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Electronic Design Update: November 12, 2008

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Green Engineering – Measure It, Fix It.
Green Engineering features measurement and control techniques to help you design, develop, and improve technologies resulting in environmental benefits. Learn about the green engineering practices that are being developed and deployed with NI technologies to help you conserve energy, identify process inefficiencies, and reduce scrap. Download the free E-Kit.


scope |
VIDEO: Chevy Volt Takes Charge In New York City
By Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

GM’s top designers are taking the Chevy Volt on tour, stopping earlier this month to show the extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) in New York City.

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commentary |
Software Turns Scopes Into Vector RF Signal Analyzers
By David Maliniak, EDA Editor

The marriage of digital technologies and RF is a done deal, leaving designers with a need for increased information bandwidth and accurate phase and magnitude characterization of extremely wideband signals.

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green design |
Few U.S. EE Schools Teaching Environmental Design Requirements
By Ron Schneiderman, Contributing Editor

How many EE schools in the U.S. cover the environmental legislation coming out of the European Union (EU), China, and other major world markets that will impact the design of electronic products? Not many, according to an informal and random survey of U.S. engineering schools by Electronic Design.

For more articles on Green Design, click here.

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design hotspots |


Analog · What's All This Floobydust Stuff, Anyhow? (Part 5B) | By Bob Pease

Power · New Federal Rules Impact Li-Ion Battery Recycling | By Ron Schneiderman, Contributing Editor

Embedded · Bulletproof Your System Timing With Programmable Clocks | By Bill Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor


engineer's resource |
electronica 2008: The Industry’s Tech Extravaganza

Can't make it to Munich for electronica? We're there shooting video and reporting on all the technology rolling out from the biggest tech companies. Check out exclusive footage from industry leaders like Digi-Key, Novacap, AVX Interconnects and more here.

Download Agilent White Paper: Create Complex Sequences with a DC Power Supply
Learn the benefits of using list mode to create complex sequences and for improved testing and reduced test time. Read today.

Your Ideas For Design Can Win $500
Send us your Ideas for Design and we'll pay you $150 for every Idea for Design that we publish. In addition, the year's top design as selected by our readers will earn an additional $500, with two runners-up each receiving $250. You can submit your Ideas for Design via e-mail to [email protected], or you can mail your material to:
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Read this 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. Brought to you by Micro Power.
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IFD of the week |
In-Circuit Programming Switch Simplifies Operation Of Programmable Devices
By Eric Schlaepfer, Maxim Integrated Products

Many devices require programming through a serial bus, such as I2C. The programming can be done during final test, after the circuit board has been assembled. In many cases, the pins used for programming can then be utilized for something else during normal operation. In fact, the bus itself can also be used for another function.

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video of the week |
Digi-Key At electronica 2008



Bill Baumann, Group Publisher, talks with Chris Beeson, VP, Supplier Management & Volume Business Division of Digi-Key, about his company's international growth at the opening of electronica 2008. View this video. Watch it now...


lab bench online |
Doing The Robot, And More, At ESC 2008
By Bill Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor

Finally heading back home by train towards Philly—and the Phillies just wrapped up the World Series last evening—so that should spice up my pass through the city of brotherly love a little.

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Engineering TV |
Motorola RFID Solutions

Bill Ferguson, Motorola's senior RFID technical architect, discusses some of Motorola's RFID solutions. These enable a new level of efficiency by providing greater visibility into inventory as it moves across the supply chain. The XR450 is an industrial-class, fixed RFID reader featuring both mono-static and bi-static antenna operation capability, and is designed for a wide range of business-critical, dense-reader deployments. The RD5000 Mobile RFID Reader extends the reach of your RFID network so you can achieve a new level of visibility into inventory and assets. The MC9090-G RFID Handheld Mobile Computer is a rugged RFID reader, writer, and bar code scanner, all in a single device.


news from the editors |
Mellonox Puts 10 GigE On Motherboard
By Bill Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor

Mellanox has combined forces with Teranetics to create the 10GBaseT ConnectX ENt, a single-chip solution for LAN on Motherboard (LOM) high-performance networking.

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Couple’s $15 Million Gift Advances Rice Engineering Education

A $15 million gift from two engineering graduates of Rice University in Houston, Texas, will fund the new Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, which aims to transform the way engineers are educated.

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SOI Consortium To Hold First Members’ Forum

The SOI Industry Consortium will hold its first annual Members’ Forum in support of the consortium mission to accelerate silicon-on-insulator innovation into broad markets.

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quick poll |
Major economic downturns often lead to significant innovations. If history repeats itself, where will the next breakthrough come from?

  • Communications
  • Computing
  • Medical electronics
  • Military electronics
  • Consumer electronics
  • Software
  • Power
  • Other

Click here to take the poll. Remember to scroll down. The poll is on the bottom of the page.

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focus product |
Li-ion Battery Powers Space Apps

Powering up the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite, Li-ion battery, built by Orbital Sciences Corp., employs the same cells deployed in the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

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product picks online |
PAs Ogle 3G/4G Femtocell Markets



PC/104 Digital Quadrature Encoders Monitor Motion Market



75-W AC-DC Supplies Shrink



Scope Software Handles RF Up To 20 GHz



Medium-Voltage SPD Modules Meet IEEE C62.11-2005




upcoming industry events |
Worst Case Circuit Analysis Workshop
Los Angeles, Calif.
Nov. 13-14




IP Based Electronic System Conference & Exhibiton
Grenoble, France
Dec. 3-4




2008 International Electron Devices Meeting
San Francisco, Calif.
Dec. 15-17





ED bookstore |
A Signal Integrity Engineer’s Companion: Real-Time Test And Measurement And Design Simulation
By Geoff Lawday, David Ireland, and Greg Edlund

If you are designing high-speed digital interfaces or buses or need to test them, this a fact-filled book that should help you make the tests you need, explain the procedures, and select the equipment. A good reference.

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