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Electronic Design Update: February 20, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter |   February 20, 2008
Missed the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona? Check Out Electronic Design's MWC Site.
Electronic Design's Mobile World Congress Design Hotspot is chock full of information coming out of the hottest show in the industry for mobile devices. We'll keep you up to date with the latest product and technology news from the show as well as exclusive video interviews from the show with Editorial Director, Mark David, and Technology Editor, Lou Frenzel. CLICK HERE.

industry view |
Use Ada For Better Safety, Security, And Reliability
By Ben Brosgol and Robert Dewal

Sometimes, development speed has to take a backseat to security and safety. And that's where Ada excels.

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Our revamped Navigation bar has new Design Hotspots. Come check out the latest in EDA, analog, embedded, power, and green design from the ED editors.

focus on communications |
Programmable Transceiver First For Handsets And Femtocells

Promising seamless switching between multiple wireless bands and protocols in the cellular handset and femtocell markets, the BW1102 Softransceiver RFIC is reportedly the first programmable CMOS RF transceiver.

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EiED online |
DLP Designs

It's been ages since DLP Designs sent me its their FPGA and PIC development tools, but I've finally been able to try them out. These two tiny units were lost in the pile of boxes that's been accumulating in the lab, but they certainly pack a noticeable punch.

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Engineering TV |
XID And Facial Recognition

XID Software Technologies has developed 3D models and a 3D tracking system for facial recognition with position and expression of the target's face from a single 2D picture of a person.

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news from the editors |
RF Power Detector Simplifies Power Measurement And Control

Most wireless technologies, including the newer WiMAX, WCDMA, HSDPA, and LTE, require accurate measurement and control. Optimizing the power level ensures a more reliable connection link and maximizes data speeds.

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Feature Article: Harmonic Distortion And Board Layout

Given that printed-circuit boards (PCBs) are made from material that is practically speaking electrically linear (i.e. constant impedance), then why can it introduce nonlinearities into a signal? The answer is explored in this article by Fairchild Semiconductor.


Single-Chip RF Tuners Kick The Can And Make Portable TV Practical

In most TV sets, the front-end RF tuners come in a metal shield can. But they're slowly disappearing as single-chip tuners have become available. While these devices work nicely in newer TV sets, they also make it possible to package TV reception in cell phones, laptops, and other portable devices.

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Single-Chip AM/FM Radio Adds Weather-Band Coverage

Silicon Laboratories was one of the first companies to integrate a full AM/FM broadcast radio on a chip. Its AM/FM and FM-only chips are sold by the millions and are showing up in cell phones, portable radios, and other products. Now, Silicon Labs has added weather radio capability to this product line.

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Intel Delivers Eight-Core Gaming Platform

Intel introduced a desktop platform that supports two Intel quad-core processors for a total of eight processing engines. The Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform (formerly codenamed "Skulltrail") is based on the Intel Desktop Board D5400XS and two Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors.

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Infineon Working With BMW On New ECU

BMW's new M series cars will include an engine control unit (ECU) based on Infineon Technologies' TriCore processor architecture. The ECU is currently under development, with Infineon focusing on integrating its 32-bit flash AUDO Future microcontroller chip into the system and providing tech support.

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Your Ideas For Design Can Win $500

Send us your Ideas for Design and we'll pay you $150 for every Idea for Design that we publish. In addition, the year's top design as selected by our readers will earn an additional $500, with two runners-up each receiving $250. You can submit your Ideas for Design via e-mail to: [email protected] or, mail your material to:

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Electronic Design
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Paramus, NJ 07652

Click here for our guidelines on Ideas for Design...

quick poll |
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product picks online |
RF Transceiver Reduces Mounting Area

VME Dual PMC/XMC SBC Enlists 1.5-GHz Core 2 Duo

Desktop Power Supply Meets Agency Standards

Protocol Tester Enlists Unique UE Test Platform

SMT Chip Cap Boosts Capacitance, Trims ESR

engineer's resource |
Rev Up Your Interdisciplinary Design Skills

What happens when a microcontroller turns on a power FET, sending a current pulse to a motor coil that develops a magnetic field that turns the rotor shaft, advancing a timing belt that drives a pair of nip rolls suspended on bearings in a web-processing operation on a form, fill, and seal machine installed on a potato chip line at a Frito Lay plant in central California? And how can you be sure that the encoders, prox sensors, and other feedback devices you plan to use will accurately see and report every relevant motion, machine state, and process condition? And will the signals get through the networks fast enough, without being corrupted, giving the controllers time to execute their algorithms as intended? It's a lot to think about, and it only scratches the surface of what many engineers grapple with today. If you happen to be one of them, then the place for you — where you can find answers and meet others with similar concerns — is

Backed by some of engineering's top information sources including Machine Design, Electronic Design, Motion System Design, and Power Electronics, is the interdisciplinary engineer's desktop, toolbox, library, and lifeline in one easily accessible place.

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upcoming industry events |
The International Wireless Communications Expo
Feb. 25-26
Las Vegas, Nev.

Thermal Solutions For Advancing Technology
Feb. 28
San Jose, Calif.

CeBIT Global Conference
March 4-7
Munich, Germany

ED bookstore |
Voice Over WLAN: The Complete Guide
By Michael F. Finneran

Voice Over WLAN: The Complete Guide by Michael F. Finneran is a detailed look at the digital voice over Wi-Fi movement. There is growing interest in making phone calls over an enterprise LAN by using 802.11 phones. These can be desktop phones to replace the traditional POTS and PBX phones or actual Wi-Fi handset phones.

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