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Electronic Design UPDATE: January 18, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter Electronic Design Magazine Electronic Design ==> www.electronicdesign.com January 18, 2006


*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** You Define. We Design. They Deliver. Grayhill Custom Mobile Solutions are built-to-order, ruggedized mobile tablets and handhelds that can be efficiently tailored to your needs ... in quantities as low as 100 units. Our in-house production facility and extensive component library let us accommodate your most demanding applications, quickly and with low up-front costs. Click below to learn how Grayhill customized hardware solutions help users work smarter, not harder. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E168:484C79 **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. News Focus *OIF Forms New Implementation Agreements 2. News From The Editors *Low-Voltage Analog Switches Target Portable Designs *Digital Video Receiver Chip Adds TV To PCs *Chip Resistor Maintains 0.03-Percent Ratio Stability 3. TechView Scope *What Trends Will Affect You In 2006? 4. Upcoming Industry Events *DesignCon 2006 *Smart Manufacturing For Electronics *PCB Design Conference West 5. Book Review *"Rapid System Prototyping with FPGAs" Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:lmaliniak@penton.com **************************************************************** ********************** 1. News Focus ********************** OIF Forms New Implementation Agreements The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has introduced three significant implementation agreements (IAs) in its continuing effort to improve and fine-tune the world's fiber-optic networks. This nonprofit organization works with the world's leading carriers, component manufacturers, system vendors, and other standards organizations to accelerate the deployment of interoperable, cost-effective, and robust optical networks. The OIF's work groups develop standards-like documents that specify uniform, interoperable methods that optical equipment vendors and telecom carriers use to implement global networks. Two of the new IAs -- Security Extensions for UNI and NNI (for control plane functions) and Security for Management Interfaces to Network Elements (related to provisioning and monitoring agreements) -- address security issues. Both IAs help safeguard transport networks against security threats and attacks. They leverage recently improved Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) security mechanisms, including IPsec and Internet key exchange. Also, they ensure that the protocols work with both IPv4 and IPv6. The third IA is the Multi-Source Agreement for Integratable Tunable Laser Assemblies. It details a communications protocol, electrical interface, power supply, optical specifications, and mechanical interface for use in telecom equipment operating in the C or L band. Also, it focuses on the standardization of a continuous-wave laser subassembly for integration into the larger 3.5- by 4.5-in. transponders as well as the popular mall-form-factor 3- by 2.2-in. transponder. Optical Internetworking Forum ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E169:484C79 **************************************************************** *******************Live on ElecDesign.com*********************** Free Web Seminar: Troubleshooting Common Circuit Problems Using Digital Oscilloscopes Thursday, February 9, 2005 at 2:00 pm ET Join us to learn about the techniques available in modern digital oscilloscopes for troubleshooting circuit problems. This seminar will focus on practical, real-world examples showing how to troubleshoot common failure modes of circuits and components. Topics discussed will include finding small signals in the presence of noise, EMI/ESD tests, and troubleshooting crosstalk. Register today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E16A:484C79 Free eBook: Black-Box Approach To ADCs This eBook provides a black-box approach to the traditional analog-to-digital coverter (ADC) tutorial. It concentrates on the common characteristics of all ADCs and what they imply for the system-level designer. The second chapter is now available. Download the first two chapters today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1975B:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Low-Voltage Analog Switches Target Portable Designs Three low-resistance analog switches from ON Semicondutor are designed for high-current switching of an audio signal in low-voltage portable and wireless applications. The lead-free six-, 10-, and 16-pin analog switches only consume between 1.2 sq. mm and 4.7 sq. mm of board space, which the company claims is up to 70 percent less than competing switches. The NLAS3799MNR2G is a low-voltage, ultra-low on-resistance, dual dual-pole dual-throw switch. It achieves total harmonic distortion of 0.11 percent and on resistance of 0.35 ohm. The NLAS5223MNR2G is a low-voltage, ultra-low on-resistance dual single-pole dual-throw (SPDT) switch. Finally, the NLAS5123MNR2G is a 1-ohm on-resistance single SPDT analog switch with 0.012-percent total harmonic distortion and break-before-make capability. Respective pricing is set at $0.97, $0.67, and $0.56 each in 10,000-unit quantities ON Semiconductor ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E16B:484C79 ***Digital Video Receiver Chip Adds TV To PCs The DIB7710-P digital video broadcast receiver chip makes it easier to add a TV receiver to a PC. Developed by DiBcom, the digital video broadcasting-terrestrial (DVB-T) chip consumes just 250 mW. Its PCI interface simplifies integration with a tuner chip onto a small PCI add-in card. The chip rounds out the company's family of DVB-T chips, which includes the DIB7700-P. This version's USB 2.0 interface can be incorporated as part of a