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Electronic Design UPDATE: September 27, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
September 27, 2006


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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: What's New In The Q?
  2. News From The Editors:
    Populated LED Assemblies Use Cost-Saving Technology
    High-Resolution Sensor Measures Acceleration In Auto Testing Applications
    Hardware/Software Integration Package Adds Support For ARM Cortex-M3
    Analog/Vector Signal Generators Offer High Performance, Fast Measurement Speeds
    8-, 32-Bit Devices Expand Automotive MCU Line
  3. TechView Scope: Wii Will Rock You This November
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    PCB Design Conference East
    CAN In Automation (CiA)
    PSoC Express World Tour
  5. Book Review:
    Engineering the World: Stories from the First 75 Years of Texas Instruments

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor

news focus

What's New In The Q?

Motorola partnered with Cingular Wireless when it introduced its ultra-slim RAZR and SLVR handsets, and both of those Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) phones were based on chip sets from Freescale Semiconductor. But Motorola's decision to pair up with Verizon Wireless on a Windows Mobile-based smartphone – the Moto Q – dictated a CDMA design.

Click here for full article.

live on electronicdesign.com

Free Webcast: Precluding Battery System Failures in Portable Electronics
Thursday, October 19, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Dell and Apple have implemented the largest battery pack recalls in the history of portable computing. Catastrophic safety issues—ranging from under-performance to explosions—with portable battery systems have heightened concern over battery system safety. This Web seminar provides insight into developing portable power systems that are extremely safe and preclude dangerous failures. Register today!


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news from the editors

Populated LED Assemblies Use Cost-Saving Technology
Populated LED assemblies are now available from the TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division. The assemblies employ IRC's Anotherm technology. Anotherm substrates use an insulation system consisting of a thin layer of anodized aluminum oxide that is chemically grown on the aluminum core...

Click here for full article.

High-Resolution Sensor Measures Acceleration In Auto Testing Applications
PCB Piezotronics' Series 3713 high-sensitivity, MEMS dc (steady-state) response accelerometer measures accelerations in a range of automotive and off-highway testing applications...

Click here for full article.

Hardware/Software Integration Package Adds Support For ARM Cortex-M3
Mentor Graphics has introduced its first processor support package for the ARM Cortex-M3 processor. The new package works with Mentor's Seamless tool to find hardware-software integration errors...

Click here for full article.

Analog/Vector Signal Generators Offer High Performance, Fast Measurement Speeds
The performance of Agilent Technologies' MXG signal generators allows for greater test margins, ensuring more accurate measurement and improved yield, and makes the generators well-suited for characterizing high-dynamic-range components like multicarrier power amplifiers...

Click here for full article.

8-, 32-Bit Devices Expand Automotive MCU Line
NEC Electronics America has introduced two series of MCUs optimized for automotive applications...

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

Wii Will Rock You This November

Nintendo's next-generation Wii gaming platform will hit U.S. shelves on November 19. And with this project, Nintendo wants to broaden its audience beyond hard-core gamers...
Click here for full article.


Ultra-thin Polymer batteries from VARTA Microbattery
Go thin. Go light. Go PoLiFlex®.

New rechargeable PoLiFlex Polymer Lithium batteries from VARTA are the thinnest & lightest we've ever offered! Our thinnest PoLiFlex battery now measures Click for more information.

upcoming industry events

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

September 26-28, CAN In Automation (CiA)
Stockholm, Sweeden

October 3-December 21, PSoC Express World Tour
Chicago, Ill. (October 3)
Dallas, Texas (October 5)

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Engineering The World: Stories From The First 75 Years Of Texas Instruments
By Caleb Pirtle III

This is definitely a coffee table book. It is big, impressive, full of photos and an easy read. It is also something even non-techies will like. It is a history book of Texas Instruments, a company that has been extremely influential in the electronics industry...

Click here for full book review.

embedded in electronic design online

Multiple Threads Make Chunk Change

Making efficient use of multiple processing cores in a symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) environment can be tricky. But Intel's Thread Building Blocks (TBB) aim to ease the challenge.

Click here for full article.

product picks online

  • Components/packaging: VCXOs Come In Frequency Ranges To 700 MHz
  • Analog/Power: Amplifer Integrates Complete Comparison Solution
  • Test & Meassurement: Waveform Viewer Software Works With All Real-time Scopes
  • Embedded/Systems/Software: Updated IDE Boasts Enhanced Safety Features
  • Electronic Design Automation: Modeling Software Adds Variation-Aware Extensions

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

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