Electronic Design Update: January 9, 2008

Jan. 9, 2008
Microsoft Corp. might not be the unbeatable giant it once seemed to be, but Chairman Bill Gates made the case Sunday night that its technologies are becoming even more flexible and powerful as they seep into automobiles, Internet-based TV networks, and li
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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | January 9, 2008

Electronic Design Announcement
Webinar: Advanced Jitter Concepts And Correlation
Wednesday, January 16 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT
Presented by LeCroy

The material covered in this seminar will give insight into advanced methods of measuring jitter, reducing the amount of jitter added to the signal by the measurement process and correlating measurements made using different algorithms. Advanced topics will include virtual probing and the Q-Scale methodology for jitter estimation (including Tj breakdown into Rj and Dj).

Click here to register...

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor
and John Arkontaky, Assistant Editor

.. editor's view | What's Happening In Short-Range Wireless? By Louis E. Frenzel, Communications/Test Editor

There are literally dozens of methods used in transmitting data wirelessly over short distances. Most of these technologies are official standards, and each has carved out a niche in the wireless world. Here is a look at what is happening with some of the more commonly used standards like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, UWB, and ZigBee.

Read the full article..... Our revamped Navigation bar has new Design Hotspots. Come check out the latest in EDA, analog, embedded, power, and green design from the ED editors. .. EiED online | HDTV And Blu-ray

Technology Editor Bill Wong takes a look at the power of 1080p HDTV, Blu-ray, and HDMI technology while experimenting with the some products on the market to optimize picture resolution. He also provides product reviews for the Sharp, Samsung, and Logitech products he selected for his tests.

Read the full article..... focus on digital | GPS Technology Trims PND Startup Time

SiRFInstantFixII, an autonomous version of SiRF Technology's SiRFInstantFix technology, promises to significantly improve the startup times of portable navigation devices (PNDs) and other mobile devices without network connectivity for assistance or updates.

Read the full article..... Engineering TV: Episode 100 | New Resistor Designs

Even in resistors, new specialty technologies allow manufacturers to distinguish themselves. New designs and packages include heat transfer surfaces and thin film-resistive inks in non-inductive patterns.

To see the episode, click here...

..news from the editors | Korean Telco To Deploy Ikanos Fusiv Processor

A major Korean telecommunication service provider will use Ikanos Communications' Fusiv Vx155 processor in its first trial deployment of residential gateways. The Fusiv Vx155 powers Mercury's PHY-agnostic residential gateway, which is designed for use with VDSL2-, PON-, and AON-based access networks for distributing triple-play services in the home.

Read the full article.... Intel Unveils 16 New Chips

2008 INTERNATIONAL CES - Intel unveiled 16 new chips, including its first 45-nm processors for Centrino-based laptops. All of the chips feature Intel's high-k plus metal-gate (hk+mg) transistor formula and its 45-nm manufacturing process.

Read the full article.... Gates Pushes Windows In CES Opening Keynote

2008 INTERNATIONAL CES - Microsoft Corp. might not be the unbeatable giant it once seemed to be, but Chairman Bill Gates made the case Sunday night that its technologies are becoming even more flexible and powerful as they seep into automobiles, Internet-based TV networks, and living rooms.

Read the full article.... Nvidia Unveils Hybrid SLI Technology

2008 INTERNATIONAL CES - Nvidia unveiled Hybrid SLI, the industry's first hybrid technology for PC platforms, at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Read the full article.... AMD Debuts Notebook Graphics Processors

2008 INTERNATIONAL CES - AMD revealed the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, a new family of graphics processors for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs.

Read the full article...
Electronic Design Announcement
Your Ideas For Design Can Win $500

Send us your Ideas for Design and we'll pay you $150 for every Idea for Design that we publish. In addition, the 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:

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Electronic Design
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..quick poll | In our January 31 cover story, Contributing Editor Ron Schneiderman will look at the role of power efficiency in today's designs. How important is power efficiency in your current projects?
  • Reduced power consumption is our number-one goal.
  • Power efficiency is one of our key goals.
  • We trim power where we can, but not at the expense of other specifications.
  • Power efficiency isn't a concern at all.

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 | Boost Converter Manages Multiple High-Bright LEDs Cobras Get The Lead Out Single/Dual Cell Charger Accelerates Battery Repletion Demo Kit Showcases Low-Power FPGA Fiber Optic Feedthroughs Guarantee Hermeticity ..upcoming industry events | Tessera U.S. Technology Symposium Jan. 21 Santa Clara, Calif. International Solid State Circuits Conference Feb. 3-7 San Francisco, Calif. Leveraging ESL Techniques For Low-Power Design Feb. 13 Webcast See more industry events...
Electronic Design Announcement
Low Level Measurements Handbook

The sixth edition of Keithley's "Low Level Measurements Handbook" covers the fundamentals of precision dc current, voltage, and resistance measurements with a section devoted to common low-level measurement applications. Also included is an instrument selection guide as well as a measurement troubleshooting guide, a glossary of terms, and important safety considerations.

Download your free copy now!

.. ED bookstore | Low Power Methodology Manual: For System-On-Chip Design By Michael Keating, David Flynn, Rob Aitken, Alan Gibbons, and Kaijian Shi

This book is thoroughly recommended to anyone embarking on a low-power SoC project. While it may be most useful to those hewing to an ARM-based project with a Synopsys-based flow, there's more than enough material of a generic nature to make it worthwhile for SoC designers of any stripe.

To read the review, click here.....

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