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Electronic Design Update: April 23, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter |   April 23, 2008
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Learn how to automate your test system using solid state switches
This application note from Agilent provides a complete overview of FET, PIN diode, and hybrid solid-state switches. It discusses the features of each type of switch, which specifications to consider and why, and gives application examples.
To learn more and download the note, click here.


editor's view |
UL Expands Global Role In Product Certification
By Ron Schneiderman, Contributing Editor

Like pretty much everyone else in the world of commerce, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is moving aggressively to expand its operations globally, most recently becoming the first organization to provide third-party product certification to Mexico. In fact, the group has issued its first Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOM) marks to global electronics manufacturing customers entering the Mexican market.

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mark david's roadmap |
Saving The Earth And Inspiring Young Engineers
By Mark David, Group Editorial Director

In past columns, I’ve talked about how “green solutions” and a sense of urgency about climate change can be the calling that will motivate more young students to become engineers. One exciting incubator for new clean technologies, and for students finding great opportunities in the field, is Colorado State University. Engineering TV recently visited CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory where I was blown away by both the exciting research projects and the fantastic opportunities for young engineers.

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engineer's resource |
Webinar: Wireless Sensor Networks: A Survey Of Design Options
Presented by Winland Electronics
April 30 @ 2pm ET


Developing a wireless sensor network can be an awesome challenge or a simple matter of picking the right module, depending on who you ask. Off-the-shelf solutions have certain advantages, but may not be the best overall solution to your problem. Homegrown or custom solutions can be designed to overcome specific challenges, so they can be critical for certain projects. Learn more about the technical pros and cons of both options in this live course.
Click here to register.

ESC 2008

The Embedded Systems Conference hit San Diego last week, and it was be even better than last year's—despite the downturn in the economy. Not even flagging home sales could deter the number of announcements and new products. Come check out the highlights , exclusive commentary, and footage from the show.
Click here to view our Web page

International Electronics Forum Asks, "Revolution Or Evolution?"

The International Electronics Forum (IEF) has established itself is an event for senior-level personnel who need to understand the way the semiconductor industry sees the future unfolding. Future Horizons, a global semiconductor analyst company, is hosting the 17th IEF under the auspices of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, May 7-9, 2008. The theme of this year’s conference is "Revolution or Evolution."

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focus on embedded hardware |
16-Bit USB OTG MCUs Lower Power, Boost Flash

Embarking as the lowest-power, large-memory 16-bit USB OTG MCUs to date, the 12 Member PIC24FJ256GB1 family specifies a 2.6-µA standby current and packs up to 256 KB of flash memory and 16 Kbytes of RAM. The devices also include the charge time measurement unit peripheral along with the royalty-free mTouch sensing software development kit, which will allow designers to add a capacitive-touch user interface without any external components.

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EiED online |
Robobusiness 2008

Technology Editor Bill Wong paid a visit to Robobusiness, the robotics gala held in Pittsburgh earlier this month. Read up on his impressions and some of his favorites from the exhibition.

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Agilent's 34405A 5 1/2 digit benchtop digital multimeter provides more capabilities at a value price
When higher capabilities and lower costs are your priorities, the Agilent 34405A digital multimeter is an obvious answer. With 16 measurement functions, including temperature and capacitance, a dual display, and an easy to use USB 2.0 interface give you all the tools you need.
Click here to learn more or watch a flash demo.



Engineering TV |
Clean Cookstoves

Colorado State's Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL) is actively working with Envirofit International to design low-cost, high-performance cookstoves for the developing world. Indoor air pollution from cookstoves causes over 1.5 million premature deaths each year. Through support from the Shell Foundation, the EECL and Envirofit plan to disseminate 10 million improved cookstoves around the world in the next 5 years.

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news from the editors |
Scope Targets Mixed-Signal Embedded Designs With Serial Interfaces

Virtually all electronics products incorporate at least one embedded controller. Many have several processors. Low-cost controllers are getting faster, and more of them incorporate analog signal processing circuits as well. Furthermore, these new designs invariably use one or more of the popular serial communications interfaces.

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Digital Delay/Pulse Generator Provides Ultimate Test Flexibility

When testing your digital system design, you often need a unique test signal input of a specific pulse rate and width. Or, you need some kind of special trigger, sync, or delay feature. You often have to build this special test setup yourself, but now you don’t have to.

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MIMO Testing Made Easy

If you’re developing Wi-Fi or WiMAX equipment with multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO), you have a test problem. To ensure your new products meet the needs of your customers and comply with the standards organization’s test procedures, you need a way to subject the product to MIMO signals. That’s no easy task, especially if you’re testing 4-by-4 MIMO products.

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Instruments Offer Fully Synchronized Data Acquisition Over Ethernet

A key problem in data acquisition is acquiring data from many points spaced over a wide area. In industrial settings like large factories and mills, tall buildings, oil rigs, and large ships, sensors are widely spaced, making it difficult to correlate samples over time. Some method is needed to synchronize many channels to take the guesswork out of data interpretation.

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Advanced Powering Solutions for Low-Power Wireless
You can learn about state-of-the art commercial advances in Energy Harvesting and Power Management solutions for low-power wireless networks at the Second Annual nanoPower Forum (nPF ’08). Session topics will include: Thin-Film Batteries - Harvesting Thermal Energy - Kinetic Energy Harvesting - Low-Power System Architectures - System Integration Issues - Energy Harvesting Components - And more. You can also attend the post-conference seminar on “Designing for Ultra-Low-Power Wireless Sensor Applications, Powered by Energy Harvesting.”
Join us on June 2 – 4, 2008 in Irvine, California, for nPF ‘08.



quick poll |
How do you use operating-system virtualization?

  • In applications for security
  • In applications for legacy support
  • In applications for system management
  • On a host for development tools
  • Not using virtualization at all

Click here to take the poll. Remember to scroll down. The poll is at the bottom of the page.


product picks online |
MEMS Accelerometers Squeeze Into Tight Quarters



VPX Card Supports Quad FPGAs And Dual FMC Sites



DC-DC Converters Suit Up For Space



Avionics Test System Platform Is Reconfigurable



15-W, 30-W DC-DC Converters Eye Industrial Apps



Our editors have been busy! Come read their commentaries and check out exclusive videos from ESC, CTIA, Mobile World Congress, APEC, and Embedded World exhibitions and see the technology of tomorrow from major players in the electronics industry.



upcoming industry events |
Interop
Las Vegas, Nev.
April 27-May 2




SAS Solutions Open House
San Jose, Calif.
May 6




PCB East Design Conference
Tinley Park, Ill.
May 11-16




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