Electronic Design Update: August 29, 2007

Aug. 29, 2007
Since 17-year-old George Hotz of New Jersey announced he had successfully completed the world's first hardware-based iPhone unlock last Thursday, two other groups came up with software-based solutions for freeing the Apple device from AT&T's network.
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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | August 29, 2007

Announcing NI LabVIEW 8.5—Graphical Programming for the Next-Generation PC

National Instruments LabVIEW 8.5 software simplifies programming for multicore systems, helping you quickly take advantage of the latest PC technologies. Designed for engineers and scientists, LabVIEW is multithreaded and inherently parallel, so you can automatically benefit from advances in multicore processor technology. View interactive demos and try LabVIEW 8.5 free online.

View interactive demos and try LabVIEW 8.5 free online...

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

.. Come check out the new Hotspots added to the ED Home Page with the latest on power, analog, and EDA technology from the ED editors. .. editor's view | High-Voltage Power Supplies Added To Findpowerproducts.com By Sam Davis, Contributing Editor

A manufacturer of high-voltage power supplies suggested that I add such supplies to the findpowerproducts.com database. So, I decided to research some data on these technologies. I had thought the flat-panel display trend had eliminated the need for high-voltage supplies for CRT displays. However, I found that many commercial and industrial applications apparently use high-voltage supplies. As a result, the findpowerproducts.com database now includes high-voltage ac-dc and dc-dc power supplies.

Read the full article..... focus on embedded hardware | High-Performance Board Brings Rugged Switching, Routing To VPX Systems

With 12, 20, or 24 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports and up to 4x10GbE ports, the VPX6-684 FireBlade II is well-suited for system integrators architecting secure high-performance IPv4/v6 Intra-Platform Networks. According to its manufacturer, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, the board is the first high-density 6U VPX GbE multilayer switch/router board designed for rugged embedded aerospace and defense applications.

Read the full article..... EiED online | ZigBee Kits 2

Next in this series on ZigBee kits, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor William Wong takes a look at offerings from Ember, Jennic, and Oki Semiconductor.

Read the full article..... Engineering TV: Episode 65 | An Anthropomorphic Hand

A new robotic hand developed by the German Aerospace Institute and the Harbin Institute of Technology uses servo-actuators that are completely integrated into the hand, allowing the four fingers, each with three degrees of freedom, to grip with torque.

Click here to see the episodes...

..news from the editors | iPhone Unlock Sparks Services And Legal Issues

Since 17-year-old George Hotz of New Jersey announced he had successfully completed the world's first hardware-based iPhone unlock last Thursday, two other groups came up with software-based solutions for freeing the Apple device from AT&T's network.

Read the full article.... Media Server Reference Solution Supports Freescale MPC8349E-mITX

By supporting a proven, scalable platform for use in next-generation media servers, a complete media server reference solution running on the Freescale MPC8349E-mITX reference platform from Green Hills Software Inc. and Allegro Software Development Corp. accelerates the development process and reduces time-to-market.

Read the full article.... 0.5-A MOSFET Drivers Come In Miniature Packages

The inverting MCP1401 and the non-inverting MCP1402 single-output MOSFET drivers from Microchip Technology are rated for a peak output current of 0.5 A over a wide operating range of 4.5 to 18 V.

Read the full article.... IC For Full HD H.264 Video Compression Includes Embedded Memory

The MB86H51 integrated video processing device from Fujitsu Microelectronics America is the industry's first single-chip solution for full HD H.264 High-Profile version 4.0 video processing that incorporates embedded memory, according to the company.

Read the full article.... Low-Range Differential Pressure Sensors Handle Airside Applications

The next-generation MEMS-based P992/P993 low-range differential pressure sensors from Kavlico are well-suited for a variety of HVAC applications. Typical uses include variable air volume systems, filter pressure monitoring, duct airflow, static pressure monitoring, gaseous leak detection, and pneumatic controls, as well as medical equipment.

Read the full article...
So What's Your Dream Job?

In our annual reader survey, more than 50% of you said you work at your "dream job." So what's it like? Send us a photo or series of photos illustrating a day at your desk. We'll choose the best photos and publish them in our October 20 "Your Issue," highlighting the state of the profession today. We'll pay $500 for the best photo series and $250 for the best photo.

Send your high-resolution jpgs and tifs to Managing Editor Richard Gawel at [email protected] by Wednesday, Sept. 5. Good luck!
ED Photo Contest

..quick poll | Analog/Power Editor Don Tuite will look at some high-end audio components and how they relate to the listening experience in his Sept. 27 Engineering Feature. How do you rate your own audio enjoyment?
  • I've got "golden ears" and require perfect fidelity.
  • CD quality is good enough for me.
  • I miss the warm crackles and pops of LPs.
  • With my bad hearing, it makes no difference.
Let your voice be heard. Vote now on www.electronicdesign.com. The Quick Poll is located at the bottom of the page, so don't forget to scroll down!..product picks online | Absolute Encoder Features Analog And PWM Versions Renesas R32C Tool Package Supports ORTI Highly Integrated TFT-LCD DC-DC Converter Saves Space Digital Milli-Ohmmeter Measures Wiring And Cables ZigBee Module Outputs 100 mW From Miniature Form Factor .. conference preview | Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference

More technical Content. More exhibits. More teardowns. More of what you need to know to find the right technologies, products and components to integrate into an ever-evolving array of complex applications. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, the Power Electronics Technology Exhibition & Conference, held in the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas, will give you the tools to optimize every element of the design process:

  • An educational program focuses on practical, day-to-day solutions;
  • A full contingent of suppliers demonstrating their latest innovations in the Exhibit Hall;
  • And a conference schedule that hits all of the high notes - digital and portable power, power design, conversion and management, magnetics, alternative energy, LED drivers and more.
Click here to learn more or to register...upcoming industry events | CDNLive! Sept. 10-12 Silicon Valley, Calif. Signal Integrity Measurement in Multi-Gigabit Serial Data Systems Sept. 18 Webinar IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition Sept. 22-28 Schaumburg, Ill. AdvancedTCA Summit 2007 Oct. 16-18 Santa Clara, Calif. See more industry events...
2007 Engineering Hall of Fame

The members of Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame are those men and women whose accomplishments have shaped the electronics industry and, by extension, our world. The time to vote for the 2007 slate of inductees is almost up. Polls close on Sept. 6. Give us a few minutes of your time to browse through our list of nominees and tell us who you think should be honored this year.

Take the survey today!
EHOF 2007

.. ED bookstore | Hands-On ZigBee: Implementing 802.15.4 With Microcontrollers By Fred Eady

Eady does a good job starting with the basics, including presenting the range of terms, topics, and tidbits that only wireless wonks want to know. Chapter 2, titled "You Are Dangerous and You're Going to Hell," admits that you have picked up enough knowledge to become dangerous, but urges you to keep reading: The best is yet to come.

To buy the book, click here.....

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