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Electronic Design UPDATE: October 5, 2005

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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter Electronic Design Magazine Electonic Design ==> www.electronicdesign.com October 5, 2005

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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Tech paper: Power Modules Enable Electric Drive Systems Automotive technology is on the brink of a three-pronged revolution; the transition from heat engine propulsion to electric drive; 12 volts to 42 volts; and distributed electrical power. This no-cost technical paper explores how drivetrain and distributed power concepts will satisfy the two converging demands of environment and consumer which are driving this revolution. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15401:484C79 **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. Industry View *Embedded Networking Requires Careful Analysis 2. Focus On Test & Measurement *Eight-Channel Data Acquisition Fits In A Portable USB Module 3. News From The Editors *Use Online Tool For Cable Configuration *1200-V IGBT Optimized For Induction Heating *$100 Laptop Design Debuts 4. Magazine Highlights: September 29, 2005 *Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- VoIP: Packetized Voice Over Everything *Technology Report -- The Truth About Design For Manufacturing *Leapfrog: First Look -- Factorized Power Module Redefines The Wall-Wart *Design View/Design Solution -- Learn To Manage All Kinds of Complexity With SystemC Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Industry View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** Embedded Networking Requires Careful Analysis By Tim Shannon, Director of Sales, NetBurner Inc. Market demands are pushing companies to produce products with network support. This requires the incorporation of communication protocols like Ethernet, which enables easy configuration, monitoring, and control of embedded systems through the use of a common Web browser. A browser also can provide a more dynamic product interface, giving the product a more polished look and feel... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15402:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************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://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15403:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On Test & Measurement ********************** ***Eight-Channel Data Acquisition Fits In A Portable USB Module A pair of USB-based data-acquisition modules delivers multifunction capabilities in very small packages. The units supply eight channels of analog input with up to 12-bit resolution and 10 ksamples/s (usbDAQ/108) or 14-bit resolution at up to 48 ksamples/s (usbDAQ/109). Also available are two analog outputs, 12 digital I/O lines, and a 32-bit counter. The analog lines feature overvoltage protection. Power is derived from the USB bus, and screw terminals (16 to 28 AWG) are provided for direct signal connection. All this is packed into 3.22 by 3.35 by 0.91 in. and weighs just over 3 oz. The modules ship with a ready-to-use data-logging application and a driver that supports TestPoint, LabVIEW, or C programming. The usbDAQ/108 costs $145, and the usbDAQ/109 is $245. They're available now. Capital Equipment Corp. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15404:484C79 ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Use Online Tool For Cable Configuration An online interactive design guide provides step-by-step instructions for configuring Gore's high-flex flat cable or trackless cable from standard components, both with five-day lead times. The Cable Configurator simplifies the cable design process and generates a 3D downloadable CAD model. Gore's standard cable offering includes all of the components necessary to drive and control a motion system: shielded/unshielded power and signal, video, Ethernet, IEEE 1394, fiber optic, and pneumatic lines. The high-flex flat cable can be used in an energy chain or cable track, and the trackless cable eliminates the need for cable track. Users can first take an interactive tour of the tool and then use it to design a cable and submit a request for quote. W. L. Gore & Associates ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15405:484C79 ***1200-V IGBT Optimized For Induction Heating Targeting induction heating (IH) applications, a 1200-V, NPT-trench insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) combines avalanche immunity with tradeoff optimization between switching and conduction losses to lower operating temperature and increase system reliability and efficiency. The IGBT is designed for use in microwave ovens, rice cookers, and other IH cookers. It extends system lifetime by lowering operating temperatures by as much as 10 deg.C over previous-generation devices. The IGBT uses Fairchild's proprietary trench technology and non-punch through (NPT) technology. The optimized cell design and thin wafer fabrication process enable the device to withstand a maximum 450 mJ of avalanche energy. A built-in fast-recovery diode helps simplify circuit design and reduce component count. The FGA25N120ANTD IGBT is available in a TO-3P lead-free package. It costs $5.10 each in 1000-piece quantities. Delivery is 12 weeks ARO. Fairchild Semiconductor ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15406:484C79 ***$100 Laptop Design Debuts Last week during Technology Review magazine's Emerging Technology Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nicholas Negroponte, founder of MIT's Media Lab, unveiled a laptop design he hopes can be sold for $100 or less. Initially, the design will target governments in developing countries that can afford to buy one laptop for every child, providing educational opportunities for millions of children currently without resources. While the design isn't finished yet, it will feature a full-color screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, a processor that runs at approximately 500 MHz, and 1 Gbyte of flash memory. A hand crank will generate power in areas of the world without electricity. The laptops will run Linux and exploit mesh networking to connect to other nearby laptops or to a central computer for Internet access. Its novel dual-mode display can be used in full-color mode or in a black-and-white sunlight-readable mode. Prototypes are expected in November. MIT Media Lab ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15407:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Work Together Better with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Teamwork just got easier. Combine multiple file types into a single, searchable document. Share critical information more securely. View and respond to project feedback seamlessly. And get everyone on the same page. Acrobat 7.0. Try it for free at adobe.com/collaborate and see how much more your team can do. Better by Adobe. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15408:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. September 29, 2005: * Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- VoIP: Packetized Voice Over Everything Lower maintenance costs, lower consumer monthly bills, and ease of convergence are pushing VoIP into the forefront past the tried-and-true POTS. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15409:484C79 * Technology Report -- The Truth About Design For Manufacturing A search for what exactly constitutes "DFM" turned up some interesting results. Bottom line: DFM exists (sort of), and your mileage -- and process -- may vary. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1540A:484C79 * Leapfrog: First Look -- Factorized Power Module Redefines The Wall-Wart No longer just for on-board dc distribution to point-of-load, this maverick architecture promises higher efficiency from the mains to the load. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1540B:484C79 * Design View/Design Solution -- Learn To Manage All Kinds of Complexity With SystemC If you start thinking "outside the box," you'll realize that SystemC is actually an ideal platform to model almost any real-life system or organism. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1540C:484C79 For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1540D:484C79 **************************************************************** 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://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1540E:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- Boston Embedded Systems Conference 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, "Boston ESC." You couldn't make it to the Boston Embedded Systems Conference? Then check out Bill's report on this annual gathering. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1540F:484C79 ********************** 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://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15410:484C79 ****************************************************************

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