Electronic Design UPDATE: September 29, 2004

Sept. 29, 2004
Editor's View: Shocking! A 2600-Farad Capacitor, by Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor. As an ED editor, I see many new technologies. But nothing has ever caught my attention like a recent bread-box-size product with 22 2600-Farad capacitors.

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*************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** "Goodbye" Batteries. "Hello" Ultracapacitors. Battery deficiencies, such as limited lifetime, ongoing maintenance and poor burst power performance, means that they are not always the best solution for power delivery and energy storage in powering electronic systems. This free paper looks at the viable alternative offered by ultracapacitors and several applications where they solve problems in today's power electronics world. Access the free paper now at: http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLr20A3 **************************************************************** Today's Table Of Contents: 1. Editor's View * Shocking! A 2600-Farad Capacitor 2. Focus On Analog * High-Performance ADCs Require Little Power 3. News From The Editors * Digital Media Processor Handles HD Video Streams * RTOS, IDE Configured For PowerPC * 2G Actuator Allows Smaller Flat Speakers 4. Upcoming Industry Events * NEPCON Texas * LonWorld Exhibition and Conference * International Test Conference * Americas Display Engineering and Applications Conference 5. Magazine Highlights: September 20, 2004 * Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- Wireless Industrial Networks -- Untether Monitoring And Control * Technology Report -- EDA Lays A Foundation For The Nanometer Age * Leapfrog: Industry First -- ADCs Look To Bring HDTV To U.S. Cell Phones * Design View / Design Solution -- Write Less Code And Deliver Java Apps Faster With Eclipse 3.0 Electronic Design UPDATE edited by John Novellino, Executive Editor **************************************************************** DON'T MISS THEM! TWO NEW WEBCASTS COM Express: Emerging Standard: Today, Bill Wong will bring you up to speed on COM Express, the new Computer-on-Module (COM) standard from the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. He will take a look at what's inside the standard, its effect on high-speed serial technologies, and how it's changing the embedded landscape. Today, Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time), 12:00 p.m. (Mountain), 11:00 a.m. (Pacific) http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLqa0Ao Selecting the Best ASIC Solutions: On Thursday, Oct. 7, Dave Bursky will look at Selecting the Best ASIC Solutions, exploring the decision points you should consider in determining the right ASIC design route. Bursky and a panel representing leading ASIC manufacturers will explore the issues you face when planning a new chip design -- the key factors you should evaluate to better define which ASIC approach to use. Thursday, Oct. 7 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time), 12:00 p.m. (Mountain), 11:00 a.m. (Pacific) http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BKve0Aw ***** YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $500! Take our ISSUE POLL and win a $500 gift certificate. The editors would like to know what you think of the SEPTEMBER 20 ISSUE of Electronic Design. Your feedback will help us better understand your critical information needs and provide valuable guidance for developing future editorial content. It's also your automatic entry into our drawing for a $500 American Express gift certificate. Go to ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLr30A4 ***** BE SURE TO VISIT Electronic Design's Web site, where the power of Electronic Design is a mouse click away! Read our Web exclusives, enjoy our Quick Poll, discover Featured Vendors, access our archives, share viewpoints in our Forums, explore our e-newsletters, and more. TAKE OUR CURRENT QUICK POLL: How would you prefer to receive Electronic Design magazine? -- Print version by postal mail -- Digital version by e-mail -- Both ways -- I dunno Go to Electronic Design ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BGmZ0AY **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Editor's View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** Shocking! A 2600-Farad Capacitor By Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor One of the best parts of being an Electronic Design editor is the opportunity to hear about new technologies, but nothing has ever caught my attention like a recent release about a bread-box-size product that contains twenty-two 2600-Farad capacitors. That's no typo. These ultracapacitors, actually Electric Double Layer Capacitors (EDLCs) to give them their proper name, have seven orders of magnitude more capacitance than the biggest electrolytic I ever soldered into a project when I was a kid. Physically, they're about the size of a tall beer can. Intrigued, I checked the Web. There's a good theoretical explanation at www.okamura-lab.com/ultracapacitor/edlc/edlc1Eng.htm. But I wanted to hear about ultracapacitors in the real world, so I called Richard Smith, who's executive vice president of strategic development at Maxwell Technologies in San Diego. Smith says the other key players