Electronic Design UPDATE: December 14, 2005

Dec. 14, 2005
Editor's View: Expand Your Horizons, by William Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor. Developers tend to hone their tool skills to make their job easier and to get it done faster and better. Programmers learn the idiosyncrasies of compilers and operatin

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Magazine Highlights: December 1, 2005 *Technology Report -- RAZR V3 Cuts To The Front Of The Cell-Phone Line *Technology Report -- Analog And Digital Inch Closer Thanks To Sensors *Technology Report -- Let Us Entertain You With Innovative Products *Technology Report -- Reverse Outsourcing May Be Best News Of The Year *Technology Report -- Bevy Of Computer Parts Adds Up To A Banner Year Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Lisa Maliniak, eMedia Editor mailto:[email protected] **************************************************************** ********************** 1. Editor's View -- Exclusive to Electronic Design UPDATE ********************** Expand Your Horizons By William Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor Developers tend to hone their tool skills to make their job easier and to get it done faster and better. Programmers learn the idiosyncrasies of compilers and operating systems. Hardware designers check out the architecture of the processors and peripherals. It's a good idea to improve your expertise in the tools you will use every day, but don't forget about exploring new areas. Unfortunately, many engineers tend to explore very close to home... Read the full article at http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCB6:484C79 **************************************************************** *************************ADVERTISEMENT************************** Advanced State Machines Designing with state machines provides an intuitive creation environment. Interactive state diagrams for HDL seamlessly take your concept to code implementation. HDL Designer Series supports an intuitive and interactive state machine designing environment. View this demo to see how to design like you think. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCB7:484C79 **************************************************************** *******************Live on ElecDesign.com*********************** Freescale Microcontroller Pop Quiz Put your microcontroller knowledge to the test by answering five challenging questions from Electronic Design and Freescale. Don't forget to enter your details and hit submit to be eligible to win a new Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B2D6:484C79 Free Web Seminar: RoHS -- The Manager's Role, Part 2 December 21, 2005 at 2:00 pm ET Join us for our second Web seminar that looks at the manager's role in the transition to compliance with the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS). We will identify and explore the decisions that must be made by industry managers. Register today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1B2D7:484C79 Free eBook: A Black-Box Approach To ADCs This eBook provides a black-box approach to the traditional analog-to-digital coverter (ADC) tutorial. It concentrates on the common characteristics of all ADCs and what they imply for the system-level designer. Download the first chapter today! http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1975B:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 2. Focus On ASICs ********************** ***Prototyping Platform Reduces ASIC Design Risk The RapidChip system-on-a-chip (SoC) prototyping platform, which is based on the ARM926EJ-S processor, helps reduce design risk and time-to-market. It lets designers emulate their cell-based ASIC or RapidChip Platform ASIC design before tapeout. It also provides FPGA-based system verification. And, it enables software development to begin earlier. Co-developed by LSI Logic and Memec Design Europe, the RapidChip SoC prototyping platform provides a development system that lowers barriers for designing an SoC with a leading 32-bit embedded processor. The platform offers a 200-MHz ARM926EJ-S processor and a complete set of peripherals with a 200-MHz, 400-Mbit/s DDR1 (double data rate) controller on a RapidChip Integrator slice. RapidChip technology developers who currently use Synplicity's Amplify synthesis tool also can take advantage of a common tool flow with FPGA design when building and testing their application logic during the prototyping phase. This simplifies creation of a final RapidChip design database, resulting in better performance and reducing time-to-market. The board is available from Memec Design in Europe and from LSI Logic in other locations beginning in January 2006. List price starts at $3999. LSI Logic Corp. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCB8:484C79 ********************** 3. News -- From The Editors ********************** ***Modem Uses E-Mail For Machine-To-Machine Communication The CH2166 Internet modem uses e-mail or file transfer messaging to conduct machine-to-machine communication between field devices and central sites, making it a good choice for Internet appliance devices and OEM products that access the World Wide Web. The third-generation device can send or receive streaming e-mails of unlimited length or file messages of up to 2 Mbytes between machines. Its ability to establish socket connections like those used in Voice over Internet Protocol applications allows for full-duplex modem operation over the Internet. This feature replicates the functionality of a traditional modem but fixes the user's communication costs at the monthly Internet service provider (ISP) access fee, which can be less than $2/month. The CH2166 modem is available now. An evaluation kit that costs $199.95 comes with a sample unit, a platform for breadboarding, and complementary access to Cermetek's ISP service. The device costs less than $70 each in OEM quantities. Cermetek Microelectronics Inc. