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Electronic Design UPDATE: September 28, 2005

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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter Electronic Design Magazine PlanetEE ==> www.planetee.com September 28, 2005

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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** 32-bit 147MHZ Module $59, Royalty Free TCP/IP NetBurners easy to use development environment will speed your network attached product to market. Performance 10 times faster than 8-bit solutions, NetBurner will be the lowest cost 32-bit solution at any quantity from 1 to 1M. Modules are footprint and API compatible with a variety of peripherals. Complete RTOS, IDE, C/C++ Compiler, Debugger, TCP/IP, Web Services, and deployment tools $499. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=149D1:1001CD **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. News Focus *Advanced DSP Platform Tackles A/V Applications 2. News From The Editors *Connector Packs In The Pins *PC-Based Pod Combines Test Instruments *Fuel-Cell Prototype Powers Audio Player 3. TechView Scope *VoIP Market To Hit $24.5 Billion In 2010 4. Upcoming Industry Events *ARM Developers' Conference *PCB Design Conference East *Int'l Conference on Lead Free Components 5. Book Review *"CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation, Second Edition" Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** **LAST CHANCE -- SUBMIT BY 9/30** Want Your Picture Published In Electronic Design? It's Easy! Send us some photos showing 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. 30. E-mail digital photos to Richard Gawel at mailto:[email protected] Mail hard-copy photos to: Richard Gawel Electronic Design Managing Editor 45 Eisenhower Dr., 5th Floor Paramus, NJ 07652 **************************************************************** *************** 1. News Focus *************** Advanced DSP Platform Tackles A/V Applications It won't be long before Texas Instruments puts the finishing touches on its DaVinci family of application-specific platforms. These devices are based on the enhanced 64x+ DSP core TI uses in its TMS320C6000 series of DSP chips. TI plans to offer multiple chips in the DaVinci series. Each will have a different set of resources tuned for a specific class of applications, like video conferencing, set-top boxes, video security, automotive infotainment, portable media, and digital cameras. Starting with the C64x+ core, the DaVinci platforms will then incorporate various support functions to meet different application needs. The company's resource library includes dedicated support blocks such as an ARM 9 processor core, DRAM controllers, and accelerators for video (I/O processing, video, and imaging). It also features advanced audio interfaces, video display controllers, and data storage interfaces like ATA hard drives, compact flash, and multimedia cards. Connectivity in the form of USB 2.0, I2C, a 10/100 Ethernet media access controller, and other memory interfaces are part of the library as well. The other part of the resource library consists of software, configurable frameworks, published application programming interfaces, and a broad collection of video, imaging, audio, and speech codecs. Included in the codec collection are encode and decode versions for H.264, H.263, MPEG4, MPEG2, JPEG, and WMV9, as well as support for AAC, AAC+, WMA9, WMA8, MP3, G.711, G.728, G.723.1, and G.729ab. Some of the software is licensable from TI. Some is licensable from third-party partners. A full suite of development tools includes an ARM/DSP integrated development environment. The DaVinci platform also will support the Linux operating system. In the future, it's expected to support WinCE. First samples of the DaVinci platforms will be available late in the fourth quarter. Texas Instruments Inc.

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=149D2:1001CD **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Your easiest way to control display brightness. Microsemi visible light sensors mimic human eye response. Breakthrough technology enables automatic brightness control that's not fooled by infrared or ultraviolet wavelengths. Easy design-in needs no optical filters. Integrated high gain photo current amplifiers, temperature stable, and RoHS compliant. No lead, no cadmium. Four models to meet your specific LCD or LED display design requirements. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=CAE1:1001CD **************************************************************** **************************** 2. News -- From The Editors **************************** ***Connector Packs In The Pins According to Teradyne's Connection Systems Division, its Ventura high-speed connector has the highest pin density of any connector on the market. Its 14-row version has 178 real signals per inch (single-ended) and 93 differential signals per inch. Using surface-mount technology, the Ventura design reduces via effects and enables higher performance by replacing the plated through hole with a 10- or 12-mil via. The connector can be used in both 6.25-Gbit/s single-ended and 12-Gbit/s differential applications. Insertion loss is less than 2 dB at 6 GHz and less than 3 dB at 8 GHz. Differential insertion loss is less than 2 dB at 6 GHz and less than 3 dB at 10 GHz. The Ventura product line currently includes 14-row, eight-row, and eight-row right-angle male versions. Pricing is approximately $0.18 to $0.24 per mated signal line in production volumes. Teradyne Inc.

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=149D3:1001CD ***PC-Based Pod Combines Test Instruments With a little help from a personal computer, you can have three test instruments in one portable, low-cost unit. The USBee AX Test Pod is a PC-based device that functions as a programmable oscilloscope, logic analyzer, and digital signal generator. Using the USB 2.0 bus to stream data to and from a PC, the AX performs all triggering and data storing. The sample storage capacity is beyond that of traditional instruments because the AX uses PC memory as the sample buffer, allowing selectable sample depths from 1 million to many hundreds of millions of samples per trace. The AX comes in Standard, Plus, and Pro packages. The AX-Standard comes with oscilloscope and logic analyzer modules and costs $445. The AX-Plus, which adds a signal generator and USB, 12C, SPI, and Async decoder modules, costs $745. The AX-Pro, priced at $1045, adds a data logger, frequency counter, remote controller, pulse-width modulation controller, frequency generator, pulse counter, and the USBee AX ToolBuilder source code library. The source code library allows programming in Visual Basic or Visual C. CWAV