besides Maxwell in the ultracapacitor arena include Panasonic, Epcos (formerly Siemens/Matsushita), and Honda in Japan, as well as Ness Corp. in Korea. If you earned your EE more than three years ago, Smith says, you won't have read about ultracapacitors in any textbook. Although the concept is more than 100 years old, until the early 1990s, nobody had solved the technical problems that would get ultracapacitors out of the lab. What is needed is an electrode with enormous surface area and an electrolyte with tiny ions. Then you need a cheap supply of those things. Maxwell solved the electrode problem in the early 1990s with a form of finely divided carbon that provides 2000 square meters of surface area per gram and an electrolyte with ions small enough to penetrate the nanoscale porosity of that carbon. Then, the company built 3-kF ultracapacitors the size of half-liter soda bottles. The only drawback was that they cost tens of thousands of dollars to make. Maxwell worked with suppliers to build capacity and yield and get the cost of raw materials down. Today's 2.7-kF ultracap costs around $50. Maxwell's goal is to get that down to $25 next year and to $13.50 by 2007. So what can you do with one? In some ways, an ultracapacitor is like a battery. But where a battery is an energy-storage device with moderate power capacity, an ultracapacitor is a power-storage device with moderate energy capacity. In other words, you can get a big kick from an ultracap, but not for very long. This is just what a lot of systems need. The generic term is "bridge power." Like the bulk capacitance in a power supply, an ultracapacitor stores and supplies power that can be delivered very quickly when needed. Ultracaps store something like 5 W-hr (18 kJ) of energy per kilogram and can discharge currents up to 1000 A at 2.5 V. A good battery might store 20 or 30 W-hr/kg but could never return it to the system at high currents. Also, an ultracap can be repeatedly charged and discharged without damage. Ultracaps are available in matchbook-size packages offering 4 F and 10 F on up to thousands of Farads. In between are such units as the D-cell, now being used in luxury automobiles to prevent sag in the bus powering the car's myriad of microprocessors when the driver turns on the steering-wheel warmer. Larger cells are also used in hybrid autos to store the energy from regenerative braking and to give the electric motor the boost it needs to get moving while the gas engine is coming up to speed. It's exciting all these years after college to find a breakthrough that increases the performance of a familiar component by literally more than a million times. Keep your eye on ultracapacitors. But don't drop your wrench across those terminals. To comment on this Editor's View, go to Reader Comments at the foot of the Web page: Electronic Design UPDATE ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLr40A5 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT*************************** Samtec Offers PADS Libraries for High-Speed Connectors PADS libraries are now available on-line for Q-Series (R) high-speed and SamArray (R) high-density connectors. They allow Samtec-recommended footprints and schematics to be directly imported into complex PCB layouts. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLr50A6 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On Analog ********************** ***High-Performance ADCs Require Little Power The LTC2220 family of 3.3-V analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) offers 10- and 12-bit resolutions at power consumptions of just 366 mW at 80 Msamples/s, 475 mW at 105 Msamples/s, and 630 mW at 135 Msamples/s. The devices excel at undersampling, suiting them well for communications applications such as WCDMA cellular basestation transceivers, digital predistortion power-amplifier linearization, and cable modem termination systems. The 12-bit, 135-Msample/s LTC2224, for example, features over 67-dB signal-to-noise ratio at up to 170-MHz input. It has a 775-MHz bandwidth and achieves 77-dB spurious-free dynamic range up to 250-MHz input. The slower versions and the 10-bit versions are pin-compatible with the LTC2224. These six ADCs are available now in 7- by 7-mm QFN packages at prices ranging from $6.70 to $33.92. By the end of the year, the full family of 24 devices, ranging up to 14 bits and 170 Msamples/s, will be available. Linear Technology Corp. ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLr60A7 ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Digital Media Processor Handles HD Video Streams Consumer-electronics and set-top-box manufacturers looking to integrate high-definition (HD) streaming video now have a simple solution. The 720-MHz version of the TMS320DM642 media processor from Texas Instruments delivers HD video streams in Microsoft's WMV9 format at 720-p resolution. The chip can decode MPEG-4, MPEG-2, and MPEG-1 video streams. It also processes standard-definition video for the emerging H.264 format. TI additionally announced production-class devices for the DM640 and DM641, plus the 600-MHz version of the DM642. These code-compatible digital media processors are scalable across a wide range of clock speeds and memory capacities to support a broad range of applications. Prices start at $19.95 apiece in lots