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Electronic Design UPDATE: November 21, 2005


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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Complete Rabbit Ethernet Dev Kits from $99. Small in size but packed with powerful communications features, Rabbit Semiconductor's low-cost RabbitCore Microprocessor Modules give system designers a complete package for custom embedded control, communication, and connectivity applications. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A011:484C79 **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. News Focus *Forum Pushes For Linux Phone Standards 2. News From The Editors *SIMD Extensions Deliver 10x Throughput Improvement *30-W DC-DC Converters Won't Harm The Environment *10-Bit Triple ADCs Provide Exceptional Video 3. TechView Scope *Researchers Develop Hybrid Silicon Evanescent Laser 4. Upcoming Industry Events *2005 IEEE Int'l Electron Devices Meeting *Interop New York *Consumer Electronics Show 5. Book Review *"Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook" Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 1. News Focus ********************** Forum Pushes For Linux Phone Standards More and more phones are exploiting the advantages of the Linux operating system. In response, a consortium of companies has launched the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum to promote development and deployment of applications and services on Linux phones through standardization. According to market analyst Canalys, the worldwide market share of Linux has more than doubled in each of the first three quarters of 2005. The nature of the open-source development process has meant that the success of Linux in phones, as elsewhere, relies on standards that ensure interoperability and guard against fragmentation. Operators, device manufacturers, and silicon and software vendors have joined forces to create the necessary standards. Founding members of the LiPS Forum include ARM, Esmertec, MontaVista Software, Open-Plug, and PalmSource. LiPS will support the deployment of Linux phone applications and services via three deliverables. First is a set of standardized application programming interfaces (APIs). The second is standards for extensions to the software development kits (SDKs) that enable developers to take advantage of LiPS APIs to create their products. Finally, the forum will develop a testing methodology that will be used to certify LiPS-compliant implementations. To ensure alignment with the needs of the industry, LiPS will support requirements defined by the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP), an association of mobile operators worldwide focused on defining the functional requirements of mobile phones. In so doing, the LiPS Forum will speed the availability of OMTP-compliant Linux-based mobile phones. For other classes of devices, such as converged devices, the LiPS Forum will seek input from its member operators and other industry bodies. LiPS Forum ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A019:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Work Together Better with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Teamwork just got easier. Combine multiple file types into a single, searchable document. Share critical information more securely. View and respond to project feedback seamlessly. And get everyone on the same page. Acrobat 7.0. Try it for free at adobe.com/collaborate and see how much more your team can do. Better by Adobe. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A00F:484C79 **************************************************************** *******************Live on ElecDesign.com*********************** Free Web Seminar: RoHS -- The Manager's Role November 30, 2005 at 2:00 pm ET Register now for this important Web seminar that will help you identify and explore the decisions your company will need to make to ensure compliance with Europe's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances directive. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A00A:484C79 Free eBook: Black-Box Approach To ADCs This eBook provides a black-box approach to the traditional analog-to-digital coverter (ADC) tutorial. It concentrates on the common characteristics of all ADCs and what they imply for the system-level designer. Download the first chapter today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A00D:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***SIMD Extensions Deliver 10x Throughput Improvement A set of 104 new 128-bit wide customized instructions uses a single-instruction/multiple-data (SIMD) approach to exploit the parallelism inherent in multimedia and signal-processing applications. Developed by ARC International, these instructions reduce power consumption over non-SIMD approaches by increasing application performance without raising the processor clock speed. The new SIMD instructions are fully compatible with the ARCompact 16- and 32-bit instruction set architecture (ISA). The instruction extensions are coupled to a direct memory access (DMA) engine to further speed system performance. Both the DMA engine and the SIMD extensions are available as predefined options in the ARChitect processor configurator. Thus, system-on-a-chip designers can easily leverage the optimized software and development tools for cores within the ARC700 family. The software extensions and DMA engine will be supported by the MQX real-time operating system (RTOS) from MQX Embedded, a business