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Electronic Design UPDATE: September 21, 2005


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter Electronic Design Magazine PlanetEE ==> www.planetee.com September 21, 2005


*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** PCI Express DAQ - Two New High-Speed Devices from National Instruments The new National Instruments M Series high-speed DAQ devices empower measurement and automation on PCI Express. The new PCI Express bus fuels Virtual Instrumentation by providing superior performance to other buses including up to 30X the bandwidth of PCI, dedicated bandwidth per slot, and software backward compatibility to protect PCI software investments. Read the Introduction to PCI Express white paper and get started on PCI Express today. Click here to find detailed specifications on the two new products: http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141FE:1001CD **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. Editor's View *In Katrina's Wake, Ham Radio Triumphs 2. Focus On ASICs *Design Kit Opens SOI Design To Broader Use 3. News From The Editors *Connectors Provide Miniature Docking For Portables *Small UAVs Search For Katrina Survivors *Add 3D Stereo To Mobile Phones 4. Magazine Highlights: September 15, 2005 *Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- The WiMAX Wait Is Over *Technology Report -- Wireless Mesh Expands The Boundaries Of Networking *Leapfrog: First Look -- Camera Sensors Capture The Cell-Phone Landscape *Design View/Design Solution -- Take A Peek Inside Today's Spectrum Analyzers 5. Electronic Design Helpline *RS-232C Signal Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** A T-Shirt For Your Thoughts Here's your chance to select the best design and product articles that appeared in the pages of Electronic Design during the past year. Take our short Readers' Choice online survey and get a chance to be one of 20 lucky participants who'll walk away with a coveted Electronic Design t-shirt. Look for the results in our "Best" special issue hitting your desk (and browser) on December 1. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141FD:1001CD **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Editor's View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** In Katrina's Wake, Ham Radio Triumphs By David Maliniak (AD2A), EDA Editor A few months ago, NBC's Tonight Show staged a race between a pair of ham-radio operators with Morse-code keys and a couple of kids with text-messaging cell phones to see who could communicate faster. The hams won hands down, proving, in the minds of some, that old technology could hold its own against new. In recent days, ham radio was put to the test again by Hurricane Katrina. This time, however, lives were at stake... Read the full article at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F4:1001CD **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** SPONSORED BY: TRUE CIRCUITS, INC. True Circuits Introduces New Line of High Resolution PLLs These high-quality PLL hard macros provide spread spectrum, frequency modulation and very high frequency resolution with over 16 bits of control and very low long-term jitter. They are available in TSMC, UMC and Chartered processes from 0.25um to 65nm. Call (650) 691-2500 or visit the timing experts at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14203:1001CD **************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On ASICs ********************** ***Design Kit Opens SOI Design To Broader Use Believed to be an industry first, SOISIC now offers a customer-owned-tooling (COT) design kit for 90-nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) processes. The immediate availability of the kit marks the entry of SOI technologies into the mainstream COT market. The kit should enable fabless semiconductor companies to make designs up to 35% faster, reduce power consumption by as much as 50%, and implement chips that are 10% smaller when compared with chips manufactured on bulk CMOS processes. SOISIC's design kit is silicon-proven on Freescale Semiconductor's advanced 90-nm SOI process technology. The company developed the kit using its SOI-specific patented intellectual property, patented characterization methodology, and proprietary architectures. Its standard-cell libraries have versions of cells constructed with multiple transistor types that offer different threshold voltages to better optimize cells for low power or high performance. Additional resources in the design kit include memory compilers and standard I/Os for manufacturing on Freescale's 90-nm SOI process technology. SOISIC Inc.

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14204:1001CD ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Connectors Provide Miniature Docking For Portables Portable devices such as digital cameras, audio players, and mobile phones can employ the CradleCon connector system from Molex to provide a cradle docking system. According to Molex, the dual-row 0.50-mm pitch provides about 50% space savings compared to previous single-row docking solutions. The pc-board pattern layout of the CradleCon system is the key to its space savings. Its dual-row staggered surface-mount (SMT) pattern is easier to solder, and it doesn't increase in size incrementally as quickly as in-line solder patterns. The CradleCon system is available in a variety of SMT board-to-board options and custom cable versions. Board-to-board types feature the right-angle pc-board plugs most often used on the equipment side and straight and right-angle pc-board receptacles used on docking units. A 14-circuit pc-board plug costs $0.78 each in 50,000-piece quantities. Lead time is stock to six weeks. Molex Inc.

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141FF:1001CD ***Small UAVs Search For Katrina Survivors Using two types of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), scientists from the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at the University of South Florida worked with other Florida rescuers to search for survivors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. CRASAR is funded by the National Science Foundation. This is believed to be the first use of small UAVs in an actual disaster. The UAVs captured video imagery to help responders focus their efforts and avoid potential hazards. View video at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F1:1001CD One of the UAVs is a 4-ft long airplane with mounted video and thermal cameras that can capture details from up to 1000 ft away. Launched by hand, the craft gives rescuers a broad overview of the disaster area. The other UAV, a camera-equipped, miniature, electric helicopter called T-Rex, can hover at heights approaching 250 ft and zoom its camera to peer inside windows or scan distant rooftops. National Science Foundation

