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Electronic Design UPDATE: December 7, 2005


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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** You Have the Power. Speed up your system and lower design risk with the PowerCore module from Rabbit Semiconductor. The PowerCore is a complete Rabbit system featuring our fastest Rabbit 3000 microprocessor, on-board power supply, analog features, Ethernet, and a rugged A/D system. Complete development kits with hardware and software from $129. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3F6:484C79 **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. News Focus *An Entire DVD Player/Recorder Fits On A Single Chip 2. News From The Editors *Memory Subsystem Lowers Cell-Phone Development Cost *400-W Supplies Target Medical And Industrial Jobs *Safety Relay Boasts Slim Profile 3. TechView Scope *Silicon Nanocrystal Memory Leaps Forward 4. Upcoming Industry Events *Consumer Electronics Show *IPC Printed Circuits Expo *DesignCon 2006 5. Book Review *"Machine Vision: Theory, Algorithms, Practicalities" Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 1. News Focus ********************** An Entire DVD Player/Recorder Fits On A Single Chip Following the continuous trend to pack more functionality into less space, Zoran has developed a single-chip DVD player/recorder. The Activa 200 combines DVD recordable front-end technology (read/write channel, servo, data processor, and CPU) with the audio/video back-end functions (MPEG decode/encode CPU, analog video decoder/encoder, and progressive scan output) on one system-on-a-chip (SoC). The SoC and its analog companion Activa 250 chip are now sampling to major DVD recorder manufacturers worldwide. On the front end, Activa 200 integrates a versatile, fully programmable digital servo processor. Zoran implemented proprietary data-recovery methods and error handling for improved readability of various disc types. The write channel supports reliable recording to all popular DVD formats, with advanced algorithms to consistently and automatically calibrate new media for use in the system. The Activa 200 back end offers a high level of peripheral support. Features include an analog video decoder with native RGB input support, 3D Y/C separation and time base correction, and a video encoder. It has a variety of high-end I/O interfaces, including an integrated stereo Class D output, a 1394 link, and a USB host controller with physical-layer transceiver. Activa 200 has native support for authoring and editing in DVD-Video, DVD-VR, and DVD+VR formats. The result is compatible, reliable recording with editing; a reduction in overall system cost; and a high-quality, seamless viewing and listening experience. The companion Activa 250 analog front-end chip is an RF signal processing system, optimized to work with the most popular optical pickup units (OPUs) and loader mechanisms. The Activa 200 and Activa 250 are the main components of a complete turnkey chip set for DVD recording, which is delivered with complete system software including an easy-to-use graphical user interface. Zoran expects Activa 200-based DVD recorders to begin production early next year. The Activa 200 and Activa 250 chip set costs $25 in OEM quantities. Zoran Corp. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B403:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** **Sponsored by Mentor Graphics** Interactive Precision Synthesis Tutorial This 30-min. tutorial introduces some of the advanced RTL and physical implementation flows within the Precision Synthesis toolset. Find out how Precision combines physical and RTL synthesis to rapidly implement complex, high-performance FPGAs. This demo walks you through an example of a complete design flow, showing you how to create, debug, analyze and improve your design's performance. View now >> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B405:484C79 **************************************************************** *******************Live on ElecDesign.com*********************** Freescale Microcontroller Pop Quiz Put your microcontroller knowledge to the test by answering five challenging questions from Electronic Design and Freescale. Don't forget to enter your details and hit submit to be eligible to win a new Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3F8:484C79 Free Web Seminar: RoHS -- The Manager's Role, Part 2 December 21, 2005 at 3:30 pm EST Join us for our second Web seminar that looks at the manager's role in the transition to compliance with the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS). We will identify and explore the decisions that must be made by industry managers. Register today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3F1:484C79 Free eBook: Black-Box Approach To ADCs This eBook provides a black-box approach to the traditional analog-to-digital converter (ADC) tutorial. It concentrates on the common characteristics of all ADCs and what they imply for the system-level designer. Download the first chapter today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3F4:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Memory Subsystem Lowers Cell-Phone Development Cost STMicroelectronics and Intel have announced a common flash-memory subsystem to lower development costs for handset OEMs and enable them to get to market faster with feature-rich phones. To simplify handset memory design, the two companies will provide hardware- and software-compatible memory products based on common specifications. As a result, cell-phone makers should see shorter development times and lower costs. They also will be able to more easily transition to the next generation of NOR flash products from the two companies. NOR flash is the memory technology of choice for the volume mainstream of the cell-phone market segment. The first multilevel-cell (MLC) NOR products based on the common specifications are 512-Mbit devices independently designed and manufactured with 90-nm process technology. These products are now available from STMicroelectronics and Intel. The common subsystem specifications also will extend to 65-nm MLC NOR technology and will focus on single-chip 1-Gbit MLC NOR products. Intel Corp. