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Electronic Design Update: December 19, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | December 19, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor
and John Arkontaky, Assistant Editor


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editor's view |

WANTED: Innovative Engineers
By Sam Davis, Find Power Products Editor

The lifeblood of high-tech companies and American engineering is innovation. It fuels the development of new products as well as the upgrading of existing products, and it plays a role in business operations. One source of innovative people in the U.S. has been foreign engineers...

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Our revamped Navigation bar has new Design Hotspots. Come check out the latest in EDA, analog, embedded, power, and green design from the ED editors.

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design solution |

Harmonic Distortion And Board Layout

When you're thinking about how to lay out components on a printed-circuit board, remember that the board itself may introduce nonlinearities into your signal. That's because while the board material is electrically linear (constant impedance), the board's layout is spatially nonlinear with respect to where currents flow, causing a problem.

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focus on embedded hardware |

Hybrid ASIC Chisels Down SoC Development Costs

Configuring a structured ASIC as IP on a standard-cell device, the Hybrid ASIC from ChipX Inc. forecasts rapid and economical system-on-a-chip (SoC) development with significant savings in non-recurring engineering and tooling costs.

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Engineering TV: Episode 95 |

Flexibility In Creating Parts

Mixing the plastic and the powder is a key factor in the overall technology of creating molded parts and is really where the flexibility and creativity of ensuring the engineered part matches the specifications of the customer.

To see the episode, click here...


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news from the editors |

The Transistor Turns 60

It is hard to believe, in today's world of miniaturization and shrinking components, that the first transistor ever created can be seen by the naked eye. Sixty years later, these devices can only be seen with the help of an extremely powerful microscope. Billions of them can fit into the space occupied by their ancestor.

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Teardown: iPod touch More Than An iPhone Without A Phone

While Apple's iPod touch closely resembles the iPhone both inside and out, the advanced MP3 player has some distinct design differences, according to a recent teardown by iSuppli.

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IMEC, VUB Build On-Wafer Chromatograph

IMEC and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) built and demonstrated an on-wafer liquid phase chromatograph using submicron micromachining at last week's IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting.

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Japanese Observatory Picks Up Cray Supercomputer

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has selected Cray's XT4 system to study the origin of the solar system and star formation.

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Volvo Infotainment Systems Tap SMSC Technology

Volvo selected SMSC's Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) oPHY networking technology as part of the infotainment system for the V70 and C70 platforms.

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Your Ideas For Design Can Win $500

Send us your Ideas for Design and we'll pay you $150 for every Idea for Design that we publish. In addition, this year's top design as selected by our readers will earn an additional $500, with two runners-up each receiving $250. You can submit your Ideas for Design via e-mail to: [email protected] or, mail your material to:

Ideas for Design
Electronic Design
45 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 550
Paramus, NJ 07652

Click here for our guidelines on Ideas for Design...



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quick poll |

In the Dec. 13 issue's Engineering Feature, Editor-In-Chief Joe Desposito will look at what's next in digital home technology. What would you like to see most in your home of the (near) future?
  • How would you sum up your experience with the 555 timer IC?
  • I've used the 555 in the past but probably won't in the future
  • I have used the 555 but am open to alternatives if they fit my design
  • I prefer the 555 in my current projects and will continue using it
  • I wouldn't be caught dead using a 555
  • What's a 555?

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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product picks online |

Switch-Mode Regulator Features Ultra-Wide Input Range
VMEbus GbE Switches Include IPv6 Capability
AC-DC Adapters Employ Mini-USB Output Connectors
Magnetic Immunity Amp Features Auto-Ranging Input
Resistor Networks Exploit High-Stability Tantalum Nitride


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upcoming industry events |

International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM)
Dec. 29-31
Cairo, Egypt

International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
Jan. 7-10, 2008
Las Vegas, Nev.

Tessera U.S. Technology Symposium
Jan. 21, 2008
Santa Clara, Calif.

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Portable Designs with High-Power Batteries and Chargers
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If you missed the Webcast's launch on Dec. 5, here's your chance to catch up. Robin Sarah Tichy, PhD, Technical Marketing Manager at Micro Power Electronics Inc., provides an industry update and profiles new high-power (or high-pulse) rechargeable lithium batteries. Traditional lithium batteries support pulses of 5 A, while new high-power batteries support pulses over 100 A, enabling many new portable applications. This archived Webcast details cell configurations, chemical formulations, electrical performance, safety issues, limitations, and sample performance data.

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ED bookstore |

Designing BSD Rootkits: An Introduction To Kernel Hacking
By Joseph Kong

Before you decide that this book is only for novice system-attackers, consider some of the latest advances in debugging, such as hot patching of applications and operating systems. The techniques presented in this book are the same as those used to implement these very useful features.

To buy the book, click here...

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