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Electronic Design UPDATE: April 4, 2007

Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | April 4, 2007

Digi “Jump-Starts” Embedded Networking

New Digi JumpStart Kits are full-featured development kits for Digi’s ARM9/ARM7 modules with wired/wireless networking. Powerful, easy to use and affordable, they enable prototyping and application development within 30 minutes of installation. Support for Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0, Linux and Digi’s ThreadX-based NET+OS. Click for special offer and get a “jump-start” on the competition!

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Today's Table of Contents:

  • Editor's View: Where Is The Universal Device Driver?
  • Focus On Embedded Hardware: Tiny, Highly Integrated MCU Suits Portable Applications
  • Now on electronicdesign.com: 2007 Embedded Systems Conference
  • News From The Editors:
    New Technology Boosts Efficiency, Cuts Costs For Inductors In Power Applications
    DC-DC Converters Drive LEDs In High-Current Applications
    Half-Duplex RS-485 Transceivers Measure Just 2 By 2 mm
    Digital Potentiometer Is Simple To Program
  • Embedded in Electronic Design Online: Eclipse-Based Module Kit For $99

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor


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editor's view |

Where Is The Universal Device Driver?
By William Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software editor

In my lab, it's always device driver hell—I don't have two systems that are identical. This is quite different from most corporate environments but typical of most homes. Multiple device drivers are a headache to maintain, and they cause other problems as well...

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focus on embedded hardware |

Tiny, Highly Integrated MCU Suits Portable Applications

An 8-bit microcontroller, the C8051T60x from Silicon Laboratories Inc., packs a 25 MIPS CPU; a 10-bit, 500-ksample/s analog-to-digital converter; and a ±2% oscillator into a 3- by 3-mm package.

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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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now on electronicdesign.com |

Embedded Systems Conference: Silicon Valley, April 1-5, 2007

Don't expect the same old stuff at the 2007 Embedded Systems Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. This year's show will be virtually bursting at the seams, with many vendors setting up shop outside the main exhibit hall. Check out Embedded/Systems/Software Editor William Wong's coverage, including daily updates, product reports, and even video from the show floor.

To see Bill's coverage, visit http://www.elecdesign.com/esc/.


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news from the editors |

New Technology Boosts Efficiency, Cuts Costs For Inductors In Power Applications

A new inductor technology achieves a major improvement in cost and efficiency over existing technology by combining the low dc resistance of a foil-wound inductor with the low ac resistance of a Litz wire-wound inductor, according to West Coast Magnetics.

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DC-DC Converters Drive LEDs In High-Current Applications

A pair of dc-dc converters is specifically designed to drive high-current LEDs at a constant current. The LT3478EFE and LT3478EFE-1 from Linear Technology feature a 2.8- to 36-V input range that suits a wide array of applications, including automotive, industrial, and architectural lighting.

Read the full article...

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Half-Duplex RS-485 Transceivers Measure Just 2 By 2 mm

The small footprints of the MAX13485E and MAX13486E half-duplex RS-485 transceivers suit them well for space-constrained applications such as motor control and mobile sensors. The devices measure only 2 by 2 mm, saving more than 50% of the board space needed by other transceivers.

Read the full article...

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Digital Potentiometer Is Simple To Program

The CAT5126 Digitally Programmable Potentiometer (DPP) from Catalyst Semiconductor Inc. offers one-time wiper programmability via a simple two-wire interface. Designers can set the wiper's value after power-on and disable the interface to prevent further adjustment. Or, they can maintain the interface in the operating condition.

Read the full article...

Ultra-thin Polymer batteries from VARTA Microbattery

Go thin. Go light. Go PoLiFlex®.

New rechargeable PoLiFlex Polymer Lithium batteries from VARTA are the thinnest & lightest we've ever offered! Our thinnest PoLiFlex battery now measures &ln;1mm. With highest energy density, extended cycle life and superb reliability, PoLiFlex opens a new world of mobile technology.

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quick poll |

Cable is king in the United States. Yet in "DSL Dominates Broadband Worldwide," Communications/Test Editor Lou Frenzel says that DSL is catching up and may soon surpass cable's popularity. What's next for this Internet access horserace?
  • Advances like DOCSIS 3.0 and OCAP will keep cable on top
  • Competition will even things out; both technologies will fare well in the market
  • Advances like VDSL2 will propel DSL ahead of cable

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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embedded in electronic design online |

Eclipse-Based Module Kit For $99
By Bill Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor

Netburner's Eclipse Ethernet Development Kit is based on the Mod5270 Core Module, which features a 32-bit, 147-MHz Freescale ColdFire processor with 512 kbytes of flash and 2 Mbytes of external SDRAM. The module has 10/100 Ethernet, 47 digital I/O, three UARTs, I2C, SPI, four-channel DMA, four 32-bit timers, and four programmable interrupt timers.

Read the full article...


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product picks online |

IP-SAN, NAS Software Solution Adds RAID-6 Support
Technical Pact Unites 3D, 2D Illustration Tools
WCDMA Front-End Module Family Handles Any Architecture
Software Automates Testing For Wavesat WiMAX Chip Sets
Step-Down 2.4-MHz Regulator Holds Down Quiescent Current


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upcoming industry events |

ExpoElectronica
April 25 - 28, 2007
Moscow, Russia

Design Automation Conference 2007
Jun 4 - 8, 2007
San Diego, Calif.

The International Robots & Vision Show
Jun 12 - 14, 2007
Ann Arbor, Mich.

See more industry events...

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