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Electronic Design UPDATE: February 22, 2006

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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter Electronic Design Magazine Electronic Design ==> www.electronicdesign.com February 22, 2006

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News From The Editors *Miniature Motion Sensor Uses Standard CMOS Technology *$20 MCU Development Tool Contained In USB Stick *Low-Power Wi-Fi Chip Set Brags 20-mm Square Footprint 4. Magazine Highlights: February 16, 2006 *Cover Feature: Engineering Feature -- Redefining The Workstation *Technology Report -- Spring "Board" To FPGA Design Success *Leapfrog: First Look -- Novel Digital Isolators Rely On Capacitors *Design Solution -- Improve EMC In Class D Amplifier Applications Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Industry View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** Standards Will Speed Development, Cut Costs For Telecom OEMs By Terry Pearson, VP of Product Management, Enea Telecom platform development is on the verge of dramatic change. Hardware standards such as the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) and Service Availability Forum (SAF) standards have created a shift in thinking. Telecom designers now can leverage a standard platform, enabling them to focus their energies on product-differentiating tasks. The question remains, though, if that is the best we can do. The answer is a definitive no. We also now have the option of using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) middleware to further reduce development time and cost... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216D6:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Simplify waveform analysis with Wave Inspector The new Tektronix DPO4000 oscilloscope family offers groundbreaking Wave Inspector for viewing, navigating, and analyzing waveform data. Models range up to 1 GHz, 5 GS/s and 10 M record length/ch, USB, 10.4" XGA display, serial triggering and a small footprint. Free application note through TestEquity describes how to simplify analysis of long-record acquisitions using Wave Inspector. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216D7:484C79 **************************************************************** *******************Live on ElectronicDesign.com***************** Free Webcast: Boost DSP Throughput with Low-Cost FPGAs Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 2:00 pm ET Designers are increasingly turning to FPGAs to help accelerate DSP performance and add extra compute power as a coprocessor. Lattice Semiconductor's latest-generation FPGAs have built-in, advanced DSP blocks that each contain a pipelined multiplier/accumulator engine. Learn how to implement DSP functions in these latest low-cost, high-performance FPGAs. One lucky participant will receive the ispLever Development Tool for FPGA and CPLD design. Register today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=2012B:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On Power ********************** ***15-A POL Converter Is Easily Configured There's no need for programming, external controllers, or bus interfaces with the 15-A ZY1015 No-Bus point-of-load (POL) converter. Housed in a low-profile package, the hardware-configurable digital POL only requires simple pin strapping, an external trim resistor, and a capacitor for configuration. The ZY1015 utilizes a 3- to 14-V input range and provides a 0.5- to 5.5-V user-configurable output that can start up into pre-biased loads. Power-management functionality is configurable during development or use. The part features sequencing with configurable delays, tracking, and cascading between multiple outputs; feedback-loop compensation parameters that can be optimized for specific applications; noise and electromagnetic-interference control via frequency synchronization and programmable phase interleave; output current and temperature measurements via monitoring pins; and current sharing of up to 10 No-Bus POLs. The ZY1015 has a 16- by 32-mm surface-mount footprint and is 8 mm high. Pricing is $10.40 each in 10,000-piece quantities. Samples are usually available from stock, and production quantities are typically available in four to six weeks. Power-One Inc. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216D8:484C79 ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Miniature Motion Sensor Uses Standard CMOS Technology The University of Florida is pursuing a patent on a tiny motion sensor that can be produced using standard manufacturing technology, a development that may make the technology affordable enough to become standard in many consumer devices. The chip is significant because it can be manufactured using industry-standard CMOS technology. Previous attempts at creating miniature motion sensors, while successful, were very expensive to produce because they required new or nonstandard manufacturing technology. Although developing the first few sensors was expensive, researchers estimated it could cost $10 or less if mass-produced. The 3-mm square single-chip motion sensor uses one-thousandth of a watt of power, meaning it has the potential to operate for as long as a year on a standard watch battery. In addition, it's so sensitive that it can register sound and motion. A few cell phones, PDAs, and laptops already use motion sensors. In PDAs, for instance, they may allow users who are reading a book to "turn