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Electronic Design Update: September 26, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | September 26, 2007

Digi "Jump-Starts" Embedded Networking

New Digi JumpStart Kits are full-featured development kits for Digi's ARM9/ARM7 modules with wired/wireless networking. Powerful, easy to use and affordable, they enable prototyping and application development within 30 minutes of installation. Support for Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0, Linux and Digi's ThreadX-based NET+OS.

Click for special offer and get a "jump-start" on the competition!


Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

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Come check out the Hotspots added to our Home Page, filled with all the latest EDA, analog, embedded, and power content from the ED editors.

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engineering essentials |

System Cooling Enhances Electronic Circuit Reliability
By Sam Davis, Contributing Editor

Effective thermal management must be employed at the system level as well as at the component level. The system may employ good circuit design practices and reliable components, but system reliability will suffer if appropriate temperature controls aren't properly implemented. Available devices, techniques, and software that provide thermal management at the system level include fans, liquid cooling, thermally enhanced circuit boards, and thermal analysis software.

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focus on eda |

EDA Platform Integrates EM Simulator For Design Of Passive RF Circuits

With Agilent Technologies' integration of Momentum GX into the Genesys EDA platform, RF and microwave designers can reduce the number of design steps and accelerate the design and verification process for complex passive circuits.

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EiED online |

Upgrading The PC-Bot

The PC-Bot gets a power boost when Embedded/Systems/Software Editor William Wong replaces its motherboard with an iGoLogic i3899 Mini-ITX motherboard.

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Test System Development Guide Handbook, practical advice for your test system needs

The 200 page Agilent Test-System Development Guide is a comprehensive handbook for test engineers who need to maximize test system performance and flexibility while minimizing cost and complexity. You'll find practical advice and real-world examples that illustrate the decisions and challenges involved in test system design.

Order your copy today!

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Engineering TV: Episode 72 |

The Coldfire Golf Simulator

It doesn't matter if you're a weekend hacker or a pro on the tour. First, mount a 32-bit processor on the back of a standard pitching wedge along with a circuit board and an XYZ accelerometer. Combine that with a gyroscope on the shaft of the club and a laptop running a program based on LabVIEW technology, and you can get feedback on your golf swing in real time.

Click here to see the episodes...

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news from the editors |

SanDisk Forms Enterprise Technology Alliance

SanDisk recently formed the SanDisk Enterprise Solutions Technology Alliance, which will allow partners to evaluate the compatibility and interoperability of their products with SanDisk's secure portable hardware and supporting software.

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Lattice Semi, Silicon Labs Collaborate On Sonet/SDH Solutions

FPGA supplier Lattice Semiconductor and analog chipmaker Silicon Laboratories will cooperate to market solutions that comply with ITU G.707 and GR-253-CORE for telecom applications.

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Tiny SAW Filters Mount Directly To ICs Via BGA

Measuring only 0.8 by 0.6 by 0.365 mm, the SAFAM surface-acoustic-wave (SAW) filters are the smallest such devices availabile, according to Murata Electronics North America.

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Power Divider Provides 20% Bandwidth At 6 GHz

The IMD2365 thick-film, two-way microstrip Wilkinson power divider from International Manufacturing Services Inc. operates at 6 GHz with a 20% bandwidth.

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quick poll |

Communications/Test Editor Louis E. Frenzel will look at the state of WiMAX in his October 25 Technology Report. How do you rate the technology's chances in the marketplace?
  • It will have a tough time competing against DSL, cable, 3G cell phones, and other technologies.
  • The technology is sound, but it still needs an infrastructure.
  • It won't be long before the U.S. catches up with the rest of the world in WiMAX adoption.

Let your voice be heard. Vote now on www.electronicdesign.com. The Quick Poll is located at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!

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product picks online |

Thermostat Families Boast 30-A Ratings
Linux OS, Tools Support Freescale Multi-Core Comm Platform
TD-SCDMA Options Extend Utility Of Radio Analyzers
Highly Integrated 802.11g/b Transceiver Runs On Ultra-Low Power
Load Switches Cover Range Of Input Voltages, Currents

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conference preview |

Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference

More technical Content. More exhibits. More teardowns. More of what you need to know to find the right technologies, products and components to integrate into an ever-evolving array of complex applications. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, the Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference, held in the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas, will give you the tools to optimize every element of the design process:

  • An educational program focuses on practical, day-to-day solutions;
  • A full contingent of suppliers demonstrating their latest innovations in the Exhibit Hall;
  • And a conference schedule that hits all of the high notes - digital and portable power, power design, conversion and management, magnetics, alternative energy, LED drivers and more.
Click here to learn more or to register.

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upcoming industry events |

MontaVista VISION 2007
Oct. 8-10
Santa Clara, Calif.

Guidelines for Mixed-Signal PHY IP Integration, Debug and Test
Oct. 10

AdvancedTCA Summit 2007
Oct. 16-18
Santa Clara, Calif.

Finding and Troubleshooting Intermittent Signal Faults
Oct. 16

See more industry events...

Your Ideas For Design Can Win $500

Send us your Ideas for Design and we'll pay you $150 for every Idea for Design that we publish. In addition, this 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 for Design via e-mail to: [email protected] or, mail your material to:

Ideas for Design
Electronic Design
45 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 550
Paramus, NJ 07652

Click here for our guidelines on Ideas for Design...

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ED bookstore |

Robotics: Science and Systems II
Edited by Gaurav S. Sukhatme, Stefan Schaal, Wolfram Burgard, and Deiter Fox

Robotics research is the darling of technology these days, with competitions like the DARPA Grand Challenge. Finding out where the cutting edge is often a continuing search of online sources.

To buy the book, click here...

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