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Electronic Design UPDATE: February 25, 2004


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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Free-Analog/Digital Design Selection Guide Frequency Devices' "New" - Product Design Selection Guide - provides information on a broad range of analog and digital filter, signal source, amplifier, ADC/DAC solutions that combine precision analog design with digital technology to provide small modular components, compact integrated subassemblies, and multi-channel bus configurations to address your product design and application needs. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpE0Ag **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. Editor's View * Enhanced Processors Promise Stellar System Performance 2. Focus On Test & Measurement * Integrated Solution Combines Boundary Scan With Fying Probes 3. News From The Editors * Ethernet Links USB Devices * Development Board Puts SH-4 Into CELF Arena * Steady, Moderate Growth For Merchant DSP Boards 4. Upcoming Industry Events * Nanotech 2004 * Embedded Systems Conference * International Symposium on Physical Design 5. Magazine Highlights: February 16, 2004 * Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- Designers Pick EDA Favorites: Tools To Get It Right -- Fast! * Leapfrog: Industry First -- Integrated Digital POL Power-Management System Simplifies Design, Cuts Costs * Technology Report: 64-Bit Processors Promise Power-Packed Solutions * Design View / Design Solution -- It Takes A Super Sleuth To Really Debug Clock-Timing Problems Electronic Design UPDATE edited by John Novellino **************************************************************** BE SURE TO VISIT www.elecdesign.com, where the power of Electronic Design is a mouse click away! Read our Web exclusives, enjoy our Quick Poll, discover Featured Vendors, access our archives, share viewpoints in our Forums, explore our e-newsletters, and more. TAKE OUR CURRENT QUICK POLL: CQ CQ CQ... The editors ask about your involvement in the amateur radio hobby. Are you a ham? If so, how active are you? ...73 Go to Electronic Design ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ03Hf0AA ***** Can't get to the Embedded Systems Conference? Bring the ESC show to your desktop via Electronic Design's Inside Embedded webcast. Embedded Technical Editor BIll Wong gives you the ESC lowdown, direct from the show: PCI Express Arrives On Time Serial ATA Drives For Serious Systems A Plethora Of Wireless Products Switch To Which Fabric? Eclipse Shines Through For Developers Standards Drive Board Products Sign up to join the FREE webcast. Hear the hot market trends and see the showstopping new products direct from the Embedded Systems Conference on April 1 (no fooling!) at 12:00 noon EST. Go to: http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpF0Ah ***** Attend the PowerDesign365 "Why Factorized Power Architecture?" webcast on March 18 at 2:00 p.m. EST. New distributed power technology has raised interest and questions in the industry. What are the real benefits of this new system? Will OEMs take a risk on the new technology? This will be the first open forum for a discussion on this topic. Only PowerDesign365 registrants will be able to attend this webcast. To join now, go to http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BE2L0Ak . ***** Also, visit our Job Board at http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BEmq0AM which ties to the Defense Talent Network for thousands of defense, aerospace, and homeland security postings. **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Editor's View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** Enhanced Processors Promise Stellar System Performance By David Bursky, Digital ICs/DSP Editor The future of the server, the desktop PC, and the mobile computer is very rosy, going by presentations at the recent Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Behind the next generation of top performing systems is a horde of higher-performance Xeon, Itanium, and Pentium 4 processors and motherboard chip sets, as well as new bus and wireless interfaces for faster data transfers. Intel will continue to enhance its well established Xeon CPU family with faster and higher-integration implementations, including new instructions that add 64-bit addressing. Forthcoming Xeon platforms also will sport high-speed PCI Express interfaces, support for DDR2 memories, faster CPU and front-side buses, improved power-management capabilities, and 13 new streaming single-instruction/multiple-data (SIMD) instructions (SSE3 instructions) to improve thread synchronization and media and gaming applications. The latest versions of the Xeon incorporate the NetBurst microarchitecture, HyperThreading, and an integrated three-level cache architecture. NetBurst allows the Xeon to support multiprocessor systems with clock speeds of 2.8 GHz today and still faster systems later this year. Current level 3 caches of 2 Mbytes will be increased as well, improving overall system performance. At the high end of the server market, Itanium 2-based systems are rolling out from over 50 suppliers, and faster versions of the CPU are slated for release this year and next. In the desktop arena, the Pentium 4 is on the fast track with the recent release of 3.2-GHz implementations that include HyperTheading and larger caches (double that of previous versions). Additional technologies disclosed last fall are now being implemented on the next-generation CPUs. For instance, the La Grande technology enhances secure computing, and the Vanderpool technology increases system reliability, flexibility, and responsiveness. Still other technologies will improve the processing of digital media content, packet processing for communications, runtime performance for faster execution, and data mining and synthesis applications. Starting in the second quarter, Intel will introduce 64-bit memory extensions to the IA-32 architecture. At previous forums, the company had announced plans to include support for PCI Express, DDR2 memory, SSE3 instructions, and enhanced power management as well. Based around its Pentium M processor, the Centrino mobile platform will see enhancements over the forthcoming months. A higher-peformance CPU, codenamed Dothan, is due out next quarter. In the second half, the company plans to release the Sonoma reference platform system. Sonoma includes a Pentium M processor with a faster, 533-MHz front-side bus, a new Wi-Fi component that supports 802.11a/b/g wireless network standards, and a new chip set, codenamed Alviso. The Alviso chip set features enhanced graphics support and will enable support for devices and standards such as the Direct