Electronic Design UPDATE e-Newsletter
October 18, 2006

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Today's Table Of Contents:
  1. TechView Scope: DARPA Chooses Teams For 2007 Autonomous Robot Competition
  2. Editor's View: Can R&D Produce Energy Independence?
  3. Focus on Test & Measurement: RFID, HSUPA Software Enhances Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers
  4. Live on electronicdesign.com: Precluding Battery System Failures In Portable Electronics
  5. News From The Editors:
    Mini, Threaded Connectors Are Explosion-Proof
    Network I/O Catalog Consolidates Product Lines
    Small OCXO Well Suited For Portable Applications
    Development Kit Speeds Linux Software Applications
  6. Magazine Highlights: October 12, 2006
    Cover Feature: Anticipating "The Big One"
    Technology Report: Back To Cool School
    Leapfrog First Look: Back To The Future With The 68K
    Design View/Design Solution: IP Networks And Emerging Video Aps Need Video Transcoding
  7. Embedded in Electronic Design Online: $100 x86 Runs Puppy Linux, Fits On The Back Of Flat-Panel Displays
  8. Product Picks Online:
    3.2-Gbit/s Post Amplifier Targets Comm Applications
    Mobile Handset Transceiver Adds Tri-State Mode
    Low-Jitter VCXOs Feature Frequencies To 700 MHz
    Expanded MCU Line Suits Cost-Sensitive Applications
    Boundary-Scan Debug/Programming Tool Gains Speed
  9. Book Review:
    PIC In Practice, 2nd Edition

Electronic Design UPDATE edited by Christine Hintze, Associate Editor

techview scope

DARPA Chooses Teams For 2007 Autonomous Robot Competition

Robots will be on the prowl in an undisclosed location in the United States next November as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency presents its Urban Challenge competition. So far, DARPA has chosen 11 teams to participate...
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editor's view

Can R&D Produce Energy Independence?
By Sam Davis, Findpowerproducts.com Technical Editor

From an economic, environmental, and worldwide political perspective, the U.S. must develop energy independence. To meet this goal, the government is funding research for alternative energy sources. At the same time, it's challenging manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of electronic products. The Advanced Energy Initiative (AEI) seeks to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy...

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focus on test & measurement

RFID, HSUPA Software Enhances Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers

New software capabilities for Tektronix’s Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers (RTSAs) offer test engineers easy-to-use analysis tools that test RFID standards; third-generation mobile phone technology, including High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA); and the Project 25/Mobile Land Radio standard for digital two-way wireless communication...

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live on electronicdesign.com

Precluding Battery System Failures In Portable Electronics
Thursday, October 19, 2006 @ 11am PT (2pm ET)

Dell and Apple have implemented the largest battery pack recalls in the history of portable computing. Catastrophic safety issues--ranging from underperformance to explosions--with portable battery systems has heightened concern over battery system safety.

Dr. Troy Hayes, Ph.D., examines the most common causes for dangerous failures in battery systems. Dr. Robin Tichy, Ph.D., provides design guidelines and techniques for power system designers to eliminate these failures in their own portable products. These design guidelines include cell selection & qualification, protection circuit design & placement, battery authentication, charging regimens, mechanical considerations, and battery integration with portable devices.

This webinar provides insight into developing portable power systems that are extremely safe and preclude dangerous failures.
Register today!

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news from the editors

Mini, Threaded Connectors Are Explosion-Proof
The Amphe-EX connector series targets applications in the oil and gas exploration, petrochemical, chemical, paint, pharmaceutical manufacturing, power-generation, and fuel-storage industries...

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Network I/O Catalog Consolidates Product Lines
Nine previous catalogs and brochures combine to create the first comprehensive compilation of network I/O products from Turck Inc...

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Small OCXO Well Suited For Portable Applications
The FHS501AH half-size, eight-pin DIP, oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCxO) is particularly suitable for portable devices...

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Development Kit Speeds Linux Software Applications
ELDK Linux 2.6.x simplifies the creation of Linux software applications for use with the most popular high-performance VME and CompactPCI single-board computers and DSP engines from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing...

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magazine highlights: October 12, 2006

\[ Cover Feature: Engineering Feature \]
Anticipating "The Big One"
Homeland security is getting most of the attention, but technologies that forecast and track natural disasters are gaining support to help save lives and property.

\[ Technology Report \]
Back To Cool School
Faced with faster operating speeds and denser systems, today's designers must expand their knowledge of thermal management to keep heat levels in check.

\[ Leapfrog: First Look \]
Back To The Future With The 68K
The venerable Motorola 68000 architecture takes a leap ahead with a unique real-time microcontroller architecture from Innovasic Semiconductor.

\[ Design View/Design Solution \]
IP Networks And Emerging Video Aps Need Video Transcoding
Digital video compression is already an important technology in virtually every type of video application. As the trend toward media convergence continues, compression and interoperability will only become more critical. Among the most prominent digital video applications are DVD, HDTV, video telephony/teleconferencing, and, more recently, video surveillance. Each of these consumer system-level technologies, however, has a different historical background.

Click to see the complete Electronic Design table of contents.

embedded in electronic design online

$100 x86 Runs Puppy Linux, Fits On The Back Of Flat-Panel Displays

Norhtec's tiny, fanless MicroClient Jr. houses a 166-MHz SiS 550 and 128 Mbytes of SDRAM. It's ideal for kiosks and embedded applications requiring a low-cost, networked processing element...

Read the full article.

product picks online

  • Analog/Power: 3.2-Gbit/s Post Amplifier Targets Comm Applications
  • Communications/Networking: Mobile Handset Transceiver Adds Tri-State Mode
  • Components/Packaging: Low-Jitter VCXOs Feature Frequencies To 700 MHz
  • Embedded/Systems/Software: Expanded MCU Line Suits Cost-Sensitive Applications
  • Digital: Boundary-Scan Debug/Programming Tool Gains Speed

    Check out all of our online product picks at ElectronicDesign.com.

  • book review

    PIC In Practice, 2nd Edition
    By D.W. Smith

    PIC microcontrollers are one of the mainstays in the 8-bit application space, so getting one up and running quickly can be very handy for an embedded developer. This is just what PIC In Practice does...

    Click here for full book review.

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