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Electronic Design UPDATE: June 21, 2006


Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
June 21, 2006

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BOOSTCAP Ultracapacitors Energize Fuel Cells in Bridge Power Apps
Mission critical installations such as data centers & telecom centers are protected by standby power generation equipment. This paper explores the benefits of ultracapacitor augmented bridge power systems that provide enhanced functionality and reliability vs fuel cell based power solutions. View this technical paper and get our free ultracapacitor design-in guide today at www.maxwell.com.

Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. News Focus: System Blocks Unwanted Video And Photos
  2. News From The Editors:
    Compact Gyroscope Enhances GPS Accuracy
    Online Power-Management Design Tool Cuts Down On Iterations
    Design Contest Promotes Creative Prototyping System
  3. TechView Scope: World’s Largest Solar Plant Will Catch Rays In Portugal
  4. Upcoming Industry Events:
    Freescale Technology Forum
    Flash Memory Summit 2006
    LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
  5. Book Review:
    Voice Over IPv6: Architectures for Next Generation VoIP Networks

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor

news focus

System Blocks Unwanted Video And Photos

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have completed a prototype device that can block digital-camera functions in a given area. Commercial versions of the technology could be used to stop unwanted use of video or still cameras. The prototype device uses off-the-shelf equipment—camera-mounted sensors, lighting equipment, a projector, and a computer—to scan for, find, and neutralize digital cameras...

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Free Webcast: Composite Current Source (CCS) Modeling

With design libraries being called upon to support more voltage and temperature process corners, nanometer IC designs are making for more convoluted design flows. Join this free webcast to learn how Synopsys' Galaxy design platform uses the Composite Current Source (CCS) modeling technology to address all these nanometer design challenges while simplifying your design flow.
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Free Webcast: Overcoming The Top Five Challenges In Electro-Mechanical Product Development
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Electrical engineers using ECAD tools do not have full and immediate visibility into the actions of mechanical engineers using MCAD tools and vice versa. This webcast will give you a better understanding of how the increasing inclusion of software and electronics is making product development more complex, and how you can find out-of-the-box solutions that will simplify the process, eliminate the complexity, and improve productivity.
Register today!

Take Our FRAM Pop Quiz And You May Win An iPod!

Put your EE skills to the test and take the Electronic Design and Ramtron FRAM pop quiz—you could even win an iPod!
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Free Switching Handbook from Keithley
The fifth edition of Keithley’s Switching Handbook is 190 pages long and covers the fundamentals of the switching function in test and measurement applications. Topics covered include switching components, switch system design, hardware implementation, and applications, as well as avoiding common switching mistakes. Get a free copy at www.keithley.com/at/372.

news from the editors

Compact Gyroscope Enhances GPS Accuracy
A compact angular rate sensor (gyroscope) from Melexis enhances the accuracy of GPS instruments in situations where satellite reception is lost. The MLX90609 is based on the company’s thick silicon-on-insulator (SOI) MEMS technology. The mechanical structure of the gyroscope is sensitive to Coriolis forces created by movement...

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Online Power-Management Design Tool Cuts Down On Iterations
Aiming to simplify power-management circuit design, International Rectifier has expanded its online design tools and added three reference designs for its POWIR+ chip sets. The first series of POWIR+ chip sets are based on IR’s IR3637S and IR3637AS controllers. They target single-phase synchronous buck converter applications in computing and high-end consumer applications...

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Design Contest Promotes Creative Prototyping System
The first annual Schmartie Awards will reward exceptional electronic circuit designs produced with an innovative prototyping system from Fremont, Calif.-based SchmartBoard. The prototyping technology simplifies the creation of electronic circuits for both hobbyists and engineers...

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Time’s Up... Are You RoHS Ready?

The July 1 deadline for compliance with the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive is just around the corner. Are you ready? Electronic Design’s RoHS Reference Center has the information you need to make the shift to green designs. Download our six-chapter eBook, “Electronic Design’s Guide To New International Environmental Laws,” at www.elecdesign.com/rohs.

techview scope

World’s Largest Solar Plant Will Catch Rays In Portugal

GE Energy Financial Services, PowerLight Corp., and Catavento Lda have broken ground in building the world’s largest solar photovoltaic project. Located on a 150-acre southern-facing hillside in Serpa, Portugal, the facility’s 52,000 photovoltaic modules will produce 11 MW...
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upcoming industry events

July 24-27, Freescale Technology Forum
Orlando, Fla.

August 8-10, Flash Memory Summit 2006
San Jose, Calif.

August 14-17, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
San Francisco, Calif.

Click to see more industry events.

book review

Voice Over IPv6: Architectures for Next Generation VoIP Networks
By Daniel Minoli

Both Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and version 6 of the Internet Protocol have already been adopted and are in use. But neither has penetrated to a majority of the systems out there. Both have a long way to go. If you happen to be involved with either, this book can make things clearer...

Click here for full book review.

embedded in electronic design online

ZigBee Surprise

Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Embedded/Systems/Software Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "ZigBee Surprise." There were some interesting surprises at the ZigBee Developers Conference that may raise the cost of ZigBee solutions.

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].

Click here for submission guidelines.

product picks online

  • Communications/Networking: One-Chip Voice Processing Platform Targets Hands-Free Comm Systems
  • Digital ICs: SRAMs Retain Data Without The Need For Battery Power
  • Embedded Hardware/Software: Convection Reflow Oven Handles Lead-Free Soldering
  • Test & Measurement: Functional Test Solution Evaluates New MIMO Wi-Fi Products
  • Power/Analog: Flyback dc-dc Controller Needs No Optoisolator

    Check all of our online product picks at ElectronicDesign.com.

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    TAKE A POLL!

    Despite the dangers of foam debris, NASA will launch a shuttle mission on July 1 to test fuel tank improvements and inspection and repair techniques, as well as to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Has NASA made a wise decision?
  • Yes, we’ve got to work out problems with our existing shuttle fleet
  • No, the risk is too great until NASA designs a new shuttle
  • No, manned space flight is not necessary
  • Don’t know

    Vote at ElectronicDesign.com

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