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Electronic Design UPDATE: March 22, 2006 -- IC Testing, Fuel cells, Ultra-Mobile PC


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter Electronic Design Magazine Electronic Design ==> www.electronicdesign.com March 22, 2006


*************************ADVERTISEMENT******************************** Network-optimized ARM7 & ARM9 based core modules Digi International offers the widest range of core modules - ARM7, ARM9 and XScale solutions. The ConnectCore family provides core processing and integrated network connectivity in a single powerful solution. Built on NetSilicon's 32-bit processors and supported by royalty-free NET+Works software, ConnectCore modules provide a seamless migration path to a fully integrated chip-based solution. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=2493F:484C79 06&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=Elec_Design_ConnectCore_032206 ********************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. Industry View *Short-Pulse Stressing Outdoes DC Testing For Advanced Semiconductors 2. Focus On Test & Measurement *Isolated Digital I/O Module Supports USB 2.0 3. News From The Editors *Microarchitecture Saves Energy While Boosting Performance *Microsoft Unfolds Origami At CeBIT *Researchers Close In On Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Success 4. Magazine Highlights: March 16, 2006 *Cover Feature: Engineering Feature -- To What Degree -- MSEE Or MBA? *Technology Report -- Know The Way To San Jose For This Year's ESC, Or Else *Leapfrog: First Look -- Single-Chip Transceiver Brings 3G Handsets Up To Speed *Leapfrog: First Look -- Solving The Wear And Tear Of Flash Memory *Design Solution -- Follow Heuristic Guidelines To Make Surface-Mount PC-Board Footprints Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] ********************************************************************** ********************** 1. Industry View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** Short-Pulse Stressing Outdoes DC Testing For Advanced Semiconductors By Dave Rubin, Senior Industry Market Manager, Semiconductor Business Group, Keithley Instruments Inc. Developing ICs that work is one thing. Developing them to last is another. And that's getting more difficult as new technologies and devices present new reliability problems. Pulse testing on-wafer, before packaging, can help. The problem is that traditional dc testing of advanced IC technologies may not uncover reliability problems caused or exacerbated by new materials and devices... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24944:484C79 ********************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT******************************** Register Today for Tektronix' DesignInsight 06 Join Tektronix and National Instruments for a FREE, 7-city seminar series. You'll learn the latest methods to efficiently characterize, verify and debug designs. These full-day seminars include presentations, discussion and hands-on labs about: embedded systems, low and high speed serial data, FPGA systems and Digital RF systems. Register NOW as seating is limited. Lunch is provided by Tektronix. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=2494F:484C79 ********************************************************************** *******************Live on ElectronicDesign.com*********************** Free Webcast: Low-Cost FPGAs Deliver Design Encryption, DDR, and DSP for $0.50 per 1000 LUTs Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 2:00 pm ET Lattice Semiconductor's low-cost 90-nm FPGA family delivers high-end FPGA features for about $0.50 per 1k LUTs in volume. The LatticeECP2 chips contain built-in nonvolatile encryption security, a flexible and easy-to-use double-data-rate (DDR) memory interface, 400-Mbit/s DDR1/2 memories, and advanced DSP blocks. Join us and learn how to design with these new devices. One lucky participant will receive an ispLever development tool and LatticeECP2 evaluation board. Register now! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24940:484C79 .cfm?source=ednewsletter *** Free Web Seminar: Troubleshooting Common Circuit Problems Using Digital Oscilloscopes Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 2:00 pm ET Join us to learn about the techniques available in modern digital oscilloscopes for troubleshooting circuit problems. This seminar will focus on practical, real-world examples showing how to troubleshoot common failure modes of circuits and components. Register today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24942:484C79 partnerref=ednewsletter *** Free Webcast: Unveiling Innovations in Batteries and Portable Power Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 2:00 pm ET This webcast will share upcoming innovations in the battery and power-management industry. Our speakers will provide an unbiased and vendor-neutral roadmap of upcoming innovations in cell chemistries, power-management electronics, authentication technology, and portable fuel cells for mobile devices. