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Electronic Design Update: February 6, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter |   February 6, 2008
Free Seminar: The Billion Cycle Challenge
Boot Linux, debug device drivers, process video frames or Ethernet packets. All require billions of cycles to simulate. This free seminar will teach you how to navigate very long simulations and use concurrent levels of abstraction, from HW to SW debugging, from waveforms to monitors to breakpoints.
Register here...http://eve-team.com/fallseminar07.php

industry view |
Keys To Improving Yield
By Jim Kramer, Product Manager, Fabrication Analysis Business Unit
Magma Design Automation

Closer, more coordinated interaction between IC design and manufacturing teams is the key to improving product yield. Historically, three major issues have prevented a successful strategy for design-for-manufacturability (DFM) implementation.

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Our revamped Navigation bar has new Design Hotspots. Come check out the latest in EDA, analog, embedded, power, and green design from the ED editors.

focus on embedded software |
Motion Tool Suite Supports 2008 MISRA-C++

As Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) standards are branching into safety-critical software projects outside the automotive industry, LDRA adds capabilities to its motor/motion LDRA tool suite to comply with the soon to be released MISRA-C++:2008 standard.

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EiED online |
Robots See With Sentek

Sentek Solutions, a provider of sensor solutions for robotics, factory automation, and material handling applications, supplied Hokuyo's URG-04LX laser range finder.

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DesignCon 2008 - Your Design Connection Awaits!
DesignCon attracts engineering professionals from various levels and disciplines and represents many aspects of electronic design: applications engineering, architecture and systems design, ASIC design, circuit-board design, embedded-systems design, hardware/software integration, high-performance systems, IC design, packaging, semiconductor product management, service and support, SoC design, software development, testing and debugging, and more.
Please visit: http://www.designcon.com/2008/register/index.asp

Engineering TV |
GM's Lithium-Ion Automotive Initiative

Lithium-ion batteries seem to be the choice of hybrid automotive designers for their energy density and the amount of weight they add to the vehicle. GM has been working on the solution and, with safety first, its designers explain their initiative.

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news from the editors |
Freescale Boosts Multimedia Portfolio With SigmaTel Line

Freescale Semiconductor has agreed to acquire SigmaTel Inc., a move that provides Freescale a line of analog-intensive and mixed-signal IC products that complement its multimedia portfolio. Freescale, a privately held company, will pay $3 per outstanding share, about $110 million in cash.

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Energy-Efficient Proof-Of-Concept IC Runs On 0.3 V

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a proof-of-concept IC that operates at just 0.3 V, making it up to 10 times more energy-efficient than current technology. The techniques, demonstrated on TI's MSP430 microcontroller, open up the possibly of greatly increased operating times for portable communications and networking devices, as well as implantable medical devices.

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Tessera To Pull Embedded Solutions Company Onboard

In a move expected to create a "one-stop shop" for a full range of camera-imaging technologies, Tessera Technologies Inc. has agreed to acquire FotoNation, a provider of embedded imaging solutions for digital camera and mobile phone applications.

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Pair Collaborates On System-Level SoC Verification

DAFCA and GiDEL have agreed to work closely to extend and enhance the integration of GiDEL's reconfigurable PROC systems and DAFCA's ClearBlue reconfigurable instruments. Basically, the two companies look to take one part on-chip reconfigurable instrumentation IP, one part off-chip analysis tools, and one part board-level acceleration hardware to fabricate a comprehensive suite of system-level system-on-a-chip (SoC) verification and debug tools.

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SDR Forum Seeks Regulatory Suggestions

The Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum is seeking suggestions to help it create regulatory recommendations related to SDR and cognitive radio capabilities. The international industry association has issued a request for information (RFI) soliciting input from members, the communications technology industry, academia, government agencies, and other interested parties.

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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. Register Now.

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.
To take the poll, click here. The poll is on the bottom of the page, so remember to scroll down!

product picks online |
Digital Temperature Sensors Eye Low-Power Apps

VME/VXS Board Combines PowerPC, FPGA, And Multiple Gigabit Interfaces

Front-End And Rectifier Family Hoist Power Density

No-Cost Motion Control Software Packs Simulator And MMI Tools

Micro Stepper Gets The Lead Out

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 which 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.

Backed by some of engineering's top information sources including Machine Design, Electronic Design, Motion System Design, and Power Electronics, Mechatronic-Design.com is the interdisciplinary engineer's desktop, toolbox, library, and lifeline in one easily accessible place.
Find. Learn. Apply.

upcoming industry events |
GSMA Mobile World Congress 2008
Barcelona, Spain
Feb. 11-14

IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition
Austin, Texas
Feb. 24-28

International Wireless Communications Expo
Las Vegas, Nev.
Feb. 25-29

For more events, visit PlanetEE.com.

ED bookstore |
Security Data Visualization: Graphical Techniques For Network Analysis
By Greg Conti

This book takes a look at some of the available techniques and the different areas where graphical presentation can make a difference. Not surprisingly, the book is full of images highlighting these methodologies.

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