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Electronic Design UPDATE: November 2, 2005


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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** PC-based Oscilloscopes from High Performance to Low Cost National Instruments offers a variety of digitizers -- or PC-based oscilloscopes -- from high performance to low cost. The all-new NI PXI-5114 is a dual-channel 250 MS/s, 125 MHz high-speed digitizer for low-cost applications. This digitizer features input ranges from 40 mV to 40 V, a wide set of triggering options including HDTV video triggering, and deep onboard memory up to 256 MB/channel. Click here to view interactive product demonstrations of NI digitizers: http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18307:4787DE **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. Industry View *Embedded Systems Security Mandates on-MCU Hardware Encryption 2. Focus On Analog *PLL-VCO Combo Exhibits Low Phase Noise 3. News From The Editors *Power IC Holds Down Handsets' BOMs *At 280.6 Tflops, Supercomputer Retains "Fastest" Title *3.5-In. Display Ideally Suited For Handhelds 4. Magazine Highlights: October 27, 2005 *Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- Smart Motion Makes For A Smarter Design *Technology Report -- "Sample Wars" And Silicon Technologies Energize ADCs *Leapfrog: First Look -- Build A Self-Organizing Control Network *Design View/Design Solution -- A Good Methodology Helps Design Teams Check RTL Code Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** Free Web Seminar: Reuse RTL With Confidence Wednesday, November 2, 2005 2:00 pm EST Whether you inherit RTL code from a legacy design, an outsource design group, or external IP, reuse is a fact of life in modern design. Join Electronic Design and Mentor Graphics for this free webcast to learn new techniques and tools that can sharply reduce the spin-up tax on your inherited code. This is a must-see for all ASIC/FPGA designers and engineering project managers. Register today: http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=182FA:4787DE **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Industry View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** Embedded Systems Security Mandates on-MCU Hardware Encryption By Dany Nativel, ARM Technical Marketing Manager, Jacko Wilbrink, ARM Marketing Manager, and Tim Morin, North American ARM Business Development, Atmel Corp. Embedded control systems are increasingly connected to complex local area networks, such as controller area networks (CAN) with up to 100 nodes, ZigBee wireless control networks with thousands of interlinked nodes, and even Ethernet networks with theoretically limitless nodes. These localized embedded networks are, in turn, often connected to other networks and to the outside world via corporate intranets, extranets, and, most significantly, the Internet. As embedded systems become more networked, security requirements become more complex... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18304:4787DE **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Stratix II GX FPGAs: Transceivers With Optimal Signal Integrity Stratix II GX FPGAs are designed for robust noise immunity and optimum jitter performance. Built-in support for many high-speed serial protocols plus data rates from 622 Mbps to 6.375 Gbps make Stratix II GX FPGAs ideal for high-speed and backplane designs. Learn more. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=182FD:4787DE **************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On Analog ********************** ***PLL-VCO Combo Exhibits Low Phase Noise Low phase noise is just one feature of the LMX2531 monolithic phase-locked loop (PLL) and voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) IC. With a frequency range of 765 MHz to 2790 MHz and a noise floor better than -160 dBc/Hz, National Semiconductor's PLL-VCO combo is well suited for cellular infrastructure applications as well as broad-market applications such as automotive, satellite, and test and measurement equipment. The chip's high degree of integration enables designers to use fewer parts and create a smaller circuit footprint. The LMX2531 incorporates a delta sigma Fractional-N PLL architecture specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements of the 3G basestation market. Delta sigma architectures offer advantages over more conventional Integer-N approaches because they can deliver excellent phase noise and spurious performance, and they have increased flexibility to implement various channel-spacing schemes. The LMX2531 is available now in a 36-pin LLP package and is priced at $6.65 each in 1k-unit quantities. National Semiconductor ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1830C:4787DE ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Power IC Holds Down Handsets' BOMs Thinner handsets with camera flash, video output, and longer battery life are within the scope of a power-management IC from Qualcomm. The PM7500 integrates features such as a TV-output amplifier, camera-flash support, a full charging system, backlighting, a USB On-the-Go transceiver, and stereo far-field speaker amplification. When linked with Qualcomm's mobile station modem (MSM) ICs and RF devices, the PM7500 is a self-contained power system that optimizes handset power consumption. Independently controllable buck regulators are included to support the multiple power regimes of the MSM devices. An additional 21 programmable regulators support the chipset's numerous other functions. Thanks to its wide-ranging functionality, the PM7500 reduces the number of required external components. Offered in a 9-mm-by-9-mm package, the PM7500 IC is expected to sample in March of 2006. Qualcomm ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1830B:4787DE ***At 280.6 Tflops, Supercomputer Retains "Fastest" Title Celebration was in the air at the the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory when officials