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Electronic Design Update: February 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008
The frequency-settling time of a phase-locked loop (PLL) is a critical specification for many RF circuits. There are various techniques for measuring both the amplitude and frequency-settling time of a PLL, but using a general-purpose vector signal analyz
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design solution |Measure Phase-Locked Loops With A Spectrum Analyzer By Douglas Olney, Senior DSP Engineer
Keithley Instruments, Inc.

The frequency-settling time of a phase-locked loop (PLL) is a critical specification for many RF circuits. There are various techniques for measuring both the amplitude and frequency-settling time of a PLL, but using a general-purpose vector signal analyzer (VSA) is one of the more attractive methods for several reasons... Read the full article...
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Chip Enables Remote Monitoring Of Live Signals
With integrated VScope waveform viewing technology, the VSC3406, a 6.375-Gbits/s multirate backplane transceiver employs the latest clock-data recovery (CDR) techniques and signal-integrity toolset for backplane and interconnect design. Read the full article... EiED online |
Robots See With Sentek
See what Embedded Editor Bill Wong thought of some sensor technology he tried out with Whitebox's PC-Bot. Read the full article...
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Ferrari's BioFuel Car
Every automotive manufacturer is designing a green car, and Ferrari is no exception. With a 4.3 liter 8,500 RPM V-8 engine capable of around 500 horsepower, this isn't a typical biofuel car... it's a Ferrari.

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Platform Interfaces NAND Flash And PCI Express
The FlashPoint platform solution from Denali Software provides an interface between NAND flash and PCI Express (PCIe). Many designers may wonder why something like interfacing to NAND flash would need a platform solution. From an operating-system perspective, more work is expected of NAND these days. Read the full article...
FPGAs Implement SFI-5 For Faster Throughput
Altera's implementation of the SERDES (serializer/deserializer) Framer Interface Level 5 (SFI-5) specification really ramps up the speed. The company's Stratix II GX FPGAs with embedded transceivers support the spec's 40- to 50-Gbit/s aggregate data throughput requirement. Read the full article...
Multiple Wireless Technologies Co-Exist On Ceramic Antenna
Multiple wireless technologies are showing up next to one another more and more inside cell phones, laptops, and other products. The Savvi antennas from Ethertronics target these applications. Read the full article...
Intel, NEC Team Up To Develop PMIC For Mobile Web Devices
Intel and NEC Electronics America have teamed up to develop a power-management IC (PMIC) solution optimized for mobile Internet devices (MIDs), with initial samples available in the third quarter. The partnership leads to some questions that boil down to what power management has to do with Intel, and why Intel chose NEC for this project. Read the full article...
Comsys Announces Roadmap To 4G
Comsys Communication and Signal Processing announced at the Mobile World Congress its roadmap for enhancing its line of 4G processors and solutions. As part of the plan, the company will expand its ComMAX product line of full Mobile WiMAX baseband processors with the CM1265, which integrates WLAN in addition to GSM/EDGE and the latest Mobile WiMAX profiles. Read the full article...
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