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Electronic Design UPDATE: April 26, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
April 26, 2006


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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: Defense And Security Symposium Highlights The Latest In Sensor, Imaging, Optics, And Laser Technologies
  2. News From The Editors:
    Line-Scan Industrial Camera Boasts 12k-Pixel Resolution
    Low-Power ADC Samples Six Inputs At Once
    Princeton, USDC Team To Develop Clear, Flexible Display Backplanes
  3. TechView Scope: Rugged PC Platform Tackles Rural India
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    Nanotech 2006
    Spring Processor Forum 2006
    Sensors Expo and Conference
  5. Book Review:
    Small Antenna Design, First Edition

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

Defense And Security Symposium Highlights The Latest In Sensor, Imaging, Optics, And Laser Technologies
By Roger Allan, Contributing Editor

With hurricane season just around the corner, attendees at the 2006 Defense and Security Symposium were eager to hear how better sensors and innovative modeling could improve the forecasting of storms like Katrina, which less than a year ago left New Orleans in ruin. Boasting over 2200 technical presentations and 420 company exhibits, the 2006 Defense and Security Symposium, held April 17-21 in Orlando, Fla., saw the largest non-classified technical program and exhibition of infrared (IR) imaging equipment, sensors, and optical components in the U.S. From day one, speakers tackled issues ranging from the barriers of biometrics to device developments for fighter aircraft and emergency first responders...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webinar: Measurements and Analysis for Switch-Mode Design
Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 2:00pm ET

This seminar covers the measurements of interest for designers of switch-mode power conversion circuits and devices. We'll review the acquisition of voltage and current, their relationship in switch-mode power conversion circuits, and the analysis of power device switching losses, conduction losses, safe operating area, and dynamic on-resistance. Register today!

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news from the editors

Line-Scan Industrial Camera Boasts 12k-Pixel Resolution
The UM8 is the newest member of Amtel’s AViiVA line-scan camera family. It features 12k pixels of resolution, eight taps working at 40 MHz, line rates reaching 25k lines per second, and a dynamic range of 64 dB...

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Low-Power ADC Samples Six Inputs At Once
Linear Technology’s newest low-power (600 ksamples/s) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) simultaneously samples six differential inputs. The LTC1408 three-wire serial ADC operates from a single 3-V supply, and it has an average power dissipation of 15 mW...

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Princeton, USDC Team To Develop Clear, Flexible Display Backplanes
The Princeton University Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) and the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC) have teamed up to develop technology to produce amorphous silicon thin-film transistors (a-Si TFTs) on a clear, high-temperature-capable polymer foil substrate...

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Improve Cost and Productivity in Broadcast Video
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techview scope

Rugged PC Platform Tackles Rural India

India’s economy may be exploding, but the boom has yet to reach many rural villages. These communities need 21st century communications if they want to benefit from the nation’s economic growth. Yet many of these areas present some significant environmental obstacles, making IT infrastructure development a real challenge...
Click here for full article.

upcoming industry events

May 7-11, Nanotech 2006
Boston, Mass.

May 15-18, Spring Processor Forum 2006—Power-Efficient Design
San Jose, Calif.

June 5-7, Sensors Expo and Conference
Rosemont, Ill.

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Small Antenna Design, First Edition
By Dr. Douglas Miron

Most EEs today are educated in almost everything but RF and antennas. Some EEs even consider themselves lucky not to have had to endure a good electromagnetics course featuring the ever-popular Maxwell's equations. Yet with the rising demand for wireless embedded into every electronic product, many of you are wishing you had an RF course or two to fall back on. I have talked with more than a few engineers who have really had to learn RF and wireless related stuff on their own...

Click here for full book review.

embedded in electronic design online

Building A SAS RAID File Server

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "Building A SAS RAID File Server." Adaptec’s 335SAS enclosure and 4805SAS RAID controller are the centerpieces to this high-performance server built by Bill. It also incorporates AMD’s FX-60 dual-core Athlon 64 processor on ASUS’s latest K89N-LR motherboard. It’s cool and fast.



Delayed releases of the first Blu-ray disc player and PlayStation 3 gaming console have industry watchdogs asking if a late market arrival will cause Blu-ray to lose out to HD DVD as the next optical disc format. What do you think?
  • Blu-ray is technically superior and will be a hit no matter what
  • If Blu-ray products don’t surface soon, consumers will adopt HD DVD
Vote at ElectronicDesign.com

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