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Electronic Design UPDATE: September 20, 2006


ED Update

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
September 20, 2006


NEW! 80 Channels, 1 MS/s NI M Series Data Acquisition
The newest addition to the high-speed M Series data acquisition family, the NI 6255 extends the DAQ standard with 80, 16-bit analog input channels sampling at a maximum 1.25 MS/s. The fastest, high-channel count DAQ device offered by National Instruments, the NI 6255 is optimized for superior accuracy at fast sampling rates with µV accuracy and µs settling time.
View Specs and Buy On-line.

Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Editor's View: Electronics Is Addictive
  2. Focus On Embedded: Ultra-Low-Power MCU Line Adds Three Members
  3. News From The Editors:
    Online Tool Helps Designers Quickly Customize Switches
    Innovative Packaging Technology Aims At Miniaturized Devices
    8-Channel, 12-Bit ADC Consumes Very Little Power
  4. Magazine Highlights: September 14, 2006
    Engineering Feature: Ready For WiMAX?
    Technology Report: The Elusive Software-Defined Radio
    Leapfrog First Look: Poly-Band Mobile Broadcast Tuner Makes Adding Radio/TV A Snap
    Design View/Design Solution: Build A Phased Array On A Wafer To Boost Antenna Performance

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor

editor's view

Electronics Is Addictive
By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

The electronics industry, like the tobacco industry, has known for a long time that its products are addictive to humans. That is what keeps the electronics industry and the tobacco businesses booming. Okay, I do admit that there are convenience, productivity, entertainment, and security issues that make electronics so valuable, but those do not mitigate the addiction factor. I have tried to think of this in terms of something that is just habit-forming or life-simplifying but, no, I am staying with addictive, as in drug-like...

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focus on embedded

Ultra-Low-Power MCU Line Adds Three Members

Atmel added three new products to its AVR microcontroller family that incorporates power-saving technology to provide multi-year battery life in lighting control, security, keyless entry, ZigBee, and other applications that spend a significant amount of time in sleep mode...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: Getting More Out Of Your Digital Oscilloscope
Thursday, September 21, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

The digital oscilloscope has become the most commonly used test tool on the engineer's bench, but most engineers use only a fraction of the power available in these instruments. This seminar will discuss how to optimize many of the everyday uses of scopes, such as easy methods to spot intermittent signal problems. The material will offer good advice for using all brands of oscilloscopes. Register today!

Free Webcast: Precluding Battery System Failures in Portable Electronics
Thursday, October 19, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Dell and Apple have implemented the largest battery pack recalls in the history of portable computing. Catastrophic safety issues—ranging from under-performance to explosions—with portable battery systems has heightened concern over battery system safety. This web seminar provides insight into developing portable power systems that are extremely safe and preclude dangerous failures. Register today!


It's an LDMOS innovation for the ISM market.
Introducing the first RF power transistors housed in cost-efficient, over-molded plastic that deliver spectacular performance for the industrial, scientific and medical market. They deliver gain 5 dBs higher than the competition and exceptional efficiency at up to 70%. Our VHV6 LDMOS RF solutions are being implemented in applications such as plasma generators, laser exciters and MRI systems. Click here* for more information.

news from the editors

Online Tool Helps Designers Quickly Customize Switches
Legend Maker is an online tool from NKK Switches created specifically to aid design engineers in panel design. The Legend Maker, offered exclusively by NKK, enables engineers faced with incorporating human interface into their products to customize switches and develop unique legend designs online...

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Innovative Packaging Technology Aims At Miniaturized Devices
Freescale Semiconductor has developed a new packaging technology that could replace BGA and flip chip as the dominant packaging and assembly approach for highly-integrated semiconductors. Redistributed chip packaging (RCP) offers impressive flexibility and integration density, characteristics that help deliver...

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8-Channel, 12-Bit ADC Consumes Very Little Power
The AS1534 parallel interface a-d converter features ultra low power consumption, making it well suited to battery-powered devices and portable data-acquisition systems requiring fast parallel I/O and multiple analog inputs...

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Register Now for the Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2006!
September 25-28, 2006 at the Hynes Convention Center.
Accomplish more in one day at ESC than four days in the office. Compare products and get answers directly from engineers. Find solutions you can't find online or in marketing materials. Get design solutions for topics such as Linux/Open Source, Security, Eclipse, DSP, Hardware, UML/SysML, and Java.

Register by September 21st to save up to $300, use code UX29, www.embedded.com/esc/boston

magazine highlights: September 14, 2006

\[ Cover Feature: Engineering Feature \]
Ready For WiMAX?
This wireless metropolitan-area network is making great progress as a superior alternative broadband access method.

\[ Technology Report \]
The Elusive Software-Defined Radio
Will SDR become the ubiquitous wireless method, or is it destined to fall into the "niche technology" category?

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
Poly-Band Mobile Broadcast Tuner Makes Adding Radio/TV A Snap

\[ Design View/Design Solution \]
Build A Phased Array On A Wafer To Boost Antenna Performance
For ultra-high-frequency applications, a phased-array antenna manufactured entirely on an 8-in. wafer can create narrow beam widths and high gains.

Click to see the complete Electronic Design table of contents.

A T-Shirt For Your Thoughts

Here's your chance to select the best design and product articles that have appeared in the pages of Electronic Design during the past year. Take our short Readers' Choice online survey and get a chance to be one of 10 lucky participants who'll walk away with a coveted Electronic Design t-shirt. Look for the results in our "Best" special issue hitting your desk (and browser) on December 1. Vote now!
embedded in electronic design online

Zigbee Surprise 2: The Response

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Embedded Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "Zigbee Surprise 2: The Response." The ZigBee Alliance responds to Bill’s questions regarding ZigBee licensing, certification, and logo issues.



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