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Electronic Design Update: August 13, 2008

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Go Parallel with Next Generation Technologies – Introducing NI LabVIEW 8.6
National Instruments LabVIEW software simplifies programming for multicore, FPGA and WiFi data acquisition systems. Designed for engineers and scientists, the intuitive graphical programming of LabVIEW is multithreaded and inherently parallel, helping you quickly take advantage of the latest technologies. View demos and try LabVIEW 8.6 online at ni.com/labview86.

editor's view |
NIWeek Wrap Up
By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

One of the best conferences I go to each year is NIWeek. Another has come and gone, but like always I got a glimpse at some solid technology from the mega-company. National Instruments has been sponsoring their own conference here in Austin, TX for several years now, and it has become a solid industry event. Why? Simply because NI’s products like LabVIEW software, data acquisition hardware, and virtual instruments have become so widely used. The conference is NI’s way of introducing its new products as well as showcasing the products and services of those you using NI products or contributing to them.

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scope |
Solar Cars Cross The Continent
By Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

Hybrids and electric cars may get all the buzz these days, but what if you could leave the grid entirely? That may not be as far-fetched as you think, based on the results of the 2008 North American Solar Challenge. Last month, 15 teams and their sun-powered cars charged 2400 miles across the continent to test the technology’s viability.

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commentary |
Is It Worth Waiting For The Next Generation iPhone?
By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

The media is simply overflowing with articles on Apple’s iPhone 2.0, which came out on June 9. I have already had the feeling that I was the only writer/editor/blogger/pundit who had NOT written about this device. So, here is my two cents worth. But to liven this up, I will tell you what I think will be the new and better features of the third version of the iPhone, not the newest one, but the (hypothetical) one just beyond.

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engineer's resource |
NI Week

NI Week 2008 has come and gone. With more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, educators, and NI developers at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, there was three full days of interactive technical sessions, hands-on workshops, case study presentations, and exhibitions on the latest technologies for design, control, and test applications. Hosted by National Instruments, this show was both intellectually stimulating and a lot of fun.

New Product Showcase: TI's Multi-Architecture Roadmap
In this interview, John Dixon, Product Manager for Low Power Processors at Texas Instruments, talks about TI's multi-architecture roadmap for 2009.
(The video may take a minute to download. Click only once.)

Webcast: PLX Read Pacing
A new feature called Read Pacing is now available on Gen 2 PCI Express switches. Read Pacing is a technology that opens up new avenues for enhancing performance in systems with multiple I/O streams. To learn more about Read Pacing from PLX Technology click on the link above.
(NOTE: This webcast contains audio, so please hit the mute button on your volume control if you cannot listen to audio at this time.)

Looking for the latest design techniques and technology in your market? Check out Electronic Design's Design Hotspots. Here you'll find exclusive content from our editors in Embedded, Power, and Analog technologies as well as Green Design and ROHS. We've also compiled Ideas for Design schematics here for your circuit design sweet-tooth. These spots are chock-a-block with information, so don’t delay!

IFD of the week |
Nanophosphate Batteries Create High-Energy, Rechargeable Source
By Jeff L. Radtke, Neodymics

This design shows how we combined four 36-V DeWalt DC9360 nanophosphate battery packs in a series-parallel configuration to create a robust, high-energy power source. Originally intended for the prototype Neodymics Cyclemotor electric bicycle kit, this power source may be used in other applications. Output power was at least 1.6 kW at 66 V, energy capacity was about 300 W-hr, and recharge time was one hour. Also, the claimed cycle life exceeds 2000. The system was successfully tested over 70 cycles.

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Growth Innovation and Leadership 2008

A Frost & Sullivan Global Congress on Corporate Growth
September 14-16, San Francisco

For over 45 years, Frost & Sullivan has been providing Global 1000 clients and beyond with innovative strategies, research, and consulting solutions to maximize growth opportunities to dominate the competition. Strategies to grow your company in a turbulent economy, in addition to Executive Insight, will be revealed at this event. All attendees will have access to the exhibit hall as well as our welcome reception, Economic Summit, Tour and Taste of Sonoma Valley, networking luncheons, Golf Scramble Tournament, and participation at industry networking dinners.