of 10,000 for the 400-MHz DM640. The 720-MHz DM642 costs $59.99 in 10,000-unit quantities. Samples are available now. The DM642 Evaluation Module (EVM) goes for $1995, and a full Digital Media Developer's Kit (DMDK), which includes the EVM, sells for $6495. Texas Instruments ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLr70A8 ***RTOS, IDE Configured For PowerPC The high-reliability Integrity real-time operating system (RTOS) and Multi integrated development environment (IDE) now fit the PowerPC 970FX. The Multi C/C++/EC++ compiler can optimize code for the 64-bit PowerPC 970FX's AltiVec vector processing unit. Integrity is a POSIX.1-compatible, royalty-free operating system. It works with Multi's EventAnalyzer and ResourceAnalyzer. The Integrity System Simulator (ISIM) enables development without requiring final hardware. A DO-178B Level A certified version is available, as are extensive networking options. The Multi IDE for the PowerPC 970FX costs $5900. Green Hills Software ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BFQ60AT ***2G Actuator Allows Smaller Flat Speakers A second-generation Distributed Mode Actuator (DMA), the electromechanical component that makes flat speakers possible in small, portable applications, is 20% smaller than the first-generation units. The new transducers, which measure 22 by 7 by 3.5 mm, are up to 10 times more efficient than conventional loudspeakers and produce high-quality sound. The DMA uses a piezoelectric drive element rather than an electromagnetic one. The piezoelectric polycrystaline ceramics are smart, shape-changing materials. Applying a voltage across them alters their length, allowing them to be used as actuators. DMA prices range between $0.50 and $1.50 depedning on design, application, and quantity ordered. NXT ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLr80AA *************************ADVERTISEMENT*************************** Catch the PLX (R) PCI Express ExpressLane (TM) Seminar PLX invites you to attend our FREE tutorial on the Essentials for Building a PCI Express (TM) System which includes an introduction to PCI Express (PCIe) technology; building blocks for storage, communications and other embedded systems; our PCIe switches and bridges; practical design considerations; a demonstration of the PLX PCIe switch and our FastLane (TM) family of PCI and PCI-X bridging devices. To register for the PLX ExpressLane Seminar Series: Essentials for Building a PCI Express System, please go to http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsA0AK **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT*************************** LSI Logic's RapidChip Platform ASIC Seminar Join LSI Logic and Synplicity for an FREE Platform ASIC seminar at a location near you. Learn the rationale for and scope of support behind RapidChip(TM) platform technology, in conjunction with Synplicity's Amplify RapidChip custom physical synthesis solution. RapidChip reduces design time, increases productivity, reduces risk, and lowers design costs, regardless of your application and specialization. Seating is limited for this popular event, so check locations, dates and register now at: http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BKBC0AW **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Upcoming Industry Events ********************** Oct. 20-21, NEPCON Texas (with Assembly Texas Pavilion) Arlington, Texas http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsB0AL Oct. 20-21, LonWorld Exhibition and Conference Shanghai, China http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsC0AM Oct. 24-29. International Test Conference (ITC) Charlotte, N.C. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ05Aq0An Oct. 25-27, Americas Display Engineering and Applications Conference Fort Worth, Texas http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsD0AN ********************** 5. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. September 20, 2004: * Cover Story: Engineering Feature -- Wireless Industrial Networks -- Untether Monitoring And Control New lower-cost technologies, bringing improved reliability and security, have engineers opting for wireless links in place of wiring in industrial systems. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsE0AO * Technology Report -- EDA Lays A Foundation For The Nanometer Age New tools and technologies take aim at issues of concern to leading-edge IC designers on two fronts: system-level design and power integrity. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsF0AP * Leapfrog: Industry First -- ADCs Look To Bring HDTV To U.S. Cell Phones Low-power 3.3-V ADCs keep their cool in WCDMA micro- and pico-basestations. http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsG0AQ * Design View / Design Solution -- Write Less Code And Deliver Java Apps Faster With Eclipse 3.0 http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsH0AR For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://lists.planetee.com/cgi-bin3/DM/y/ehep0Gl4E70EmQ0BLsI0AS **************************************************************** SUBSCRIBE ONLINE TO ELECTRONIC DESIGN If you're reading this e-newsletter, then you are either a current Electronic Design subscriber, or should be (145,000 of your peers are). 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