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Electronic Design UPDATE: July 20, 2005

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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter Electronic Design Magazine PlanetEE ==> www.planetee.com July 20, 2005

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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Try the InterComm Universal ECAD Viewer--FREE. Now you can share and mark-up ECAD design data with InterComm by PTC. InterComm enables you to view and share source materials from different ECAD applications such as Mentor, Cadence and Zuken. Respond now and you can use InterComm FREE until August 31st. You'll also get a FREE guide, "Taking the Time and Cost Out of ECAD Design Review." The first 75 to reply get a FREE Flash Drive. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECBA:1001CD **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. News Focus *LCD Limits Visible Access To On-Screen Information 2. News From The Editors *1-W LED Module Shines In Many Applications *Web Site Shares Predictive Maintenance Resources *ARM-Based SoC Family Maximizes Design Reuse 3. TechView Scope *Heaters, Cameras, And Sensors Ensure Discovery's Safe Return To Flight 4. Upcoming Industry Events *LinuxWorld Conference and Expo *2005 Digital Power Forum *Intl Conference on Commercialising Technology 5. Book Review *"Practical FPGA Programming In C" Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor **************************************************************** 2005 Engineering Hall of Fame The members of Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame are those men and women whose accomplishments have shaped the electronics industry and, by extension, our world. It's time to vote for the 2005 slate of inductees. Give us a few minutes of your time to browse through our list of nominees and tell us who you think should be honored this year. Your vote counts! Go to http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC1:1001CD **************************************************************** ********************** 1. News Focus ********************** LCD Limits Visible Access To On-Screen Information A new LCD can alternate between a wide viewing angle and narrow viewing angle by means of an electrical on/off switch. Users can view e-mail and other private information in public on portable devices such as mobile phones and notebook PCs, yet people nearby can't see what's on the LCD screen. In normal wide-viewing-angle mode, the display operates with the same viewing angle as an ordinary LCD. The Switchable Viewing Angle LCD, developed by Sharp Corp. and Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd., uses proprietary technology to turn a wide viewing angle into a narrow viewing angle. A switching liquid crystal material is overlaid on top of a thin-film-transistor LCD. The birefringence of these liquid crystal molecules is used to control the direction of the light coming from the backlight. In other words, the light shines when viewed from directly in front of the display, but the switching liquid crystal material prevents the light from shining to the left or right. This display is well suited for applications such as notebook PCs used for travel where users don't want the information on the display screen to be visible to seatmates. In ATM terminals, the narrow-viewing-angle mode could be used while users enter a PIN, then switch to wide-viewing-angle mode to display advertising when the ATM is not in use. Sharp will begin mass production of the display this month. Sharp Corp. ==> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC8:1001CD **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Your easiest way to control display brightness. Microsemi visible light sensors mimic human eye response. Breakthrough technology enables automatic brightness control that's not fooled by infrared or ultraviolet wavelengths. Easy design-in needs no optical filters. Integrated high gain photo current amplifiers, temperature stable, and RoHS compliant. No lead, no cadmium. Four models to meet your specific LCD or LED display design requirements. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECBB:1001CD **************************************************************** ********************** 2. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***1-W LED Module Shines In Many Applications Capable of up to a 60-lm output, a full-spectrum 1-W LED module from BivarOpto serves a wide range of general illumination and specialty lighting applications requiring a bright, reliable light source. The single-chip LK series LED module employs the latest Cree XLamp technology and exhibits excellent thermal management characteristics. It offers up to 130% more color gamut for greater color saturation. The entire module measures 20.3 mm in a hexagon pattern, and it's lead-free for compliance with WEEE and RoHS directives. Operating temperature ranges from -30 deg.C to 100 deg.C. The unit is available with a two-pin header-based connector assembly for simple snap-in installation. Prices start at $4.00 each in production quantities, and it's available from stock. BivarOpto ==> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECCA:1001CD ***Web Site Shares Predictive-Maintenance Resources A new Web site from Fluke Corp. offers tools and educational material on predictive maintenance (PdM) and preventive maintenance for a wide range of environments. Visitors can access business, technical, and application information on Fluke test-and-measurement products specifically designed for PdM applications, such as logging multimeters and software. The site offers return-on-investment calculators to help analyze the costs and benefits of deploying various preventive and predictive maintenance technologies, application notes on implementing proactive time-saving and money-saving maintenance techniques, and access to the latest news and customer stories in Fluke's "Plant News" magazine. Site visitors who complete a survey about the new site and PdM applications will be entered in a drawing for a Fluke 189 data-logging multimeter. Fluke Corp. ==> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC7:1001CD ***ARM-Based SoC Family Maximizes Design Reuse Designers can maximize reuse of existing hardware and software blocks with a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) IC family from STMicroelectronics that's based on industry-standard ARM cores. The configurable ICs address a variety of applications, including digital engines for printers, scanners, and other embedded control applications. Using the company's Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture (SPEAr), the device integrates an ARM core with a full set of intellectual-property blocks and a configurable logic block. These features enable