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Electronic Design Update: October 24, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | October 24, 2007

Ready for 40 & 100GigE High-Speed Backplanes

Design backplanes today that are capable of future performance requirements. Meet the IEEE 802.3ap v3.2 10GBASE-KR standard with margin for future upgrades. Amphenol TCS backplane connectors XCede and Crossbow meet and exceed the increased ICR requirements, providing electrical performance for 10 Gbps serial data rate capability and beyond.

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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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editor's view |

Serial Data Link Analysis (SDLA) Software Opens The Eyes Of Designers
By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

With multi-gigabit rates traversing widely used FR4 pc-board backplanes, you can expect significant attenuation and distortion of the signal—not to mention the occasional surprise. Techniques such as pre-emphasis and de-emphasis as well as various forms of equalization have been developed to offset the signal degradation over the link. But how do you know beforehand what's needed, what will work, and in what combination? With Tektronix's Serial Data Link Analysis (SDLA) software, you can measure, predict, and test various solutions to optimize and finalize your design...

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focus on components |

7-in. Digital TFT Displays Handle Many Applications

Featuring a 7-in. diagonal, 16:9 widescreen format, and 800-by-480 resolution, the 14 models in the PM070WXx/Lx/Tx line of digital active-matrix TFT LCDs from AZ Displays Inc. suit a wide variety of applications. The displays use a cost-effective chip-on-glass internal construction and a "stripe" pixel configuration for the color filter...

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EiED online |

ESC Boston Product Roundup, Round 2

Technology Editor Bill Wong sums up another set of products on display at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.

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Join Electronic Design in the first of a series of Hotspot Webinars: Exploring How Good GUIs Drive Adoption in the Digital Power Management Space

A good GUI can help engineers design power systems for IT applications. The Webcast, scheduled for Wednesday, October 24 at 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT and presented by Primarion, will examine real-world design situations and how a good GUI not only makes programming POLs more intuitive, it also organizes your thinking so important details aren't overlooked.

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Engineering TV: Episode 80 |

Three-Legged Strider Robotics

Engineers can apply passive dynamic locomotion to robotics to create walking robots with three legs. Two outer parallel legs balance the robot, while a third middle leg swings between them to catch the weight of the system.

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news from the editors |

Complete Tuner For DVB And VSAT Satellite Applications Eliminates LNA

Direct broadcast video (DVB), DirecTV, Dish Network DBS, and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite applications continue to grow, creating a need for a high-performance receiver. Maxim Integrated Products' MAX2112 direct-conversion receiver comes complete with mixers, a synthesized local oscillator, filters, and related support circuits on a single chip.

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IQ Demodulator Cuts 3G Basestation Component Count By 75%

The TRF3710 quadrature demodulator from Texas Instruments manages direct down conversion in 3G basestations. Using this device in place of the traditional superheterodyne architectures common in infrastructure designs reduces the need for external filters, attenuators and amplifiers, and other support circuits, cutting component count in the receive chain by as much as 75%.

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HDD Breaks Density Record

At the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference in Tokyo, Western Digital demonstrated hard-disk-drive (HDD) technology with a storage-area density of 520 Gbits per square inch, allegedly the highest to date.

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Dell Sets Global Challenge For A Green Computer

Hoping to create the environmentally friendly computer of the future, Dell has issued a global challenge to people of all ages who share the goal of protecting the Earth to help its engineers design the most environmentally responsible computing technology, with a $10,000 prize for the winner.

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quick poll |

Many critics say that the U.S. patent system is flawed. What is the biggest problem with the system?
  • The government can't keep up with the volume of applications.
  • Big companies use their resources to push little companies around unfairly.
  • Little companies use loopholes to file unmerited lawsuits.
  • It's too difficult to go after foreign companies that violate patents.
  • Aside from some minor problems, the system is fine and doesn't need fixing.

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 |

White LED Backlighting In LCD Modules Eliminates Inverters
SBC Employs Freescale's Dual-Core PowerPC 8641D
Fiber-Optic Repeater Allows Star Configuration
Software Permits Non-Intrusive Recording In Real-Time Systems
USB Test Software Adds HID Functions


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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 |

11th OpenAccess+ Conference
Nov. 5
Santa Clara, Calif.

Printed Electronics USA Conference
Nov. 12-15
San Francisco, Calif.

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

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Portable Designs with High Power Batteries and Chargers
A new Webcast presented by Micro Power
Wednesday, November 28 at 2:00 pm ET

Robin Sarah Tichy, PhD, Technical Marketing Manager at Micro Power Electronics Inc, provides an industry update and profiles new high-power (or high-pulse) rechargeable lithium batteries. Traditional lithium batteries support pulses of 5 A, while new high-power batteries support pulses over 100 A, enabling many new portable applications. This Webcast details cell configurations, chemical formulations, electrical performance, safety issues, limitations, and sample performance data.

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Vote For This Year's Top Stories And Win A T-Shirt

Which Leapfrog and Idea For Design are number one? You be the judge. The ED editors have compiled a list of this year's top 10 most-viewed Leapfrogs and Ideas For Design articles from our publication. Now all that is left is to determine which are number one. On December 3 Electronic Design will launch its third annual Best Electronic Design issue, in which two champion articles will be presented as your favorites. So if you have a particular article that you've held on to throughout the year, or want to see what your fellow EEs are reading the most, click on the link and take a look at this year's best of the best. As a special thank you we will be doing a random drawing of participants, giving away Electronic Design T-shirts to 10 winners.

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ED bookstore |

The LabVIEW Style Book
By Peter A. Blume

National Instruments' LabVIEW is more than 20 years old, but most programmers have not had the benefit of using it. There are many UML (Unified Modeling Language) programmers, but most tend to deal with text-based programming languages, with C and Visual Basic at the top of the heap.

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