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Electronic Design UPDATE: September 13, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
September 13, 2006


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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: 8-Bit Core Yields MCUs With 16-Bit Performance
  2. News From The Editors:
    Low-Power Stereo Audio Codecs Maximize Battery Life
    MicroTCA Backplane Offers 14 Slots
    Dot Matrix Display Features Over 1 Billion Colors
  3. TechView Scope: Free Guide Explains Storage Media Sanitization
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    PCB Design Conference East
    Embedded Systems Conference Boston
    ARM Developers' Conference '06
  5. Book Review:
    Python: Essential Reference, 3rd Edition

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

8-Bit Core Yields MCUs With 16-Bit Performance

Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) has a new 8-bit microcontroller core with performance comparable to that of 16-bit MCUs. The TLCS-870/C1 core can process one instruction in a single clock cycle, enabling faster processing at lower frequencies, reduced noise, and lower power consumption compared with the company’s previous 8-bit cores...

Click here for full article.

live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: Getting More Out Of Your Digital Oscilloscope
Thursday, September 21, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

The digital oscilloscope has become the most commonly used test tool on the engineer's bench, but most engineers use only a fraction of the power available in these instruments. This seminar will discuss how to optimize many of the everyday uses of scopes, such as easy methods to spot intermittent signal problems. The material will offer good advice for using all brands of oscilloscopes. Register today!


FREE Guide: Optimized Orthogonal Interconnect
Learn how to connect line and switch cards in the most logical fashion, with no routing on the midplane. Remove bandwidth bottlenecks in the backplane/midplane, reduce PWB layout design time, lower total material costs, improve front-to-back cooling and facilitate easy field upgrades. Easy 90 degree turns – no detours. Click here for your free Orthogonal Design Guide.

news from the editors

Low-Power Stereo Audio Codecs Maximize Battery Life
Texas Instruments unveiled two low-power stereo audio codecs for battery-operated applications, including digital still cameras and portable media players. The PCM3793 and PCM3794 audio codecs are designed to extend battery life, and offer 7-mW playback with a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 93 dB...

Click here for full article.

MicroTCA Backplane Offers 14 Slots
Elma Bustronic now offers a 14-slot MicroTCA backplane. The unit features 12 AMC slots, one power module slot, and one MicroTCA controller hub (MCH) slot in the single-width, full-size format. The 14-slot single star backplane is the first in the company’s new line of MicroTCA backplanes...

Click here for full article.

Dot Matrix Display Features Over 1 Billion Colors
Rohm’s newest 16-by-32 dot matrix display uses potting lens technology for significantly improved contrast and viewing angle. In addition, it integrates color-correction ICs, resulting in full-color display (over 1 billion colors) with 1024 gradation steps for each color and no color fluctuation...

Click here for full article.

A T-Shirt For Your Thoughts

Here's your chance to select the best design and product articles that have appeared in the pages of Electronic Design during the past year. Take our short Readers' Choice online survey and get a chance to be one of 10 lucky participants who'll walk away with a coveted Electronic Design t-shirt. Look for the results in our "Best" special issue hitting your desk (and browser) on December 1. Vote now!

techview scope

Free Guide Explains Storage Media Sanitization

Security is an enormous concern for both hard-copy and electronic data-storage media. Is shredding important documents good enough? And what’s the equivalent of the paper shredder for electronic media? A new “how-to” guide free from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) helps explain the methods available for protecting sensitive or personal data...
Click here for full article.


With an up-to-date program of innovation and information from more than 3,000 exhibitors on 160,000 m² of exhibition space, electronica 2006 will present the entire spectrum of electronics and put the latest trends and developments on exhibit. One of the main attractions will be the automotive, wireless, embedded and micro- and nanotechnology areas and the automotive, wireless and embedded conferences.

Click for more information.

upcoming industry events

September 24-29, PCB Design Conference East
Durham, N.C.

September 25-28, Embedded Systems Conference Boston
Boston, Mass.

October 3-5, ARM Developers' Conference '06
Santa Clara, Calif.

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Python: Essential Reference, 3rd Edition
By David M. Beazley

Python is a popular programming language originally developed as a scripting language for the Amoeba operating system. It has gained popularity by supporting sophisticated web-based solutions, but it works equally well in embedded applications. Iron Python for .NET is a variation that is being used in the Microsoft Robotics Studio. This book is effectively a language reference and introduction followed by extensive coverage of the major portions of the Python runtime library...

Click here for full book review.

embedded in electronic design online

Building A Multimedia Home Control Center, Part 1

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, "Building A Multimedia Home Control Center, Part 1." Looking to control everything in your house? See how Bill constructed a multimedia home control center built around Sharp’s LC-37D40U 37-in HDTV.

photos wanted!

Submit Photos And Get Paid!

Grab some photos showing the "guts and glory" of you (and your team) at work. We need them for our "Day in the Life of an Electronic Designer" photo essay, which will appear in Electronic Design's Oct. 20 special issue. There's a $500 Grand Prize for best photo series and $250 prize for best photo, and we pay $50 if we use any of your photos in the issue. Please include the names and titles of all photo subjects, as well as company name and the type of work-in-process illustrated by the photo. Digital photos should be in .tif or .jpg formats and must have resolution of at least 300 dpi. Deadline for submission is Sept. 15. E-mail digital photos to Managing Editor Richard Gawel at: [email protected].



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