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Electronic Design Update: October 22, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | October 22, 2008 | FREE magazine subscription digital or print!
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scope |
Lunar Robot Takes Working Vacation In Hawaii
By Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

The fall is a wonderful time to visit Hawaii—even if you’re a robot, and especially if you’re training to go to the moon someday. Next month, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, NASA, and other organizations will test their four-wheeled Scarab lunar rover on the rocky slopes of Mauna Kea. This dormant volcano, Hawaii’s highest mountain, will serve as a stand-in for the moon.

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commentary |
IBM and Mentor Graphics Team Up On 22-nm Computational Lithography
By David Maliniak, EDA Editor

Photolithography equipment has seen remarkable progress in recent years, with current immersion technology staying just ahead of the curve (with a huge assist from gains in reticle-enhancement technology). But it’s becoming increasingly apparent that so-called next-generation lithography is not going to arrive in time to prop up yields at advanced process nodes such as 22 nm.

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design hotspots |


Analog · What's All This Space Heater Stuff, Anyhow? | By Bob Pease
Analog · Simple Threshold Switch For An LED Indicator | By Robert H. Russell, Garmire Russell Associates

Power · GaN-Based Power Device Signals Next-Gen Power Conversion | By Joe Desposito, Editor-in-Chief

Embedded · FPGAs Get Behind The Wheel Of In-Cabin Automotive Systems | By Dave Elliott, Altera


engineer's resource |
Designer's Guide To PoE

The PoE Designer's Guide focuses on what design engineers need to know about Power Over Ethernet&emdash;a protocol for transmitting power and data signals over standard local-are network (LAN) infrastructure.

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IFD of the week |
Six MOSFETs, Four Pins Create Two-Input Combo NAND/NOR Gate
Lakshmi Narasimharao Chitturi, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant

This CMOS two-input combination NAND/NOR gate is a three-input, four-pin logic gate. A p-channel enhancement type MOSFET (Q1) and an n-channel enhancement-type MOSFET (Q4) form one complementary connection. Q2 and Q6 form a second complementary connection, while Q3 and Q5 form the third.

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You've measured the jitter, now how do you fix it?
While making accurate measurements is important, you need to identify the root causes of jitter problems before you can minimize them. Keys to success include understanding how to best use your jitter analysis tool, plus how jitter propagates in a communications system.
Find out more here www.agilent.com/find/jitter_info



video of the week |
VIDEO: Riding Shotgun In Tesla’s Roadster

Henri Komrij, R&D Manager for Agilent Technologies' Component Test Division, shows off the N9912A FieldFox RF Analyzer. Watch it now...




Engineering TV |
Wi-Fi DAQ Devices

At NIWeek 2008, National Instruments unveiled 10 new Wi-Fi and Ethernet DAQ devices. National Instruments Wi-Fi data acquisition (DAQ) devices combine IEEE 802.11 wireless or Ethernet communication, direct sensor connectivity, and the flexibility of NI LabVIEW software for remote monitoring of electrical, physical, mechanical, and acoustical signals. With built-in signal conditioning and the highest commercially available network security, NI Wi-Fi DAQ devices stream data in real time for easy-to-use, high-performance remote measurements.


news from the editors |
Product Portfolio Covers Wireless USB Needs

Including a USB-IF certified wireless host controller interface (WHCI) and host wire adapter (HWA) host controllers as well as native and device wire adapter (DWA) devices, Realtek Semiconductor offers a complete Wireless USB product portfolio that’s unique in the industry.

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WiMedia-Compatible Chip Set Suits Video Transfer Applications

Comprising the CMOS TZR7200 RF chip and the TZB7200 MAC baseband chip, the WiMedia-compatible ZeroWire chip set from TZero offers features that make it a top choice for video transfer.

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Single-Chip Transceiver Targets Wireless USB Apps

The WSR601 single-chip Wireless USB transceiver from Wisair is a single-die CMOS device targeting host and device Wireless USB applications. It implements PHY, MAC, and Wireless USB subsystems in a small form factor.

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Read eBook: The Dangers of Counterfeit Battery Packs
The quantifiable impact of imitation battery packs to the OEM includes increased safety risks for customers, greater product returns due to non-performing batteries, reduced customer satisfaction, and reduced revenue for batteries supplied by the original manufacturer. This interactive eBook provides an analysis of several counterfeit batteries and details some of the safety issues found.
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Monitor Checks Body Parameters To Measure Arousal

A new ambulatory arousal monitor uses a combination of body parameters to monitor a person’s arousal level, according to its developers at IMEC’s Holst Centre. The device’s compact form factor and long battery life allow its use in applications such as mobile gaming and clinical trials.

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quick poll |
Laptops and smart phones are just the beginning. Mobile Internet devices, specifically designed for Web connectivity, are on their way. Will you be getting one?

  • Yes! I can't wait to surf anytime, anywhere.
  • If the right device comes along, I might get one.
  • No thanks. I don't need any more gadgets.
Click here to take the poll. Remember to scroll down. The poll is at the bottom of the page.


focus product |
Six-Phase Controllers Meet Intel’s Latest VR11.1 Requirements

Crowned the industry’s first six-phase PWM controllers, the ADP4000 and ADP4100 meet the current performance requirements of Intel’s VR11.1 specification, the latest desktop/server spec for 2008 desktop and server platforms to conserve power during light-loading to save energy and generate less heat.

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product picks online |
Synchronous Switching Buck Controllers Deliver Up to 12 A



Embedded Wi-Fi Module Eases Space Concerns



400-W ATX Supply Carries Medical Approvals



Pulse/Pattern Generators Balance Price And Performance



UXGA LCD Abets Medical Diagnostic Imaging




upcoming industry events |
Embedded Systems Conference
Boston, Mass.
Oct. 26 - 30




Application Workshops For High-Performance Electronic Design
North Amerca, Asia, Europe
Oct. 9 - Nov. 12




Scaling Engineering and Scientific Performance for the Workgroup – What’s the Best Infrastructure for You?
Webinar
Nov. 6





ED bookstore |
MOST: The Automotive Multimedia Network
By Andreas Grzemba

The book is a collection of articles about MOST and its architecture and implementation. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field and the chapters work surprisingly well with each other—providing excellent depth and technical details while being a relatively easy read for anyone with a networking background.

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