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Electronic Design UPDATE: May 10, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
May 10, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: With VoIP Chips And Software, Phone Calls Will Be Standard On Most PCs
  2. News From The Editors:
    Fast MIMO 802.11n Chips Reach Customers
    Voice Processing Technology Targets High-End Hands-Free Communication
    Tiny OLED Offers Outstanding Viewing Characteristics
  3. TechView Scope: Los Alamos Readies Spaceborne Supercomputer
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    Society For Information Display 2006
    Sensors Expo and Conference
    2006 Electronic Product Miniaturization Symposium
  5. Book Review:
    Embedded Multitasking With Small Microcontrollers

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

With VoIP Chips And Software, Phone Calls Will Be Standard On Most PCs

Just as the single-chip dial-up modem has become a standard fixture on nearly every PC and laptop, so eventually will Legerity’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) chips make integrated Internet phones standard on PCs and laptops. The Le98136 interfaces with Intel’s HD Audio bus and provides a way to implement a “soft ATA” on a PC motherboard. With it, users can plug a standard analog phone into the RJ-11 modular jack on the back of the PC to implement a full-blown VoIP phone...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: HSpice—Just Got Faster, Again!
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 2:00pm ET

The HSpice circuit simulator has been the golden simulation sign-off standard for the past 25 years. The newest version performs faster by focusing on the accuracy and capabilities required to meet today’s design challenges. This webcast is a must-see for engineers using Spice for analog, digital, or high-frequency IC, board, or package designs. Register today!


Improve Cost and Productivity in Broadcast Video
Improve cost, performance, and productivity in your broadcast video applications with Altera’s new programmable Video and Image Processing Suite, which includes deinterlacer, scaler, 2D filter; 2 video development kits; reference design; and third-party compression including H.264.
Learn more about this complete solution suite.

news from the editors

Fast MIMO 802.11n Chips Reach Customers
The IEEE 802.11n standard for the next level of Wi-Fi performance hasn’t been ratified yet. But companies already are shipping “draft specification” chips to customers who are anxious to get high-speed multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) wireless routers, gateways, and access points to customers...

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Voice Processing Technology Targets High-End Hands-Free Communication
Zarlink Semiconductor is sampling a single-chip voice processing technology targeted at hands-free communication systems, including high-end car kits and speakerphones. The voice processor is a flexible and programmable platform integrating dual-channel codecs with 16-bit sampling, audio-quality digital-to-analog converters (DACs), and increased MIPS capacity...

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Tiny OLED Offers Outstanding Viewing Characteristics
With just a 0.66-in. diagonal, the latest organic LED (OLED) from One Stop Displays is one of the smallest displays on the market. The OSD64480ALBAT01 measures only 21.00 mm wide by 18.4 mm high by 2.20 mm deep. Its tiny size makes it a fit for designs with minimal space, including Bluetooth, MP3, and other tightly packaged embedded devices...

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techview scope

Los Alamos Readies Spaceborne Supercomputer

Research laboratories here on Earth can take advantage of supercomputers as they use their awesome processing power to simulate nuclear blasts, chart weather patterns, and map the human genome. But due to space and power limitations, researchers in orbit don’t have those advantages—at least not yet. Los Alamos National Laboratory is developing a space payload that dramatically increases on-orbit computational capabilities...
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upcoming industry events

June 4-9, Society For Information Display (SID) 2006
San Francisco, Calif.

June 5-7, Sensors Expo and Conference
Rosemont, Ill.

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

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Embedded Multitasking With Small Microcontrollers
By Keith Curtis

Although Embedded Multitasking With Small Microcontrollers is not an exhaustive treatise on multitasking operating systems, it does a good job on the two areas it does address: state machines and basic multitasking. Curtis wanted to create a fundamental framework that readers could utilize in embedded projects that needed a basic operating system but did not require a more powerful commercial or open-source operating system. The accompanying CD includes sample C source code that is presented in the book...

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embedded in electronic design online

Disposable Solutions With Low-Cost MCUs

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "Disposable Solutions With Low-Cost MCUs." Bill talks technical with Gary Neel, Director of Engineering for Home Diagnostics, about the MSP430-based Sidekick diabetes glucose-testing system. Simplicity of design yields a practical, disposable solution.

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