Electronic Design Update: September 19, 2007

Sept. 19, 2007
Apple's latest iPod nano has been completely revamped, with almost no reused components and a host of new suppliers, according to an iSuppli teardown. Micron Technology Inc., Dialog Semiconductor GmbH, and Intersil Corp. make their nano debut, while Synap
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Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter | September 19, 2007

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Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Richard Gawel, Managing Editor

.. Come check out the Hotspots added to our Home Page, filled with all the latest EDA, analog, embedded, and power content from the ED editors. .. editor's view | $200 Million Per Megahertz By Louis E. FrenzelCommunications/Test Editor

If you're a wireless wonk like me, you've been following how the FCC has been deciding upon the rules for its upcoming spectrum auction. Thanks to some horrendous lobbying by cell-phone carriers, Google, and a host of others, FCC chair Kevin Martin and the other four commissioners have decided how the spectrum should be sold and used. If you haven't been following this whole process, you should look at what's going on.

Read the full article..... focus on digital | Highly Integrated IC Creates USB-Based DVB-T Receivers

Integrating an RF tuner, a demodulator, and a USB 2.0 bridge, the DIB7770 from DiBcom offers designers a "3-in-1" solution for creating very small and affordable USB 2.0 television accessories for high-quality reception of digital TV.

Read the full article..... EiED online | Low-Cost Kits

Embedded/Systems/Software Editor William Wong takes a look at a collection of development kits for the Texas Instruments MSP430, Cypress Semiconductor's PSoC, and STMicroelectronics' STR9.

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Your Ideas For Design Can Win $500

Send us you Ideas for Design and 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:

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.. Engineering TV: Episode 69 | Megawatt-Generating Windmills

Vestas is capturing the power of the wind with technology that ties together several engineering disciplines to create a modern windmill that can generate 3.0 MW from a self-contained cell positioned high above the ground.

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..news from the editors | Nano Revamped: Apple Switches Component Suppliers

Apple's latest iPod nano has been completely revamped, with almost no reused components and a host of new suppliers, according to an iSuppli teardown. Micron Technology Inc., Dialog Semiconductor GmbH, and Intersil Corp. make their nano debut, while Synaptics Inc. returns to the platform after an absence.

Read the full article.... Intel Unveils Industry's First 32-nm Chips

Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini unveiled the industry's first working 32-nm chips, which Intel plans to produce in 2009, at the Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco today.

Read the full article.... Low On-Resistance Power MOSFETs Characterized Down To 1.2 V Gate-to-Source

Characterized for 1.2-V gate drives, Vishay's TrenchFETs offer guaranteed n-channel on-resistance as low as 0.041 ohms and p-channel on-resistance as low as 0.095 ohms.

Read the full article.... Chip Minimizes Reflections And Compensates For Signal Loss

The MAX3814 from Maxim Integrated Products overcomes the reflections and signal losses inherent in the Digital Video Interface (DVI) standard.

Read the full article......quick poll | In our Oct. 19 special issue, we'll look at some engineers who are happily employed in their "dream jobs." What would be the key component in your dream job?
  • Creative freedom
  • Financial security
  • A flexible schedule
  • Having a positive effect on society
  • Generous benefits
  • Opportunities to discover something new
  • Other
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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 | Satellite Tuner Eliminates Need For LNA Capacitive Touch Sensors Go All Digital LIN Transceiver/Voltage Regulator Suits In-Vehicle Networking Rugged SBC Employs 1.66-GHz Intel Duo Resonator Oscillators Deliver Low Phase Noise .. 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 | Antenna Systems and Technology Magazine and Conference Sept. 26-27 Denver, Col. MontaVista VISION 2007 Oct. 8-10 Santa Clara, Calif. Guidelines for Mixed-Signal PHY IP Integration, Debug and Test Oct. 10 Webinar AdvancedTCA Summit 2007 Oct. 16-18 Santa Clara, Calif. Finding and Troubleshooting Intermittent Signal Faults Oct. 16 Webinar See more industry events...
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.. ED bookstore | Intel Threading Building Blocks By James Reindeers

The second revision of Intel's Thread Building Block (TBB) product was threefold. First, there was a new version of TBB with its collection of improvements and bug fixes. The second was the move to open source. The third was James Reindeers' book.

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

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