customization of critical functions in less time and for less cost than a full-custom design approach requires, but with a similar level of flexibility and performance. The first member in the SoC family includes an ARM946ES running at 192 MHz, three USB 2.0 ports, a 16-channel 8-bit analog-to-digital converter, and much more. Samples of this first member of the family are already available, with pricing in the range of $13 each in volume quantities. Full evaluation boards will ship in September. STMicroelectronics ==> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC9:1001CD **************************************************************** ********************** 3. TechView Scope ********************** Heaters, Cameras, And Sensors Ensure Discovery's Safe Return To Flight Last Friday, NASA brought STS-114's countdown to a halt after a liquid hydrogen low-level fuel sensor inside the Space Shuttle Discovery's external tank failed during a routine pre-launch check. A dozen teams with hundreds of engineers around the country are working on the issue. Once it is resolved, the mission can commence and a new era in safer spaceflight will begin. STS-114, also known as Return to Flight, will be the first shuttle mission since the Columbia was destroyed upon re-entry two-and-a-half years ago. The path to recovery since then has been long, involving complex... Read the complete story at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECBD:1001CD *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Portable Power 2005 Explore power management and power sources issues in wireless communications and mobile computing September 18-21 in San Francisco at the leading conference for power delivery to portable technologies. Learn about battery safety, fuel cell technology, user interfaces and more from Motorola, Sanyo, Intel, Broadcom, Texas Instruments, Flextronics, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other leaders. Register by August 17th and save $400! Priority code EDM05. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC4:1001CD **************************************************************** Submit Photos And Get Paid! Grab some photos showing the "guts and glory" of you (and your team) at work. We need them for our "Day in the Life of an Electronic Designer" photo essay, which will appear in Electronic Design's Oct. 20 special issue. There's a $500 Grand Prize for best photo series and $250 prize for best photo, and we pay $50 if we use any of your photos in the issue. Please include the names and titles of all photo subjects, as well as company name and the type of work-in-process illustrated by the photo. Digital photos should be in .tif or .jpg formats and must have resolution of at least 300 dpi. Deadline for submission is Sept. 15. E-mail digital photos to Rich Gawel at mailto:[email protected] Mail hard-copy photos to: Roger Engelke Electronic Design Special Issues Editor 45 Eisenhower Dr., 5th Floor Paramus, NJ 07652 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Upcoming Industry Events ********************** August 8-11, LinuxWorld Conference and Expo San Francisco, Calif. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC6:1001CD September 12-14, 2005 Digital Power Forum (DPF) Wakefield, Mass. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC2:1001CD September 14-15, IEE International Conference on Commercialising Technology and Innovation London, U.K. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC3:1001CD **************************************************************** ********************** 5. Book Review ********************** "Practical FPGA Programming In C" By David Pellerin and Scott Thibault The ubiquitous field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is finding use as a software accelerator in many applications, including the communications, image processing, biomedical, and scientific computing fields. FPGAs are essentially used to implement software algorithms directly in hardware, producing orders-of-magnitude speed improvements over general-purpose processors. This book introduces C-based parallel programming techniques for creating these applications, verifying them, and moving them into FPGA hardware... Read the full book review at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECBE:1001CD **************************************************************** Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read one of Bill Wong's latest EiED Online columns, "Wireless in Orlando," as Freescale's Technology Forum unwraps wireless wonders. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECBC:1001CD ********************** TAKE A POLL! In the near term, which approach will most designers exploit to extend battery life in portable devices? -- Further refinements in lithium-ion battery technology -- Direct methanol fuel cells -- PMBus point-of-load power management -- Higher dc-dc converter efficiency -- None of the above Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://www.elecdesign.com ******************************************************************** Designing With Video Signals Dealing with digital video signals in the analog world can be tricky. Arm yourself with knowledge and download our eBook, "Analog/Mixed-Signal Components For 21st Century Video," by Analog/Power Editor Don Tuite. Chapter 1 covers the basics, and Chapter 2 discusses interfacing video amps to digital-to-analog converters. The recently added Chapter 3 looks at video multiplexing and driving unshielded twisted pairs. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECBF:1001CD **************************************************************** Need To Go Green? We Can Help! The European Union, as well as Japan and China, are about to restrict the use of environmentally hazardous materials in electronic components and systems through the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. Electronic Design's RoHS Reference Center has the information you need to make the shift to green designs. The third chapter of our eBook, "Electronic Design's Guide To New International Environmental Laws," is now available for download. And don't miss our comprehensive list of industry and government Web sites and contacts. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC5:1001CD **************************************************************** SUBSCRIBE ONLINE TO ELECTRONIC DESIGN If you're reading this e-newsletter, then you are either a current Electronic Design subscriber, or should be (145,000 of your peers are). To apply for or renew a subscription to Electronic Design absolutely FREE and without paperwork or hassle, click on the link below. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=ECC0:1001CD ****************************************************************

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