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Electronic Design Update: October 3, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | October 3, 2007

Free Seminar: The Billion Cycle Challenge

Boot Linux, debug device drivers, process video frames or Ethernet packets. All require billions of cycles to simulate.This free seminar will teach you how to navigate very long simulations and use concurrent levels of abstraction, from HW to SW debugging, from waveforms to monitors to breakpoints.

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Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor


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Come check out the Hotspots added to our Home Page, filled with all the latest EDA, analog, embedded, and power content from the ED editors.

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industry view |

How Many Watts In That Gigabyte?
By Richard Solomon
Host Interface Architect
LSI Corp.

There's a lot of talk about power consumption in data centers, yet the efforts to reduce storage power consumption are rarely discussed. Storage consumes a significant amount of power, and designers can reduce power in three areas: on the disk drives; on the interfaces connecting the disk drives, controllers, and CPUs; and on the RAID controllers themselves.

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focus on embedded hardware |

ATX Motherboard With RAID Supports Intel Core 2 Quad Processors

Optimized for the Intel Core 2 Quad processor, the G7B630-NRM-G motherboard from ITOX is a high-performance ATX-form-factor board designed specifically for embedded applications requiring a stable revision-controlled platform.

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EiED online |

Kit Spans 8- And 32-Bit Microcontrollers

Freescale is highlighting its new Flexis line of microcontrollers with its $99 DEMOQE128 platform. This low-cost development system includes a base board and a pair of processor modules: one 8-bit and one 32-bit.

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12.5 Gbps High-Density Mezzanine Solution

FREE Design Kit for high-speed mezzanine applications. NeXLev from Amphenol TCS is known for performance and reliability. Now NeXLev features an enhanced BGA attachment for improved SMT process yields with 125 micron co-planarity for uniform solder joint formation and hassle-free manufacturability.

Click here to request a free design kit including: drawings, footprints, S.I. reports and more...

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Engineering TV: Episode 74 |

A New Standard In Testing Automobiles

As of 2008, every car sold in the United States will be required to have a low-cost controller-area network (CAN) linking all of its components. Reading the data off the vehicle for diagnostic or test purposes will require a CAN device that interfaces the car with the computer.

Click here to see the episodes...


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news from the editors |

Engineering Sputnik

While Sputnik's steady stream of radio-signal beeps broadcast the Soviet's early prowess in space exploration, the creation of the first man-made satellite had long remained a state secret.

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Non-Sloughing Connector Caps Meet M5501/31 Requirements

Made of an inherently conductive polymer, the non-sloughing connector caps in a new series from Caplugs meet the stringent requirements of M5501/31.

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ADI: Analog Essential To HDTV Experience

While most consumers associate cutting-edge digital technology with HDTV, analog technology is a key component of the range of audio-visual systems involved in the high-definition (HD) experience, according to analog signal-processing company Analog Devices (ADI), which recently launched a portfolio of HDTV solutions.

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Custom Low-Pass And Risetime Filters Meet Your Specified -3-dB Cutoff Frequency

The Picosecond Pulse Labs Inc. Model 5915 custom low-pass or risetime filters can be built to the user's specified -3-dB cutoff frequency from 35 MHz to 10 GHz or to a 10% to 90% rise-time between 35 ps and 10 ns.

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quick poll |

Communications/Test Editor Louis E. Frenzel will look at the state of WiMAX in his October 25 Technology Report. How do you rate the technology's chances in the marketplace?
  • It will have a tough time competing against DSL, cable, 3G cell phones, and other technologies.
  • The technology is sound, but it still needs an infrastructure.
  • It won't be long before the U.S. catches up with the rest of the world in WiMAX adoption.

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 |

Carbon Film Resistors Suit Commercial Applications
Force-Sensing Technology Works With Any Material
PC/104-Size Board Holds Pentium M Computer
Ada Development Solution Adds Vista, .NET 2005 Support
LDOs Feature Small Size, Low Quiescent Current


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conference preview |

Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference

More technical Content. More exhibits. More teardowns. More of what you need to know to find the right technologies, products and components to integrate into an ever-evolving array of complex applications. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, the Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference, held in the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas, will give you the tools to optimize every element of the design process:

  • An educational program focuses on practical, day-to-day solutions;
  • A full contingent of suppliers demonstrating their latest innovations in the Exhibit Hall;
  • And a conference schedule that hits all of the high notes - digital and portable power, power design, conversion and management, magnetics, alternative energy, LED drivers and more.
Click here to learn more or to register.


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upcoming industry events |

MontaVista VISION 2007
Oct. 8-10
Santa Clara, Calif.

Guidelines for Mixed-Signal PHY IP Integration, Debug and Test
Oct. 10
Webinar

AdvancedTCA Summit 2007
Oct. 16-18
Santa Clara, Calif.

Finding and Troubleshooting Intermittent Signal Faults
Oct. 16
Webinar

See more industry events...

Guidelines for Mixed-Signal PHY IP Integration, Debug and Test
A new Webcast presented by Electronic Design and sponsored by Synopsys
10/10/07 2PM ET

As high-speed serial interconnect IP cores such as PCI Express, SATA, and XAUI are being integrated into deep-submicron 65- and 45-nm CMOS system-on-chips (SoC), a new array of design challenges are emerging not only for IP developers but also for SoC integrators. Take this opportunity to learn about a built-in self test feature, which enables at-speed analog testing on a pure digital tester.

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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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ED bookstore |

Design Recipes For FPGAs
By Peter Wilson

Looking for an FPGA to solve your problems? Need to learn VHDL? Then pick up Design Recipes for FPGAs. It isn't an in-depth introduction to VHDL and FPGA design, but it is a nice overview that's chock-full of useful hardware examples and recipes.

To buy the book, click here...

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