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Electronic Design UPDATE: July 6, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
July 6, 2006


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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: Buy A 32-Bit DSP For Just $3.25
  2. News From The Editors:
    Ambient Light Sensor Sees With A “Human Eye”
    1-W InGaP HBT Amp Boasts High Linearity For Mobile Infrastructure Apps
    Intel Exec Talks Details About Rosedale 2
  3. Magazine Highlights: June 29, 2006 — Special Megatrends Issue
    Technology Report: Location Awareness—Boon Or Privacy Bane?
    Technology Report: Alternative Fuels Look To Solve Petro's Plunder
    Technology Report: Breaking Barriers With Mobile Media
    Technology Report: Attack Of The Humanoid Robots
    Technology Report: Homeland Security's Techno War On Terror
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    Freescale Technology Forum
    Flash Memory Summit 2006
    LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
  5. Book Review:
    Robot Modeling and Kinematics

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

Buy A 32-Bit DSP For Just $3.25

More and more embedded-system designers are looking to make the transition to 32-bit, DSP-based controllers from earlier 8- and 16-bit MCU-based designs. In adding four new members to its TMS320F280xx family of DSP controllers, Texas Instruments is taking aim at motor control, digital power conversion, and intelligent sensor control applications. Starting as low as $3.25 each in lots of 1000, the TMS320F28015 and -F28016 controllers deliver 60-MHz performance. For their part, the TMS320F2801-60 and -F2802-60 controllers offer similar speed and are based on the current TMS320F2801 and -F2802 devices...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: RoHS: What About China?
Thursday, July 20, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Do you sell products in China or import into China? If so, this webcast is for you. China has taken a somewhat different approach to the European Union's RoHS directive in a number of critical areas, which will very likely have a major impact on you and your business—whether you're a manufacturer, distributor, importer, or retailer. Register today!


Register now for electronica 2006: Nov 14-17 in Munich, Germany
With an up-to-date program of innovation and information from more than 3,000 exhibitors on 160,000 m2 of exhibition space, this bi-annual global trade fair for components and systems gives you a future-oriented training platform in every discipline. Click for more information.

news from the editors

Ambient Light Sensor Sees With A “Human Eye”
A new ambient light sensor from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is well suited for mobile devices and digital cameras. In addition, the ALS SFH5711 will benefit automotive cockpit dimming and headlight control applications. OSRAM claims the light sensor accurately matches or imitates the sensitivity curve of the human eye, enabling displays and their related brightness range to be adjusted more precisely than ever before...

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1-W InGaP HBT Amp Boasts High Linearity For Mobile Infrastructure Apps
The AH212-EG amplifier from WJ Communications fits driver service in GSM, GPRS, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, and WiBro wireless technologies. It uses heterojunction bipolar (HBT) transistors made with indium gallium phosphide (InGaP). With two stages of amplification, it has 1-W output...

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Intel Exec Talks Details About Rosedale 2
Intel revealed its next-generation WiMAX silicon device at WCA 2006, a dual-mode chipset that will work in both 802.16d and 802.16e modes. Intel Mobility Group Vice President Scott Richardson said that the second generation WiMAX chipset—codenamed Rosedale 2—is a starting point for a broader view of what the semiconductor company sees as the future of mobile WiMAX...

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Register Now for the Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2006!
September 25-28, 2006 at the Hynes Convention Center
Accomplish more in one day at ESC than four days in the office. Compare products and get answers directly from engineers. Find solutions you can't find online or in marketing materials. Get design solutions for topics such as Linux/Open Source, Security, Eclipse, DSP, Hardware, UML/SysML, and Java. Register by July 25th to save up to $900, use code UX29, www.embedded.com/esc/boston.

magazine highlights: June 29, 2006 — Special Megatrends Issue

\[ Technology Report \]
Location Awareness—Boon Or Privacy Bane?
Technology now can tell you—and other people—exactly where you are.

\[ Technology Report \]
Alternative Fuels Look To Solve Petro's Plunder
Greener gas may help the environment while providing new opportunities for EEs.

\[ Technology Report \]
Breaking Barriers With Mobile Media
Anything, anytime, anywhere—that’s how we want our electronic entertaiment and information.

\[ Technology Report \]
Attack Of The Humanoid Robots
They walk. Some talk. And you might be able to get one soon.

\[ Technology Report \]
Homeland Security's Techno War On Terror
Technologies combine to detect radiological, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction.

Click to see the complete Electronic Design table of contents.

upcoming industry events

July 24-27, Freescale Technology Forum
Orlando, Fla.

August 8-10, Flash Memory Summit 2006
San Jose, Calif.

August 14-17, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
San Francisco, Calif.

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Robot Modeling and Kinematics
By Rachid Manseur

Robotic arms and legs provide robots with reach and the ability to affect the robot’s position and its environment. This book examines the process of controlling and tracking robotic limbs. It includes a CD that comes with VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) software that can be used to visualize robotic models providing an invaluable interactive tool...

Click here for full book review.

embedded in electronic design online

Mid-Range Micro Kits

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Embedded Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "Mid-Range Micro Kits." Check out some of the latest chips and development kits in the highly competitive 16-/32-bit market. Bill takes a look at kits from Luminary Micro, Texas Instruments, and Microchip.

design briefs wanted!

Send us your ideas for design. We'll pay you $150 for every Design Brief 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 to: [email protected].

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product picks online

  • Embedded Hardware/Software: Clock Distribution Devices Handle Flexible Design Choices
  • Analog/Power: Power MOSFETs Feature 4-mm2 Thermally Enhanced Package
  • Electronic Design Automation: Upgraded RF Design Package Sports Numerous Improvements
  • Analog/Power: Dual-Output DC-DC Converters Boast 95% Efficiency
  • Components: White Backlight Assemblies Deliver High Brightness Levels

    Check out all of our online product picks at ElectronicDesign.com.

  • poll


    Has robotics technology lived up to its potential?
  • Not yet, prospective applications for robots are virtually limitless
  • They have some additional usefulness we haven’t yet tapped into
  • Yes, we’re currently using them to their full potential
  • The benefits of robotics technology are overhyped

    Vote at ElectronicDesign.com

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