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Electronic Design Update: March 5, 2008

March 5, 2008
IEEE's APEC is the power industry's premier tradeshow and convention. This year's event, held in Austin, Texas from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, was no exception. (APEC 2009 will be in Washington, D.C.) As a trade-press editor, I go to APEC to track trends and to
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viewpoint |Bring More Automation Into Mixed-Signal Design By Ashutosh Mauskar, Magma Design Automation
A crisis of critical proportions is emerging as more and more IC designs demand a complex mix of digital and analog functionality to meet cost, size, packaging, power, and price considerations. This is a switch: in the past, most chips have been either digital or analog. Read the full article...
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Linux-Based Flash File Platform Breaks Speed Records
Announced as the industry's fastest flash-memory file platform for Linux, the Datalight's system combines its Reliance high-integrity file system and FlashFX Pro intelligent flash media manager. According to the company, the pairing delivers up to 2000% faster write performance and five-times faster mount speeds when compared to legacy flash-file systems such as JFFS2 and YAFFS2. Read the full article... editor's view |Companies Roll Out Their Best And Brightest At APEC 2008 By Don Tuite, Analog/Power Editor
IEEE's APEC is the power industry's premier tradeshow and convention. This year's event, held in Austin, Texas from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, was no exception. (APEC 2009 will be in Washington, D.C.) As a trade-press editor, I go to APEC to track trends and to learn about the dozens of new devices and ICs introduced there. Here's a look at what I took away from the sessions and the tradeshow floor. Read the full article... Engineering TV | Boxing with ZCam 3DV Systems' Algorithm Engineer Sagi Katz discusses the company's ZCam technology while Rich Flier demonstrates a gaming application (and also shows some boxing skills).

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news from the editors |
Mach-Zehnder Modulator Driver Makes 40 And 100 Gbits/s Happen
Standards organizations and fiber-optical component vendors are working hard, creating the next generation of fiber-optic networks. The target is 40-Gbit/s and then 100-Gbit/s data rates over existing single-mode fiber. Read the full article...
Compact Embedded Form Factor Suits Ultra-Mobile Apps
Targeting next-generation embedded processors using 45-nm technology, the Qseven form factor developed by congatec AG and Seco s.r.l. offers high-performance embedded computing on a board measuring 70 by 70 mm. Read the full article...
NanoMarkets Sees Strong Growth For Thin-Film PV
According to a study by NanoMarkets, the market for materials used in thin-film and organic photovoltaics (PV) will hit $3.8 billion by 2015, with opportunities available for both traditional electronic chemicals suppliers and innovative materials firms. Read the full article...
Tidal Power-Generator Project Awarded More Funding
ORPC Maine, LLC has received an additional $200,000 award from the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) to continue commercial development of the company's technology to generate electric power from tidal currents. Read the full article...
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quick poll | In our March 27 cover story, Technology Editor Daniel Harris will look at the state of robotics technology. Which development will we need to see the most before we get a robot in every home?
  • Less expensive sensors
  • Better development software
  • Smarter artificial intelligence
  • More engineers to design the technology
  • Government support

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Check Out the Latest Views and News from APEC 2008
Electronic Design's APEC 2008 Hotspot has the latest coverage on this year's IEEE APEC tradeshow, including commentary from Analog/Power Editor Don Tuite and product coverage fresh from the event. CLICK HERE.
product picks online | Graphics Switches Connect PCIe/DP PMC I/O Modules Simplify Virtex-5 FPGA Deployment DC-DC Converter Trims The Budget LabVIEW 8.5 Expands Control Design And Simulation Module Pre-Calibrated Position Sensors Replace Pots engineer's resource | Rev Up Your Interdisciplinary Design Skills What happens when a microcontroller turns on a power FET, sending a current pulse to a motor coil that develops a magnetic field that turns the rotor shaft, advancing a timing belt that drives a pair of nip rolls suspended on bearings in a web-processing operation on a form, fill, and seal machine installed on a potato chip line at a Frito Lay plant in central California? And how can you be sure that the encoders, prox sensors, and other feedback devices you plan to use will accurately see and report every relevant motion, machine state, and process condition? And will the signals get through the networks fast enough, without being corrupted, giving the controllers time to execute their algorithms as intended? It's a lot to think about, and it only scratches the surface of what many engineers grapple with today. If you happen to be one of them, then the place for you — where you can find answers and meet others with similar concerns — is

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ED bookstore |Programming in Scala: A Comprehensive Step-By-Step Guide By Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon, and Bill Venners
I especially liked the treatment of implementations specific to Scala such as traits, mixins, and actors. These are features that are found in other languages, but Scala implementers did a bit of cherry-picking so Scala has a host of godparents. The book does a good job of covering not only the how but what and why as well. This is important if you expect to get the most out of Scala without a good bit of experimentation and exploration. Read the full article...

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