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Electronic Design Update: August 1, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | August 1, 2007

Free App Note Explains How Agilent's New FET Switches Protect Components From Video Leakage Damage

Safely test your most sensitive components with Agilent U9397A/C FET SPDT solid state switches. These switches combine low video leakage (10 mVpp) and high isolation (100 dB) with an industry-leading settling time for fast, accurate broadband testing of RFIC components.

To learn more and download the app note, click here:


Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

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Editor's View |

True System Engineering Yields Innovative Analog/Power Technologies For Mobile Multimedia Devices
By Sam Davis Contributing Editor

It's not very often that you get a story about a true system engineering project. However, National Semiconductor completed such a project with seven new display, audio, and power-management products that enable energy-efficient video in handheld devices.

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focus on power |

2-W LED Driver Handles High-Power Backlighting Applications

The CAT4240 boost converter from Catalyst Semiconductor delivers up to 750-mA current and up to 38 V. The result is a device well suited for a wide array of backlighting applications, ranging from 1-W LEDs in series to multiple strings of low-power LEDs.

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EiED online |

Real Robots Part 2: Software

This round of reviews takes a look at the software that is available with iRobot Create, the Lego Mindstorms NXT, and Whitebox Robotica's 9-series PC-Bot.

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Engineering TV: Episode 57: |

The Technology Of Night Vision

The technology of night vision is based on the use of image intensifiers that convert visible light so dimly lit scenes can be viewed. Engineers at Electrophysics explain the variations of night vision and the technologies that make seeing in dimly lit environments possible.

Click here to see the episodes...

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news from the editors |

Hardware/Software Framework Speeds Development Of Data, Storage Network Devices

Aimed at designers developing data storage and storage networking ASICs or FPGAs, the CebaIP Platform from CebaTech Inc. is a protocol-complete hardware and software framework.

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ZigBee Module Features Full Mesh Networking Capabilities

The XBee Series 2 ZigBee module from MaxStream includes full mesh networking capabilities in a reliable and easy to use device targeting wireless monitoring and control applications.

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Development Suite Adds Support For Freescale Processors

Crossware has added comprehensive support for Freescale Semiconductor's MCF532x and MCF537x ColdFire microprocessors to the ColdFire Development Suite. Developers working with these embedded controllers can now use Crossware's GUI-based environment to get their programs up and running quickly.

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Relay Actuator/Digital Input Card Boasts 2500 V DC Isolation

Eight optically isolated inputs with protection to 2500 V dc allow the PCI-1763UP relay actuator and digital input card from Advantech's eAutomation Group to collect digital data in a noisy environment.

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Test Your Mobile Design Skills

A 2006 iSupply report estimated how many handset units will ship with USB by the year 2010 - Do you know the answer? Take the ArcticLink Challenge and you could win one of three 2GB USB Flash Drives from QuickLogic.

Test your skills now - the quiz closes August 5!


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quick poll |

Microsoft and Sony both have announced plans to cut the prices of their respective Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. What's your reaction?
  • Great! I'm on my way to get one now.
  • Darn! I already bought one when they were more expensive.
  • Good for them, but my Nintendo Wii is still more fun.
  • Who cares? I don't have time for games.

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 |

Rugged Hybrid Resolver Replaces Optical Encoders
Commercial Version Of L4 Microkernel Available
Inverter Well-Suited For Powering CCFLs
USB Test Software Expanded, Enhanced
HF Crystal Measures Only 2.0 By 1.6 By 0.5 mm

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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. The Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference gives you the tools to optimize every element of the design process:

  • An educational program focusing 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.
To learn more or to register click here...

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upcoming industry events |

Sept. 10-12
Silicon Valley, Calif.

IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition
Sept. 22-28
Schaumburg, Ill.

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

Printed Electronics USA
Nov. 12-15
San Francisco, Calif.

See more industry events...

2007 Engineering Hall of Fame

The members of Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame are those men and women whose accomplishments have shaped the electronics industry and, by extension, our world. It's time to vote for the 2007 slate of inductees. Give us a few minutes of your time to browse through our list of nominees and tell us who you think should be honored this year.

Take the survey today!

ED Survey

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ED bookstore |

Inside The Machine
By By Jon Stokes

In embedded systems, a number of processor architectures come into play. Two of those at the higher end include the x86 and Power architectures. "Inside The Machine" takes a close look at these architectures, which are distinctly different. As such, understanding them provides a good basis for understanding other platforms.

To buy the book, click here...

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