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Electronic Design Update: September 24, 2008

Sept. 24, 2008
Look Out Volt, Chrysler Announces Three Electric Vehicles
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scope |Look Out, Volt—Chrysler Announces Three Electric Vehicles By Richard Gawel, Managing Editor
Perhaps in response to GM’s announcement of its production-ready Volt electric car last week, Chrysler has unveiled plans to use similar electric-drive technology in three of its vehicles. The company will select one of its electric-drive models to be produced for consumers in North American markets in 2010 and one for European markets after that. Read the full article... viewpoint |Establishing A New Frontier In Embedded Multicore Programming By David Stewart, CEO

Over the last few years, the electronics industry has seen a varied range of exotic new multicore processor architectures, 54 at our last count. While many of the inventors of these fascinating devices have promoted them as general solutions, only a few have seen success, and then in very specific application spaces. So what is the tipping point for an embedded multicore processor to achieve broad acceptance across multiple industry sectors? Read the full article... lab bench online |A Trip With A CoPilot By William Wong, Embedded/Systems/Software Editor
In the search for decent UMPC software, Technology Editor Bill Wong takes a trip with CoPilot. Read the full article... engineer's resource | Application Workshops For High-Performance Electronic Design These events provide a unique opportunity that brings together designers, engineers, managers, and technologists to discuss how applications of advanced electromagnetic and circuit simulation solve some of today's most challenging design problems.

2008 Engineering Hall of Fame
Edison. Hewlett and Packard. Nyquist. Dobkin. Torvalds. They’re just some of the innovators who are members of Electronic Design’s Engineering Hall of Fame. Who belongs in the Class of 2008? Your vote counts!

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Some Basic Math Creates A Low-Cost Nonlinear Thermocouple Interface
Measurement and process control loops often use 8-bit microcontrollers. The devices are inexpensive and widely available, and they can be programmed in many popular high-level languages—like C and Basic. However, if the loop requires a nonlinear sensor, the designer faces the added challenge of having to develop a software linearization algorithm. Read the full article...
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video of the week | NIWeek: NI's LabView 8.6
Gerardo Garcia, Product Manager for Industrial and Embedded Software at National Instruments, explains the important new features of LabVIEW 8.6. Watch it now... Engineering TV | D-BOX: Putting the "Motion" in Motion Pictures At CEDIA 2008, Philippe Roy, Chief Technology Officer for D-BOX, discusses how his company is bringing home entertainment into a whole new dimension. D-BOX Motion Code is a sophisticated, groundbreaking technology that creates real-life motion perfectly synchronized to on-screen movie and gaming action. All the motion is encoded frame by frame by a skilled D-BOX motion artist. You simply pop your Blu-ray disc or DVD of a title that appears in the D-BOX Motion Code Library (over 800 titles currently available) in your Blu-ray or DVD player. The D-BOX Controller automatically matches the movie in the player, downloads the corresponding D-BOX Motion Code and sends it to your D-BOX-equipped seating. Its home theater seating and racing and flight simulator models for gaming use proprietary advanced robotics technology with built-in commercial-grade motion actuators including pistons, low-friction motion devices, and high-tech motors. They’re small but powerful and robust and can produce up to 2 Gs of acceleration.

news from the editors |
ISA Raising Funds For Hurricane Ike Relief
ISA, a nonprofit organization for automation professionals, has begun funding efforts to aid residents of areas struck by hurricane Ike earlier this month. The organization is accepting corporate donations immediately and will accept donations from attendees at ISA EXPO, Oct. 14-16, in Houston, Texas. ISA’s board of directors has also pledged to match funds collected, up to $10,000. Read the full article...
“Green” Design Competition Seeking Entries
The Freescale Technology Forum is now accepting entries for its 2009 Design Challenge Americas. The FTF is asking designers to submit their own green-themed designs for possible presentation at the 2009 Forum in Orlando, Fla. Read the full article... quick poll | GM unveiled the production-ready version of its electric Volt sedan. How will it do in the marketplace?
  • It will do very well. The public is now demanding better mileage.
  • It will do okay but struggle against other hybrids and consumer perception.
  • It will be a flop, as the public isn't ready for plug-in cars.

Click here to take the poll. Remember to scroll down. The poll is at the bottom of the page.

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Helping designers rapidly evaluate signal-chain performance for test and measurement, industrial, and communications applications, the TSW3070 development kit promises to simplify interfacing between high-speed digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and amplifiers and includes clocking and power-management devices to further ease design and reduce cycle time. Read the full article... product picks online | LED Driver Delivers Constant Current To Large Displays PC/104+ Board Enlists Intel’s Atom Processor 148-W Open-Frame Supply Meets Medical, Industrial Safety Standards Continuity Tester Allows Remote Or Local Operation 5.7-In. LCDs Enlist White LED Backlights upcoming industry events | MOST Forum
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Design For Compliance
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Sep. 30
13th Si2/OpenAccess+ Conference
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ED bookstore |Professional Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio By: Kyle Johns and Trevor Taylor
If you are looking for the tome that reveals all with respect to Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (MRDS) then this is it. At over 800 pages, there is little that this book does not cover in depth. The book is divided into four sections: robotics developer studio fundamentals, simulations, visual programming language, and robotics hardware. Read the full article...

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