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Electronic Design UPDATE: November 16, 2005

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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter Electronic Design Magazine Electronic Design ==> www.electronicdesign.com November 16, 2005

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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Free 2006 NI Measurement and Automation Catalog Featuring new product information, comparison charts, key specifications, and information on: * NI LabVIEW 8 Distributed Intelligence * PCI Express M Series * PXI Flexible-Resolution Digitizer * USB Data Acquisition Modules * Related Web links to ni.com For your FREE 2006 Catalog click here now! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=19759:484C79 **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. Editor's View *Big And Small, Flat Panels Pop Up Everywhere 2. Focus On DSP *StarCore DSP Architecture Pumps Up Multimedia Handsets 3. News From The Editors *Plastic Diode May Yield Cheap Memory *Surface-Mount EMI Filter Slims Down *Smart-Card Interface Handles Up To Five Cards At Once 4. Magazine Highlights: November 7, 2005 *Cover Story: Success Story -- Setting The Standard For Hybrid Cars *Technology Report -- Structured/Platform ASICs Carve A Cost-Savvy Niche *Leapfrog: First Look -- Visual Studio 2005: The New Way To Program *Design View/Design Solution -- Drive Piezoelectric Actuators With Fast, High-Power Op Amps Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Editor's View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** Big And Small, Flat Panels Pop Up Everywhere By Dave Bursky, Editor-at-Large From inch-high models for your pocket to 102-in. diagonals for your wall, flat-panel displays come in sizes that fit just about any application. The breadth of applications for today's flat panels was nowhere more apparent than at the recent Flat Information Displays (FID) Conference hosted by iSuppli (www.isuppli.com). There, the presentations were neatly divided into two major subdivisions: large-area flat panels for TVs and advertising signage, and small-area displays for use in cell phones, handheld media players, and even shelf pricing in retail stores. Projection systems, in both rear- and front-projection styles, also were a focal point because digital light processor (DLP) and other technologies are throwing brighter and higher-resolution images for home-theater applications. Novel areas such as 3D displays and electronic ink were in evidence at the conference as well... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1975A:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Your Easiest Way to Control Display Brightness. Microsemi visible light sensors mimic human eye response. 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Four models to meet your specific LCD or LED display design requirements. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15403:484C79 **************************************************************** *****************Live on ElectronicDesign.com******************* Free Web Seminar: Techniques to Improve Measurement Accuracy Join LeCroy and Electronic Design as we focus on best practices to improve the accuracy of measurements when using any brand of digital oscilloscope. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18C44:484C79 Free Web Seminar: RoHS -- The Manager's Role Register now for this important Web seminar that will help you identify and explore the decisions your company will need to make to ensure Restrictions on Hazardous Substances compliance. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=18C45:484C79 Free eBook: Black-Box Approach To ADCs This eBook provides a black-box approach to the traditional analog-to-digital coverter (ADC) tutorial. It concentrates on the common characteristics of all ADCs and what they imply for the system-level designer. Download the first chapter today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1975B:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On DSP ********************** ***StarCore DSP Architecture Pumps Up Multimedia Handsets With 47 added instructions, Version 5 of the StarCore DSP architecture enhances throughput in wireless handsets and portable multimedia devices. When implemented on a 90-nm process, the core can operate at up to 1 GHz with low-to-moderate power drain. Version 5 retains all features from earlier StarCore processor architectures and adds instructions to improve support for compilers and operating systems. It also enhances single-instruction/multiple-data (SIMD) processing and performs strongly in Viterbi applications. The new instructions are built on StarCore's variable-length instruction set (VLES) technology and offer code density that's on a par with highly efficient microcontrollers. A memory-management system makes it easy to support sophisticated operating systems such as Linux. Binary-code compatibility with earlier StarCore architectures protects users' software investment. StarCore processor cores and system-level intellectual-property blocks are licensed in a synthesizable format and can be targeted to any silicon foundry technology. Processor cores and subsystems based on the StarCore V5 architecture will be available in early 2006. Contact the company for licensing details. StarCore ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1975C:484C79 ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Plastic Diode May Yield Cheap Memory Researchers at Ohio State University developed an organic polymer tunnel diode