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCB9:484C79 ***Imaging Chips Capture Better Pictures Using Less Power Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed two patented technologies that may soon enable today's power-hungry imaging chips to use just a fraction of the energy and capture better digital images. These breakthroughs could allow cameras to shrink to the size of a shirt button and run for years on a single battery. The researchers have designed a prototype chip that can digitize an image right at each pixel. It works by integrating an oversampling sigma-delta analog-to-digital converter at each pixel location in a CMOS sensor. The team is now working to incorporate a second technology that will compress the image with far fewer computations than what's needed by current compression techniques. With the second technology, called Focal Plane Image Compression, photodiodes are arranged on an imaging chip so compressing the image demands as little as 1 percent of the computing power usually needed. The University of Rochester ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCBA:484C79 ***14-Pin Microcontrollers Don't Need Much Power Three new members of the AVR flash microcontroller family, which include a 10-bit analog-to-digital converter each, target battery chargers, sensor end points, and low-end motor-control applications. The 14-pin tinyAVR microcontrollers are pin compatible, differing only in the size of flash, EEPROM, and SRAM memory. The ATtiny24 has 2 kbytes of self-programmable flash memory, whereas the ATtiny44 and ATtiny84 have 4 kbytes and 8 kbytes, respectively. All three devices deliver 20 MIPS throughput when running at 20 MHz. They excel in battery-powered equipment due to their inherently low power consumption and three individually selectable low-power sleep modes. The ATtiny24, 44, and 84 have internal EEPROM, pull-up resistors, and an 8-MHz, high-precision calibrated RC oscillator, leaving 12 general I/O pins available for application use. The I/O pins can alternatively work as analog-to-digital converter inputs or pulse-width modulator outputs. ATtiny24 samples are available now in lead-free SOIC and PDIP 14-pin packages and a QFN 20-pad package. ATtiny44 samples will be available in the first quarter of 2006, and ATtiny84 will sample in the second quarter. Volume production will begin next year. The respective pricing in 10,000-piece quantities is $0.70, $0.85, and $1.10 each. Atmel Corp. ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BD02:484C79 **************************************************************** ********************** 4. Magazine Highlights ********************** In case you missed them, here are some of the high points of our most recent issue. December 1, 2005: Special Issue -- Best Electronic Design 2005 * Technology Report -- RAZR V3 Cuts To The Front Of The Cell-Phone Line http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCBC:484C79 * Technology Report -- Analog And Digital Inch Closer Thanks To Sensors http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCBD:484C79 * Technology Report -- Let Us Entertain You With Innovative Products http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCBE:484C79 * Technology Report -- Reverse Outsourcing May Be Best News Of The Year http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCBF:484C79 * Technology Report -- Bevy Of Computer Parts Adds Up To A Banner Year http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCC0:484C79 For the complete Table of Contents, go to Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCC1:484C79 **************************************************************** EiED Online -- ADA 2005 Embedded in Electronic Design (EiED) Online is your source for technical insight and hands-on reviews. Read Technology Editor Bill Wong's latest EiED Online column, "ADA 2005." The Ada programming language has been around for years, but its use typically has been restricted to military and space applications. Bill takes a look at AdaCores support of the new Ada 2005 standard. See why Ada is worth a look for general embedded applications. http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=1BCC2:484C79 ********************** TAKE A POLL! Which tech toy would you put at the top of your holiday wish list? -- iPod -- High-definition plasma TV -- GPS navigation system -- Smart phone -- Satellite radio Vote at Electronic Design ==> http://news.electronicdesign.com/t?ctl=15410:484C79 ****************************************************************




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William G. Wong | Senior Content Director - Electronic Design and Microwaves & RF

I am Editor of Electronic Design focusing on embedded, software, and systems. As Senior Content Director, I also manage Microwaves & RF and I work with a great team of editors to provide engineers, programmers, developers and technical managers with interesting and useful articles and videos on a regular basis. Check out our free newsletters to see the latest content.

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I earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in Computer Science from Rutgers University. I still do a bit of programming using everything from C and C++ to Rust and Ada/SPARK. I do a bit of PHP programming for Drupal websites. I have posted a few Drupal modules.  

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