Electronic Design UPDATE: June 28, 2006

June 28, 2006
Editor's View: Will Androids Become A Part Of Our Everyday Lives? Japanese Scientists Are Betting On It, by Daniel Harris, Digital Technology Editor. Would an android replica of your child, spouse, or even yourself bother you in any way? It wouldn’t if yo
Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
June 28, 2006

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NI CompactDAQ provides the plug-and-play simplicity of USB to sensor and electrical measurements on the benchtop, in the field, and on the production line. By combining the ease of use and low cost of a data logger with the performance and flexibility of high-speed data acquisition, NI CompactDAQ provides fast and accurate measurements in a small, simple and affordable system.Take a virtual tour of NI CompactDAQ. Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. Editor's View: Will Androids Become A Part Of Our Everyday Lives? Japanese Scientists Are Betting On It
  2. Focus on Embedded: $499 Development Kit Includes 32-Bit SBC And Linux OS
  3. News From The Editors:
    OIF And NPF Merge And Announce New Implementation Agreements
    Food-Seeking Organism Mobilizes Six-Legged Robot
    Silicon-Germanium Transistor Achieves Record Speeds
  4. Magazine Highlights: June 22, 2006
    Cover Feature: Powerful Portables
    Technology Report: E-Paper Chase Nears The Finish Line
    Leapfrog First Look: Power-Pinching WiMAX SoC Still Extends Range
    Leapfrog First Look: DFM Optimization Tool Drives Design Requirements To The Fab
    Design View/Design Solution: Jazz Up Your Consumer Products With Speech Recognition
Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor
editor's view Will Androids Become A Part Of Our Everyday Lives? Japanese Scientists Are Betting On It
By Daniel Harris, Digital Technology Editor

Would an android replica of your child, spouse, or even yourself bother you in any way? It wouldn’t if you were Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor in the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems. He is one of the many professors and professionals in Japan building androids that, at first glance, are indistinguishable from the humans they resemble. These androids also have human-like characteristics, including soft silicon-based skin; facial movements, such as blinking eyes; and the ability to react to various stimuli, such as touch...

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focus on embedded $499 Development Kit Includes 32-Bit SBC And Linux OS

For just $499, designers can have Atmel’s “program-and-go” development kit for multimedia, point-of-sale (POS), navigation, small office/home office (SoHo) network gateway/router, and printer applications. The STK1000 kit is centered around the company’s AVR32-based AP7000 family of 32-bit digital signal controllers (DSCs). It comes with all the hardware and software needed to develop fully functional, ready-to-ship applications...

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live on electronicdesign.com Archived Webcast: Overcoming The Top Five Challenges In Electro-Mechanical Product Development

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. View today!

Free Webcast: RoHS: What About China?
Thursday, July 20, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Do you sell products in China or import into China? If so, this webcast is for you. China has taken a somewhat different approach to the European Union's RoHS directive in a number of critical areas, which will very likely have a major impact on you and your business—whether you're a manufacturer, distributor, importer, or retailer. Register today!

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news from the editorsOIF And NPF Merge And Announce New Implementation Agreements After years of working together on a variety of advanced networking technologies, the Network Processing Forum (NPF) and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) decided to merge on June 1. There was a huge overlap in the work they were doing, and their interests coincided with those of the many common members they shared. The new organization retains the OIF designation...
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Food-Seeking Organism Mobilizes Six-Legged Robot
A professor at the University of Southampton has discovered a way to harness the natural inclination of a slime mold to avoid light sources to mobilize a six-legged robot. Klaus-Peter Zauner found that physarum polycephalum could be used to control the movements of a small robot. Physarum polycephalum is a single-celled organism that moves toward food sources like bacteria and fungi...

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Silicon-Germanium Transistor Achieves Record Speeds
Research by IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that the upper bound for performance in silicon-germanium (SiGe) devices may be higher than originally expected—and they have evidence to support their claim. The joint research team has demonstrated what it bills as the first SiGe transistor able to operate at frequencies above 500 GHz...

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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.electronicdesign.com/rohs.
magazine highlights: June 22, 2006\[ Cover Feature: Engineering Feature \]Powerful Portables
Mobile computers have come a long way over the past 25 years. But designers shouldn't sacrifice PC functionality for the latest bells and whistles.
\[ Technology Report \]E-Paper Chase Nears The Finish Line
Demos, prototypes, and new products indicate that electronic ink and paper are just about ready for the masses.
\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]Power-Pinching WiMAX SoC Still Extends Range
With the lowest power consumption of its type, this chip makes embedded fixed and portable broadband wireless applications practical.
DFM Optimization Tool Drives Design Requirements To The Fab
Relying on a design’s power and timing requirements to influence manufacturing, a DFM tool provides tailored guidance to the design-to-mask-creation flow.
\[ Design View/Design Solution \]Jazz Up Your Consumer Products With Speech Recognition
Select easily differentiated "spoken" command and trigger phrases, and your users will enjoy how simple it is to use this natural human interface.

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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.
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