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Agilent Technologies makes its webcasts available in view-on-demand format.
The webcasts provide training on the latest design and test techniques for Digital and RF/Microwave applications in four major categories:

  • Cellular communications
  • Advanced measurement techniques
  • Signal integrity
  • Emerging communications

The webcasts are free and can be viewed using any browser. You even have a chance to win a free Apple iPod shuffle just for filling out a feedback form at the conclusion of any webcast.

To see what's available in Agilent's webcast library point your browser to

Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley
April 3-7, 2006 San Jose, CA

The Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley is a forum for learning relevant new skills; finding new technologies and products; and networking with industry experts, vendors and peers. In addition an exhibits floor features leading companies showcasing cutting-edge products. This year D2M 2006 is co-locating with ESC. Together, the shows deliver an industry conference program that focuses on design, power, test and measurement, green technology, embedded, and components.

To find out more about this event, visit:

Research In Motion (RIM), the manufacturers of BlackBerry, and NTP recently reached a $612.5 million settlement to end their ongoing patent litigation. How do you feel about this?

  • Totally unfair to RIM
  • RIM got off easy
  • The settlement was fair for both parties

To vote, go to

Datasheet Central
New for March is our updated listing of companies who supply Microprocessors, DSPs, NPUs & Related Chips & SOCs. Our Datasheet Central listing makes it fast and easy to link to the datasheets and application notes on vendor web sites. To visit Datasheet Central, go to and scroll down to Datasheet Central.

Joe Desposito's Blog
This month Joe reaches into his bag of goodies to play with, and comment on, the new eZ430-F2013 from Texas Instruments (see Development Tool Details in this issue). Joe has never programmed a microcontroller in C, but has a good understanding of the process, or so he thinks. He's looking forward to finding out how "eZ" it really is. To read this blog entry, point your browser to and scroll down to Joe Desposito's Blog

COOL SITES design-center/mypower/
International Rectifier
recently introduced its IR1167 SmartRectifier IC. In addition to data sheets, application notes and technical papers, new SmartRectifier online design software is now available on IR's myPower site. Designers enter application conditions and performance requirements to obtain recommended IC and MOSFET chip sets, which can be sorted by performance and system cost. Daughter cards are available that offer a fast and simple way to compare efficiency and simplicity of IR's SmartRectifier solution versus diode designs and complex SR solutions.
Electronic Design's Power Management website contains a searchable database dedicated to power management products from major manufacturers. These power products include OEM power supplies, UPSs, power management integrated circuits, and power MOSFETs. This database along with actual company data sheets speed the process of comparing and selecting power products to meet specific system requirements. Supporting each power database section is a power tutorial description of the associated power management function. Power products covered are those introduced or revised from January 2002 to the present, with monthly updates.


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