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Electronic Design UPDATE: April 5, 2006


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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Ultracapacitors Energize Fuel Cells in Bridge Power Apps Mission critical installations such as data centers & telecom centers are protected by standby power generation equipment relying on old fuel cell technology. This paper explores the benefits of ultracapacitor augmented bridge power systems that provide enhanced functionality and reliability versus fuel cell based power solutions. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E97:484C79 **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. Editor's View *So You Won't Turn Off Your Cell Phone? Don't Worry -- The Paint Will 2. Focus On Embedded *MCUs Built With ARM Cortex-M3 Technology Cost Only $1.00 3. News From The Editors *Mixed-Signal PHY Solution Delivers 10 Gbits/s Over Fiber *Flash Memory Extends Interface To Four Wires *LVDT Position Sensors Simplify Mechanical Setup 4. Magazine Highlights: March 30, 2006 *Cover Feature: Engineering Feature -- High-Definition Radio: It's The New Wave *Technology Report -- Wireless Sensing Spawns The Connected World *Leapfrog: First Look -- Air Conditioner Chip Set Is Way Cool *Design Solution -- Master On-Chip Embedded Multiprocessor Coherence Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Editor's View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** So You Won't Turn Off Your Cell Phone? Don't Worry -- The Paint Will By John Novellino, Senior Technology Editor Nanotubes, those hollow cylinders that are oh so tiny but oh so useful, no doubt will make great contributions to mankind someday. We could wind up with semiconductor technologies that make today's deep-submicron devices look bloated. Imagine what that could do for implantable medical diagnostic systems and prostheses. Such breakthroughs may rival in importance one development that could come even sooner -- blocking the ringing of cell phones in inappropriate places like movie theaters and concert halls... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E98:484C79 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** LAN eXtensions For Instrumentation (LXI) What is LXI? LXI is the architecture for test systems. It's based on proven, widely used standards such as Ethernet. LXI was designed to incorporate the best features of the General Purpose Interface Bus (GPIB), VXI, and PCI Extensions for Instrumentation (PXI) while utilizing computer local-area network (LAN) standards. Learn more about this important standard at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E99:484C79 **************************************************************** *******************Live on ElectronicDesign.com*********************** Free Webcast: Unveiling Innovations in Batteries and Portable Power Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 2:00 pm ET This webcast will share upcoming innovations in the battery and power-management industry. Our speakers will provide an unbiased and vendor-neutral roadmap of upcoming innovations in cell chemistries, power-management electronics, authentication technology, and portable fuel cells for mobile devices. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=23AF9:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On Embedded ********************** ***MCUs Built With ARM Cortex-M3 Technology Cost Only $1.00 The first members of Luminary Micro's Stellaris family of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) are now available for an entry-level price of $1.00. The company claims the Stellaris family is the first silicon implementation of the ARM Cortex-M3 processor. The first two members of the Stellaris family, the LM3S101 and LM3S102, are currently shipping in small quantities. Stellaris MCUs target embedded and industrial applications such as building and home automation, factory automation and control, and industrial-control power devices. A fully functional development kit can get users up and running in as little as 10 minutes. In addition to a microcontroller, these kits include a motherboard and daughterboard; peripheral driver library; documentation, schematics, and example programs; and all cables and jumpers. The development kit, which is available now, also includes full evaluation versions of popular software and hardware development tools from ARM. Luminary Micro ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E9A:484C79 ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Mixed-Signal PHY Solution Delivers 10 Gbits/s Over Fiber A new family of mixed-signal ICs will include a DSP-based physical layer (PHY) for 10-Gbit/s transfers over fiber. The initial PHY product will target the emerging 10GBaseLRM (long-reach multimode) Ethernet standard. It will have a 300-m reach over legacy multimode fiber when used in conjunction with an appropriate 1310-nm wavelength laser diode in an LRM module. In turn, that will enable a seamless and cost-effective upgrade of existing Ethernet optical infrastructure to 10-Gbit/s speeds. The DSP technology implemented in the PHY handles maximum likelihood sequence detection (MLSD). This powerful algorithm compensates for modal dispersion in multimode optical fibers -- a key element in surpassing 300 m. The PHY technology can support existing optical module form factors as well as emerging smaller form factors such as SFP+. The company expects to sample the PHY chips in the second half of this year. ClariPhy Communications Inc. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E9B:484C79 ***Flash Memory Extends Interface To Four Wires Winbond's 25X SpiFlash family delivers nonvolatile memory in capacities up to 64 Mbits. Its maximum transfer rate is 75 MHz, and its dual data pins provide an effective rate of 150 MHz. This throughput is in the range of parallel flash. This approach extends the normal three-wire serial peripheral interface (SPI) to four wires, allowing a single eight-pin small-outline IC to easily support the 25X SpiFlash. The chips have 4-kbyte sectors. A 64-kbyte block can be erased in one second. The 4-Mbit chip costs $0.07 and the 8-Mbit chip costs $0.98, both in 10,000-unit lots. Winbond ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E9C:484C79 ***LVDT Position Sensors Simplify Mechanical Setup The GHSE 750 line of 24-V spring-loaded position sensors offers accurate position measurement in a variety of dimensional gaging applications. Available in ranges of 0.100 in. (2.5 mm) to 4.00 in. (100 mm), the product line's maximum linearity error is 0.25 percent of full scale output. The sensors consist of a spring-loaded shaft running in a precision sleeve bearing, which is connected to the core of a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT). Because the core and coil are assembled into a spring-loaded assembly, the mechanical setup of the sensor into automated machinery can be less complicated and more cost effective than other sensor configurations. The sensor's output is designed to operate with most programmable logic controllers, digital indicators, analog-to-digital converters, computer-based data processors, and quality-control data-collection systems. Pricing for the GHSE 750 series begins at $536. Macro Sensors ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E9D:484C79 **************************************************************** Design Briefs Wanted! Send us your ideas for design. We'll pay you $100 for every Design Brief that we publish. You can submit your ideas to: mailto:[email protected] For submission guidelines, go to http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=22F8D:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. March 30, 2006 * Cover Feature: Engineering Feature -- High-Definition Radio: It's The New Wave With the technology and a standard already in place, high-definition radio needs the hardware to catch up... and maybe some public relations. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E9E:484C79 * Technology Report -- Wireless Sensing Spawns The Connected World Innovations in sensing, wireless communications, and computing technologies foreshadow ultra-intelligent environments and enhanced lifestyles. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25E9F:484C79 * Leapfrog: First Look -- Air Conditioner Chip Set Is Way Cool White-goods designers must maximize efficiency to meet the demands set by new regulations and markets. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25EA0:484C79 * Design Solution -- Master On-Chip Embedded Multiprocessor Coherence Although snoopy virtual-bus approaches are the first step, hybrid snoopy-directory schemes will be the next trend in embedded coherence. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25EA1:484C79 For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25EA2:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- Motor Control Kits 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, "Motor Control Kits." Using a motor is about more than giving it power. EiED editor Bill Wong takes a look at motor control kits from Atmel, Cypress Semiconductor, Microchip, and Zilog. Find out what it takes to get things rolling. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=25EA3:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! Electronic Design recently featured an "engineer" on its cover. Do you think that engineers are unfairly portrayed as nerds in the media? -- Yes, all too often we're depicted as stereotypical geeks -- No, I'm a nerd and I don't have a problem laughing at myself -- No, I don't think engineers are usually portrayed as nerds Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15410:484C79 ****************************************************************




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