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Electronic Design Update: September 10, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | September 10, 2008 | FREE magazine subscription digital or print!
Go Wireless with Your Measurements
Explore simple, secure, NI Wi-Fi data acquisition (DAQ) devices. The new Wi-Fi DAQ devices combine IEEE 802.11g wireless or Ethernet communication, direct sensor connectivity, and the highest commercially available network security to simplify remote monitoring of electrical, physical, mechanical, and acoustic signals. View a 6-minute guided tour.
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editor's view |
CTIA Comes To The City By The Bay
By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

The cellular industry is so hot right now, CTIA can’t contain all of its advances in just one show. This week, the Wireless Association presents its second event of the year at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. With 10,000 attendees expected, this follow-up to April’s Las Vegas show and February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will focus on the IT and entertainment sides of the business.

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eye on europe
Chip Companies Team Up On Tech Deals
By Paul Whytock, Editor in Chief, Electronic Design Europe

Joint ventures and technology deals have been the theme for some of Europe’s biggest chip makers this Olympic summer, with Munich-based Infineon taking the gold medal and STMicroelectronics (ST) coming in a close second with silver. ULIS and Renesas Technology Europe also placed well, with their own advances in sensors and power MOSFETs, respectively.

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engineer's resource |
New Products Showcase: TI and Nexergy

Keith Ogboenyiya, Marketing Manager for Automotive Microcontrollers at Texas Instruments, talks about a new series of 32-bit C2000 controllers that offer real-time control in a 38-pin package at sub-$2 pricing. Watch it now...
John Costas, Executive Vice President of Nexergy, talks about designing custom battery packs for portable applications. Watch it now...

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IFD of the week |
Driver Offers Proportional Solenoid Control Without PLC, Microcontroller
By Phill Leyva and Robert Brewer, Maxim Integrated Solutions

The proportional-control solenoids used in some industrial hydraulic systems are usually driven by microcontrollers or programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Such complex drivers typically require several different supply voltages for logic and control. (The purpose of proportional control is to move the solenoid plunger to an arbitrary position and leave it there.) A set-and-leave solenoid driver, however, should not require a costly PLC or the processing power of a microcontroller. Ideally, it should operate from the solenoid’s own supply voltage.

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Looking for the latest design techniques and technology in your market? Check out Electronic Design's Design Hotspots. Here you'll find exclusive content from our editors in Embedded, Power, and Analog technologies as well as Green Design and ROHS. We've also compiled Ideas for Design schematics here for your circuit design sweet-tooth. These spots are chock-a-block with information, so don’t delay!

video of the week |
NI Week: 10 New Wi-Fi, Ethernet DAQs

Charlie Stiernberg, Product Marketing Manager for Remote Data Acquisition at National Instruments, talks about 10 new Wi-Fi and Ethernet data-acquisition (DAQ) devices released at NI Week. Watch it now...

October 15 is One Powerful Day
Power Electronics Technology and Penton Media's Electronic Design Group bring the latest in power design information direct to you, the Power Designer, with the premiere of ONE POWERFUL DAY, a FREE online conference with a full day of top speakers on top topics via web conferencing. With invited speakers and a conference program designed and hosted by the top editors in the world of Power Electronics, you can be sure that this conference with be on target with your information needs as a power system designer. Marquee Sponsorship by International Rectifier.

Engineering TV |
Samsung Solorean Solar Car

In Part 2 of our interview with Chak Man Yeung from NIWeek, "Sunny" digs deeper into the University of Texas' solar "raycer". Featuring National Instruments' CompactRIO real-time programmable automation controller, the Samsung Solorean features one of the most sophisticated electrical systems in solar car "raycing". While the CompactRIO is primarily for battery protection, it also does state-of-charge calculations, cell balancing, array control, cruise control, HMI (via a touch screen), and telemetry. Solar car "rayces" are nationally organized events, with competition among dozens of colleges and universities. The challenge is to design, build, and race the best solar-powered vehicle. The mission is to promote educational excellence and teamwork among all competitors. To accomplish this goal, teams must integrate technical and business expertise across a range of disciplines. The University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team includes: Professor Gary Hallock, Chak Man "Sunny" Yeung, James Ferrara, John Olsavsky, Jerome Powell, Kashia Thuerwaechter, Dicai Yang, and Xizhi Yang.

news from the editors |
TI Working To Develop IEEE 1149.7 2-Pin Debug Spec

Texas Instruments said it will drive the development and ratification of the IEEE 1149.7 standard, a 2-pin test and debug interface that requires half the number of pins of IEEE 1149.1 boundary-scan technology.

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Evident Technologies Debuting Nanocrystal LEDs

Evident Technologies Inc. plans to immediately launch a line of low-power LED and LED-based products that use the company’s semiconductor nanocrystal as a phosphor. The products will be available under a non-exclusive licensing agreement recently signed with Philips Electronics.

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AdvancedAMC Board Features 64-Core Processor

The new T6M-100 AdvancedMC (PrAMC) platform from JumpGen Systems incorporates the Tilera TILE64 processor, with 64 cores of general-purpose compute capability running at 700 MHz.

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Power Architecture Group Defines High-Speed Serial Trace Spec

Power.org has released the Power Architecture Physical Connection for High-Speed Serial Trace Specification. The organization, which promotes and develops standards for Power Architecture technology, also announced Web-based training tools, regional training programs, and its newest member, LSI Corp.

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Wolfson DACs Enhance Blu-ray Player’s Audio

Pioneer Electronics has chosen the WM8740 high-performance stereo digital-to-analog converter (DAC) from Wolfson Microelectronics for use in Pioneer’s latest Blu-ray home theater disc player.

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quick poll |
Thanks to new processors, digital video is appearing everywhere. How do you feel about its ubiquity?

  • It's great! The applications are endless, from security to entertainment.
  • Some video can be convenient, but other applications seem superfluous.
  • It's awful! We already suffer from information overload.

Click here to take the poll. Remember to scroll down. The poll is at the bottom of the page.

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focus product |
LDRA Tool Suite Extends Reach

In its latest version, the LDRA tool suite v7.7 updates programming standards conformance and integrates TBvision and TBreq v2.2. Programming standards and code coverage extend up to DO-178B Level A certification, a critical certification level for the avionics sector.

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product picks online |
Compact Power MOSFETs Trim On-Resistance To 0.052 Ohms

Linux-Based Thin Client Pairs With Rugged PC

250W AC-DC Supplies Sport Compact Design

Millimeter-Wave Converters Allow Network Analysis To 325 GHz

MLC Line Expands To Include Lead/Tin Versions

upcoming industry events |
PCB West 2008
Santa Clara, Calif.
Sep. 14-19

FTTH Conference & Expo
Nashville, Tenn.
Sep. 21-25

MOST Forum
Stuggart, Germany
Sep. 30

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