from the Department of Energy and IBM completed the world's fastest supercomputer. IBM's Blue Gene/L supercomputer broke its own record, retaining its title as the world's fastest computer. The Blue Gene/L did an astounding 280.6 teraflops (280.6 trillion calculations/s), superceding its June record of 136.8 teraflops. To put things in perspective, every second Blue Gene can perform calculations that a person with a handheld calculator would take decades to accomplish. Blue Gene/L was originally created for a protein folding study, but together with a 100 teraflops system called ASC Purple, Blue Gene is expected to work on safeguarding the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons. Now, the race is on to reach a petaflop (1,000 trillion calculations/s). IBM and its government partners will have to compete with Japan, also in a bid to reach that target. The Japanese Ministry of Science and Technology plans to build a new supercomputer that could perform around 10 petaflops by 2011. Japan's Earth Simulator supercomputer, built by NEC, previously held the fastest computer crown before being dethroned by Blue Gene. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=182FE:4787DE ***3.5-In. Display Ideally Suited For Handhelds High brightness, low power consumption, and an integrated touch screen make the LQ035Q7DH06 3.5-in. QVGA TFT-LCD ideally suited for use in media-rich handheld applications. The LCD module includes a high-brightness panel with transflective properties and 262,144 colors. The LCD features 225 nits of brightness from the six high-efficiency white LED backlights and 4% reflectivity, providing excellent contrast, color saturation, and readability in a wide range of ambient environments. Target applications include mobile products with audio/visual capabilities, such as portable media players, handheld gaming devices, and portable DVD players. It's also well suited for use in PDAs, GPS/navigation devices, and portable patient monitoring equipment. The display panel requires an ASIC timing control chip, which is supplied by the company. Both the LQ035Q7DH06 display and the controller chip are RoHS compliant, and will be available beginning this month. Sharp Microelectronics ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1830D:4787DE **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Visit the Platform ASICs/Structured ASICs microsite See why leading companies everywhere are turning to Platform ASICs/Structured ASICs. Find out how you can accelerate product development and cut costs. Use the microsite as your ongoing resource for whitepapers, application notes, news, and more. Visit the microsite now. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18305:4787DE **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. October 27, 2005: * Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- Smart Motion Makes For A Smarter Design Motor control is more than turning a switch on and off. Today's microcontrollers deliver improved performance, efficiency, and control. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18301:4787DE * Technology Report -- "Sample Wars" And Silicon Technologies Energize ADCs To "win the socket," some chip vendors turn to virtual silicon samples and new process technologies. Others rely on creative design. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18303:4787DE * Leapfrog: First Look -- Build A Self-Organizing Control Network Acting as a sensor-to-network bridge, the PyxOS eyes robust control device interconnects. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=182FF:4787DE * Design View/Design Solution -- A Good Methodology Helps Design Teams Check RTL Code It's critical that team members use the same set of rules to check their code against coding standards and best practices-while they're writing it! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18300:4787DE For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18306:4787DE **************************************************************** Free Web Seminar: TCAD Technology Tuesday, November 8, 2005 2:00 pm EST Through the use of TCAD simulation software and services, semiconductor companies can reduce product development cost and enhance process and device performance even before silicon is available. Join Electronic Design EDA Editor David Maliniak for a look at Synopsys' Sentaurus TCAD process and device simulation software during this live web seminar. If you can't make it, don't worry; we'll have an archive live the next day. So register now! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=182FC:4787DE **************************************************************** Free Web Seminar: RoHS/WEEE -- The Manager's Role Wednesday, November 30, 2005 2:00 pm EST Electronic waste--much of it toxic--has been piling up for years, and even the most conservative recycling industry projections were starting to get a little scary. Although promulgated in Europe, RoHS and WEEE amount to a de facto global environmental standard for the world's electronics industry. Join us as we identify and explore the decisions that must be made by industry managers regarding these important environmental directives. Register today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=182FB:4787DE **************************************************************** EiED Online -- RoboNexus and ARM Conferences Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column: RoboNexus and ARM Conferences -- Bill takes a trip out west to the ARM Developers Conference and Robonexus. Guess what he finds there -- ARMed robots and a new ARM architecture. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18302:4787DE ********************** TAKE A POLL! How often do you use Wi-Fi services in public places? -- Frequently -- Occasionally -- Seldom -- Never Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1830A:4787DE ****************************************************************




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