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Electronic Design UPDATE: October 11, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
October 11, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Editor's View: Is There a Power Electronics Technology Roadmap in Our Future?
  2. Focus On EDA: Lower-Cost RF/Microwave Design Tool Offers Full Accuracy
  3. News From The Editors:
    DDR3 Memory Is Faster, Uses Less Power
    Attenuation Kits Quickly Set Up Multiple Attenuation Levels
    Evaluation Kits Available For ARM Cortex-M3 Processors
    Rugged Solenoid Works Well In Hydraulic Applications
  4. TechView Scope: Desktop Displays Enter A New Dimension
  5. Upcoming Industry Events:
    Americas Display Engineering and Applications Conference (ADEAC) 2006
    International System-on-Chip (SoC) Conference and Exhibit
    Process Integration for CMOS Nanoscale Technologies
  6. Embedded in Electronic Design: Upgraded Reduced-Latency DRAMs Target Networking Applications
  7. Quick Poll: Do you find trade shows to be useful?

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor

editor's view

Is There a Power Electronics Technology Roadmap in Our Future?
By Sam Davis, Findpowerproducts.com Technical Editor

Will a Power Electronics Technology Roadmap ever become a reality? There have been several workshops and efforts made toward producing such a roadmap, but so far there has been more talk than progress. The need exists, but the more salient question is whether the manpower and expertise are available to produce such a document...

Click here for full article.

focus on EDA

Lower-Cost RF/Microwave Design Tool Offers Full Accuracy

A new variant of Concerto, Vector Fields Inc.’s advanced RF and microwave design software, offers 3D finite-difference time domain (FDTD) analysis at a much lower cost than the full version, but without any compromise in performance or accuracy...

Click here for full article.

live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: Precluding Battery System Failures in Portable Electronics
Thursday, October 19, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Dell and Apple have implemented the largest battery pack recalls in the history of portable computing. Catastrophic safety issues—ranging from under-performance to explosions—with portable battery systems has heightened concern over battery system safety. This web seminar provides insight into developing portable power systems that are extremely safe and preclude dangerous failures.
Register today!

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news from the editors

DDR3 Memory Is Faster, Uses Less Power
To meet the increasing demand for higher-performance memory products for applications like PC gaming, servers, super computing, and high-definition television, Micron Technology has introduced a 1-Gbit double-date-rate (DDR) 3 device. The DDR3 memory is faster, uses less power, and as higher memory density than previous generations...

Click here for full article.

Attenuation Kits Quickly Set Up Multiple Attenuation Levels
Designed for portability and ease of use across a variety of applications, Timbercon Inc.’s fiber-optic attenuator kit product line can be used to quickly produce multiple levels of attenuation for just about any fiber-optic cable, according to the compmany. The kits come in LC, SC, ST, MU, and mixed connector configurations and provide precise attenuation for a wide range of applications, including component testing, and laboratory, manufacturing, and field applications. ..

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Evaluation Kits Available For ARM Cortex-M3 Processors
Luminary Micro and Keil have joined to create the Stellaris LM3S811 Evaluation Kit for Luminary Micro’s Stellaris family of ARM Cortex-M3 processor-based controllers. The kit is both an evaluation platform for the Stellaris LM3S811 and a serial in-circuit debug interface for any Stellaris microcontroller-based target board, covering the design gamut from evaluation to prototyping to application-specific design...

Click here for full article.

Rugged Solenoid Works Well In Hydraulic Applications
The Spool-Lock solenoid from Magnet-Schultz of America (MSA) offers durability in harsh conditions, making it well-suited for use in mobile hydraulics applications. The device withstands submersion and water ingression up to IP-X9 and its rugged construction also provides protection against severe temperatures...

Click here for full article.

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Tektronix DesignInsight Serial Data & RF Seminars

Looking for expert tips on high-speed serial bus testing? Need the latest details on complex digital RF measurements? Come join us for a series of 10 free seminars in 8 cities starting on October 31. Learn about serial measurements for debug, validation and compliance applications, and RF measurements on Amplifier, Radar and Pulse Test and SDR.

Seating is limited so register today at www.tektronix.com and enter for a chance to win a Tektronix TDS2012B oscilloscope!

techview scope

Desktop Displays Enter A New Dimension

The DepthCube more accurately represents 3D space because the monitor itself consists of multiple tiered screens—20 of them—lined up along the z-axis, front to back...
Click here for full article.

upcoming industry events

October 23-26, 2006 Americas Display Engineering and Applications Conference (ADEAC) 2006
Atlanta, Georgia

November 1-2, 2006 International System-on-Chip (SoC) Conference and Exhibit
Newport Beach, Calif.

November 6-8, 2006 Process Integration for CMOS Nanoscale Technologies
Austin, Texas

Click to see more industry events.

embedded in electronic design online

Upgraded Reduced-Latency DRAMs Target Networking Applications

The next generation of Micron Technology's reduced-latency DRAM (RLDRAM) II memory sports three enhancements aimed at keeping up with the growing bandwidth requirements of today's networking applications...
Click here for full article.

design submissions wanted!

BEST Designs of the Year

Electronic Design is searching for the industry's best designs. Have you created an especially innovative or unique product within the past year? Get the recognition you deserve by submitting your design for consideration as an Electronic Design "Best Design of the Year." We're going to feature articles about the winning products in our December 1, 2006 "Best of" special issue. You'll also get cash, as the top design wins $1000. Good luck!

Click here for more information.

poll

TAKE A POLL!

Do you find trade shows to be useful?
  • Very Useful; I attend at least one show a year for ideas for my designs
  • Somewhat Useful; I can usually count on learning something new
  • Not Useful; It's nice to get out of the office, but I can get info elsewhere

    Vote at ElectronicDesign.com



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