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Electronic Design Update: August 8, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | August 8, 2007

Download The New Synplicity White Paper: Efficient DSP Algorithm Development For FPGA And ASIC Technologies

This white paper discusses the challenges and requirements of creating portable algorithmic IP for FPGAs and ASICs and illustrates how an ESL synthesis methodology using Synplicity's Synplify® DSP tool can significantly reduce the time and effort to implement either technology.

Click here to download the white paper.


Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

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Editor's View |

Defense And Aerospace Try To Get The Lead Back In
By Rob Spiegel, Contributing Editor

The defense and aerospace industries need highly reliable leaded parts, but they also want to buy commercial off-the-shelf components. The problem is that most parts suppliers have shifted to lead-free versions, leaving defense and aerospace scrambling for older leaded inventory or switching to more expensive components that meet military specifications. And it all began with the $900 hammer...

Read the full article...

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focus on analog |

Converter Connects Modem-Based Devices To GSM/GPRS Networks

An innovative converter from eDevice allows devices previously plugged into the wired telephone network to benefit from the flexibility, mobility, and less expensive rates of a GSM/GPRS network. The Bridge130D avoids the cost of a GSM/GPRS upgrade for the existing device, enabling users to extend the life of expensive technological assets.

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EiED online |

Building A COM Express DVR

COM Express modules allow designers to quickly incorporate the latest technologies like Serial ATA. Check out how Embedded/Systems/Software Editor Bill Wong builds a digital video recorder (DVR) using Kontron's ETXexpress-PM and Hauppauge Computer Works' WIN-TV PVR-500.

Read the full article...

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Engineering TV: Episode 59: |

ZeroSurge Power Protection

Using filter technology that removes power-line noise, the engineers at ZeroSurge have created a surge suppression unit that has no MOVs, has been in use for 17 years without a surge-related failure, and has absolutely no degradation.

Click here to see the episodes...

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news from the editors |

Resonant-Mode Power Controller Includes High-Side, Low-Side Drivers

Boasting both high-side and low-side MOSFET drivers, the NCP1396 high-performance resonant-mode controller from ON Semiconductor permits the design of reliable and highly efficient power supplies for a variety of applications.

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100-W Servo Motor Controller Includes 16-Bit DSP

The 3C20 digital motion controller from Mesa Electronics is a DSP-based single-axis dc servo motor controller/amplifier for small (up to 100 W) brush motors with quadrature encoders.

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Upgraded Database Management System Targets Carrier-Grade Networks

Version 7.0 of the Polyhedra relational database management system from Enea provides a number of significant enhancements that make it ideal for carrier-grade network infrastructure systems, particularly those using distributed applications and data spread across multiple processors, blades, and operating systems.

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SMT Pushbutton Switches Are Totally Process-Compatible

With the Series 39-8 family of low-cost, miniature, surface-mount, solid-state pushbutton switches from ITW Switches, designers can apply, process, and Hall-effect a chip and an (optional) LED to a printed-circuit board. Designers then can simply snap the switch's actuator in place, manually or robotically, completing a totally process-compatible pushbutton switching system.

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Agilent's 34405A 5½ 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, this multimeter gives you all the tools you need.

Click here to learn more or watch a flash demo.


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quick poll |

Microsoft and Sony both have announced plans to cut the prices of their respective Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. What's your reaction?
  • Great! I'm on my way to get one now.
  • Darn! I already bought one when they were more expensive.
  • Good for them, but my Nintendo Wii is still more fun.
  • Who cares? I don't have time for games.

Let your voice be heard. Vote now on www.electronicdesign.com. The Quick Poll is located at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!

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product picks online |

Optical Encoder Features Light-Pipe Technology
IP Cores Add Data Compression To ASICs, FPGAs
Four-Channel Frame Grabber Handles 60 fps
Battery-Charger IC Works From Any Source
10-Gbyte ATCA Hub Targets Video-On-Demand Media Servers

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conference preview |

Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference

More technical Content. More exhibits. More teardowns. More of what you need to know to find the right technologies, products and components to integrate into an ever-evolving array of complex applications. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, The Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference, held in the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas, will give you the tools to optimize every element of the design process:

  • An educational program focuses on practical, day-to-day solutions;
  • A full contingent of suppliers demonstrating their latest innovations in the Exhibit Hall;
  • And a conference schedule that hits all of the high notes - digital and portable power, power design, conversion and management, magnetics, alternative energy, LED drivers and more.
Click here to learn more or to register.

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upcoming industry events |

Sept. 10-12
Silicon Valley, CA

IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition
Sept. 22-28
Schaumburg, Ill.

AdvancedTCA Summit 2007
Oct. 16-18
Santa Clara, Calif.

Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1
Dallas, Texas

Printed Electronics USA
Nov. 13-15
San Francisco, Calif.

See more industry events...

2007 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 2007 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.

Take the survey today!

EDHOF 2007

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ED bookstore |

DSP Software Development Techniques for Embedded and Realtime Systems
By Robert Oshana

The CD that comes with this book has a 120-day version of Texas Instruments' Code Composer Studio, since this book was written for college engineering classes about embedded and real-time DSP programming. You don't have to take the course to get a lot out of this book, though.

To buy the book, click here...

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