Play it again with 'replayable' floorplans News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Replayable, or reusable, floorplans can save weeks of design time by letting designers manage floorplan complexity and cope with design changes. Sharlene Gee, applications engineer at ReShape, shows how you can create and use replayable floorplans in this feature article.
SMT coax connectors target high density apps Product News 10/31/2003 Post a comment ITT Industries, Cannon has unveiled a new range of 75-ohm surface mountable coaxial connectors for switching and transmission equipment in telecommunications applications. Designed to increase connector density, the CoSMID (Coax Surface Mount Interconnect Device) connectors incorporate a unique plastic housing that can be selectively plated and molded into a variety of configurations.
Rotary knobs feature built-in pointer Product News 10/31/2003 Post a comment Selco Products has introduced a new Soft Touch Bullet Knob series that feature a built-in pointer in two- and three-color designs. Offering a range of color combinations for a variety of control panel aesthetics and functions, these knobs are suited for audio and broadcast equipment, lighting, communications, industrial and test equipment, or other panel applications requiring color-coded knob control.
Subsystem design key to wireless gaming Design How-To 10/31/2003 Post a comment The highly competitive gaming market is seeing a new set of mobile devices-Nokia's n-Gage and Tapwave's Zodiac-that offer a high-end gaming experience in a compact, multifunction device.
Standard to address precise locationing News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Ultrawideband is a radio communications technique (with recent Federal Communications Commission unlicensed-spectrum allocation) that may be applied to all manner of communications systems, just as narrowband, carrier-based or spread-spectrum techniques may be used for any type of system.
The Most Important Person In Your Company Product News 10/30/2003 Post a comment In these days of empowered employees, it's politically correct to articulate that every person in a company is highly significant, sharing responsibility to pursue the company's goals. It's understood that every individual's actions is important. Nonetheless, experience shows that there's one position in particular that's more important than all the rest. Who is that person?
Solar cell shocks battery apps Product News 10/30/2003 Post a comment Clare, Inc. touts its CPC1810, the first member of its new solar cell family, as a high output device that delivers a voltage ten times greater than traditional competing products. Indeed, the cell's output is sufficient to charge a battery directly, according to the company, which builds its photovoltaic device on the company's advanced silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.
Compact 150-W DC/DC offers rugged solution Product News 10/30/2003 Post a comment Absopulse Electronics' MIP150 series, designed for operation in harsh environmental conditions, provides a complete 150-watt power solution in a compact 2.4 by 5.8 by 1.5 inch chassis. It features integrated filtering, high efficiency and reliability. Power components are conduction cooled, and component count is minimal.
AMD Expands Developer Center Support Services for 64-bit Apps Product News 10/30/2003 Post a comment The company has enhanced both in-lab and "virtually there" development using secure VPN and Remote Desktop Terminal Services. Platforms supported include the beta of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems, the beta of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems and the next version of Windows, code named "Longhorn."
Understanding the MAC impact of 802.11e: Part 2 Design How-To 10/30/2003 Post a comment The 802.11e promises to bring the QoS capabilities WLAN systems need for streaming applications. But this spec also brings with it significant changes in 802.11's MAC architecture. This two-part set provides a look at the changes and the impact they will have on the system design process.
Designers are taking back the JTAG test bus! Blog 10/30/2003 Post a comment It's not just for test anymore: Recent extensions to JTAG not only enhance its test coverage, but also make it useful for design as well, says this National Semiconductor technologist. Suppliers of CPLD's and FPGA's were quick to support IEEE 1532 standard for Boundary-Scan-based In-System-Configuration of programmable devices. Now designers have a way to develop flexible systems where functionality can be adapted to a specific customer or application, he says.
MEMS-IC integration remains a challenge News & Analysis 10/29/2003 Post a comment In the October 6th issue of EE Times' InFocus section, Janusz Bryzek, a venture capitalist with BN Ventures, examined efforts to integrate MEMS and IC signal-conditioning circuits over the past 40 years. That issue featured only a segment of Bryzek's historical analysis, focusing on what he called "the optical bubble." Readers have clamored for the complete text of his paper, the subject of Sensor Expo Conference Paper in June of 2003, printed here.
Pericom announces asynchronous mode support for PCI-to-PCI bridges News & Analysis 10/29/2003 Post a comment Asynchronous mode allows users to run the secondary bus at a frequency that is not derived from the primary bus, thus providing far greater support for next generation PCI bus designs. Asynchronous mode support is significant as customers engineer newer faster designs that need to merge with slower legacy devices, Pericom says.
Antenna for 2.4-GHz wireless LANs debuts News & Analysis 10/29/2003 Post a comment Pacific Wireless has introduced an omnidirectional, extended-range "rubber duck" antenna for wireless LANs operating at 2.4 GHz and meeting the 802.11 standard. The Model IN24-5RD provides a 5.5-dBi gain rather than the industry-standard 2.2 dBi, thus doubling the signal strength for WLAN communications, the company said. It provides a 360 degrees horizontal transmission pattern and a 50 degrees vertical transmission pattern.
LVDS serializer touts dc balance feature Product News 10/29/2003 Post a comment Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9209 21-bit low-voltage differential-signaling serializer offers users a programmable dc balance, which allows isolation between the serializer and deserializer by using ac coupling. The device serializes 21 bits of LVTTL/LVCMOS parallel inputs to three LVDS outputs
WSTS revises forecast for stronger chip market growth News & Analysis 10/29/2003 Post a comment With the threat from Sars retreating for now, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization sees double-digit percentage growth year-on-year for the worldwide market from 2003 through 2005. The personal computing, wireless communications and digital consumer sectors are driving the current upturn. From Brussels, Peter Clarke reports.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.