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Electronic Design UPDATE
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | January 2, 2008

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor
and John Arkontaky, Assistant Editor

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editor's view |

IMEC Makes Belgium R&D Hub For Semiconductors
By Mark David, Group Editorial Director

In the U.S., the debate over how to lay the right foundations for future technology growth includes the question of whether we are doing enough pure R&D anymore. The legendary role played by Bell, Sarnoff, Xerox and other research giants in their heyday has left a void that many feel hasn't been adequately filled by the project-oriented research funded by the government for DARPA and other agencies.

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Our revamped Navigation bar has new Design Hotspots. Come check out the latest in EDA, analog, embedded, power, and green design from the ED editors.

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focus on communications |

Audio DSP Enlists Dolby Volume Technology

Available now in production quantities, the two-channel CS48DV2 claims title as the first audio digital-signal processor (DSP) integrating Dolby Volume sound-leveling technology for digital television applications.

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Engineering TV: Episode 98 |

The Best Of 2007

ETV is wrapping up for the year 2007, and we wanted to share the top viewed videos of the last year. This years top 10 included a futuristic car, a running robot, a portable EMI tent, water striding robotics and much more.

To see the episode, click here...

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news from the editors |

Web Site Helps Manufacturers Fight Dirty Power

Manufacturers now have a new resource to learn about and combat power-quality issues. SoftSwitching Technologies, which offers solutions for fighting disruptions in voltage, current, and frequency, has created a web site,, a comprehensive source of information on power quality and power quality solutions.

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ON Semi Acquires ADI's CPU Voltage, PC Thermal Monitoring Business

ON Semiconductor has acquired Analog Devices Inc.'s (ADI) CPU voltage regulation and PC thermal-monitoring business. The deal, which was announced last November, was valued at about $184 million and included the acquired assets, intellectual property (IP) related to the product lines, and a one-year manufacturing supply agreement with ON Semiconductor.

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Infineon Licenses Embedded Flash Process To IBM

Infineon Technologies has licensed its 130-nm high-volume embedded flash process to IBM. The process, which has been in volume production at Infineon plants since early 2006, will be available for new chip designs manufactured by IBM in North America.

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Companies Collaborate On Wireless HDAV Solution

Sigma Designs and Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. are teaming up to deliver wireless High-Definition Audio Video (HDAV) solutions for manufacturers of consumer electronics. The companies will demonstrate wireless HDAV reference designs at International CES in Las Vegas.

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DiBcom brings Digital TV to VDO Dayton

Continental (formerly Siemens VDO) has incorporated mobile TV solutions company DiBcom's DVB-T technology into its VDO Dayton brand of portable navigation devices (PNDs).

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Your Ideas For Design Can Win $500

Send us your Ideas for Design and we'll pay you $150 for every Idea for Design 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 for Design via e-mail to: [email protected] or, mail your material to:

Ideas for Design
Electronic Design
45 Eisenhower Dr., Suite 550
Paramus, NJ 07652

Click here for our guidelines on Ideas for Design...

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quick poll |

How would you sum up your experience with the 555 timer IC?
  • I've never used a 555 and probably never will
  • I've used the 555 in the past but probably won't in the future
  • I have used the 555 but am open to alternatives if they fit my design
  • I prefer the 555 in my current projects and will continue using it
  • I wouldn't be caught dead using a 555
  • What's a 555?

Let your voice be heard. Vote now on 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 |

Analog Switches Raise Resolution In Ultrasound Apps
Sixteenth Bricks Raise Reliability, Raze Costs
Transparent White OLED Cranks Up The Luminance
Multiband Transceiver Boosts Performance By 10 dB
X-Ray Inspection System Weeds Out Defects

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upcoming industry events |

International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
Jan. 7-10
Las Vegas, Nev.

Tessera U.S. Technology Symposium
Jan. 21
Santa Clara, Calif.

International Solid State Circuits Conference
Feb 3-7
San Francisco, Calif.

See more industry events...

Electronic Design Announcement
Portable Designs with High-Power Batteries and Chargers
Presented by Micro Power

If you missed the Webcast's launch on Dec. 5, here's your chance to catch up. Robin Sarah Tichy, PhD, Technical Marketing Manager at Micro Power Electronics Inc., provides an industry update and profiles new high-power (or high-pulse) rechargeable lithium batteries. Traditional lithium batteries support pulses of 5 A, while new high-power batteries support pulses over 100 A, enabling many new portable applications. This archived Webcast details cell configurations, chemical formulations, electrical performance, safety issues, limitations, and sample performance data.

Click here to register...

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ED bookstore |

Linux For Dummies, 8th Edition
By Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor

When my $400 ultra-compact Eee PC arrived I wanted to harvest that bounty of freeware people say is out there. So I thought I really needed a dummies book if I was to go beyond the bundled software in the new machine. The Dummies book turned out to be useless unless I wanted to replace my native Linux with the one on the book's disc.

To read the review, click here...


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