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Electronic Design Update: September 17, 2008

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Chevrolet Unveils Production-Version Volt
By Roger Engelke, Issue Editor

The much-talked-about Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle has moved from concept car to production model. As part of General Motors’ centennial celebration, Chevrolet lifted the curtain on the production version Volt, which delivers 40 miles of gasoline- and emissions-free electric driving and has extended-range capability of hundreds of additional miles.

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viewpoint |
Debugging SoCs Is More Complex Than Finding A Needle In A Haystack
By Lauro Rizzatti, General Manager
EVE USA, San Jose, Calif.


Do you remember 1964? That’s when Motown Records’ The Velvelettes, backup singers for Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, cheekily sang,“‘Cause finding a good man, girls, is like finding a needle in a haystack.” The song offers refreshingly sound advice 48 years later as the singers intone, “You’d better get yourselves on the right track.” It seems that these days finding a bug in a system-on-a-chip (SoC) design has become significantly tougher than searching for a good man was in 1964.

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lab bench online |
Altera NIOS II Eval Kit

Technology Editor Bill Wong evaluates the Altera NIOS II Evaluation Kit...

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engineer's resource |
New Product Showcase: TI And Nexergy

Keith Ogboenyiya, Marketing Manager for Automotive Microcontrollers at Texas Instruments, talks about a new series of 32-bit C2000 controllers that offer real-time control in a 38-pin package at sub-$2 pricing. Watch it now...
John Costas, Executive Vice President of Nexergy, talks about designing custom battery packs for portable applications. Watch it now...

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IFD of the week |
Some Basic Math Creates A Low-Cost Nonlinear Thermocouple Interface
By Robert S. Villanucci, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Measurement and process control loops often use 8-bit microcontrollers. The devices are inexpensive and widely available, and they can be programmed in many popular high-level languages—like C and Basic. However, if the loop requires a nonlinear sensor, the designer faces the added challenge of having to develop a software linearization algorithm.

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video of the week |
NI Week: Classroom Robotics

James Isom, Educational Consultant for LEGO Education, talks about the WeDo classroom robotics platform for students ages 7 to 11. Watch it now...


Engineering TV |
Sharp 108-inch LCD Television

From CEDIA Expo 2008 in Denver, Colorado, Tony Favia, senior product manager for Sharp Electronics, discusses Sharp's 108-in. LCD television, the world’s largest commercially available LCD TV. The full-HD 1080p LCD TV features an advanced "Super View" LCD panel which uses 8th generation glass substrates. The LB-1085 features 6.21 million pixels and a thin-film transistor (TFT) active-matrix drive system. It offers an array of inputs, including HDMI and DVI-I connectors for greater connectivity with a wide variety of equipment and devices. A fanless design minimizes noise and intake of dust from outside air to further improve its level of technical sophistication as a commercial display.


news from the editors |
GaN-Based Power Platform Hikes Performance, Efficiency

A new GaN-based (gallium nitride) power device technology platform can provide customers with improvements in key application-specific figures of merit of up to a factor of 10, compared to state-of-the-art silicon-based technology platforms, according to International Rectifier Corp.

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Luminary MCUs Run RFID Reader

Secura Key has chosen Luminary Micro’s Stellaris microcontrollers for its new mid-range RFID reader, the e-Tag. The company will also use the Stellaris MCUs in a new line of access-control products that allow the implementation of secured elevator controls that mange up to 130 floors with badge readers.

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Alliance Will Promote Internet Protocol For Smart Objects

Aiming to promote the use of Internet Protocol (IP) as the best technology for connecting sensor- and actuator-equipped (“smart”) objects and delivering data gathered by those objects, 25 vendors and users have formed the IP for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance. The Alliance intends to complement the efforts of groups such as the Internet Engineering Task Force and the IEEE, which develop and ratify technical standards.

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quick poll |
GM unveiled the production-ready version of its electric Volt sedan. How will it do in the marketplace?

  • It will do very well. The public is now demanding better mileage.
  • It will do okay but struggle against other hybrids and consumer perception.
  • It will be a flop, as the public isn't ready for plug-in cars.

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


focus product |
3G-SDI Dual SERDES Razes Jitter And Power Consumption

Introduced as the industry’s first triple-rate (3G/HD/SD) serial digital interface, dual-channel serializer and deserializer transceiver, the LMH4345 promises to reduce board space, system cost, and power consumption in multi-channel broadcast video equipment.

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product picks online |
Start/Play Encoders Offer Alternative To Optical Solutions



Celeron PC/104+ SBC Goes Fanless



Energy-Compliant Desktop Supplies Deliver 18 To 90 W



Plug-and-Play Instrument Driver Enhances LabVIEW



Hermetically-Sealed Transformer Readies For Space Travel




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Sep. 21-25




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Stuggart, Germany
Sep. 30




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Santa Clara, Calif.
Sep. 30




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