unit of ARC International, as well as other RTOS software from industry partners. Contact ARC for SIMD licensing terms. ARC International ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A01A:484C79 ***30-W DC-DC Converters Won't Harm The Environment The Tracopower TEN-30WI series of 30-W dc-dc converters is lead-free and fully complies with the new Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. An ultra-wide 4:1 input supports operation in a variety of mobile, battery-powered, or dc power system applications. Units deliver tightly regulated single or dual outputs in a compact, industry-standard 2- by 1.6- by 0.4-in. shielded metal package with an insulated baseplate. Efficiencies up to 87% allow for operating temperatures up to 85 deg. C. Built-in input and output filtering eliminate the need for any external components. Additional features include remote on/off, comprehensive protection circuitry, UL/cUL safety certification, a high mean time between failures, and a three-year warranty. Pricing starts at $50.88 in 500-piece quantities. Power Sources Unlimited ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A016:484C79 ***10-Bit Triple ADCs Provide Exceptional Video A pair of 8/10-bit triple analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) provides up to 165 Msamples/s for high-definition video and PC graphic applications. Both devices offer integrated phase-locked loops for pixel clock generation. An output formatter provides complete support for RGB/YCbCr 4:4:4 and YCbCr 4:2:2, as well as dedicated data clock for easy latching of output data. The TVP7000 sports sampling rates up to 150 Msamples/s and supports 1080p video inputs. The TVP7001 delivers up to 165 Msamples/s and increases PC graphics output to 1600 by 1200 at 60-Hz ultra extended graphics array (UXGA) quality. The two devices also support a 10-bit mode that offers up to 110 Msamples/s. The TVP7000 is in production today. The TVP7001 is sampling now with volume production scheduled for December. Both devices are offered in a 100-pin lead-free high-temperature quad flatpack package. Respective pricing is $4.25 and $4.75 in 1000-unit quantities. Texas Instruments ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A017:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 3. TechView Scope ********************** Researchers Develop Hybrid Silicon Evanescent Laser Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have taken the first step toward an electrically pumped hybrid silicon laser. By bonding optical gain layers directly to a silicon laser cavity, they have developed an alternative to silicon Raman lasers. In fact, their laser is an order of magnitude shorter. It's optically pumped, and it operates in continuous wave mode. And, it only needs 30 mW of input pump power. It uses indium-aluminum-gallium-arsenide quantum wells to provide optical amplification. As semiconductor systems get smaller, interconnect capacity and power dissipation will limit their performance. Optical interconnects could alleviate these limitations. But so far, creating a semiconductor laser that can be fully integrated with silicon microelectronics has been difficult. The university's evanescent silicon laser demonstration promises a solution. "The ability to combine the best of both worlds (i.e., III-V gain material with silicon photonics) could lead to a new way of enabling highly integrated laser sources with intelligent opto-electronic devices for future optical communications at low cost," said John Bowers, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UCSB. University of California, Santa Barbara ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A015:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Upcoming Industry Events ********************** December 5-7, 2005 IEEE Int'l Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) Washington, D.C. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A018:484C79 December 12-16, Interop New York New York, N.Y. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A014:484C79 January 5-8, International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Las Vegas, Nev. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A010:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 5. Book Review ********************** "Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook" by Lewin Edwards One of my favorite books is the "Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook" by Lewin Edwards. It is sort of a case study about the E2, a submarine robot project that Edwards was developing. It uses a Mini-ITX running Linux along with some microcontrollers in various subsystems... Read the full book review at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A00B:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- Developing ARMs 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, "Developing ARMs." Bill compares a collection of ARM-based development kits with software from IAR and Keil. Developers will normally take advantage of the ARM Thumb instruction set supported on these micros. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A00C:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! Does the U.S. government spend enough money on scientific research and development? -- Yes, R&D spending is adequate -- No, the U.S. should put more money into R&D Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1A013:484C79 ****************************************************************




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