USB "dongle" for use with desktop or laptop systems. The DIB7710-P can be used in single-antenna or diversity modes. The diversity mode offers up to an 11-dB gain, allowing systems to use smaller antennas or achieve improved coverage. Contact the company for OEM pricing. DiBcom ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E16C:484C79 ***Chip Resistor Maintains 0.03-Percent Ratio Stability The CDHV thick-film chip resistor divider maintains good ratio stability under high voltages. It's designed for use in high-voltage power supplies, power switching equipment, and inverter controls. Manufactured with an alumina substrate, the CDHV can handle voltages up to 3 kV, with a voltage coefficient down to 5 ppm/V. Resistance values of 1 mega-ohm to 20 giga-ohms are available in a range of standard and custom resistance ratios from 10:1 to 500:1. At 2000 hours, the ratio stability is less than 0.03 percent at full power and 70 deg. C. The CDHV comes in a small 2512 case and has a choice of top-only and wraparound terminations. The top-only resistor divider is 0.240 by 0.126 in. with a profile of 0.025 in. Pricing starts at $1.95 each in 1000-piece quantities. Lead time is six to eight weeks. Vishay Intertechnology ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E16D:484C79 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Give us your view and we may give you a t-shirt! Take our short "Industry Barometer" online survey to give us your unique view of the electronics industry. Five minutes is all it takes to answer eight short questions and enter to win one of five stylish Electronic Design t-shirts. Go to http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1CFBC:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 3. TechView Scope ********************** What Trends Will Affect You In 2006? Changes and trends coming in 2006 are likely to affect how we live, work, and play. That's according to the latest issue of the IEEE-USA Today's Engineer Online, which examines the coming trends in technology, energy, climate change, workforce, employment benefits, immigration, infrastructure, and the economy. In "What Lies Ahead: Forecast for 2006," Today's Engineer author George McClure, a noted expert on technology careers and retirement benefits, looks at where things are today and where they're likely headed. For example, significant upgrades are needed to repair the United States' crumbling infrastructure, including $50 billion to improve the national power grid over the next five years. "As power demand increases by 50 percent in 20 years," McClure writes, "so will the problem of getting it to the user, as well as the prospect for further blackouts, if reliability is not improved." The article also addresses the economy and employment issues. McClure suggests that because of continued growth in productivity, the gross domestic product (GDP) likely will grow at 3.5 percent for the next year. Unemployment will continue at about the same 5-percent rate. Pressure to deal with the guest worker issue, both with terms for H-1B work visas and for a solution to the illegal immigration problem, will continue. Pressure also is building for a trade adjustment assistance act to provide benefits for workers displaced in the services sector because their jobs moved elsewhere. Read the full-length article at the Today's Engineer Web site. IEEE-USA ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E16E:484C79 *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Free Test & Measurement Catalog Keithley has published its new 2006 Test and Measurement Catalog, a desktop reference guide offering details on its general-purpose and sensitive sourcing and measurement products. These include solutions for DC to RF, for sourcing, switching and measurement, from lab to production applications. Each catalog section contains a tutorial on test-system design and use with practical tips to help users avoid common measurement errors, increase productivity, and lower their cost of testing. Call 1-800-588-9238 for a copy, or visit http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E176:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Upcoming Industry Events ********************** February 6-9, DesignCon 2006 Santa Clara, Calif. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B2DE:484C79 February 21-23, Smart Manufacturing For Electronics Conference San Francisco, Calif. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E177:484C79 March 26-31, PCB Design Conference West Santa Clara, Calif. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1CFBE:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 5. Book Review ********************** "Rapid System Prototyping with FPGAs: Accelerating the Design Process" By R.C. Cofer and Ben Harding If you've never been part of an FPGA project and now you must manage or develop an FPGA, then this book is for you. If you're trying to figure out how to build a design with an FPGA or use particular FPGA development tools, then this book isn't for you... Read the full book review at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E170:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- Insteon Now 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, "Insteon Now." Building a better mousetrap? That's what Insteon from SmartHome is. Insteon is a replacement for the venerable X-10. Bill Wong checks out the Insteon development kits for combining powerline control with embedded devices. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1E171:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! How much personal satisfaction do you derive from your work as an engineer? -- A great deal -- A moderate amount -- A little -- None Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15410:484C79 ****************************************************************




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