Media Interface, TV-out, high-definition audio, eight USB ports, a four-port PCI Express interface, and addressing of up to 2 Gbytes of DDR2 memory. Part of the new platform implements the Mobile Platform Vision Guide feature set, which includes an extended mobile access capability. This feature employs a secondary display incorporated in the lid of the laptop so that even when the laptop is closed, the user has menu access to e-mail and other information, as well as the ability to use the mobile system as an Internet-protocol-based telephone. Many other developments unveiled at the IDF will contribute to advances in various platforms as well as to the ability to manage the systems in the enterprise. For example, Version 2.0 of the intelligent platform management interface, released at the forum, will help lower the overall costs of server management by allowing IT managers to receive status alerts, send instructions to industry-standard servers, and run diagnostics over a network (versus locally at the server). It also enhances security, remote access, and remote configuration capabilities. Intel also is supporting the new WirelessUSB initiative based on ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. The WirelessUSB specification, now in definition, will target a bandwidth of 480 Mbits/s over a distance of less then 10 m using a mutiband OFDM transmission scheme. The specification will be based on UWB radio efforts by the MultiBand OFDM Alliance and the WiMedia Alliance, which are both open industry associations. For more about the forum, go to http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpG0Ai To comment on this Editor's View, go to Reader Comments at the foot of the Web page: Electronic Design UPDATE ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpH0Aj ********************** 2. Focus On Test & Measurement ********************** ***Integrated Solution Combines Boundary Scan With Fying Probes The Symphony APT-9000 is an advanced boundary-scan integration solution for Takaya's Series 9000 flying probe testers. As such, it tightly integrates the advantages of the two complementary technologies. In addition to applying boundary scan to the target board via the fixed probes, Symphony APT-9000 uses the flying probes under dynamic control of the boundary-scan test. The combination offers excellent fault coverage on complex analog and digital circuit boards. It's designed to maximize testability even on difficult-to-access digital nets, as well as for portions of a board that are not boundary-scan compatible. Boundary-scan test development is performed offline, freeing up production equipment for maximum factory throughput. The Symphony APT-9000 is available immediately for under $25,000. JTAG Technologies ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpI0Ak ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Ethernet Links USB Devices Keyspan's USB Device Server links remote USB devices to an Ethernet-based host. It thus provides a way to connect an embedded host to USB devices that must be farther away than a standard USB connection allows. The unit also enables multiple hosts to control the remote USB devices. The server supports four USB ports at Full-Speed USB (12 Mbits/s) via a 10/100 Ethernet interface. The server supports static IP, DHCP, and Apple's Rendezvous address assignment. Host operating systems include Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or higher. The USB Device driver costs $129. Keyspan ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpJ0Al ***Development Board Puts SH-4 Into CELF Arena The RTS7751R2D development board is designed to support the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) specification. The board incorporates an SH7751R processor, which is built on the 32-bit SuperH SH-4 RISC core, plus a floating-point unit, a PCI controller, and a PCMCIA controller. The board includes support for AC'97, a video overlay display, alpha blending, a ZV port video input, an LCD/CRT display controller, and a USB (Host). The board will support the Linux 2.6 kernel. Lineo Solutions provides Linux customization. Renesas ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ08hC0AC ***Steady, Moderate Growth For Merchant DSP Boards The total market opportunity for merchant DSP boards will climb to $760 million in 2008, resulting in a 5.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2002 to 2008, according to Venture Development Corp. Broken down by category, slot cards will grow at a 5% rate, mezzanine/daughter cards and plug-in modules at 9%, and other platforms -- such as PC/104, PCMCIA, and standalone configurations -- will grow the fastest: 11.8%. VDC says that although digital signal processing in general is growing very quickly, this growth has not translated into the embedded merchant board space. The real growth lies in deeply embedded applications, with boards that are customer and end-processor specific. While these applications provide opportunities for silicon vendors and contract manufacturing houses, products using these boards are not designed to accept merchant boards. Venture Development Corp. ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpK0Am ********************** 4. Upcoming Industry Events ********************** March 7-11, Nanotech 2004 Boston, Mass. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpL0An March 29-April 1, Embedded Systems Conference San Francisco, Calif. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ05Tu0Ad April 18-21, International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) Phoenix, Ariz. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpM0Ao ********************** 5. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. February 16, 2004: * Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- Designers Pick EDA Favorites: Tools To Get It Right -- Fast! Engineers have a lot of positive things to say about the current state of the EDA industry, including some good ideas on how to improve tools. * Leapfrog: Industry First -- Integrated Digital POL Power-Management System Simplifies Design, Cuts Costs Thanks to an innovative architecture, this system enables 32 POL converters to communicate effectively under the guidance of a single system controller. * Technology Report: 64-Bit Processors Promise Power-Packed Solutions * Design View / Design Solution -- It Takes A Super Sleuth To Really Debug Clock-Timing Problems For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/eekv0DJhUf0EmQ0BFpN0Ap




Editorial: Lucinda Mattera, Associate Chief Editor: mailto:[email protected] Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities: Bill Baumann, Associate Publisher: mailto:[email protected]


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