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Electronic Design UPDATE: July 12, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
July 12, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Editor's View: Comparing Four Short-Range Wireless Options For Monitoring And Control
  2. Focus on Analog: 12-V Variable-Gain Amp Delivers High Gain And Bandwidth
  3. News From The Editors:
    14- And 16-Pin MCUs Are Based On 8051 Core
    IC Combines 500-mA Battery Charger With 250-mA Step-Down Converter
    Low-Power Wi-Fi Chip Targets Embedded Applications
  4. Magazine Highlights: July 6, 2006
    Cover Feature: Lead-Free Means You're Still In The Game
    Technology Report: DAC: Let The Games Begin
    Leapfrog First Look: ICs Boost Next-Generation Power-Supply Features, Flexibility
    Design View/Design Solution: Save Those Watts With A Power-Aware Design Flow For SoCs

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

editor's view

Comparing Four Short-Range Wireless Options For Monitoring And Control
By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

I love ZigBee. I have written several long reports on it, covered numerous product announcements, gone to the conferences, and even played around with some of the many development kits. ZigBee is that short-range wireless technology based on the IEEE's 802.15.4 standard. It is being widely adopted for wireless mesh sensor networks and other short-range applications such as monitoring and control in home, building, and industrial environments...

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focus on analog

12-V Variable-Gain Amp Delivers High Gain And Bandwidth

A new dc-coupled VGA (variable-gain amplifier) from Analog Devices delivers high gain and bandwidth at an extended industrial temperature range of –55°C to 125°C and a wide power supply range from +/–3 V to +/–12 V. This voltage range is typically used in industrial and instrumentation applications such as industrial process control, industrial video systems, transducer and display drivers, and radar receivers...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: RoHS: What About China?
Thursday, July 20, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Do you sell products in China or import into China? If so, this webcast is for you. China has taken a somewhat different approach to the European Union's RoHS directive in a number of critical areas, which will very likely have a major impact on you and your business—whether you're a manufacturer, distributor, importer, or retailer. Register today!


Freescale's first RS08 device in a 6-pin package
A tiny, ultra-low-end microcontroller that frees you to design whatever your imagination dreams up. With a $0.43 price* and more on-board flash memory than competing devices, Freescale’s 8-bit MC9RS08KA microcontroller family offers endless possibilities for designers facing the challenges of less design time and scarce board space. Learn more about the KA and RS08 core by visiting freescale.com/RS08KA. Little doesn’t mean limited—think big.

*Manufacturer suggested resale price for 1000 pieces

news from the editors

14- And 16-Pin MCUs Are Based On 8051 Core
Atmel Corp. has four new 14-pin and two new 16-pin microcontrollers based on its 8051 single-cycle core. Atmel's single-cycle core architecture executes each byte fetch in a single clock cycle, resulting in 70% of all instructions being executed in a single clock cycle. Compared to the traditional 8051 devices, this architecture can either increase performance up to 12 times...

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IC Combines 500-mA Battery Charger With 250-mA Step-Down Converter
The AAT2556 is AnalogicTech’s first multi-function SystemPower IC to combine a battery charger and buck converter in a single package. This new device offers a highly compact and power efficient solution for a growing number of single-cell lithium-ion/polymer battery-based ultra-portable systems, such as Bluetooth headsets...

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Low-Power Wi-Fi Chip Targets Embedded Applications
With Wi-Fi being embedded into to more products, there is a great need for a very-low-power transceiver chip like the Conexant CX53121. This third generation 802.11b/g transceiver is designed for battery powered handheld products with embedded wireless-networking capabilities, such as cell phones...

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magazine highlights: July 6, 2006

\[ Cover Feature: Engineering Feature \]
Lead-Free Means You're Still In The Game
The European Union’s RoHS deadline has come and gone, though some companies are still scrambling to comply.

\[ Technology Report \]
DAC: Let The Games Begin
Gaming, multimedia, and entertainment are all part of EDA's future, and you can catch a glimpse of the tools you'll need to get there ar the 43rd DAC.

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
ICs Boost Next-Generation Power-Supply Features, Flexibility
A 30-MIPS processor, ultra-fast PWM, and an ADC make digital (feedback) power supplies economically viable.

\[ Design View/Design Solution \]
Save Those Watts With A Power-Aware Design Flow For SoCs
You'll lose the battle if you try to manage power as an afterthought and your latest and greatest chip's architecture is already fixed in place.

Click to see the complete Electronic Design table of contents.

embedded in electronic design online

Mid-Range Micro Kits

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, "Mid-Range Micro Kits." Check out some of the latest chips and development kits in the highly competitive 16-/32-bit market. Bill takes a look at kits from Luminary Micro, Texas Instruments, and Microchip.

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product picks online

  • Embedded Hardware/Software: 2.5-in. Hard-Disk Drive Holds 200 Gbytes
  • Analog/Power: Power Amplifiers Extend Battery Life In Handhelds
  • Electronic Design Automation: Upgraded TCAD Tool Includes Xeon Capability
  • Communications/Networking: LNA For Handsets Boasts 0.86-dB Noise Figure
  • Components: Oscillator Series Employs MEMS Resonators

    Check all of our online product picks at ElectronicDesign.com.

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