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Electronic Design UPDATE: October 12, 2005


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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Network-optimized ARM7 & ARM9 based core modules Digi International offers the widest range of core modules - ARM7, ARM9 and XScale solutions. The ConnectCore family provides core processing and integrated network connectivity in a single powerful solution. Built on NetSilicon's 32-bit processors and supported by royalty-free NET+Works software, ConnectCore modules provide a seamless migration path to a fully integrated chip-based solution. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16125:484C79 **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. News Focus *Control Power And Reboot Via The Internet 2. News From The Editors *White LEDs Backlight Industrial LCDs *Everyday Plastic Creates Affordable Solar Cells *Commercial-Grade Linux Targets Consumer Devices 3. TechView Scope *Degausser Wipes Hard Drives Clean 4. Upcoming Industry Events *Magnetics 2005 *PowerSystems World *Int'l Conference on Lead Free Components 5. Book Review *"Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication" Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 1. News Focus ********************** Control Power And Reboot Via The Internet Normally, we don't consider the Internet a big remote control. But Dataprobe's iBoot single-outlet ac power switch lets users remotely reboot or power up equipment over an Internet Protocol (IP) network using an Internet browser. Users can remotely monitor, manage, and control corporate and personal computing devices and other electronic equipment. It's ideal for equipment at remote or hard to access locations, saving the cost of a "truck roll" and expediting situations where fast control and minimum downtime are vital. The iBoot can remotely control routers, servers, cell sites, hotspots, ATMs, HVAC equipment, security systems, kiosks, satellite downlink sites, supervisory control and data-acquisition monitor and control systems, and just about anything else whose power is beneficial to control. Sometimes, all it takes to put a remote system like servers and routers back into operation is a reboot. And iBoot can get that done. It also can improve security by keeping devices off when they're not in use. Hackers can't detect them when they're powered down. This saves considerable energy and unnecessary wear and tear on equipment when it's not needed. The iBoot can power up alarm devices like lights and sirens when appropriate, too. It even manages heaters, coolers, pumps, and other apparatus for custom environmental control. The iBoot plugs into a standard 105-125 or 210-240 ac line. The target device is plugged into the other side of the line. The iBoot can switch 12 A at 120 V or 10 A at 240 V. The interface is standard 10/100 Ethernet with a built-in hub and two RJ-45 ports. The communications protocol is IP, and each iBoot has its own IP address. It uses the User Datagram Protocol messaging protocol too. An HTTP Web server is built in. It's compatible with Microsoft IE and Netscape 3.0 or later. A password is required to access the remote unit. The Auto-Ping feature monitors the powered equipment and detects failures. It then automatically performs a power-down, power-off, or timed reboot until the desired ping response is obtained. The Heartbeat Detector monitors the powered device and generates a message on a regular basis. If the unit fails, no message is delivered, and iBoot performs a reboot. The iBoot is available now for $275. Dataprobe Inc. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16131:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Your easiest way to control display brightness. Microsemi visible light sensors mimic human eye response. Breakthrough technology enables automatic brightness control that's not fooled by infrared or ultraviolet wavelengths. Easy design-in needs no optical filters. Integrated high gain photo current amplifiers, temperature stable, and RoHS compliant. No lead, no cadmium. Four models to meet your specific LCD or LED display design requirements. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16127:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***White LEDs Backlight Industrial LCDs Brightness won't be a problem with a family of Optrex industrial TFT LCDs backlit by long-life white LEDs. Resolution ranges from VGA to XGA, depending on size. The LCDs are available in 6.5-, 8.4-, 10.4-, and 12.1-in. diagonal sizes. They're designed for medical, military, kiosk, machine-automation, and industrial-control applications. They offer high brightness, wide viewing angles, and high contrast ratios. The larger sizes are backlit by ultra-high bright-white LEDs and offer luminances ranging from 250 to 600 cd/sq meter. Enhancement options include an anti-reflective front surface treatment for daylight readability and an ultra-clear touch sensor (with 87% light transmission). Pricing for the Optrex LCD family starts at $198 each for a 6.5-in. VGA LCD in 10,000-unit quantities. Delivery is typically four to six weeks for samples and eight to 12 weeks for production volumes. Apollo Display Technologies ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1612C:484C79 ***Everyday Plastic Creates Affordable Solar Cells Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science are looking to meet the growing demand for solar energy with new and more affordable solar cell panels made out of everyday plastics. They hope the new polymer cell eventually can be produced at 10% to 20% of the cost of traditional cells. Today, nearly 90% of solar cells are made from a