the page" by simply turning the PDA over in their palm. University of Florida ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216D9:484C79 ***$20 MCU Development Tool Contained In USB Stick Housed in a compact USB stick form factor, the eZ430-F2013 is a complete microcontroller (MCU) development and evaluation tool that costs just $20. Texas Instruments claims it is the only full MCU development tool contained in a USB stick. The tool enables new users to evaluate the MSP430 ultra-low-power MCU architecture while also giving experienced developers the resources needed to complete an entire MSP430 project. The eZ430-F2013 connects to a standard PC USB port and is self-powered. The USB stick houses an emulation interface board and removable MSP430F2013 target board. Only two signals -- power and ground -- are needed to connect the emulation interface and target. A free IAR Kick Start Embedded Workbench IDE containing a debugger, assembler, and C compiler also is included. Users can tap into more than 100 free C and assembler source code examples that are available from TI's Web site. Free eZ430-F2013 tools will be provided to attendees at TI's fourth annual 430 Day, to be held at more than 100 locations worldwide beginning in May 2006. This free three-hour event will offer a detailed overview of the MSP430 ultra-low-power MCU and live eZ430 demonstrations. Register for 430 Day at the TI Web site. Texas Instruments ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216DA:484C79 ***Low-Power Wi-Fi Chip Set Brags 20-mm Square Footprint The low-power NRX700 Wi-Fi chip set from Nanoradio AB has a total die size of 20 mm square, which the company claims is the smallest footprint in the market. The two-chip NRX700 targets mobile phones and other handheld applications. In addition, it supports the emerging need for wireless local-area network functionality in headsets and other audio devices. The NRX700 consists of a silicon-germanium RF transceiver IC with an on-chip RF power amplifier and a CMOS baseband-MAC IC with on-chip power management. Current consumption is 130 mA at +18-dBm RF output, 53 mA during receive mode, and 0.05 mA in standby. The NRX700 chip set is available both as bumped die and in a system-in-package solution that includes RF filters, baluns, and an antenna switch. Evaluation kits of the NRX700 are available now. Production quantities are expected in the third quarter of 2006. Nanoradio AB ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216DB:484C79 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Electronic Design Is Looking For A Technology Editor Are you a talented engineer with a knack for writing? Then we may have the job for you. Electronic Design is looking for a new Technology Editor to do front-line writing for print and associated eMedia properties. This editor will develop and write feature reports, product coverage, news, and columns. The qualified candidate needs the ability to clearly present technical information in written form. A strong electronic engineering background and familiarity with any of a wide range of electronic technologies is required, and expertise in digital semiconductor technology is preferred. Interested candidates should e-mail their resume to Editor-in-Chief Mark David at mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. February 16, 2006: * Cover Feature: Engineering Feature -- Redefining The Workstation Embedded PCs In Instrumentation, distributed communications, and software are connecting engineers to new test tools. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216DC:484C79 * Technology Report -- Spring "Board" To FPGA Design Success FPGA development boards run the gamut from simple evaluation cards to application-targeted models that let you explore options. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216DD:484C79 * Leapfrog: First Look -- Novel Digital Isolators Rely On Capacitors A new brand of isolator pushes CMOS signaling rates to 150 Mbits/s and magnetic isolation to six orders of magnitude beyond the specs. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216DE:484C79 * Design Solution -- Improve EMC In Class D Amplifier Applications Besides reducing EMI, new modulation techniques and filter architectures provide the cost benefits and audio performance of class AB designs. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216DF:484C79 For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=216E0:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- Bus and Board Show: Part 2 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, "Bus and Board Show: Part 2." This year's Bus and Board show brought out a range of issues, from the European Union's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances to VME's 25th anniversary. Hear about the new Aurora fabric, and find out what else Bill Wong discovered at the show. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=20D25:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! In his recent State of the Union Address, President Bush proposed an American Competitiveness Initiative. Which element of that initiative will best prepare the U.S. to compete in the global marketplace? -- Increased funding for technology research programs -- A permanent R&D tax credit -- More rigorous math/science education programs Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15410:484C79 ****************************************************************

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