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Electronic Design UPDATE: July 19, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
July 19, 2006


BOOSTCAP® Ultracapacitors Energize Fuel Cells in Bridge Power Apps
Mission critical installations such as data centers & telecom centers are protected by standby power generation equipment. This paper explores the benefits of ultracapacitor augmented bridge power systems that provide enhanced functionality and reliability vs fuel cell based power solutions. View this technical paper and get our free ultracapacitor design-in guide today at www.maxwell.com.

Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: Unmanned Vehicle Conquers Colorado’s Pikes Peak
  2. News From The Editors:
    MCU Design Contest Will Award Large-Screen TVs
    BGA Package Design Prevents Signal Theft In Consumer Electronics
    Wireless Sensor System Measures Force Data On Moving Objects
  3. TechView Scope: Autonomous Vehicles Tackle The Urban Jungle
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    NIWeek 06
    LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
    Digital Power Forum '06
  5. Book Review:
    Smart Phone & Next Generation Mobile Computing

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

Unmanned Vehicle Conquers Colorado’s Pikes Peak

An unmanned vehicle completed a 12.42-mile race to the top of Colorado’s Pikes Peak last week. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, which operated without human interaction or remote control, finished the course in 47 minutes and 10.3 seconds, navigating 156 corners and 2000-ft cliffs with no guardrails. Axion Racing’s autonomous vehicle, known as Spirit, uses onboard computers to analyze data from GPS signals, lasers, stereo cameras, sound systems, and radar units to operate itself...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: RoHS—What About China?
Thursday, July 20, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Do you sell products in China or import into China? If so, this webcast is for you. China has taken a somewhat different approach to the European Union's RoHS directive in a number of critical areas, which will very likely have a major impact on you and your business—whether you're a manufacturer, distributor, importer, or retailer. Register today!


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news from the editors

MCU Design Contest Will Award Large-Screen TVs
Texas Instruments is holding an MSP430 microcontroller (MCU) eZ design contest through October 9, 2006. Contestants may submit projects ranging from practical everyday devices to industry-specific solutions that show off design skills using the company’s low-power MSP430 MCUs and development tools...

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BGA Package Design Prevents Signal Theft In Consumer Electronics
TT Electronics subsidiary IRC Inc. now offers a high-speed digital-termination ball-grid-array (BGA) package designed to prevent signal theft in consumer electronics devices. The CHC series’ BGAs are constructed with all of the termination balls and circuitry on the bottom of the device, making probing difficult...

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Wireless Sensor System Measures Force Data On Moving Objects
Innovative sensor and wireless technologies unite to create the ELF force-measurement system, which is used to remotely measure the force data created by moving objects. The ELF wireless system is the result of an alliance between Tekscan and SSI Wireless, who helped add wireless capability to Tekscan’s existing ELF measurement system...

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techview scope

Autonomous Vehicles Tackle The Urban Jungle

It’s time to move out of the desert and into the city. The third Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge competition will put designers to the test as they build autonomous ground vehicles that can navigate an urban environment. The previous Grand Challenge events in 2004 and 2005 asked teams of researchers to create vehicles that could complete 142-mile and 132-mile courses through the deserts of the Southwest. This time, DARPA will award prizes for the top three autonomous vehicles that complete a 60-mile urban course in less than six hours...
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upcoming industry events

August 8-10, NIWeek 06
Austin, Tex.

August 14-17, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
San Francisco, Calif.

September 18-20, Digital Power Forum '06
Richardson, Tex.

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Smart Phone & Next Generation Mobile Computing
By Pei Zheng and Lionel M. Ni

This book is something else. It is not often that you see a book that is as up to date as this one while also covering a broad swath of wireless technology. As an author of many books myself, I could say that this is one I wish I had written. But looking at the scope of the book, it probably would have taken me a few years, during which time the technology would have changed again and again. Anyway, if you are looking for a book that will give you an overall view of the latest cell phone and wireless technology, this one will do it...

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embedded in electronic design online

Robot Business

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Embedded Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "Robot Business." Robotics is a business of growing niches that are starting to mature and grow into a larger market. Bill reveals the trends seen at the 2006 RoboBusiness conference, such as Microsoft's entry into the world of robotics.

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Send us your ideas for design. We'll pay you $150 for every Design Brief that we publish. In addition, the 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 to: [email protected].

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product picks online

  • Test & Measurement: Test Software Predicts Wi-Fi Device’s Battery Life
  • Analog/Power: Convert Analog Supply Into Digitally Controlled Power Solution
  • Communications: RoHS-Compliant Diversity Switch Handles 3.0 GHz
  • Electronic Design Automation: Software Makes Hourly Billing More Accurate
  • Embedded Hardware/Software: USB-Based Data-Acquisition Chassis Holds Eight Modules

    Check all of our online product picks at ElectronicDesign.com.

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