Click here to register now.

video of the week |
NIWeek: NI's LabVIEW 8.6

Gerardo Garcia, Product Manager for Industrial and Embedded Software at National Instruments, explains the important new features of LabVIEW 8.6.

Click here for more from NIWeek 2008.

Engineering TV |
KillerBee UAV

Raytheon has teamed with Swift Engineering to provide the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps with an unmanned aircraft system for their respective Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Tier 2 missions. “KillerBee offers the warfighter an affordable unmanned aircraft system, and the Swift Engineering vehicle has both longer endurance and the ability to carry a larger payload,” said Ken Pedersen, Raytheon vice president of Advanced Programs. “The Raytheon team is using proven, existing technology, so KillerBee can be fielded in the near term.” The Swift Engineering blended wing body design sets the KillerBee UAV apart from similar sized unmanned aerial vehicles and is designed to operate ashore or aboard ships with a minimal footprint.

news from the editors |
Wireless Gateway Makes Building A Point-To-Point Multipoint ZigBee Network Easy

The IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee wireless standards provide a way to build inexpensive wireless sensor and control networks using available chip sets and modules. But building the gateway that lets these networks talk over the Internet or via the cellular networks is a huge part of creating such a network.

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STMicroelectronics, STATS ChipPAC, And Infineon Join Forces On Wafer-Level-Packaging

Semiconductor makers STMicroelectronics and Infineon have teamed with 3D packaging provider STATS ChipPAC to jointly develop the next generation of embedded wafer-level ball grid array (eWLB) technology.

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Top Global Launches TD-HSPA Router During Beijing Olympics

The eyes of the world were on Beijing last Friday, as China opened the 2008 Summer Olympic Games with an unprecedented mix of pageantry and technology. But beyond the Bird’s Nest stadium, another communications marvel made a splash of its own as Top Global launched the world’s first time-division high-speed packet-access (TD-HSPA) router during the ceremonies.

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Qualcomm Achieves World's First HSPA+ Data Call

High-Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) is now in business. On July 31, Qualcomm completed the world’s first data call using the wireless networking technology. According to the company, the call achieved a data-transfer rate of more than 20 Mbits/s in a 5-MHz channel. With HSPA+, operators can double the data capacity and triple the voice capacity of their networks, compared to current HSPA deployments.

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Rev up fuel efficiency and win $10,000
Design an energy-saving solution for automotive applications

Infineon and Auto Electronics invite you to participate in the “REV UP FUEL EFFICIENCY” design contest. Take “the green challenge” and design a solution using Infineon products that enables or improves energy efficiency for automotive applications. You could win a grand prize of $10,000, a second prize of $5,000 or a third prize of $2,000.
The three winners will get an all-expenses-paid trip to the Infineon and Auto Electronics Contest Award Ceremony at Convergence 2008. In addition, your winning design will be featured at the Infineon booth during the show. Submit your entry by August 15, 2008.
See you at CONVERGENCE 2008, Booth 409.
For complete contest rules or to take the design challenge, go to http://autoelectronics.com/contest/rev-up

quick poll |
What kind of infotainment system do you want most in your next car?

  • Navigation system
  • Internet access
  • Rear-seat entertainment
  • Increased memory for audio/video
  • Safety/security features
  • Other

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

focus product |
LabVIEW 8.6 Adds FPGA, Multicore Support

LabVIEW 8.6, the latest version of the graphical system design software program for control, test, and embedded system development, includes new FPGA and multicore intellectual property (IP) and support for the company’s FPGA-based hardware.

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product picks online |
High-Gain, Low-Noise HJ FET Excels In DBS LNBs

Low-Voltage, Long-Life Position Sensors Replace Potentiometers

Quad-, Hex-, Octal-Voltage Supervisors Feature High Accuracy

50- To 150-W Power Supplies Minimize Size And Cost

Hand-Controller Enclosures Feature Trigger Action

upcoming industry events |
IEEE Nano 2008
Arlington, Tex.
Aug. 18-21

Intel Developer Forum
San Francisco, Calif.
Aug. 19-21

International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems
Aug. 29-31

ED bookstore |
Professional Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio
By Kyle Johns and Trevor Taylor

Overall, MRDS users will find this book to be invaluable in getting up and running. It is possible to cherry pick chapters if you have used MRDS before. Still, even more experienced developers will benefit from a close reading given the nuances and complexity of MRDS.

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