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Electronic Design UPDATE: October 4, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
October 4, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Industry View: Customized Enclosures Add Value To Your Design
  2. Editor's View: Evaluation Boards Key To Updating Engineering And Technology Education
  3. Focus on Digital: Digital Receiver Board Boasts Dual-Channel Downconverter
  4. Live on electronicdesign.com: Precluding Battery System Failures In Portable Electronics
  5. News From The Editors:
    Wi-Fi Alliance To Certify Pre-Standard 802.11n Products
    A Short Guide To Making Money From Digital Power
    SMT Battery Retainer Holds 11.6-mm Lithium Cells
    Full-Face Illuminated Tactile Switches Enhance Human Interfaces
    Instruments Combine Protocol, Logic Analysis Through One Gateway
  6. Magazine Highlights: September 28, 2006
    Cover Feature: Back To Nature For Next-Gen Semis
    Technology Report: FPGAs Ride Tools Into ASIC Territory
    Leapfrog First Look: LabVIEW Embraces Graphical Object-Oriented Programming
    Design View/Design Solution: Switched Fabrics, DDS Boost Distributed Data-Critical Systems
  7. Embedded in Electronic Design Online ESC Boston Show Report
  8. Product Picks Online
    ADC Hits Spurious-Free Dynamic Range Peak
    DSLAM Backhauling Solution Offers Multi-Protocol Support
    Development Kits Help Evaluate Color Sensors
    RF Design Tool Helps Engineers Architect Comm Systems
    Evaluation Kit Adds Luminary LM3S102 Capability

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor

industry view

Customized Enclosures Add Value To Your Design
Ravi Jain, Bud Industries

Customization can add value to your product, by adding accessories such as a locking hasp, for example, or by giving a major customer pre-drilled mounting holes in a custom configuration. By shifting some manufacturing steps to your supplier, you lower costs. Customization, such as a custom-color powder coat finish, will help differentiate your product in the marketplace. Here's a tale of two competitors who make industrial controls...

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editor's view

Evaluation Boards Key To Updating Engineering And Technology Education
By Lou Frenzel, Wireless/Networking, Test & Measurement Editor

As an adjunct college professor and college textbook author, I keep myself involved with engineering and technology education. I still teach occasionally and attend some of the conferences, visit colleges, and talk to faculty. One thing that I have noticed is that laboratory instruction leaves something to be desired...

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focus on digital

Digital Receiver Board Boasts Dual-Channel Downconverter

The Model 6821-422 from Pentek Inc. is based on the Model 6821 215-MHz analog-to-digital converter VME with dual Virtex-II Pro FPGAs...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Precluding Battery System Failures In Portable Electronics
Thursday, October 19, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Dell and Apple have implemented the largest battery pack recalls in the history of portable computing. Catastrophic safety issues--ranging from underperformance to explosions--with portable battery systems has heightened concern over battery system safety.

Dr. Troy Hayes, Ph.D., examines the most common causes for dangerous failures in battery systems. Dr. Robin Tichy, Ph.D., provides design guidelines and techniques for power system designers to eliminate these failures in their own portable products. These design guidelines include cell selection & qualification, protection circuit design & placement, battery authentication, charging regimens, mechanical considerations, and battery integration with portable devices.

This webinar provides insight into developing portable power systems that are extremely safe and preclude dangerous failures.
Register today!

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news from the editors

Wi-Fi Alliance To Certify Pre-Standard 802.11n Products
The Wi-Fi Alliance, an organization that tests and certifies the interoperability of 802.11 wireless local-area network (WLAN) products, announced its plans to certify the interoperability of the so-called draft-n products that are being sold prior to the full and final ratification of the 802.11n standard...

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A Short Guide To Making Money From Digital Power
If you think you don't care about power supplies, read this anyway. Money-making opportunities are out there for engineers who can solve system-level problems with the data that power supplies make available to them...

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SMT Battery Retainer Holds 11.6-mm Lithium Cells
Keystone Electronics Corp. has expanded its line of surface-mount battery retainers suitable for automated placement by adding the top-loaded, low-profile Coin Cell Retainer, suitable for high-density pc-board packaging...

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Instruments Combine Protocol, Logic Analysis Through One Gateway
The E2960B series is the industry's first complete and integrated x1 through x16 protocol analyzer and exerciser solution for PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0....

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magazine highlights: September 28, 2006

\[ Cover Feature: Engineering Feature \]
Back To Nature For Next-Gen Semis
While the fight to scale down rages on, semiconductor manufacturers look more to nature for new technologies.

\[ Technology Report \]
FPGAs Ride Tools Into ASIC Territory
As their on-chip resources and gate count grow, more ASIC-like implementation flows push FPGAs into unlikely applications.

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
LabVIEW Embraces Graphical Object-Oriented Programming
Celebrating 20 years, LabVIEW 8.20 takes a new approach to OOP.

\[ Design View/Design Solution \]
Switched Fabrics, DDS Boost Distributed Data-Critical Systems
High performance and predictability are prerequisites for any large-scale networked system that depends on real-time data processing and analysis. Data representing actual events or system status must be evaluated while it's still relevant to tactical conditions, making it imperative to know when specific data is available, and to aggregate and evaluate that data in real time. Unreliable receipt times make effective analysis difficult or impossible. Fast and predictable performance...

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embedded in electronic design online

ESC Boston Show Report

The mood was upbeat at this year's Boston Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), and the floor was more crowded than it has been in the past. Even more importantly, designers were asking the right questions and not just kicking the tires...

Read the full article.
Or, click here to watch Electronic Design's exclusive footage from ESC Boston 2006.

product picks online

  • Analog/Power ADC Hits Spurious-Free Dynamic Range Peak
  • Communications/Networking DSLAM Backhauling Solution Offers Multi-Protocol Support
  • Components/Packaging: Development Kits Help Evaluate Color Sensors
  • Electronic Design Automation RF Design Tool Helps Engineers Architect Comm Systems
  • Embedded/Systems/Software: Evaluation Kit Adds Luminary LM3S102 Capability

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

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