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Xelerated Brings Programmable 40 Gbits/s Technology to the Mainstream Ethernet
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5/31/2003   Post a comment
Network processors are an interesting lot. As very high performance application specific processors, they are targeting specific, and for the most part, standard tasks. Conversely, they still need a degree of programmability and the key ability to adapt to traffic patterns at full throttle. Oh yeah, lower power would be nice, too.
Extending the Network
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5/31/2003   Post a comment
Wired LANs have demonstrated their effectiveness in tying together computers and equipment to create an effective conglomerate machine with abilities beyond that of the individual desktop machine. The extended reach of a networked machine makes it part of something much bigger than itself.
Where Forth Art Thou, Bluetooth?
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5/29/2003   Post a comment
A few short years ago, supporters touted Bluetooth as a panacea for many of the cable congestion and PAN problems facing consumers and businesses alike. The technology promised a low-cost and low-power solution for wireless transmission and reception of data and voice. Although growing in popularity and vendor support, Bluetooth-enabled products have not been as pervasive as these supporters originally thought they would be. Jim Lipman reviews the technology and looks at some of the reasons for
Darpa Takes on Optical Interconnects Challenges
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5/19/2003   Post a comment
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is overseeing development of optical interconnects that will be able to achieve 1,000 times the speed per power and volume of electronic interconnects.
Forging a Brighter Future in High Tech
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5/15/2003   Post a comment
Technical conferences continue to be one of the best and most cost-effective mechanisms for fostering these close relationships and finding out what other organizations are doing. Ian Getreu, the General Chair of the 40th Design Automation Conference (DAC) provides a preview of the show in Anaheim, CA from June 2-6.
The InfiniBand Architecture for 2003 and 2004
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5/14/2003   Post a comment
In August of 1999 all of the major server vendors combined to develop a new I/O "fabric" for servers and storage within the enterprise data center and developed the InfiniBand Architecture. This fabric's goal was to provide IT managers with a better way to deploy, scale and manage computing power within the data center. Mellanox Technologies' Byran Longmire takes a look at the direction of the InfiniBand Architecture over the next two years.
CANopen: An Introduction
Design How-To  
5/13/2003   1 comment
The profile family CANopen defines a standardized application for distributed industrial automation systems based on CAN. IXXAT Automation's Konrad Etschberger provides an introduction to the profile pamily.
PMC-Sierra Introduces FibreChannel Port-Bypass Controller Product Family, Enabling Intelligent and Low-Cost SAN Equipment Design
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5/7/2003   Post a comment
Advanced networks do more than store and forward packets. From LAN to WAN and back to LAN, many transformations take place. Data can be de- and re-encapsulated, changed in format, broken up and re-assembled, stored, and recalled.
Centillium's Next-Generation VoIP Architecture Delivers Unprecedented Density, Cost, Voice Quality, to Drive Mainstream VoIP Adoption
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5/6/2003   Post a comment
It still may be a long time before IP phones replace established analog Plain Old Telephone System phones in widespread use everywhere. The cost of IP handsets is still way more than the $5 phones we can get virtually anywhere at the discount stores.
ESC—Well ARMed and More
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5/6/2003   Post a comment
The well-attended April Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in San Francisco proved to be a shot-in-the-ARM for the electronics industry. Jim Lipman provides a wrap-up of the most exciting news out of ESC.
National Semiconductor Redefines Power-Management Solutions for High-Voltage Power-Conversion Applications
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5/2/2003   Post a comment
Dr. Nasser Kutkut reports on two new switching regulators tailored for high-voltage power-supply designs for communications, industrial, and automotive applications. One part is a fully integrated current-mode PWM DC/DC regulator with a built-in 80 V power transistor. The other is a current-mode DC/DC PWM controller that can implement push-pull and bridge topologies.

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