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Electronic Design UPDATE: November 29, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
November 29, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Industry View: Don't Assume Anything When It Comes To DFM
  2. Editor's View: Spell It Out For Me
  3. Focus on Power: Dual-Output Synchronous Controller Requires No Sense Resistor
  4. Live on electronicdesign.com: Electronic Design electronica 2006 videos
  5. News From The Editors:
    HDMI Switches Support Multisource, Multisink Video Applications
    Third-Gen Fab Process Will Permit 80-GHz All-Digital Transceiver
    High-Sensitivity Light-To-Frequency Converter Adds Package Option
    Army Tests Command And Control In 3D Software In Field Exercise
  6. Embedded in Electronic Design Online: Car PC, Part 2: The Mini-ITX PC
  7. Product Picks Online:
    Power Film Resistors Take On 20 W at 25°C
    PCI Express IP Cores Target FPGAs
    DFM Tool Enhances Collaboration Between Design Teams
    Small Fanless Computer Systems Based On Nano-ITX
    DC-DC Converter Line Expands With Eight Mid-Power Models
  8. Instant Poll: In his November 16, 2006 editorial, Electronic Design Editor-in-Chief Mark David suggests that given the success of digital audio, video will soon follow. What do you think?
  9. Book Review: By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor
    AC/DC, The Savage Tale of the First Standards War

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, eMedia Editor

industry view

Don't Assume Anything When It Comes To DFM
By Zulki Khan, President and Founder, Nexlogic Technologies Inc.

Design assumptions can have devastating effects, especially now as the electronics industry struggles with the transition to lead-free assemblies and OEMs seek the help of qualified EMS providers familiar with lead-free and RoHS compliance issues...

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editor's view

Spell It Out For Me
By Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor

A couple of days ago, our managing editor sent an e-mail to us technology editors to remind us to spell out acronyms the first time we use them in a story. "They may be common and easily understood by us editors, but they aren't to many of our readers, which include a growing number of students and foreign speakers," he said...

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focus on power

Dual-Output Synchronous Controller Requires No Sense Resistor

The LTC3836 synchronous step-down switching controller can generate two independent output voltages as low as 0.6 V, allowing it to power the latest generation of low-voltage DSPs and microcontrollers...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Electronic Design electronica 2006 videos

Couldn't make it to electronica? Watch as Editors-in-Chief Mark David and Paul Whytock talk trends with representatives from Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, and others on the show floor.

Visit http://www.electronicdesign.com/electronica.

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news from the editors

HDMI Switches Support Multisource, Multisink Video Applications
Four additions to the Pericom Semiconductor high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) switch portfolio expand the company's capabilities with high-bandwidth, differential signal solutions for multisource or multisink video applications...

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Third-Gen Fab Process Will Permit 80-GHz All-Digital Transceiver
Using its third generation of superconducting microelectronics technology, Hypres Inc. has successfully tested ICs featuring a critical current density of 20 kA/cm2...

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High-Sensitivity Light-To-Frequency Converter Adds Package Option
Previously offered only in an eight-pin SOIC surface-mount package, the TSL238 high-sensitivity light-to-frequency converter is now available in a four-pin "T" surface-mount package that is lead-free and RoHS compliant...

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Army Tests Command And Control In 3D Software In Field Exercise
Software developed by CG2 Inc. is being employed in the fall Air Assault Expeditionary Force C4ISR On-The-Move experiment at Ft. Benning, Ga....

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embedded in electronic design online

Car PC, Part 2: The Mini-ITX PC

A Car PC based on an x86 architecture opens up a world of options. In part 2 of this series, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor William Wong builds the Mini-ITX PC based on an ITOX motherboard with tips from Logic Supply. Check out the interview with Scott Hayden, sales director for Logic Supply...

Read the full article here.

product picks online

  • Components: Power Film Resistors Take On 20 W at 25°C
  • Digital: PCI Express IP Cores Target FPGAs
  • Electronic Design Automation: DFM Tool Enhances Collaboration Between Design Teams
  • Embedded Hardware: Small Fanless Computer Systems Based On Nano-ITX
  • Power: DC-DC Converter Line Expands With Eight Mid-Power Models

    Check all of our online product picks at ElectronicDesign.com.

  • instant poll

    TAKE A POLL!

    In his November 16, 2006 editorial, Electronic Design Editor-in-Chief Mark David suggests that given the success of digital audio (e.g. iTunes), video will soon follow. What do you think?
    • Likely: Consumer electronics like the iPod will drive widespread adoption.
    • Somewhat likely: Given their size, bandwith issues must be resolved first.
    • Not likely: There are better options for viewing video.
    Vote at ElectronicDesign.com. The poll is at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!

    book review

    AC/DC, The Savage Tale of the First Standards War
    By Tom McNichol

    Book Review by Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

    Every day, we hear about another ongoing battle for supremacy in some field of electronics. Given my coverage of communications, I hear about the wireless standards battles that never seem to end, like Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and Wi-Fi 802.11n. It's just business as usual. In browsing my local bookstore recently, I ran across a book that describes the first ever standards battle...

    Click here for the full book review.




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