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Electronic Design Update: April 16, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter |   April 16, 2008
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Introduction to Green Engineering
Learn about the green engineering and sustainable design practices that are being developed and deployed with National Instruments products and technologies to conserve energy, identify process inefficiencies, increase uptime, and reduce scrap.
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techview |
Fibre Channel Still Alive And Well With 8-Gbit/s Switches And HBAs
By Louis Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

Fibre Channel (FC) has been the storage-area network (SAN) connection technology of choice for years. Competition from the Ethernet-based iSCSI has made SAN market inroads over the past few years, and there’s no doubt that increased competition will continue. However, FC certainly isn’t dead.

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engineer's resource |
Webinar: Wireless Sensing Networks: A Survey Of Design Options
Presented by Winland Electronics
April 30


Developing a wireless sensor network can be an awesome challenge or a simple matter of picking the right module, depending on who you ask. Off-the-shelf solutions have certain advantages, but may not be the best overall solution to your problem. Homegrown or custom solutions can be designed to overcome specific challenges, so they can be critical for certain projects. Learn more about the technical pros and cons of both options in this live course.
Click here to register.

ESC 2008

The Embedded Systems Conference is here and it looks to be even better than last year's—despite the downturn in the economy. Not even flagging home sales could deter the number of announcements and new products. Come check out the daily highlights from the show and exclusive commentary.
Click here to view our Web page


focus on EDA |
High-Performance, Large-Capacity FPGAs Launch For Space Apps

Reprogrammable, radiation-tolerant, and optimized for high-performance logic, DSP, and embedded processing, the Virtex-4QV family of FPGAs reportedly comprise the first such devices for space applications to offer multiple platforms meeting the processing needs of video, audio, radar streams, and packet processing functions.

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EiED online |
Intel’s Atom

Technology Editor Bill Wong takes a look at Intel’s new Centrino Atom processor designed for low-power, mobile Internet devices (MIDs) as well as other embedded applications.

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Learn how to automate your test system using solid state switches
This application note from Agilent provides a complete overview of FET, PIN diode, and hybrid solid-state switches. It discusses the features of each type of switch, which specifications to consider and why, and gives application examples.
To learn more and download the note, click here.



Engineering TV |
Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory

Research at the Energy and Engines Conversion Laboratory at Colorado State University focuses on fuels, energy conversion, and energy distribution. Applications are concentrated in transportation, air quality, indoor air quality, village energy systems, and distributed energy. Products developed at the EECL in partnership with their industrial sponsors have reduced pollution in the atmosphere by millions of tons and have saved over 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

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news from the editors |
Infineon Signs On To EU’s eCall Initiative

With the signing of a memorandum of understanding, Infineon Technologies has thrown its support behind eCall, a European Commission automotive safety initiative for automatically reporting car accidents.

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Danish Utility To Cut CO2 Footprint Two Tons Per Household

Modstroem, a Danish utility company, is guaranteeing its customers savings on their electricity bill with a new energy-monitoring product based on Z-Wave tools. The Modstroem solution allows the company to advise consumers on how to reduce their energy consumption.

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Declarable Substance Guide Under Extensive Revision

The Joint Industry Guide (JIG) for Material Composition Declaration for Electronics Products, version 101A, is undergoing an extensive revision. The guide provides a standardized list of substances for supply-chain disclosure that may be present in parts or components supplied to electronics manufacturers that are relevant for disclosure due to regulatory or other purposes.

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NXP, STMicro Create Wireless Joint Venture

NXP and STMicroelectronics are combining key wireless operations to form a joint-venture company with strong relationships with all major handset manufacturers. The new company will have the size to better meet customer needs in 2G, 2.5G, 3G, multimedia, connectivity, and future wireless technologies, according to the parent companies.

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Learn Strategies for Reducing Cost of Test at the 2008 Automated Test Summit
Leading test and measurement companies worldwide are taking part in this virtual industry event, hosted by National Instruments, to share their tips and best practices for reducing cost of test. By participating in this online event, you can experience the presentations, exhibitors, and dynamic atmosphere of a traditional conference — all from the convenience of your desk.
Access session overviews and register for this free event.



quick poll |
How do you use operating-system virtualization?

  • In applications for security
  • In applications for legacy support
  • In applications for system management
  • On a host for development tools
  • Not using virtualization at all

Click here to take the poll. Remember to scroll down. The poll is at the bottom.


product picks online |
12-Bit DAC Delivers 4 Gsamples/s



16-Bit Digital Receiver Card Enlists Dual FPGAs



AC-DC Supplies Pack 600 W Of Peak Power



Surface-Probe Calibrator Ensures Accuracy



Micro-Miniature TCXOs Outfit GPS Designs



Our editors have been busy! Come read their commentaries and check out exclusive videos from ESC, CTIA, Mobile World Congress, APEC, and Embedded World exhibitions and see the technology of tomorrow from major players in the electronics industry.



upcoming industry events |
Next Generation Networks & Basestations
Bath, England
April 22-25




SAS Open House
San Jose, Calif.
May 6




PCB East 2008
Tinley Park, Ill.
May 11-16


Click here for more industry events and Web seminars on our PlanetEE.com Web site.


ED bookstore |
Industrial Networking Texts: Two Selections

Read up on Communications/Test Editor Louis Frenzel's reviews and recommendations on two reference guides from the industiral networking industry. "Industrial Ethernet, 2nd Ed." by P.S. Marshall and J.S. Rinaldi introduces how Ethernet carries the TCP/IP protocol suite and covers Ethernet hardware. The second book, "Industrial Data Communications, 4th Ed.," by L.M. Thompson, covers a rainbow of topics within the serial-data communications field.

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