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Electronic Design UPDATE: August 9, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
August 9, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Editor's View: A Solar Story
  2. Focus on Power: High-Frequency Buck Regulators Fit In Ultra-Small Packaging
  3. News From The Editors:
    Programmable Clock Generators Help Cut Lead Time
    Spin the Electron
    High-Power LEDs Increase Brightness In A Range Of Colors
  4. Magazine Highlights: August 3, 2006
    Technology Report: Multiple Standards Confound Power-Supply Designers
    Leapfrog First Look: Pure Java Platform Powers Smart Phone
    Leapfrog First Look: Microcontrollers Commit To FRAM
    Design View/Design Solution: Enhance Synchronous-Rectification Control in Flyback Converters

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

editor's view

A Solar Story
By Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor

“The meter’s running backwards!” It’s 1 p.m. on July 27, which means the sun is at its zenith, and the contractor has finally connected our solar system to the power grid for the first time. My wife Vicky is hypnotized, watching the black mark on the edge of the disc in our electricity meter move from right to left—moving pretty fast, truth be told...

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focus on power

High-Frequency Buck Regulators Fit In Ultra-Small Packaging

National Semiconductor has added three new parts to its high-power-density regulator product line. The LM2830, LM2831, and LM2832 are the first members in a new family of monolithic pulse-width modulation (PWM) converters offering high power density resulting from a high level of integration, high-frequency operation, and ultra-small packaging...

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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!
news from the editors

Programmable Clock Generators Help Cut Lead Time
With the InstaClock clock chip and self-service programming kit from Cypress Semiconductor, designers can program InstaClock samples with any configuration in a set of defined frequencies in less than a minute, eliminating the lead-time of waiting for custom-programmed parts or for a mask change...

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Spin the Electron
Jagadeesh Moodera's world is spinning. That's because the senior research scientist and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are using spin-oriented electrons to create a new type of magnetic semiconductor. The device promises to increase the power and flexibility of future electronic devices while dramatically reducing energy consumption...

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High-Power LEDs Increase Brightness In A Range Of Colors
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors now offers the Advanced Power TOPLED line of LEDs incorporating the company’s ThinFilm technology. These new products broaden OSRAM's high-power, surface-mount LED product family that serves a wide range of applications...

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magazine highlights: August 3, 2006

\[ Technology Report \]
Multiple Standards Confound Power-Supply Designers
The melange of energy-efficiency standards used to be good for a “green” label. But how much difference really exists between them?

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
Pure Java Platform Powers Smart Phone
The Jasper S20 puts a strictly JSR 209-compatible Java platform to the test.

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
Microcontrollers Commit To FRAM
Ramtron's split memory is the first step toward a full-fledged FRAM platform.

\[ Design View/Design Solution \]
Enhance Synchronous-Rectification Control in Flyback Converters
An alternative method can boost SR and ensure proper operation for various conduction modes.

Click to see the complete Electronic Design table of contents.

embedded in electronic design online

Control The Continuum

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, "Control The Continuum." The 2006 Freescale Technology Forum was the site of plenty of announcements, including the company’s 8-/32-bit “Continuum” microcontroller. Bill hits the highlights.

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: Multilayer Switch Offers 24x1GbE, 2x10GbE Ports
  • Components: High-Brightness LEDs Emit Warm, Incandescent Color
  • Analog: Cool-Running MOSFETs Deliver High-Efficiency For Class D
  • Embedded Hardware/Software: Updated Ada IDE Enhanced Developer Productivity
  • Test: JTAG Debug, Programming Tool Receives A Speed Boost

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

  • poll

    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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