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24941:484C79 partnerref=EDUpdate ********************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On Test & Measurement ********************** ***Isolated Digital I/O Module Supports USB 2.0 Designed as a portable solution for driving solid-state or mechanical relays, the DT9817-R isolated digital I/O data-acquisition module supports USB 2.0 for ease of use and high reliability. It has up to 500-V channel-to-channel isolation on eight digital input lines with an input voltage range of +/-3 V to +/-32 V and on eight digital output lines capable of switching up to 30 V at 400 mA. The DT9817-R input lines can be used in applications for proximity and limit switches, photoelectric switches, and transistor-transistor logic (TTL) and pushbutton devices. The outputs can be used for switching ac and dc loads such as relays, electric-motor controls, solenoids, and indicator lamps. A 32-bit counter timer can be run by an internal or external clock. The module ships with the GO! application for measurement and an evaluation copy of the DT Measure Foundry test-and-measurement application builder. Free software downloads, including LabView and Matlab interfaces, are available online. Available immediately, the DT9817-R costs $299. Data Translation Inc. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24953:484C79 ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Microarchitecture Saves Energy While Boosting Performance More performance for less power -- that's the goal of Intel's Core microarchitecture. Based on the company's advanced 65-nm process technology, the Core's improvements over Pentium processors should enable more stylish, quieter, and smaller mobile computers and servers that need less energy and space while offering more security, virtualization, and manageability... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=2494A:484C79 ***Microsoft Unfolds Origami At CeBIT It's finally here, and it's more than a paper swan. Microsoft revealed the details of its top-secret Origami project at this month's CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany, and fans of on-the-go technology should be pleased. Powered by the Windows XP Tablet PC operating system, the Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) offers full functionality in a 2-lb device that's the size of a paperback book... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24945:484C79 ***Researchers Close In On Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Success As promising as hydrogen fuel cells are for automotive and mobile electronic applications, a barrier to their practical use has been the inability to store enough hydrogen fuel at the proper pressure, temperature, and concentration. Now, chemists at UCLA and the University of Michigan are reporting progress on two of those fronts, and they've got some ideas for tackling the third... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24947:484C79 ********************************************************************** Design Briefs Wanted! Send us your ideas for design. We'll pay you $100 for every Design Brief that we publish. You can submit your ideas to: mailto:[email protected] For submission guidelines, go to http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24950:484C79 ********************************************************************** ********************** 4. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. March 16, 2006 * Cover Feature: Engineering Feature -- To What Degree -- MSEE Or MBA? More EEs today wrestle with whether or not to go for an advanced technical degree or an MBA. Now, they can have it both ways. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24949:484C79 * Technology Report -- Know The Way To San Jose For This Year's ESC, Or Else PCI Express and ZigBee are among the many sizzling technologies crowding the marquee at the 2006 Embedded Systems Conference. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=2494B:484C79 * Leapfrog: First Look -- Single-Chip Transceiver Brings 3G Handsets Up To Speed The SW3200 integrates CMOS and WEDGE/HSDPA RF functionality for next-generation performance. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=2494C:484C79 * Leapfrog: First Look -- Solving The Wear And Tear Of Flash Memory Innovative storage technology instills a longer, more predictable life for flash memory. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24948:484C79 * Design Solution -- Follow Heuristic Guidelines To Make Surface-Mount PC-Board Footprints These rule-of-thumb specifications will keep your anxiety level low and your prototype design first-pass success level high. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24943:484C79 For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=2494D:484C79 ********************************************************************** EiED Online -- Altium NanoBoard-NB1: FPGA Kits Part 1 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, "Altium NanoBoard-NB1: FPGA Kits Part 1." Altium Designer 6 is out the door. Bill takes a look at Designer 6 and its components in conjunction with the NanoBoard-NB1 FPGA development system. Find out how to make FPGA development easy. This is the first in a series of FPGA kit reviews planned for this year. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24946:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! A recent study showed that interference from portable electronic devices may present a greater risk to aircraft navigation than previously thought. Do you think that interference from cell phones and other electronics poses a safety risk to aircraft? -- Yes, there could be significant interference from these devices -- No, the fields are too weak to be a problem -- Not sure Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=24952:484C79 **********************************************************************




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