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Electronic Design Update: February 13, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter |   February 13, 2008
National Instruments introduces portable, bus-powered USB digitizers and digital multimeter
NI is expanding the measurements offered by portable instrumentation with new small, bus-powered performance devices. The USB-5132/5133 50 MS/s and 100 MS/s digitizers offer two simultaneously sampled channels with 8-bit resolution for high-speed measurements.
Click here to view a short video demonstration of these products.

design solution |
Measure Phase-Locked Loops With A Spectrum Analyzer
By Douglas Olney, Senior DSP Engineer
Keithley Instruments, Inc.

The frequency-settling time of a phase-locked loop (PLL) is a critical specification for many RF circuits. There are various techniques for measuring both the amplitude and frequency-settling time of a PLL, but using a general-purpose vector signal analyzer (VSA) is one of the more attractive methods for several reasons...

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focus on components |
Chip Enables Remote Monitoring Of Live Signals

With integrated VScope waveform viewing technology, the VSC3406, a 6.375-Gbits/s multirate backplane transceiver employs the latest clock-data recovery (CDR) techniques and signal-integrity toolset for backplane and interconnect design.

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EiED online |
Robots See With Sentek

See what Embedded Editor Bill Wong thought of some sensor technology he tried out with Whitebox's PC-Bot.

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Webcast: Leveraging ESL Techniques To Optimize Low-Power Design
Feb 13 at 2:00pm EST

Mentor Graphics' Jon McDonald, TME, will discuss gains to design low-power SoC at levels of abstraction above RTL and look at how tools and methodologies are evolving to suit optimizing for power. Discuss IP reuse concepts enabling designers to build TLM SoC platforms accommodating accurate power assessment and power optimization.
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Engineering TV |
Ferrari's BioFuel Car

Every automotive manufacturer is designing a green car, and Ferrari is no exception. With a 4.3 liter 8,500 RPM V-8 engine capable of around 500 horsepower, this isn't a typical biofuel car... it's a Ferrari.

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news from the editors |
Platform Interfaces NAND Flash And PCI Express

The FlashPoint platform solution from Denali Software provides an interface between NAND flash and PCI Express (PCIe). Many designers may wonder why something like interfacing to NAND flash would need a platform solution. From an operating-system perspective, more work is expected of NAND these days.

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FPGAs Implement SFI-5 For Faster Throughput

Altera's implementation of the SERDES (serializer/deserializer) Framer Interface Level 5 (SFI-5) specification really ramps up the speed. The company's Stratix II GX FPGAs with embedded transceivers support the spec's 40- to 50-Gbit/s aggregate data throughput requirement.

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Multiple Wireless Technologies Co-Exist On Ceramic Antenna

Multiple wireless technologies are showing up next to one another more and more inside cell phones, laptops, and other products. The Savvi antennas from Ethertronics target these applications.

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Intel, NEC Team Up To Develop PMIC For Mobile Web Devices

Intel and NEC Electronics America have teamed up to develop a power-management IC (PMIC) solution optimized for mobile Internet devices (MIDs), with initial samples available in the third quarter. The partnership leads to some questions that boil down to what power management has to do with Intel, and why Intel chose NEC for this project.

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Comsys Announces Roadmap To 4G

Comsys Communication and Signal Processing announced at the Mobile World Congress its roadmap for enhancing its line of 4G processors and solutions. As part of the plan, the company will expand its ComMAX product line of full Mobile WiMAX baseband processors with the CM1265, which integrates WLAN in addition to GSM/EDGE and the latest Mobile WiMAX profiles.

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Can't Get to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona? Check Out Electronic Design's MWC Site
Electronic Design's Mobile World Congress Design Hotspot is chock full of information coming out of the hottest show in the industry for mobile devices. We'll keep you up to date with the latest product and technology news from the show, and coming soon: video interviews from the show with Editorial Director Mark David, and Technology Editor Lou Frenzel.


quick poll |
Last month, Richard Branson unveiled SpaceShipTwo. If you had a spare $200,000, would you sign up for a ride?

  • Sign me up! It would be a dream vacation.
  • Maybe, but I'd wait to see if the flights are really safe first.
  • No way. Space tourism is a waste of money.

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product picks online |
HD Audio Chip Razes Power Consumption

Free Software Enables Evaluation Of Powerful Development Tools

Highest-Capacity Li Coin Cell Offers Four Configurations

Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers Display Live RF

Tiny Relay Handles 40 A High-Temp Automotive Apps

engineer's resource |
Rev Up Your Interdisciplinary Design Skills

What happens when a microcontroller turns on a power FET, sending a current pulse to a motor coil that develops a magnetic field that turns the rotor shaft, advancing a timing belt that drives a pair of nip rolls suspended on bearings in a web-processing operation on a form, fill, and seal machine installed on a potato chip line at a Frito Lay plant in central California? And how can you be sure that the encoders, prox sensors, and other feedback devices you plan to use will accurately see and report every relevant motion, machine state, and process condition? And will the signals get through the networks fast enough, without being corrupted, giving the controllers time to execute their algorithms as intended? It's a lot to think about, and it only scratches the surface of what many engineers grapple with today. If you happen to be one of them, then the place for you — where you can find answers and meet others with similar concerns — is www.Mechatronic-Design.com.

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upcoming industry events |
IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference
Feb. 24-28
Austin, Texas

TI Developer Conference
Feb. 26-28
Dallas, Texas

Thermal Solutions For Advancing Technology
Feb. 28
San Jose, Calif.

ED bookstore |
What Every Engineer Should Know About Developing Real-Time Products
By Kim Fowler

What I like about the presentation is its consistency. The first chapter provides an overview of all the steps involved, from conception to disposal, and touches on aspects from liability to design tradeoffs. This makes it easier for the reader to compare the case studies.

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