Electronic Design UPDATE: November 15, 2006

Nov. 15, 2006
Chicago-based distributor Newark InOne found that 30% of the design engineers and component buyers it sampled not too long ago do not believe the EU's RoHS directive will have any real impact on their company over the next 12 months...
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November 15, 2006
ADVERTISEMENT PXI Express NI M Series Data AcquisitionNational Instruments offers the industry’s first PXI Express data acquisition modules – the NI PXIe-6251 and NI PXIe-6259 M Series modules with 16-bit resolution and 1.25 MS/s sampling rates on up to 32 channels. The modules use new PXI Express technologies, such as a x1 250 MB/s per-slot dedicated bandwidth bus interface, tighter synchronization, lower latency, and software backward compatibility with existing PXI applications. Click here for more information Today's Table Of Contents:Featured Story: Many Companies Still Playing It Loose With RoHS Compliance Industry Viewpoint : FPGA Clusters Combine With Mesh Architectures Now on electronicdesign.com: Live from electronica 2006 Focus On Analog/Mixed Signal: Rotary Encoders Offer 1.4-Deg. Resolution, Low-Power ModeQuick Poll: A recent poll found that 30% of designers do not believe RoHS will have any real impact on their company over the next 12 months. What effect will it have on you? News From The Editors:
FID 2006 9th OpenAccess+ Conference
IMAPS Emerging Technology Workshop on Nanotechnologies for Microelectronics
Measurement Science Conference
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  • DSP for FPGAs
    Printed Electronics USA 2006
    Measurement Science Conference
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    Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor
    featured storyMany Companies Still Playing It Loose With RoHS ComplianceChicago-based distributor Newark InOne found that 30% of the design engineers and component buyers it sampled not too long ago do not believe the EU's RoHS directive will have any real impact on their company over the next 12 months...
    Click here for full article.

    now on electronicdesign.com Live from electronica 2006

    Can't be in Munich this week for electronica 2006? Don't worry—Electronic Design has you covered. Join Editor-in-Chief Mark David and ED Europe Editor-In-Chief Paul Whytock for daily updates, news reports, commentary, and even video from the show floor at:

    http://www.elecdesign.com/electronica

    industry viewpoint FPGA Clusters Combine With Mesh Architectures
    By Bob Walsh, TEK Microsystems Inc.

    Embedded signal processors traditionally have been built with clusters of general-purpose floating-point processors. FPGAs usually have been used on the edges of the cluster to perform signal conditioning, while the hard processing work was reserved for the PowerPCs. Current technology makes it possible to do significant, useful signal processing work in clusters of tightly connected FPGAs instead, and this approach has significant advantages over general-purpose processors...

    Click here for full article.

    focus on analog/mixed signal Rotary Encoders Offer 1.4-Deg. Resolution, Low-Power Mode

    The rotary encoder family from austriamicrosystems has two new members, the AS5030 and the AS5130, which are 8-bit absolute magnetic encoder ICs that feature pushbutton and low-power-mode capabilities...

    Click here for full article.

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    quick poll A recent poll found that 30% of designers do not believe RoHS will have any real impact on their company over the next 12 months. What effect will it have on you? RoHS is already affecting operations at my company.
  • The initiative hasn't had an effect on operations yet, but it will soon.
  • We may have to deal with it some day, but RoHS isn't an immediate issue.
  • My company doesn't deal with Europe.
  • Our customers/suppliers are exempt from the initiative.
  • Let your voice be heard. Vote now on www.elecdesign.com. The Quick Poll is located at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!

    news from the editors Service Offers Full RapidIO Interoperability Testing OEMs designing RapidIO-based systems can now find complete interoperability testing services at Riolab Corp. The company has begun offering Device Interoperability Level 3 (DIL-3) testing, the final level of testing for RapidIO interoperability...
    Click here for full article.
    Load Switches Come In Multiple Versions For Varying Needs Two families of p-channel load switches are optimized for high-side operation in 1.5- to 5-V load-switching applications. For maximum space savings, the SiP4282 family offers typical on-resistance of 140 mΩ at 5 V and 175 mΩ at 3 V in an SC-75 package...
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    SMD Resistors Are Safe In High-Sulfur Environments A series of surface-mount chip resistors delivers high reliability in high-sulfur environments. The RMCG family of resistors from Stackpole Electronics Inc. uses gold as the inner termination material, effectively eliminating the use of silver...
    Click here for full article.
    Low-Profile SMD Inductor Provides EMI Protection Suitable for use in compact or portable devices, the DR331-5 surface-mount inductor stands just 1 mm high in a 6.70- by 5.60-mm package...
    Click here for full article.
    upcoming industry eventsDSP for FPGAs November 21-24, 2006 Milan, Italy Printed Electronics USA 2006 December 5-6, 2006 Phoenix, Ariz.Measurement Science Conference January 22-26, 2007 Newport Beach, Calif.

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    About the Author

    Ron Schneiderman

    Ron Schneiderman served as the Chief Editor of Wireless Systems Design and Executive Editor of Microwaves & RF. He is also the author of seven books. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to The New York Times,Rolling Stone,and TV Guide.

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