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Electronic Design UPDATE: November 8, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
November 8, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:

Featured Story: U.S. Passports Go High-Tech With Smart Chips

    Focus on Sensors: Load Indicators Work Directly With Capacitive Sensors
    Live on electronicdesign.com: Electronic Design Digital Edition
    Quick Poll: How confident are you in electronic voting machines?
    News From The Editors:
    Ambient Light Sensors Control Consumer, Automotive Lighting Applications
    Sigma-Delta ADC Line Adds Lower-Cost Version
    Combination Schottky Diode IGBT Cuts Costs, Boosts Efficiency In Inverters
    Color-Coded Connector Line Expands To Include Two Other Interfaces

    Magazine Highlights: November 8, 2006
    Cover Feature: What's On The Dashboard Tonight?
    Technology Report: RapidIO Gives DSP "Farmers" Something To Crow About
    Leapfrog First Look: Ethernet And The 8-Bit MCU
    Design View/Design Solution: Designing With Class D Amplifier ICs

    Embedded in Electronic Design Online: Silicon Labs Does It Again With New ToolStick
    Product Picks Online:
    Auto Battery Monitors Improve Electrical System Performance
    802.11n Router Features QoS Capability
    OLED Reference Design Simplifies Display Design
    LabVIEW Interface Software Now Includes .NET Version
    Media Gateways Become Complete Solutions

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor

featured story

New U.S. Passports Go High-Tech With Smart Chips

To enhance border security and facilitate international travel, the U.S. State Department is adding smart chip technology to passports. These e-passports integrate the latest concepts in electronic document protection and readability using a secure smart chip that can be scanned at authorized passport control points...

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focus on sensors

Load Indicators Work Directly With Capacitive Sensors

The DS-2100 and the DS-2100 WiFi displays from Loadstar Sensors Inc. are load indicators designed to work seamlessly with the company's patented capacitive load sensors...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Electronic Design Digital Edition

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Check out the digital version of the November 6, 2006 issue. The online version is fully compatible with most Web browsers. We hope you enjoy the new digital edition of Electronic Design.

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HW/SW Integration of ARM1176 Designs

Learn how to address power, performance, and area goal challenges while uncovering coding errors that would force costly re-spins of your ARM1176-based designs. Presented jointly by Mentor Graphics and ARM, this online seminar provides an overview of the ARM1176 processor and discusses the benefits of using a virtual prototype to analyze and improve the performance of embedded designs. View the seminar here.

quick poll

How confident are you in electronic voting machines?

  • Very confident: Electonic voting is the way to go
  • Somewhat confident: Anything is better than hanging chads
  • Not confident: Security needs to be stepped up before I vote electronically

Let your voice be heard. Vote now on www.elecdesign.com. The Quick Poll is located at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!

news from the editors

Ambient Light Sensors Control Consumer, Automotive Lighting Applications
A line of ambient light sensors from Vishay gives designers a choice of surface-mount 0805 (TEMT6200F) or leaded 5-mm flat-top (TEPT5700) or 3-mm (TEPT4400) packages. The angle of half intensity is ±60 deg...

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Sigma-Delta ADC Line Adds Lower-Cost Version
A lower-cost offering, the CS5530, has been added to Cirrus Logic's CS5531/32/33/34 family of integrated delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). The CS5530 offers the same low-noise performance and output word rate flexibility of the previous devices...

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Combination Schottky Diode IGBT Cuts Costs, Boosts Efficiency In Inverters
The CID150660 power switch and diode combination pack (co-pack) incorporates a 6-A, 600-V Cree silicon- carbide Schottky diode along with a 15-A silicon insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) from International Rectifier. The Cree co-pack solution, available in an industry-standard TO-220-3 package, is designed to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of inverters used in solar, UPS, and motor-drive power applications at levels up to 3 kW...

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Color-Coded Connector Line Expands To Include Two Other Interfaces
The Secure connector product line from Tyco Electronics has been expanded to include both MPO and LC interfaces, in addition to the original MT-RJ Secure products...

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magazine highlights: November 6, 2006

\[ Cover Feature: Engineering Feature \]
What's On The Dashboard Tonight?
Besieged by demands for more infotainment in the car, engineers must get creative on how to best process, manage, and distribute this content.

\[ Technology Report \]
RapidIO Gives DSP "Farmers" Something To Crow About
There may be several ways to connect DSPs fo greater signal processing. But only Serial RapidIO provides a simple method with predictable latency high speeds.

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
Ethernet And The 8-Bit MCU
Microcontrollers control and monitor a wide range of applications while maintaining a minimal footprint, often a single chip. The PIC18F97J60 family from Microchip performs these functions-and handles Ethernet networking, too.

\[ Design View/Design Solution \]
Designing With Class D Amplifier ICs
The switching amplifier, or class D amplifier, has risen quickly to prominence in consumer audio applications, from MP3 devices including mobile phone handsets to game consoles, LCD-TVs, and home cinema. The ace in the deck for class D is its vastly superior efficiency, which can be as high as 85% to 90% in practice...

Click to see the complete Electronic Design table of contents.

embedded in electronic design online

Silicon Labs Does It Again With New ToolStick

Silicon Labs continues to lead the industry with flexible, low-cost development tools like ToolStick. Its new split personality packaging is similar to Texas Instruments' MSP-eZ430U...

Read the full article.

product picks online

  • Test & Measurement: Auto Battery Monitors Improve Electrical System Performance
  • Communications/Networking: Gigabit 802.11n Router Features QoS Capability
  • Components/Packaging: OLED Reference Design Simplifies Display Design
  • Electronic Design Automation: LabVIEW Interface Software Now Includes .NET Version
  • Embedded/Systems/Software: Media Gateways Become Complete Solutions

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

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