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Electronic Design Update: December 5, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | December 5, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor
and John Arkontaky, Assistant Editor


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viewpoint |

Best Computer Of The Year
By William Wong, Technology Editor

Follow Technology Editor Bill Wong as he pieces together the ultimate PC. Using the best bits of 2007, the four main items in this year's system include the Intel S5000XVN motherboard, AMD's FireGL video card, Seagate's 1-Tbyte Barracuda SATA hard-disk drive, and Lite-On's Blu-ray drive...

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Our revamped Navigation bar has new Design Hotspots. Come check out the latest in EDA, analog, embedded, power, and green design from the ED editors.

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focus on components |

HDDVD/Blu-Ray Decoder/Transcoder SoC Enters Next Generation

Embarking as the first active HDMI switch supporting video-data transfer rates up to 3.4 Gbits/s, the STDVE003A supports full 16-bit color depth for a true HD picture. The device integrates an equalizer to compensate for longer, greater than 20-m cables.

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EiED online |

Teardown: The Best PC Of 2007

When Technology Editor Bill Wong built his concept of the best PC of the year, he made sure the multicore, multidrive system included top-of-the-line components. Read the reviews of Bill Wong's ultimate components of 2007.

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Engineering TV: Episode 91 |

Gecko Climbing Robotics

Robotics research at the University of Stanford has developed a climbing robot that is modeled after the best climber in the world, the gecko. The robot uses its feet to peel off from the wall while actuators move the vehicle up the wall.

To see the episode, click here...


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news from the editors |

Analog Devices CFO To Retire In May

Joseph E. McDonough, chief financial officer and vice president of finance at Analog Devices, will retire in May 2008. McDonough, 60, joined ADI in 1983 and has served as CFO since 1991. ADI did not disclose McDonough's reasons for retiring after 24 years with the company.

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Organic Transistor/Memory Market Will Hit $21.6 Billion By 2015

Fueled by a growing demand for flexible, large-area electronic circuitry, the organic transistor and memory market will climb to $21.6 billion by 2015, according to a research report by industry analyst NanoMarkets.

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SES SIRIUS Positioning Latest European Satellite

SES SIRIUS AB is now bringing its latest satellite, SIRIUS 4, into its final orbital position at 5° East following its successful launch from the Baikonur space facility. The company expects the satellite to be commercially available beginning in January 2008, after extensive in-orbit testing.

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Micron Debuts Solid State Drives

Riding a surge in NAND-based memory devices, Micron Technology entered the growing solid state drive (SSD) market with its RealSSD family of products that includes the RealSSD Solid State Drive, RealSSD Embedded USB, and the RealSSD Module.

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NAND Flash Suppliers See Q3 Growth

NAND flash memory sales saw strong growth in the third quarter, with global revenue rising 37% to $4.2 billion from $3 billion during the same period in 2006.

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Electronic Design Announcement
Portable Designs with High-Power Batteries and Chargers
Wednesday, December 5 at 2:00 pm ET; presented by Micro Power

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.

Click here to register...



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quick poll |

In the Dec. 13 issue's Engineering Feature, Editor-In-Chief Joe Desposito will look at what's next in digital home technology. What would you like to see most in your home of the (near) future?
  • A complete multimedia system
  • "Smart" environmental controls
  • Comprehensive home security
  • Efficient power management
  • Other

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 |

Touch-Sensing Controllers Eliminate Mechanical Buttons, Switches
Celeron SBCs Can Take Their Lumps
Power Modules Offer Multiple Mounting Configurations
3.3-GHz Handheld Spectrum Analyzer Includes Tracking Generator
PCB Terminal Blocks Handle High-Current Applications


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upcoming industry events |

Portable Designs with High-Power Batteries and Chargers
Dec. 5
Webinar

International Conference on Field-Programmable Technology
Dec. 12-14
Dallas, Texas

Tessera U.S. Technology Symposium
Jan. 21, 2008
Santa Clara, Calif.

See more industry events...

Electronic Design Announcement
Your Ideas For Design Can Win $500

Send us your Ideas for Design and we'll pay you $150 for every Idea for Design that we publish. In addition, the year's top design as selected by our readers will earn an additional $500, with two runners-up each receiving $250. You can submit your Ideas for Design via e-mail to: [email protected] or, mail your material to:

Ideas for Design
Electronic Design
45 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 550
Paramus, NJ 07652

Click here for our guidelines on Ideas for Design...



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ED bookstore |

Security Data Visualization: Graphical Techniques For Network Analysis
By Greg Conti

Network security has been the realm of configuration files, pull down menus, and traffic traces that are wonderfully arcane and tricky to tackle. This book takes a look at some of the available techniques and the different areas where graphical presentation can make a difference. Not surprisingly, the book is full of images highlighting these methodologies.

To buy the book, click here...

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