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Electronic Design UPDATE: May 24, 2006

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
May 24, 2006


Integrated Wireless/Wired Embedded Core Module
The new ConnectCore™ Wi-9C from Digi International® is the industry's first embedded core module with fully integrated wired 10/100 Mbit Ethernet and secure 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN networking capabilities. Now device manufacturers can design-in both wired and wireless networking functionality with a single solution, dramatically shortening product development and time to market! Click for more information.

Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: Printing Paper Batteries
  2. News From The Editors:
    Ethernet Switch Enables 1/2.5-Gbit Server Blade Connectivity
    18-GHz, 60-Msample/s Scope Tests Fastest Serial Data Streams
    Headphone Amps Shed External Blocking Capacitors
  3. TechView Scope: Image Sensor Packs 8-Mpixel Resolution Into 1/2.5-in. Format
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    Society For Information Display 2006
    Sensors Expo and Conference
    2006 Electronic Product Miniaturization Symposium
  5. Book Review:
    Ma+h You Can't Use: Patents, Copyrights, and Software

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

Printing Paper Batteries

There are paper cups, paper napkins, and even paper airplanes. So why not paper batteries? Although not powerful enough to drive everyday products like cell phones and digital cameras, an emerging generation of thin, flexible, paper-based batteries could soon find a home powering tiny label displays, smart cards, RFID tags, and other mobile devices requiring only modest amounts of power...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Archived Webcast: HSpice-Just Got Faster, Again!

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. View today!

news from the editors

Ethernet Switch Enables 1/2.5-Gbit Server Blade Connectivity
Maybe you’re designing a next-generation blade server. Perhaps you need a switching engine for an advanced TCA platform. Or maybe you’re searching for a switch to enhance the performance of present Gigabit Ethernet (1GE) blade servers or TCA chassis. Broadcom’s BCM56580 multilayer switch fits all of these situations. Designers can use this switch when their product needs more bandwidth...

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18-GHz, 60-Msample/s Scope Tests Fastest Serial Data Streams
The fastest serial data standards under active development these days are very fast—10-Gbit/s Ethernet and Fibre Channel 8.5. Serial data measurements and jitter analysis on these signals with a real-time scope would require an extremely fast instrument, like LeCroy’s SDA 18000. This serial data analyzer oscilloscope delivers an 18-GHz bandwidth and 60-Gsample/s signal acquisition, with a memory capacity up to 150 Mpoints...

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Headphone Amps Shed External Blocking Capacitors
A family of three ground-referenced stereo headphone amplifiers from National Semiconductor eliminates external blocking capacitors for portable music players, mobile phones, CD players, PDAs, media players, notebook computers, and other portable applications. The amplifiers’ circuit technology uses a low-noise, inverting charge pump to generate a negative supply voltage...

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techview scope

Image Sensor Packs 8-Mpixel Resolution Into 1/2.5-in. Format

Thanks to CMOS technology, digital cameras are about to take better pictures. Micron Technology has produced a prototype 8-Mpixel CMOS image sensor that relies on a 1.75-µm pixel design to fit into the 1/2.5-in. format, which is the standard size for mainstream digital cameras. While typical digital cameras use CCD technology...
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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

Ma+h You Can't Use: Patents, Copyrights, and Software
By Ben Klemens

Be afraid. Be very afraid. You will be after reading this book. It addresses patent and copyright issues from a software programming standpoint. The opening chapters do an excellent job of laying out the framework for the discussion. This is a complex topic because it does deal with the law, but Ben makes it understandable even for those who don't make patent work their life's pursuit...

Click here for full book review.

embedded in electronic design online

2006 Embedded Systems Conference

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, "2006 Embedded Systems Conference." The Embedded Systems Conference was hot this year. Bill Wong takes a two-part look at what was happening at ESC.

design briefs wanted!

Send us your ideas for design. We'll pay you $150 for every Design Brief that we publish. In addition, the year's top design as selected by our readers will earn an additional $500, with two runners up each receiving $250. You can submit your ideas to: [email protected].

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