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F2:1001CD ***Add 3D Stereo To Mobile Phones Designers can add full-bandwidth stereo and 3D audio to mobile phones and other battery-powered devices with the Boomer LM4844 audio subsystem. The 3.3-V device combines 1.2-W stereo speaker amplifiers and headphone drivers, volume control, mixing, power-management features, and the company's 3D sound enhancement into one 2.5- by 3-mm micro surface-mounted device package. The output capacitor-less (OCL) headphone topology eliminates the need for external capacitors at the headphone outputs. It also improves low-frequency response and reduces the pop-and-click noise of the headphone amplifier. The subsystem further reduces pop-and-click noise from the headphone and speaker outputs with suppression circuitry. Integrated stereo speaker drivers deliver 495 mW of output power per channel into an 8-ohm load, and the stereo headphone drivers deliver 33 mW into a 32-ohm load. Pricing is $2 each in 1000-unit quantities. National Semiconductor

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14200:1001CD **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Free PCB design review for all new customers! PCBpro - easiest site to quote and order full-featured, design-checked circuit boards up to 8 layers. New customers act now and receive free design review. Part of the Sunstone Circuits product family with the best total customer experience from quote to delivery. Quote now, http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141FA:1001CD **************************************************************** BEST Designs of the Year Electronic Design is searching for the industry's best designs. Have you created an especially innovative or unique product within the past year? Get the recognition you deserve by submitting your design for consideration as an Electronic Design "Best Design of the Year." We're going to feature articles about the winning products in our December 1, 2005 "Best of" special issue. You'll also get cash, as the top design wins $1000. Good luck! Get details at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14201:1001CD **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. September 15, 2005: * Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- The WiMAX Wait Is Over A parade of new chips helps accelerate the development and infiltration of this promising wireless broadband network. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F5:1001CD * Technology Report -- Wireless Mesh Expands The Boundaries Of Networking Greater range and reliability, plus much lower costs, have businesses scrambling for wireless mesh to implement into their short-range wireless setups. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F7:1001CD * Leapfrog: First Look -- Camera Sensors Capture The Cell-Phone Landscape Equipped with higher-resolution image sensors, camera-based cell phones deliver higher-quality images and work at lower light levels. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F8:1001CD * Design View/Design Solution -- Take A Peek Inside Today's Spectrum Analyzers Depending on what kind of signals you're examining, a swept-tuned, vector, or real-time spectrum analyzer may be the optimum choice. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F6:1001CD For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design

> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141FC:1001CD *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Visit the Platform ASICs/Structured ASICs microsite See why leading companies everywhere are turning to Platform ASICs/Structured ASICs. Find out how you can accelerate product development and cut costs. Use the microsite as your ongoing resource for whitepapers, application notes, news, and more. Visit the microsite now: http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141FB:1001CD **************************************************************** Technology in the News Electronic Design has a new online feature! Read our latest "Technology In The News" story about the recent announcements from Apple Computer. Take an in-depth look at the technology behind the new iTunes cell phone and iPod nano music player. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F3:1001CD **************************************************************** ********************** 5. Electronic Design Helpline ********************** ***RS-232C Signal An Electronic Design reader asks: "I need to use an RS-232C signal that goes high when the port is active (RTS) to power a relay that requires +5 V dc to activate. Does anyone have a simple circuit that will handle the positive and negative movement of the line? I do have a +5-V dc source, but I only need it on when the RS-232C port is active." Do you have any tips, ideas, or resources to offer? Please e-mail your ideas to Lisa Maliniak at mailto:[email protected] for posting on the Electronic Design Web site. Readers seeking help with design problems, looking for parts, or in need of advice on tips and techniques are encouraged to e-mail us at mailto:[email protected] for posting in future editions of the ED Update newsletter. **************************************************************** Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read one of Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online columns, "ARM In Hand." Freescale's new development board for the iMX1 from Cogent Computer Systems fits in the palm of your hand. Bill takes a look at the package, which includes GX-Linux from Microcross. He also tests the system using Cornice's hard-disk eval kit. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=141F9:1001CD ********************** TAKE A POLL! Should the U.S. implement strict federal recycling policies for e-waste? -- Yes, it's a huge enviromental problem -- Eventually, but it's not imperative -- No, let it be done on the state level -- No, it's a waste of time and money -- Not sure Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://www.elecdesign.com **************************************************************** ***LAST CHANCE -- SUBMIT BY 9/30*** Want Your Picture Published In Electronic Design? It's Easy! Send us some photos showing you (and your team) at work. We need them for our "Day in the Life of an Electronic Designer" photo essay, which will appear in Electronic Design's Oct. 20 special issue. There's a $500 Grand Prize for best photo series and $250 prize for best photo, and we pay $50 if we use any of your photos in the issue. Please include the names and titles of all photo subjects, as well as company name and the type of work-in-process illustrated by the photo. Digital photos should be in .tif or .jpg formats and must have resolution of at least 300 dpi. Deadline for submission is Sept. 30. E-mail digital photos to Richard Gawel at mailto:[email protected] Mail hard-copy photos to: Richard Gawel Electronic Design Managing Editor 45 Eisenhower Dr., 5th Floor Paramus, NJ 07652 **************************************************************** SUBSCRIBE ONLINE TO ELECTRONIC DESIGN If you're reading this e-newsletter, then you are either a current Electronic Design subscriber, or should be (145,000 of your peers are). To apply for or renew a subscription to Electronic Design absolutely FREE and without paperwork or hassle, click on the link below. http://www.planetee.com/Index.cfm?Action=Email To unsubscribe click here http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=DAC10E05C26BA872CA61D9C9B12D60D5 To change your email address send an email, include your old address as well as your new one, to: mailto:[email protected] To subscribe visit our e-newsletter subscription center at http://www.planetee.com/Index.cfm?Action=Email If you need assistance in updating the information you have provided to Penton or you have questions or comments about our privacy policies, please click on the link below. http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14202:1001CD Copyrighted 2005 Penton Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Electronic Design 45 Eisenhower Dr., 5th Floor Paramus, NJ 07652 USA
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