Electronic Design Update: September 5, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | September 5, 2007

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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. .. industry view | Use Receiver Equalization And Virtual Probing To Test High-Speed Serial Data By Mike HertzField Applications EngineerLeCroy Corp.

During the past few years, most mainstream high-speed serial data standards have been transmitted at bit rates well below 5 Gbits/s. Today, many signal standards under development are reaching or surpassing this rate. Due to channel loss, higher-frequency content is degraded while lower-frequency content is intact.

Read the full article..... focus on communications | AdvancedMC Board Carries Four GbE Copper Ports

The LAN AMC board from One Stop Systems is a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) AdvancedMC (AMC) board with a native PCI Express (PCIe) design. It provides four GbE copper ports for use in a wide variety of next-generation wireless and storage networking equipment. Each network interface on the LAN AMC can auto-sense speed, simplex, duplex, and flow control and detect polarity (without the need for crossover cables) and cable lengths.

Read the full article..... EiED online | NI Week Of Technology

NI Week is always a big deal for the LabVIEW faithful. This year was no different, though it is clear that its importance will reverberate well outside National Instruments' typical sphere of influence. The big announcement was LabVIEW 8.5 and its host of new features, highlighted by multicore support: not because LabVIEW supports it, but because of the way it is supported.

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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.

.. Engineering TV: Episode 66 | Water-Borne Robotics

Ocean Server Technologies is looking at robotics from a practical application of oceanic exploration. With half of the vehicle available for customized applications, this swimming torpedo robot offers amazing exploration of the planet's ocean environment.

Click here to see the episodes...

..news from the editors | DRAM Market To Begin Downturn In September

Market conditions for DRAM suppliers will take a turn for the worse in September, according to iSuppli Corp. The research firm previously forecasted that DRAM process would experience a correction on October, but now believes a pricing decline will come one month earlier.

Read the full article.... Broadcom Manufactures 65-nm GbE Switches

Broadcom used 65-nm CMOS process technology to develop its StrataXGS 200 series of Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches, which are designed for the development of secure unified communications infrastructures.

Read the full article.... MC Patch Cords Handle 10-Gbit/s Ethernet Tasks

Siemon's new RJ45-style, 10-Gbit/s main cross-connect (MC) patch cords feature an ultra-slim boot that allows tight side-stackability in high-density patching environments like blade servers.

Read the full article.... Advanced STB Addresses Current And New Home Entertainment Needs

Amino Communications' next-generation AmiNET530 set-top box (STB) targets service providers who want to offer a multiplay strategy by offering high-quality on-demand services, IPTV, PVRs, gaming, and HD services using MPEG2 or MPEG4 codecs.

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. 12. 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 | Thin-Core Flip-Chip Package Offers Tight Via-To-Via Core Pitch ARM Processor Cores Deliver High Performance Highly Integrated IC Drives Vibration Motors RF Detecting Controllers Simplify Control-Loop Design MCU Family Suits Fieldbus Gateways In Process Control .. 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...
Send us your Ideas for Design!

We'll pay you $150 for every Idea for Design that we publish. In addition, this 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...
ED IFD Contest

.. ED bookstore | Right the First Time (Volume 2) By Lee Ritchey

The design of high-speed pc boards and systems is tricky business. So tricky, in fact, that it's taken author Lee Ritchey two whole books to convey his insights into the process. But with the publication of the second and final volume of "Right The First Time," Ritchey has completed his mission of producing a comprehensive overview of what it takes to manage the process of understanding, designing, and producing a high-speed design that meets specs and is manufacturable.

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

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