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Electronic Design UPDATE: June 7, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
June 7, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: ARM-Based ZigBee Developer’s Kit Spans Concept To Prototype
  2. News From The Editors:
    Mini Sensors Help Fight Corrosion
    90-nm SoC Capability Builds High-End Drives
    Perpendicular Recording Boosts 2.5-in. Capacity To 200 Gbytes
  3. TechView Scope: Sensor Burns Daylight, Not Electricity
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    2006 Electronic Product Miniaturization Symposium
    Semicon West 2006
    Design Automation Conference
  5. Book Review:
    Write Great Code: Understanding The Machine

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

ARM-Based ZigBee Developer’s Kit Spans Concept To Prototype

Oki Semiconductor now has a low-cost, full-featured development kit for its IEEE802.15.4-based ML7065 2.4-GHz ZigBee-compatible radio. The kit contains the Oki ML7065 radio and Oki’s ARM7TMDI-based 4060 Series Advantage microcontroller. The ZigBee Developers Kit (ZDK) provides designers with a comprehensive, flexible plug-and-play development environment that’s easy to use. The ML67Q4061 MCU used in this kit offers large on-chip memories and fast processor speeds...

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Free Webcast: Composite Current Source (CCS) Modeling
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

With design libraries being called upon to support more voltage and temperature process corners, nanometer IC designs are making for more convoluted design flows. Join this free webcast to learn how Synopsys' Galaxy design platform uses the Composite Current Source (CCS) modeling technology to address all these nanometer design challenges while simplifying your design flow.
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Freescale's first RS08 device in a 6-pin package
A tiny, ultra-low-end microcontroller that frees you to design whatever your imagination dreams up. With a $0.43 price* and more on-board flash memory than competing devices, Freescale’s 8-bit MC9RS08KA microcontroller family offers endless possibilities for designers facing the challenges of less design time and scarce board space. Learn more about the KA and RS08 core by visiting freescale.com/RS08KA. Little doesn’t mean limited—think big. Click here for more details.

*Manufacturer suggested resale price for 1000 pieces

news from the editors

Mini Sensors Help Fight Corrosion
Miniature sensors often are tucked away in hard-to-reach spaces. Now, a novel array of sensors is poised to change the costly and resource-intensive process of fighting corrosion in harsh environment applications. These sensor arrays can monitor not only the appearance and persistence of corrosion, but also its behavior under different atmospheric conditions...

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90-nm SoC Capability Builds High-End Drives
A new 90-nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) gives designers a way to create high-end desktop and server hard-disk drives. STMicroelectronics claims its device—which integrates ST’s intellectual property in the hard-disk controller (HDC), read channel, serial ATA interface (SATA), and memory—is the first such product to be manufactured in a 90-nm process...

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Perpendicular Recording Boosts 2.5-in. Capacity To 200 Gbytes
Using perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, the Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) has created a 200-Gbyte 2.5-in. hard-disk drive (HDD). Toshiba’s second-generation PMR features what the company claims is the world’s highest areal density at 178.8 Gbits/in.2 and the highest capacity in the standard 9.5-mm mobile PC format...

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techview scope

Sensor Burns Daylight, Not Electricity

Lighting accounts for a quarter of the total energy consumed by U.S. commercial businesses, according to the United States Department of Energy. The DaySwitch could reduce lighting energy consumption by up to 30 percent in buildings with sufficient windows or skylights. Developed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC), the DaySwitch senses when there’s enough daylight available to replace electric light and turns off fixtures...
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upcoming industry events

July 10, 2006 Electronic Product Miniaturization Symposium
San Francisco, Calif.

July 10-14, Semicon West 2006
San Francisco, Calif.

July 24-28, Design Automation Conference
San Francisco, Calif.

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Write Great Code: Understanding The Machine
By Randall Hyde

This book is the first of a four-part series designed for programmers. This volume starts with the architectural basics, but includes plenty of C code examples to make it a worthwhile read for a new C developer. The book covers the typical range of topics from data representation to memory and interrupts...

Click here for full book review.

embedded in electronic design online

FPGA 2: Xilinx Embeds Processors

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Embedded/Systems/Software Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "FPGA 2: Xilinx Embeds Processors." Xilinx’s Vertex-4 FX12 incorporates a PowerPC core and has plenty of room for a MicroBlaze soft processor. Bill takes a look at the company’s PowerPC and MicroBlaze development kit, which is easy to use and very powerful.

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