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Electronic Design Update: July 16, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter |   July 16, 2008
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scope |
Tesla Roadster Gets Ready To Hit The Road In California
By Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

Next time you’re behind the wheel, don’t be surprised if the 100% electric Tesla Roadster pulls up next to you. According to Tesla Motors president and CEO Ze’ev Drori, 12 production Roadsters have arrived in California, and 27 more are in various stages of assembly. Drori also expects four more to arrive each week through August.

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editor's view |
What’s Next For Wi-Fi?
By Louis Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

Wi-Fi is that short range wireless LAN technology that practically everyone uses. Also known by its IEEE standard designation 802.11, it has achieved ubiquitous status since virtually all laptops incorporate it and there are few, if any, enterprise LANs that do not support multiple access points. But in all its glory, Wi-Fi is nearing that state of being taken for granted.

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lab bench online |
MontaVista µSELinux

Technology Editor Bill Wong talks with MontaVista about Mobilinux 5.0, which includes support for SELinux security features.

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engineer's resource |
Webcast: Read Pacing: A Performance Enhancing Feature of PCI Express Gen 2 Switch Devices

A new feature called Read Pacing is now available on Gen 2 PCI Express switches. Read Pacing is a technology that opens up new avenues for enhancing performance in systems with multiple I/O streams. To learn more about Read Pacing from PLX Technology, please click on the "play" button above. (NOTE: This webcast contains audio, so please hit the mute button on your volume control if you cannot listen to audio at this time.)

New Product Showcase: ADCs From Analog Devices
Wayne Talley, Product Marketing for Precision ADCs at Analog Devices, talks about the new AD7626 and AD7625 converters, the newest additions to the PulSAR family of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs).

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IFD of the week |
Adapt DC Voltage To Perform PWM DImming Of High-Brightness LEDs

High-brightness LEDs (HBLEDs) are making inroads into more traditional lighting applications that include a dc distribution system (for example, 24-V MR-16 track lights). HBLEDs are more efficient, and they have a potentially longer lifespan than do halogen or xenon lamps.

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EDA Editor David Maliniak chatted with representatives of leading companies like Mentor, Agilent, and Synopsys and got the scoop on the latest from CoFluent, OneSpin, and CLK. More than 20 video segments are available to fill you in on what you missed!
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focus on embedded hardware |
Carrier-Class MAC Delivers Ethernet Virtual Private Line Functionality

For upgrading communications infrastructure systems to deploy enhanced Ethernet services over SONET/SDH-based technology, the VSC7350 emerges as the industry's first MAC to support advanced Metro Ethernet services over both Sonet/SDH and DWDM applications.

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Engineering TV |
Magnetic Nanomaterials

At Carnegie Mellon University, M.E. McHenry's research involves the development of an understanding of the magnetic properties of materials. This includes interfacing theoretical and experimental studies of magnetic materials. In this video, Professor McHenry discusses magnetic nanomaterials, or more specifically, magnetic nanocomposites. Comprising nano-sized magnetic crystals embedded in an amorphous matrix, magnetic nanocomposites have been shown to have excellent soft magnetic properties. In particular, amorphous and nanocrystalline materials have been investigated for various soft magnetic applications including transformers and inductive devices.


news from the editors |
iPhone Drops The BOM

How does Apple improve on cutting-edge technology? Check out the 3G iPhone's bill of materials (BOM), released by iSuppli, and find out.

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China TV To Use On2 Platform For Olympic Video

China’s nationwide broadcasting network, CCTV, will use the On2 Flix Engine to encode and publish video coverage of the Beijing Olympics on its domestic Web site at www.cctv.com, according to On2 Technologies Inc.

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MIT Demonstrates 25-nm Lithography

MIT researchers have used a recently developed technique called scanning-beam interference lithography (SBIL) to achieve a significant advance in nanoscale lithography. The team created lines about 25 nm wide separated by 25 nm spaces.

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COM Spec For Mobile/Ultra-Mobile Use Is Ready

The Qseven Consortium has released version 1.0 of the Qseven specification, which unlike previous computer-on-module (COM) standards, focuses primarily on mobile and ultra-mobile applications.

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quick poll |
According to the ARRL, there are about 680,000 hams in the U.S. What does the future hold for the hobby?

  • Developments like SDR will make it better than ever.
  • The shift to digital is taking away the hands-on fun.
  • It doesn't matter, since nowadays, who can afford new gear?

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product picks online |
Class-D Amp Integrates DRC Plus Speaker Protection



16-Bit Analog Output Board Expands DAQ Systems



Power MOSFETs Boost Efficiency In Handheld Products



Isolator Derives Power From Input Signal



High-Dielectric Relay Handles 4-kV RMS




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ED bookstore |
Broadband Wireless Access And Local Networks: Mobile WiMAX and Wi-Fi
By Byeong Gi Lee and Sunghyun Choi


Broadband Wireless Access And Local Networks: Mobile WiMAX and Wi-Fi is a brand new book published by Artech House. A long time publisher of wireless and related books, Artech is doing a great job of finding authors with the latest knowledge on wireless topics and quickly getting books into the hands of those who need them. There are not many books on WiMAX yet anyway, especially the Mobile version. And while Wi-Fi books abound, this one is an updated look at this ubiquitous wireless technology.

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