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Electronic Design UPDATE: March 28, 2007

Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | March 28, 2007

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Today's Table of Contents:

  • Scope: Professor Turns PS3s Into Supercomputing Cluster
  • Focus On Analog: RS-485 Transceivers Boast Switchable Termination, High ESD Protection
  • Now on electronicdesign.com: Engineering TV Episode 24 - Working Microscopy
  • News From The Editors:
    IC Charges Battery, Runs System Simultaneously
    High-Efficiency Driver Handles Six Strings Of White LEDs
    MIPS32 KEc Core To Augment Stream Processor Architecture
    Rotary Pot Boasts Life Cycle Of 1 Million Rotations
  • Embedded in Electronic Design Online: Modules Combine Build And Buy Decision

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor


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scope |

Professor Turns PS3s Into Supercomputing Cluster
By Rich Gawel, Managing Editor

The next time you're looking to build a supercomputer, check out the gaming consoles at your local department store. That's what Frank Mueller, an associate professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, did in January when he bought eight PlayStation 3s and assembled the first academic computing cluster based on the popular consoles.

Read the full article...


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focus on analog |

RS-485 Transceivers Boast Switchable Termination, High ESD Protection

The RTI Developer Platform, a suite of development tools for distributed real-time applications, is now hosted on the Eclipse platform. Real-Time Integrations’ RTI Developer Platform offers a complete tools solution for the development, debugging, analysis, and optimization of distributed applications.

Read the full article...

Connect and Control your Benchtop Instruments without Any Programming

NI LabVIEW SignalExpress allows you to connect and control your benchtop instruments, removing the frustration of repetitive, manual measurements often involving multiple instruments.

View video demonstrations and download the free software.
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now on electronicdesign.com |

Engineering TV Episode 24 - Working Microscopy

Using argon lasers and a real time camera, researchers are able to load a sample and then surgically remove samples of interest at the micro level. Judy Drazba, Director of the Imaging Core at the Cleveland Clinic , shows us the system in action.

To view the video, visit engineeringtv.com and click on Episode 24.


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news from the editors |

IC Charges Battery, Runs System Simultaneously

The highly integrated AAT3670 is a 1.6-A dynamic battery charger and power-manager IC for portable systems powered by single-cell Lithium-ion/polymer batteries. With an on-board battery charger, current-limited load switches, and control circuitry, the device lets users simultaneously charge their battery and run their system from an ac adapter or USB port without hurting the battery charge-cycle life or adding external load switches.

Read the full article...

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High-Efficiency Driver Handles Six Strings Of White LEDs

As a high-efficiency driver for white LEDs, the MAX8790 targets large LCDs that employ an array of LEDs as the light source. The device uses a current-mode step-up controller to drive six parallel strings of LEDs connected in multiple series, resulting in ±1.5% regulation accuracy between strings and even brightness for all LEDs.

Read the full article...

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MIPS32 KEc Core To Augment Stream Processor Architecture

Stream Processors Inc. has licensed the MIPS32 4KEc processor core for use in the Stream Processor Architecture. The MIPS processor manages select system-on-a-chip (SoC) and system level functions that support SPI's high-performance DSP co-processor.

Read the full article...

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Rotary Pot Boasts Life Cycle Of 1 Million Rotations

A robust device suitable for panel-mount configurations, the Model P270 27-mm rotary potentiometer from BI Technologies' Electronic Components Division features a life cycle of up to 1 million rotations.

Read the full article...

Freescale Beekit (TM) Wireless Connectivity Toolkit

Have a small network up and running in just 30 minutes. The highly intuitive GUI lets your team collaborate in an immediate, centralized environment. Find out how to shave weeks off your development time and make a bee-line to market with your ZigBee designs.

For more information, visit www.freescale.com/zigbee
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quick poll |

Cable is king in the United States. Yet in "DSL Dominates Broadband Worldwide," Communications/Test Editor Lou Frenzel says that DSL is catching up and may soon surpass cable's popularity. What's next for this Internet access horserace?
  • Advances like DOCSIS 3.0 and OCAP will keep cable on top
  • Competition will even things out; both technologies will fare well in the market
  • Advances like VDSL2 will propel DSL ahead of cable

Let your voice be heard. Vote now on www.electronicdesign.com. The Quick Poll is located at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!


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embedded in electronic design online |

Modules Combine Build And Buy Decision
By Bill Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor

Complete custom designs are economical for large volumes or high-priced solutions, so the decision to build or buy usually isn't an either/or discussion. The plethora of different boards and module standards as well as the corresponding vendor support shows how important buying is to the embedded designer. Many board standards also are combined with module standards. AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA, CompactPCI, VME, and VXS can take advantage of plug-in modules and mezzanine standards...

Read the full article...


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product picks online |

Very Fast Streaming Recorder Handles High Data Volume
IP Core Integrates High-End PCI Graphics Into FPGAs
Low-Profile SMT Inductors Span Wide Range Of Values
Security System Protects Company Data On USB Flash Drives
Multipoint-LVDS Receivers Save Space, Power, Cost


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upcoming industry events |

Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley
April 1 - 5, 2007
San Jose, Calif.

Design Automation Conference 2007
Jun 4 - 8, 2007
San Diego, Calif.

The International Robots & Vision Show
Jun 12 - 14, 2007
Ann Arbor, Mich.

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