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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | August 15, 2007

Announcing NI LabVIEW 8.5 - Graphical Programming for the Next-Generation PC

National Instruments LabVIEW 8.5 software simplifies programming for multicore systems, helping you quickly take advantage of the latest PC technologies. Designed for engineers and scientists, LabVIEW is multithreaded and inherently parallel, so you can automatically benefit from advances in multicore processor technology. View interactive demos and try LabVIEW 8.5 free online.

View interactive demos and try LabVIEW 8.5 free online.


Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

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Scope |

Atom-Sized Transistor Ready For Use In Chips
By John Edwards, Contributing Editor

Measuring less than 50 atoms wide and one atom thick, Andre Geim's graphene transistor may represent the best hope yet for delaying the expiration of Moore's Law. Geim and fellow University of Manchester professor Kostya Novoselov have discovered a new material class: a two-dimensional crystal, representing a single sheet of atoms. The material, graphene, is a gauze of carbon atoms that has become one of the hottest areas in physics research...

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focus on components |

PCIe Gen2 Clock Buffers Handle 5 Gbits/s With Very Low Jitter

Able to operate at the PCI Express (PCIe) Gen2 data rate of 5 Gbits/s, a new famiy of high-performance, zero-delay clock buffer products from Pericom semiconductor Corp. supports Intel Xeon dual-core processor server applications. The devices provide from four to 19 separate PCIe outputs on one IC and exceed the Gen2 jitter requirements.

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EiED online |

Get Up To Speed On Xilinx FPGAs

Avnet highlights the Virtex-4 PCI Express evaluation board in its Xilinx Speedway Design Workshops. Embedded/Systems/Software Editor Bill Wong stopped by Avnet to check out its high-speed serial workshop.

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Engineering TV: Episode 61: |

The CoroBot Unmanned Mobile PC

The CoroBot is based on a 1.2-GHz VIA Mini-ITX motherboard with 512 Mbytes of RAM and a 20-Gbyte hard disk suitable for software platforms like Microsoft's Robotics Studio. The four-wheel-drive system supports 802.11 wireless and a 640-by-480 USB camera.

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news from the editors |

Dual-Channel Hall-Effect Direction Sensor Stands Up To Harsh Environments

The A3423 dual-channel Hall-effect sensor from Allegro Microsystems provides output signals that indicate speed and direction in direction-sensing applications involving encoder-ring magnet targets.

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Feature-Rich Switching Regulator Saves Space, Power

The 2-MHz, 500-mA MCP1603 switching regulator from Microchip Technology offers adjustable or fixed output voltages, undervoltage lockout, and automatic transition from pulse-width modulation to pulse-frequency modulation.

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Debug Tools Add Support For Several New Processors

Macraigor Systems LLC has added debugging and control support for several new processors: the ARM Cortex-M3 family of CPUs, the Freescale MPC 83xx PowerQUICC II Pro family, the AMD Geode GX/LX processors, and the Marvell PXA3xx family.

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Embedded Computer Board Complies With PICMG COM Express Spec

The CMX-Lx45 from Diversity Technology is a highly configurable model based on the PICMG COM Express Specification. Developers can opt for the Intel Core Duo or the Intel Celeron M processor.

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So What's Your Dream Job?

In our annual reader survey, more than 50% of you said you work at your "dream job." So what's it like? Send us a photo or series of photos illustrating a day at your desk. We'll choose the best photos and publish them in our October 20 "Your Issue," highlighting the state of the profession today. We'll pay $500 for the best photo series and $250 for the best photo. Send your high-resolution jpgs and tifs to Managing Editor Richard Gawel at [email protected] by Wednesday, Sept. 5. Good luck!

Take the survey today!


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quick poll |

What feature do you want most on your next cell phone?
  • E-mail access
  • Web browsing
  • Dual-mode capability
  • MP3 player
  • GPS services
  • High-resolution digital camera
  • Just give me a clear signal and lots of coverage

Let your voice be heard. Vote now on 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 |

Sensors Measure Low Pressure Precisely
16-Bit MCU Includes Ethernet Controller, USB
GUI-Based Tools Optimize Application-Software Development
Supplies Deliver Up To 300 W While Saving Space, Weight
Evaluation Kit Checks Out Links To 20 Gbits/s

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conference preview |

Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference

More technical Content. More exhibits. More teardowns. More of what you need to know to find the right technologies, products and components to integrate into an ever-evolving array of complex applications. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, The Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference, held in the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas, will give you the tools to optimize every element of the design process:

  • An educational program focuses on practical, day-to-day solutions;
  • A full contingent of suppliers demonstrating their latest innovations in the Exhibit Hall;
  • And a conference schedule that hits all of the high notes - digital and portable power, power design, conversion and management, magnetics, alternative energy, LED drivers and more.
Click here to learn more or to register.

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upcoming industry events |

Sept. 10-12
Silicon Valley, CA

IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition
Sept. 22-28
Schaumburg, Ill.

AdvancedTCA Summit 2007
Oct. 16-18
Santa Clara, Calif.

Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1
Dallas, TX

Printed Electronics USA
Nov. 13-15
San Francisco, Calif.

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2007 Engineering Hall of Fame

The members of Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame are those men and women whose accomplishments have shaped the electronics industry and, by extension, our world. It's time to vote for the 2007 slate of inductees. Give us a few minutes of your time to browse through our list of nominees and tell us who you think should be honored this year.

Take the survey today!

EHOF 2007

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ED bookstore |

Hands-On ZigBee: Implementing 802.15.4 With Microcontrollers
By Fred Eady

Having done a number of ZigBee kit reviews, I know how hard it is to cover a wide range of similar products. Fred Eady has done an excellent job. I often take cues from it.

To buy the book, click here...

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