refined, highly purified form of silicon. UCLA's solar cell is made of a single layer of plastic sandwiched between two conductive electrodes, making it cheaper and easier to mass produce. The polymers used in its construction are commercially available in large quantities. The UCLA cell performs at 4.4% efficiency, which means it gathers 4.4% of the total amount of energy, or sunshine, that actually hits it. The target for polymer solar cell performance is ultimately about 15% to 20% efficiency, with a 15- to 20-year lifespan. The plastic solar cell is still a few years away from being available to consumers. UCLA ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1612A:484C79 ***Commercial-Grade Linux Targets Consumer Devices Device manufacturers like to gain a competitive edge by relying on commercially available standardized tools and operating systems, which allows them to focus on product innovation and differentiation. With that in mind, Wind River Systems offers a Linux device-software platform that the company says delivers commercial-grade quality Linux for consumer devices. In addition, it scales to support a full range of device requirements from the smallest handhelds to robust network equipment. The platform offers a fully tested and validated Linux 2.6 implementation, an Eclipse-based development suite, and global support. The Wind River Platform for Consumer Devices, Linux Edition, is available now for select customers, with general availability in November. Wind River Systems ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16132:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 3. TechView Scope ********************** Degausser Wipes Hard Drives Clean Information is power. When it's time to replace your hard drives, it's time to wipe them clean so sensitive information doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Developed by Security Engineered Machinery, the Professional Mag EraSURE semi-automatic degausser completely removes data from computer hard drives, including laptop and notebook drives. The device produces a magnetic force (flux density) ranging from 5000 to 13,000 Gauss to degauss virtually any hard drive with a nominal coercivity of up to 4200 Oe. It uses an array of permanent, high-energy, rare-earth (neodymium, or NdFeB) magnets to fully erase data and timing (servo) information. This renders the erased medium unusable and ready for secure disposal. Users simply push a button, and a motor-driven mechanism moves the hard drive in and out of the unit for complete erasure in less than 60 seconds. The Professional Mag EraSURE accomodates 1.8-, 2.5-, and 3.5-in. hard-disk drives. It also erases digital linear tapes, digital audio tape, and floppy disks. There is no heat buildup, and it's UL/CSA-approved. Also, it operates on standard ac power. It measures 23 by 13 by 8 in. and weighs 73 lb, suiting it for field operations. A deployment kit is available as well. For pricing, contact the company. Security Engineered Machinery ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16133:484C79 *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** PCBs Online Fast, Order 4 get 2 Free! PCBexpress - easiest way to quote and order quickturn, prototype PCBs up to 6 layers. Order 4 prototype boards now and receive 2 additional at no cost! Part of the Sunstone Circuits product family with the best total customer experience from quote to delivery. Order now, http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16134:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Upcoming Industry Events ********************** October 24-26, Magnetics 2005 Indianapolis, Ind. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1612B:484C79 October 25-27, PowerSystems World Baltimore, Md. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16130:484C79 December 6-8, IPC/JEDEC International Conference on Lead Free Electronic Components Boston, Mass. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16126:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 5. Book Review ********************** "Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication" By Neil Gershenfeld The central premise of Neil Gershenfeld's "Fab" is this: What if atoms could be manipulated as fluidly as bits of data? What if you could make almost anything you wanted, almost immediately, in the comfort and privacy of your own home? Gershenfeld, the director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, oversees a program that's attempting to do for matter what computers do for bits and bytes... Read the full book review at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16129:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- Boston Embedded Systems Conference Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read one of Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online columns, "Boston ESC." You couldn't make it to the Boston Embedded Systems Conference? Then check out Bill's report on this annual gathering. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=16128:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! In the wake of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, which would offer the most reliable communications? -- A handheld VHF/UHF ham transceiver -- A battery-powered HF CW/SSB ham transceiver -- Cell phones -- The Internet -- Not sure Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1612F:484C79 ****************************************************************




Editorial: Mark David, Editor-in-Chief mailto:[email protected] Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities: Bill Baumann, Publisher: mailto:[email protected]

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