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Electronic Design Update: November 19, 2008

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Exploding bandwidth?
The new Xilinx Virtex®-5 TXT FPGAs address the needs of equipment manufacturers who are racing to deploy 100G Ethernet technology in response to exploding internet bandwidth consumption driven by IP video and enhanced media content.
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editor's view |
Ten Top Design Skills For Tough Times
By John Edwards, Contributing Editor

Tough times call for top talent. Here’s a look at the critical skills employers are looking for—the abilities that will help keep you happily and securely employed.

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Technology Has Been Very Good To Obama, And He Plans To Reciprocate
By Ron Schneiderman, Contributing Editor

President-elect Barack Obama likes technology. All you have to do is look at how effectively and creatively he used the Internet in his election campaign, as well as at how often you saw him on TV and in news photos working his BlackBerry.

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industry view |
Energy Harvester Perpetually Powers WIreless Sensors
By Pierre Mars, CAP-XX Ltd.

Energy production requires state-of-the-art monitoring systems. Of course, these systems require energy of their own to operate.

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design solution |
Worldwide Standards Fuel The Growth of Digital Television
By Raj Karamchedu, Legend Silicon Inc.

This article provides an overview of major DTV standards that are being deployed worldwide, with a specific focus on those in use in Europe, North America, and China The article also provides a more comprehensive examination of the China Digital Television Terrestrial Broadcasting (DTTB) System Standard, also known as GB20600-2006, which is unique among all the digital broadcast television standards for its capability to deliver high-definition television (HDTV) to mobile devices moving at speeds of greater than 200 km/hour.

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design hotspots |


Analog · Fast ADC Sips Power, Simplifies Design-In | By Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor

Power · Ultracapacitors Branch Out Into Wider Markets | By Mat Dirjish, Components Editor

Embedded · PACs Become Task Masters | By Terry Costlow, Contributing Editor

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Learn how to improve the power accuracy of receiver tests
Testing to WiMAXTM standards, this application note from Agilent tells how power measurement inaccuracy affects receiver tests, and shows you how to use external variable attenuators to increase both accuracy and speed in power calibration.
Click here to learn more and download the note.



engineer's resource |
electronica 2008: The Industry’s Tech Extravaganza

Can't make it to Munich for electronica? Then let us take you there. We're shooting video with all the big companies and scooping all the best technology from electronica, so don't miss out!

Download Agilent White Paper: Improve Power Supply Performance and Safety Using Remote Sensing and Remote Disable
With longer leads, higher wire gauges, and testing being performed further away from the power supply, it is desirable to regulate the power supply using the voltage and current at the test point, rather than at the terminals. Power supply features such as remote sense and remote disable allow the power supply regulate its output and even shut down based upon what is happening at the load.

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IFD of the week |
In-Circuit Programming Switch Simplifies Operation Of Programmable Devices
By Eric Schlaepfer, Maxim Integrated Products

Many devices require programming through a serial bus, such as I2C. The programming can be done during final test, after the circuit board has been assembled. In many cases, the pins used for programming can then be utilized for something else during normal operation. In fact, the bus itself can also be used for another function.

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video of the week |
Audio Precision at electronica 2008



Joe Desposito talks with Tom Williams, Director of Marketing for Audio Precision, the new Digital Serial I/O module for APX analyzer. Watch it now...


Engineering TV |
New Analog to Digital Converter Technology

From the labs at Analog Devices comes a new technology in analog to digital converter technology that is the culmination of three years work. In this episode, Bill Scofield, Design Group Leader, explains the new continuous time sigma-delta converter that uses an internal loop filter with no switch capacitor sampler section.


news from the editors |
Like An Electronic Marvel? Thank An Engineer

Texas Instruments wants you to know your contributions as engineers are highly appreciated. To make that point, the company is running a series of short videos that provide a funny look at what the world would be like without those contributions.

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IEEE Joins Information Campaign On Digital TV

The IEEE is joining the effort to ensure that people are aware of the switch to all-digital TV broadcasting next Feb. 17 and have the information and resources they need to accommodate the change.

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Engineers Rely On Internet For Product Info

Engineers and technical and industrial professionals rely heavily in the Internet for work, according to the seventh annual GlobalSpec Engineering Trends Survey.

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quick poll |
What gadget do you hope to get this holiday season?

  • A smart phone (iPhone, G1, etc.)
  • A flatscreen TV
  • A GPS system
  • A game console (X-box, Wii, etc.)
  • A laptop or notebook
  • Other
  • None of the above

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

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focus product |
ADCs Consume 36 µA Per 18-Bit Conversion

Unveiled as low-power, high-resolution delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), the MCP3422, MCP3423, and MCP3424 provide 18 bits of resolution and consume 135 µA at 3-V continuous conversion.

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product picks online |
Eight-Channel Switches/Multiplexers Provide Bus Lockup Detection/Notification



PC/104 SBC Goes Fanless Up To 800 MHz



AC-DC Power Bricks Deliver 1 kW



Wireless DAQ And PXIe Modules Handle Sound/Vibration Apps



Pin Fin Coolers Temper HEV IGBT Power Modules




upcoming industry events |
IP Based Electronic System Conference & Exhibiton
Grenoble, France
Dec. 3-4




2008 International Electron Devices Meeting
San Francisco, Calif.
Dec. 15-17





ED bookstore |
Networking, 2nd Edition
By Jeffrey S. Beasley

I usually do not review textbooks but this one grabbed my attention. It is a generic college textbook on all aspects of networking.

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