell ASICs.

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
One Smart Serial RapidIO Switch
This pre-processing Serial RapidIO switch reduces DSP cluster processing load by 20% or more.

\[ Design View/Design Solution \]
Will Your 802.11n Products Have Next-Generation Performance?
Channel emulation is critical to ensuring repeatable testing of MIMO technology because it submits RF signals to real-world multipath conditions.

Click to see the complete Electronic Design table of contents.

embedded in electronic design online

Robot Business

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Embedded Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "Robot Business." Robotics is a business of growing niches that are starting to mature and grow into a larger market. Bill reveals the trends seen at the 2006 RoboBusiness conference, such as Microsoft's entry into the world of robotics.

photos wanted!

Submit Photos And Get Paid!

Grab some photos showing the "guts and glory" of you (and your team) at work. We need them for our "Day in the Life of an Electronic Designer" photo essay, which will appear in Electronic Design's Oct. 20 special issue. There's a $500 Grand Prize for best photo series and $250 prize for best photo, and we pay $50 if we use any of your photos in the issue. Please include the names and titles of all photo subjects, as well as company name and the type of work-in-process illustrated by the photo. Digital photos should be in .tif or .jpg formats and must have resolution of at least 300 dpi. Deadline for submission is Sept. 15. E-mail digital photos to Managing Editor Richard Gawel at: [email protected].

product picks online

  • Analog/Power: Reference Design Delivers Compact 120-W Class D Amplifier
  • Communications: Module Directs PCS, Cellular Antenna Signals Without Switches
  • Components: Light Sensors Target Control Of LCD Brightness
  • Digital: 4-Mbit Device Is First Commercially Available MRAM
  • Embedded Hardware/Software: Mission-Critical 1U Servers Maximize System Availability

    Check out all of our online product picks at ElectronicDesign.com.

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    TAKE A POLL!

    At present, do you have sufficient resources to complete design projects in a satisfactory manner?
  • Yes, resources are abundant for present needs
  • We have just enough to get the job(s) done
  • We could use some help
  • No, it’s an impossible situation

    Vote at ElectronicDesign.com

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