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Electronic Design UPDATE: February 14, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter  |  February 14, 2007

NEW! 40 USB Data Acquisition Devices from National Instruments

NI USB DAQ devices combine the ease of use of USB with innovative technologies for high-speed data streaming and accurate measurements. The complete USB offering from NI now includes 40 devices ranging from low-cost devices starting at $99 USD, high-speed devices featuring 1 MS/s sampling speeds, and modular USB data acquisition systems for low-, mid-, and high- channel count applications. Compare and Buy USB DAQ Hardware from NI.

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  • Editor's View: Intel's 45-nm Technology Breakthrough Will Impact Future Microprocessor Power-Supply Designs
  • Now on electronicdesign.com: Live from Embedded World
  • Focus On Embedded Software: 10th Anniversary Edition RTOS Adds Performance, Usability, Security Features
  • Quick Poll: In "Playing Politics With Technology," Contributing Editor Ron Schneiderman asks if the new Congress will be good for technology. What do you think?
  • Embedded in Electronic Design Online: Cirrus Logic's EDB9315A Does Mobile Multimedia
  • News From The Editors:
    Ruggedized DAQ Module Features Four Form C And Two Serial Outputs
    WiMAX Infrastructure Development Platform Uses Power Architecture
    Subminiature Slide Switches Target Logic-Level Applications
    5-mm RGB LED Handles Color-Changing Lighting Applications
  • Upcoming Industry Events:
    Embedded Systems Conference (ESC)
    DATE (Design, Automation, and Test in Europe)
    Design Automation Conference 2007
  • Product Picks Online:
    2U Chassis Features Full Pluggability
    Enhanced Software Slashes FPGA Design Cycles
    Single-Die LED Offers More Efficiency Than Fluorescent Sources
    Very Small Full-Featured Modem Includes RJ-11 Connector
    Miniature TCVCXO Delivers Excellent Stability
Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor

...editor's view

Intel's 45-nm Technology Breakthrough Will Impact Future Microprocessor Power-Supply Designs
By Sam Davis, power.elecdesign.com Technical Editor


In what is touted as one of the biggest advances in fundamental transistor design, Intel is now using dramatically new materials to make 45-nm devices that allow faster processor speeds and enhanced PC performance. However, this technological breakthrough will require a reconfiguration of the microprocessor power supply.

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...focus on embedded hardware...

10th Anniversary Edition RTOS Adds Performance, Usability, Security Features

More than two years in development, the 10th anniversary edition of the Integrity real-time operating system (RTOS) from Green Hills Software incorporates several features that address the demanding performance and reliability requirements of complex next-generation devices. One major enhancement in Integrity 10 is support of symmetric multiprocessing, which allows the RTOS to automatically load-balance applications across multiple cores on SMP-capable processors...

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FREE White Paper: XCede 20 Gbps Backplane Links

The XCede backplane connector from Amphenol TCS easily supports today’s highest data rates with plenty of margin to accelerate future system upgrades. This free white paper describing advanced design techniques including alternative PTH structures for connector attachment, advanced shielding technologies, and novel approaches to mitigate mode conversion effects.

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...live on electronicdesign.com

Live from Embedded World

Couldn't make it to Embedded World? Need some tips for the show? Join Electronic Design Europe Editor-in-Chief Paul Whytock as he hunts down delevelopments in:
  • New embedded modules
  • Embedded design process/tools and debugging
  • Embedded operating systems/application software
  • Software development, quality, and security
  • Wired and wireless communication

Go to: electronicdesign.com.


...news from the editors

Ruggedized DAQ Module Features Four Form C And Two Serial Outputs
ACCES I/O's latest USB embedded data-acquisition module offers four optically isolated digital inputs, four Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relay outputs, and two RS-232/422/485 serial communication ports.

Click here for full article.


WiMAX Infrastructure Development Platform Uses Power Architecture
Freescale Semiconductor's new WiMAX baseband platform provides the essential hardware functionality needed for a first-generation IEEE 802.16-2005 platform in a single Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor...

Click here for full article.


Subminiature Slide Switches Target Logic-Level Applications
NKK Switches' tiny slide switches save space on pc boards in logic-level applications. The devices use NKK's Sliding Twin Crossbar (STC) contact mechanism, which offers a variety of useful benefits.

Click here for full article.


5-mm RGB LED Handles Color-Changing Lighting Applications
Marktech's solid-state LED features a close chip density and brightness for excellent color mixing in a 5.0-mm round-lensed package with a 20° viewing angle. Its four-pin package allows individual control of each red, green, and blue chip so users can produce a complete color spectrum.

Click here for full article.


...quick poll

In "Playing Politics With Technology," Contributing Editor Ron Schneiderman asks if the new Congress will be good for technology. What do you think?
  • Yes; The new Congress is serious about tech and its role in our society
  • No; Congress may have changed, but getting parties to work together hasn't
  • Maybe; New leadership could help, but Congress needs to show interest first
Let your voice be heard. Vote now on www.electronicdesign.com.The Quick Poll is located at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!

...embedded in electronic design online

Cirrus Logic's EDB9315A Does Mobile Multimedia

Cirrus Logic's EDB9315A kit includes a 200-MHz EP9315 ARM9-based microcontroller that is optimized to handle multimedia compression and decompression. Technology Editor Bill Wong takes a look at this Windows CE/Linux development platform.

Click here for full article.



...product picks online Check all of our online product picks at www.electronicdesign.com.

...upcoming industry events

Embedded Systems Conference (ESC)
April 1-5
San Jose, Calif.

DATE (Design, Automation, and Test in Europe)
April 16-20
Nice, France

Design Automation Conference 2007
Jun 4 - 8
San Diego, Calif.

Click to see more industry events.



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