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Electronic Design UPDATE: May 3, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
May 3, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Editor's View: Flexible Displays: A Tantalizing Technology In Search Of A Killer Application
  2. Focus on DSP: DSPs Yield Vintage Analog Keyboard Sound
  3. News From The Editors:
    Micro Coax Connectors Ease Signal Routing In Portables
    For Ultra-Dense Memory, Just Add Water To Nanostructures
    Li-Ion Charging IC Holds Down Heat Dissipation
  4. Magazine Highlights: April 27, 2006
    Cover Feature: Who's Listening? Weaving A Security Blanket For Handhelds
    Technology Report: IDEs Of Change
    Leapfrog First Look: Breaking A New Sound Barrier: It's A Mic-On-A-Chip
    Design View/Design Solution: Design A Clock-Distribution Strategy With Confidence

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

editor's view

Flexible Displays: A Tantalizing Technology In Search Of A Killer Application
By Roger Allan, Contributing Editor

Imagine what you could do with a bendable, rollable, or floppy display panel. You could read your morning newspaper on your PDA and then roll it up when you’re finished. Or you can use your mobile phone to do the same thing. Some market research analysts foresee growing market opportunities for flexible displays, but only if certain issues can be solved...

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focus on dsp

DSPs Yield Vintage Analog Keyboard Sound

Few joys in the music world can compare to the sound of a vintage analog Hammond B3 electric organ in its full, rich splendor. Originally designed as a portable alternative to very nonportable church or theatre organs, the Hammond B3 came into its own on hundreds of popular recordings in the 1950s and 1960s. Just listen to any number of 1960s surf and blues classics, for example. Or even better, check out the late, great jazz organist and bandleader, Jimmy Smith, in his late 1950s and early 1960s recordings for the Blue Note and Verve labels...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: HSpice—Just Got Faster, Again!
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 2:00pm ET

The HSpice circuit simulator has been the golden simulation sign-off standard for the past 25 years. The newest version performs faster by focusing on the accuracy and capabilities required to meet today’s design challenges. This webcast is a must-see for engineers using Spice for analog, digital, or high-frequency IC, board, or package designs. Register today!

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Take our short "Industry Barometer" online survey to give us your unique view of the electronics industry. Five minutes is all it takes to answer eight short questions and enter to win one of five stylish Electronic Design t-shirts. Go to survey.

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news from the editors

Micro Coax Connectors Ease Signal Routing In Portables
The myriad difficulties of routing signals through the punishing hinges of swivel-type cell phones are solved through use of a series of 0.40-mm (0.016-in.) pitch connectors from Molex. The Micro Coax connectors use insulation-displacement technology (IDT) to terminate the center conductor of ultra-thin 42 AWG coaxial cable...

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For Ultra-Dense Memory, Just Add Water To Nanostructures
Generally speaking, electronics and water don’t mix well. But a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Harvard University has proposed a new and surprisingly effective means of stabilizing and controlling ferroelectricity in nanostructures...

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Li-Ion Charging IC Holds Down Heat Dissipation
Minimizing heat dissipation without compromising board space, the LTC4001 is a switch-mode battery charger for single-cell, 4.2-V lithium-ion/lithium-polymer cells. The IC’s standalone operation eliminates the need for an external microprocessor for charge termination...

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magazine highlights: april 27, 2006

\[ Cover Feature: Engineering Feature \]
Who's Listening? Weaving A Security Blanket For Handhelds
With data-securiy and privacy technology outpacing the law, you have fewer places to hide.

\[ Technology Report \]
IDEs Of Change
Market consolidation and Eclipse narrow the number of availale platforms while expanding choices for developers.

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
Breaking A New Sound Barrier: It's A Mic-On-A-Chip
Fabricated on a MEMS CMOS process, these tiny, low-cost ICs solve acoustic performance issues for many computing and consumer electronics devices.

\[ Design View/Design Solution \]
Design A Clock-Distribution Strategy With Confidence
Simulation lets you design a transceiver clocking and frequency-planning strategy while making the required tradeoffs between performance and cost.

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embedded in electronic design online

Disposable Solutions With Low-Cost MCUs

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, "Disposable Solutions With Low-Cost MCUs." Bill talks technical with Gary Neel, Director of Engineering for Home Diagnostics, about the MSP430-based Sidekick diabetes glucose-testing system. Simplicity of design yields a practical, disposable solution.

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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
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