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Electronic Design UPDATE: August 16, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
August 16, 2006

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Integrated Wireless/Wired Embedded Core Module
The new ConnectCore™ Wi-9C from Digi International® is the industry's first embedded core module with fully integrated wired 10/100 Mbit Ethernet and secure 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN networking capabilities. Now device manufacturers can design-in both wired and wireless networking functionality with a single solution, dramatically shortening product development and time to market! Click here for more information.

Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: Paint-On Laser Promises Speedier Interconnects
  2. News From The Editors:
    New Material Creates 256-Mbit FeRAM Using 65-nm Technology
    Tiny 1.3-Mpixel Image Sensor Includes Spot Metering
    Robotics And Audio Signals Help Blind Navigate The Unknown
  3. TechView Scope: 3-in. LCD Panel Offers VGA Resolution
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    Digital Power Forum '06
    PCB Design Conference East
    Embedded Systems Conference Boston
  5. Book Review:
    Linux For Embedded And Real-Time Applications, Second Edition

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

Paint-On Laser Promises Speedier Interconnects

Armed with a brush and a hairdryer, Ted Sargent believes that the unique paint-on laser he has developed could eventually revolutionize semiconductor technology. The new laser is based on colloidal quantum dots—nanometer-sized semiconductor materials that are suspended in a solvent like particles in a paint...

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news from the editors

New Material Creates 256-Mbit FeRAM Using 65-nm Technology
The Tokyo Institute of Technology, Fujitsu Laboratories, and Fujitsu Limited have jointly developed a new material for non-volatile ferroelectric RAM (FeRAM). The material is a modified composition of bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3 or BFO), which enables data storage capacity up to five times greater than the materials currently used in FeRAM production...

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Tiny 1.3-Mpixel Image Sensor Includes Spot Metering
The ADCC-3100 from Avago Technologies is a 1/5-inch optical format, 1.3-Mpixel small form factor (SFF) CMOS image sensor with advanced image processing, including spot metering capabilities. SFF CMOS sensors pack high image quality in a smaller package and enable handset OEMs and camera module assemblers to upgrade VGA camera phones or develop ultra-thin camera phones...

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Robotics And Audio Signals Help Blind Navigate The Unknown
A new system based on robotics technology and audio signals is helping the blind to “see” their surrounding environment. Georgia Tech researchers are developing a wearable computing system called the System for Wearable Audio Navigation (SWAN) designed to help the visually impaired—including firefighters and soldiers—navigate their way in unknown territory. The SWAN system, consisting of a small laptop, a proprietary tracking chip, and bone-conduction headphones...

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Free Seminar: High Bandwidth Backplane Design
Amphenol TCS and Xilinx are hosting Backplane Design Seminars in East and West Coast locations, providing engineers with solutions for 6 to 12 Gb/s transmission. Learn about the latest in high-speed connector and FPGA technologies and the impact of issues like dielectric loss, reflections, crosstalk, skew, and impedance control through the connector footprint and PCB. Click here to sign up now.

techview scope

3-in. LCD Panel Offers VGA Resolution

Digital photography just got better. Samsung has announced a 3-in. LCD panel with VGA (640 by 480 pixels) resolution that directly meets industry interface standards for digital still cameras. Digital cameras use the ITU-R601 interface, an international standard for CRT TVs that operates at 30 MHz. Yet this standard is incompatible with LCDs, which normally run at 60 MHz...
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2006 Engineering Hall of Fame

The members of Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame are those men and women whose accomplishments have shaped the electronics industry and, by extension, our world. It's time to vote for the 2006 slate of inductees. Give us a few minutes of your time to browse through our list of nominees and tell us who you think should be honored this year. Your vote counts!

upcoming industry events

September 18-20, Digital Power Forum '06
Richardson, Tex.

September 24-29, PCB Design Conference East
Durham, N.C.

September 25-28, Embedded Systems Conference Boston
Boston, Mass.

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Linux For Embedded And Real-Time Applications, Second Edition
By Doug Abbot

Linux continues to be a significant platform for embedded and real-time embedded applications. Doug Abbot brings his expertise on embedded Linux and BlueCat Linux in particular. A copy of this is included on a CD. BlueCat Linux is from LynuxWorks open source product. The Lite version included targets the x86 platform...

Click here for full book review.

embedded in electronic design online

LabVIEW Celebration; and Robots Too!

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Embedded Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "LabVIEW Celebration; and Robots Too!." National Instruments’ annual NI Week was the host for the announcement of LabVIEW 8.20 and the Lego NXT robotics platform. It was also a major celebration of the company’s 30th year and the 20th anniversary of LabVIEW.

photos wanted!

Submit Photos And Get Paid!

Grab some photos showing the "guts and glory" of you (and your team) at work. We need them for our "Day in the Life of an Electronic Designer" photo essay, which will appear in Electronic Design's Oct. 20 special issue. There's a $500 Grand Prize for best photo series and $250 prize for best photo, and we pay $50 if we use any of your photos in the issue. Please include the names and titles of all photo subjects, as well as company name and the type of work-in-process illustrated by the photo. Digital photos should be in .tif or .jpg formats and must have resolution of at least 300 dpi. Deadline for submission is Sept. 15. E-mail digital photos to Managing Editor Richard Gawel at: [email protected].

product picks online

  • Wireless: Power Amp Supports Multiple EDGE Transceivers
  • Test & Measurement: Diagnostic Software Makes Fast Work Of VoIP Channel Testing
  • Power: Front-end Converter Pushes 800 W In Small Package
  • Embedded Hardware/Software: Industrial Motherbord Supports Dual-Core Processing
  • Electronic Design Automation: Analog/RF Verification Tools Need No Block Tuning

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

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    TAKE A POLL!

    Don Tuite’s recent article on alternative fuels outlined the technologies being explored by auto manufacturers. Which option do you see as most likely to succeed?
  • Ethanol
  • Biodiesel
  • Electric
  • Hydrogen fuel cell
  • Hybrid

    Vote at ElectronicDesign.com

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