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B402:484C79 STMicroelectronics ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B404:484C79 ***400-W Supplies Target Medical And Industrial Jobs Well suited for medical and industrial applications, the APS400MX series of 400-W switching power supplies offers single and dual outputs ranging from 2 to 58 V dc. They come in a standard u-frame package that measures 5.0 by 8.0 by 1.6 in. or with an optional end-mount fan cover that extends the depth to 9.0 in. The supplies feature universal ac input with active power factor correction (EN61000-3-2 Class D), low leakage of less than 300 microamps, and dual-fused input protection. A wide range of status and control features includes remote sense, current sharing, remote on/off, power fail, voltage monitoring, voltage margining of 50 to 100 percent, and an auxiliary 12-V fan output. The supplies come standard with constant-voltage characteristics, with an option for constant current operation. Standard units are available from stock. Example pricing for a single-output unit is as low as $140.00 each in 1000-piece quantities. Advanced Power Solutions ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3FB:484C79 ***Safety Relay Boasts Slim Profile A compact safety relay from Panasonic Electric Works (formerly Aromat) complies with EN50205 Type A with its forcibly guided contacts. The SFS slim-profile relay has a built-in LED indicator to eliminate the need for design and mounting of a separate LED circuit, cutting costs and saving labor. The four-pole SFS measures 40 mm long by 13 mm wide by 24 mm high. Important safety features include fast response time (8 ms max) and high shock resistance. The SFS is available in 2a2b, 3a1b, 4a2b, 5a1b, and 3a3b contact arrangements. Also, pc-board sockets are available. Typical applications for the SFS include machine tools, elevator/escalator control, factory automation, and automotive manufacturing lines. The SFS2 costs $11.40 each in 1000-piece quantities. Delivery is stock to 12 weeks. Panasonic Electric Works ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3FF:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 3. TechView Scope ********************** Silicon Nanocrystal Memory Leaps Forward It's almost time for flash memory to step aside. Freescale Semiconductor has manufactured the world's first 24-Mbit memory array based on silicon nanocrystals. Researchers say this technology will replace flash memory, which will reach its scaling limits within the next few years because of high operating voltages, fabrication process complexity, and cost. Freescale used 90-nm CMOS bulk technology to create the array at the company's Austin Technology & Manufacturing Center. This development required the researchers to deposit the silicon nanocrystals with excellent uniformity, as well as integration approaches that would keep the nanocrystal properties intact during subsequent production. Such memories are part of an advanced class of technologies called thin-film storage. They're more scalable than conventional floating-gate-based flash technology, as their tunnel oxide thickness can be reduced without impacting data retention. A thinner tunnel oxide also would allow lower-voltage operation, substantially reducing the memory module area needed to generate the bit-cell programming voltages. These benefits would yield significant wafer processing simplifications and manufacturing cost reductions. The combination of higher bit density and reduced cost would result in a lower cost per bit to embed silicon nanocrystal memories in other CMOS circuits. Also, the technology does not require new materials or wafer fabrication equipment. This would enable immediate compatibility with existing production wafer fabs. Freescale Semiconductor ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B401:484C79 *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Design Example Simplifies Your PoE Solution Complete your next PoE PD design in the shortest time and lowest cost possible with design idea DI-88 from Power Integrations, using our DPA-Switch DC-DC converter ICs. The power supply controller, fault protection circuitry and 220 V power MOSFET are monolithically combined onto one chip. PoE circuitry is easily incorporated into an economical solution with a low component count. See for yourself. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3F5:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Upcoming Industry Events ********************** January 5-8, 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Las Vegas, Nev. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3F9:484C79 February 5-10, 2006 IPC Printed Circuits Expo, APEX, and the Designers Summit Anaheim, Calif. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B400:484C79 February 6-9, 2006 DesignCon 2006 Santa Clara, Calif. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3FD:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 5. Book Review ********************** "Machine Vision: Theory, Algorithms, Practicalities" By E.R. Davies Computer vision systems are used in a wide range of applications, from assembly-line object recognition to robotics. Low-cost video capture modules and high-performance microprocessors have combined to make vision systems practical and economical. Unfortunately, computer vision and recognition is a difficult software problem and the hardware is useless without good applications. "Machine Vision" by E.R. Davies is in its third incarnation. This updated version presents the latest in filtering and pattern matching in a form that is both introductory and advanced... Read the full book review at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3F3:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- ZigBee Kits 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, "ZigBee Kits." ZigBee is taking off. Bill takes a look at three two-chip development kits from Ember, Silicon Labs, and Microchip that help you take to the airwaves. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3F2:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! Which tech toy would you put at the top of your holiday wish list? -- iPod -- High-definition plasma TV -- GPS navigation system -- Smart phone -- Satellite radio Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B3FC:484C79 ****************************************************************




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