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Electronic Design Update: August 22, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | August 22, 2007

LXI Case Studies: Boost throughput in mfg by 200% and cathodic protection of steel in concrete

Learn how a semiconductor mfr shaved 2800 ms off the time required to test W-CDMA power amplifier IC, a 233% increase in daily throughput compared to a GPIB-based system by using an Agilent LXI test system. In another example, concrete durability is prolonged using an LXI based test system.

The move to LXI is on. Click here to learn more...


Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

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Come check out the new Hotspots added to the ED Home Page with the latest on power, analog, and EDA technology from the ED editors.

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editor's view |

Whatever Happened To 802.20?
By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

I've been writing about WiMAX and the 3G/4G technologies lately, and every now and then I see references to the competing IEEE 802.20 standard. The IEEE established the 802.20 wireless mobile broadband group in 2002. Work began, and progress was made. But whatever happened to it? Now I know, so I can tell you all about it...

Read the full article...

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Mark David's Roadmap |

NI Week Reveals LabVIEW Breakthroughs

In this premiere edition of Mark David's Roadmap, Mark checks out NI week held in Austin, Texas on August 7-9. Innovations there included the release of LabVIEW 8.5, and throngs of LabVIEW users were on-hand to present their latest creations...

Read Mark's blog...

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EiED online |

Making Math Magic

The MathWorks' Matlab 7.4 makes quick work of computationally challenging tasks. Embedded/Systems/Software Editor William Wong takes a look at Matlab and how it can be used with embedded applications.

Read the full article...

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Engineering TV: Episode 63 |

Autonomous Balancing Robotics

Ologic specializes in building two-wheel balancing robotics for several uses, from service robots that can follow a specific person to robots that can autonomously move around specific waypoints for security, office mail delivery, warehouse automation, or other traditional non-robotic product domains.

Click here to see the episodes...

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news from the editors |

Wibree Forum Merges With Bluetooth SIG

Last year, Nokia developed the Wibree ultra-low-power (ULP) personal-area networking (PAN) technology for very small and low-power applications. Bluetooth, needing a spec to cover such ULP technology, will incorporate Wibree for more widespread PAN connectivity.

Read the full article...


LNB Makes Satellite TV Receivers Smaller And Cheaper Than Ever

Satellite TV receivers are made in two parts: a front end mounted on the 18-in. dish antenna connected by coax to the inside box. NXP Semiconductor's latest chip makes the front end better than ever.

Read the full article...


Cadence And Mentor Develop Open-Source SystemVerilog Methodology

EDA giants Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics announced that they will create and standardize a verification methodology based on the IEEE 1800(TM)-2005 SystemVerilog standard.

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Sprint To Invest $5B In WiMAX Network

Sprint Nextel Corp. expects to see $2 billion to $2.5 billion in revenues from its WiMAX wireless broadband network by 2010, the company announced on Thursday.

Read the full article...

So What's Your Dream Job?

In our annual reader survey, more than 50% of you said you work at your "dream job." So what's it like? Send us a photo or series of photos illustrating a day at your desk. We'll choose the best photos and publish them in our October 20 "Your Issue," highlighting the state of the profession today. We'll pay $500 for the best photo series and $250 for the best photo.

Send your high-resolution jpgs and tifs to Managing Editor Richard Gawel at [email protected] by Wednesday, Sept. 5. Good luck!

ED Photo Contest

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quick poll |

What feature do you want most on your next cell phone?
  • E-mail access
  • Web browsing
  • Dual-mode capability
  • MP3 player
  • GPS services
  • High-resolution digital camera
  • Just give me a clear signal and lots of coverage

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 |

Wirewound Power Resistors Withstand Extreme Temperatures
16-Gbit NAND Flash Memory Uses 51-nm Process
Analog, Serial I/O Modules Work With FPGA-Based PMCs
Power-Control IC Delivers Up To 280% Peak Power
Dual Digital Transceiver Boasts A 4.8-kHz To 40-MHz Range

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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, Calif.

Signal Integrity Measurement in Multi-Gigabit Serial Data Systems
Sept. 18

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!

EHOF 2007

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ED bookstore |

National Association Of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook: 10th Edition
By Graham Jones, Dave Layer, Thomas Osenkowsky, and Edmund Williams

This not-so-little jewel has 2072 pages and weighs 11 lb. (Yes, I actually weighed it.) My initial reaction was that I don't have much to do with broadcast standards or technology. But after I read the book, I found it was a fabulous reference on electronics, wireless, and communications in general.

To buy the book, click here...

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