that could eventually lead to plastic memory and logic circuits. According to professor Paul Berger, the patent-pending diode transmits electrical current at room temperature. Its design lends itself to easy, inexpensive manufacturing for smart cards and other memory devices. In tests, the research team fashioned two diodes into a simple logic switch, which was powered by a voltage equivalent to an ordinary watch battery. Despite the fact that most plastics do not conduct electricity, the researchers attained success by painting a thick layer of plastic on top of traditional chip materials with a specially designed layer of titanium oxide sandwiched in between. The plastic exhibited negative differential resistance, in which the current actually decreases over a particular range of increasing voltage. Tunnel diodes show the same type of effect. Berger predicts the plastic will augment, not replace, silicon. He envisions lightweight, portable electronics that knit silicon and plastic together to form a hybrid IC. Ohio State University ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1975D:484C79 ***Surface-Mount EMI Filter Slims Down Improvements in capacitor materials, terminal formation technology, and packaging have produced a particularly slim surface-mount electromagnetic-interference (EMI) suppression filter. The BNX022, which measures 12 by 9 by 3 mm and weighs 0.8 g, is significantly smaller and thinner than the company's previous filter versions and many other manufacturers' EMI filters. It has a wide insertion-loss frequency band range (1 MHz to 1 GHz), a rated voltage of 50 V, and a rated current of 10 A. Technical support includes design kits, application manuals, and a comprehensive set of software tools to simulate virtually any circuit condition. The BNX022 is lead-free for Restrictions on Hazardous Substances compliance. Sample price is $3.50. Lead time is approximately six to eight weeks. Murata Electronics North America ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1975E:484C79 ***Smart-Card Interface Handles Up To Five Cards At Once In what the company believes is an industry first, Atmel's AT83C26 analog smart-card interface IC can handle up to five cards at a time. It powers the smart cards with the appropriate supply voltage and enables data transfer between the host controller and the smart cards. System size and cost are reduced because designers can use a single chip to develop readers requiring multiple cards. The AT83C26 is well suited for point-of-sale (POS) terminals that typically involve one user card and up to four secure authentication module (SAM) cards, as well as health card readers that require two user cards and one SAM card. The device can interface with any host controller through an ISO7816 UART. It complies with EMV and ISO7816 standards, and it features two dc-dc converters and low-dropout regulators to power each smart card independently. Samples are available now in VQFP48 and QFN48 packages. Full production will start in January 2006 with pricing starting at $1.95 each for 10,000-unit quantities. Atmel Corp. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1975F:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Free PCB Design Review for All New Customers! PCBpro -- easiest site to quote and order full-featured, design-checked circuit boards up to 8 layers. New customers act now and receive free design review. Part of the Sunstone Circuits product family with the best total customer experience from quote to delivery. Quote now, www.sunstone.com! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=19760:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. November 7, 2005: * Cover Story: Success Story -- Setting The Standard For Hybrid Cars Synergy between gasoline-engine, electric-motor, and battery technologies vaults the Prius hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle to high fuel savings and low emissions. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=19761:484C79 * Technology Report -- Structured/Platform ASICs Carve A Cost-Savvy Niche Platform and structured solutions look to solve designer dilemmas caused by rising ASIC design costs. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=19762:484C79 * Leapfrog: First Look -- Visual Studio 2005: The New Way To Program Flying without a ".NET," Visual Studio 2005 lays the groundwork for developing Windows Vista applications. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=19763:484C79 * Design View/Design Solution -- Drive Piezoelectric Actuators With Fast, High-Power Op Amps Think you can't drive your actuator at 80 kHz with 300-V p-p signals using MOSFET IC op amps? Then try out this bridge configuration. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=19764:484C79 For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=19765:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- Developing ARMs Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "Developing ARMs." Bill compares a collection of ARM-based development kits with software from IAR and Keil. Developers normally will take advantage of the ARM Thumb instruction set supported on these micros. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=19766:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! What's your take on VoIP phone service? -- I've already adopted it -- I'm thinking about using it -- Tried it and didn't like it -- Not interested Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15410:484C79 ****************************************************************

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