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Electronic Design Update: July 23, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter |   July 23, 2008
Learn how to improve the power accuracy of receiver tests
Testing to WiMAX™ standards, this application note from Agilent tells how power measurement inaccuracy affects receiver tests, and shows you how to use external variable attenuators to increase both accuracy and speed in power calibration.
Click here to learn more and download the note.

editor's view |
Still Working On My Solar-Panel ROI
By Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor

“The meter’s running backwards!”

I wrote that line in August 2006, quoting my wife Vicky, who was entranced by the most visible manifestation of what our just completed rooftop grid-connected solar system was achieving (“A Solar Story,” ED Online 13242). While that column covered the technical details of its installation, this story is about the economic advantages we’ve seen since then.

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industry view |
The Power Of The Portfolio Can Maximize Software Development
By Martin Bakal and Charles Krueger

Most companies target their customers' needs by creating a product line rather than a single product. Yet developing software for the multiple products in these lines can be challenging, hindering your company's opportunities. New software development methods and tools known as software product-line engineering, though, are emerging to give your the competitive advantage you need.

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engineer's resource |
Read Pacing: A Performance Enhancing Feature of PCI Express Gen 2 Switch Devices

A new feature called Read Pacing is now available on Gen 2 PCI Express switches. This technology opens up new avenues for enhancing performance in systems with multiple I/O streams. To learn more about Read Pacing click above. (NOTE: This webcast contains audio, so please hit the mute button on your volume control if you cannot listen to audio at this time.)

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 you can mail your material to:
Ideas for Design
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Click here for our guidelines on Ideas for Design.

New Product Showcase: TI's Multi-architecture Roadmap
TI's Multi-architecture Roadmap
John Dixon, Product Manager for Low Power Processors at Texas Instruments, talks about TI's multi-architecture roadmap for 2009 in this Electronic Design exclusive footage..

IFD of the week |
Create A 250-MHz Bandwidth Digital Potentiometer For Video Level Control
By Oleg Ayranov and Georgi Georgiev, Wey Elektronik AG

A circuit used to control the level of a video signal should have a 3-dB cutoff frequency of greater than 5 MHz for a television application or 100 MHz for a monitor application. CMOS-based digital potentiometers typically cannot be used as video devices because their frequency responses barely exceed 1 MHz. For such applications, a good choice would be a variable-gain amplifier (VGA) with analog or digital gain control.

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Looking for the latest design techniques and technology in your market? Check out Electronic Design's Design Hotspots. Here you'll find exclusive content from our editors in Embedded, Power, and Analog technologies as well as Green Design and ROHS. We've also compiled Ideas for Design schematics here for your circuit design sweet-tooth. These spots are chock-a-block with information, so don’t delay!

focus on embedded hardware |
Multichannel Transceiver Offers 5-km Range

With a 500-mW (+27 dBm) RF output power and a receiver sensitivity of –118 dBm (for 12 dB SINAD), the BHX2 multichannel narrowband transceiver sports a range of up to 5 km. Standard operating frequency is 458.5 to 459.1 MHz, but factory-tuned custom versions can cover any 5-MHz switching band between 420 and 480 MHz.

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Rev up fuel efficiency and win $10,000
Design an energy-saving solution for automotive applications

Infineon and Auto Electronics invite you to participate in the “REV UP FUEL EFFICIENCY” design contest. Take “the green challenge” and design a solution using Infineon products that enables or improves energy efficiency for automotive applications. You could win a grand prize of $10,000, a second prize of $5,000 or a third prize of $2,000.
The three winners will get an all-expenses-paid trip to the Infineon and Auto Electronics Contest Award Ceremony at Convergence 2008. In addition, your winning design will be featured at the Infineon booth during the show. Submit your entry by August 15, 2008.
See you at CONVERGENCE 2008, Booth 409.
For complete contest rules or to take the design challenge, go to http://autoelectronics.com/contest/rev-up

Engineering TV |
Nanoparticles in Medical Applications

Professor Michael McHenry of Carnegie Mellon University is investigating the efficient point source heating of metal nanoparticles for thermoablative cancer therapies. These nanoparticles can be heated in a radiofrequency coil to kill tumor cells. This work is being done in collaboration with Materials Science and Engineering's (MSE) Professor Michael Bockstaller, as well as Dr. Preet Chaudhary of the Hillman Cancer Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The team is focused on tagging and changing the shape of tissue scaffolds, in collaboration with the McGowan Tissue Engineering Center at UPMC, MSE alumnus Dr. Tom Gilbert, and his colleague Dr. Steve Badylak.

news from the editors |
TI Announces 2009 Roadmap For Low-Power Processors

Texas Instruments has revealed a low-power processor roadmap for 2009 that includes more than 15 new multi-architecture devices across four product lines. A breakthrough, the company says, will be the industry’s lowest power floating-point DSPs, the TMS320C674x family.

Click here for a video with John Dixon, product manager for Low Power Processors at Texas Instruments, where he talks about TI's multi-architecture roadmap for 2009.

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Infineon Power Electronics Run Chinese Hybrids

Chinese automobile manufacturer ChangAn Inc. has equipped a number of its vehicles in the Jiexun series with a mild-hybrid engine, using Infineon Technologies’ power electronics. The hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) will be used as taxis for athletes and spectators during the Olympic Games in Beijing.

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iPhone Adds 3G Functionality, Drops Cost

After a teardown of the iPhone 3G, iSuppli Corp. confirmed a significant drop in bill of material (BOM) costs, indicating a cheaper end product than last year’s 2G iPhone. Check out the teardown and read up on the key manufacturers inside the 3G iPhone.

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SMPTE Will Define Standard For Home 3D

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is establishing a task force to define the parameters of a stereoscopic 3D mastering standard for content viewed in the home. The 3D Home Display Formats Task Force will hold its first meeting on Aug. 19, hosted by the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California.

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quick poll |
According to the ARRL, there are about 680,000 hams in the U.S. What does the future hold for the hobby?

  • Developments like SDR will make it better than ever.
  • The shift to digital is taking away the hands-on fun.
  • It doesn't matter, since nowadays, who can afford new gear?

Click here to take the poll. Remember to scroll down; the poll is at the bottom of the page.

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product picks online |
Buck Converter Chip Set Outfits POLs

Boards Baffle Air While Filling Empty mTCA Slots

Boost Converter Has 97% Efficiency, Low Phase Noise

Sun-Readable Panel Is Also Backlit For Night Use

upcoming industry events |
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
San Franscisco, Calif.
Aug. 4-7

NIWeek 2008
Austin, Tex.
Aug. 5-7

International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems
Knoxville, Tenn.
Aug. 10-13

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