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Electronic Design Update: November 14, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | November 14, 2007

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


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Mark David's roadmap |

Exit Interview With Mr. Analog
By Mark David, Group Editorial Director

Talking to Engineering Hall of Famer Lewis Counts on the eve of his retirement after 30 years at Analog Devices, I found "Mr. Analog" (as he is known by many at ADI) wasn't waxing nostalgic. After all, the key to Counts' successes at ADI was always an "out with the old and in with the new attitude"—a belief that engineering means there is always a better way.

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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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focus on communications |

High-Density Clustering Gigabit Switches Offer Design Flexibility

A trio of high-density gigabit clustering managed switches in SMC Networks' TigerSwitch family offers designers exceptional flexibility in system design. The TigerSwitch Standalone 26-port 10/100/1000 Managed Switch (SMC8126L2) provides four Combo ports. The 50-port SMC8150L2 also has four Combo ports, and the 24-port SMC8124PL2 includes two Combo ports and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability.

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EiED online |

ZigBee Kits 3

The kits in this article's mix include those from Freescale, Microchip and Synapse. They are distinctly different. Freescale's offering is a complete, high-end solution that is designed to sell chips...

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Engineering TV: Episode 87 |

Rack and Roll Robotics

The competitors at the FIRST Robotics Challenge include several ways to test the engineering of these students' robots, including an interesting game where random alliances are chosen and points are awarded based on their performance...

To see the episode, go to:


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news from the editors |

IPNet To Facilitate FPGA IP Sharing

National Instruments has debuted the IPNet, an online repository of software and hardware IP, that will make FPGA development easier. The IPNet will function as an open forum for sharing LabVIEW FPGA IP and new hardware I/O modules for analog and digital I/O, communication buses/protocols, and motion control.

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Kovio Unveils Printed Silicon TFT

Kovio Inc. introduced what it claims is the world's first all-printed silicon thin-film transistor (TFT) at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics conference...

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Infineon And ASE Agree To Semiconductor Packaging Tandem

Infineon Technologies and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) have announced a partnership to construct a new semiconductor package form boasting a 30% dimension reduction compared to conventional lead-frame (laminate) packages...

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Mentor, TSMC Release 65-nm RF Design Kit

Mentor Graphics and TSMC have released a 65-nm RF design kit that combines TSMC's 65-nm mixed-signal and RF process technology with Mentor's new ICStudio custom chip design platform...

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quick poll |

In the Dec. 13 issue's Engineering Feature, Technology Editor Mat Dirjish will look at what's next in digital home technology. What would you like to see most in your home of the (near) future?
  • A complete multimedia system
  • "Smart" environmental controls
  • Comprehensive home security
  • Efficient power management
  • Other

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 |

Dual Op Amp Draws 20 µA Per Unit
Dual-Output Step-Down Converters Feature Low Capacitance
Flat-Panel Touchscreen Computer Uses Geode LX800
Eclipse-Based Java Environment Handles Hard Real-Time Jobs
AdvancedTCA Processor Blade Boasts Dual 4-Gbit/s FC Links


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upcoming industry events |

Portable Designs with High-Power Batteries and Chargers
Dec. 5
Webinar

Active RFID & RTLS Summit
Dec. 5-6
Dallas, Texas

IP '07: IP Based Electronic System Conference & Exhibition
Dec. 5-6
Grenoble, France

See more industry events...

Electronic Design Announcement
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, the 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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ED bookstore |

The LabVIEW Style Book
By Peter A. Blume

National Instruments' LabVIEW is over 20 years old but most programmers have not had the benefit of using it. Most UML (Unified Modeling Language) programmers tend to deal with text-based programming languages, with C and Visual Basic at the top of the heap. As such, there are many books about programming style and methodology for these platforms. If you are starting with LabVIEW, make sure this book is in your library.

To buy the book, click here...

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