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=149D4:1001CD ***Fuel-Cell Prototype Powers Audio Player Toshiba has developed two prototype direct methanol fuel-cell (DMFC) units and has begun tests to validate their operation with mobile audio players. The new fuel cells have output power of 100 and 300 mW and are used to power a flash-memory-based digital audio player and an HDD-based (hard-disk drive) digital audio player, respectively. Toshiba's DMFCs feature a passive fuel supply system that is well suited for smaller fuel cells and use a highly concentrated methanol solution. The 100-mW unit, which is similar in shape and size to a pack of gum, measures 23 by 75 by 10 mm. It can power the flash-based player for approximately 35 hours on a single 3.5-ml charge of highly concentrated methanol. The 300-mW unit is 60 by 75 by 10 mm and delivers enough power to keep an HDD-based audio player running for approximately 60 hours on a single 10-ml charge. Commercial DMFC-powered products are expected to appear in 2007. Toshiba Corp.

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=149D5:1001CD **************************************************************** ****************** 3. TechView Scope ****************** VoIP Market To Hit $24.5 Billion In 2010 Voice over Internet Protocol is ready to explode. The hardware and software are falling into place (see "VoIP: Packetized Voice Over Everything" at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=149D6:1001CD ED Online 11115). Now, it's the market's turn. According to iSuppli Corp., the number of worldwide VoIP subscribers will take a gigantic leap from 4.8 million in 2004 to 197.2 million in 2010. That's a 40-fold increase. In terms of sales, 2004's $8.04 billion will jump up to $12.9 billion in 2005 before nearly doubling to $24.5 billion in 2010. VoIP equipment includes enterprise-oriented gear like IP-PBX common equipment, IP phones, and enterprise media gateways. It also targets residential applications, like cable modems, xDSL voice-enabled gateways, and soft switches. In fact, the residential market will see the fastest VoIP growth, with 2004's $1.4 billion in revenue leaping to $10.6 billion in 2010. "Worldwide, there are more than 1 billion wireline subscribers generating in excess of $450 billion in voice revenues annually," said Steve Rago, principal analyst, networking and optical communications for iSuppli. "The focus of all cellular companies, cable operators, and virtual voice providers is to grab a major share of this revenue stream for themselves." Japan, the United States, and Canada accounted for 83% of the total residential wireline subscriber market in 2004. Yet this lion's share will decrease, as they will represent just 56.4% of the market in 2010. For more details, see "Gateway to Doorway: Market Dynamics of Residential Wireline and Enterprise VoIP" by iSuppli Corp. iSuppli Corp.

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=73A2:1001CD *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Design engineering help only engineers could design Join the Minco E2E "Engineer to Engineer" Community and tap into a virtual human library of engineering knowledge and expertise. This dynamic community of engineers knows what you deal with day-to-day and are willing to offer helpful insight and guidance. E2E Community tools for learning: Discussion Forum, Most Popular Questions, Ask the Experts, White Papers, and Engineering Tools. Join today! Go to: http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=12543:1001CD **************************************************************** A T-Shirt For Your Thoughts Here's your chance to select the best design and product articles that have appeared in the pages of Electronic Design during the past year. Take our short Readers' Choice online survey and get a chance to be one of 20 lucky participants who'll walk away with a coveted Electronic Design t-shirt. Look for the results in our "Best" special issue hitting your desk (and browser) on December 1. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=12C08:1001CD **************************************************************** **************************** 4. Upcoming Industry Events **************************** October 4-6, ARM Developers' Conference '05 Santa Clara, Calif. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=10F9D:1001CD October 10-14, PCB Design Conference East Manchester, N.H. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=149D7:1001CD December 6-8, IPC/JEDEC International Conference on Lead Free Electronic Components Boston, Mass. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1361D:1001CD **************************************************************** *************** 5. Book Review *************** "CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation, Second Edition" By R. Jacob Baker CMOS technology has dominated the IC business for the last 25 years and will continue to do so for another 25 years, according to the author of "CMOS Circuit Design, Layout, and Simulation." He explains that CMOS dominates because it is reliable, manufacturable, low power, low cost, and scalable... Read the full book review at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=149D8:1001CD **************************************************************** Technology in the News Electronic Design has a new online feature! Read our latest "Technology In The News" story about the recent announcements from Apple Computer. Take an in-depth look at the technology behind the new iTunes cell phone and iPod nano music player. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14196:1001CD **************************************************************** Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read one of Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online columns, "ARM In Hand." Freescale's new development board for the iMX1 from Cogent Computer Systems fits in the palm of your hand. Bill takes a look at the package, which includes GX-Linux from Microcross. He also tests the system using Cornice's hard-disk eval kit. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14197:1001CD ********************** TAKE A POLL! What is your personal outlook for design projects in the next quarter? -- Concerned about slowdown/layoffs -- Fewer projects, but still feel secure in my position -- Good, stable workflow continues -- Increased number of projects -- Lots coming down the pike, maybe more than I can handle Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://www.elecdesign.com ******************************************************************** BEST Designs of the Year Electronic Design is searching for the industry's best designs. Have you created an especially innovative or unique product within the past year? Get the recognition you deserve by submitting your design for consideration as an Electronic Design "Best Design of the Year." We're going to feature articles about the winning products in our December 1, 2005 "Best of" special issue. You'll also get cash, as the top design wins $1000. Good luck! Get details at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13616:1001CD **************************************************************** SUBSCRIBE ONLINE TO ELECTRONIC DESIGN If you're reading this e-newsletter, then you are either a current Electronic Design subscriber, or should be (145,000 of your peers are). 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