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Electronic Design Update: November 28, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | November 28, 2007

Electronic Design Announcement
Portable Designs with High-Power Batteries and Chargers
Wednesday, December 5 at 2:00 pm ET; presented by Micro Power

Robin Sarah Tichy, PhD, Technical Marketing Manager at Micro Power Electronics Inc., provides an industry update and profiles new high-power (or high-pulse) rechargeable lithium batteries. Traditional lithium batteries support pulses of 5 A, while new high-power batteries support pulses over 100 A, enabling many new portable applications. This Webcast details cell configurations, chemical formulations, electrical performance, safety issues, limitations, and sample performance data.

Click here to register...

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor
and John Arkontaky, Assistant Editor

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commentary |

IEEE-USA Responds To ED Editorial On Immigration
By John W. Meredith, PE
2007 IEEE-USA President

In October, I joined George Scalise, president of SIA, in urging Congress to increase the permanent "employment-based immigrant visa cap" for foreign high-tech professionals. A month later, our position was mischaracterized in an Electronic Design editorial. From the headline, "IEEE Agrees with SIA on H-1B Visas for Foreign Engineers, Scientists," to saying we "joined forces to urge Congress to pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007," the work was fraught with factual errors.

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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.

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focus on embedded hardware |

HDMI Switch Enables 16-Bit Color

Embarking as the first active HDMI switch supporting video-data transfer rates up to 3.4 Gbits/s, the STDVE003A supports full 16-bit color depth for a true HD picture. The device integrates an equalizer to compensate for longer, greater than 20-m cables.

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EiED online |

Teardown: The Best PC Of 2007

When Technology Editor Bill Wong built his concept of the best PC of the year, he made sure the multicore, multidrive system included top-of-the-line components. Take a look under the hood of Bill Wong's ultimate PC.

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Engineering TV: Episode 90 |

Professionalism In Engineering

Perhaps the first lesson students and volunteer engineers learn at FIRST robotics competitions is that solving problems is not necessarily solving the problem. Woodie Flowers, the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, explains the new direction of engineering...

To see the episode, click here...

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news from the editors |

Intel, Sony, Qualcomm Stand Out In Top 20 Chip Supplier Rankings

Intel, Samsung, Toshiba, Texas Instruments, and STMicroelectronics took the top spots on iSuppli's preliminary ranking of the Top 20 semiconductor suppliers for 2007...

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National Instruments Joins Power.org Collaboration

National Instruments is the latest company to join Power.org, an organization dedicated to developing power-architecture technology as the preferred open-standard platform for the electronics industry...

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RF MEMS Switch Market Set To Soar

Only $5 million worth of RF MEMS switches were sold last year, but an updated technical and market analysis by Wicht Technologie Consulting (WTC) predicts that the market will surge to $210 million by 2011...

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Synplicity Joins Xilinx ESL Design Ecosystem

Synplicity has joined Xilinx's electronic system level (ESL) initiative, bringing its DSP software to Xilinx's ESL design ecosystem. The aim of the initiative is to promote design methodologies and tool flows for FPGAs, making it easier for designers and programmers to leverage Xilinx programmable devices in their next-generation systems...

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HP Signs Renewable Energy Contracts

HP has signed contracts with SunPower Corp. and Airtricity to increase its use of renewable energy at its San Diego and Ireland facilities. In San Diego, HP will install its first large-scale solar power installation under a power purchase agreement with SunPower. In Ireland, Airtricity will ensure that 90% of HP's energy usage comes from renewable sources...

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Electronic Design Announcement
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:

Ideas for Design
Electronic Design
45 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 550
Paramus, NJ 07652

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

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quick poll |

In the Dec. 13 issue's Engineering Feature, Editor-In-Chief Joe Desposito will look at what's next in digital home technology. What would you like to see most in your home of the (near) future?
  • A complete multimedia system
  • "Smart" environmental controls
  • Comprehensive home security
  • Efficient power management
  • Other

Let your voice be heard. Vote now on www.electronicdesign.com. The Quick Poll is located at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!

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product picks online |

Thyristors Thwart Surges In Telecom Equipment
Dual GbE PCI-X Card Adds Bypass Capability
Dimmer Sets The Mood For LED Lighting
Protocol Test Card Accelerates PCIe Validations
Tunable Tact Switches Enable Additional Sound Effects

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upcoming industry events |

Portable Designs with High-Power Batteries and Chargers
Dec. 5

Active RFID & RTLS Summit
Dec. 5-6
Dallas, Texas

IP '07: IP Based Electronic System Conference & Exhibition
Dec. 5-6
Grenoble, France

See more industry events...

Enter the FTF Design Challenge

Design a product that improves, benefits, or protects the environment using one or more select Freescale products. If your design wins, you win $61,000, a private booth in the Technology Lab at the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando, and an all-expenses-paid trip to present your design to your global peers at the FTF of your choice.

Click here for more...

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ED bookstore |

The Lego Mindstorms NXT Idea Book
By Martin Boogaarts, et. al.

Lego's Mindstorm products target the youthful roboticist, but the dynamic nature and modularity of the NXT system makes it a useful platform for engineers and programmers moving into the robotics realm. This book is written by a large group of authors where each has most likely concentrated on one of the many robots presented within the book (and there are quite a few). There is a consistency in presentation and quality that is rare in this type of authoring approach, and the result is a pleasant one.

To buy the book, click here...

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